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We've reached the half-way point of the list, and what a list it's been! The lower 100 have seen many overlooked gems vying with revered classics, and the results have been very fun to post. Catch up with Part 2 if you like.
Here's the story so far:
200 . Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
199 . Kylie Minogue - Can’t Get You Out of My Head
198 . Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message
197 . Curtis Mayfield - Move on Up
196 . Police, The - Every Breath You Take
195 . Björk - Isobel
194 . Smashing Pumpkins, The - Today
193 . Beatles, The - And Your Bird Can Sing
192 . Clash, The - Spanish Bombs
191 . Björk - Bachelorette
190 . Miles Davis - So What
189 . Doors, The - The End
188 . Thunderclap Newman - Something in the Air
187 . Bruce Springsteen - Jungleland
186 . Deee-Lite - Groove Is in the Heart
185 . Flaming Lips, The - Race for the Prize
184 . Human League - Don't You Want Me
183 . Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps
182 . Jam, The - Going Underground
181 . New Order - Ceremony
180 . Beatles, The - Revolution
179 . Joy Division - Disorder
178 . Byrds, The - Eight Miles High
177 . Band, The - The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
176 . Johnny Cash - Hurt
175 . Beatles, The - Happiness is a Warm Gun
174 . Coldplay - Yellow
173 . Leonard Cohen - Famous Blue Raincoat
172 . R.E.M. - Drive
171 . Mamas and the Papas - California Dreamin'
170 . Blur - This Is A Low
169 . Prince - Sign o' The Times
168 . Who, The - My Generation
167 . Kinks, The - You Really Got Me
166 . Prince - Kiss
165 . Replacements, The - Unsatisfied
164 . Bob Marley and the Wailers - No Woman No Cry
163 . Smiths, The - Bigmouth Strikes Again
162 . Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy
161 . Prince - Little Red Corvette
160 . Smashing Pumpkins, The - Tonight, Tonight
159 . Flaming Lips, The - Do You Realize?
158 . Blur - Song 2
157 . Mercury Rev - Godess On A Hi-Way
156 . David Bowie - Space Oddity
155 . Pixies - Gigantic
154 . Simon and Garfunkel - America
153 . Sufjan Stevens - John Wayne Gacy, Jr.
152 . Del Shannon - Runaway
151 . R.E.M. - It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)
150 . Stone Roses, The - I Am the Resurrection
149 . Otis Redding - Try a Little Tenderness
148 . Neil Young - Cortez the Killer
147 . New Radicals - You Get What You Give
146 . Knife, The - Heartbeats
145 . R.E.M. - World Leader Pretend
144 . Breeders, The - Cannonball
143 . Zombies, The - Hung Up on a Dream
142 . White Stripes, The - Fell in Love with a Girl
141 . Radiohead - Pyramid Song
140 . David Bowie - Station to Station
139 . Beck - Loser
138 . New Order - Bizarre Love Triangle (Extended)
137 . Prince - Let's Go Crazy
136 . Iggy Pop - The Passenger
135 . New Order - Temptation
134 . Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
133 . Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
132 . David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes
131 . Pixies - Where Is My Mind?
130 . Arcade Fire, The - Wake Up
129 . James Brown - Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine
128 . Radiohead - Idioteque
127 . Gnarls Barkley - Crazy
126 . Lou Reed - Perfect Day
125 . Ike & Tina Turner - River Deep, Mountain High
124 . Specials, The - Ghost Town
123 . R.E.M. - Radio Free Europe
122 . Animals, The - House of the Rising Sun
121 . Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
120 . Stan Getz with Joao and Astrud Gilberto - The Girl From Ipanema
119 . Portishead - Glory Box
118 . Arcade Fire, The - Rebellion (Lies)
117 . Strokes, The - Last Nite
116 . Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven
115 . Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
114 . Beastie Boys - Sabotage
113 . Al Green - Let's Stay Together
112 . Ben E. King - Stand By Me
111 . Beatles, The - Blackbird
110 . Beatles, The - Yesterday
109 . Guns N' Roses - Sweet Child O' Mine
108 . Wilco - Jesus, Etc.
