60+ Songs Worth Listening To

Posted in: Rock by Brenda Nelson on February 17th, 2008 | 183 Comments

Some of these you may have heard, but probably not all. All of these songs are either profoundly intelligent or darn funny. Challenge yourself to listen to some of those you are not familiar with.

These songs all have messages or meanings, many. Lyrically these are all very powerful songs. These are not necessarily favorite songs, not necessarily the “BEST SONGS”, just those who are lyrically intelligent or fun. In no particular order, some you know, many you will not.

  1. A day in the Life – The Beatles. Perhaps their greatest work, John sings the first part, Paul, the second. Shows the separate directions they were going in styles prior to the break up of the Beatles.
  2. Synchronicity II – The Police. Contrasting the mundane life of a family and a legendary creature. Very ominous song.
  3. Paradise by the Dashboard Lights – Meatloaf. A teen anthem, was actually against premarital sex, and how life turns as we get older.
  4. Skin Deep – The Stranglers. A song about what “REAL” friendship means.
  5. Oh My Darling – The Handsome Family.   An Alternative Country Gothic Band.  And just what a unique perspective to sing from in a song. 
  6. We are the Champions – Queen. Often used as a school anthem, but it was about overcoming other peoples disapproval.
  7. Redemption Song – Bob Marley. Often misunderstood, he is singing about how you need action, not just “songs” about Redemption.
  8. Dancing with Tears in my Eyes – Ultravox. Possibly the saddest song ever written. Captures the fears of the cold war.
  9. The Man in the Mirror – Micheal Jackson. A song about making a change in your life for the better.
  10. Every Breath you Take – The Police. A misunderstood song, often mistakenly used as a love song, when in fact it is about a controlling relationship.
  11. Silver and Gold – U2. An intellectual song about power and greed.
  12. Running the World – Jarvis Cocker. Great song about being the little guy in a world ruled by others. A song for true anarchists.
  13. The Devils Party – INXS. Basically The world in itself IS “the Devils Party”.  Greed is the crime committed in this song. 
  14. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley. If we could only listen to the message the birds give we would be alright.
  15. 100 Years – Five for Fighting. An absolutely wonderful song about life and getting older, looking back at your youth and reassuring your younger self about things.
  16. Space Oddity – David Bowie. The way the song goes between two people is very cool.
  17. Goodbye Earl – Dixie Chicks. They sing about committing a murder and getting away with it, and pretty much tell you how to do the same.
  18. American Idiot – Green Day. A good political song, it tells people that just because they are not in power, doesn’t mean they have to act a certain way or believe the same as their “leaders”
  19. Imagine – John Lennon. I am sure this one is on every music list in the world, but that’s okay, it’s worth it.
  20. Great Summer Fair – The Box. Captures perfectly the anxiety of a little boy at the fair.
  21. Nor Crystal Tears – Strange Advance. Another eerie song from the Cold War.
  22. I would do Anything for Love (But I won’t do that) – Meatloaf. Another love song with a message, you have to listen to what it is he won’t do in the conversation between male and female parts, it’s actually very positive.
  23. Mad World – Gary Jules. A Tears for Fears remake, that is more ominous than the original.
  24. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen. Brilliantly organized song.
  25. Fields of Gold – Sting. Probably one of the best lyricists.
  26. Mr. Jones – Counting Crows. Good story about how different people look at life.
  27. Disarm – Smashing Pumpkins. Ultimately a bad kid is the fault of the parents who raised him incorrectly.
  28. Dancing – Bauhaus. Dancing on all those things which have become so sacred they oppress us.
  29. The Pot Head Pixies – Gong. Something totally different.
  30. Total Eclipse – Klaus Nomi. Amazingly weird. You will think its two people singing, but it’s only one… (a guy).
  31. High – The Cure. The word placement in this song makes it very interesting and fun.
  32. Heaven – Psychedelic Furs. Simple expression of joy.
  33. Cities in Dust – Siouxsie and the Banshees. Good song to lift you up when you need to let out anger. 
  34. Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport – Rolf Harris. Well I really don’t know what to say here, except my husband insisted I list this one.
  35. Insight – Joy Division. Honestly depressing song, as it foretold a real suicide of the singer.  You will note in this song he sings for the Angels and Judges to beware, that they should have taken care of the people not there. 
  36. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads. Kinda different, kinda fun, kinda spooky.
  37. Right Here, Right Now – Jesus Jones. A soothing kind of song.  A chance to put our lives in perspective.
  38. Psycho Killer – Talking Heads. I’ve said it before, why say it again?
  39. I Still Haven’t Found what I’m Looking for – U2. Very real as spirituality is questioned.
  40. Tear you Apart – She Wants Revenge. A dynamic song, the radio edited version even more estranged than the original.
  41. Strayed – Slapp Happy with Henry Cow. This is just a different song to listen to.
  42. Standing in a Trash Can (thinking about you) Legendary Stardust Cowboy. Heck get all his songs they are worth a listen to.
  43. Dear God – Midge Ure. From the guy in Ultravox, a more uplifting song, than most Ultravox songs.
  44. What Would You Do – Paris.  NOT Paris Hilton, but a political rapper – hip hop singer, who appears to be black listed by the music industry, the lyrics might give a hint as to why.
  45. The Russians – Sting.  Another Cold War song, demonstrates Stings insight to humanity.
  46. Taxi – Harry Chapin. Good story song worth listening to how peoples lives turn out.
  47. Sequel to Taxi – Harry Chapin. A follow up to the touching first one.
  48. Lost in the Supermarket – The Clash. What do you think he is buying at the store?
  49. Peace on Earth – U2. Although written and recorded before the notorious events known as 9/11, this song very much captures the moment in time.
  50. Don’t you Forget about Me – Simple Minds. Classic 80’s music that should bring back memories of how it feels to be a teenager.
  51. Lose Yourself – Eminem. Although I don’t much care for rap, this is a good song.
  52. The Tale – Meredith Monk. Just plain “different” this song will make you laugh.
  53. If I had a Million Dollars – Barenaked Ladies. This is a fun fun song, we all have dreams.
  54. Lovers in a Dangerous Time – Bruce Cockburn. A different kind of love song.
  55. Civilization- Frank Sinatra. A hilarious song by “Frank”.
  56. Call to Prayer – Baaba Maal. It is in some kind of African language, so it must be good.
  57. Ahead by a Century – The Tragically Hip. A song about a relationship where one person believes they are holding the other back.
  58. Give Me Shelter – Sisters of Mercy. This is a powerful Rolling Stones cover.
  59. Heroes – David Bowie. A timeless song, yet dated.
  60. Anarchy in the UK – Sex Pistols. A catalyst for the power of Punk, a song for change.
  61. In the Air Tonight – Phil Collins. A haunting song with many different interpretations..
  62. The Stairs – INXS. Wonderful lyrics but I include it here for the incredible way it builds momentum.
  63. The Logical Song – Supertramp. A song about growing older and societies expectations.
  64. I’m an Adult Now – The Pursuit of Happiness. A song about being old and societies expectations.
  65. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay – Odis Redding. A nice melody, good lyrics.
  66. Beds are Burning – Midnight Oil. Powerful song about the mistreatment and displacement of aboriginals in Australia, but is significant for apologies due elsewhere.
  67. Unanswered Prayers – Garth Brooks. If we are all lucky we can thank God for unanswered prayers. I had to put a country song ya know.
  68. Highly Illogical – Leonard Nimoy. Yup, that’s Spock from Star Trek, funny and true.
  69. Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve. Ultimately it is the truth behind every one of us.

