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Five For Friday – Favorite Songs from Favorite Albums

Five songs from five of my favorite albums for your weekend listening pleasure:

Sgt. Pepper’s by The Beatles (A Day In The Life – one of my favorite songs)

Louis Armstrong: The Ultimate Collection by Louis Armstrong (Wonderful World – The song I want played at my funeral – hopefully a long time away)

Justice by Steve Camp (Do You Feel Their Pain? – haunting)

Brain Salad Surgery by Emerson, Lake and Palmer (Karn Evil 9 First Impression part 2 – hang in for the greatest drum solo ever – Carl Palmer playing)

She’s So Unusual by Cyndi Lauper (Time After Time – you can’t get any more 80’s than this)

What is the Most Popular Song Ever? (According to the Billboard Hot 100)

What do you think is the most popular song EVER in the 50 year history of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart?

Would it be Whatever You Like by T. I.? (nope, but it is #1 today – September 16, 2008).

How about Poor Little Fool by Ricky Nelson? (no, but it was the first #1 – on the inaugural list on August 4, 1958).

Then it must be a Beatles song, right?  No.  Stones? Nope.  U2? Naw.  Bobby Darin? Nyet.  Dean Martin? Nee.

The top song… The Twist by Chubby Checker.

Billboard utilized a complex formula (you can read about it at their site) to weigh songs from different eras to ensure all would get a fair shake.  Although The Twist only spent three weeks at the top of the charts, it did so twice “in two separate runs more than a year apart” – the only song to be number one on two different chart runs.

Although the historic Billboard Hot 100 has (obviously) 100 songs listed, I’ll only list the top ten (click on top ten to see videos of the songs):

  1. The Twist by Chubby Checker
  2. Smooth by Santana, featuring Rob Thomas
  3. Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin
  4. How Do I Live? by LeAnn Rimes
  5. Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix) by Los Del Rio (They’ve got to be kidding…)
  6. Physical by Olivia Newton-John (um… it was the early 80’s)
  7. You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone (…ok, now it’s getting ridiculous)
  8. Hey Jude by The Beatles (…much better)
  9. We Belong Together by Mariah Carey (the only song from this millenia on the top ten)
  10. Un-Break My Heart by Toni Braxton


Five For Friday – Lean On Me Videos

I like hearing and singing Lean on Me – it’s fun, it’s encouraging, it’s just a good time.  Here are five video versions of Lean on Me for your Friday enjoyment.

This is for Sanity Found (Happy 30th Birthday – yesterday), Leaving Evangeline’s friend Amy who undergoes surgery on Monday, and Amber (weathering her own storm, but still celebrating with friends).  Here’s to friends!

The Original by Bill Weathers (likely the best version):

Club Nouveau (probably my favorite version):

How about Steven Tyler of Aerosmith singing with a church choir (never thought I’d see it):

The African Children’s Choir (we had them sing at our high school when I was principal):

From the movie Lean on Me (1989)( I would have liked this to happen at my high school):

Radar Love in the Twilight Zone – Two Great Videos by Golden Earring

After posting lists about great songs, two friends of don’stuff commented about Golden Earring songs (neither on the top lists).  As a result of those comments, I thought it appropriate to find videos of the songs and share them for your viewing pleasure (the Radar Love video is funny – at least to me).  Enjoy!

This one is for Literate Housewife (Twilight Zone by Golden Earring):

This one is for Lucid Lunatic (Radar Love by Golden Earring – really funny):

Like a Rolling Stone (Magazine) – Top 100 Songs

What do you believe are the greatest songs in (relatively recent) history?  Rolling Stone Magazine created their list almost four years ago (December 2004), but I only recently wandered onto it (I should really get out more).  These are not the greatest ROCK songs, mind you, just what Rolling Stone calls the greatest songs.  I’m sure the decision for the top choice on the list (Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan) was influenced by the name of the magazine.

Random thought: I’m not sure why I’ve momentarily wandered from book lists… (I’m sure it’s temporary)

For those of you who commented (thank you) on the last song list I posted:

Daisyfae: Be My Baby is #22, Tears in Heaven didn’t make the top 100.

Stacybuckeye: Beatles hold 10 of the top 100 songs.

Leaving Evangeline: Nirvana is at #9 on this list, Pearl Jam still didn’t make the top 100, nor did Radiohead, Green Day, or Rage Against the Machine.  Good news (dripping with sarcasm, or sarchasm on Sanity Found’s post) is that Michael Jackson is on this list too!  But, we have The Clash at #15.