107 . OutKast - B.O.B. (bombs over baghdad)
106 . Talking Heads - Psycho Killer
105 . U2 - With Or without You
104 . Pulp - This Is Hardcore
103 . Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World
102 . Echo and the Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
101 . Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye
Yes! My heroin has arrived.
99. Massive Attack- Unfinished Sympathy (1991)
Total points: 215.98
Place in the 2005 poll: 166
Appears on: 10 ballots
Mitchell Stirling (104)
Pop Elton (153)
Lonesome Panda (190)
Honorio: Culling elements from diverse styles, Massive Attack designed the everlasting electronic hymn of the 90s, equally apt for dancing madly on the dance floor (courtesy of its house rhythm and hip-hop scratching) and for listening quietly in your bedroom (courtesy of its amazing string arrangements and the soulful Shara Nelson vocals).
Damn, so many great tracks. I'm going to OD.
Excellent, probably my favorite French song.
Still no Dylan though.. is that a good sign or a bad?
Yes, we're counting down again!
The River is a surprise at #96 (the overall position, not Nicolas' vote). It's undervalued at AM due to its late release as a single (sometime in 1981, I think).
You'll just have to wait and see, Neo!
Always a great surprise to see a song from Funeral making the list ! Not my favourite but all 4 neighborhood songs and wake up are wonderful.
Unfortunately, there is no video that contains the whole song, as it is so long, but I'm sure it can be heard at songza!
I only just noticed you get to RYM when clicking the images, heh.
Ahh, finally. Way too low of course, but still. Thanks Moonbeam.
Hey I'm at my home computer so I can listen while I wait! I would never have imagined that I would end up being the biggest fans of Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Maps or SP's 1979.
Thanks for bringing up Beach Boys' later albums in the threads over the pass year. That is what sparked my interest in Surf's Up and what hopefully assisted Till I Die's strong showing!
Yeah, I thought it would be a good idea to link to some reviews of the songs/albums and the discographies of the artists.
87. The Velvet Underground & Nico- Heroin (1967)
Total points: 229.57
Place in the 2005 poll: 76
Appears on: 11 ballots
Pop Elton (39)
Moonbeam: The entire song sounds like a raw, bleeding, extracted heart, complete with the slightly jagged strings and the rapidly changing percussion. It’s rare that pain is expressed in such an honest, true way.
- The River. My number 2, my favorite rock song.
- Gainsbourg : even if it is not my favorite song by him (I prefer "Je suis venu te dire que je m'en vais"). GReat to see a French song so hugh ! So Honorio you were right!
Looking back, I didn't review "Heroin" very well! What I meant to say is that I think it's brilliant how the song's raw strings and rapidly changing percussion mimic a burnt heart's reaction to heroin.
I'm falling from exhaustion
Just passing by
I'll read that tomorrow morning
Thanks Moonbeam and congratulations for posting these results And packing your moving boxes
Thanks, nicolas! We've got a lot more work to do with the move, unfortunately! Glad you're enjoying the countdown.
Oh man, Echoes. Best opening second ever? 'Everything In Its Right Place' might just take that prize for me though. How great that we're back under way!
Wow, what a killer double header from Oasis. I can imagine some people aren't gonna like that. Not me though . Go, Moonbeam, go!
Now that has to be see nas a major surprise. I wonder had Schleuse and Stammer given up hope on it? Great pick.
"Fall on Me" is one of only 4 songs to be ranked number 1 on more than one ballot!
This list continues to amaze me! Who would have thought that "How to Disappear Completely" would make the top 100. I didn't vote for it, but I think it's fantastic.
And congrats to Schleuse and Stammer. Great track! I wonder if you have similar taste in general?
Wow, 2 #1's! I have to shamefully admit I don't even really know what that song sounds like. Well, it'll have to wait a bit, I'm only at Heroin.
And you still have to make it through "Echoes"! I want to give each of these songs a proper listen as well, when all is said and done.
River Man is great. I could have voted for that one, but I didn't.
Yeah Moonbeam.. I may have to skip that one to stay even remotely close to your posts.
Fake Plastic Trees was unranked?!
Looks that way Henrik, with similar rankings for River Man too.
That'll wrap up proceedings for the day. I hope everyone is enjoying!
So soon? Ohhh yeah, I'm enjoying alright.
