A New Beginning

This post is meant to serve as an update on what has been happening to the music posts I was producing and what is going to be happening next. So, let’s begin with a quick recap on The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History, first.

In the last two weeks, I have worked hard to make all 500 music posts accessible to you in two different ways: first of all, I produced a series of ten checklists…..organized in groups of 50 songs……that all linked back to each, individual song post, as well as, linking to the other checklists. If you have one checklist, you actually have all 500 posts. Secondly, I placed all 500 songs on a Spotify playlist. All songs on the playlist are written down in descending order, from Song #500, all the way to Song #1….including the 25 Honourable Mention songs that came up at the end. Finally, I have gone back through all 500 posts and updated any of the header photos; removing any that were blurry or out of frame. As a result of all of this work, that music series is now finished and we are ready to move on. ***If you did not see a checklist or receive the Spotify link to access the playlist, let me know in the comments below and I can set you up.

So, what do we do now?

There was an overwhelmingly positive response to the original countdown, with many people asking for it to continue in a new format. So, I put on my thinking cap and thought about the different ways that songs interested me. That thought process allowed me to come up with a variety of categories of songs/music that I felt were worth exploring. This past week I have spent time researching content for each category and am happy to announce that I believe I have more than enough materials to re-start the music post series. So, without further delay, here is what is going to be happening, as of this Monday……which is May 9, 2022.

On Monday…..and on every Monday going forward…..I am starting a series of posts under the heading, “Keeping It Classy”. In this series, I will post one piece of famous Classical music and tell you the story behind it. Believe me when I tell you that you will know all fifty of these musical pieces. In addition, by the time we are finished, we will all sound like professors who know the difference between a sonata, an adagio, a fugue, a concerto, a symphony, an opus and so on. It will be more enjoyable that you probably imagine it will be. I am excited to get started.

On Tuesday, the 10th…….and on every Tuesday going forward……I will explore Canadian music. Specifically, as I fleshed out the songs and artists for this category, I noticed a sub-category emerge and that has caused me to re-evaluate a little bit…..tweaking here and there….so that on this coming Tuesday, we are starting something I call “The Great Canadian Road Trip”. There will be fifty or so songs that all namedrop particular geographic location in Canada or else, an actual bar or restaurant or hockey arena or so on. In any case, I will work that vein until it is tapped out and then, after that, I will split the category into one that it simply “Canucklemania”…..which is purely songs by Canadian singers and bands but, without the geographic connotations….. and another that it remains a travelogue of non-Canadian destinations i.e., “Leaving Las Vegas” by Sheryl Crow, “Shipping Up To Boston” by The Dropkick Murphys, “The Belfast Child” by Simple Minds and so on. I will replace “Keeping It Classy” with the World Travelogue when I run out of Classical tunes. Overall, I should have 250 Canadian songs, as well as, 250 travelogue songs, too.

On Wednesday, the 11th…..and on every Wednesday going forward…..I will be starting a series called, “Stars of Stage and Screen”. In this series, I have 250 songs that come from Broadway musicals or from Hollywood movie soundtracks. Believe it or not, I am confident I can do all 250 songs without repeating a single movie or broadway show. In all cases, I will use each post to highlight the composer of the song, the way it was used in the play or movie, the artist who sang the song and a bit about the play or movie, itself.

On Thursday, the 12th….and every Thursday going forward…..I am starting that most important of categories……”Today’s Top 40″. This is a series that will profile songs that are hits right now, as we speak. Each week, I am going to take a fresh look at the Top 40 charts from KEXP-fm, Billboard Magazine, Spotify and Toronto’s own, Chum-fm radio station. I will start with Position #40…..see what songs are listed there on each chart……determine which one has the best potential for a good story and present that to you in post form. The next week, I will look at chart position #39 and repeat the process. After I get all the way to Song #1 on the four charts, I will simply start all over again at #40 the next week and, in doing so, I can repeat the process indefinitely. Hopefully, by doing this, you will get to meet some new singers and bands that you may not had heard of, otherwise.

