Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Songs

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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.

For me…

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!



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Clem emerged from the underbelly of NashVegas where he began his love of ALL things musical. College found him in the commercial music program at the University of Miami where he actually learned what the hell he was doing. New York was next and whether he “made it there” is still up for debate. From playing in the honky-tonks of Nashville and the dance clubs of Miami to Broadway and theatrical stages around the country, to Carnegie Hall (while practicing one day somebody told him how to get there) and the recording studios of New York and L.A., Clem’s variety of musical experience has transcended the boundaries of genre. He owns a production company, lectures on music in colleges across the country and is on the visiting faculty of Elon Univ. He has a port-o-johns named after him at Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza.

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