Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 370-361

370. “All You Need is Love” – The Beatles
This is a decent, hippie love song, but it is nowhere near the best that The Beatles have produced, much less one of the greatest songs ever.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

369. “Killing Me Softly with His Song” – Roberta Flack
This is a nice little tune, but it’s also painfully boring. If you want to hear a great Roberta Flack track, check out “Oasis.” You get the same great voice, but you also get a bit of movement out of the music.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

368. “Got My Mojo Working” – Muddy Waters
I didn’t expect to like this as much as I did. It probably still isn’t one of the greatest songs of all time, but I like how Waters doesn’t take himself too seriously, even as he performs a song about his “mojo.” Oh, and he was a hell of a guitarist, too.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: Long Shot

367. “Nowhere to Run” – Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
Martha and The Vandellas have some good hooks in their songs. Unfortunately, that’s all their songs are. All of their stuff had the potential to be great, but I want a bit more to sink my teeth into than just the same phrase repeated over and over for a couple of minutes.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

366. “Little Wing” – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Now this is Hendrix at his finest. “Little Wing” is a short song, clocking in at less than three minutes, but what it does provide is beautiful, way-out-o-sphere guitar excellence accompanied by Hendrix’s soulful croon. It’s the total package.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: Yes

365. “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” – Eurythmics
You’d be hard pressed to find someone outside of a church who prefers this version over the Marilyn Manson cover. Now that’s a song worthy of consideration to be named one of the greatest of all time. This synth pop version? Not so much.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

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364. “Bad Moon Rising” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
This is a song that is close to my heart as it’s one of the first I ever learned to sing. I would dance and sing it every time I visited my grandparents, and even sang it onstage with my now-departed great uncle Pat, who was a great Singer-Songwriter in his own right. Those were cheery times, which at first glance seem to be echoed in the instrumentation and speed of this track. But a closer listen reveals it’s actually an apocalyptic poem with a deceptively sunny deliverance.
Burnes’ Turns: Yes
Top 500 Consideration: Yes

363. “Watching the Detectives” – Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello is one weird dude, and often his music accompanies that. One of the more versatile songwriters in history, you never know exactly what you’re going to get from him. This is an interesting track that I king of like, but not enough to seek out again.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

362. “Tears in Heaven” – Eric Clapton
The circumstances leading to the creation of this song are so heartbreaking, that I don’t even really feel right about critiquing it. No matter how you feel about it, there’s no doubt that it is one of the most heartfelt songs ever written.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

361. “All Shook up” – Elvis Presley
This is the reason my brother hates Elvis Presley with such a passion. There’s no doubt that Elvis has arranged and sang some of the greatest songs of all time. This is not one of them.
Burnes’ Turns: No
Top 500 Consideration: No

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