Finally, on Friday the 13th……and every Friday going forward……I will start a series called, “Reader’s Choice”. These are songs that you, as my faithful readers, have submitted and have asked me to consider writing up. To start, I have taken all of the extra songs that were submitted during the round of Honourable Mention songs a few months ago and created a new list out of them. I have forty songs to start. Please feel free to add to this list by sending me new requests at any time. The “Reader’s Choice” series will keep going as long as you keep sending me good tunes to write about.

When I was a classroom teacher, I got paid to juggle five or more things at one time all of the time so, doing this “next phase” in the music post series this way feels like putting on comfortable clothes. I intend to do one post per day and then, spend a bit of the extra time I would have put into doing a second daily post…….instead, into creating five new playlists on Spotify and amassing new linked checklists for each series, too. I learned a valuable lesson this past few weeks. It takes a lot of work to do a big job but not so much work to do a series of small jobs along the way. So, I will focus on producing interesting content for you all and organizing it as I go this time around. Hopefully, it will all work out and we will continue to share an interactive, informative and enjoyable journey together through the world of music.

Until next week…..take care. Bye for now.

The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History: Checklist #10…Songs 50-01….(+) Honourable Mention Songs, too.

The following is a list of songs taken from my series entitled, “The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History”. This series was inspired by similar lists created by Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as, radio station, KEXP, in Seattle. Each song title listed below is linked directly to the original post that I wrote about it. So, click away and enjoy some of the best music of all-time. *Please note: This particular checklist also contains 25 reader-submitted “Honourable Mention” songs denoted with an “HM”.

Kate Bush.

#50: 7 Rings by Ariana Grande.

#49: Good Golly, Miss Molly by Little Richard.

#48: Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush.

#47: Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.

#46: Little Red Rooster by Howlin’ Wolf (and covered by The Rolling Stones).

#45: Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen.

#44: Lola by The Kinks.

#43: Levels by Avicii.

Avicii.

#42: Space Oddity by David Bowie.

#41: The Weight by The Band.

#40: All My Friends by LCD Soundsystem.

#39: Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones.

#38: Hotel California by The Eagles.

#37: Billie Jean by Michael Jackson.

#36: Stop! In The Name of Love by The Supremes.

#35: You Will Never Walk Alone by Gerry and the Pacemakers (+) We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions by Queen.

#34: California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and the Papas.

#33: The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel.

#32: No Auction Block For Me by Odetta (+) Blown’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan (+) A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke.

#31: Jumping’ Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones.

Neil Young.

#30: Yesterday by The Beatles.

#29: Soul Man by Sam and Dave (and covered by The Blues Brothers).

#28: Heart of Gold by Neil Young.

#27: Walk on the Wild Side by Lou Reed.

#26: I’ll Be There by Walk Off The Earth.

HM#1: Popular by Nada Surf.

#25: Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande.

HM#2: Say What You Will by Justin Hines.

#24: How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths.

The Beach Boys.

HM#3: Round Here by Counting Crows.

#23: The Message by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.

HM#4: Melt With You by Modern English.

#22: God Only Knows by The Beach Boys.

HM#5: Northwest Passage/Barrett’s Privateers by Stan Rogers.

#21: I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton (and famously covered by Whitney Houston).

HM#6: Man on the Moon by R.E.M.

David Bowie.

#20: Case of You by Joni Mitchell.

HM#7: A Place in the Country by Fanny.

#19: The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot.

HM#8: La Vie En Rose by Louis Armstrong.

#18: Just Like Heaven by The Cure.

HM#9: Don’t Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie on The King of Rock n’ Roll by Long John Baldry.

#17: Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry.

Queen.

HM#10: Truly by Lionel Richie.

#16: London Calling by The Clash.

HM#11: Patience by Guns N’ Roses.

#15: Under Pressure by David Bowie and Queen.

HM#12: Soak Up The Sun by Sheryl Crow.

#14: Hey Jude by The Beatles.

HM#14: Egg Man by The Beastie Boys.

#13: Hound Dog by Big Mama Thornton (and famously covered by Elvis Presley).

Nirvana.

HM#15: Fifty Mission Cap by The Tragically Hip.

#12: Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

HM#16: The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.

#11: Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana.

HM#17: Johnny Was by Bob Marley and the Wailers (and covered by Stiff Little Fingers).

#10: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen.

HM#18: Lost Weekend by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions.

#09: Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen (and covered by Jeff Buckley and KD Lang).

