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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Tom's Top 50 Songs of All-Time-The Cut List (Rolling Stone Magazine Top 500 Songs)

Rolling Stone magazine asked voters to list their Top 50 songs for their updated Top 500 Songs Ever list (last published in 2004).  While I wasn't a voter, I did decide to take up the challenge anyway.  I managed to come up with a solid 50 picks.  36 of these made the Top 500.

But trying to narrow a lifetime of music listening to 50 songs was a pretty impossible task. It meant leaving a lot of songs on the cutting room floor.  Here's my Top 50 list.  And here's a list of songs I considered for my Top 50, that just missed the cut.      

10CC - I'm Not In Love
Abba -  Dancing Queen
ABC - Look Of Love

Al Green - Let's Stay Together         

Anne Murray - Snowbird

Backstreet Boys - I Want It That Way

Band - The Weight

Bangles - If She Knew What She Wants

Bee Gees - Fanny 

Beatles - Something

Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry

Bob Seger - Night Moves

Bonnie Raitt - I Can't Make You Love Me

Boston - More Than A Feeling

Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy

Bruce Hornsby & the Range - The Way It Is

Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

Buffalo Springfield - For What It’s Worth

Byrds - Turn, Turn, Turn 

Cameo - Word Up

Carpenters - We've Only Just Begun

Charlie Rich - Life Has Its Little Ups and Downs

Chic - Good Times

Creedence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary

Cyndi Lauper - Time After Time

Derek & the Dominos - Layla

Dolly Parton - Jolene

Dominoes - Sixty Minute Man

Doobie Brothers - What A Fool Believes

Drifters - Up On The Roof

Dusty Springfield - Son of A Preacher Man

Electric Light Orchestra - Strange Magic

Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds

Five Stairsteps - O-o-h Child

Frank Sinatra - You Make Me Feel So Young

Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove

Gary Stewart - She’s Actin’ Single

James Brown - Sex Machine

Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower

John Prine - Angel From Montgomery

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

Lefty Frizzell - Saginaw, Michigan 

Lemon Pipers - Green Tambourine

Little Richard - Lucille

Lucinda Williams - Side of the Road

Luther Vandross - Never Too Much

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama

Madonna - Borderline

Mamas & The Papas - California Dreamin'

Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On

Maxwell - This Woman's Work

McFadden & Whitehead - Ain't No Stopping Us Now

Michael Jackson - Rock With You

Miranda Lambert - Kerosene

Mott the Hoople - All The Young Dudes

Neil Young - Heart of Gold

O'Jays - Love Train

Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay

Platters - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

Procol Harum - Whiter Shade of Pale

R.E.M. - So. Central Rain

Randy Travis - Forever and Ever, Amen

Rascals - Groovin'

Ray Charles - Hit The Road Jack

Ray Price - For The Good Times

Rick Nelson - Garden Party

Ronettes - Be My Baby

Roxy Music - Avalon

Sammi Smith - Help Me Make It Through The Night

Seal - Crazy

Shirelles - Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water

Sister Sledge - We Are Family

Smiths - How Soon Is Now

Spencer Davis Group - Gimme Some Lovin'

Stevie Wonder - Living For The City

Sugarhill Gang - Rapper's Delight

Sylvester - You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)

Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man

Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World

Three Degrees - When Will I See You Again

Tina Turner - What's Love Got To Do With It

Toots & The Maytals - Pressure Drop

Tracy Chapman - Fast Car 

Van Morrison - And It Stoned Me

White Plains - My Baby Loves Lovin'

Who - Behind Blue Eyes

Willie Nelson & Merle Haggard - Pancho and Lefty