Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 230-211

230 “Mannish Boy” – Muddy Waters It’s clear that for straight-ahead Blues, you can’t do better than Muddy Waters. This song never really goes anywhere and it’s limited by the boundaries of its genre, but as far as this type of music goes, it’d be hard to find anything better. Burnes’ Turns: No Top 500…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 260-231

260. “Mississippi” – Bob Dylan I was first exposed to this song when I was new to buying music off of iTunes. Rolling Stone had listed it as one of the greatest songs of the ’00s, but the version I purchased was actually a live acoustic recording. It’s still really good, and after listening to…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 280-261

As we approach the half-way point through Rolling Stone‘s list, things are starting to get really good. There are multiple songs below that I had never heard before that will almost certainly appear on my final list to be revealed in the coming weeks. But as usual, there are also some duds, so it’s up…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 340-281

I took a brief hiatus from posting, but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t still listening. So today we have a supersized continuation of the Rolling Stone: 500 Greatest Songs series as we edge ever closer to the creation of my own list. 340. “Subterranean Homesick Blues” – Bob Dylan Bob Dylan’s offspring has called this…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 350-341

350. “The Harder They Come” – Jimmy Cliff While I enjoy listening to Reggae (though, I’ll admit, my experience with the genre mainly consists of Bob Marley’s work), I find the majority of the stuff I’ve heard to be a bit too formulaic and laid-back to be considered among the greatest music of all time.…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 360-351

360. “The Great Pretender” – The Platters My grandfather still has his original copy of this on a 78 from when this song was No. 1 on the carts in 1955. He still loves it to this day. I’m a huge fan of The Ink Spots, and The Platters carried on the high tenor style…

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…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 380-371

380. “I Can’t Explain” – The Who This catchy tune is the original single from one of the biggest bands in the history of the world: The Who. It’s interesting to me that they’ve been around for so long, but they never really got to be considered in the same league as other British invaders…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs 390-381

390. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” – Elton John One of Elton John’s most prolific songs, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was actually more inspired by The Rolling Stones’ Goats Head Soup than Abbey Road. It’s definitely a great song, but it’s also one of those that we’ve already heard so many times, it’s hard to actively…

Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs: 400-391

400. “Baby I Need Your Loving” – Four Tops The Four Tops are consistently one of those bands that are right on my fence between good but forgettable and excellent and this song is no exception. It’s certainly catchy and soulful, and I can certainly understand the appeal, but is it really one of the…