I am sure you will have heard some already but many will be new to you. You will note “Stairway to Heaven” is not on the list… Why? Pretty much everybody has heard it millions of times already.  If you want to listen to something really fun – look for “Stairway to Gilligans Island”.  Add your own songs to the list – remember it is not a list about BEST songs, it is a list about different songs, or those with lyrics that stand out. 

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183 Responses to “60+ Songs Worth Listening To”
  • anon June 15th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    sweet child o mine by guns n roses

  • Shagata Ganai June 15th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    I know forty-eight of ‘em. Pretty good list.

  • Ryan June 15th, 2008 at 11:43 am

    i love inxs. good additions. should have put in “‘m just a man” instead of devil’s party. much more personal

  • jeff June 15th, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Gimme Shelter, by the Rolling Stones is a shattering howling plaintive cry from a group of musicians in the very eye of the crossfire hurricane they described in Jumpin Jack Flash. The Sisters Of Mercy cover was weak in comparison. It would have been better if they got Ofra Haza to do the backing vocals, but still it would lack the authoritative punch of the original.
    In fact you might want to give all of Let It Bleed a listen, it is arguably the ‘Stones’ greatest album, and a five star effort — also containing Live With Me and Midnight Rambler.

  • Simon June 15th, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Some good, most I haven’t heard of though. Btw, the Verve is probably the second best band there, after Queen.

  • Rob June 15th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    No Bob Dylan? You are on the right track though.

  • Bob Dylan June 15th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    umm where’s Like A Rolling Stone

  • Ali June 15th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    Mike, there is no such this as “too much U2″

  • Hailey June 15th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    You need some Incubus on this list. Maybe Warning, Idiot Box, Drive, Vitamin, or The Warmth. All great songs.

    I would agree with the list except for Nickleback and Amy Winehouse.

  • Jesse June 15th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    so, where are the good songs? Jesus Jones? really?

  • Krista June 15th, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    I’m going to agree with Hailey, this list is in need of some Incubus.

  • Jebus June 15th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    …wait…how did stairway to heaven not make the list?

  • nobert soloria bermosa June 15th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    nice list of songs, i know more than half of it,thanks

  • Emilyy June 15th, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    U2’s song ‘Silver and Gold’ is about Aparthide in Africa.

  • Thos Weatherby June 15th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    A very limited and shallow list. However, at least you are thinking about something. If you wanted songs with meaning I would recommend most Frank Zappa. Try “I’m the Slime” – (about what you watch on TV) or Greggory Peccary (a nocturnal gregarious swine on his way up) or maybe listen to a beautiful guitar solo in, “Watermelon in Easter Hay”. Also more songs with great meaning would come from Ian Anderson (who? – Jethro Tull) Such as, “Skating you Life Away” or Thick as a Brick. As for your first choice of the Beatles, John was having a problem finishing a song. Paul had a different song already written. The just combined the two songs. Nothing to magical. But if you want magical listen to Zappa’s Wonderful Wino. Drums, Bass and Guitar written separately but they just so happen to also go with each other.

    Also try The Flock’s – Store Bought, Store Thought. No, not the Flock of Seagulls.

  • gnarly hardcore dude June 15th, 2008 at 7:02 pm

    Guy where tha Children of Bodom or GWAR at?
    That stuff is sooo flacking deep.

  • Kornum June 15th, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    New York, New York. Stairway to Heaven. Let it Be…
    This seems rediculess to me :)

  • Ferrek June 15th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Oh come on. Hurt. From Nine Inch Nails. At least the cover from Cash if not the original… christ..

  • cool June 15th, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    i think dont stop believing by journey should be on there
    and i personally like the list.

  • Sting blows June 15th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    you don’t know very much about music.
    Bob dylan is actually considered one of the greatest lyricist. Beatles one was correct. However you failed to cover a wide variety of music and basically half of your list is Sting or related bands.

  • the truth June 15th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    Man– music belongs to the ears of the listener, and that changes person to person. Stumbled upon this, and I gotta say, I’m pretty disappointed with your list because I saw some bands multiple times (U2, the Police), and this points towards them being among your personal favorites…?

    By the way, stings sons’ band Fiction Plane is sick.

  • tori June 15th, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    eh, it’s decent. a day in the life certainly deserves it’s spot, but it’s hardly one of the songs that most obviously shows the oncoming rift in the beatles.

  • Kelsey June 15th, 2008 at 11:30 pm

    I rather enjoyed reading through the comments more than the list. People’s unique perspective on what it is that makes good makes a far more interesting read than a list of 70 songs. I particularly like how some people respond with ad hominem attacks. I don’t really get why you would assault some stranger’s character, but it is quite fun to read.

  • Andy June 16th, 2008 at 1:25 am

    The piano cover of “Mad World” by Tears for Fears. I don’t know who sings it, but it will make the toughest man want to cry…

  • Pantrax June 16th, 2008 at 2:12 am

    I waited till da last number for FLOYD ! No Floyd, then the list is incomplete

  • RJ Chamberlain June 16th, 2008 at 2:27 am

    You forgot RHCP Under the Bridge! The greatest song of all time.

  • s hayes June 16th, 2008 at 3:26 am

    Hi B Nelson,
    I enjoyed reading your article.
    Music is such an individual thing – from the soul – that is why so many people seem to react so your article so emotionally.
    Nobody should be knocked for their taste in music. If we all liked and bought the same kinds of music, the world would be a very dull place.

  • Lila June 16th, 2008 at 9:20 am

    @Andy: The cover was done by Gary Jules. It’s amazing.

  • Ray June 16th, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Though B. Nelson has a point this list shows a deep deep lack of understanding of music. While there were some songs on this list i agreed with(maybe 4) the rest of the article is filled with utterly laughable songs. Listing artists such as nickback and greenday before thousands of other more worthy musicians is ridiculous. Nickelback and Greenday are not revered artists who’s music is regarded as classics or extremly inspirational songs. Before listing theses songs again i would suggest trying not to have the musical tastes of a 13 year old girl

  • Allison West June 16th, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Another great article! you really know music!

  • Josh June 16th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    You forgot Don McLean’s American Pie. If you can figure out the meaning it’s very deep and emotional.

