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Monday, June 1, 2009

897 Greatest Artists Countdown

We've tallied the votes from WTMD listeners, artists, and staff, and the countdown is on!

The Greatest Artist of All Time will be revealed on Friday, June 19th.

897. Al DiMeola ("Sanctuary")
896. Britney Spears ("Oops, I Did It Again...")
895. The Posies ("Dream All Day")
894. Candlebox ("Far Behind")
893. Alternate Routes ("The Future's Nothing New"; "Ain't No Secret")
892. Wheat ("I Met a Girl")
891. Anoushka Shankar ("Prayer in Passing")
890. Sinead Lohan ("Whatever It Takes"; "No Mermaid")
889. George Thorogood ("She's Gone"; "That's It, I Quit")
888. Meatloaf ("Paradise by the Dashboard Light"; "All Revved Up With No Place to Go")

[Read WTMD GM Steve Yasko's memories of Meatloaf.]

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887. 3 Doors Down ("Here Without You"; "Kryptonite")
886. Procol Harum ("A Whiter Shade of Pale"; "Kaleidoscope")
885. a-ha ("Take on Me")
884. Motley Crue ("Home Sweet Home")
883. Sister Hazel ("All For You"; "Change Your Mind")
882. Josh Joplin Group ("I Am Not the Only Cowboy")
881. Catherine Wheel ("Crank")
880. Alabama ("Song of the South")
879. Someone Still Loves You, Boris Yeltsin ("Glue Girls")
878. The Alan Parsons Project ("Games People Play"; "Eye in the Sky")

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877. Travis ("Closer"; "Why Does It Always Rain on Me"; "Writing To Reach You")
876. Matthew Ryan ("American Dirt"; "Silver State")
875. Glenn Miller ("In the Mood")
874. Del Amitri ("The Last to Know")
873. Cowboy Mouth ("Jenny Says")
872. Alan Jackson ("Country Boy")
871. ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead ("Let It Die")
870. The Sugarcubes ("Hit")
869. The Stray Cats ("(She's) Sexy & 17"; "Stray Cat Strut")
868. Huey Lewis & The News ("I Want a New Drug"; "The Power of Love")

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867. Sia ("Day Too Soon"; "Breathe Me")
866. Thin Lizzy ("The Boys Are Back in Town"; "Whiskey in the Jar")
865. Fine Young Cannibals ("She Drives Me Crazy"; "Suspicious Minds")
864. Butch Walker ("The Weight of Her"; "Ponce De Leon Avenue")
863. Seal ("Kiss from a Rose")
862. Gipsy Kings ("Hotel California")
861. Brian Setzer Orchestra ("Jump, Jive, an' Wail")
860. Brazilian Girls ("Lazy Lover"; "Good Time")
859. Ray Davies ("Working Man's Cafe")
858. Keb' Mo' ("She Just Wants to Dance"; "Am I Wrong")

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857. The Dead Milkmen ("Bitchin' Camaro"; "Punk Rock Girl")
856. Bon Iver ("Skinny Love"; "Brackett, WI")
855. Concrete Blonde ("Joey"; "Still in Hollywood")
854. Burning Spear ("Marcus Garvey"; "Walk")
853. Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers ("Love Is My Religion"; "Family Time")
852. Madeline Peyroux ("You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go"; "You Can't Do Me")
851. Everclear ("Santa Monica")
850. Danny Elfman ("What's This?"; "Batman Theme")
849. Chris Cornell ("Billie Jean"; "You Know My Name")
848. Aaron Neville ("Everybody Plays the Fool")

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847. Paul Weller ("It's Written in the Stars"; "I Walk on Gilded Splinters")
846. Live ("Lightning Crashes"; "I Alone")
845. Paul Westerberg ("Dyslexic Heart"; "High Time")
844. Collective Soul ("Shine"; "The World I Know")
843. Chubby Checker ("The Twist")
842. The Cranberries ("Dreams"; "Zombie")
841. Soul Asylum ("Black Gold")
840. Old Crow Medicine Show ("Wagon Wheel"; "Caroline")
839. N.W.A. ("Express Yourself")
838. Edie Brickell & the New Bohemians ("What I Am")

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837. Toad the Wet Sprocket ("All I Want"; "Walk on the Ocean")
836. She & Him ("Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?"; "Change Is Hard")
835. Run-DMC ("It's Tricky")
834. Chemical Brothers ("Block-Rockin' Beats"; "Galvanize")
833. Steel Pulse ("Ravers"; "Roller Skates")
832. The Steve Miller Band
("Serenade"; "The Joker")
831. John Doe ("The Golden State")
830. Jackie Greene ("Honey, I Been Thinking About You"; "Like a Ball and Chain")
829. Robert Randolph and the Family Band ("Soul Refreshing"; "Ain't Nothing Wrong With That")
828. Erykah Badu ("4 Leaf Clover")

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827. LCD Soundsystem ("Daft Punk Is Playing At My House"; "North American Scum")
826. Blue Oyster Cult ("(Don't Fear) The Reaper"; "Godzilla")
825. Arrested Development ("Mr. Wendal"; "Tennessee")
824. Big Audio Dynamite ("Rush")
823. Cloud Cult ("Everybody Here is a Cloud")
822. Asleep at the Wheel ("Cotton-Eye Joe")
821. Beth Orton ("Concrete Sky"; "Conceived")
820. The Runaways ("Cherry Bomb")
819. Belly ("Gepetto"; "Feed the Tree")
818. The Blood Brothers ("Love Rhymes with a Hideous Car Wreck")

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817. Slickee Boys ("When I Go To The Beach")
816. Savoy Brown ("When It Rains")
815. Yael Naim ("New Soul")
814. William Shatner ("Common People")
813. Black Eyed Peas ("Where Is The Love")
812. Wanda Jackson ("Let's Have a Party")
811. Uriah Heap ("Stealin'"; "Easy Livin'")
810. Berlin ("Take My Breath Away"; "Metro")
809. The Mountain Goats ("This Year")
808. The Proclaimers ("I'm On My Way"; "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)")

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807. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club ("Weapon of Choice"; "Ain't No Easy Way")
806. The Minutemen ("Corona")
805. Better Than Ezra ("Desperately Wanting")
804. Staind ("Outside"; "So Far Away")
803. Virginia Coalition ("Mason Dixon"; "Walk to Work")
802. Toto ("99"; "Africa")

[Read WTMD Morning Show Host Erik Deatherage's take on Toto.]

801. Tristan Prettyman ("Love, Love, Love")
800. Train ("Drops of Jupiter")
799. Billy Idol ("White Wedding"; "Rebel Yell")
798. Wolf Parade ("Shine A Light")

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797. Tragically Hip ("Poets"; "Morning Moon")
796. Tommy Keene ("My Mother Looked Like Marilyn Monroe"; "Places That Are Gone")
795. The Get Up Kids ("Close To Me")
794. Zero 7 ("In The Waiting Line")
793. Will Hoge ("Woman Be Strong")
792. Thurston Moore ("Psychic Hearts")
791. Willie Nile ("Cell Phones Ringing (In the Pockets of the Dead)"; "Give Me Tomorrow")
790. The Go-Betweens ("Cattle and Cane")
789. Taking Back Sunday ("A Decade Under the Influence"; "Set Phasers to Stun")
788. Supertramp ("Breakfast in America"; "Goodbye Stranger")

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787. Stars ("Ageless Beauty"; "Take Me to the Riot")
786. Kenny Chesney ("Summertime")
785. Spinal Tap ("Stonehenge"; "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight")
784. Sonny and Cher ("I Got You Babe"; "The Beat Goes On")
783. Waylon Jennings ("Luckenbach Texas")
782. UB40 ("Red Red Wine"; "Can't Help Falling in Love")
781. Sunny Day Real Estate ("Seven")
780. Vince Guaraldi Trio ("Linus and Lucy")
779. The Marshall Tucker Band ("Can't You See"; "Heard It In A Love Song")
778. The Chieftains ("I Know My Love")

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777. Styx ("Mr. Roboto"; "Renegade")
776. T. Rex ("Bang a Gong (Get It On)")
775. The Alarm ("The Stand")
774. The Fray ("Over My Head"; "How to Save a Life")
773. The Prodigy ("Firestarter")
772. Sonny Boy Williamson ("Bring It On Home")
771. Tom Jones ("It's Not Unusual"; "She's a Lady")
770. Hank Williams, Jr. ("Family Tradition")
769. Eric Lindell ("Give It Time")
768. The Stone Roses ("I Wanna Be Adored"; "She Bangs the Drums")