Definitely, got 8 songs left to listen and then I can go to bed bissfully.
how to disappear completely!? u serious!? a good song, a very good song, but IMO, it doesn't even deserve to be on the list, let alone in the top 100. having said that, if there's anyone who doesn't have the right to complain about the results, it's me. i chose not to influence them... by the way, thanks heaps moonbeam, i didn't know quite a few of these songs and i probably wouldn't still if it wasn't for your posting youtube links. they're all fantastic songs so i'm glad you've made it convenient for me to listen to them. big thanks everyone who participated, and to moonbeam in particular. thanks for expanding my musical knowledge
I can't believe I forgot to include "A change is gonna come" in my top 100. At least it got in the top one hundred in the list.
Pity - I slept through this (that flu that Anthony had for the albums poll seems to have made it to Europe in the meantime), but it'll be fun to catch up on. Grand presentation, Moonbeam!
Yes I agree Moeboid,to have How To Disappear Completely at #81 is completely unexpected - not a song I'd put among their best. I'll have to get 'Fall On Me' - I have 5 R.E.M. albums but have never heard that particular song...
Damn - this connection is far too slow to play those youtube videos properly - oh well,I guess I could save them on videodownloadx...
I was pretty sure "Fall on Me" was going to show up at some point...although I did think I'd be the only person who picked it at #1. Thanks, Stammer!
"Fall on Me" has been my favorite song for almost 20 years now, ever since I saw it performed on the Green tour.
Also, I second Rendle--I am absolutely kicking myself for forgetting Sam Cooke's magnum opus.
schleuse, nice to see that your recent research in Nick Drake resulted in the love of "River Man"!
I'm with you Schlesue. While my top list is always changing "Fall On Me" has been on top since 1986.
Your comment about seeing it performed live got me thinking, does anybody have songs that they don't particularly like the studio version but live performances, covers, alt. takes, etc. make them reevaluate and put the song on their list. Alternately any songs that you think "man that could be a great song" but just couldn't put it on your list because of bad production, etc.
Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell was one for me. I always liked the song but for years couldn't get by the cheesy 70's production, particularly the intro. But hearing many covers (including REM) and especially some of Glen's own bareboned live versions (there's a great in studio version with Stone Temple Pilots of all people) the song has steadily moved up to near the top of my list.
I got one. When I first heard Vanessa Carlton's "Ordinary Day" I thought it was rather boring, but one day a friend of mine sent me an acoustic live version of the song and it blew me away. It's at #151 in my list right now.
I'm being totally detailed-obsessed hear but I thought I had the highest ranking for SP's 1979 when I made an earlier comment, when in fact I overlooked the boldface that said Pop Elton had made it his #1. Good tastes, P.E., and thanks for giving the songs the hefty points to get it into the top 100.
So for now it looks like I was the biggest champion of Maps. Fine with me.
I haven't weighed in on the song list yet, probably mostly because I didn't participate and thus have no real "rooting interest" - it's just fun to watch it unfold. Now that we're well into the top 100, though, I feel compelled to echo the consensus that this is one hell of a fascinating, eclectic list, with more genuine surprises than one normally finds on top-songs lists.
That said, I fully expect to see more and more dominance by a few selected artists (BD, the B's, Rh, maybe the RS) as we get closer to the top. I could be wrong, but I tend to doubt it.
I LOVE the original "Wichita Lineman" production, but then again I'm a sucker for late-'60s pop.
Also, it's fantastic that "Til I Die" made the Top 100.
I love that production too
It's part of that song's charm
I agree with you guys. I'm just a slow learner I have over 50 cover versions of the song and the original is by far the definitive one. Just for me it took the song to be reduced to the haunting melody and Glen's beautiful voice to appreciate what a "great" song it was.
Stammer : to answer your question, I think Thirteen would not be in my top 10 without Elliott Smith's cover ! But well, I like the original one and it would have been in my top 200 in any case, but I love that cover so much !
And I probably would not know Sly Stone's Loose Booty if Beastie Boys has not used almost every bit of that song to make Shadrach.
Believe me or not, I bet "Wichita Lineman" will be in the top 75.
Thirteen is in my top 20 as well. Could this be a surprise Top 75?
