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My Favourite 50 Songs Of All Time

22 December 2008

I was supposed to post this list on the same day that Dan did his, but I screwed up.

So, in addition to my top songs of the year post last week, here’s my list of my favourite 50 songs ever (in alphabetical order).

  1. The Animals – House of the Rising Sun
  2. The Beatles – A Day in the Life
  3. Big Sugar – Wild Ox Moan
  4. Beastie Boys – Sabotage
  5. Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone
  6. Bob Dylan – It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding)
  7. Bob Dylan – The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll
  8. Bob Dylan – Masters of War
  9. The Clash – London Calling
  10. Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard it Through the Grapevine
  11. Curtis Mayfield – (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below We’re All Going To Go
  12. The Doors – Break on Through
  13. The Doors – Roadhouse Blues
  14. The Guess Who – American Woman
  15. Guns ‘n’ Roses – Paradise City
  16. Hank Williams – I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry
  17. The Hooters – All You Zombies
  18. James Brown – The Payback
  19. Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze
  20. Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower
  21. Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
  22. John Lee Hooker – I’m Bad Like Jesse James
  23. Johnny Cash – I Walk the Line
  24. Lard – Forkboy
  25. Led Zeppelin – Black Dog
  26. Led Zeppelin – When the Levee Breaks
  27. Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
  28. The Mamas and the Papas – California Dreamin’
  29. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
  30. Ministry – Burning Inside
  31. Monster Magnet – Space Lord
  32. Nine Inch Nails – March of the Pigs
  33. Nine Inch Nails – Head Like a Hole
  34. Patsy Cline – Crazy
  35. Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
  36. Pink Floyd – Shine On You Crazy Diamond
  37. Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
  38. Prince – Kiss
  39. Rage Against the Machine – Maggie’s Farm
  40. Robert Johnson – 32-20 Blues
  41. The Rolling Stones – Sympathy For the Devil
  42. The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
  43. Simon & Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
  44. Sinead O’Connor – Fire on Babylon
  45. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – The Tracks of My Tears
  46. Soundgarden – Superunknown
  47. Spiritualized – Cop Shoot Cop
  48. Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground
  49. Tom Waits – Earth Died Screaming
  50. The Who – The Seeker

I could have done an entire list of 50 with Dylan alone. I could also probably do a list of 50 with Zeppelin, Hendrix and Floyd. What can I say: most songs need time to achieve greatness, even in the space of a single person’s opinion.