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767. Yoko Ono ("Walking on Thin Ice")
766. The Waterboys ("Fisherman's Blues"; "The Whole of the Moon")
765. The Bridge ("Angelina"; "Shake 'Em Down")
764. Shawn Colvin ("Sunny Came Home"; "Round of Blues")
763. Son House ("John the Revelator")
762. Third Eye Blind ("Semi-Charmed Life"; "Jumper")
761. Sheryl Crow ("Can't Cry Anymore"; "A Change Would Do You Good")
760. The Wallflowers ("Heroes"; "One Headlight")
759. Steppenwolf ("Magic Carpet Ride")
758. Sun Ra ("Rocket Number Nine")

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757. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings ("100 Days, 100 Nights")
756. Yeah Yeah Yeahs ("Gold Lion", "Maps")
755. The Animals ("Don't Bring Me Down")
754. Sandy Denny ("Candle in the Wind")
753. Sade ("The Sweetest Taboo")
752. Ryan Bingham ("Sunshine")
751. Roy Buchanan ("Hey, Good Lookin'")
750. Rosemary Clooney ("Come On-A My House")
749. Rory Gallagher ("Bad Penny"; "Tattoo'd Lady")
748. Jamiroquai ("Virtual Insanity")
747. Back Door Slam ("It'll All Come Around"; "Come Home")
746. America ("Sister Golden Hair"; "Don't Cross the River")
745. Amanda Palmer ("Straight")
744. Allen Touissaint ("Yes We Can")
743. Alex Chilton ("Little GTO")
742. Alejandro Escovedo ("Sister Lost Soul"; "Always a Friend")
741. Air ("La Femme d'Argent"; "Sexy Boy")
740. Afghan Whigs ("What Jail is Like"; "Debonair")

[Read WTMD web guy Frank Diller's take on The Afghan Whigs.]

739. Robert Cray ("Right Next Door (Because of Me)"; "Smoking Gun")
738. Moxy Fruvous ("I've Gotta Get a Message to You"; "I Love My Boss")
737. Ladytron ("Ladybird"; "Seventeen")
736. Paramore ("Misery Business"; "Pressure")
735. Jonatha Brooke ("There's More True Lovers Than One"; "Linger")
734. Girl Talk
733. Li'l Wayne ("Lollipop")
732. Mariah Carey ("Vision of Love")
731. Frightened Rabbit ("Good Arms vs. Bad Arms"; "The Modern Leper")
730. Missy Higgins ("Where I Stood"; "Steer")

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729. Evanescence ("Bring Me to Life")
728. Operation Ivy ("Unity"; "Sound System")
727. The Beautiful South ("We Are Each Other"; "Dream A Little Dream For Me")
726. Cesaria Evora ("Sodade")
725. Panic! at the Disco ("Nine in the Afternoon"; "I Write Sins Not Tragedies")
724. Squirrel Nut Zippers ("Put A Lid On It"; "Hell")
723. Mink DeVille ("Cadillac Walk")
722. Jimmy's Chicken Shack ("High"; "Do Right")
721. Ned's Atomic Dustbin ("Happy")
720. Martin Sexton ("Happy")
719. Olivia Newton John ("Physical")
718. Joe Bonamassa ("Another Kind of Love"; "Stop!")

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717. Motorhead ("Ace of Spades")
716. Jason Mraz ("The Remedy (I Won't Worry)")
715. Galaxie 500 ("Tugboat"; "Blue Thunder")
714. Dead Can Dance ("The Host of Seraphim")
713. Everything But the Girl ("Missing"; "Wrong")
712. Clutch ("Spacegrass")
711. Gene Ammons ("Autumn Leaves"; "There Is No Greater Love")
710. Bobby Bare Jr. ("Numbers")
709. Rachael Yamagata ("Worn Me Down"; "Letter Read")
708. Kaiser Chiefs ("Ruby")

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707. Poco ("Crazy Love")
706. Bad Religion ("21st Century (Digital Boy)"; "Sorrow")
705. Donny Hathaway ("You've Lost That Loving Feeling")
704. Lightning Hopkins ("Have You Ever Loved a Woman?")
703. Jaco Pastorious ("Portrait of Tracy")
702. Brad ("Shinin'")
701. Peaches ("Talk To Me")
700. Bill Withers ("Ain't No Sunshine"; "Use Me")
699. Kasabian ("Club Foot"; "Fire")
698. Peter, Bjorn & John ("Young Folks"; "Nothing To Worry About")

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697. Butthole Surfers ("Pepper"; "Dracula From Houston")
696. My Chemical Romance ("Welcome To The Black Parade")
695. Okkervil River ("Lost Coastlines"; "Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe")
694. Mazzy Star ("Fade Into You")
693. Lake Trout ("Street Fighting Man")
692. Wolfmother ("Woman"; "Apple Tree")
691. James McMurtry
690. Lily Allen ("The Fear"; "Smile")
689. Barry White ("Can't Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe"; "You're the First, the Last, My Everything")
688. Ingrid Michaelson ("Breakable"; "The Way I Am"; "Be OK")

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687. Explosions in the Sky
686. Gene Clark
685. The Judybats
684. Ben Kweller ("Run"; "Penny on the Traintrack")
683. Jill Scott ("Daydreamin'"; "Golden")
682. Dinosaur Jr. ("Feel the Pain"; "Freak Scene")
681. Johnny Mercer ("Accentuate the Positive")
680. Frente ("Labour of Love"; "Bizarre Love Triangle")
679. Morcheeba ("Trigger Hippie")

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678. Calexico
("Two Silver Trees"; "Alone Again Or")
677. J. J. Grey & Mofro ("Orange Blossoms")
676. Richard Shindell
675. Moby ("We Are All Made of Stars"; "Natural Blues")
674. Joss Stone ("Fell In Love with a Boy"; "Tell Me 'Bout It")
673. Nanci Griffith ("Boots of Spanish Leather")
672. Goo Goo Dolls ("Black Balloon"; "Iris")
671. Yonder Mountain String Band ("40 Miles From Denver"; "2 Hits")
670. Fountains of Wayne ("Radiation Vibe"; "Stacy's Mom")
669. Jeremy Enigk ("Mind Idea")

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668. Loreena McKennitt ("The Mummer's Dance")
667. Culture Club ("Karma Chameleon"; "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?")
666. The Dandy Warhols ("Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth")
665. String Cheese Incident ("Dudley's Kitchen"; "Restless Wind")
664. Old And In The Way ("Old and In the Way Breakdown"; "Panama Red")
663. Matchbox 20 ("Bent"; "3 a.m.")
662. Ralph Stanley ("Man of Constant Sorrow"; "O Death")
661. The Nighthawks ("Big River"; "Can't Judge a Book by Looking at the Cover")
660. Nels Cline ("Prayer Wheel")
659. Matisyahu ("King Without A Crown")

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658. Ellis Paul ("The World Ain't Slowin' Down")
657. Nas ("Ether")
656. Manhattan Transfer ("Until I Met You"; "Boy From New York City")
655. Elbow ("The Bones of You"; "Grounds for Divorce")
654. Sam Bush ("Cajun Mandolin"; "Blue Moon of Kentucky")
653. Harry Connick, Jr. ("Here Comes the Big Parade"; "It's Alright with Me")
652. Faith No More ("Midlife Crisis")
651. Jorma Kaukonen ("Hesitation Blues")
650. DJ Shadow ("Building Steam with a Grain of Salt")
649. The Derek Trucks Band ("Cruel Jane")

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648. James
("Say Something"; "Laid")
647. The New York Dolls ("Pills")
646. Trey Anastasio ("Shine"; "Tuesday")
645. Pete Droge ("Going Whichever Way the Wind Blows"; "If You Don't Love Me I'll Kill Myself")
644. Lionel Richie ("All Night Long"; "Stuck on You")
643. Jay Farrar ("Gather")
642. Don Henley ("The Boys of Summer"; "The End of the Innocence")
641. Luther Vandross ( "Here and Now"; "The Power of Love")
640. Pat Benatar ("Shadows of the Night"; "Hit Me With Your Best Shot")
639. Diana Krall
638. Michael Hedges ("After the Gold Rush"; "Ragamuffin")

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637. Bob Willis and His Texas Playboys
("Stay All Night" "San Antonio Rose")
636. Pantera ("This Love"; "Cemetery Gates")
635. Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass ("This Guy's in Love with You"; "Spanish Flea")
634. Edith Piaf ("La Vie en Rose")
633. Cracker ("Low")
632. Bootsy Collins ("Bootzilla"; "I'd Rather Be With You")
631. Minor Threat ("In My Eyes")
630. Mississippi John Hurt ("Stack O'Lee")
629. Fishbone ("Party at Ground Zero")
628. Kansas ("Carry On, Wayward Son"; "The Wall")

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627. Gang of Four ("Damaged Goods"; "At Home He's a Tourist"; "I Found That Essence Rare")
626. Lauryn Hill ("Every Ghetto, Every City")
625. Barry Manilow ("Copacabana"; "Mandy")
624. Nat King Cole ("Straighten Up and Fly Right"; "Unforgettable")
623. Kenny Loggins ("Angry Eyes"; "Footloose")
622. Badly Drawn Boy ("The Long Way Around")
621. Ringo Starr ("It Don't Come Easy"; "Back Off Boogaloo")
620. Earl Scruggs ("Foggy Mountain Breakdown")
619. Stanley Clarke ("Sweet Baby")
618. Band of Horses ("The Funeral"; "Is There a Ghost?")

