Saturday, November 20, 2004

Imagine That

Is it possible that Rolling Stone still exists? This self-important publication, just announced their choices for the top 500 Rock-and-Roll songs of all time. Don't they know that the only reason to look at their rag is when the cover resembles that of Maxim?
The top of the list shows how silly the whole enterprise is. "Like a Rolling Stone," at no. 1 is a great song, but I wouldn't even make it Bob Dylan's best; which I would probably give to "Tangled Up In Blue." At no. 3 is John Lennon's execrable, "Imagine." The list is obviously tilted towards the tastes of 60's generation types.
One also notes how often they seem to have picked songs that readers will recognize even if they don't have the album that they came on. That helps explain no. 1, as well as the appearance of the Rolling Stone's "Wild Horses," a Classic-Rock cliche from Sticky Fingers, but not "Dead Flowers, from the same album."
There are numerous other problems with the list. Glen Campbell makes the list twice, the infinitely superior Merle Haggard, not at all. Ac/DC, but not Little Feat.
No such list can satisfy every taste, but this one was obviously drawn up to cover all the bases. Most songs on the list are standard issue Rock. But the list includes a smattering Blues, Punk, Country, Rap, etc. It's kind of like one of those WWII films that includes a hillbilly from Tennessee, a Jewish kid, an Italian from Brooklyn and a fair-haired midwesterner.


5 comments:

Glaivester said...

No Duran Duran songs on the list.
Therefore the list is worthless.
That is all.

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