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The rhythm was inspired by the wriggling of a praying mantis that VanWyngarden and Goldwasser kept in college. VanWyngarden wrote about rock-star fantasies ("I'll move to Paris, shoot some heroin"), though it's unclear how facetious the words are. "Some think we're druggies. Others see the tongue-in-cheek element," he said. "That's what I hope for as a lyricist: confusion!"
Top 500 Rock And Roll Songs
"I've never been a big fan of irony," Smith said, which might be why this reverie of love, cut at a vineyard in the South of France, is his favorite Cure song. The band's girlfriends influenced the music. "The girls would sit on the sofa in the back of the control room and give the songs marks out of 10," he said. "So there was a really big female input."
Before "I'm Eighteen," Cooper was just another hairy rock oddball. But this proto-punk smash defined the age when, in Cooper's words, you're "old enough to be drafted but not old enough to vote." A few years later, Johnny Rotten sang this at his audition for the Sex Pistols; by then, Cooper was a guest on The Muppet Show.
Youthful angst on the Lower East Side: Lou Reed vocals and cool confusion, driven by the surging, garage-band sound that would go on to define early-2000s rock. The Strokes supposedly nicked the opening riff from Tom Petty's "American Girl." "I saw an interview with them where they admitted it," Petty told Rolling Stone. "I was like, 'OK, good for you.' It doesn't bother me."
Slash's Seventies-metal crunch and Axl's hell-bound shriek brought brutal realism to the L.A. glam-metal scene. "They're real-life stories, these fuckin' songs," bassist Duff McKagan said. "Jungle" beckoned listeners into the Gunners' sordid Hollywood milieu, but Rose's inspiration came from getting lost during his first trip to New York.
This was cut twice: first as a single that was rushed to radio and became one of the Ramones' few modest hits, then in a slightly souped-up version for the band's album Rocket to Russia. "I combined Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, with the primalness of punk rock," said Joey Ramone. "It was funny, because all the girls in New York seemed to change their names to Sheena after that."
"The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" is a recurring survey compiled by the American magazine Rolling Stone. It is based on weighted votes from selected musicians, critics, and industry figures. The first list was published in December 2004 in a special issue of the magazine, issue number 963, a year after the magazine published its list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2010, Rolling Stone published a revised edition, drawing on the original and a later survey of songs released up until the early 2000s.
Another updated edition of the list was published in 2021, with more than half the entries not having appeared on either of the two previous editions; it was based on a new survey and does not factor in the surveys that were conducted for the previous lists. The 2021 list was based on a poll of more than 250 artists, musicians, producers, critics, journalists, and industry figures. They each sent in a ranked list of their top 50 songs, and Rolling Stone tabulated the results.
In May 2010, Rolling Stone compiled an update, published in a special issue and in digital form for the iPod and iPad. The list differs from the 2004 version, with 26 songs added, all of which are songs from the 2000s except "Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G., released in 1994. The top 25 remained unchanged, but many songs down the list were given different rankings as a result of the inclusion of new songs, causing consecutive shifts among the songs listed in 2004. The highest-ranked new entry was Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" (number 100).
James Henke, chief curator for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with the help of music writers and critics, selected 500 songs (not only rock songs) that they believe have been most influential in shaping rock and roll. The list is alphabetical by artist.
Over Memorial Day weekend, B102.7 aired the monumental 500 greatest classic rock songs of all time. We called it the Memorial Weekend 500 - and it was glorious. In case you missed any of it, here's the 500.
Befitting its title, the song is based on one of the most popular structures in rock and roll, the 12 bar blues progression (in A). 'Rock and Roll' stands as one of the best-known songs in the band's catalogue.
Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has said that this song came to be written as a spontaneous jam session, whilst the band were trying (and failing) to finish the track 'Four Sticks'. Drummer John Bonham was playing a medley of songs, which included a rendition of 'Keep a Knockin'' and Page then added a guitar riff. The tapes were rolling and fifteen minutes later the basis of the song was down. The song also included Ian Stewart on piano who dropped in for the jam.
The final results are not really surprising. The Rolling Stone Magazine list mostly contains songs from from Rock and its various subgenres, with a few outliers in the form of Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, Country, and Electronic music albums.
43. Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Great White (1989). Great White was a great blues-rock band but strangely enough their best song was a cover of an English pop song. The music video debuted the considerable talent of video vixen Bobby Brown.
22. The Flame by Cheap Trick (1988). Cheap Trick hoped to make an Aersomith type comeback and looked to be on track with this Top 40 hit but, unfortunately, they faded after this one. I thought the tune sounded out-of-place when played alongside their classic songs and, indeed, it was chosen by the record company rather than written by the guys themselves.
With 40-plus years of metal history to choose from, there were only six bona fide metal songs that cracked the top 500, and half of them are repeats from the last time around. Motörhead's "Ace of Spades" dropped in at No. 442, "Enter Sandman" came in at No. 390, "Iron Man" landed at 344 and "Paranoid" got bumped back nearly 100 slots to No. 338.
Headstrong by Trapt is the only song ever to hit number one three times. First, Headstrong rose to number one for a single week. It was replaced by The White Stripes, but took number one back for another single week. Then, it was replaced by Queens Of The Stone Age, then replaced by Cold and Stupid Girl. Finally, Trapt returned to number one for another two weeks. This is all laid out on the number one rock song calendar.
At the urging of my son, Will, I have decided to expand upon the list. One of my criteria the first time around was that it was a song that was actually used at a funeral in my experience. That was limiting, and, to answer some of the detractors, did generate songs that would more appropriately be in the pop genre. I am not going to limit myself this time around, and have taken into account many of the suggestions offered.
Rolling Stone 500The Rolling Stone dataset was created by David Temperley and Trevor Declerc. They annotated both the harmony and melody for 200 of the top 500 Rock 'n' Roll songs from Rolling Stone's list.
Our pitch values are the standard midi roll, with a couple of exceptions. We decided to limit the range of pitches to three octaves, since we found that to cover the range of many songs. The pitches are also transposed to their C-Major-equivalent pitches.
An example of one of the songs from David Temperley and Trevor Declerc's Rolling Stone 500 data set, after being formatted into a matrix of relative pitch values with their corresponding metric onset level (Note: harmony is omitted).
Looking at the new Rolling Stone list of 500 Greatest Albums, it's striking to see how the times have changed. The most obvious seismic shock is how Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band is no longer the Citizen Kane of pop. It's been dethroned from the top spot, pushed all the way to number 24, with Marvin Gaye's What's Going On taking its slot. What's Going On has been floating in Rolling Stone's Top 10 since 1987, the same year where it made it into the Top Five on The World Critics List masterminded by Paul Gambaccini. In other words, What's Going On has been acknowledged as a consensus classic for decades, so it's not shocking to see it at the top of the list. The shocks arrive within the guts of the poll, where it becomes clear that the rock & roll era has come to an end.
Sure, there are plenty of rock records on the list, starting with Nirvana's Nevermind at six, but dig a little deeper, it's evident that anything loud, raw, and noisy is on the out of fashion. It's also clear that records released prior to 1970 are drifting toward the history books: they're not platters for pleasure but prerequisites for understanding the modern era. There are some exceptions to the rule but they're often albums by acts that either are marketed into ubiquity (Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin; the kind of band whose shirt is sold at Target) or are exemplars of their genre (Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Frank Sinatra, Robert Johnson, etc.). The highest-ranking pre-1970 LP is the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds, which long has benefitted its mythos that it was an album too visionary and beautiful for its time (despite the fact that it had two Top Ten hit singles and went into the Billboard Top Ten itself).
Pet Sounds is also pointedly not a rock & roll record; it's as far from the sound of four or five musicians banging away at a handful of chords in a small room as can be imagined. It's an album born of the studio and, in that sense, it points the way to so many of the key records to come, whether it's Sgt. Pepper, What's Going On, or Rumours. It's an also album whose mystique is inextricably tied to how its the vision of one musician, not a collective, an idea that fuels a lot of modern music--even music made by a team of studio rats and fronted by a singer. Pet Sounds proved prescient on these and several other fronts but it's not quite an album that crystalizes the sound, feel, and aesthetic of the 1960s; indeed, it's often celebrated for how it cut against the grain of the time. 041b061a72