500 Greatest

Posted: December 17, 2004 in Everything

One of our church members brought me a copy of Rolling Stone magazine yesterday. This particular issues was dedicated to the 500 greatest songs of all time. Truthfully, I could not disagree with much of the list, but I do have a few problems it.

The first MAJOR flaw is that there is not a single Rush song on the list. Come on, they’ve got a ton of songs that most of us have never heard of, but not one song from one of the biggest selling bands of all time! This is a continuation of some people’s animosity toward the Canadian rockers. A few years ago, an executive for the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame stated that Rush would, “never be in the hall of fame.” What’s the deal? Check out records sales and tour success; How can you leave out Rush? Weezer may the list for goodness sakes, but not Rush!?

Secondly, Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” was named number one. You gotta be kidding me. Every other song in the top ten should have come before Dylan’s half-drunk sounding, unintelligible lyrics! How transparent is it that a magazine named ‘Rolling Stone’ selected a song entitled ‘Like A Rolling Stone’? Rolling Stone’s number one song is Like a Rolling Stone. Can we all say “Shameless Promotion.”

I know it takes a lot of thought and bargaining to come up with such an extensive list. I couldn’t do it–at least without much inner turmoil. Instead of trying to come up with a list of 500 songs, I thought I would drop you list of my top ten pop bands/artist of all time in random order.

  • The Beatles
  • The Four Tops
  • The Temptations
  • The Jackson Five/ Michael Jackson
  • Rush
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • U2
  • Sam Cooke
  • Harry Conick Jr.
  • The Doors

What do you think? Send me your list in the comments section.

  1. Michael says:

    Sean here goes my top ten artist or bands (random order)

    George Strait
    Run DMC
    Garth Brooks
    Elvis Presley
    Van Halen
    Guns N Roses
    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
    Jerry Lee Lewis

    Top Ten Christian Artist/Bands (Random Order)

    Third Day
    Audio Adrenaline
    Casting Crowns
    Allstar United
    Chris Rice
    Chris Tomlin
    Jars of Clay
    Nicole Nordeman
    Stephen Curtis Chapman

    Maybe you should do a worst bands of all time list as well!

  2. Brendo says:

    could not resist, off the top of my head:
    PJ Harvey
    David Bowie
    Jimi Hendrix
    Bob Marley and the Whalers
    Velvet Underground
    Grateful Dead
    Miles Davis

    But if you’re into Rush, shouldn’t you have Yess, Genisis and Emmerson Lake and Palmer on your list?

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