Monday List Mania: Greatest Rock Songs & Best Albums No Longer in Print

Led Zeppelin IV (aka ZOSO)Monday must be a good day to release a list because we have new ones from Absolute Classic Rock and Uncut magazine.

First, the radio station Absolute Classic Rock asked their listeners to pick the best their favorite rock song.  Now, being that the station is from Britain, the list has a pretty English feel but most would agree all of these are pretty much standard on Classic Rock stations all over the world.

Top of the list is Stairway to Heaven.  Not that this is much of a surprise.  It's been winning this type of poll since it was released in the early-70's yet there are those of us who have heard it about 100 million times in their lifetime and really wish other people would get sick of it.

The full top ten:
  1. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
  2. Won't Get Fooled Again - Who
  3. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
  4. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
  5. Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
  6. Baba O'Reilly - Who
  7. Rock N' Roll - Led Zeppelin
  8. All Right Now - Free
  9. Revolution - Beatles
  10. Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
Time Fades AwayA much more interesting list came out today from Uncut magazine, listing their fifty greatest albums that are currently not available as a regular release.  This is just some really good music that you would pay a premium for in a used record store.

The following are the albums by veteran artists that made the list:
  • 01. Time Fades Away - Neil Young
  • 02. Lick My Decals Off, Baby - Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band
  • 03. St. Dominic's Preview - Van Morrison
  • 04. Live at the Hollywood Bowl - Beatles
  • 05. It's Time For - Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
  • 06. Night on Earth Soundtrack - Tom Waits
  • 07. Kraftwerk - Kraftwerk
  • 08. All Our Own Work - Sandy Denny & the Strawbs
  • 10. Music For a New Society - John Cale
  • 11. Silver Meteor: A Progressive Country Anthology - Various Artists
  • 12. Truth Decay - T-Bone Burnett
  • 13. Bright Phoebus - Lal & Mike Waterson
  • 15. Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls - Pauline Murray and the Invisible Girls
  • 16. The Undisputed Truth - Undisputed Truth
  • 17. Join Together - Who
  • 18. Apple Venus, Volume 1 - XTC
  • 19. From Gardens Where We Feel Secure - Virginia Astley
  • 20. Death Wish 2 Soundtrack - Jimmy Page
  • 22. None But One - Jean Ritchie
  • 23. Transformer - David Stoughton
  • 24. Bach's Bottom - Alex Chilton
  • 27. Men Opening Umbrellas - Vivian Stanshell
  • 28. Ecstasy & Wine - My Bloody Valentine
  • 29. From the Lion's Mouth - Sound
  • 30. Concerts for the People of Kampuchea - Various Artists
  • 32. Hearken to the Witches Rune - Dave & Toni Arthur
  • 33. Spring - Spring
  • 34. Hurt Me - Johnny Thunders
  • 35. For How Much Longer Do We Tolerate Mass Murder? - Pop Group
  • 36. Music for Stowaways - British Electric Foundation
  • 37. Wonder Where I'm Bound - Dion
  • 38. Edge of Darkness Soundtrack - Eric Clapton & Michael Kamen
  • 39. Rainy Day - Rainy Day
  • 40. Play For Today - Searchers
  • 41. The Incredible New Liverpool Scene - Adrian Henri, Roger McGough & Andy Roberts
  • 42. The World We Knew - Tav Falco's Panther Burns (with Alex Chilton)
  • 43. 200 Motels Soundtrack - Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention
  • 44. Sunrise - Eire Apparent
  • 45. First Light - Richard & Linda Thompson
  • 46. Demolition Derby - Sandy Bull
  • 47. Buckingham/Nicks - Lindsay Buckingham & Stevie Nicks
  • 50. Tin Machine II - Tin Machine (with David Bowie)
To see the whole list, find out why they made the list and get an approximate amount you would pay today in Britain for the album, go to Uncut's site.


Anonymous said...

I don't agree with you that the U.K.'s list for top rock songs is boring. For me, a classic song is something I can listen to over and over again and never get tired of. "Stairway to Heaven" and other songs on the list fit that category for me and obviously a lot of others.

Vintage Vinyl News said...

I never said that the whole list nor even Stairway to Heaven was boring. They are all great songs and a few are stop whatever I'm doing and listen cuts (i.e., Won't Get Fooled Again). It is possible, though, to become bored with a song after the thousandth time that you hear it. That being bored is just over familiarity which is much different than saying that a song is in and of itself "boring."

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