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The Greatest Songs

The Greatest Songs

I've talked about many of the prominent and enduring songs in my past posts, some are on the lists of the 'Greatest Songs'. Last week I posted the list of singles from Acclaimed Music. I like Acclaimed because they take all the top lists, sales and other factors into consideration. To expand a bit on the list; Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" sits at number one. The song is also #1 on Rolling Stone Magazines list of the 500 Greatest Song of all time and tops Billboard Magazine's list as well. So, there seems to be consensus although some other well know lists like VH1 put it at #4 and Consequence of Sound (COS) has it at #3.
When Dylan wrote "Like a Rolling Stone" he was exhausted having just returned home from a rather taxing tour schedule in mid June of 1965. The song hit the top 10 of most charts, but the only #1 ranking was from CashBox. Covered first in 1965 by 'The Soup Greens' a Garage Band from NYC and since…

The Greatest Artists

The 'List'(s) of Greatest Artists


First, setting all lists aside we each have our own favorites and perhaps that will change over time as well, I know mine does and it looks a bit different from the 'official lists' for sure. Rolling Stone Magazine as most will know spends a lot of time compiling lists of the best and greatest and top this and that, and they do a fantastic job. One of the lists updated in 2010 is the 100 Greatest Artists. Most of you can guess who appears on the list I would imagine, the top 10 being; The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Elvis, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, and Ray Charles. Perhaps the list that comes out in 2050 might even out the gender bias (not to take away from the talent here) but that's our history, like it or not. I've mentioned all of these artists in past blogs, some more than others so I'd like to take a look at other lists and artists. The RIAA (The Recording In…

Hallelujah

The word is Hebrew in origin and means "Praise you, Jehovah" and is the older of the similar "Alleluia" which is apparently of Christian origin. We all know how the word/phrase gets used in everyday life, literature and of course song.  According to Secondhandsongs.com there are over 20 songs with one of these two words in the title. When you hear the word, if you are like me the song "Hallelujah" written by Leonard Cohen (1984) comes to mind. I've read Cohen had drafted some 80 different versions of this song before landing on the one recorded in June of 1984 for his seventh studio Album, "Various Positions".  Cohen's strain is one of those songs that has taken on a life of its own, covered 'officially' 300 times both vocal and instrumental, unofficially this song has been sung no doubt millions of times. Suffering from over exposure due to programs like American Idol and to any local talent production as well inclusion in movi…

Country Classics

Here are covers of some of the best Country songs ever recorded. I've touched on a few of the great songs but there are more to talk about as theses originals have inspired country legends and many others to keep the songs alive.


"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" written and performed by Hank Williams (1949). Certainly near the top of any list of the best of all time. There is some small controversy that the lyrics were written by someone else, I'm in no position to debate this but this song seems to be in the same style and consistency as Williams other songs and he still maintains official writing credit. It's little wonder the song resonates with so many people, the lyrics are poetic and paint a vivid picture of the heartache being portrayed. Released as a 'B' side this song peaked at #4 in 1949. Covered some 220 times, Johnny Cash, Tommy James and The Shondells, B.J. Thomas, Inger Marie Gundersen, and Wonder Woman-Lynda Carter.

The 'blues' and…