Thursday, June 10, 2010
Their list still sucks
We knew what we were getting into when we saw the introduction was written by Jay-Z. No doubt that helped spur sales. Nothing against Jay-Z -- whoever he is -- but when did he become King of America? That's not our title, that's what RS annointed him in its latest edition on the newstands.
What we got in the deal, and you probably already picked up on this, is another chance to pick apart the once relevant music magazine. Not to mention the tax deduction. So we begin today with the Top 10 songs and the most obvious question: What in the world is Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" doing in this group? It's possible we've asked this question before, but we'll continue to pose it until someone gives us a good answer.
1. Like a Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan, 1965
2. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, Rolling Stones, 1965
3. Imagine, John Lennon, 1971
4. What's Going On, Marvin Gaye, 1971
5. Respect, Aretha Franklin, 1967
6. Good Vibrations, Beach Boys, 1966
7. Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry, 1958
8. Hey Jude, Beatles, 1968
9. Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana, 1991
10. What'd I Say, Ray Charles, 1959
The Beatles barely edged out Kurt Cobain! They had the most songs on the list (23) but managed only one in the Top 10, and that one ranked below songs by two contemporary rivals, the Rolling Stones and Beach Boys.
We actually have something good to say about the Special Collectors Edition, and we'll say it as soon as we get over Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five having the 51st Greatest Song of All Time.