    Thanks for submitting this

  • DAN June 16th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Nickleback? lol

    “if everyone cared, we wouldn’t have war, and then there’d be peace, blah blah blah”

  • Donkster June 16th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    terrible shallow list

    expand your horizons and this list might be interesting rather than overused stuff everybody has heard a million times

  • matt June 16th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    There is too such a thing as too much U2. That began with The Joshua Tree and it has yet to end.

    Some corrections:

    Synchronicity II is about just that: Jung’s Concept of Synchonicity. If you don’t know what this is…um, GOOGLE IT. After doing that listen to the song again and it will become clear.

    Paradise by the Dashboard Lights is not “Against Premarital Sex.” It’s a humorous allegory for a boy who gets a girl to have sex with him by devoting himself to her in the heat os the moment, then wishing he could get rid of her because he is basically finished with her. Quite sad actually.

    We Are The Champions is a Gay Pride Anthem.

    Psycho Killer wasn’t meant to be “fun.” David Byrne wrote it to convey to the listener the mindset of a psychotic murderer. Not too much fun in there. (And by the way, you entered it on this list twice as well as out of order and embedded in another description’s paragraph. Proofreading works.)

  • Critic June 16th, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Really generic list. I know absolutely every song on the list and I’m not particularly proud of that.

    Nickelback… Amy Winehouse… this list sounds like the playlist of just about every classic rock themed radio station (minus the Eminem). How does U2 deserve to be on there like 5 times? Neutral Milk Hotel isn’t on there, along with an overall void of indie music in general.

    Here’s some advice, never make a list of your favorite songs when the only place you find music is in your car on your way to your corporate wageslave job where you and your other co-workers banter back and forth about the crank call the hosts of your favorite radio station made on the way to work. Go to a record store and find something you’ve never heard before and listen.

  • StevenS June 16th, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Although the Police and Sting are among my top 5 favorite bands of all time, there may be too many of their songs included in this post. Contrary to many people\’s opinions I have read, not in this blog, I really love all of U2\’s music…including their new stuff. Pop has great and underplayed goodies like Gone, Electrical Storm, What if God Would Send His Angels. All That You Can\’t Leave behind has particularly poignant and relevant songs like New York as well as Peace on Earth. Of course Achtung Baby, Joshua Tree, War, October and Boy all are loaded with great hits.

    I love the Beatles and would have included songs from Rubber Soul, Abbey Road, The White Album and other great songs from Sgt Peppers like She\’s Leaving Home.

    Overall, I like many of the selections from this list.

  • RobertTidwell June 16th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    Not Enough variety and most of the songs are super popular so most people have heard them already. Fail.

  • PT June 16th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

    Have you ever heard of Trent Reznor? Crappy list dude.

  • Overglock June 16th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

    The things I’d like to point out have already been mentioned, but I’m mentioning them again just to show that I agree.

    1. Proofread your article before submitting it.

    2. Don’t put something on the list and then write a 3- or 4-word sentence. These are songs that you’ve claimed are “profoundly intelligent or darn funny.” Explain to those of us who haven’t heard the song where the deepness or humor is. Justify the song being on the list.

    3. If you don’t have a reason to put the song on the list other than “someone told me to”, the song doesn’t belong on the list. Period. A thousand Nickelback fans could tell me to put “How You Remind Me” on the list of greatest songs ever, but I wouldn’t because the only thing it reminds me of is the rotten potato salad I threw out last week. Everyone has different tastes in music, and the purpose of lists like this is to explain YOURS while making recommendations to others.

  • GeekReviews June 16th, 2008 at 11:06 pm

    First off, Rage Against The Machine = #1 band of ALL TIME thx. I know people wont agree with this. You know why? It’s my opinion. It’s not wrong its not right. It’s an opinion :D

  • Michelle Murphy June 16th, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    Just a couple of things to nit pick at. I think if you are going to create such a list that you should defend your chices a bit. Why did you pick this particular song.

    I can see you are a big Police fan. Me too. I am surprised Roxanne or tea in the Sahara didn’t make the list.

    You should check out Concrete Blond’s song Bloodletting. It is totally kick ass.

    A very good post.

  • hotterpop June 17th, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Johnc, to me it’s obvious you don’t know much. I don’t mind your opinions, and I recognize that this post has obvious problems, but what you said was rude and completely unhelpful. Maybe if you spent less time criticizing (and applying unfair stereotypes) you would actually add something to the discussion.
    Anyway, on to the list.
    I appreciate a lot of the music on here. Though most of it is pretty popular, and a lot of people talk about the list’s lack of diversity, this is a nice list for the younger crowd who missed out on the greatest hits before our time. The comments that follow the song really bother me, especially “beautiful day- u2. Beautiful song.” Most of them are redundant and, much like Johnc’s comment, unhelpful. Next time try to be a bit lengthier . Beyond that, like so many others suggested, try listening to a couple other bands. It’s good even if they don’t play it on the radio.

  • Poman Rolanski June 17th, 2008 at 10:28 am

    turn off the radio

  • Denice June 17th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Indeed I have not heard of some of them.. alot of comments are funny, negative simply because they do not like a song.

    The list isnt titled “GOOD SONGS” it says “Songs Worth Listening To”
    Personally I am a fan of meaningful lyrics, the songs I was familiar with do have good lyrics although sometimes the songs sucked lol…

  • sumer June 17th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

    somebody complained that “Psycho Killer” was on the list twice, clearly they are not familiar with the song, or they would have gotten the joke, I got the joke – very clever.

  • B Nelson (author) June 17th, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    YES. Gary Jules cover of Tears for Fears “Mad World is excellent” even Tears for Fears liked it better than their own.

    I had made the list at 100 songs, and had to shorten it, as such many songs were dropped, but you can add them in comments.
    Pink Floyd and The Eagles were on the original list.
    The U2 song Silver and Gold is not about Apartheid, although it was written for an album against that, there are 3 stories in the song, all are about greed and corruption, only one is anti-apratheid.

    I did find it interesting that most comments were focused negatively against the inclusion of some of the more “common” songs, no comment was made about Slapp Happy, or even The Stranglers, the songs that maybe people dont know about but should give a listen to, how about The Legendary Stardust Cowboy”?
    Lists like this are for entertainment, and to expose you to some other songs, or a new way of looking at a familiar song.
    I hope you enjoy it and take it in the spirit it was written, have fun people.

  • Tisk Tisk June 17th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    None of the likes of Nas or Tupac? You may hate rap but they are two of the best songwriters/lyricists of all time, incredible songs , if you listen with an open mind that is…

  • poopstick June 17th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    awful list. makes me want to tear off my ears.

  • chirissa June 17th, 2008 at 11:26 pm

    I would have appreciate your patience in selecting song if you have compiled best songs according to theme like: peace, war, environment, love and etc.

  • reborn June 18th, 2008 at 9:01 am

    This is stupid. I like quite a lot of those songs, but of course everybody is going to say that their favourite bands are deeper and more worth listening to than everybody else’s.

