Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 490-481

After the last nice collection of tracks, I continue my journey through Rolling Stone‘s Top 500 Songs of All Time with tracks 490-481 below.

490. “Clocks” – Coldplay (2002)
My feelings for “Clocks” have shifted considerably over the years. It was one of the first tracks I ever heard from way before I was a music enthusiast because my mom had a CD made up of songs nominated for Grammys in 2004 that she listened to in the car regularly. It was pretty much the only CD she listened to at the time that wasn’t full of Christian music, so this was a great change of pace. I got sick of it after a while, and it still is far from my favorite Coldplay track, but it’s nevertheless a good song that maintains a place in my Burnes’ Turns playlist. It really isn’t Top 500 material, though.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: No

489. “Under the Boardwalk” – The Drifters (1964)
I love this era of music, but I never really understood why this particular track accrued the massive acclaim that it did. It’s a really good song, but it’s also very static and never really climaxes for me.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

488. “Just like Heaven” – The Cure (1987)
This is the first song so far that I’d never heard before, and I’ve got to say, I was absolutely blown away. I’ve always maintained that the ’80s was the worst decade for music, but this has got to be one of the best songs I’ve ever heard from that era of music. I love it, it’s been added to my playlist, and it’ll definitely be considered for my list. This is why listening to these songs is worth it.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: Yes

487. “I’m Eighteen” – Alice Cooper (1971)
When I first started getting into collecting music, Love it to Death was one of the first albums that my step-dad gifted me. I knew this song was a classic back then, and it still is excellent, but it’s lost its luster significantly since that time and is no longer in my Burnes’ Turns playlist.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

486. “Young Americans” – David Bowie (1975)
This is another song I’d never heard before today, but unlike “Just like Heaven” it’s a song I had heard about for years from an artist in David Bowie for whom I have the utmost respect. It’s a good song, but I think it was killed for me due to all of the hype surrounding it (I once read that it was the greatest song of all time) and it doesn’t quite live up to my expectations. I like it, but I don’t love it.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

485. “Lady Marmalade” – LaBelle (1975)
I didn’t know what to expect coming into this one, but I’ve got to say it’s one hell of a jam! It’s a bit overlong at 3:56, though, and after hearing it, I can’t say I really need to hear it again. But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a great track.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

484. “Cry Me a River” – Justin Timberlake (2002)
Another track that was nominated for a Grammy in 2004 (trust me, I would know). It kind of cracks me up that it’s on this list. It’s a good track and was a monster hit at the time, but it definitely isn’t Top 500 material.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

483. “White Rabbit” – Jefferson Airplane (1967)
I never did understand the fascination that surrounds this song. It’s creepy, I guess? I’m not a fan.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

482. “Since U Been Gone” – Kelly Clarkson (2004)
It’s funny that when I think of Rolling Stone‘s Top 500 Song List, I think of two things: Bob Dylan and “Since U Been Gone.” I always thought it was absolutely ridiculous that this track was on their list, and quite frankly, it is. But I actually like it better than “White Rabbit” and “Cry Me a River,” so I guess that’s something. Also, Dave Grohl is a big fan of it, so it’s got that going for it, I guess.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

481. “Super Freak” – Rick James (1981)
This is the first track that I’ve heard on this list that I legitimately dislike. One of the many reasons why I’ll always hate the ’80s.
Burnes’ Turns: Never
Top 500 Consideration: Absolutely Not.

Overall, I found this to be a notably worse collection of songs than the 10 that appeared below it. That isn’t really a surprise, though; I find that many of Rolling Stone‘s lists play out that way. I’m sure business will pick up in the tracks ahead, and at least we got “Just like Heaven” out of it. Better than nothing.

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