Tuesday, July 11, 2023

My Top 500 "Rock" Songs

 OK so I've now scored 817 songs.  Here is my current top 10 and my current 491 to 500.  

1. What's Going On by Marvin Gaye

2. Riders on the Storm by The Doors

3. Just Like Heaven by The Cure

4. Moondance by Van Morrison

5. The One I Love by R.E.M.

6. Imagine by John Lennon

7. Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight

8. Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes

9. Running Up That Hill by Kate Bush

10. Take on Me by a-ha

491. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man by Prince

492. Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves by Cher

493. Shelter from the Storm by Bob Dylan

494. Scoundrel Days by a-ha

495. Trouble Me by 10000 Maniacs

496. Living For The City by Stevie Wonder

497. What She Said  by The Smiths

498. Clarity by John Mayer

499. Telephone Line by Electric Light Orchestra

500. Firefly by American Music Club


  1. Replies
    1. There are 5 100 point categories. History (my own personal history with the song), Playability (how playable I believe a song to be), Influence (how I measure the influence of the song), Pupularity (if a song has 100 million listens on spotify then it scores a 100 so this means my ranking system will ultimately favor more popular songs), Stars (how many stars I give the song from 1 to 100). So for What's Going On it gets an 80 for my own personal history, 50 for playability (subject matter and references to marijuana), 80 for influence, 100 for popularity, and I give it 90 out of 100 stars. It scores 400 points. The only types of artists who have scored 80 or better on influence is Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Allman Brothers Band, Roy Orbison, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zepplin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles. Joining that list soon will be Pink Floyd and Bob Marley. I haven't scored Nirvana yet either but I'm not sure where they will fall on the influence list. I only gave the Pixies a 50 as their highest on influence and Cobaine openly talked about how influenced he was by them.

    2. I did something similar to this based on the records I owned in the summer of 1989 (right after I'd gone out to Sears and bought a new turntable), and my categories were music, lyrics and personal relationship with the song. I'm pretty sure "Born to Run" finished No. 1. Or maybe it was "Thunder Road." But, anyway, I like your factoring in popularity.

  2. I love 491, 493, 496 and 499. This is a tough list to make.