Friday, October 17, 2014

Top Songs Of The 90s (Division 8)



Welcome to our eighth division of the Top Songs Of The 90s where a panel narrows down the Top Songs until we get to the #1 song of the decade. Ballots were sent out to the station to station panel and I got 16 back. 6 Points were given to #1, 5 points to #2, etc. and 3.5 points were given to lists that were in NO ORDER. Below are the results!

This division was packed with 7 power hitters all scoring at least on 7 ballots with 29+ points. Heart-Shaped Box and Alive both tied for the division lead and both are #1 and #2 on the overall leader board at the halfway point. Ray Of Light by Madonna had just enough of an edge to beat out tracks from Urge Overkill, Goo Goo Dolls & A Tribe Called Quest. We also had a record of 16 of 17 ballots back which helped push their point totals up! Thanks for the extra participation this week panel!!!

You can follow along each Friday as another 9 songs catapult to the semi final stage. There will be 16 opening rounds, 12 semifinal rounds and then a tourney of head to head 64 songs in March-April. If you're interested in picking 6 songs a week, contact me! Thanks again!

And finally as promised, The link to the Top Songs Of The 90s OVERALL LEADER BOARD as well after 8 rounds. Have a wonderful weekend!!!
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THE TOP 9 (DIVISION 8)
(# Points And Votes)
1. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana) 49.5 (13)
T1. Alive (Pearl Jam) 49.5 (13)
3.Remedy (The Black Crowes) 38.5 (11)
4. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers) 37.5 (10)
5. Sabotage (Beastie Boys) 37 (10)
6. Paranoid Android (Radiohead) 32.5 (6)
7. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays) 29 (7)
8. Peaches (Presidents Of The United States Of America) 12.5 (4)
9. Ray Of Light (Madonna) 8.5 (3)


Full Top 9 Playlist via YouTube:
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Songs that missed the cut  (#Points and Votes)
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon (Urge Overkill) 7.5 (3)
Name (Goo Goo Dolls) 7.5 (3)
Can I Kick It? (A Tribe Called Quest) 7.5 (2)
Sexuality (Billy Bragg) 5 (2)
911 Is A Joke (Public Enemy) 4 (2)
Midnight In A Perfect World (DJ Shadow) 3 (1)
Isobel (Bjork) 2 (1)
Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (Moby) 2 (1)
Yes (McAlmont And Butler) 1 (1)
Wannabee (Spice Girls) 1 (1)
Metal Mickey (Suede) 1 (1)
Are You That Somebody? (Aaliyah) (1) (1)

90s songs that got NO LOVE on Division 8 ballot:
Country House (Blur)
Hey Boy Hey Girl (The Chemical Brothers)
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next (Manic Street Preachers)
Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Saint Etienne)
Safe From Harm (Massive Attack)
Sing It Back (Moloko)
World In Motion (New Order)
You're Still The One (Shania Twain)
14 Zero Zero (Console)

Individual Ballots:
Ballot 1
NO ORDER
Alive (Pearl Jam)
Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon (Urge Overkill)
Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Name (Goo Goo Dolls)
Remedy (The Black Crowes)
Peaches (Presidents Of The United States Of America)

Ballot 2
NO ORDER
Alive (Pearl Jam)
Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
Ray Of Light (Madonna)
Remedy (The Black Crowes)
Sabotage (The Beastie Boys)

Ballot 3
1. Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
2. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
3. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
4. Sexuality (Billy Bragg)
5. Sabotage (The Beastie Boys)
6. Yes (McAlmont And Butler)

Ballot 4
1. Remedy (The Black Crowes)
2. Alive (Pearl Jam)
3. Can I Kick It? (A Tribe Called Quest)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
5. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
6. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon (Urge Overkill)

Ballot 5
1. Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
2. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
3. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
4. Midnight In A Perfect World (DJ Shadow)
5. Isobel (Bjork)
6. Remedy (The Black Crowes)