Beaverboosh: Still no Spinal Tap.

Mssc54: I hope you can remember some of these…

Literate Housewife: U2 is #36 and #93 (not quite reigning supreme, but still…)

Amber: No Pink Floyd.

Britinla: Sorry, none of yours here.

don’stuff: (Hey, that’s me) A Day In The Life by The Beatles is #26 (it’s a crime).

The List:

  1. Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan
  2. Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones
  3. Imagine, John Lennon
  4. What’s Going On, Marvin Gaye
  5. Respect, Aretha Franklin
  6. Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys
  7. Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry
  8. Hey Jude, The Beatles
  9. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana
  10. What’d I Say, Ray Charles
  11. My Generation, The Who
  12. A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke
  13. Yesterday, The Beatles
  14. Blowin’ in the Wind, Bob Dylan
  15. London Calling, The Clash
  16. I Want to Hold Your Hand, The Beatles
  17. Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix
  18. Maybellene, Chuck Berry
  19. Hound Dog, Elvis Presley
  20. Let It Be, The Beatles
  21. Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen
  22. Be My Baby, The Ronettes
  23. In My Life, The Beatles
  24. People Get Ready, The Impressions
  25. God Only Knows, The Beach Boys
  26. A Day in the Life, The Beatles
  27. Layla, Derek and the Dominos
  28. (Sittin on) the Dock of the Bay, Otis Redding
  29. Help!, The Beatles
  30. I Walk the Line, Johnny Cash
  31. Stairway To Heaven, Led Zeppelin
  32. Sympathy for the Devil, The Rolling Stones
  33. River Deep – Mountain High, Ike and Tina Turner
  34. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’, The Righteous Brothers
  35. Light My Fire, The Doors
  36. One, U2
  37. No Woman, No Cry, Bob Marley and the Wailers
  38. Gimme Shelter, The Rolling Stones
  39. That’ll Be the Day, Buddy Holly and the Crickets
  40. Dancing in the Street, Martha and the Vandellas
  41. The Weight, The Band
  42. Waterloo Sunset, The Kinks
  43. Tutti-Frutti, Little Richard
  44. Georgia on My Mind, Ray Charles
  45. Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis Presley
  46. Heroes, David Bowie
  47. Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel
  48. All Along the Watchtower, Jimi Hendrix
  49. Hotel California, The Eagles
  50. The Tracks of My Tears, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
  51. The Message, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
  52. When Doves Cry, Prince
  53. Anarchy in the U.K., The Sex Pistols
  54. When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge
  55. Louie Louie, The Kingsmen
  56. Long Tall Sally, Little Richard
  57. Whiter Shade of Pale, Procol Harum
  58. Billie Jean, Michael Jackson
  59. The Times They Are A-Changin’, Bob Dylan
  60. Let’s Stay Together, Al Green
  61. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On, Jerry Lee Lewis
  62. Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley
  63. For What It’s Worth, Buffalo Springfield
  64. She Loves You, The Beatles
  65. Sunshine of Your Love, Cream
  66. Redemption Song, Bob Marley and the Wailers
  67. Jailhouse Rock, Elvis Presley
  68. Tangled Up in Blue, Bob Dylan
  69. Crying, Roy Orbison
  70. Walk On By, Dionne Warwick
  71. California Girls, The Beach Boys
  72. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, James Brown
  73. Summertime Blues, Eddie Cochran
  74. Superstition, Stevie Wonder
  75. Whole Lotta Love, Led Zeppelin
  76. Strawberry Fields Forever,The Beatles
  77. Mystery Train, Elvis Presley
  78. I Got You (I Feel Good), James Brown
  79. Mr. Tambourine Man, The Byrds
  80. I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye
  81. Blueberry Hill, Fats Domino
  82. You Really Got Me, The Kinks
  83. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown), The Beatles
  84. Every Breath You Take, The Police
  85. Crazy, Patsy Cline
  86. Thunder Road, Bruce Springsteen
  87. Ring of Fire, Johnny Cash
  88. My Girl, The Temptations
  89. California Dreamin’, The Mamas and The Papas
  90. In the Still of the Nite, The Five Satins
  91. Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley
  92. Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramones
  93. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, U2
  94. Good Golly, Miss Molly, Little Richard
  95. Blue Suede Shoes, Carl Perkins
  96. Great Balls of Fire, Jerry Lee Lewis
  97. Roll Over Beethoven, Chuck Berry
  98. Love and Happiness, Al Green
  99. Fortunate Son, Creedence Clearwater Revival
  100. You Can’t Always Get What You Want, The Rolling Stones

