Friday, 4 November 2011

Rolling Stone Top 500 - Part 2

Some additional thoughts ...

It was great to see so many early rockers on the list, people like Chuck Berry, Elvis, Little Richard, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison, and The Everly Brothers.  With the dominance of the Classic Rock radio format, the field has been narrowed to (mostly white) music from between 1967 and 1980.  So it was good to see the people compiling the list gave credit to the folks who influenced everything that came after.

Ditto the 50's blues greats.  As Muddy Waters sang, "the blues had a baby and they called it rock and roll."  Nice to see the list compilers didn't forget that, and included the likes of Muddy, Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker.

There was only one Billy Joel song.  There were only five Elton John songs.  There were only James Brown songs.  It could have been worse.

Surprised (and not pleasantly):
Only three tunes from Pink Floyd?  And nothing from Dark Side?

Only three songs from Neil Young?  He is a genre sponge, and in turn has influenced artists ranging from folk to punk.  Very strange.

Only two entries for The Police?  At a minimum, where was Message In A Bottle?

No Red Hot Chili Peppers?  Guys who can straddle alt rock, rap, R&B and classic rock?  Wow.

No Talking Heads?  No Cat Stevens?

Two entries from The Kinks.  I would have had more, but no matter.  The question is why Waterloo Sunset but no Lola?  Beyond weird.

Only one song from Tom Petty?  None from Dire Straits?  No Donovan?  No Stevie Ray Vaughan?  These oversights make me wonder if the people who compiled the list were straight at the time.

OK, enough of the list.

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