To summarize last October’s countdown, the theme was a revisiting of the 885 greatest songs of all time (same as ten years previous).
To nobody’s surprise, “Thunder Road” came in at number one. Again. Of the ten songs I voted for in the countdown, I kept three from a decade before. None of those three made the final countdown. Of the other seven, one of my votes did get played (“This Woman’s Work”, by Kate Bush).
We also voted for five songs to rank among the worst, played back in an 88-song countdown. None of the songs I voted for made the 88-song countdown, but “Roxanne” did make the best-of list. Unfortunately. Not that I’m disagreeing about “We Built This City” by Starship being the worst song of all time.
(And, now that it’s known, another song that I voted for as among the worst, “Everything Is Awesome” from the Lego Movie, got nominated for best song at the Oscars. Thankfully it lost. In fact, I’m also thankful that I started watching the Oscars late enough that I was able to fast forward through the performance of that song…)
So here’s the grid of all of the countdowns to this point. I’m not counting the worst songs countdown.
|Year||Topic||What I voted For||How many of my items made the list?|
||None of them|
||Five (Poe, Tori Amos, Nine Inch Nails, John Lennon, and R.E.M.)|
(Harry Chapin, Tori Amos, Phil Ochs,
Nine Inch Nails, Portishead, R.E.M.,
Marvin Gaye, Def Leppard, Alice in Chains,
The Who, John Lennon, Sarah McLachlan,
and “Weird Al” Yankovic)
|2007||Most Memorable Musical Moments||I didn’t vote||N/A|
|2008||Essential XPN songs||I didn’t vote||N/A|
|2009||Desert Island Songs||
||1 (“I Am the Walrus”)|
|2010||Road Trip Songs||
||1 (“Gimme Shelter”)|
|2011||World Cafe Artists||I didn’t vote, although I vaguely remember doing something about Fisher’s performance||N/A|
|2012||Greatest Rock Songs||
|| 4 (“Instant Karma!”,
“Crazy On You”, “Piece of My Heart”,
and “Love Reign O’er Me”)
|2013||Greatest Songs of the New Millennium||
||1 (“Breathe Me”)|
|2014||Greatest Songs (again)||
|1 (“This Woman’s Work”)|