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617. Frank Black
("Hang On To Your Ego"; "Headache")
616. The Lovin' Spoonful ("Do You Believe in Magic"; "Summer in the City")
615. The Black Crowes ("Remedy"; "Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution")
614. Ravi Shankar
613. Mott the Hoople ("All the Way from Memphis"; "Sweet Jane")
612. Roger Waters
611. Broken Social Scene ("7/4 (Shoreline)"; "Fire Eye'd Boy")
610. Ian Anderson
609. Boston ("Rock and Roll Band"; "Feelin' Satisfied")
608. Junior Wells

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607. De La Soul ("Potholes in My Lawn")
606. Thursday ("Counting 5-4-3-2-1"; "War All the Time")
605. Ten Years After ("I'd Love to Change the World")
604. Count Basie ("One O'Clock Jump")
603. Alison Moyet ("That Old Devil Called Love"; "Is This Love")
602. The Kooks ("Naive"; "Always Where I Need to Be")
601. Sugar ("If I Can't Change Your Mind"; "Your Favorite Thing")
600. Faith Hill ("Breathe"; "This Kiss")
599. REO Speedwagon ("Keep On Loving You"; "Time For Me to Fly")
598. The The ("Dogs of Lust"; "Uncertain Smile")

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597. Amos Lee
("Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight"; "Shout Out Loud")
596. The Strokes ("Last Nite"; "Hard To Explain")
595. Judas Priest ("Living After Midnight"; "You've Got Another Thing Comin'")
594. The Misfits ("Cough/Cool"; "Night of the Living Dead")
593. NOFX ("Soul Doubt")
592. Duncan Sheik ("On A High"; "Barely Breathing")
591. Crack the Sky ("Hot Razors in My Heart")
590. Mike and the Mechanics ("All I Need is a Miracle"; "The Living Years")
589. Patti LaBelle ("On My Own"; "Lady Marmalade")
588. blink-182 ("Dammit"; "All the Small Things")

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587. Teenage Fanclub ("You've Said Enough"; "Star Sign")
586. Alicia Keys ("No One")
585. Buffalo Tom ("Taillights Fade")
584. Weather Report ("Teen Town")
583. Queens of the Stone Age ("Go With The Flow"; "No One Knows")
582. Disco Biscuits ("World Is Spinning")
581. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ("Go Daddy-O"")
580. Lowen & Navarro ("Not Like You"; "Walking on a Wire")
579. Flight of the Conchords ("Business Time")
578. Marc Broussard ("Where You Are")

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577. Franz Ferdinand
("Ulysses"; "Take Me Out")
576. Brian Jonestown Massacre
("The Ballad of Jim Jones")
575. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
("Track 13")
574. Slayer
("Raining Blood")
573. India Arie
("Little Things"; "Video")
572. Silversun Pickups
("Lazy Eye"; "Panic Switch")
571. Dave Edmunds ("I Hear You Knockin'")
570. Gnarls Barkley ("Crazy")
569. Snow Patrol ("Chasing Cars"; "Chocolate")
568. Colin Hay & Men at Work ("I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You";

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567. The Dave Clark Five ("Glad All Over"; "Bits and Pieces")
566. The National ("Mistaken For Strangers"; "Apartment Story")
565. Margot and the Nuclear So and So's ("Children's Crusade on Acid"; "Skeleton Key")
564. Arctic Monkeys ("Brianstorm"; "I Bet You Look Good on the Dance Floor")
563. Todd Snider ("Talkin' Seattle Grunge Blues"; "Alright Guy")
562. Yazoo (Yaz) ("Only You"; "Situation")
561. Jonny Lang ("Red Light"; "Still Rainin'")
560. Eels ("Prizefighter"; "Beautiful Freak")
559. Blues Traveler ("But Anyway"; "Runaround")
558. O.A.R. ("Hey Girl"; "Crazy Game of Poker")

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557. Nickel Creek
("The Lighthouse's Tale"; "Smoothie Song")
556. Feist ("Mushaboom"; "1 2 3 4")
555. Dion and the Belmonts ("A Teenager in Love"; "Runaround Sue")
554. The Magnetic Fields ("California Girls")
553. Pete Yorn ("Life on a Chain"; "Strange Condition")
552. Donna Summer ("I Feel Love"; "Dim All The Lights")
551. Dan Fogelberg ("Leader of the Band")
550. Thievery Corporation ("The Numbers Game"; "Lebanese Blonde")
549. Garbage ("Only Happy When It Rains"; "Stupid Girl")
548. Siouxsie & The Banshees ("Kiss Them for Me"; "Cities in Dust")

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547. Joe Walsh ("Rocky Mountain Way"; "Funk #49")
546. Dick Dale ("Miserlou"; "Surf Buggy")
545. Blood, Sweat & Tears ("Spinning Wheel"; "You've Made Me So Very Happy")
544. Son Volt ("Drown"; "Windfall")
543. Jason Isbell ("Brand New Kind of Actress"; "Dress Blues")
542. Robert Earl Keen ("The Road Goes On Forever"; "Corpus Christi Bay")
541. Stereolab ("Margerine Rock"; "Cybele's Reverie")
540. Bad Brains ("Banned in DC"; "She's Calling You")
539. Josh Ritter ("Right Moves"; "Kathleen")
538. Sufjan Stevens ("Chicago"; "The Upper Peninsula")

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537. KRS-1 ("Sound of Da Police")
536. Laurie Anderson ("O Superman"; "Walking the Dog")
535. The Flying Burrito Brothers ("Wild Horses"; "White Line Fever")
534. Bobby Darin ("Mack the Knife"; "Splish Splash")
533. The Traveling Wilburys ("Handle with Care"; "Tweeter and the Monkey Man")
532. Richard and Linda Thompson ("Wall of Death"; "I Wanna See the Bright Lights Tonight")
531. M. Ward ("Magic Trick"; "Chinese Translation")
530. Fairport Convention ("Who Knows Where the Time Goes")
529. Cowboy Junkies ("Sweet Jane"; "A Common Disaster")
528. Split Enz ("I Got You"; "Six Months in a Leaky Boat")

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527. Loudon Wainwright III ("Dead Skunk"; "Down Drinking at the Bar")
526. The Faces ("Ooh La La"; "Stay With Me")
525. Gov't Mule ("Soulshine"; "Slackjaw Jezebel")
524. Sonny Landreth ("Shooting for the Moon"; "South of I-10")
523. M.I.A. ("Paper Planes")
522. John Fogerty ("Centerfield"; "Rockin' All Over the World")
521. Three Dog Night ("Mama Told Me (Not to Come)"; "Shambala")
520. Odetta ("Take This Hammer"; "He's Got The Whole World in His Hands")
519. Judy Collins ("Both Sides Now"; "Send in the Clowns")
518. Isley Brothers ("It's Your Thing")

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517. J. J. Cale ("Cocaine"; "After Midnight")
516. World Party ("Way Down Now"; "Ship of Fools")
515. Koko Taylor ("Wang Dang Doodle"; "Beer Bottle Boogie")
514. Roberta Flack ("The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face"; "Killing Me Softly With His Song")
513. Booker T. and the MG's ("Green Onions"; "Hang 'Em High")
512. Matthew Sweet ("Girlfriend"; "Sick of Myself")
511. Lindsey Buckingham ("Don't Look Down"; "Trouble")
510. Kraftwerk ("Pocket Calculator"; "Autobahn")
509. Mahalia Jackson ("Go Tell It On the Mountain"; "His Eyes on the Sparrow")

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508. Keane ("Somewhere Only We Know"; "Is It Any Wonder?")
507. Jerry Jeff Walker ("Up Against the Wall, Red Neck Mother"; "L.A. Freeway")
506. Ben Folds Five ("Brick"; "Kate")
505. Guster ("Amsterdam"; "One Man Wrecking Machine")
504. Fela Kuti ("Let's Start")
503. The Eurythmics ("Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)"; "Would I Lie To You")
502. Bing Crosby ("White Christmas"; "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra")
501. Joe Strummer ("Coma Girl"; "Redemption Song")
500. Bryan Ferry ("Slave to Love"; "Don't Stop the Dance")

