Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Top Ten Songs, part one...

I've been trying to make a CD of the best 25 popular songs from my lifetime. What a task! I've gone back and forth a number of times and ultimately gave up on the original idea.

My criteria was going to be this:
  • They have to be from my lifetime, that is, from the time that I really started listening to music (around age 10—1965 or '66).
  • They have to be pop/rock songs. I have to place some limit on type of song. I'm talking about Top 40 kinds of songs, not genre-specific songs like heavy metal, or obscure FM tracks, folk music, jazz, etc.
  • Only one per artist. (I had to do this or I might have 25 Beatles' songs!)
  • They don't necessarily need to be my favorities; I might recognize some as great songs even though they are not my personal faves.
I may keep trying to boil things down, but for my first pass I ended up with a CD of 23 that only got me to 1971!

Here are my top ten...
10. For What It's Worth, Buffalo Springfield

9. You've Made Me So Very Happy, Blood Sweat & Tears

8. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, The Rolling Stones

7. Light My Fire, The Doors

6. I Heard It Through the Grapevine, Marvin Gaye

5. You've Got a Friend, James Taylor

4. Good Vibrations, The Beach Boys

3. Blowin' in the Wind, Bob Dylan

2. Eleanor Rigby, The Beatles

1. Bridge over Troubled Water, Simon & Garfunkel

Let me know what you think. I'd love to hear your list.

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