Ballot 6
NO ORDER
Alive (Pearl Jam)
Can I Kick It? (A Tribe Called Quest)
Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
Remedy (The Black Crowes)
Sabotage (The Beastie Boys)

Ballot 7
1. Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
2. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
3. Alive (Pearl Jam)
4. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
5. Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? (Moby)
6. Remedy (The Black Crowes)

Ballot 8
1. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
2. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
3. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
4. Alive (Pearl Jam)
5. Sexuality (Billy Bragg)
6. Wannabee (Spice Girls)

Ballot 9
1. Alive (Pearl Jam)
2. Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
3. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
5. Remedy (The Black Crowes)
6. Sabotage (The Beastie Boys)

Ballot 10
1. Alive (Pearl Jam)
2. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
3. Ray Of Light (Madonna)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
5. Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
6. Metal Mickey (Suede)

Ballot 11
1. Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
2. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
3. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
4. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon (Urge Overkill)
5. Name (Goo Goo Dolls)
6. Ray Of Light (Madonna)

Ballot 12
1. Paranoid Android (Radiohead)
2. Remedy (The Black Crowes)
3. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
5. Name (Goo Goo Dolls)
6. Alive (Pearl Jam)

Ballot 13
1. Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
2. Here's Where The Story Ends (The Sundays)
3. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
5. 911 Is A Joke (Public Enemy)
6. Alive (Pearl Jam)

Ballot 14
1. Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
2. Alive (Pearl Jam)
3. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
4. Remedy (The Black Crowes)
5. 911 Is A Joke (Public Enemy)
6. Peaches (President Of The United States Of America)

Ballot 15
1. Alive (Pearl Jam)
2. Peaches (Presidents Of The United States Of America)
3. Remedy (The Black Crowes)
4. Heart-Shaped Box (Nirvana)
5. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
6. Sabotage (Beastie Boys)

Ballot 16
1. Sabotage (Beastie Boys)
2. Remedy (The Black Crowes)
3. Give It Away (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
4. Peaches (Presidents Of The United States Of America)
5. Alive (Pearl Jam)
6. Are You That Somebody? (Aaliyah)

#63: The La's-There She Goes (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#63
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "There She Goes"
Artist: The La's
Release Date: October, 1988
From The Album: The La's (1990)



Quick Take: One of rock's simplest yet most evocative love songs, the La's "There She Goes" predated Brit-pop by four years, yet it alluded to Britain's golden era of pop with less irony and considerably more melody and heart. Chiming, jangly guitars, heart-tugging major-minor chord changes, yearning vocals, and poignant lyrics like "She calls my name/Pulls my chain/No one else can feel my pain" result in timeless, seemingly effortless pop magic that is much greater than the sum of its parts. Nevertheless, upon its first release as a single in 1988, "There She Goes" missed out on chart success, though its reissue two years later -- around the time of the release of their debut album -- made the U.K. Top 20 and the Top 50 in the U.S. Just a few years later, the song was already appearing on British hits collections; even more significantly, cover versions began to pop up as soon as 1993, with the Boo Radleys reworking it on the So I Married An Axe Murderer soundtrack. Though their version focused on the song's sunny side, adding cheery handclaps and harmonies, it added to the song's reputation as an emerging pop standard. Five years later, the folk-pop/CCM trio Sixpence None the Richer covered it on their self-titled third album, giving it a sweet, Innocence Mission/Sundays-like veneer. This version of "There She Goes" also made its way onto the soundtrack to the kids' film Snow Day, poised to captivate another generation of music fans. Though the La's remained frustratingly silent more than a decade after they released "There She Goes," their disappearance only added to the song's aura of once-in-a-lifetime brilliance.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#64: Love And Rockets-So Alive (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)


#64
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "So Alive"
Artist: Love And Rockets
Release Date: May, 1989
From The Album: Love And Rockets (1989)