The 300 Greatest Rock Songs – But I’m Only Going to Mention 100

I stumbled across this and could not believe what I was reading.  Digital Dream Door has posted a list of the 300 greatest rock songs.  Now, in fairness, they do lead with this disclaimer: “These Rock Music songs are meant to be taken as a basic starting point for a greatest songs discussion.  All these Rock Music songs are crucial to know for full appreciation of the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll music.”

However, while reading, this is what I could not believe: A Day In The Life by the Beatles was ranked SEVENTH!  Seventh… One of the greatest songs on one of the greatest albums by one of the greatest bands (have I adequately displayed my bias?). 

I’m so weird about the Beatles that all through high school I tried to work a Beatles quote into almost every paper I had to write – even science!Well, at least DDD met their goal of causing discussion (at least by me).  What do you think?

The List (click to see the full list – if you go to the site you can listen to each song):

1. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
2. Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
3. Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
4. Respect – Aretha Franklin
5. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
6. Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
7. A Day In The Life – Beatles
8. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
9. Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
10. What’d I Say – Ray Charles
11. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag – James Brown
12. Won’t Get Fooled Again – Who
13. All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
14. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
15. Imagine – John Lennon
16. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
17. Layla – Derek & the Dominos
18. Light My Fire – Doors
19. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
20. Free Bird – Lynyrd Skynyrd
21. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On – Jerry Lee Lewis
22. When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
23. Hey Jude – Beatles
24. Hotel California – Eagles
25. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley & His Comets
26. You Really Got Me – Kinks
27. American Pie – Don McLean
28. Tutti Frutti – Little Richard
29. Baba O’Riley – The Who
30. Sympathy For The Devil – Rolling Stones
31. Superstition – Stevie Wonder
32. Louie Louie – The Kingsmen
33. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
34. Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
35. Yesterday – The Beatles
36. My Generation – The Who
37. Smoke On The Water – Deep Purple
38. Don’t Be Cruel – Elvis Presley
39. Whole Lotta Love – Led Zeppelin
40. Shake, Rattle & Roll – Big Joe Turner
41. Purple Haze – Jimi Hendrix
42. Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
43. In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
44. Time – Pink Floyd
45. Oh Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
46. Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream
47. Walk This Way – Aerosmith
48. Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
49. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum
50. What’s Goin’ On – Marvin Gaye
51. Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
52. Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd
53. Bridge Over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
54. You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
55. Good Golly, Miss Molly – Little Richard
56. Everyday People – Sly & The Family Stone
57. Roundabout – Yes
58. Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers
59. Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
60. Sixty Minute Man – The Dominoes
61. Voodoo Child (slight return) – Jimi Hendrix
62. November Rain – Guns N’ Roses
63. One Nation Under A Groove – Funkadelic
64. The House Of The Rising Sun – Animals
65. Mr. Tambourine Man – Byrds
66. Let’s Go Crazy – Prince
67. Please, Please, Please – James Brown
68. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
69. Somebody To Love – Jefferson Airplane
70. Dust In The Wind – Kansas
71. Slow Ride – Foghat
72. Crossroads – Cream
73. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
74. With Or Without You – U2
75. More Than A Feeling – Boston
76. We Will Rock You – Queen
77. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac
78. 21st Century Schizoid Man – King Crimson
79. Mystery Train – Elvis Presley
80. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills and Nash
81. Show Me The Way – Peter Frampton
82. Where Did Our Love Go – Supremes
83. My My Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue) – Neil Young
84. Money – Pink Floyd
85. Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie
86. Master of Puppets – Metallica
87. Stand! – Sly & The Family Stone
88. Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits
89. That’ll Be The Day – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
90. Dream On – Aerosmith
91. Maybellene – Chuck Berry
92. Every Breath You Take – Police
93. Jesus Christ Pose – Soundgarden
94. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
95. All Day And All Of The Night – Kinks
96. Tom Sawyer – Rush
97. Tangled Up In Blue – Bob Dylan
98. Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
99. Kashmir – Led Zeppelin
100. All Right Now – Free