Well they have finally unleashed it on a waiting world, the “Rolling Stone Top 500 Rock Songs of All Time.” Of course, that seems to indicate that there will be no more good rock and roll from now on but hey, this is Rolling Stone and they due tend to live in a bit of a time warp. Already the debate has started (see “Is Rolling Stone Rolling Stone Worthy?” or “Enthusiasts disagree with top song pick”) and I have always made it clear that these kind of lists are so silly and so subjective to be almost useless but at the same time they are fun fodder for a friendly argument. With that in mind, here are the top 10:
1. “Like a Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan
2. “(I can’t get no) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones
3. “Imagine” by John Lennon
4. “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye
5. “Respect” by Aretha Franklin
6. “Good Vibrations” by the Beach Boys
7. “Johnny B. Goode” by Chuck Berry
8. “Hey Jude” by the Beatles
9. “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
10. “What I’d Say” by Ray Charles
Number 500 was “More Than a Felling” by Boston.
I won’t argue against these “Top 10” because I actually like these songs but again, whether these are the “best” or “greatest” or not is a completely subjective matter but they at least got a lot of input from a lot of different people to compile the list. The Top 500 issue will be on the stands in December.