With “Truly In Love” about to become one of the all time greats and without a doubt a true New York Summer Jam, I started thinking about what some of my other favorite songs of all time are. When you talk about bands like The Beatles, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin, you really could make a top 10, or top 100 list of each band’s songs. So it is very, very difficult to compile a list like this, people. These are my top 10 songs; mostly because a lot of these songs make me feel like I’m going to cry like a little bitch:
10. Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana) - Although I don’t feel like crying when this song comes on, it must be recognized for what it did. It’s popularity created a sea change in 90’s music. Everyone thought that the 80’s sucked really hard, when in fact it produced a lot of quality music, and then the 90’s came. It was a dark time for music in general, kind of similar to today, when cheesy crap and image was more important and popular then quality music. Then Nirvana blew up with this little diddy, and everything changed. Grunge music took over, and a bunch of great bands that never would have seen the time of day began appearing all over MTV and the radio and music was actually really good for a while. Thanks Nirvana.
9. Billy Jean (Michael Jackson) - No song will make people dance more incessantly than this one. The second you hear those first notes, you change from just another dorky white guy into Tito Jackson himself. You can move it and shake it with the best of them, cause when it comes to dance hits they just don’t make ‘em like this anymore, do they? No they do not.
8. Freebird (Lynard Skynard) - Watch House of 1000 Corpses, then watch The Devil’s Rejects and tell me you’ve ever seen a better match of film and song then the end of Devil’s Rejects and Freebird. This song really is just classic; there are no 2 ways about it- don’t fight it- just give in to the Freebird- you cannot fight that guitar solo my friend.
7. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd) - Sometimes I convince myself that Pink Floyd is the greatest band ever. They kind of sample their own songs into other songs, and they are not just ahead of their time, they’re kind of ahead of our time. “We Don’t Need No Education” and “Comfortably Numb” are great songs, but “Wish you Were Here” just has that riff and that feeling that makes not only me cry like a little bitch, but also makes you cry like a wee little bitch. Right? Right.
6. Under The Bridge (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - You can deny it all you want people, but if you’re around my age, 27, The Chili Peppers are our Beatles (I am fully aware that The Chili Peppers cannot be compared to the Beatles, but, sue me). They are the band of our lifetime; they evolved, they have been around since the early 80’s, and they are the most consistently awesome band of the last 3 decades in my modest opinion. This tune was their best. Very personal song that only Anthony Keidis and I could ever fully understand; maybe one day I will explain it to you, squirt.
5. What’s Going On (Marvin Gaye) - Marvin Gaye was the voice of a people during a time when they would not be heard. He spoke for the oppressed, and this song is a beautiful example of his musical mastery and ability to create a powerful message within an ultra creative and expressive medium. Any song that Mos Def samples gets a certain amount of respect anyway, but Marvin really was just the man, plain and simple.
4. Imagine (John Lennon) - He just kind of got it, didn’t he? As great as the Beatles were, only John could write a song this powerful; I’m serial. It’s a beautiful, catchy song, but lyrically you just can’t fuck with it. He pretty much pinpoints the roots of a whole shitload of problems that we experience on earth. Nothing screws shit up more than organized religion and differentiating countries and peoples. Word.
3. Redemption Song (Bob Marley) - Bob Marley is probably my favorite musician of all time. I could easily do a top 10 of just his songs (and maybe I will), but this one is the one that makes Adam Schleichkorn cry every time he hears it. I think Bob must have been an African who was enslaved in a previous life, because this song is just so fucking personal and real. His guitar and his voice; God, I promised myself I wouldn’t do this, hold it in, hold it in; it just really gets to me, ya know?
2. Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin) - Wayne Campbell isn’t the only one who loves this song. I also love it. Yes, everyone has heard this song 900,000 times. Who cares? The way it progresses, or builds, in layman’s terms, is fantabulous. Led Zeppelin can do no wrong, except when they decide to work with Poo Doody.
1. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen) - Wayne Campbell isn’t the only one who loves this, oh wait, I did that already. Why does every great band have to either break up or someone must die? This song has everything; great story and lyrics, awesome instrumentals, and it changes like 8 times. It’s almost like a song from a Broadway play except it’s good. Not just good, but THE GREATEST SONG OF ALL TIMES……..
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