HM#19: What’s Up? by 4 Non-Blondes.

Elvis Presley.

#08: Like a Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan.

HM#20: The Rose by Bette Midler.

#07: Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin.

HM#21: I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You by Elvis Presley.

#06: Let It Be by The Beatles.

HM#22: We Shall Overcome by Pete Seeger.

#05: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones.

HM#23: Oowatanite by April Wine.

#04: Respect by Otis Redding (and famously covered by Aretha Franklin).

HM#24: Sunflower by Post Malone and Swae Lee (from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to “Spiderman Into the Spider-Verse”).

Aretha Franklin.

#03: Imagine by John Lennon.

HM#25: Have Not Been The Same by Slow.

#02: Your Song by Elton John.

#01: Abbey Road Medley by The Beatles.

If you wish to access any of the other checklists in this series, please do so by clicking on the links below:

Songs #500-451.

Songs #450-401.

Songs #400-351.

Songs #350-301.

Songs #300-251.

Songs #250-201.

Songs #200-151.

Songs #150-101.

Songs #100-51.

The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History: Checklist #9…Songs 100-51.

The following is a list of songs taken from my series entitled, “The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History”. This series was inspired by similar lists created by Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as, radio station, KEXP, in Seattle. Each song title listed below is linked directly to the original post that I wrote about it. So, click away and enjoy some of the best music of all-time.

Bill Withers.

#100: Ahead By A Century by The Tragically Hip.

#99: No Tears (Left To Cry) by Ariana Grande.

#98: I Can’t Write Left-handed by Bill Withers.

#97: Let Down by Radiohead.

#96: Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley.

#95: Boys of Summer by Don Henley.

#94: September by Earth, Wind and Fire.

#93: Baby Love by The Supremes.

Don McLean.

#92: Waltz #2 by Elliott Smith.

#91: One Love/People Get Ready by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

#90: American Pie by Don McLean.

#89: Start Me Up by The Rolling Stones.

#88: Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins (and famously covered by Elvis Presley).

#87: Rock n’ Roll by Led Zeppelin.

#86: Another Brick in the Wall by Pink Floyd.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, posed. NME 03/2006

#85: What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye.

#84: Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

#83: Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones.

#82: Fight The Power by Public Enemy.

#81: Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix.

#80: Just Can’t Get Enough by Depeche Mode.

#79: The Times They Are A-Changing by Bob Dylan.

#78: They Long To Be (Close To You) by The Carpenters.

#77: The Dance by Garth Brooks.

Jimi Hendrix.

#76: Sunday, Bloody Sunday by U2.

#75: Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down) from the Original Cast Recording of the Broadway Musical, “Hamilton”).

#74: (Reach Out) I’ll Be There by The Four Tops.

#73: The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel.

#72: Hurt by Nine Inch Nails (and famously covered by Johnny Cash).

#71: Where Is My Mind? by The Pixies.

#70: Give Peace a Chance by John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band.

Simon and Garfunkel.

#69: When Doves Cry by Prince.

#68: You’re So Vain by Carly Simon.

#67: Ceremony by Joy Division/New Order.

#66: Snowbird by Anne Murray.

#65: At Last by Etta James.

#64: One by U2.

#63: Lose Yourself by Eminem.

#62: Mrs. Robinson by Simon and Garfunkel.

Etta James.

#61: Heroes by David Bowie.

#60: Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones.

#59: Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division.

#58: No Woman/No Cry by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

#57: Light My Fire by The Doors.

#56: Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

#55: Superstition by Stevie Wonder.

#54: Jail House Rock by Elvis Presley.

#53: Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan (and covered by The Byrds).

#52: Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell.

#51: Something by The Beatles.

If you wish to access any of the other checklists in this series, please do so by clicking on the links below:

Songs #500-451.

Songs #450-401.

Songs #400-351.

Songs #350-301.

Songs #300-251.

Songs #250-201.

Songs #200-151.

Songs #150-101.

Songs #50-01.

The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History: Checklist #8…Songs 150-101.

The following is a list of songs taken from my series entitled, “The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History”. This series was inspired by similar lists created by Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as, radio station, KEXP, in Seattle. Each song title listed below is linked directly to the original post that I wrote about it. So, click away and enjoy some of the best music of all-time.