    Fun but futile, sorry.

  • J June 18th, 2008 at 9:50 am

    Including “American Idiot” made you lose any credibility.

  • donna June 18th, 2008 at 10:29 am

    The “Nickleback” song did not bother me – it was one of the songs I actually knew!!!!

  • Bill June 18th, 2008 at 10:50 am

    Some of these songs are ok…but stereotypical

    Really needs some Nine Inch Nails and Smashing Pumpkins

    If your looking for some good songs that make you move and feel…try Rave and Trance

    (this probably showed twice)

  • watapoloswmr14 June 18th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

    hey man great list. very creative. i myself enjoy many of these artists. but there were a few i have not heard of or songs i am going to check out. thanks man for the list and great job on making it into the hot content list. check me out https://www.triond.com/users/watapoloswmr14

  • funny comments June 18th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    I loved the peoples comments, I think the fact they belittle some songs, shows how few they actually know.
    Interesting list. Great Comments

  • Timmy Luvs Stuff June 18th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    Lists are fun even if I didnt know some of the songs, or even most of them, people get offended ez if their song isnt on this list, or that list. The complaints prove their ignorance to step out of their comfort zone and try listening to music they dont know, like some of the other songs on the list. Anyhow I am not about complaining, life is too short to be negative, and I am a very tall person, and I luv stuff, more stuff please.

  • ArualsugA June 19th, 2008 at 6:37 am

    I think some of these are good choices, but some need a lot more justification than you gave them. It seems as though you’ve forgotten about all new music, the only recent ones i noticed were ‘If everyone cared’ which you only put there cos others tole you to[implying you think it's not that great] and ‘lose yourself’ by eminem. Which you didn’t justify at all.

  • B Nelson June 19th, 2008 at 9:18 am

    you can all breathe a sign of relief.. the Nickleback song has been removed…

    “Tear You Apart” is a new song .. as is “Running The World”

  • Just...me? June 19th, 2008 at 9:48 am

    Most of em were pretty weird. But I can understand that, I mean, everyone has their own kind of taste.

  • Andy Partridge June 19th, 2008 at 11:35 am

    Dear God is by XTC not Midge Ure…he is the lead singer from Ultravox however.

  • kjk94 June 19th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Stairway to Heaven Is not a Eagles song

  • lehmann June 19th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    afroman – because i got high

  • Greet June 19th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    I agree with a comment above: the list says: songs worth listening to…. OK, some of them are crap, but for an 80’s child, most of them bring back good memories. I kinda enjoyed seeing some songs listed here. Makes me want to dig into my old record collection( you now, before cd’s hit the market) and enjoy some of the most tasteless but memorable music ever. Keep it up :)

  • Elaine June 19th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Hey, everyone…. Don’t be so cruel. Everyone is entitled to their own favorite songs – give the girl a break…Didn’t any of you learn it’s better to play nice than nasty?

  • RobHand June 19th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    I’d be worried if Stairway to Heaven by The EAGLES was on the list… considering it’s a Led Zeppelin song….

    good list tho!

  • ledzep1990 June 20th, 2008 at 3:03 am

    where are ked zeppelin,bob dylan and rolling stones?
    Try also to listen jethro tull,bob seger,and the doors,when talking about lyrics…;)

  • RJ Chamberlain June 20th, 2008 at 5:08 am

    This is my second comment because I have found the comments more interesting than the article to be honest. But this is not to say this a bad article people. Remember, it’s only one persons opinion. Maybe this list needs some kiwi music.


  • Seahorse June 20th, 2008 at 6:25 am

    I Am Woman – Helen Reddy, very powerful lyrics

  • Andy June 20th, 2008 at 7:18 am

    “Challenge yourself to listen etc”

    But this isn’t a challenging list. It’s all FM airplay, AOR, etc. Nowhere near enough variety or research. And as someone else must have said, waaaaaayyyy too much U2, Ultravox and Sting.

  • Krispy June 20th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    I dunno about you Andy, but I havent heard many of the songs, maybe radio plays different stuff where you live, but like, Gong, and Stardust Cowboy, I never heard of them. Oh and wayyyyyyyyy not enough U2 lol, they rock man!
    I will add U2 Vertigo to the list.

  • doug June 21st, 2008 at 1:17 am

    i agree with to much u2
    frank zappa is a piece of crap dont add him to any list ever ever ever……exept for “why does it hurt when i pee” jk..

  • Tom June 21st, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Wow… Something of a limited record collection here. Heavy duplication on U2, Ultravox, Bowie, Beatles. Are you my Dad….?

  • caroline June 21st, 2008 at 9:05 am

    To the person above who made the comment that Dear God is XTC this is not correct here is a point from Midge Ure Page
    “”Dear God” is not an homage to XTC, but Ure’s Christmas list this year. He leaves out the GI Joe dolls and the Barbies and just wants some peace in the restless world, a worldwide religion, a home for the children. But he knows there is probably nobody listening to him anyway. It’s a pop song about some simple requests that may never be realized.”

    It is not a song most people are familiar with – definately deserving of being on this list, EXCELLENT choice of an over looked song.

  • eddie June 21st, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Born To Run Bruce Springsteen

  • Crystal June 21st, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    There are a lot of bad radio songs on here. Beautiful Day is one of U2’s worst songs. Nickelback and Greenday don’t belong on here. Especially “American Idiot.” There are too many things wrong with that song to talk about it here. Maybe you need to diversify your taste in music before you start writing about it.

  • bardagain June 21st, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    I don’t usually reply to blogs but I have a few comments. First WELL DONE ! Very brave to publish a list like this since there are as many alternative lists as there are posts. Music is so personal and individual.
    My second point is not so good. STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN IS BY LED ZEPPLIN NOT THE EAGLES !!!. How could you !! (It’s on Led Zepplin IV)and if the Eagles covered it I’d really rather not know.

  • Popmeister June 21st, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    just wondering did you mean to put stairway to heaven by the eagles because it is by led zeppelin but i agree with your list they usually strike a chord with me

  • keyboardologist (Triond contibuter) June 21st, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    No Pink Floyd? “Cats in the Cradle” (Harry Chapin) Good list. ou could probably go over 100 songs (or more).

  • Zack June 21st, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    No, Metallica?
    I know that some people aren’t into to metal and hard rock, but there are definetely songs that would work for this list, like “Fade to black”, meaningful , but with a “Metallica feel.
    Other bands like Iron Maiden, Journey and Boston might fit the list well too.

    Sorry for such harsh criticism, but I’m very dedicated to my music, and seeing “Anarchy in the U.K.” sent me into a bit of a fit. In any case, at least you’re giving your opinion

  • Jon June 21st, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    How could you not include the “He Stopped Loving Her Today?” The greatest country song of all time!

  • ken June 22nd, 2008 at 2:43 am

    whats with the cold war crap? its over.

