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Old 11-19-2004, 03:34 PM   #16
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Hey Jude, Yesterday and Let it Be all made the top 20? Ugh!!! The Beatles were a great band and the most important pop group ever, but why does the world insist on honoring those junkers. Let it Be is much too maudlin to be great. Yesterday drips with dullness and is in desperate need of an itch somewhere in the song. Hey Jude is all sentiment and no soul. Guess it's obvious that I'm sick of these yesteryear loving lists.
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Old 11-19-2004, 03:47 PM   #17
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Rolling Stone is strongly biased toward the Baby Boomer generation. You can see it in every list they have ever done. It's always the same artists, the same bands. As much as I love the Beatles and the Stones, it makes for very boring reading.
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Old 11-19-2004, 04:24 PM   #18
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Top 35
1: Bob Dylan, Like A Rolling Stone
2: The Rolling Stones, (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
3: John Lennon, Imagine
4: Marvin Gaye, What's Going O
5: Aretha Franklin, Respect
6: Beach Boys, Good Vibrations 1966
7: Chuck Berry, Johnny B Goode 1958
8: The Beatles, Hey Jude 1968
9: Nirvana, Smells Like Teen Spirit 1991
10: Ray Charles, What'd I Say 1959
11: The Who, My Generation 1966
12: Sam Cooke, A Change Is Gonna Come 1965
13: The Beatles, Yesterday 1965
14: Bob Dylan, Blowin' in the Wind 1963
15: The Clash, London Calling 1980
16: The Beatles, I Want to Hold Your Hand 1964
17: Jimi Hendrix, Purple Haze 1967
18: Chuck Berry, Maybellene 1955
19: Elvis Presley, Hound Dog 1956
20: The Beatles, Let It Be 1970
21: Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run 1975
22: The Ronettes, Be My Baby 1963
23: The Beatles, In My Life 1966
24: The Impressions, People Get Ready 1965
25: Beach Boys, The God Only Knows 1966
26: The Beatles, A Day in the Life 1967
27: Derek and the Dominos, Layla 1971
28: Otis Redding, (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay 1968
29: The Beatles, Help! 1965
30: Johnny Cash, I Walk the Line 1956
31: Led Zeppelin, Stairway To Heaven 1971
32: Rolling Stones, Sympathy For The Devil 1968
33: Ike & Tina Turner, River Deep, Mountain High 1966
34: The Righteous Brothers, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' 1964
35: The Doors, Light My Fire 1967

36: U2, One 1991

No point in arguing. I would love to have these same Rolling Stone critics have One go head to head with each of the top 35 songs. I think One gets at least 20 wins.
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Smells Like Teen Spirit like always, Nirvana overrated
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What is with all this nostalgia crap? It's like Bono said, people wind up having an affection for things not because of how good they are, but because of the memories they bring back. Why in God's name is pop candy like I Wanna Hold Your Hand on this list? Sure, it's a classic that may have been cool at the time, but where the hell are the GOOD John Lennon songs (aside from Day in the Life way down at #26)? That's like putting I Will Follow at the top of U2's work. Strawberry Fields is a brilliant piece of composition and production that should be ahead of all the Lennon/McCartney work with the exception of Imagine. How about Revolution? That song kicks as much ass as it did 35 years ago. I'd rather see I Am The Walrus on here than Help. They should be calling this a Top 500 greatest singles list because that's what this is. Radio fodder. The popular songs.

What's also insulting to a big Who fan is that My Generation is put up as the highest example of Pete Townshend's genius? What about Won't Get Fooled Again? No to mention putting Satisfaction that high? Yeah, the guitar intro is an all-time classic. But Jagger and Richards wrote WAY better songs. Wild Horses, You Can't Always Get..., Moonlight Mile, Gimme Shelter...

One last thing. Not to sound too partial, but let's get real here. If Bob Dylan is the greatest songwriter of all time (something I'm not going to argue with), he should be DOMINATING this thing. There's about 10 songs of his that are better than most songs on the above sampling of the top 35 of the list. Hound Dog? Ha! There's no doubt in my mind that the top 25 should have Just Like a Woman, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Desolation Row, Visions of Johanna, Tangled Up in Blue, Knockin' on Heaven's Door.

And where the hell is The Weight by The Band??!?! Grand treason!!!
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I've been too busy to go back and look through the 500 songs to catch the one I missed. I'm guessing it's Streets.
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I would love to have these same Rolling Stone critics have One go head to head with each of the top 35 songs. I think One gets at least 20 wins.
LOL....so true. Heck, put Streets up against the top 35 and it would be almost the same thing.
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Old 11-21-2004, 08:13 PM   #23
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RS pisses me off... first off, all they care about is the 50's and 60's... songs with for the most part very little depth. And in there with all that group is Nirvana. Bullshit.

And what the hell is Eminem doing on there with better positions than most of U2's?
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