Olivia Rodrigo (Photo by Jason Mendez/Getty Images).

#150: Traitor by Olivia Rodrigo.

#149: Old Time Rock n’ Roll by Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.

#148: It’s My Life by Talk Talk.

#147: It’s Only Rock n’ Roll by The Rolling Stones.

#146: Money by Pink Floyd.

#145: Sweet Jane by Velvet Underground (and covered by The Cowboy Junkies).

#144: The Joker by Steve Miller Band.

#143: A Little Respect by Erasure.

#142: Time by Hans Zimmer (from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to “Inception”).

#141: Scarborough Fair/Canticle by Simon and Garfunkel.

Nick Drake.

#140: Welcome to the Black Parade by My Chemical Romance.

#139: Pink Moon by Nick Drake.

#138: Smooth Criminal by Michael Jackson.

#137: Ring of Fire by Johnny Cash.

#136: Royals by Lorde.

#135: Call Me by Blondie.

#134: Tonight, Tonight by Smashing Pumpkins.

#133: Girls Just Wanna Have Fun by Cyndi Lauper.

#132: Rosalita (Come Out Tonight) by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.

#131: Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

Chuck Berry.

#130: Christmas in Killarney by The Barra MacNeils.

#129: Dante’s Prayer by Loreena McKennitt.

#128: Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry.

#127: Bela Lugosi’s Dead by Bauhaus.

#126: All Shook Up by Elvis Presley.

#125: Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Queen.

#124: Friends in Low Places by Garth Brooks.

#123: Bittersweet Symphony: Part #1 and Part #2 by Verve.

Eddie Van Halen.

#122: Eruption/You Really Got Me by Van Halen.

#121: More Than a Feeling by Boston.

#120: Turn, Turn, Turn by Pete Seeger (and covered by The Byrds).

#119: Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly and the Crickets.

#118: Rock n’ Roll All Night by KISS.

Joni Mitchell.

#117: One by Metallica.

#116: Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell.

#115: Long, Tall Sally by Little Richard.

#114: Creep by Radiohead.

#113: Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles.

#112: L.A. Woman by The Doors.

#111: Rocketman (It’s Gonna Be a Long, Long Time) by Elton John.

#110: Sultans of Swing by Dire Straits.

#109: Kashmir by Led Zeppelin.

#108: In The Still of the Night by The Five Satins.

#107: Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) by The Rolling Stones.

#106: Waiting Room by Fugazi.

#105: All Along the Watch Tower by Bob Dylan (and covered famously by Jimi Hendrix).

George Jones (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage).

#104: Across the Universe by The Beatles (and covered by Aurora).

#103: Crossfire by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble.

#102: He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones.

#101: All I Want For Christmas Is You by Mariah Carey.

If you wish to access any of the other checklists in this series, please do so by clicking on the links below:

Songs #500-451.

Songs #450-401.

Songs #400-351.

Songs #350-301.

Songs #300-251.

Songs #250-201.

Songs #200-151.

Songs #100-51.

Songs #50-01.

The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History: Checklist #7…Songs #200-151.

The following is a list of songs taken from my series entitled, “The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History”. This series was inspired by similar lists created by Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as, radio station, KEXP, in Seattle. Each song title listed below is linked directly to the original post that I wrote about it. So, click away and enjoy some of the best music of all-time.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

#200: Bad Blood by Taylor Swift.

#199: Refugee by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

#198: Blue Monday by New Order.

#197: No Ordinary Love by Sade.

#196: Dead Man’s Party by Oingo Boingo.

#195: Relax! by Frankie Goes To Hollywood.

#194: Help Me by Joni Mitchell.

Bjork.

#193: Starman by David Bowie.

#192: Common People by Pulp.

#191: Bad by U2.

#190: Hyperballad by Bjork.

#189: Buffalo Soldier by Bob Marley and the Wailers.

#188: What’s Love Got To Do With It? by Tina Turner.

#187: American Woman by The Guess Who.

#186: My Guy by Mary Wells.

#185: There Is A Light That Never Goes Out by The Smiths.

#184: Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen.

Billy Joel.

#183: Where Did Our Love Go? by The Supremes.

#182: Piano Man by Billy Joel.

#181: How It Ends by DeVotchKa.