"Thirteen" is in my top 100. I hope that it could help it to make the final top 75 !
13 is also in my top100.
Methinks it's almost sure it is in the top75.
Now I'm starting to be really sorry for self-sabotaging my list. I should have made a more serious one, instead of trying to mix gold with chaff.
At least I boosted a few good songs.
Since I put it in #6, I think only one more vote would have been enough to make Thirteen reach the top 500... since we haven't seen it yet, it must be in the top 75 !
(you can guess the name about your top 3 songs if they have not appeared yet in the top 500 ! )
74. Marvin Gaye- I Heard It Through the Grapevine (196
Total points: 257.99
Place in the 2005 poll: 106
Appears on: 8 ballots
Rocky Raccoon (2
Rocky Raccoon: The groove is heavy and deep like the Titanic.
Good way to start the day. Are you going to finish it off today Moonbeam?
Yeah Smokey is the man ! I've put some Smokey in my list but with another song ("ooo baby baby"). "The tracks of my tears" is a pure motown classic too !
I forgot to put Can I Get a Witness on my list. Best Motown song IMO.
I'm doing this in 25-song installments. It takes a lot of work to track down these videos and images, etc.!
Wow, "Sea Song" actually made it. I can't believe it. (It was my #36)
Strange version on the Youtube video
Beautiful but for the ending, which is waaaaaaaaaay better on the studio version
Sinder, so you and eduard are one and the same ?
72. Eminem featuring Dido- Stan (2000)
Total points: 262.86
Place in the 2005 poll: 70
Appears on: 7 ballots
Honorio: It’s my favourite song from the 00s, and the eight years passed by hadn’t dethroned it yet. Probably the best example of storytelling in music, it’s more a novel or a movie than a song. And the story cleverly told as fan mail and the perfectly build dramatic crescendo was astonishingly brilliant. It puts a lump in my throat. Amazing.
Yeah. But please forget all about it once you see what I voted for #1.
(Replying to nicolas in the post above.)
Of course I'm delighted Wyatt made it to the albums AND song polls
Mark Propp I don't know you but in case you're listening
you've got great taste (Rock Bottom was my nb 2 album)
and bravo to all the others that helped Sae song make it
Great ! Tom Waits too !
All my favorites
Neat! I thought Roy Orbison was out of the picture when I saw Pretty Woman below the top 200. It was hard to pick something from him to put on my list. He has a lot of great, but not timeless songs, and Pretty Woman inched in at my #100. In Dreams was a close call for me.
And now the big "O" ! Amazing song. I'm very glad to see some Roy Orbison. This poll is very great. AMers, let me say to you that you all have a great taste in music !
I tried singing In Dreams karaoke once. Boy, was that a mistake. At least I had a Halloween mask on so nobody knew it was me butchering the song.
69. Prince and the Revolution- 1999 (1982)
Total points: 265.75
Place in the 2005 poll: unranked
Appears on: 5 ballots
Rocky Raccoon (104)
Moonbeam: I owe more to this song than any other, and my introduction to it and experience with it have shaped my musical journey every step of the way. It acts as the thesis statement of what I deem the greatest album ever recorded, and its fusion of synthesized funk, chicken-scratching guitar, hungry underdog attitude and thinly veiled spiritual message defines what makes Prince so great to me. The duel of good vs. evil and spiritual vs. carnal is embodied by not only the lyrics, but the instrumentation, as the infectious synth line captures the inherent ecstasy of the rapture while the ominously innovative and propulsive drum machine loop carries the foreboding sense of doom. A true song for the ages, its legacy lives well beyond the expiration of its calendar relevance.
Again, no Youtube vid, but click on the image below to hear this wicked song.
good pick, John !
"In dreams is impossible to sing
Must be 2 octaves or more
Unless you really want to try to do it well, I don’t think Orbison is the ideal karoeke artist. I know my limits and his high octave warbles are nearly impossible for anyone to sing. A drunken, unserious attempt at singing him wouldn’t be amusing to hear or watch.
It was pretty awful. Luckily, the bar was pretty packed and the people I was with said they couldn't hear me and I had an Arnold Schwartzanegger mask on and a suit. I should have just lip-synced it like in Blue Velvet although that's probably even more disturbing.