Quick Take: "So Alive," along with Prince's "Cream," ranks as one of the best T. Rex homages ever created - both songs have the same sly, understated kick of Marc Bolan at its best, where simplicity didn't mean lack of quality in the slightest. That the song ended up as a smash American hit must have taken the group more than a little by surprise, but in retrospect it's easy to why it - with the help of an endlessly on MTV video that year - was such a monster. Daniel Ash's lyrics about an object of desire might not be the deepest ever written, but his seeming diffidence and sly purr - very much a Bolan turn - combines with a great chorus (backed by soul singers apparently taking time off from recording The Dark Side of the Moon) for great results. The arrangement is as stripped-down as one could want aside from a gentle keyboard adding a bit of extra punctuation here and there, the three performers finding a good straight up delivery and sticking to it.
Courtesy: Ned Raggett (allmusic.com)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

#65: The Clash-Should I Stay Or Should I Go (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)


#65
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Should I Stay Or Should I Go"
Artist: The Clash
Release Date: June, 1982
From The Album: Combat Rock (1982)



Quick Take: Given the fickle nature of the music business, it probably figures that when the Clash finally had a major hit in the United States, this band which had so prided themselves on their street-smart intelligence and edgy political stance would make the charts with what was almost certainly the most purposefully dumb song in their catalog. Then again, from "Louie Louie" to "Bitchin' Camaro," the history of rock is dotted with any number of wonderfully stupid songs, and "Should I Stay or Should I Go," from the 1982 album Combat Rock, is a true classic in this grand tradition. Mick Jones wonders out loud if he should stick with his significant other or move on to greener pastures, and the argument never gets much deeper than "If I go there will be trouble/But if I stay there will be double" (meaning, strictly on numbers, he really ought to go, but his thinking doesn't appear to be quite so analytical). Jones actually manages to sound like he can take such an argument seriously, though when Joe Strummer chimes in with a Spanish interpretation of the lyrics during the second verse, he seems fully aware of how goofy this is -- and he's enjoying every moment of it. And while the tune isn't much more than two emphatic chords, they're two GREAT emphatic chords, and between Jones and Strummer's full-bodied guitar downstrokes and Paul Simonon's thick, fuzzy bass line, it sounds like the Clash's great nod to the pleasures of garage rock. Since it was the group's biggest hit, "Should I Stay or Should I Go" has inspired more covers than most of the Clash's repertoire, ranging from the odd but inspired (swinging Seattle alt-country act the Pickets) to the painfully misguided (who suggested to Kylie Minogue that covering this tune was a good idea?), but the most interesting version may have come from Billy Childish. In the early '90s, the Clash allowed "Should I Stay or Should I Go" to be used in a British television commercial for Levis; airplay of the TV spot resulted in the song topping the British singles charts (something it didn't quite manage first time around), and the former leader of the Pop Rivets was quite appalled that his old heroes had not only sold out so crassly, but hit number one in the process. So Childish and his fellow members of Thee Headcoats cut a single in 1993 as Thee Stash, with a sleeve that parodied the cover of the first Clash album. The A-side featured the band 's posthumous hit re-written as "Should I Suck or Should I Blow?," while the flipside altered another Clash classic, "I'm So Bored With the U.S.A.," into "Selling Jeans for the U.S.A." And if that ain't punk rock, I don't know what is. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

#66: Radiohead-Karma Police (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#66
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Karma Police"
Artist: Radiohead
Release Date: August, 1997
From The Album: OK Computer (1997)