#180: Better Man by Pearl Jam

#179: Tame by The Pixies.

#178: My Heart Will Go On by Celine Dion.

#177: Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis.

#176: Revolution by The Beatles.

#175: Gang of Rhythm by Walk Off The Earth.

#174: Lust For Life by Iggy Pop.

#173: China Girl by Iggy Pop (and covered famously by David Bowie).

#172: Killer Queen by Queen.

#171: Mony, Mony by Tommy James and the Shondelles (and covered by Billy Idol).

Talking Heads.

#170: Burning Down The House by Talking Heads.

#169: Papa Don’t Preach by Madonna.

#168: Sweet Dreams Are Made of These by The Eurthymics.

#167: All The Young Dudes by Mott the Hoople.

#166: She’s Gone by Hall and Oates.

#165: Candle in the Wind (Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana versions) by Elton John.

Robyn.

#164: Fire and Rain by James Taylor.

#163: Dancing On My Own by Robyn.

#162: Freedom 90 by George Michael.

#161: Send in the Clowns by Judy Collins.

#160: Up On The Roof by The Drifters.

#159: Waterfalls by TLC.

#158: Helpless by Neil Young.

#157: Radio GaGa by Queen.

#156: Under the Bridge by Red Hot Chili Peppers.

#155: Strange Things Happening Everyday by Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

#154: Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino.

#153: Sandstorm by Darude.

#152: Enjoy the Silence by Depeche Mode.

#151: You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin.

If you wish to access any of the other checklists, do so by clicking on the links below.

Songs #500-451

Songs #450-401

Songs #400-351

Songs #350-301

Songs #300-251

Songs #250-201

Songs #150-101

Songs #100-51

Songs #50-01

The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History: Checklist #6…Songs #250-201.

The following is a list of songs taken from my series entitled, “The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History”. This series was inspired by similar lists created by Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as, radio station, KEXP, in Seattle. Each song title listed below is linked directly to the original post that I wrote about it. So, click away and enjoy some of the best music of all-time.

Ariana Grande.

#250: Successful by Ariana Grande.

#249: I Love Rock n’ Roll by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

#248: Killing in the Name by Rage Against the Machine.

#247: All Apologies by Nirvana.

#246: Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads.

#245: The Logical Song by Supertramp.

#244: Young Americans by David Bowie.

#243: Gigantic by The Pixies.

The Pixies.

#242: Downtown Train by Tom Waits.

#241: Black Metallic by Catherine Wheel.

#240: Riders on the Storm by The Doors.

#239: Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond.

#238: Jolene by Dolly Parton (as covered by The White Stripes).

#237: The River by Bruce Springsteen.

Alice Cooper.

#236: School’s Out For Summer by Alice Cooper.

#235: Can I Kick It? by A Tribe Called Quest.

#234: Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane by The Beatles.

#233: Karma Police by Radiohead.

#232: Electric PowWow Drum by The Halluci-Nation.

#231: Uja by Tanya Taraq.

#230: Sail Away by Randy Newman.

#229: Pressure Drop by Toots and the Maytals.

#228: The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy.

#227: Killing Me Softly by Lori Lieberman (as covered by Roberta Flack and The Fugees).

Rush.

#226: Thriller by Michael Jackson.

#225: Love Story by Taylor Swift.

#224: Tom Sawyer by Rush.

#223: I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash.

#222: Beds Are Burning/The Dead Heart by Midnight Oil.

#221: Jane Says by Jane’s Addiction.

MGMT.

#220: Kids by MGMT.

#219: A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harem.

#218: Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers.

#217: Master of Puppets by Metallica.

#216: Heat Wave by Martha and the Vandellas.

#215: Let’s Go by The Cars.

#214: I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor.

#213: Boys Don’t Cry by The Cure.

#212: Bastards of Young by The Replacements.

#211: Paint It Black by The Rolling Stones.

The Beatles.

#210: Exit Music (for a Film) by Radiohead.

#209: When the Levee Breaks by Led Zeppelin.

#208: Crazy On You by Heart.

#207: Rolling in the Deep by Adele.

#206: Home I’ll Be by Rita MacNeil.

#205: Young, Gifted and Black by Nina Simone.

#204: Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles.

