Top 30, v1.2

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Top 30, v1.2
Current mood: drained
Category: Music

Right, so my friend Jeannette asked me to make a list of my Top 30 favorite songs. Those of you who know me know that this is a tall order. My music collection is a little bit out of control.

I figure the best way to do it is to just list the first 30 songs I can think of that would even qualify for consideration for such a list, and then modify the list as I think of things that didn’t come to mind before.

A lot of the songs that I would put in a top 30 are nearly impossible to compare to one another. For example, which is better: Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade, or Led Zeppelin’s Kashmir? So a lot of this doesn’t really make much sense.

Usually, when I make these “Top X” lists, I try to refrain from repeating artists like twelve times. I think those types of lists are pretty boring–but then again, If Can and the Beatles each have 23 songs that I like better than Family’s Anyway, then perhaps they should all be up there, no? It’s something to decide for a later version.

Or maybe I can make two versions.

Also, it is going to be natural that the stuff I’ve been listening to more recently is going to have an edge over old stuff that I haven’t listened to in years and years. Again, this is the sort of thing that’s tough to get a handle on and that future versions will have to correct……

So anyway, without further ado, here is Version 1.2 of my top 30 songs of all time:

30. Plastic People Of The Universe: Spofa Blues (1974?)

29. Sobanza Mimanisa: Kiwembo (2006)
28. Eisturzende Neubauten: Fiat Lux (1989)
27. Family: Anyway (1970)
26. Strawberry Alarm Clock: Incense And Peppermints (1967)
25. Genesis: The Carpet Crawlers (1974)
24. George Gershwin (Feat. Paul Whiteman & Orch): Rhapsody In Blue (1924)
23. Zappa/Beefeart/Mothers: Debra Kadabra/Carolina Hardcore Ecstasy (1975)
22. Yes: Heart Of The Sunrise (1971)
21. Raymond Scott: Powerhouse (1937)
20. Helio Sequence: Just Mary Jane (Calypso) (2000)
19. Pink Floyd: Us And Them (1973)
18. Spring Heel Jack: Coda (2001)
17. King Crimson: Fracture (1974)
16. The Who: We Won’t Get Fooled Again (1971)
15. Annie Gosfield: EWA7 (2001)

14. Velvet Underground: Venus In furs (1967)
13.The Doors: The End (1967)
12. Pink Floyd: Bike (1967)
11. Led Zeppelin: Kashmir (1975)

10. Philip Glass: The Grid (1982)
9. Glenn Miller: Moonlight Serenade (1939)
8. Tommy Dorsey: Stardust (1936)
7. Coil: Where Even The Darkness Is Something To See (1991)
6. Joe Henry: Tiny Voices (2003)
5. Radiohead: Optimistic/In Limbo (2000)
4. Beatles: A Day In the Life (1967)
3. Pharoah Sanders: The Creator Has A Master Plan (1969)
2. Ketjak: The Ramayana Monkey Chant (recorded in 1967)
1. Can: Bel Air (1973)

Honorable Mention:

Anthony Braxton: Creative Orchestra Music 1976, Cut One (1976)
Rush: Spirit of the Radio
Tom Waits: Cold, Cold Ground (1987)
The Youngbloods: Get Together
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Free Bird
Captain Beefheart: Zig Zag Wanderer (1967)
Fred Astaire: Night and Day (1932)
John Lennon: Imagine (1971)ย ย 

Updates from Version 1.0:

1) The Doors: The End comes in at 13, pushing Tom Waits: Cold Cold Ground into the Honorable Mention category.
2) Captain Beefheart: Zig Zag Wanderer moves up one to 27.

If anyone out there can jog my memory as to something I forgot, please do tell….

3:33 PM – 11 Comments – 8 Kudos – Add Comment – Edit – Remove


You’ve inspired me. I think now, instead of doing my statistics homework, I will list my favorite songs.

Posted by Angietastic! on Sep 13, 2007 1:56 AM
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NO! Do your homework!!!!!

Posted by Tim on Sep 13, 2007 6:03 AM
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LOL! Music lists > Homework

Posted by Angietastic! on Sep 14, 2007 5:18 AM
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12 and 18 shouldn’t count as repeating by the same band… I also approve of those selections.

But no Rush? It’s Neil Peart!

Posted by My Other Shoe Is A Left One on Sep 13, 2007 6:53 AM
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I thought about including Spirit of the Radio. That might actually beat Cold Cold Ground.

Posted by Tim on Sep 13, 2007 6:02 PM
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THANK YOU!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ TMatthew, you ROCK!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰ There are a lot of songs I will have to check out. I’m VERY pleased to see that Genesis made it up there, as well as The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life,” which is my favourite Beatles song! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Awesome!!! I’ll comment more as I get time to listen to these songs!

Posted by J’Nette on Sep 13, 2007 6:35 PM
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It’s Peter Gabriel Genesis. I hope you’re cool with that. Phil Collins is still drumming, tho.

Posted by Tim on Sep 14, 2007 5:01 AM
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Genesis is Genesis – except when Phil left and they brought in that other guy…. That wasn’t really Genesis anymore. That was… Well, it wasn’t BAD… It just wasn’t Genesis, even if they kept the name.

Posted by J’Nette on Sep 14, 2007 9:38 AM
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So are you judging this primarily on the song or the performance? Or are the two inseparable? Is Cold, cold ground really the best of Tom Waits??? Venus and furs is awesome. Hey, what about some Billie Holiday??? Nat King Cole’s Nature boy…..god there are so many, I guess it’s just an impossible quest. What’s good is generally dependent on the mood. I salute your bravery in making such a list. *salutes Tim* I really like the song “Singin in the Rain.” It’s catchy. And the message is simple and vital. Sorry this message is very rambling.
gawd I’m hungry
nothing but pitta bread and taramasalata….sp?

Posted by Victoria on Sep 14, 2007 7:42 AM
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I basically took a very general “what do I like better” approach. So, the songs most likely to make me think “Wow. I like this,” are higher on the list. I suppose its the general sum of good songwriting (i.e. 23: Incense and Peppermints), production value (i.e. 6: Tiny Voices), technical ability (i.e. 16: Fracture), and overall atmosphere (i.e. 8: Stardust). It is, of course, all my own opinion, and I’m not judging these using any sort of objective formula (i.e. record sales, chart positions, effective use of established pop-song writing techniques, etc…). The result is to have a list that sort of uniquely defines me as a music collector.

Tom Waits, I think I like TOP OF THE HILL from REAL GONE better, and will probably change it. Or I might take Alex’s suggestion and toss RUSH’s SPIRIT OF THE RADIO up there somewhere and bump Tommy Boy altogether…

I thought about Billie Holiday. The only tune that really jumped out was “God Bless The Child” (although I don’t know why I would include this song over any other Billie Holiday song), but it really wasn’t strong enough for me.

Posted by Tim on Sep 14, 2007 11:34 AM
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I will definitely be checking these out! Can’t wait!
I moved in with MattyK and Lauren. Matt’s grandma wanted him to housesit while she gets knee surgery in Colorado, so we’ve moved in. Anyway, I need your e-mail address! And Ariel’s too!!

Posted by J’Nette on Oct 14, 2007 9:06 PM
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