Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 480-471

After a good first batch, the last 10 tracks weren’t particularly impressive. But as we continue our journey down the list, things should only get better as we move along.

480. “Sabotage” – Beastie Boys (1994)
I remember being absolutely blown away the first time I heard this chaotic Punk track. It surprised me; this isn’t the sound that I normally associate with The Beasties. But it was a good kind of surprise. It definitely maintains a place in Burnes’ Turns, and after some deliberation, I decided I will consider it for my Top 500.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: Yes

479. “I Want to Know What Love is” – Foreigner (1984)
This isn’t the first time that I heard this song, but it’s been quite a while and I certainly wasn’t familiar with it. It’s a hell of a song, but it is hampered due to its similarities to other ballads from bands for which I have much more love and attachment. Even so, this one’s a keeper and I’ll consider it for the Top 500.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: Yes

478. “Last Nite” – The Strokes (2001)
It amuses me that Rolling Stone holds this track in such high regard. I’m glad they do to a degree; if it wasn’t for Rolling Stone I probably wouldn’t be familiar with it. It’s been a staple in Burnes’ Turns for years, and that isn’t likely to change any time soon. But is it Top 500 song material? Probably not.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: No

477. “How Soon is Now” – The Smiths (1985)
This is an intriguing song, but I’m surprised to hear it here. Maybe they wanted a good representation of the ’80s? Regardless, its 7-minute run time is at least four minutes too long and that pretty well negates it from being anywhere near my Top 500.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

476. “Do Right Woman – Do Right Man” – Aretha Franklin (1967)
When I first heard this I thought it was too similar to “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge, but with each repeated listen, I like it more and more. Aretha Franklin has that voice that’s just about untouchable. That’s enough to put this song over the edge, even if it may not have the greatest chance of making the final list.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: Yes

475. “Where Did Our Love Go” – The Supremes (1964)
This is another one that seems to get better the more it’s replayed. Not too long ago I listened to a huge, 3-disc collection of The Supremes and got pretty burned out on them. But this one’s good enough to warrant a look.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: Yes

474. “Into the Mystic” – Van Morrison (1970)
I’ve never heard anyone with the kind of acoustics that Van Morrison utilized. He plays so quietly, but so many of his songs are gripping works of art. I had never heard this particular track before taking a look at this list, but it really is an incredible piece of music. Definitely worth considering.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: Yes

473. “Welcome to the Jungle” – Guns N’ Roses (1987)
You’d be hard-pressed to find a bigger Guns N’ Roses fan than I am. They are the band that has influenced my musical taste more than any other besides my first favorite, Aerosmith. It’s easy to hear the influence that the Boston-based rockers had on Guns, and there’s a mutual admiration between the two parties. Joe Perry has gone on record saying that Guns N’ Roses “played as a gang” and that’s the best way to describe it. I consider them to be one of the Top 10 artists, ever, and that includes 2008’s Chinese Democracy. “Welcome to the Jungle” has that quality about it that Guns N’ Roses mastered with nearly all of their songs: it never seems to get old even with repeated listens through the years. I would never site “Jungle” as my favorite Guns’ track ever, but it’s definitely worth considering for the Top 500.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: Yes

472. “Runaway” – Del Shannon (1961)
There’s no doubt that this is a classic song; it’s pretty much impossible to have never heard it. And maybe that has stripped away its luster over the years. It’s a fine track, but I don’t quite like it enough to put in my playlist or consider it for my Top 500. A part of that may be because I kind of grew up musically listening to Bonnie Raitt’s version, which isn’t necessarily superior, but it might be.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

471. “Surrender” – Cheap Trick (1978)
Well this one’s lovable, isn’t it? I knew “Surrender” way before I was a music fan because my uncle is a big fan of Cheap Trick. Even now, my cousin considers this track one of his all-time favorites. I wouldn’t go that far, but it will always hold a place in my playlist. I didn’t really think it was Top 500 material, but after returning to it after all this time, hell, I’ll give it a shot.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: Yes

Overall, I consider this to have been a great group of songs and vastly superior to the last 10. Listening to all of this great music, some of which I’ve never heard before, is a lot of fun.

 

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