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499. Aaron Copland ("Fanfare for the Common Man")
498. Herbie Hancock ("Rockit"; "Cantaloupe Island")
497. Quincy Jones ("Soul Bossa Nova"; "Theme from Sanford & Son")
496. Willie Dixon ("The Same Thing"; "Little Red Rooster")
495. Sarah Vaughan ("Someone To Watch Over Me"; "Whatever Lola Wants")
494. Rickie Lee Jones ("Chuck E's in Love"; "Danny's All Star Joint")
493. Leo Kottke ("Rings"; "Vaseline Machine Gun")
492. Judy Garland ("Somewhere Over the Rainbow"; "
491. 2Pac ("Keep Ya Head Up"; "I Get Around")
490. Sugarhill Gang ("Apache" "Rapper's Delight")

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489. Leonard Bernstein
("America," from West Side Story)
488. Jimmy Cliff ("Wonderful World, Beautiful People"; "The Harder They Come")
487. The Four Tops ("Baby I Need Your Loving"; "I Can't Help Myself")
486. Charlie Parker ("Ko-Ko"; "Billie's Bounce")
485. Brian Eno ("Baby's On Fire"; "Needles in the Camel's Eye")
484. The Jackson Five ("I Want You Back"; "ABC")
483. Bo Diddley ("Bo Diddley"; "Who Do You Love?")
482. Fats Domino ("Ain't That a Shame"; "Blueberry Hill")
481. Tegan and Sara ("Back In Your Head"; "Walking with a Ghost")
480. Porcupine Tree ("The Sound of Muzak"; "Piano Lessons")

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479. Dispatch ("The General"; "Flying Horses")
478. Brett Dennen ("Ain't No Reason"; "She's Mine")
477. The Postal Service ("The District Sleeps Alone"; "Such Great Heights")
476. Kate Nash ("Foundations"; "Merry Happy")
475. Jimmy Eat World ("The Middle"; "Sweetness")
474. Gogol Bordello ("Not a Crime"; "Start Wearing Purple")
473. Whitney Houston ("I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"; "I Will Always Love You")
472. The Nields ("Easy People"; "The Town Is Wrong")
471. Sleater Kinney ("You're No Rock 'n' Roll Fun"; "Jumpers")
470. Pulp ("Common People"; "Like A Friend")

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469. Neil Finn ("Driving Me Mad"; "Sinner")
468. Jellyfish ("New Mistake"; "Joining a Fan Club")
467. Built to Spill ("Conventional Wisdom"; "Goin' Up Against Your Mind")
466. George Michael ("Faith")
465. Flogging Molly ("Float")
464. The Dropkick Murphys ("I'm Shipping Up To Boston"; "The State of Massachusetes")
463. Blind Faith ("Can't Find My Way Home"; "In The Presence of the Lord")
462. Adrian Belew ("Men In Helicopters")
461. Umphrey's McGee ("Nemo"; "Cemetary Walk")
460. The Raconteurs ("Steady As She Goes"; "Carolina Drama")

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459. System of a Down
("Toxicity"; "Chop Suey!")
458. Robert Palmer
("Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley"; "Addicted to Love")
457. Peter, Paul & Mary ("Puff the Magic Dragon"; "Leaving on a Jet Plane")
456. Kirsty MacColl ("Walking Down Madison"; "In These Shoes?")
455. Deep Purple ("Smoke on the Water"; "Space Truckin'")
454. Carbon Leaf ("The Boxer"; "Life Less Ordinary")
453. Boz Scaggs ("Lido Shuffle"; "Georgia")
452. The Church ("Reptile"; "Under the Milkyway")
451. of Montreal ("Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games"; "An Eluardian Instance")
450. Marshall Crenshaw ("Cynical Girl"; "Someday, Someway")

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449. Keller Williams ("Freeker by the Speaker"; "Kidney in a Cooler")
448. Jonathan Richman ("Roadrunner (Modern Lovers)"; "I Was Dancing in the Lesbian Bar")
447. John Butler Trio ("Zebra"; "Daniella")
446. Guided By Voices ("Hold On Hope"; "Glad Girls")
445. Fleet Foxes ("White Winter Hymnal"; "Blue Ridge Mountains")
444. Cyndi Lauper ("Time After Time"; "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun")
443. Citizen Cope ("Son's Gonna Rise"; "Let the Drummer Kick")
442. Alanis Morissette ("You Oughta Know"; "Ironic")
441. Wings ("Let Me Roll In"; "Junior's Farm")
440. The Subdudes ("Papa Dukie and the Mud People"; "Why Can't I Forget About You")

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439. Scissor Sisters ("Take Your Mama"; "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'")
438. Rusted Root ("Send Me On My Way"; "Ecstasy")
437. Peter Tosh ("Legalize It"; "Don't Look Back")
436. Old 97's ("Dance With Me"; "Murder (Or A Heart Attack")
435. Leon Russell ("Tight Rope"; "Out in the Woods")
434. Janis Ian ("At Seventeen"; "Society's Child")
433. Harry Chapin ("Cat's in the Cradle"; "Taxi")
432. Dr. Dre ("Let Me Ride"; "Nuthin' But A G Thang")
431. Blur ("Coffee and TV"; "Song 2")
430. Bad Company ("Bad Company"; "Shooting Star")

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429. TV On the Radio ("Wolf Like Me"; "Golden Age")
428. The Carpenters ("(They Long To Be) Close To You"; "We've Only Just Begun")
427. Norah Jones ("Don't Know Why"; "Sunrise")
426. Morphine ("Buena"; "Cure for Pain")
425. Lisa Loeb ("Stay (I Missed You)"; "I Do")
424. Doc Watson ("Wabash Cannonball")
423. John McLaughlin ("New York On My Mind")
422. Jay-Z ("99 Problems"; "Dirt Off Your Shoulder")
421. The J. Geils Band ("Freeze Frame"; "Whammer Jammer")
420. Garth Brooks ("Friends in Low Places"; "Thunder Rolls")

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419. Tears for Fears ("Shout"; "Sowing the Seeds of Love")
418. The English Beat ("Mirror in the Bathroom"; "I Confess")
417. Dean Martin ("That's Amore"; "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You")
416. Cocteau Twins ("Heaven or Las Vegas")
415. Bette Midler ("Wind Beneath My Wings"; "Boogie Woogie")
414. Tony Bennett ("I Left My Heart in San Francisco"; "Fly Me to the Moon")
413. Ry Cooder ("Poor Man's Shangri-La")
412. Pat Metheny ("Is This America?")
411. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band ("Mr. Bojangles")
410. Melissa Etheridge ("Come To My Window")

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409. INXS ("Don't Change")
408. Parliament-Funkadelic ("Give Up The Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)")
407. Charles Mingus ("Goodbye Pork Pie Hat")
406. Badfinger ("Day After Day")
405. Violent Femmes ("Blister in the Sun"; "American Music")
404. Taj Mahal ("She Caught the Katy"; "Chevrolet")
403. Peter Frampton ("Show Me The Way"; "Do You Feel Like We Do")
402. Midnight Oil ("Beds Are Burning"; "Blue Sky Mine")
401. Leadbelly ("Good Night Irene")
400. Johnny Winter ("Rock and Roll Hoochie Coo")

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399. Duke Ellington ("Take the A Train")
398. George Jones ("He Stopped Loving Her Today")
397. Django Reinhardt ("Minor Swing")
396. Curtis Mayfield ("Superfly"; "Pusherman")
395. Eddie From Ohio ("Walk Humbly Son")
394. Renaissance ("Carpet of the Sun")
393. Mahavishnu Orchestra ("The Noonward Race")
392. Jukebox the Ghost ("Good Day"; "Hold It In")
391. Gentle Giant ("Funny Ways")
390. Donald Fagan ("I.G.Y. (What a Beautiful World)")

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389. Weird Al Yankovic ("Eat It")
388. Incubus ("Drive")
387. Barbara Streisand ("Stoney End")
386. The Mars Volta ("Inertiatic ESP")
385. Robert Fripp ("Blast, Pt. 1")
384. Primus ("Jerry Was a Race Car Driver")
383. Dave Brubeck Quartet ("Take Five")
382. Mike Doughty ("Looking at the World From the Bottom of the Well"; "Super Bon Bon")
381. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts ("I Love Rock and Roll")
380. Erasure ("Chains of Love")

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379. The New Pornographers ("Twin Cinema")
378. Wishbone Ash ("Blind Eye")
377. Vampire Weekend ("A-Punk")
376. Soundgarden ("Black Hole Sun")
375. KT Tunstall ("Black Horse and the Cherry Tree")
374. Joan Osborne ("One of Us"; "St. Teresa")
373. The Dresden Dolls ("Coin-Operated Boy")
372. Captain Beefheart ("Safe As Milk")
371. The Avett Brothers ("Die Die Die")
370. 311 ("All Mixed Up")