#203: Sabotage by The Beastie Boys.

#202: Your Cheatin’ Heart by Hank Williams Sr.

#201: Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys.

If you wish to access any of the other checklists in this series, please do so using the links below.

Songs #500-451

Songs #450-401

Songs #400-351

Songs #350-301

Songs #300-251

Songs #200-151

Songs #150-101

Songs #100-51

Songs #50-01

RS: The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History…Song #224: Tom Sawyer by Rush.

This list of songs is inspired by a list published by radio station, KEXP, from Seattle in 2010, as well as, the latest poll taken in 2021 by Rolling Stone Magazine. For the most part, I will faithfully countdown from their lists, from Song #500 to Song #1. So, when you see the song title listed as something like: “KEXP: Song #XXX”….it means that I am working off of the official KEXP list. “RS: Song XXX” means the song is coming from the Rolling Stone list. If I post the song title as being: “KTOM: Song #xxx”….it means I have gone rogue and am inserting a song choice from my own personal list of tunes I really like. In either case, you are going to get to hear a great song and learn the story behind it. Finally, I am not a music critic nor a musician. I am a music fan and an armchair storyteller. Enough said! Let’s get on to today’s song.

RS: The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History.

Song #224: Tom Sawyer by Rush.

Rush is such an interesting band. They are comprised of three members; Geddy Lee on lead vocals, bass guitar and keyboards, Alex Lifeson on lead guitar and Neil Peart on drums. They played together for over forty years. Rush is known for the intelligence of their lyrics and the skill with which they all played their instruments and, as such, they were highly-respected by fans and fellow musicians, alike. They have sold over 40 million albums over the course of their career and have had 25 Gold records in that time. They are members of The Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame, The Canadian Music Hall of Fame and have been enshrined on Canada’s Walk of Fame. However, when you ask anyone about who the best bands of all time are, Rush always tends to fly under the radar, coming in after The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the like. But, make no mistake, among true fans, as well as, most musicians, Rush is as respected a band as there has ever been.

“Tom Sawyer” is just one of many outstanding hits in their musical canon. “Closer to the Heart”, “Limelight”, “Subdivisions” and “Spirit of Radio” are all, also, worthy of the spotlight. “Tom Sawyer” is a song co-written by the members of Rush, along with a gentleman named Pye Dubois, who wrote many of the hit songs for Canadian group, Max Webster. The song is, essentially, about a free-spirited young man heading off into the world, enduring several rites of passage as he travels and gaining maturity in the end because of his experiences along the way. The song has been a staple of all live Rush shows since it was released in 1981. It has been covered by bands such as Foo Fighters and has appeared on TV shows such as South Park. In fact, in the videos below, I am including a video that starts out with a South Park clip before launching into the “proper” version by Rush. I am, also, including a second video that focuses solely on Neil Peart’s drumming. Many people consider Peart to have been the greatest drummer in Rock history. This “drum cam” video shows a master at his craft. The skill is extraordinary. His movements are so efficient and crisp. I, actually, enjoy watching “Tom Sawyer” on the drum cam video more than I do as a regular concert video. Either way, “Tom Sawyer” is a more than worthy entrant on this list of the greatest songs of all time. Enjoy!

The link to the video for the song, “Tom Sawyer” by Rush, can be found here.

The link to the video for the “Drum Cam” version of “Tom Sawyer” by Rush, can be found here.

The link to the video for the Induction of Rush into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame by Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters, can be found here.

The link to the official website for Rush, can be found here.

The link to the official website for Rolling Stone Magazine, can be found here.

The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History: Checklist #5…Songs #300-251.

The following is a list of songs taken from my series entitled, “The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History”. This series was inspired by similar lists created by Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as, radio station, KEXP, in Seattle. Each song title listed below is linked directly to the original post that I wrote about it. So, click away and enjoy some of the best music of all-time.

Carole King.

#300: Count On Me by Bruno Mars.

#299: It’s Too Late by Carole King.

#298: Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd.

#297: The Passenger by Iggy Pop.

#296: Cannonball by The Breeders.

#295: Glory Box by Portishead.

#294: Maggie May by Rod Stewart.

#293: Do It Again by Steely Dan.

#292: Holiday in Cambodia by Dead Kennedys AND The Other Shoe by Fucked Up.

