The Best ________ Songs Of All Time

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I'm about to rip off two of David Israel's popular running features, On Music and Tuesday Turnip. Apologies in advance.

Some friends of mine are working with internet radio station LuxuriaMusic to compile a list of the best songs for getting you "in the mood." This started a discussion about lists ranking the best songs of all-time, which I'm going to carry over to the blog (dancing into David's "On Music" territory).

Rolling Stone came out with The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time issue in 2004. Here's their Top Ten:

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

But you don't need to publish a rock magazine to make your own list. By typing "greatest songs of all time" into Google "“ part two of this two-part homage to David Israel "“ I found plenty more.

"¢ 100 Years...100 Songs: America's Best Movie Music (AFI)
1. "Over the Rainbow," The Wizard of Oz
2. "As Time Goes By," Casablanca
3. "Singin' in the Rain," Singin' in the Rain
4. "Moon River," Breakfast at Tiffany's
5. "White Christmas," Holiday Inn

virginradio.jpeg"¢ Virgin Radio (UK) Top 500
1. "Chasing Cars," Snow Patrol
2. "Iris," The Goo Goo Dolls
3. "One," U2
4. "Wonderwall," Oasis
5. "I Predict A Riot," Kaiser Chiefs

"¢ The Rock Czar's Top 100 Indie Rock Songs
1. "Float On," Modest Mouse
2. "Slow Hands," Interpol
3. "Take Me Out," Franz Ferdinand
4. "Neighborhood #1," The Arcade Fire
5. "Time is Running Out," Muse

HearYa.jpg"¢ HearYa, an indie music blog, has its Top 100 Indie Songs of All Time (all songs were originally released on an indie label)
1. "Live Wire," Motley Crue
2. "Lake of Fire," Meat Puppets
3. "Sitting Still," R.E.M.
4. "Spirit Walker," The Cult
5. "I Will Dare," The Replacements

"¢ One Hit Wonder Central's Top 100 One Hit Wonders
1. "Into the Night," Benny Mardones
2. "Tighter, Tighter," Alive and Kicking
3. "I Wanna Be Rich," Calloway
4. "House of the Rising Sun," Frijid Pink
5. "Sh-Boom," The Chords
(these rankings will change based on what people are searching on their site)

"¢ Australasian Performing Right Association's Top 100 New Zealand Songs of All Time
flightofconchords.jpg 1. "Nature," Fourmyula
2. "Don't Dream It's Over," Crowded House
3. "Loyal," Dave Dobbyn
4. "Counting The Beat," Swingers
5. "Six Months In A Leaky Boat," Split Enz

(Do we have any readers from New Zealand? Let us know. We've got some Kiwi-centric stuff in the works.)

"¢ Finally, Alaska Jim has the ultimate list of these kinds of lists. He pointed me to Spin Magazine's Top 100 Most Representative Funk Songs ("Sex Machine" by James Brown is #1), the Top 300 Songs 1998-2004 ("Everybody Here Wants You" by Jeff Buckley) and Kylie Minogue's Top 75 ("Breathe" takes top honors).

So, if you want to share your favorite chart, we'd love to hear it. Or go contribute to the one LuxuriaMusic is putting together.

September 26, 2007 - 10:24am
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