  • Mack June 22nd, 2008 at 3:36 am

    Ok, most of these songs are good. and I agree with several of these people’s posts, Especially Zack’s about the metal. One artist that I think you be scattered all over this list is Alice Cooper. “Only Women Bleed,” yeah, that’s about domestic violence. “Cold Ethyl,” that ones about rape. And whoever said that comment about American Pie by Don McClean, it’s not that hard to figure out what it’s about. It’s about the day that Buddy Holly died in his infamous plane accident. Common sense people. And another good metal song to add to the list: Down With the Sickness by Disturbed. It’s about a boy that was beaten by his mother when he was growing up. Also, Inside the Fire by Disturbed. That one’s suicide. And too much U2? Grow up! No such thing! I know I will get ridiculed for this, but I couldn’t care less. Homies by Insane Clown Posse. That song is about the loyalty that the Juggalos (ICP fans) have towards friends and family! Yeah, I’m only 17, but I grew up around music. I am in a band. All we do are tributes to great rockers! We have done a lot of these songs on this list! Oh yeah! I am appalled that you could get The Eagles and Led Zepplin confused. The Eagles did Hotel California and Zepplin did Stairway, two totally different sounds! Come on man!

  • ur not smart June 22nd, 2008 at 8:00 am

    you say stairway to heaven has been heard a million times but you don’t even know who wrote it… i guess ur just jealous of it because its so popular. i don’t understand how you heard it a million times and don’t know anything about it.

  • MusicMan June 22nd, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Wow…what a disgrace. You do not have any classic rock, blues, jazz, real country…anything you know…with true emotion behind it. This list lacks in every way. There are a couple good tunes on there but nothing exceptional. You don’t have anything by Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Howlin’ Wolf, Johnny Cash, Steely Dan, Pink Floyd, The Doors, Chuck Berry, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, Cream, Eric Clapton, Genesis, Merle Haggard, George Jones, BB King, Professor Longhair, Peter Tosh, Toots and the Maytals….those are just bands and artists off of the top of my head that have a place in music history as masters and creators of genres and styles yet you include none of them. Your description of each song is awful as well, you provide no real reason as to why it is a great song.
    Oh and “A Day In the Life” as The Beatles greatest work? Please, listen to more Beatles.

  • leiggi June 22nd, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Interesting list but if you really want profound and amusing lyrics try listening to Warren Zevon. He was the master. R.I.P. WZ.

  • paul scarll June 22nd, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    everything – lifehouse the most loving song in the world

  • cyndelle June 23rd, 2008 at 12:05 am

    this is your life – the dust bros.
    she didn’t have time – terry clark
    i’m still a guy – brad paisley

    sooooo many good songs out there!

  • Mr. Cranky June 23rd, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Thick as Thieves by The Jam. Great song about childhood friends growing up and growing apart as time goes on.

  • Dani June 23rd, 2008 at 12:41 am

    Don’t fear the reaper – blue oyster cult

    A broke down melody – Jack Johnson

    Hotel California – The Eagles

    Wish you were here/Great gig in the sky – Pink Floyd

    Immigrant song/Stairway to heaven – Led zepplin

    Fade to Black – Metallica


  • WTF June 23rd, 2008 at 4:18 am

    Stairway to heaven is not by the eagles!!!

  • Pete June 23rd, 2008 at 5:22 am

    Based on the amount of comments, you did a great job. I’d like to see what some of these people’s lists like and add my own completely useless criticisms. Great job. Don’t let some of these idiots bring you down. Let us see them do better. You did great and I found your opinions greatly enjoyable.

  • LadyRammstein June 23rd, 2008 at 6:14 am

    WOAH!! i think you meant Hotel California by the Eagles not Stairway to Heaven everyone knows thats by Led Zep’!
    how about some of these:
    Another Brick in the Wall Part 2 by Pink Floyd
    Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton
    Daniel by Elton John (or even Someone Saved my Life Tonight)
    One by Metalica i’m not a Metalica fan but that is a pretty good song about the horrors of war
    Winter – Tori Amos
    Brick – Ben Folds Five
    and you forgot my fave 2 U2 songs With or Without you and All I want is You (yup i was a Joshua Tree era baby)

    overall it was on ok list.

  • JVB June 23rd, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Man, that’s a lot of work you put into this, thank you so much. However you did forget Otto’s Daughter “Everything”…:) I will forgive you. lol http://www.myspace.com/ottosdaughter

  • Dinorokr53 June 23rd, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    “American Pie” is about more than Buddy Holly’s plane crash-it is about the entire decade of the sixties and people and events of that era. Also if anyone would like to check out a band that has wisdom and humor in the songwriting and a musical style that incorporates country/rock/bluegrass/jazz/and gospel,check out Goose Creek Symphony. Band leader/songwriter Charlie Gearhart has been recording and playing eclectic music since 1970. They are not for everybody, but they will get yer toes tapping and make you feel good on a crappy day, guaranteed.

  • dewey June 23rd, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    I tried out some these songs I had never heard. Thanks. If you are looking for meaningful songs, try The Flaming Lips, Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, Sublime. I find meaning in them. I loved the mention of Counting Crows, but I believe their are better ones than Mr. Jones. Also, Pink Floyd and Bob Dylan might deserve a mention. And kudos for putting your opinion up for all of us who are not brave enough or too lazy to do it to examine.

  • k8 June 23rd, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    I am sorry that people think that when you offer your opinion/choice that opens the door to criticism. All this is is a list of his/her choices, people. Nobody claimed to be a music expert here. These are the songs that speak to that person…….a little respect would be nice

  • Concerned June 24th, 2008 at 9:25 am

    K8 is right. I read the list and agreed with some, was confused by others. But I got irritated reading the comments from all the people criticizing some one else’s opinion. It is pathetic how someone can spend so much time coming up with songs that are personal to them and sharing that list with the world, and most of the people whine and complain that it is not to their taste. That’s the point people! It is not supposed to be to your taste, so get over the fact that the world does not revolve around you or make your own list so people can say how pathetic it is.

  • Megan June 25th, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Music is meant to be interpreted in many different ways and different songs give different meanings (or no meaning) to different people. Otherwise music would be lame.

    So everyone just shut up about who is “better.”

  • God June 25th, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    I would recommend the following:
    Bob Dylan (all)
    Bob Dylan Covers
    Marvin Gaye What’s going on? (album not song)
    Return to Forever Spain & Hymn of the 7th Galaxy
    Weather Report Birdland
    Bo Diddly Bo Diddly
    Herbie Hancock Chameleon & Watermelon Man

    Others worth mentioning:
    Sublime, The Roots, Jurassic 5, The Flaming Lips, Panic! at the Disco (NOT!), Miles Davis, Django Reinhart, The Band, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vahn, etc.

  • kmtl June 25th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    I know most of the songs, and I agree with a lot of them.