Depeche Mode.

#291: New Year’s Day by U2.

#290: Never Let Me Down Again by Depeche Mode.

#289: Changes by David Bowie.

#288: I’m Waiting For The Man by Velvet Underground and Nico.

#287: This Charming Man by The Smiths.

#286: Ray of Light by Madonna.

#285: Loser by Beck.

#284: Mad World by Tears For Fears (and covered by Gary Jules on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to “Donnie Darko”).

#283: In The End by Linkin Park.

Bo Diddly.

#282: Back To Black by Amy Winehouse.

#281: Dear God by XTC.

#280: Hey, Bo Diddly! by Bo Diddly.

#279: While My Guitar Gently Weeps by George Harrison.

#278: Svefn-g-englar by Sigur Ros.

#277: In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett.

#276: All Too Well by Taylor Swift.

#275: Mamma Mia by Abba.

#274: Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn’t’ve)? by Buzzcocks.

The Replacements.

#273: Shout Pts. #1 & 2 by The Isley Brothers.

#272: The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The Band.

#271: Jeremy by Pearl Jam.

#270: Town Called Malice by The Jam.

#269: I Will Dare by The Replacements.

#268: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Tammi Terrill and Marvin Gaye.

#267: Papa Was a Rodeo by The Magnetic Fields.

Tammi Terrill and Marvin Gaye.

#266: Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon.

#265: Tennessee by Arrested Development.

#264: Where The Streets Have No Name by U2.

#263: Lithium by Nirvana.

#262: I’ve Been Loving You Too Long by Otis Redding.

#261: Don’t Fear the Reaper by Blue Oyster Cult.

#260: Rock the Casbah by The Clash.

#259: Freedom by Beyonce.

#258: Pump It Up by Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

#257: With a Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles and (as covered by Joe Cocker).

#256: Breathe Me by Sia.

Joe Cocker.

#255: Blister in the Sun by Violent Femmes.

#254: Shake, Rattle and Roll by Big Joe Turner.

#253: Soon by My Bloody Valentine.

#252: Honky Tonk Woman by The Rolling Stones.

#251: Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley.

If you wish to access any of the other checklists from this series, do so by clicking on the links below.

Songs #500-451.

Songs #450-401.

Songs #400-351.

Songs #350-301.

Songs #250-201.

Songs #200-151.

Songs #150-101.

Songs #100-51.

Songs #51-01.

The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History: Checklist #4…Songs #350-301.

The following is a list of songs taken from my series entitled, “The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History”. This series was inspired by similar lists created by Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as, radio station, KEXP, in Seattle. Each song title listed below is linked directly to the original post that I wrote about it. So, click away and enjoy some of the best music of all-time.

Janis Joplin

#350: Nothing Holding Us Back by Shawn Mendes.

#349: Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones.

#348: Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin.

#347: Fairytale of New York by The Pogues.

#346: Biko by Peter Gabriel.

#345: All These Things That I’ve Done by The Killers.

#344: My, My, Hey, Hey (Out of the Blue) by Neil Young.

#343: The End by The Doors.

#342: Graceland by Paul Simon.

#341: You’ve Gotta Fight For Your Right To Party by The Beastie Boys.

Guided By Voices.

#340: I Am A Scientist by Guided By Voices.

#339: Love Vigilantes by New Order.

#338: Save It For Later by The English Beat.

#337: Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin.

#336: Rock Lobster by The B52s.

#335: It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken by The Tragically Hip.

#334: Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan.

#333: I’ve Seen It All: Bjork ft. Thom Yorke (from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to “Dancer in the Dark”.

Roxy Music.

#332: More Than This by Roxy Music.

#331: Bulls On Parade by Rage Against the Machine.

#330: Wolf Like Me by TV on the Radio.

#329: Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat.

#328: Song #2 by Blur.

#327: You Really Got Me by The Kinks.

#326: In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins.

#325: Hey, Soul Sister by Train.

#324: Los Angeles by X.

#323: Heart of Glass by Blondie.

#322: House of the Rising Sun by Eric Burden and the Animals.

Reverend Al Green.

#321: Boogie Wonderland by Earth, Wind and Fire.

#320: Love and Happiness by Rev. Al Green.