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369. Thomas Dolby
("She Blinded Me with Science")
368. The Go-Gos ("We Got the Beat")
367. Rodrigo y Gabriela ("Tamacun")
366. The Pet Shop Boys ("West End Girls")
365. Kathleen Edwards ("Back To Me")
364. Daft Punk ("One More Time")
363. The Bodeans ("Closer to Free")
362. Stephen Stills ("Love The One You're With")
361. No Doubt ("Just a Girl")
360. Massive Attack ("Angel"; "Be Thankful for What You've Got")

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359. Harry Nilsson ("Everybody's Talkin'"; "Jump Into the Fire")
358. Graham Parker ("Local Girls"; "Stupifaction")
357. Danny Gatton ("In My Room"; "Elmira St. Boogie")
356. Bauhaus ("Bela Lugosi's Dead"; "She's In Parties")
355. ZZ Top ("Tush"; "Jesus Just Left Chicago")
354. Yo La Tengo ("Autumn Sweater"; "You Can Have It All")
353. The Yardbirds ("For Your Love"; "Heart Full of Soul")
352. Sinead O'Connor ("Nothing Compares 2 U"; "Emperor's New Clothes")
351. Phil Ochs ("I Ain't Marching Anymore"; "Outside of a Small Circle of Friends")
350. Notorious B.I.G. ("Big Poppa"; "Juicy")

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349. The Monkees ("I'm A Believer"; "Last Train to Clarksville")
348. Kanye West ("Through the Wire"; "Stronger")
347. Dead Kennedys ("Let's Lynch the Landlord"; "Holiday in Cambodia")
346. The Zombies ("Time of the Season"; "Tell Her No")
345. The Specials ("A Message To You Rudy"; "Ghost Town")
344. The Smithereens ("Blood and Roses"; "A Girl Like You")
343. The Jesus & Mary Chain ("Head On"; "Just Like Honey")
342. The Neville Brothers ("Yellow Moon"; "Ain't No Sunshine")
341. Merle Haggard ("Mama Tried"; "If We Make It Through December")
340. Hall & Oates ("Maneater"; "Private Eyes")

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339. Gordon Lightfoot ("Carefree Highway"; "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald")
338. Echo and the Bunnymen ("Lips Like Sugar"; "The Killing Moon")
337. Big Star ("Thirteen"; "I'm In Love With a Girl")
336. Alice in Chains ("Rooster"; "Down In A Hole")
335. Loretta Lynn ("Coal Miner's Daughter")
334. Gram Parsons ("Streets of Baltimore")
333. X ("Your Phone's Off The Hook But You're Not")
332. Wu-Tang Clan ("Shimmy Shimmy Ya")
331. Ween ("Your Party")
330. Les Paul & Mary Ford ("The World Is Waiting for the Sunshine")

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329. Imogen Heap ("Hide and Seek"; "Good Night and Go")
328. Fugazi ("Waiting Room")
327. Portishead ("Sour Times")
326. Los Lobos ("La Bamba"; "One Time One Night")
325. Dusty Springfield ("Wishin' and Hopin'"; "Son of a Preacher Man")
324. The Hold Steady ("Chips Ahoy!"; "Constructive Summer")
323. P.J. Harvey ("Down By the Water"; "C'mon Billy")
322. Les Claypool ("Robotic Chicken"; "One Better")
321. Husker Du ("Could You Be The One?")
320. G. Love ("Hot Cookin'"; "Steppin' Stone")

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319. Damien Rice ("9 Crimes"; "Cannonball")
318. Cat Power ("He War"; "Satisfaction)
317. Mark Knopfler ("Boom Like That"; "Punish the Monkey")
316. Randy Newman ("Baltimore"; "Louisiana 1927")
315. Bruce Hornsby ("Jacob's Ladder"; "The Way It Is")
314. Cher ("Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves"; "Believe")
313. Belle & Sebastian ("Judy and the Dream of Horses"; "Sleep the Clock Around")
312. Dolly Parton ("Here You Come Again"; "Jolene")
311. The Psychedelic Furs ("The Ghost In You"; "Pretty In Pink")
310. Regina Spektor ("Fidelity"; "On The Radio")

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309. Kiss ("Rock and Roll All Nite"; "Detroit Rock City")
308. John Denver ("Take Me Home, Country Roads"; "Thank God I'm A Country Boy")
307. Cheap Trick ("Surrender"; "I Want You To Want Me")
306. Adele ("Chasing Pavements"; "Right As Rain")
305. Susan Tedeschi ("It Hurt So Bad"; "People")
304. Beethoven ("Symphony #5")
303. Squeeze ("Pulling Mussels from a Shell"; "Tempted")
302. Carly Simon ("You're So Vain"; "Anticipation")
301. Natalie Merchant ("Carnival"; "Jealousy")
300. Joan Armatrading ("Drop the Pilot"; "Down To Zero")

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299. Duran Duran ("Hungry Like The Wolf"; "Rio")
298. Nils Lofgren ("Keith Don't Go")
297. Bon Jovi ("Living on a Prayer"; "Runaway")
296. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band ("Old Time Rock and Roll"; "Against the Wind")
295. Thelonious Monk ("Epistrophy")
294. Stone Temple Pilots ("Vaseline"; "Plush")
293. Neil Diamond ("Sweet Caroline"; "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon")
292. The Mamas and the Papas ("California Dreamin'"; "Monday Monday")
291. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds ("The Ship Song")
290. MGMT ("Electric Feel")

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289. Johann Sebastian Bach ("Suite No. 3")
288. Gillian Welch ("Wayside/Back In Time"; "I Want To Sing That Rock and Roll")
287. The Roots ("The Seed 2.0")
286. Nick Lowe ("Cruel To Be Kind"; "I Knew the Bride (When She Used To Rock and Roll)")
285. Little Richard ("Tutti Frutti")
284. George Gershwin ("Rhapsody in Blue")
283. Bloc Party ("I Still Remember"; "Banquet")
282. NRBQ ("Ridin' In My Car")
281. Suzanne Vega ("Luka"; "Tom's Diner")
280. Rod Stewart ("Young Turks"; "Maggie Mae")

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279. Liz Phair ("Polyester Bride"; "Never Said")
278. John Lee Hooker ("Boom Boom"; "Boogie Chillen")
277. Gorillaz ("Clint Eastwood"; "Feel Good, Inc.")
276. Buffalo Springfield ("For What It's Worth"; "Bluebird")
275. Widespread Panic ("Pigeons"; "Ain't Life Grand")
274. Sly and the Family Stone ("Everyday People"; "Thank You (Falletinme Be Mice Elf Agin)")
273. Phil Collins ("In The Air Tonight"; "Take Me Home")
272. Temple of the Dog ("Hunger Strike"; "Say Hello 2 Heaven")
271. K.D. Lang ("Constant Craving"; "
270. John Mellencamp ("Dance Naked"; "Pink Houses")

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269. Iron Maiden ("Run to the Hills")
268. Eminem ("The Real Slim Shady"; "Lose Yourself")
267. Blind Melon ("No Rain"; "Tones of Home")
266. Uncle Tupelo ("Graveyard Shift"; "Whiskey Bottle")
265. Tina Turner ("Proud Mary"; "What's Love Got To Do With It")
264. Jim Croce ("Big Bad Leroy Brown"; "Operator (That's Not The Way It Feels)")
263. Drive-By Truckers ("Carl Perkins' Cadillac"; "The Righteous Path")
262. Arlo Guthrie ("City of New Orleans")
261. Townes Van Zandt ("Lungs")\
260. My Bloody Valentine ("Only Shallow")

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259. Bright Eyes ("Four Winds")
258. Patty Griffin ("No Bad News")
257. Muse ("Starlight"; "Supermassive Black Hole")
256. Iggy Pop ("Candy"; "Lust For Life")
255. Billy Bragg ("A New England"; ")
254. Mick Jagger ("Just Another Night")
253. Black Keys ("Your Touch"; "If You Ever Slip")
252. Tracy Chapman ("Talkin' Bout a Revolution"; "Fast Car")
251. Spoon ("I Turn My Camera On"; "Don't You Evah")
250. Outkast ("Ms. Jackson"; "Hey Ya")

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249. Heart ("Crazy On You"; "Magic Man")
248. Crowded House ("Don't Dream It's Over"; "It's Only Natural")
247. Bill Monroe ("Blue Moon of Kentucky")
246. Toots and the Maytals ("54-46 Was My Number"; "Funky Kingston")
245. Roxy Music ("Love Is The Drug"; ")
244. Patti Smith ("Because the Night"; "Dancing Barefoot")
243. Dar Williams ("The Christians and the Pagans"; "It's Alright")
242. Brandi Carlile ("What Can I Say"; "The Story")
241. ABBA ("Dancing Queen"; "Take a Chance on Me")
240. Stevie Nicks ("Stop Dragging My Heart Around"; "Stand Back")

