Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Oh goody! More song lists! This one is from VH-1 and purports to be the Top 100 songs of the past 25 years. I guess that means songs that go back to 1978 are included such as "Who Are You" by The Who and "Start Me Up" by The Rolling Stones. Well, here is the complete list along with my additions at the bottom (an X means I agree with the VH1 selection although not necessarily the placement) :

X1. Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
X2. Michael Jackson, "Billie Jean"
X3. Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine"
X4. Eminem, "Lose Yourself"
X5. U2, "One"
6. Run-D.M.C., "Walk This Way"
X7. Prince, "When Doves Cry"
8. Whitney Houston, "I Will Always Love You"
X9. The Police, "Every Breath You Take"
X10. Madonna, "Like a Virgin"
X11. Van Halen, "Jump"
12. Alanis Morissette, "You Oughta Know"
13. TLC, "Waterfalls"
14. Sinead O'Connor, "Nothing Compares 2 U"
X15. Pink Floyd, "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)"
16. No Doubt, "Don't Speak"
X17. Def Leppard, "Photograph"
X18. R.E.M., "Losing My Religion"
X19. Public Enemy, "Fight the Power"
X20. AC/DC, "You Shook Me All Night Long"
X21. U2, "With or Without You"
22. Cyndi Lauper, "Time After Time"
X23. Prince, "Little Red Corvette"
24. Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On"
25. Rick James, "Super Freak"
X26. Bon Jovi, "Livin' on a Prayer"
27. Grandmaster Flash, "The Message"
28. Britney Spears, "... Baby One More Time"
X29. Bruce Springsteen, "Born in the U.S.A."
30. Janet Jackson, "Nasty"
31. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg, "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
X32. Pearl Jam, "Jeremy"
X33. Tina Turner, "What's Love Got to do With It"
X34. Peter Gabriel, "In Your Eyes"
35. The Sugarhill Gang, "Rapper's Delight"
X36. Joan Jett, "I Love Rock 'n Roll"
37. Alicia Keys, "Fallin'"
X38. The Clash, "London Calling"
X39. Tom Petty, "Free Fallin'"
X40. Michael Jackson, "Beat It"
X41. Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Under the Bridge"
42. Blondie, "Heart of Glass"
X43. The Go-Go's, "Our Lips Are Sealed"
44. Gloria Gaynor, "I Will Survive"
45. Aerosmith, "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing"
X46. Queen and David Bowie, "Under Pressure"
47. Shania Twain, "You're Still the One"
48. Naughty By Nature, "O.P.P."
49. Journey, "Don't Stop Believin'"
50. Lenny Kravitz, "Are You Gonna Go My Way?"
51. George Michael, "Faith"
X52. The Rolling Stones, "Start Me Up"
53. Marvin Gaye, "Sexual Healing"
54. Goo Goo Dolls, "Iris"
X55. Talking Heads, "Once in a Lifetime"
56. Sheryl Crow, "All I Wanna Do"
57. Eric Clapton, "Tears in Heaven"
58. The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Puff Daddy & Mase, "Mo Money Mo Problems"
59. Meat Loaf "Paradise By the Dashboard Light"
X60. Santana feat. Rob Thomas, "Smooth"
61. Backstreet Boys, "I Want It That Way"
X62. Pretenders, "Brass in Pocket"
X63. Beck, "Loser"
64. The Knack, "My Sharona"
65. Nelly, "Hot in Herre"
X66. Squeeze, "Tempted"
X67. John Cougar Mellencamp, "Jack and Diane"
68. Chic, "Good Times"
69. Mary J. Blige, "Real Love"
X70. Culture Club, "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me"
71. Dave Matthews Band, "Crash Into Me"
X72. John Lennon, "(Just Like) Starting Over"
73. LL Cool J, "Mama Said Knock You Out"
X74. Hall & Oates, "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)"
75. The Ramones, "I Wanna Be Sedated"
X76. Eurythmics, "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"
77. Missy Elliott, "Work It"
78. Green Day, "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)"
79. Destiny's Child, "Say My Name"
X80. Duran Duran, "Hungry Like the Wolf"
81. OutKast, "Ms. Jackson"
X82. Soft Cell, "Tainted Love"
83. Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas"
84. Radiohead, "Creep"
85. Eminem, "My Name Is"
X86. Tracy Chapman, "Fast Car"
X87. The Who, "Who Are You"
X88. Metallica, "Enter Sandman"
89. Pat Benatar, "Hit Me With Your Best Shot"
X90. The Police, "Roxanne"
91. Melissa Etheridge, "Come to My Window"
92. Salt-N-Pepa, "Push It"
93. Nine Inch Nails, "Closer"
X94. Cheap Trick, "Surrender"
95. Oasis, "Wonderwall"
X96. Beastie Boys, "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)"
X97. Devo, "Whip It"
98. Hanson, "MMMBop"
99. Norah Jones, "Don't Know Why"
100. Madonna, "Ray of Light"

Songs that did not make the list that should have include:

The Police, "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic"
Van Halen, "Running With the Devil"
Paul Simon, "You Can Call Me Al"
David Bowie, "Let's Dance"
J. Geils Band, "Centerfold"
Queen, "Another One Bites the Dust"
Asia, "Heat of the Moment"
ZZ Top, "Legs"
Loverboy, "Get Lucky"
Tears For Fears, "Sowing the Seeds of Love"
Peter Gabriel, "Sledgehammer"
Rush, "Tom Sawyer"
Foreigner, "Juke Box Hero"
Smashing Pumpkins, "Bullet With Butterfly Wings"
Stone Temple Pilots, "Vaseline"
Tom Petty, "You Got Lucky"
The Black Crowes, "Remedy"
Billy Joel, "Allentown"
Cheap Trick, "She's Tight"

That is just a sampling. I could come up with many more. I won't even comment on the order of the songs other than to say that placing "Born in the USA" out of the Top 10 is an unforgivable sin.

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