Rolling Stone greatest songs not for me

Rolling Stone Magazine have put out the 100 Greatest Songs of the Century – So Far – an odd time in the century to be doing it, but whatever.

There is one song of local note, Lorde’s Royals is at number 9. I was a bit surprised at that, until I spent some time listening through the top twenty. For me Royals is one of the best, much better than most, and I’m not that big a fan of it.

Not only would i not go out of my way to listen to most of them, I would avoid listening to most. My tastes are so last century.

Even the proper band songs were largely boring, lacking an edge, lacking any hooks.

Adele’s ‘Rolling in the Deep’ (8) is my favourite song if you ignore a very mediocre video.

Worst video by far ‘Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ (14) – I wonder how slutty crap like that affects young people.

The edgiest and most impactful song was ‘Alright’ by Kendrick Lamar (13) – not a style of song I like but it was hard out meaningful. Lamar is due to play in Dunedin in a month or two, tickets sold very well but I an not enticed.

To be honest quite a few of the songs and some of the artists I had never heard of, I don’t keep up much with modern music.

Some of them were just too formula, lacking in interest and boring.

Old rocker David Bowie is on the list but it is far from his best.

Here’s the top 20:

  1. “Crazy in Love,” Beyonce feat. Jay-Z
  2. “Paper Planes,” M.I.A.
  3. “Seven Nation Army,” The White Stripes
  4. “Hey Ya!”, Outkast
  5. Problems,” Jay-Z
  6. “Maps,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  7. “Runaway,” Kanye West feat. Pusha T
  8. “Rolling in the Deep,” Adele
  9. “Royals,” Lorde
  10. “Last Nite,” The Strokes
  11. “Since U Been Gone,” Kelly Clarkson
  12. “Get Ur Freak On,” Missy Elliott
  13. “Alright,” Kendrick Lamar
  14. “Toxic,” Britney Spears
  15. “Crazy,” Gnarls Barkley
  16. “All My Friends,” LCD Soundsystem
  17. “Work It,” Missy Elliott
  18. “Blackstar,” David Bowie
  19. “Dancing on My Own,” Robyn
  20. “Rehab,” Amy Winehouse

Listen and watch: The 100 Greatest Songs of the Century – So Far



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  1. Corky

     /  6th July 2018

    “Rehab,” Amy Winehouse”

    That’s about the only song there that does anything for me.

    • Gezza

       /  6th July 2018

      Here’s one of them.

      When you’re 16 & you’re allowed out at night with your other hormone-filled friends, these guys seem, like, really excellent!

      I love the Stones, & the Beatles & heaps of their contemporaries, but go back far enuf & they often sounded like this.

  2. Pickled Possum

     /  6th July 2018

    I think she could have gone to rehab … too busy saying no no no!!

  3. PDB

     /  6th July 2018

    Fuck, what a depressing list. Compare that to the best of the 1990’s and you can see how far popular music has fallen.

  4. seems overly hip hop focused, scrolled through the whole thing…

  5. Fight4NZ

     /  6th July 2018

    After your take I was expecting real crap. So was surprised to see some bona fide excellence. White Stripes, YYYs, Strokes, Lorde. Sure will never get the Beyonce, JayZ, Kanya dross but some good singles among the others. Florence, Beirut, Lawrence Arabia, Feist, vastly superior though, to name a few.
    Struggling to recall much more noteworthy in the 90s? Pixies obviously. Garageland, Mutton Birds, um.


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