Quick Take: Haunting, mystifying, and exquisite, "Karma Police" was the third single from Radiohead's 1997 masterwork OK Computer. Dense yet subtle layers of sound bolstered the acoustic guitar/piano-centered foundation of the song, culminating in a lush, swooning climax. The structure is somewhat unorthodox, since there doesn't seem to be a true chorus section; the main verse alternates with a short, subdued break during which Thom Yorke repeats the line "this is what you get," and after two cycles, the song builds to a completely different ending section. The melodies in the main body are a little more angular, but the finish is plaintive and soaring, without overpowering the delicate melancholy of all that preceded it. Yorke's vocals are given a little extra echo here, and the bass begins to flex underneath as the orchestration builds; a heavily overdubbed sliding figure dominates instrumentally, providing Yorke with a dramatic counterpart. The lyrics are paranoid and inscrutable -- during the verses, people are "arrested" by karma police for cryptic reasons, and a man protests that he's given all he can, in between the "this is what you get...if you mess with us" section. The ending doesn't make clear whether its only lyrics -- "for a minute there, I lost myself" -- are an expression of relief or hopelessness, but really, the emotion comes from the pure sound, not from any logical, concretely presented meanings. And that emotional intensity is evident throughout "Karma Police," making it one of the cornerstones of one of the greatest albums of the '90s.
Courtesy: Steve Huey (allmusic.com)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Top Songs Of The 90s (Division 7)

Welcome to our seventh division of the Top Songs Of The 90s where a panel narrows down the Top Songs until we get to the #1 song of the decade. Ballots were sent out to the station to station panel and I got 13 back. 6 Points were given to #1, 5 points to #2, etc. and 3.5 points were given to lists that were in NO ORDER. Below are the results!

U2's "One" received the most love in Division 7 appearing on the most ballots and receiving the most points. "Cigarettes And Alcohol" had a strong second place showing for Oasis and three hip hop songs from Cypress Hill, Digital Underground and A Tribe Called Quest all made showings in the Top 9 to cap off a diverse 9 moving to the semi final round.

You can follow along each Friday as another 9 songs catapult to the semi final stage. There will be 16 opening rounds, 12 semifinal rounds and then a tourney of head to head 64 songs in March-April. If you're interested in picking 6 songs a week, contact me! Thanks again!

A page with full results will be available in October (soon! I really will work on this soon!!!).
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THE TOP 9 (DIVISION 7)
(# Points And Votes)
1. One (U2) 36.5 (8)
2. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Oasis) 24.5 (6)
3. Learning To Fly (Tom Petty) 23.5 (6)
4. Elderly Woman Behind A Counter In A Small Town (Pearl Jam) 22.5 (7)
5.The Humpty Dance (Digital Underground) 18.5 (5)
6. Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins) 18 (4)
7.Check The Rhime (A Tribe Called Quest) 14 (3)
8.The Impression That I Get (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones) 13 (6)
9. Insane In The Brain (Cypress Hill) 13 (4)



Full Top 9 Playlist via YouTube:
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Songs that missed the cut  (#Points and Votes)
That's The Way Love Goes (Janet Jackson) 9 (2)
No Scrubs (TLC) 8 (3)
Goddess On A Hiway (Mercury Rev) 8 (2)
Connection (Elastica) 7 (3)
Cream (Prince) 7 (2)
Teardrop (Massive Attack) 7 (2) 
Connected (Stereo MCs) 6 (2)
This Is How It Feels (Inspiral Carpets) 6 (1)
What's Up? (4 Non Blondes) 5.5 (3) 
Crying (Aerosmith) 5 (2)
Shiny Happy People (R.E.M.) 5 (2)
Hyper-Ballad (Bjork) 4 (1)
Pure Morning (Placebo) 3 (1)
There's No Other Way (Blur) 3 (1)
Music Sounds Better With You (Stardust) 2 (1)

90s songs that got NO LOVE on Division 7 ballot:
Aftermath (Tricky)
Breathe (The Prodigy)
Come To Daddy (Aphex Twin)
Deep Cover (Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg)
Red Alert (Basement Jaxx)
Shook Ones, Pt 2 (Mobb Depp)

Individual Ballots:
Ballot 1
1. Cream (Prince)
2. Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins)
3. Cigarettes And Alcohol (Oasis)
4. Learning To Fly (Tom Petty)
5. Elderly Woman Behind A Counter In A Small Town (Pearl Jam)
6. The Impression That I Get (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)