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239. Smokey Robinson ("Cruisin'"; "Being With You")
238. Robert Plant ("Sea of Love"; "Tall Cool One")
237. Eddie Vedder ("Hard Sun"; "Long Nights")
236. Chris Isaak ("San Francisco Days"; "Wicked Game")
235. Bee Gees ("Night Fever"; "Stayin' Alive")
234. Derek and the Dominos ("Layla"; "Bell Bottom Blues")
233. Bela Fleck ("Sinister Minister")
232. The Jayhawks ("Waiting for the Sun")

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231. Jenny Lewis ("Handle with Care"; "Acid Tongue")
230. The Dixie Chicks ("Not Ready to Make Nice")

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229. Rufus Wainwright ("Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk")
228. A Tribe Called Quest ("Check the Rhime")
227. Steve Earle ("Guitar Town"; "Copperhead Road")
226. New Order ("Blue Monday"; "Bizarre Love Triangle")
225. Kate Bush ("Runnin' Up That Hill")
224. Linda Ronstadt ("You're No Good"; "It Doesn't Matter Anymore")
223. Emerson, Lake & Palmer ("Lucky Man")
222. Eva Cassidy ("Songbird")
221. 10,000 Maniacs ("These Are Days"; "Candy Everybody Wants")
220. Michael Franti & Spearhead ("Yell Fire", "Hey Now Now", "Everyone Deserves Music")

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219. Public Enemy ("Bring Tha Noize")
218. Iron and Wine ("Lovesong of the Buzzard"; "Boy With a Coin")
217. Van Halen ("Eruption/You Really Got Me"; "Panama")
216. Sonic Youth ("Teenage Riot"; "Incinerate")
215. Ray LaMontagne ("Trouble"; "You Are the Best Thing")
214. David Gray ("Babylon"; "The One I Love")
213. Joe Jackson ("Is She Really Going Out With Him?"; "Steppin' Out")
212. Earth, Wind and Fire ("September"; "Serpentine Fire")
211. Devo ("Whip It"; "Uncontrollable Urge")
210. Jane's Addiction ("Jane Says"; "Mountain Song")

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209. Nick Drake ("Northern Sky"; "Pink Moon")
208. Morrissey ("The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get"; "You Have Killed Me")
207. Howlin' Wolf ("Spoonful"; "Smokestack Lightning")
206. The Shins ("Phantom Limb"; "Know Your Onion")
205. Neutral Milk Hotel ("Everything Is")
204. The Pogues ("The Sunnyside of the Street")
203. The Jam ("Town Called Malice"; "Going Underground")
202. Nina Simone ("I Put A Spell On You")
201. Joy Division ("Love Will Tear Us Apart")
200. Gomez ("Girlshapelovedrug"; "Get Us Arrested")

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199. Andrew Bird ("Heretics"; "Fitz and the Dizzyspells")
198. Fiona Apple ("Shadowboxer"; "Criminal")
197. Joan Baez ("Diamonds and Rust")
196. Conor Oberst ("Cape Canaveral")
195. Rage Against the Machine ("Killing In the Name"; "Bulls on Parade")
194. Animal Collective ("Who Could Win a Rabbit"; "My Girls")
193. The Cars ("Bye Bye Love"; "Moving In Stereo")
192. Etta James ("At Last")
191. Pete Townsend ("Face the Face")
190. Buddy Guy ("Damn Right, I've Got the Blues")

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189. John Hiatt
("Slow Turning")
188. Joe Cocker
("Feelin' Alright")
187. The Doobie Brothers
("Black Water"; "China Grove")
186. John Mayer
("Gravity"; "83")
185. Bruce Cockburn
("Lovers in a Dangerous Time"; "Pacing the Cage")
184. Tool
("Schism"; "Vicarious")
183. Annie Lennox
("Walking on Broken Glass")
182. Barenaked Ladies
("If I Had $1,000,000"; "Jane")
181. XTC
("Making Plans for Nigel"; "Senses Working Overtime")
180. The Killers
("Mr. Brightside"; "Smile Like You Mean It")

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179. Aimee Mann
("Choice in the Matter"; "Going Through the Motions")
178. Sigur Ros
("Gobbledigook")
177. Lyle Lovett
("She's No Lady"; "That's Right (You're Not From Texas)")
176. The B-52s
("Rock Lobster"; "Love Shack")
175. Pavement
("Cut Your Hair"; "Spit on a Stranger")

174. My Morning Jacket
("Gideon"; "One Big Holiday")
173. Todd Rundgren
("Hello It's Me"; "Couldn't I Just Tell You")
172. Cake
("Short Skirt/Long Jacket"; "The Distance")
171. Smashing Pumpkins
("1979"; "Today")
170. The Electric Light Orchestra ("Can't Get It Out of My Head"; "Mr. Blue Sky")

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169. Al Green ("Let's Stay Together"; "Take Me To The River")
168. Elliott Smith ("A Fond Farewell"; "Miss Misery")
167. Modest Mouse ("Float On"; "Dashboard")
166. Sam Cooke ("You Send Me"; "Chain Gang")
165. Diana Ross and the Supremes ("I'm Coming Out"; "Ain't No Mountain High Enough")
164. Nine Inch Nails ("Closer"; "The Hand That Feeds")
163. Blondie ("Call Me"; "Heart of Glass")
162. Jethro Tull ("Living in the Past"; "Bungle in the Jungle")
161. Black Sabbath ("Black Sabbath"; "Iron Man")
160. Roy Orbison ("You Got It"; "Pretty Woman")

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159. The Temptations
("My Girl"; "Just My Imagination")
158. Bjork
("Earth Intruders"; "It's Oh So Quiet")
157. Sarah McLachlan ("I Will Remember You")
156. Rilo Kiley ("Silver Lining")
155. Otis Redding ("Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay")
154. Lynyrd Skynyrd ("Sweet Home Alabama"; "Freebird")
153. Carole King ("So Far Away"; "It's Too Late")
152. Weezer ("Buddy Holly"; "Undone (The Sweater Song)")
151. Journey ("Don't Stop Believin'")
150. The Drifters ("Under the Boardwalk"; "Up On The Roof")

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149. Brian Wilson
("Heroes and Villains"; "Surf's Up")
148. The Foo Fighters ("Everlong"; "Monkey Wrench")
147. Patsy Cline ("Walkin' After Midnight"; "Crazy")
146. Willie Nelson ("Pancho and Lefty"; "On The Road Again")
145. Kid Rock ("Bawitdaba")
144. Steve Winwood ("While You See a Chance"; "Different Light")
143. Neko Case ("This Tornado Loves You"; "Fox Confessor Brings the Flood")
142. Kings of Leon ("King of the Rodeo"; "Sex on Fire")
141. Allison Krauss and Union Station ("When You Say Nothing At All"; "Baby Now That I Found You")
140. Jack Johnson ("Flake"; "Sitting, Waiting, Wishing")

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139. Guns 'n' Roses ("Sweet Child O' Mine")
138. Robert Johnson ("Come On In My Kitchen"; "Cross Road Blues")
137. Green Day ("Basket Case"; "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)")
136. Woody Guthrie ("House of the Rising Sun"; "This Land Is Your Land")
135. Jeff Beck ("Over Under Sideways Down"; "People Get Ready")
134. They Might Be Giants ("Birdhouse In Your Soul"; "Istanbul")
133. John Prine ("Illegal Smile"; "Lake Marie")
132. Chicago ("25 or 6 to 4"; "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?")
131. Jefferson Airplane ("Somebody to Love"; "Volunteers")

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130. AC/DC
("You Shook Me All Night Long"; "Highway to Hell")
129. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart ("Symphony #25")
128. Ben Harper ("Steal My Kisses"; "Say You Will"; "Get It Like You Like It")
127. Cream ("Sunshine Of Your Love"; "Born Under a Bad Sign"; "I'm So Glad")
126. Hank Williams ("I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry")
125. Ani Difranco ("32 Flavors"; "Names and Dates and Times")
124. The Sex Pistols ("Anarchy in the UK"; "Pretty Vacant")
123. The Flaming Lips ("Do You Realize?"; "Free Radicals"; "She Don't Use Jelly")
122. Lucinda Williams ("Righteously"; "Memphis Pearl")
121. Cat Stevens ("Wild World"; "Peace Train")
120. Pete Seeger ("Turn Turn Turn"; "Little Boxes")

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119. Lou Reed
("Walk on the Wild Side"; "I Love You, Suzanne")
118. Richard Thompson ("1952 Vincent Black Lightning")
117. Aerosmith ("Sweet Emotion"; "Dream On")

