Friday, March 16, 2012

Top Artists Of All Time: Division 1-Folk Rock

Each Friday, station to station will be looking at the Top Artists Of All Time. 32 artists in 32 genres will be featured. The top 8 artists in points received move on to the semi-finals. Instead of spouting off my own personal favorites in each genre, I've invited 19 friends (at least the ones I still keep in touch with) who I've had the privilege of talking about music, attending concerts with, or share the same tastes in music in one shape or form over the last 20 years. Many a drink has been had over which artists we think are it and not. So this is a tribute to that. Thanks for the votes, even if your favorite genres have yet to come.

The first week, 16 of 20 ballots (80%) were cast for the division of Folk Rock. That's a bit surprising considering I didn't think it would be a universal giddy up category. But of the 32 artists, 29 received a vote. In the end, older mainstays pushed their way to the top (The Dead, Cohen, The Band advanced past Iron & Wine, Fleet Foxes, and The Pogues) and Bob Dylan and Neil Young proved they were tops of the class with the most points and votes, respectively.

Scoring is relatively simple. Voters are asked to pick their 6 favorite artists in order. Their #1 gets 6 points, #2 gets 5 points, #4 gets 3points, etc. One ballot contained 5 votes which means it's #1 got 5 points, etc. And one ballot had a No Order, which means each artist received 3.5 points a piece (equaling the 21 points allotted).

So below we have The Top 8 artists from the Folk Rock division (with total points and votes received), the artists who just missed or had votes cast (Billy Bragg missed the cut just barely with 12 points and 3 votes cast, tiebreaker going to votes cast: The Band and Cohen had 4), and the ballots randomly placed at the bottom.
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Division 1: Folk Rock (16 Ballots)
Top 8 (Points and Total Votes)
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1. Bob Dylan 56.5 pts (11)
Key Albums: Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde On Blonde, Blood On The Tracks, Time Out Of Mind
5 Essential Tracks: Like A Rolling Stone, Tangled Up In Blue, Positively 4th Street, Visions Of Johanna, Knockin' On Heaven's Door

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2. Neil Young 46.5 pts (12)
Key Albums: After The Gold Rush, Harvest, Rust Never Sleeps, Tonight's The Night
5 Essential Tracks: Rockin' In The Free World, Cinnamon Girl, Heart Of Gold, Only Love Can Break Your Heart, Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)

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3. Van Morrison 26.5 pts (8)
Key Albums: Astral Weeks, Moondance, Saint Dominic's Preview, Tupelo Honey
5 Essential Tracks: Brown Eyed Girl, Sweet Thing, Into The Mystic, Caravan, Domino

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4. Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) 19.5 pts (6)
Key Albums: Crosby, Stills & Nash, Deja Vu
5 Essential Tracks: Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, Woodstock, Ohio, Teach Your Children, Wooden Ships


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5. Tom Waits 14 pts (4)
Key Albums: Bone Machine, Blood Money, Rain Dogs, Swordfishtrombones
5 Essential Tracks: Hang On St. Christopher, In The Neighborhood, Downtown Train, I Don't Wanna Grow Up, Misery Is The River Of The World

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6. Grateful Dead 12 pts (5)
Key Albums: American Beauty, Workingman's Dead, Live/Dead, Aoxomoxoa
5 Essential Tracks: Friend Of The Devil, Truckin', Dark Star, Uncle John's Band, China Cat Sunflower


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7. The Band 12 pts (4)
Key Albums: Music From Big Pink, The Band (Self-Titled)
5 Essential Tracks: I Shall Be Released, The Weight, Up On Cripple Creek, The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Stage Fright


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8. Leonard Cohen 12 pts (4)
Key Albums: Songs Of Leonard Cohen, Songs Of Love and Hate, I'm The Man
5 Essential Tracks: Famous Blue Raincoat, Suzanne, First We Take Manhattan, So Long Marianne, Hallelujah

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Missed The Cut: (Total points and number of votes cast)
Billy Bragg 12 pts (3), Cat Stevens 11 pts (2), Fleet Foxes 10pts (4), The Pogues 10 pts (3), Nick Drake 10 pts (3), Iron and Wine 9 pts (3), Robyn Hitchcock 8 pts (2), Bon Iver 8 pts (2), The Byrds 7 pts (2), Ben Harper 6 pts (3), Joni Mitchell 5.5 pts (2), Jethro Tull 5 pts (1), Tracy Chapman 4.5 pts (2), David Gray 4 pts (2), Rusted Root 4 pts (1), Ray La Mantogne 4 pts (1), Richard Thompson 4 pts (1), Sarah Maclachlan 3 pts (1), Donovan 2 pts (1), The Tallest Man On Earth 2 pts (1), Okkervill River 2 pts (1)

No Votes:
Buffalo Springfield, Joanna Newsom, Sinead O'Connor

Completed Ballots:
1- 1. Neil Young 2. Bob Dylan 3. Ray La Montagne 4. Sarah MacLachlan 5. David Gray 6. Crosby, Stills & Nash
2- 1. Bon Iver 2. Nick Drake 3. Neil Young 4. Billy Bragg 5. David Gray 6. The Pogues
3- 1. Bob Dylan 2. Neil Young 3. Crosby, Stills & Nash 4. Leonard Cohen 5. The Byrds 6. The Band
4- 1. Tom Waits 2. The Pogues 3. Rusted Root 4. Grateful Dead 5. Okkervil River 6. Tracy Chapman
5- (No Order) Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tracy Chapman, Van Morrison
6- 1. Bob Dylan 2. Neil Young 3. Fleet Foxes 4. Iron & Wine 5. The Tallest Man On Earth 6. Grateful Dead
7- 1. Billy Bragg 2. Bob Dylan 3. Van Morrison 4. Tom Waits 5. Neil Young 6. Nick Drake
8- 1. Bob Dylan 2. Grateful Dead 3. Leonard Cohen 4. The Band 5. Bon Iver 6. Iron & Wine
9- 1. Bob Dylan 2. Neil Young 3. Nick Drake 4. Van Morrison 5. Fleet Foxes 6. Grateful Dead
10- 1. Crosby, Stills & Nash 2. Iron & Wine 3. Ben Harper 4. Van Morrison 5. Donovan 6. Neil Young
11- 1. Bob Dylan 2. The Byrds 3. Van Morrison 4. Leonard Cohen 5. Joni Mitchell 6. Tom Waits
12- 1. Neil Young 2. Cat Stevens 3. Tom Waits 4. Robyn Hitchcock 5. Van Morrison 6. Bob Dylan
13- (5 Votes) 1. Robyn Hitchcock 2. The Pogues 3. Billy Bragg 4. Leonard Cohen 5. Ben Harper
14- 1. Cat Stevens 2. Jethro Tull 3. Richard Thompson 4. The Band 5. Neil Young 6. Fleet Foxes
15- 1. Bob Dylan 2. Neil Young 3.Crosby, Stills & Nash 4. Van Morrison 5. Grateful Dead 6. Ben Harper (HM: D. Gray)
16- 1. Bob Dylan 2. The Band 3. Van Morrison 4. Fleet Foxes 5. Neil Young 6. Crosby, Stills & Nash

4 comments:

  1. I'm glad the Band made the cut, I didn't notice them on the list.

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  2. Me too. They were 7 on my list. If not Nick Drake, let the Band sneak in.

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  3. Fairport Convention?

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    1. A major omission missing Fairport Convention although Richard Thompson did make another genre for voting. GOOD CATCH!

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