  • crispeater June 26th, 2008 at 7:44 am

    I just stumbled on this and I thought it was interesting. I like a lot of these songs too. Don’t pay attention to the negative comments. You’re entitled to listen to whatever music you like, and write about it in whatever way you want to.
    By the way, if you think A Day In The Life by The Beatles is a good song then you should try listening to a band called Love (if you haven’t already). Their album Forever Changes features some songwriting and string arrangements that Beatles fans should appreciate. Anyone that likes The Beatles should also listen to The Byrds. Like The Beatles they experimented with music. They did everything from folk music to songs about space travel. They were, at one point, labelled as “the American Beatles”.
    Take care and keep enjoying whatever music you want to listen to.

  • this list saddens me June 27th, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    i agree with jim, and if your going to put bad songs and artists on this list, at least spell them correctly. If I wasn’t bored out of my mind, then I probably wouldn’t have read through this, because I knew it would be bad when it started off by saying that “A Day In The Life” was probably the Beatles greatest work.

  • Scott M. June 27th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    I think you need to look beyond your puny iTunes library. I’m am a musician who is deeply disappointed with this list. Look at some music that happened before 1980 and you will be surprised at what you find. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Beatles. I’m not saying you’re an idiot, I’m saying that before you make a list like this, complete your research. Find more than songs that you have known for a while and, like it or not, you may find deep meaning behind the songs of artists that you have decided you will not listen to without giving them a chance in the first place. This has happened to me. My favorite band is Led Zeppelin, and I hate rap. In my case, it’s not deep meaning, just a good song. I discovered I liked the song “Stronger” by Kanye West. You’ll be surprised at what you find in the world of music that is outside of your iPod. Please take my advice into consideration, you will not be disappointed!

  • shawn June 27th, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    i’m 50/50 on this list. good and not so good…

  • B Nelson - author June 27th, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    some people are saying there are no new songs, in fact there are.. you maybe just havent heard of them, as well as songs “pre-80’s” there are some, maybe you just dont recognize them.

    And to Scott M – who says not to listen to my “iPod” please note I do not even own an iPod.
    To the people who say I watch too much MTV, I live on a farm for heavens sake, I dont even have time to watch MTV.

    People have different musical tastes, I didnt want to name every “WELL KNOWN” song, I still would like people to listen to some on here they are not familiar with. Try those, rather than complaining about the ones you do know.
    Or if you have some to add, please add them.

    Thanks, we all love music, maybe not the same music, but we all are passionate about what we love.

  • RK June 27th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Now just zip it in a pack of mp3’s and offer it for download.

  • grazoo June 30th, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    Ah the list!

    Watch people overeact.

  • MyChemMeghan June 30th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Well I stopped reading the list when it came to the first song.
    However I only stayed on this webpage to read all the retarted comments that you people leave and let me say that they are quite interesting.
    Anyways I believe that we all have different tastes when it comes to songs that are worth listening too.
    You might say some really old band that is worth listening too and I say My Chemical Romance and Porcelain and the Tramps are worth listening too.
    See the difference?
    Yeah well as long as were nit bashing at anybody they everything seems fine.
    And yeah there is such as too much U2; then again I change the channel as soon as they come on, haha.

  • adaline July 1st, 2008 at 12:39 am

    Lets edit the title:

    “Songs worth listening to so you can realize how much they blow and how shallow and uncreative and drug induced they are”

    Obvious lies told so far on this page
    Bob Dylan is supposed to be the best lyricist ever:

    U2 is worth listening to:

    Rolling stones .blah blah jumping jack flash:

    every one has different tastes ergo that makes all music relevant:

    my chemical romance is worth listening to:
    in conclusion.
    jesus folks, stop listening to the radio and get some taste.

  • shamast July 1st, 2008 at 12:45 am

    Adaline, Imagine is a great song.

    The rest of these songs come from the mind of a person that hasn’t actually listened to any sort of good music, just regurgitating what they’ve heard from their friends at MIX!93 or their local U2 propoganda station.

  • julz July 1st, 2008 at 5:09 am

    Um, from a guy who critises gramma. How can “Hereos” be ‘timeless’ but ‘dated’? What happened to the Neils – Diamond and Young.

  • Hah. July 2nd, 2008 at 12:18 am

    I know most of these songs. If you dabble into a more eclectic pool of music that doesn’t beat the snot out of the dieing classic rock horse, I might be swayed to favor your opinions. Sadly, none of these songs are much to be spoken of nor much to rock to.

  • BJude July 3rd, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Whether you agree or disagree with the songs listed, you have to remember this is one persons opinion not the end all be all. I dig that A Day In the Life was #1, but have some issues with a number of the tracks listed. No mention of The Kinks??!! Ray Davies wrote some of the best songs about social commentary and the common man.

  • ted dancin July 3rd, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Can – Halleluhwah

    you can just replace the entire list with that song if you want

  • Budday July 6th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Really? not a single song by the who, jimi hendrix, bob dylan, neil young….? Eh, to each his own I guess!

  • Paul July 7th, 2008 at 2:09 am

    Oh, and how could i forget to mention the grossly overrated Led Zeppelin on the list of music not worth checking out.

  • David July 7th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    No Jeff Buckley? Come on, Grace alone is one of the best songs ever.

  • silent jay July 7th, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    wow . when did these terrible lists become fashionable anyway ? kids go through college -get a degree in media and land a job and bang the rest of us have to constantly stumble on these absurdly pretentious lists. what is up with that ? I just can’t understand why our “media” or “writing” society can’t grow up and recognize that music and taste in music is purely subjective. I think if there is anyone who has’nt heard any of these songs they maybe live in a cave on a deserted island somewhere so what is the point I ask ??
    i weep for the future.

  • amazed by rudeness... July 7th, 2008 at 5:39 pm

    Wow, I’m amazed at how hoighty toighty and obnoxious some of these people are getting over SONGS. if you’ve got a problem, make your own list. simple as that. plus he can’t write about everything, now can he? this is a list of songs that, in this guy’s OPINION are worth listening to. this is proof that everyone’s opinion is different, ease up a little, will ya? lighten up, it’s just music.

    :] i like the list, it must have taken a lot of consideration to narrow the list!

  • silent jay July 7th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    what’s rude is clogging up the net with drivel. I’ve sat around long enough and read list after list after list and then we always get mr.”amazed by rudeness” jumping in and saving the day for the writer . well excuse me – they’ve put themselves out there so therefore it is my DUTY to comment.
    as far as “it’s just music” – i can’t believe someone actually saying that. I don’t have to write lists that’s the beauty of being me.

    There are some good tunes on the list. there happy ??

  • David July 8th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    “It is in some kind of African language, so it must be good.”
    Well, obviously. Every single song from that whole continent is awesome!!!

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  • sigit July 8th, 2008 at 4:58 am

    I love U2’s songs, but I think there’s too much U2’s in the list.

