Thursday, December 7, 2006

The 100 Best Songs of All Time

A Few Weeks Ago,

I was driving home from work in my car, listening to Snow Patrol's "Run."

This song is overdone, cheesy...and one of the best songs I've ever heard.

I am a blatant fan of pop music, and "Run" is an amazingly crafted work of that genre. It starts out with this horribly minor key-guitar grind underneath sad, sad lyrics, in the sort of vein of sad where you sort of instantly want to change the song to something else. If you can make it to the chorus, though, the song errupts into...well, pop euphoria, and then beats it into the ground until the solo FINALLY emerges, and you kind of want to play air guitar with a look on your face that would get your ass kicked if you were in public.

But you're not.

Let's just say it's anguished. (The look.)

Anyways, I found myself considering if it was one of the best 100 songs that I've ever heard.

I decided that it was, and then, it being a long drive, started adding other songs to that list.

The Best Songs Ever

  1. A Day in the Life – The Beatles
  2. Float On – Modest Mouse
  3. What I Got – Sublime
  4. Do You Realize? – The Flaming Lips
  5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles
  6. Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
  7. Across The Universe – The Beatles
  8. Paranoid Android – Radiohead
  9. Oakland Blackouts – Hieroglyphics
  10. Agnus Dei – Samuel Barber
  11. All Along The Watchtower (live) – Dave Matthews Band
  12. Such Great Heights – The Postal Service
  13. Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
  14. Killing in the Name Of – Rage Against the Machine
  15. Bartender – Dave Matthews Band
  16. Prayer of the Children – Kurt Bestor
  17. Hey Ya! – Outkast
  18. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  19. Tiny Dancer – Elton John
  20. Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
  21. Interstate Love Song – The Stone Temple Pilots
  22. November Rain – Guns 'n Roses
  23. Laid – James
  24. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
  25. Don't Stop Believing – Journey
  26. Sex Type Thing – The Stone Temple Pilots
  27. Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
  28. Send Me on My Way – Rusted Root
  29. Solisbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
  30. Clocks – Coldplay
  31. Hide Your Love – The Beatles
  32. Two of Us – The Beatles
  33. Feel Good, Inc – Gorillaz
  34. Ave Maria – Franz Beibel
  35. Longview – Green Day
  36. No Rain – Blind Melon
  37. Immigrant Song – Led Zeppelin
  38. Under African Skies – Paul Simon
  39. Basket Case – Green Day
  40. Mr. Jones- Counting Crows
  41. Ants Marching – Dave Matthews Band
  42. Losing My Religion – REM
  43. Suite Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills and Nash
  44. Aenemia – Tool
  45. Gentlemen – Fela Kuti
  46. If I Fell – The Beatles
  47. Caress Me Down – Sublime
  48. Free – Phish
  49. Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes – Paul Simon
  50. Chicago – Sufjan Stevens
  51. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me – U2
  52. Let Go – Frou Frou
  53. Sweet Adeline – Elliott Smith
  54. Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth – The Primitive Radio Gods
  55. Run – Collective Soul
  56. High and Dry – Radiohead
  57. Bulls on Parade – Rage Against the Machine
  58. Help! – The Beatles
  59. Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Part One – The Flaming Lips
  60. Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band/With a Little Help – The Beatles
  61. Ruby Soho – Rancid
  62. Over and Over (live) – Hot Chip
  63. I Know What I Know – Paul Simon
  64. White Room – Cream
  65. Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  66. SemiCharmed Life – Third Eye Blind
  67. Even Flow – Pearl Jam
  68. Real Love – The Beatles
  69. Clint Eastwood – The Gorillaz
  70. Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  71. Barrel of a Gun – Guster
  72. Holland, 1945 – Neutral Milk Hotel
  73. Nowhere Man – The Beatles
  74. It's Only Love – The Beatles
  75. Stinkfist – Tool
  76. Run – Snow Patrol
  77. Loser – Beck
  78. Light My Fire – The Doors
  79. Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews Band
  80. Creep – Radiohead
  81. Today – The Smashing Pumpkins
  82. She's Leaving Home – The Beatles
  83. A Hard Day's Night – The Beatles
  84. I Would Walk 500 Miles – The Proclaimers
  85. The Circle of Life – Elton John
  86. I Can't Get Next to You - The Temptations
  87. Buddy Holly – Weezer
  88. Selling the Drama – Live
  89. Without Me – Eminem
  90. Transatlantisism – Death Cab for Cutie
  91. Billie Jean – Micheal Jackson
  92. Arc of Time – Bright Eyes
  93. One Headlight – The Wallflowers
  94. Where is the Love – The Black Eyed Peas
  95. 93 'till Infinity – Souls of Mischief
  96. Redemption Song – Bob Marley and the Wailers
  97. Dig For Fire – The Pixies
  98. Mrs. Robinson – Simon and Garfunkel
  99. Be My Baby – The Ronettes
  100. Istanbul (Not Constantinople) – They Might Be Giants

Now, about this list:

Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, The Who, Pink Floyd, More Bob Marley, More Led Zeppelin, etc. They were all 'superior music geniuses' than, say, the Black Eyed Peas.

However, this is not a list of the greatest music geniuses.

It's a list of the best songs ever. By Me.

Take #66, Semi-Charmed Life. I realize that this song may not be as powerful as Pink Floyd's "Mother," to some, but here's the difference. In 8th grade, I was violently in love with a girl who was moving away. I already (like most 8th graders) thought that Semi-Charmed Life was a pretty great song.

One day, she called me, and said, hey, you know that song semi-charmed life?

I said yeah?

She said, it reminds me of you every time I hear it.

I asked her why.

She said, because of that line about having sand in between your toes. It just reminds me of you.

This instantly made it my favorite song for the whole summer.

Some would say, well, this doesn't qualify it as one of the greatest songs ever.

I say, fuck yes it does.

Every factor needs to be considered when making your list of the best 100 songs of all time.

Pink Floyd are indeed an amazing rock band.

But I, for some reason or another, have yet to really be really, really obsessed with a Pink Floyd Song.

Maybe it's because I saw The Wall when I was too young, and it fucked me up.

Who knows.

Whatever the reason, Pink Floyd could make my list in a year. It might make it with 10 songs.

But it's not on it now.

The songs also have to stand out on their own: Phish's Farmhouse is one of my favorite discs of all time but none of the tracks really hold their own (for me) as singles, so no cuts for them.

The Beatles could probably squeeze 15 more tracks onto my top 100, but I'm a little Beatled-out right now, which hurt their showing.

I included a few live tracks. I didn't mean to- it's just that there is no non-live recording of Dave Matthews Band's "Watchtower."

Also, with Hot Chip: their song, "over and over," was one of the coolest things I've ever seen-live. On the Album, it might make top 200, but not 100. So I gave 'em the live version for the list.

If the song made you weep because someone didn't love you anymore, (two songs on my list) if the song made you dance 'cause you were falling in love, (4 or 5) or maybe you liked if the song said the 'fuck yous,' to all the people you already hated at the time, (a few more), or you were addicted to lying in bed, listening to the song, and watching rain hit your windows (at least one huge one), then it belongs on the list.

If the song was just catchy or well crafted, or maybe you just said shit, that's a good song.

Then it belongs on you list.

These are the best songs that have ever been written