116. Jimmy Buffett ("Margaritaville"; "Cheeseburger in Paradise")
115. Oasis ("Wonderwall"; "Rock 'n' Roll Star"; "Don't Look Back in Anger")
114. Dire Straits ("Sultans of Swing"; "Brothers in Arms")
113. Emmylou Harris ("Two More Bottles of Wine"; "Red Dirt Girl")
112. The Replacements ("Alex Chilton"; "I'll Be You")
111. King Crimson ("Elephant Talk"; "Court of the Crimson King")
110. Sting ("Desert Rose"; "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free")

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109. Metallica ("Fuel")
108. Indigo Girls ("Closer to Fine"; "Galileo")
107. Sublime ("Santeria"; "What I Got")
106. Madonna ("Like a Virgin"; "Like a Prayer")
105. Genesis ("Follow You Follow Me"; "Invisible Touch"; "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway")
104. Santana ("Evil Ways"; "Black Magic Woman")
103. The Decemberists ("The Sporting Life"; "Sons and Daughters")
102. Ben Folds ("Philosophy"; "You Don't Know Me")
101. Yes ("Roundabout"; "Owner of a Lonely Heart")

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100. The White Stripes
("Seven Nation Army"; "Icky Thump"; "Rag and Bone")
99. Warren Zevon ("Werewolves of London"; "Carmelita"; "Splendid Isolation")
98. George Harrison ("What Is Life"; "My Sweet Lord"; "Give Me Love")
97. The Byrds ("Eight Miles High"; "Mr. Tambourine Man")
96. The Pretenders ("Message of Love"; "Tattooed Love Boys")
95. The Moody Blues ("Nights in White Satin"; "Question")
94. Death Cab For Cutie ("I Will Possess Your Heart"; "I Will Follow You Into the Dark"; "Soul Meets Body"; "Someday You Will Be Loved")
93. Billie Holiday ("Strange Fruit"; "God Bless the Child"; "I'll Be Seeing You")
92. Muddy Waters ("Hoochie Coochie Man"; "Rolling Stone"; "Champagne and Reefer")
91. Jackson Browne ("Doctor My Eyes"; "Running on Empty"; "The Pretender"; "Rock Me On The Water")
90. Ryan Adams ("New York New York"; "Fix It"; "To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)")

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89. John Coltrane ("In A Sentimental Mood"; "Round Midnight")
88. Chuck Berry ("Promised Land"; "Roll Over Beethoven"; "Johnny B. Goode"; "Maybellene")
87. Rush ("Tom Sawyer"; "The Spirit of Radio"; "Red Barchetta")
86. Beastie Boys ("(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right"; "Brass Monkey"; "Sabotage"; "So What'Cha Want")
85. Louis Armstrong ("What a Wonderful World"; "La Vie en Rose"; "Mack the Knife")
84. Buddy Holly ("Peggy Sue"; "Everyday"; "That'll Be The Day"; "Maybe Baby")
83. Counting Crows ("A Long December"; "Raining in Baltimore"; "Mr. Jones"; "Hangin' Around")
82. Paul McCartney ("Band on the Run"; "Helen Wheels"; "Dance Tonight"; "Maybe I'm Amazed")
81. Tori Amos ("Cornflake Girl"; "God"; "Crucify")
80. Michael Jackson ("Thriller"; "Beat It"; "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough")

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79. Creedence Clearwater Revival ("Fortunate Son"; "Green River"; "Bad Moon Rising")
78. Leonard Cohen ("Hallelujah"; "Suzanne"; "Everybody Knows"; "I'm Your Man")
77. The Jerry Garcia Band ("Waiting for a Miracle"; "Simple Twist of Fate")
76. Arcade Fire ("No Cars Go"; "Keep the Car Running"; "Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)")
75. Red Hot Chili Peppers ("Scar Tissue"; "Behind the Sun"; "Breaking the Girl")
74. The Eagles ("On the Border"; "The Best of My Love")
73. Ella Fitzgerald ("Baby It's Cold Outside"; "A Tisket A Tasket"; "(If You Can't Sing It) You'll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini)")
72. Depeche Mode ("Enjoy the Silence"; "Personal Jesus"; "Wrong")
71. Beck ("Loser"; "Devil's Haircut"; "E-Pro")
70. The Velvet Underground ("All Tomorrow's Parties"; "I'm Waiting for the Man"; "White Light/White Heat")

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69. The Ramones ("I Wanna Be Sedated"; "Blitzkrieg Bop"; "Sheena is a Punk Rocker")
68. The Pixies ("Gigantic"; "Here Comes Your Man"; "Monkey Gone to Heaven")
67. Marvin Gaye ("What's Going On"; "Let's Get It On"; "I Heard It Through the Grapevine")
66. Aretha Franklin ("Respect"; "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)"; "Chain of Fools"; "Rock Steady"; "You're All I Need to Get By")
65. Little Feat ("Willin'"; "Dixie Chicken"; "Fat Man in the Bathtub"; "Let It Roll")
64. Phish ("Bouncing Around the Room"; "Free"; "Farmhouse")
63. Bonnie Raitt ("Something to Talk About"; "Love Sneaking Up On You"; "Thing Called Love"; "Bluebird")
62. James Taylor ("Carolina On My Mind"; "Sweet Baby James"; "Fire and Rain"; "Country Road")
61. Frank Sinatra ("The Way You Look Tonight"; "Come Fly With Me"; "New York New York"; "My Way")
60. Tom Waits ("Ol' 55"; "(Looking for) The Heart of Saturday Night")

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59. Stevie Ray Vaughan ("Pride and Joy"; "Crossfire"; "Texas Flood"; "Couldn't Stand the Weather")
58. Ray Charles ("What'd I Say?"; "Unchain My Heart"; "Hit the Road Jack"; "Georgia On My Mind")
57. Prince ("When Doves Cry"; "Little Red Corvette"; "Let's Go Crazy"; "Raspberry Beret")
56. James Brown ("Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"; "Superbad"; "I Got You (I Feel Good)"; "Payback")
55. Coldplay ("Yellow"; "Talk"; "Speed of Sound"; "Viva La Vida")
54. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers ("Refugee"; "The Last DJ"; "American Girl"; "Don't Come Around Here No More")
53. Fleetwood Mac ("Gold Dust Woman"; "Second Hand News"; "Never Going Back Again"; "Peacekeeper")
52. Jeff Buckley ("Last Goodbye"; "Grace"; "Hallelujah")
51. Traffic ("Dear Mr. Fantasy"; "The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys")
50. The Smiths ("How Soon Is Now?"; "Shoplifters of the World Unite"; "Girlfriend in a Coma"; "Bigmouth Strikes Again")

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49. The Kinks ("Lola"; "You Really Got Me"; "Do It Again"; "The Village Green Preservation Society"; "Victoria")
48. Janis Joplin ("Piece of My Heart"; "Summertime"; "Move Over"; "Me and Bobby McGee")
47. B. B. King ("Riding with the King"; "When Love Comes to Town"; "Caladonia"; "The Thrill is Gone")
46. Peter Gabriel ("Solsbury Hill"; "Shock the Monkey"; "Sledgehammer"; "Biko")
45. Miles Davis ("Boplicity"; "Flamenco Sketches")
44. The Police ("Roxanne"; "So Lonely"; "Message in a Bottle"; "Every Breath You Take")
43. Steely Dan ("Do It Again"; "Black Friday"; "Peg")
42. Billy Joel ("Say Goodbye to Hollywood"; "Piano Man"; "Big Shot"; "Scenes From An Italian Restaurant")
41. Simon & Garfunkel ("The Sounds of Silence"; "America"; "Mrs. Robinson"; "Homeward Bound")
40. Pearl Jam ("Jeremy"; "Even Flow"; "Wishlist"; "Elderly Woman Behind a Counter")

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39. Frank Zappa
("Trouble Every Day"; "Don't Eat the Yellow Snow"; "Peaches en Regalia"; "Dancin' Fool")
38. The Beach Boys ("Wouldn't It Be Nice"; "Good Vibrations"; "Sloop John B")
37. Queen ("We Will Rock You"; "Bohemian Rhapsody"; "Under Pressure"; "You're My Best Friend")
36. The Cure ("Boys Don't Cry"; "Pictures of You"; "Just Like Heaven"; "Friday I'm In Love")
35. Elton John ("Levon"; "Take Me to the Pilot"; "Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting)"; "Madman Across the Water")
34. Wilco ("Box Full of Letters"; "I Got You (At the End of the Century)"; "Jesus, etc."; "Impossible Germany")
33. The Doors ("Light My Fire"; "Soul Kitchen"; "Break On Fire")
32. Crosby, Stills & Nash (& Young) ("Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"; "Teach Your Children"; "Woodstock"; "Deja Vu")
31. Stevie Wonder ("Superstition"; "Higher Ground"; "Sir Duke")
30. The Band ("The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"; "Ophelia"; "Up On Cripple Creek")