  • Michael Austin July 8th, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    I know those songs, and they are great….but way too mainstream for the mind…what about the symphonies and expiremental stuff..you left 20 generes out bro…but they are wotrth a quick dabble

  • Kenya Y Coleman July 8th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    I agree. ‘Each their own! Why attack someone else’s preferences in music when it is so subjective. I love Jethro Tull, but I don’t care that they didn’t make the list. Thanks for noticing “I Would Do Anything For Love” by Meatloaf and “Dear God” by Midge Ure (yes, I remember the video-not XTC); I think it’s better than alot of christian rock, and so that song by Jewel. ‘Beautiful Day’ is a good choice, but thst’s an inspiring album. There is something about “Radio Free Europe” By REM! Where is “Don’t Give Up” by Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush?

  • kenya y coleman July 8th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    Yes, American Pie! What about “Year 2525″ and….”Abraham, Martin, and John”? All the hate! I just wanted to know what songs I haven’t heard of! I want “The Wedding Song”….at my wedding!

  • Justin July 8th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    He’s not saying they are the best songs, they are just ones worth listening to I guess. Some are definitely worth listening to again. Thanks

  • Unityandoutsider July 8th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    You’ve left soooo much off of this list. This list barely even scratches the surface of all the music that is out there today. Speaking of lyricists, why is there no Modest Mouse on there? Probably because there’s no indie whatsoever.

    Listen to more music before posting a list like this

  • Marty July 9th, 2008 at 1:44 am

    Nice list way too much U2 and police/sting

    Just from memory nearly 20% of the list is from one or the other.

    Good songs and artists but nearly 20%???

    Perhaps you should get a bigger music collection and modify the list

  • Michelle July 9th, 2008 at 1:54 am

    There are a lot here I agree with and just as many that I don’t. it is a very well written post.

  • Georgina July 9th, 2008 at 2:31 am

    I highly recommend Waiting For The Last Word – Miles From Nowhere to be added to this list. They’re a small band from Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. The song is sung in a point-of-view style, of an elderly man stuck in a nursing home. It tells of him being lonely and wishing the he would die so he didn’t have to live there any more. An AMAZINGLY touching song that everyone should listen to. I really think it would be a good idea to add it to this wonderful list you have here. =]

  • dood2020 July 9th, 2008 at 11:21 am

    too bad theyre all mainstream songs, or most of em at least. its almost impossible to set up a list like that. every single person has his own list… so if someone has something bad to say, make yer own freakin list…

  • excellentvision July 10th, 2008 at 1:06 am

    Hi, Nelson! It is good list. I noted some positive songs.

    I found some more positive songs here (music video and lyrics are included)…give it a try!


  • Vanilla July 10th, 2008 at 4:52 am

    What about Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana? I think it’s pretty good.

  • Dave July 10th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Anyone else feel this is kind of a “safe” list? Not that I think I could do better, but these are almost all very well known songs that many people can agree are good.

    Not that there is anything wrong with that

  • choices July 10th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Who considers “Merideth Monk” or “Gong” to be mainstream or “safe”? this list has BOTH mainstream and obscure songs. loved it, surely something new for those willing to step outside their box, and ya I even spotted 2 songs from the last year, so those who said its all old, shut up, you obviously didnt know every song.

  • Joel July 12th, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    Ali, no U2 is too much U2 already…

  • H.A.A.R.P July 13th, 2008 at 9:17 am

    obviusly you don’t know enough music, and it’s influenced by mass media; look around, there are more bands better than u2 and queen; for example: MUSE.

    you only listen “classics”, oldies !

  • :( July 13th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    1. Where is Pink Floyd. Where is Bob Dylan. He and Jim Morrison were amazing lyricists. Where are The Doors on this list.
    2. That Modern English song is called “Melt With You” I think.
    3. “A Day In The Life” is the Beatles’ best song?
    4. I’m kind of in disbelief that you put up Sister Mercy’s “Gimme Shelter” over the Rolling Stones’. Are you kidding. There is not even any Rolling Stones here and you put up a pretty crappy cover of one of their best songs? Ahhh.

    It upsets me that you had so much room for U2 and The Police but none for others. I would’ve given each band/artist one song.
    It seems like you are on an okay track… I just wish you listened to more music. More Beatles, Doors, etc. Where is Eric Clapton/Cream. Where is Led Zeppelin. Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen. Heart. Fleetwood Mac maybe. You picked “American Idiot” over all of these. WHAT.

    And obviously music is always gonna be subjective, but if you love these songs so much, if they are in your top 70ish songs of all time, it seems like you should have a little more than “a different song.” or “good lyrics.” to explain your choice.

    I’m so disappointed.

  • ironrain August 7th, 2008 at 12:12 am

    ‘Albuquerque’ – Weird Al Yankovic

    its OBVIOUS!

    Its got it ALL!

  • wow August 9th, 2008 at 4:03 am

    it is not I’ll Stop the World, it is Melt With You.
    what a pity that you think everyone should hear it, but you don’t even know the name of the song.

  • deepspeed October 17th, 2008 at 7:18 pm

    I like it but/and I may say that the author’s ear is limited to what the radio feeds. Much had been said about where is this, where is that; and this couch is for average pop-rock listeners.
    Reminds me why the Sex Pistols never went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – go figure it out.

  • Loki October 24th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Rewind – Stereophonics

    Listen and Enjoy

  • B Nelson October 24th, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Just wanted to add “Stairway to Gilligans Island” going blank on who sings it.. but its great!

  • Pedro October 26th, 2008 at 10:50 am

    You should cross U2’s “beautiful day” out, it’s plagiarism of A-Ha, who sued U2 and won.

  • Sam Herlihy's Waistcoat October 27th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Just a few points:

    The Skin Deeps? Or just Skin Deep by the Stranglers;
    The Devils Party? Either choose Devil Inside or The Strangest Party (or forget both and pick Shine Like It Does instead);
    What has Cities in Dust got to do with anger? Unless you’re ticked off with Vesuvius blowing;
    The Police never recorded Russians, just Sting;
    The Modern English song is I’ll Stop The World And Melt With You, so you’re all right/wrong;
    Insight has nothing to do with Ian Curtis’ suicide – listen to Passover instead and FEEL the despair of his situation.

    Have to hand it to ya though, Jarvis Cocker’s Running The World is a top song, though should come with a Parental Advisory sticker ;-)

  • Sam Herlihy's Waistcoat October 27th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    Just realised that there’s no Manic Street Preachers on this list. If you want lyrical power, listen to anything on The Holy Bible, standout tracks probably being Archives of Pain, 4st 7lb and The Intense Humming of Evil.

  • jokka October 27th, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    NOFX – linoleum

  • Gracey November 4th, 2008 at 1:52 am

    I think this is a bland and terrible playlist. Can you say obsession with U2, Police and other newer urban rock groups? Booooring….

  • Dude? November 4th, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Where are the Radiohead songs?