Ballot 2
1. Goddess On A Hiway (Mercury Rev)
2. Check The Rhime (A Tribe Called Quest)
3. One (U2)
4. Pure Morning (Placebo)
5. Connection (Elastica)
6. Elderly Woman Behind A Counter In A Small Town (Pearl Jam)

Ballot 3
1. This Is How It Feels (Inspiral Carpets)
2. Teardrop (Massive Attack)
3. Connection (Elastica)
4. There's No Other Way (Blur)
5. Goddess On A Hiway (Mercury Rev)
6. No Scrubs (TLC)

Ballot 4
1. Elderly Woman Behind A Counter In A Small Town (Pearl Jam)
2. Learning To Fly (Tom Petty)
3. One (U2)
4. Crying (Aerosmith)
5. Shiny Happy People (R.E.M.)
6. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Oasis)

Ballot 5
1. Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins)
2. No Scrubs (TLC)
3. Hyper-Ballad (Bjork)
4. That's The Way Love Goes (Janet Jackson)
5. Music Sound Better With You (Stardust)
6. Connection (Elastica)

Ballot 6
1. Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins)
2. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Oasis)
3. The Humpty Dance (Digital Underground)
4. Shiny Happy People (R.E.M.)
5. The Impression That I Get (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
6. What's Up? (4 Non Blondes)

Ballot 7
1. Elderly Woman Behind A Counter In A Small Town (Pearl Jam)
2. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Oasis)
3. The Humpty Dance (Digital Underground)
4. The Impression That I Get (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
5. Insane In The Brain (Cypress Hill)
6. Cream (Prince)

Ballot 8
1. Cigarettes And Alcohol (Oasis)
2. Learning To Fly (Tom Petty)
3. One (U2)
4. The Impression That I Get (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
5. Crying (Aerosmith)
6.  Elderly Woman Behind A Counter In A Small Town (Pearl Jam)

Ballot 9
1. One (U2)
2. The Humpty Dance (Digital Underground)
3. Diasrm (Smashing Pumpkins)
4. Learning To Fly (Tom Petty)
5. Insane In The Brain (Cypress Hill)
6. What's Up? (4 Non Blondes)

Ballot 10
1. One (U2)
2. Check The Rhime (A Tribe Called Quest)
3. Insane In The Brain (Cypress Hill)
4. The Impression That I Get (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)
5. Teardrop (Massive Attack)
6. Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins)

Ballot 11
NO ORDER
Cigarettes & Alcohol (Oasis)
Elderly Woman Behind A Counter In A Small Town (Pearl Jam)
Learning To Fly (Tom Petty)
One (U2)
The Humpty Dance (Digital Underground)
What's Up? (4 Non Blondes)

Ballot 12
1. That's The Way Love Goes (Janet Jackson)
2. Insane In The Brain (Cypress Hill)
3. Check The Rhime (A Tribe Called Quest)
4. One (U2)
5. No Scrubs (TLC)
6. Connected (Stereo MCs)

Ballot 13
1. One (U2)
2. Connected (Stereo MCs)
3. Learning To Fly (Tom Petty)
4. Elderly Woman Behind A Counter In A Small Town (Pearl Jam)
5. The Humpty Dance (Digital Underground)
6. The Impression That I Get (The Mighty Mighty Bosstones)

#67: Green Day-Longview (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#67
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "Longview"
Artist: Green Day
Release Date: February, 1994
From The Album: Dookie (1994)



Quick Take: "Longview" is the debut single by the American punk rock band Green Day. It is the fourth track on the band's third album, Dookie and was released as the lead single. The song was the band's first single to top the Modern Rock chart in the U.S. The music video for this song received heavy airplay on MTV and is largely credited for breaking Green Day into mainstream popularity. In 1995, Green Day received four Grammy Award nominations, including Best Hard Rock Performance for "Longview". The band won Best Alternative Music Performance for Dookie. Rolling Stone ranked it #3 on the list of Best Singles of 1994.
Courtesy: Wikipedia