Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs Of all Time

by mrcookieface on November 21, 2004 · 16 comments

in Entertainment

I’m not sure I agree with the order…image

…Or some of the glaring ommisions.  It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by REM is missing, yet Eminem makes the list twice.

The Beatles made the list a whopping 23 times.  No surprise there.

Incidentally, the pic above came from a GIS for “rock and roll”, which is a notable site on it’s own.  The nation’s premier provider of showpig semen indeed.

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  • mrcookieface

    My favorite song description is Hendrix’s 152nd entry for his classic, Foxey Lady.

    They write:  Hendrix scrapes his pick down a string, literally making it tremble with anticipation, before exploding into an indelibly dirty riff. “I’m comin’ to getcha,” he promises—and he did.

    Sure enough.


  • ZolarCzakl

    Where’s “Butt Town” by Iggy Pop? I’m pissed!!!

  • olivesmarch4th

    Um… WHERE in the HELL is American Pie?

    As much as I like the music of Eminem, he should never, ever go above such classics as “Free Fallin’” and Anything The Beatles Ever Wrote.

  • .alphamonkey.

    My question is how on earth did Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” get on the list? While you’re at it…why not throw in Extreme’s “More Than Words”, you simpering pansies?  “You are the Sunshine of My Life” is a better Stevie Wonder song than “I Was Made to Love Her”? “Monkey Gone to Heaven” over “Debaser” from the Pixies?

    Yeargle-bargle! Fhnamuh! FUCK!

    If this doesn’t prove that Rolling Stone is about a relevant and hip as Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, I don’t know what could.  They don’t even pick songs that weren’t singles.  If you’d have told me that this was People Magazine’s list, I’d have no trouble beliving that. 

    Hey Jan Werner: SCREW YOU, HIPPIE! Music didn’t automatically die in 1997 save for Eminem, buddy. 

  • olivesmarch4th

    Yeah, but “Tears in Heaven” is about the death of Clapton’s son, and “More than Words” is just a cheesy love song.  I think there’s a qualitative difference there.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Regardless of their origin, the songs are equally cheesy. Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” is about the turmoil of Vietnam and the 60’s in general, but that doesn’t make it any less of a shitty song.

  • olivesmarch4th

    Eh, what would I know about “too cheesy”?  I’ve been known to cry during re-reruns of “Full House.”

  • mrcookieface

    Actually, For What It’s Worth is about the L.A. Sunset Strip riots of 1966.

    As quoted from this site, The main cause for the riots was the 10pm curfew for kids under age 18, and the Pandora’s Box being torn down. Pandora’s Box was one of the few underage clubs at that time.

    Scroll 2/3rds a way down the link, to Pandora’s Box.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Still shitty.  No wait…now it’s even shittier. Boo-hoo! Hippies lost their hang-out club! Boo-hoo!

  • mrcookieface

    Then you’d really love to know that Peter and Jane Fonda both got arrested during those riots.

  • .alphamonkey.

    Did they get in some stick time?

  • fealty2dahriyah

    I was going to ask if anyone gave a shit about these dumb lists, but apparently yes.

    this is probably rolling stone trying to reach out to that slightly older generation who has money and acutally spends it. you know the type willing to believe that all the songs from their period are not classics but still real vibrant music that is fresh today.

    when was the last time you bought a rolling stone?

    just seeing tooty fruity on this list makes me feel better as a person.

  • Thundarr

    You forgot Afternoon Delight by the Starlight Vocal Band

  • Shadow Stalker

    And “Saturday Night” by the Bay City Rollers.

  • .alphamonkey.


  • Just Plain Bob

    Coming in at a disgraceful 43 (c’mon, he’s SO much better than Bob Dylan), Little Richard. The picture says it all, really.

    A-wop-bob-a-loo-mop, a-good-god-damn.

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