  • dannyz805 November 8th, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    need some rage

  • Sweet List November 9th, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Great List- some songs I dont know, some I dont care for, but others were a terrific mention on the list, particularly the Jarvis Cocker song!

  • Mikey W November 10th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    Some truely awesome tracks in there.
    Loving the inclusion of psychadelic furs and Slapp happy
    I may not agree with some choices, but, contrary to what people seem to be suggesting, it’s not impossible to for a group to have multiple referrances in such a list. I would have liked to see some pink floyd and dream theater in there, perhaps pendulum? but person choice i suppose prevails =)

  • Brenda Nelson November 12th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    thanks for the great comments!
    I want to add – HANDLEBARS by Flobots – really neat song building from innocence to destruction.
    As for those of you who dont like the songs.. I never said it was a “BEST SONGS” list.. if you want a Radiohead song mentioned.. go ahead and name one here in the comments, if all you can do is complain but not add a song… well..kinda doesn’t make sense does it?
    ADD YOUR SONGS HERE DONT COMPLAIN THEY ARE NOT ON THE LIST IF YOU ARE UNWILLING TO ADD THEM (as I pointed out earlier – add your songs in the comments area)

  • mabel November 22nd, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    don’t worry for one that likes them there 100 that don’t

  • Saje Williams December 6th, 2008 at 10:26 pm

    No worries. It’s a pretty good list, as such things go. One addition I’d make is “Learning to Live” by Dream Theater. Another is “Free Will” by Rush.

  • Saje Williams December 6th, 2008 at 10:31 pm

    Oh, and of course, I forgot something…A couple of songs by Concrete Blonde. “Dance Along the Edge” and “God is a Bullet.”

  • Jaye February 2nd, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I stopped reading when I got to The Police, “Every Breath You Take.”
    It was then that you stopped being credible, as this song was written about “Big Brother” and was influenced by the Cold War relationship between the US and the USSR, not about an attachment between two people, romantic or otherwise.
    “I think I was thinking of Big Brother, surveillance and control. These were the Reagan, Star Wars years. Oh God, now you’ll say I’m being pretentious…”

    Your opinions are your own and I won’t knock them. I would suggest researching before stating facts, however.

  • Don the Man February 6th, 2009 at 9:25 am

    Jaye (#164)
    I watched a show where Sting was talking about this song, he said it was a nasty bit about relationships. Perhaps he also said the other comment on another show, I googled it and under Wikimedia it shows that it was written durring his divorce and is a sinister relation ship song that happened durring the Big Brother era.. he is refering though to the surveillance and control of a loved one in controlling relationship sort of way.

  • Esquire February 14th, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Where are the Pixies- Where is my mind

  • estevan February 15th, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    i dont understand why american idiot is so high on the list.
    or why its on there at all.

    other than that, pretty good.
    (maybe a bit too much meatloaf?)

  • Jessica March 8th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Man in the mirror! Gives me chills EVERY time I hear it.

  • spack March 15th, 2009 at 1:28 am

    Don’t listen to everyone hating on you. Of course you can’t get everyone’s favorite bands on here, and I don’t recall it saying anywhere in the list that these are the best or deepest songs ever (I think it specifically said it WASN’T that, actually).

    I will use this list to find some new music to listen to. A lot of the bands here I had either never heard of or had never listened to. Thanks for providing your opinion, it’s useful to those with open minds looking for new experiences. Keep it up.

  • Mariah March 15th, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Good list, but… where’s Pink Floyd?

  • pseetj April 11th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

    no pink floyd? come on man.

  • bob April 18th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    you forgot that %100 of these songs suck ass

  • devante April 20th, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    wheres stairway to heaven?

  • anon April 28th, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    hey buddy turn off the radio and find some better music. really U2 is lyrically intelligent?

  • Kid A April 29th, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Perhaps “How to Disappear Completely” – Radiohead or perhaps “Blind Willie McTell” – Bob Dylan. Pretty much anything off of Kid A would be better than half of this list.

  • postpunkpixie May 13th, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I don’t see why people are complaining. There’s a bauhaus song on the list, therefore it must be good. Seriously though, good range of stuff.

  • topspinguy August 7th, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Very nice list. I would also suggest “The Night I Heard Caruso Sing” by Everything But the Girl for a truly haunting Cold War era song. True duet magic.

  • Madi September 22nd, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Definately gotta add some XTC to that list– Summer’s Cauldron or Wrapped in Grey, in particular.

  • deep blue November 29th, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Allow me to be the 178th commenter. Well done, Brenda. Songs are definitely my favorite.

  • Literary Princess December 23rd, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Well, that list surely brought back some memories. I’d even forgetten some of those groups. Good article!

  • les March 25th, 2010 at 5:34 am

    hey, i work in a record label, and know just about every song on your list, and it´s not a very enlightened one.

  • Panicface March 28th, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    Townes Van Zandt, David Allan Coe and Steve Earle are all song writers and artists all of you should start your musical journey with… Between the three, you probably know more of the songs that they have written, by heart, than the ones on your personal lists… Pete Seeger, not Bob seiger, but Pete Seeger is someone you should also look into before you have the right to make a list of greats… Just a word for the wise, when talking music, look into who your favorite artist grew up listening to and who inspired them to find what you are looking for and to open up your wealth of knowledge of music and where it really comes from… And to all you indie emo kids out there that share music back and forth, most of you kids dont know music just because you listen to no name bands you or one of your weird friends found on a web site somewhere. Get your nose out of the air and make sure those skinny jeans arent too tight and educate yourself before you try and educate someone else… Also, dont ever contain your music knowledge or listening to a genre. Listen to everything and know that all music comes from a front porch somewhere. I agree Mr. Dylan should have made any greats list and to leave off a somewhat new era, profoundly deep band named My Morning Jacket is a shame… Just a few more artist i feel were left out and you all should look into would have to be Joe Cocker, Ray Charles and Charlie “the bird” Parker, and the bird doesnt even need words in order for you to feel his pain. And for you indie kids, check out son volt the other half of wilco, they are doing good things and have been for a long time, 15 20+ years of good stuff. By the way, before i go, just know that not one of my favorite artist were mentioned in my little rant, with the exception of the first name listed, Mr. Van Zandt… And on the hip hop tip, Nas is the king of NYC and Wu tang is hilarious if not genius… I could go on all day but thats all you get for now. Have a good one and keep those speakers blaring lots of tunes

  • josé fernandes April 29th, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Tá muito mal esta lista , vai escutar a radio SOKAKARECOS , que voce vai aprender um pouco

  • shima January 3rd, 2011 at 8:56 am

    i love your music taste/ good job :) (y)

  • Eddie June 8th, 2011 at 1:24 am

    What about Paschendale by Iron Maiden? it shows the cruelness of war.

  • krissy 122311 December 28th, 2011 at 3:40 am

    i love the song badest bitch b gorrilla zoe

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