#319: The Thunder Rolls by Garth Brooks.

#318: Guns of Brixton by The Clash.

#317: Somebody to Love by Queen.

#316: Let’s Dance by David Bowie.

#315: Cities in Dust by Siouxsie and the Banshees.

a-ha.

#314: Wake up, Little Susie! by The Everly Brothers.

#313: God Save The Queen by The Sex Pistols.

#312: Baby (One More Time) by Britney Spears.

#311: Welcome to the Jungle by Guns n’ Roses.

#310: Tears of a Clown by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles.

#309: Oliver’s Army by Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

#308: Impossible Germany by Wilco.

#307: Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2.

#306: Take On Me by a-ha.

#305: The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand (from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to “The Way We Were”.

#304: Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers.

#303: Don’t Dream It’s Over by Crowded House.

#302: Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley

#301: Miss You by The Rolling Stones.

If you wish to access any of the other checklists, do so by clicking on the link of your choice:

Songs #500-451

Songs #450-401

Songs #400-351

Songs #300-251

Songs #250-201

Songs #200-151

Songs #150-101

Songs #100-51

Songs #50-01

The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History: Checklist #3…Songs #400-351.

The following is a list of songs taken from my series entitled, “The Top 500 Songs in Modern Music History”. This series was inspired by similar lists created by Rolling Stone Magazine, as well as, radio station, KEXP, in Seattle. Each song title listed below is linked directly to the original post that I wrote about it. So, click away and enjoy some of the best music of all-time.

Tracy Chapman.

#400: Best Day of My Life by American Authors.

#399: Don’t Go: Yaz.

#398: Paid in Full by Eric B. and Rakim.

#397: Enter Sandman by Metallica.

#396: Senses Working Overtime by XTC.

#395: Time Warp: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.

#394: Baba O’Reilly…Behind Blue Eyes…My Generation by The Who.

Mike Oldfield.

#393: Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.

#392: Everyday by Buddy Holly.

#391: Back In Black by AC/DC.

#390: Love Me Do by The Beatles.

#389: Don’t Believe the Hype by Public Enemy.

#388: The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King.

#387: Fast Car by Tracy Chapman.

#386: Losing My Religion by R.E.M.

B.B. King.

#385: YMCA by The Village People.

#384: Tupelo Honey by Van Morrision.

#383: Cloudbusting by Kate Bush.

#382: Magical Mystery Tour….I Am The Walrus by The Beatles.

#381: I Will Follow You Into The Dark by Death Cab For Cutie.

#380: Radar Love by Golden Earring.

#379: Be My Baby by The Ronettes.

#378: Always On My Mind by Brenda Lee, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley and The Pet Shop Boys.

#377: Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder….Red Hot Chili Peppers.

#376: Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 by Trans Siberian Orchestra.

Yo La Tengo

#375: Tiny Dancer: Elton John.

#374: The Mercy Seat by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.

#373: Groove Is In The Heart by Deee-Lite.

#372: Autumn Sweater by Yo La Tengo.

#371: Save a Prayer by Duran Duran.

#370: Paranoid by Black Sabbath.

#369: Rebel Girl by Bikini Kill.

#368: Panic by The Smiths.

Donna Summer.

#367: You Oughta Know by Alanis Morissette.

#366: Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills and Nash.

#365: The Sloop John B. by The Beach Boys.

#364: Letter From An Occupant byThe New Pornographers.

#363: A Forest by The Cure.

#362: I Feel Love by Donna Summer.

#361: Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.

#360: Born Slippy: NUXX by Underworld.

#359: Atmosphere by Joy Division.

#358: Essence by Lucinda Williams.

#357: Be My Number Two by Joe Jackson.

#356: Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees, from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to “Saturday Night Fever”.

Dick Dale: “King of the Surf Guitar”.

#355: Roxanne by The Police.

#354: Dancing With Tears In My Eyes by Ultravox.

#353: Misirlou by Dick Dale.

#352: Here I Dreamt I Was An Architect by The Decemberists.

#351: Outshined by Soundgarden.

To access other countdown checklists, click on any of the following links:

Songs #500-451

Songs #450-401

Songs #350-301

Songs #300-251

Songs #250-201

Songs #200-151

Songs #150-101

Songs #100-51

Songs #50-01