The List: Top 50 songs

15 Oct

top50.jpgFaithful readers of this site (a select class of early adopters, family members and extremely bored people) will recall I have my tendency to rank things. Restaurants, vacation spots, movies, favorite strippers … every topic can be broken down into a top 3, a top 5, a top whatever.

An oft-ranked subject for me is “favorite songs.” I recently realized it’d been a while since I ranked ’em, so tonight I spent a painstakingly long amount of time making my list. (Rap not included; too hard to compare.) The final results are after the jump. Have a looksie, and feel free to offer your (likely much shorter) list of faves in the comments.

1. Can’t Hardly Wait — The Replacements
2. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing — Stevie Wonder
3. (Sittin’ On The) Dock Of The Bay — Otis Redding
4. Thunder Road — Bruce Springsteen
5. Bring It On Home To Me (2005 Remastered) — Sam Cooke
6. Wish You Were Here — Pink Floyd
7. Living For The City (Edit Version) — Stevie Wonder
8. Something — The Beatles
9. The King of Carrot Flowers, Pt 1 — Neutral Milk Hotel
10. The Man In Me — Bob Dylan
11. Here Comes The Sun — The Beatles
12. Suspicious Minds — Elvis
13. California Stars — Wilco
14. Waterloo Sunset — The Kinks
15. Last Goodbye — Jeff Buckley
16. It Makes No Difference — The Band
17. Moonlight Mile — The Rolling Stones
18. Your Daddy Don’t Know — New Pornographers
19. All These Things I’ve Done — The Killers
20. Los Angeles, I’m Yours — The Decemberists
21. Seven Nation Army — The White Stripes
22. Here Comes Your Man — The Pixies
23. Hallelujah — Jeff Buckley
24. Helpless — Neil Young/The Band/The Last Waltz
25. Just Like Heaven — The Cure
26. Please Don’t Go — Stevie Wonder
27. July, July! — The Decemberists
28. My Doorbell — The White Stripes
29. Nightswimming — R.E.M.
30. One — U2
31. Everyday I Write The Book — Elvis Costello
32. Skyway — The Replacements
33. Fake Plastic Trees — Radiohead
34. Bullet And a Target — Citizen Cope
35. Mr. Brightside — The Killers
36. Multiply — Jamie Lidell
37. Blue — The Jayhawks
38. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry — Bob Dylan
39. Little Red Corvette — Prince
40. Achin’ To Be — The Replacements
41. Say It Ain’t So — Weezer
42. I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man — Prince
43. Do You Realize — The Flaming Lips
44. Rebellion (Lies) — The Arcade Fire
45. Off the Record — My Morning Jacket
46. Lover, You Should’ve Come Over — Jeff Buckley
47. Hotel Yorba — The White Stripes
48. Ooh La La — The Faces
49. Like U Crazy — Mates of State
50. Vincent O’Brien — M. Ward


8 Responses to “The List: Top 50 songs”

  1. Joel October 16, 2007 at 12:36 am #

    Very impressive, B. Makes me want to listen to all of them in one sitting.

  2. Ms. Minneapolis October 17, 2007 at 6:37 pm #

    The million dollar question:

    Do we rank songs because of our own personal connection to them?

    Discuss amongst yourselves.

  3. B. October 17, 2007 at 8:57 pm #

    Joel, that would be the best 200 minutes of your life.

    Except, of course, the time we did back-to-back air guitars during the Stone Temple Pilots concert. Now that’s living.

  4. The Real Rut October 20, 2007 at 10:03 pm #

    What no Led Zepplin? The Who? Elvis Presley? George Jones? I must be showing my age.

  5. A.B. October 21, 2007 at 8:21 pm #

    I am being completely honest when I declare that it is a wonderful feeling to know that several songs on the WOB Top 50 would also be on my personal Top 50. For example, Skyway, Fake Plastic Trees, Everyday I Write the Book, Mr. Brightside, Say It Ain’t So and Lover, You Should Have Come Over — they would all be there. If I want to sit in the dark and cry, I’d probably add an Elliot Smith song or two, most likely Rose Parade and Miss Misery. The Cedar Room by Doves is a song I can listen to over and over again (and have); ditto for Don’t Panic and Everything’s Not Lost by Coldplay.

    Also, Helpless is a beautiful song. But I wouldn’t put it on my Top 50. Just a personal thing. I feel like, if I hear it once or twice a year, I’m good. The Real Rut, you will be pleased to know I would put Goin’ to California on my list.

  6. Cool Rut October 22, 2007 at 9:39 am #

    I swear I read all 50 titles, but did I miss “Long December” and “Stairway to Heaven”?

  7. cooler rut October 23, 2007 at 9:54 pm #

    i have to agree with cool rut on both of those..and only one song from the rolling stones, that is just a shame!!


  1. Updated: top 50 songs - World of B - December 17, 2008

    […] it is, friends. My latest “top 50 songs ever” list. There aren’t a ton of changes from last year – a few newer songs shot up the list, a few older favorites were deemed not necessary to listen […]

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