OK…so maybe we will all not totally agree and maybe the order is a bit …well…out of order but the new Rolling Stone Commemerative Edition 500 Greatest Songs is a great history lesson is the formation and subsequent history of Pop and Rock and sometimes Country music.
While I cannot find a link to this (probably on purpose on RS’s part) I STRONGLY suggest you pick up and keep this as a music history reference guide. Again, even if the order is wrong, the insight and history of the tunes represented is epic.
Of course The Beatles, The Stones and Dylan, James Brown and The Man in Black were strongly represented along with the other expected cast of characters.
I was happy to see gems like He Stopped Loving Her Today, Enter Sandman, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Stan, Wichita Lineman and I Can’t Make You Love Me given their due.
I think it would be interesting for all of you out there to read this and chime in on what you feel was left off.
Leon Russell– with Superstar( The Carpenters, Luther Vandross), A Song For You (a Brotha Ray classic) and This Masquerade (George Benson) left off, one our truly great songwriters was ignored.
Jimmy Webb– I was happy about Wichita Lineman but By the Time I get to Phoenix should have been there as well.
Rush– C’mon no Tom Sawyer or Red Barchetta…even you non-prog heads gotta admit those are great songs.
That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!
SOUND OFF THE REST OF YOU!