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29. Dave Matthews Band ("What Would You Say"; "Two Step"; "Everyday"; "Why I Am")
28. Joni Mitchell ("Help Me"; "Big Yellow Taxi"; "Coyote"; "California")
27. The Allman Brothers ("Statesboro Blues"; "Jessica"; "Midnight Rider"; "Ramblin' Man")
26. Paul Simon ("Kodachrome"; "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"; "Graceland"; "Under African Skies")
25. Nirvana ("In Bloom"; "Come As You Are"; "Heart-Shaped Box"; "Smells Like Teen Spirit")
24. John Lennon ("Whatever Gets You Through the Night"; "Instant Karma"; "Watching the Wheels"; "Imagine")
23. Elvis Presley ("That's All Right"; "Suspicious Minds"; "Hound Dog")
22. Johnny Cash ("Ring of Fire"; "I Walk the Line"; "Hurt")
21. Talking Heads ("Once in a Lifetime"; "Life During Wartime"; "Burning Down the House"; "Psycho Killer")
20. David Bowie ("Suffragette City"; "Heroes"; "Starman"; "Golden Years")

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19. Van Morrison ("Jackie Wilson Said"; "Into the Mystic"; "Brown Eyed Girl"; "Domino")
18. Elvis Costello ("What's So Funny About Peace, Love and Understanding?"; "Alison"; "Watching the Detectives"; "The Angels Want To Wear My Red Shoes")
17. Radiohead ("Creep"; "High and Dry"; "15 Step"; "Karma Police")
16. R.E.M. ("Radio Free Europe"; "The One I Love"; "Losing My Religion"; "It's The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)")
15. The Clash ("London Calling"; "Lost in the Supermarket"; "Straight to Hell"; "Train in Vain"; "Should I Stay Or Should I Go")
14. Eric Clapton ("Blues Power"; "Cocaine"; "Wonderful Tonight"; "Motherless Children")
13. The Grateful Dead ("Truckin'"; "Sugar Magnolia"; "Touch of Grey"; "Uncle John's Band")
12. Neil Young ("Heart of Gold"; "Cinnamon Girl"; "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)"; "Keep On Rockin' in the Free World")
11. Bob Marley and the Wailers ("No Woman No Cry"; "Jamming"; "Three Little Birds"; "Buffalo Soldier")
10. Pink Floyd ("Wish You Were Here"; "Money"; "Comfortably Numb")

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9. The Who ("My Generation"; "Pinball Wizard"; "Won't Get Fooled Again")
8. U2 ("I Will Follow"; "Mysterious Ways"; "Sunday, Bloody Sunday"; "Beautiful Day")
7. Jimi Hendrix ("All Along the Watchtower"; "Purple Haze"; "Little Wing"; "Crosstown Traffic")
6. David Byrne ("Glass, Concrete and Stone"; "Tiny Apocalypse"; "Strange Overtones")
5. Bruce Springsteen ("Born to Run"; "Two Hearts"; "Radio Nowhere")
4. Led Zeppelin ("Ramble On"; "Immigrant Song"; "Tangerine"; "I Can't Quit You Baby")
3. The Rolling Stones ("Paint It Black"; "Beast of Burden"; "Gimme Shelter"; "Satisfaction")
2. Bob Dylan ("Like a Rolling Stone"; "Highway 61 Revisited"; "Blowin' in the Wind"; "The Times They Are A-Changin'")
1. The Beatles ("A Hard Day's Night"; "Get Back"; "Hey Jude"; "All You Need Is Love")

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Anonymous said...

3 doors down? Britney Spears? really? was this just supposed to be 897 bands that we could name? I think someone missed the part about "greatest"

Anonymous said...

Motley Crue already....c'mon!!

Steve said...

I do love the start of the countdowns! There are so many "YouGottabekiddingme" artists.

My bet is the Brit. Fans recognized her impact on American Culture (good and bad) and her recent comeback album that has received both positive press and big sales.

You know, it's kind of funny, our culture really loves to take a tragic figure and raise the image above the person's ability to meet those expectations. Now,if like Maryln and DiMaggio---I wonder what would happen if Brittany started dating Michael Phelps!

Anonymous said...

Based on Steve's comment, I seriously hope we do not see Miley Cyrus on this list!

I would have preferred a separation between "bands" and "single artists." I think you could have had a separate countdown for best bands. I found this countdown confusing.

Kim said...

I am loving it! I wish I had the radio on for "Games People Play". Love me some Alan Parsons Project.

Fingers are crossed for my votes. :)

Jivenut said...

Whosoever voted for 3 Doors Down should no longer be allowed to listen to music let alone WTMD. My confidence in people has been severely shaken here today.

Anonymous said...

I think it's hilarious that Britney Spears made the list! It would be nice to know how many people voted for each artist.

It could have been only one person that voted for Spears.

Anonymous said...

BAck to the UK for Thin Lizzy?

Pleeeeaase! Lizzy is IRISH!

Anonymous said...

I wish they'd show how many votes each artist got.

Anonymous said...

For whoever voted for Dead Milkmen --- bless you.

Anonymous said...

Don't think there will be 855 better than Bon Iver!

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Anonymous said...

Greatest certainly has lost is value: Al DiMeola- yes; Britney Spears- NFW!!!

Cheech said...

I feel bad for Al Dimiola. The only one below Brittney.

Anonymous said...

How many votes did Britney Spears get?

Anonymous said...

Um...I'm no Britney fan but would listen to her over William Shatner (3814) anyday.

Anonymous said...

The fact that Bon Iver and LCD Soundsystem not to mention a few other really good bands are somehow below Staind really disturbs me. I personally have not been able to handle listening to WTMD since this thing has been going on. I hope the top 200 are worth hearing...

Steve said...

Hi Anon!

I know what you mean--I'm always surprised by where the artists fall in the list. That's what happens when hundreds of people are involved in the process.

I hope you don't tune out! You might miss something you'd want to hear or something that will get under your skin too!

That's really the point of these countdowns--to get our listeners talking, debating, thinking about not just what the artist is all about, but how other people are thinking as well.

We hear a lot about fights nearly breaking out among folks debating the list! Now, don't go that far! But it's always fun to measure our own thinking against other folks!

Anonymous said...

Oh come on, that's the best you can do to represent The Get Up Kids, a Cure cover? ???

Anonymous said...

Taking Back Sunday was a great surprise - thanks!

Justin said...

I find it ammusing that there are comments on here complaining about a countdown that asks its listeners a question with a subjective answer. We haven't broken the top 200 yet so I will not be suprised by anything I see on the list. As much as I am not a fan of Britney spears or 3 doors down I recognize they are multi-platinum artists so somebody must like them.

Anonymous said...

Bocephus!!!

Anonymous said...

Slickee Boys!? Nice! Great tune, brings back good memories and local pride.

beetreemd said...

Britney is very acceptable if Sonny & Cher are on the list, (at least they sold more records then Yoko Ono).

bawlmerbeav said...

beetreemd --- I think I may have sold more records than Yoko Ono.

Tyler said...

The presence of Britney Spears, Yoko Ono and (especially) William Shatner leads me to wonder if the voting was pranked. Waiting for Rick Astley to hit in 5,4, 3, 2...

Anonymous said...

I think WTMD is trying to save themselves some embarrassment by not publishing the vote count, but even without seeing it I'm willing to bet that until we get to the top 100 or so artists we're dealing with very small number statistics so the ranking is pretty meaningless.

Anonymous said...

I think I'm the only one who voted for Candlebox and they are 894. I really want to see the number of votes each artist received.

Dan Walker said...

Tyler, I think you may be right. Lil Wayne?? There may have been some pranking involved, or at least some people not taking the vote very seriously. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of Rick now. It would only be fitting.

Anonymous said...

over a decade after that Cher song, people are still putting that annoying effect on the vocals. Way to go, Lil'Wayne. Guess we have hundreds more to go before there is someone who got more than 3 votes.

Anonymous said...

I saw Lil'Wayne's name on the list and something inside me died a little bit... it might have been my faith in mankind.
I had the sad experience of seeing him "perform" at Virgin Festival last year and, in my opinion (for any silly folk who actually like Lil'Wayne, please note that I said "in my opinion"), he barely deserves to be called a musician. And supposedly, he now wants to try his hand at acting...
Truly a sign of the nearing apocalypse...

feralthought said...

How can you only play ONE motorhead song? AND THEN not even play eat the rich. Plus, given the length of op ivy songs, 3 would have rocked. I am a little worried that Britney will be on the list and Slayer will not be. Which would make me sad.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if I was the only one that put Steeleye Span. They are not on the list yet. Does that mean they will be higher up in the list? I would hope they would rate higher than Brittany Spears and William Shatner!

Anonymous said...

I love this. I love that WTMD has the guts to play them as they fall.

I think that anyone who is criticizing any of the picks is missing the point.

Anonymous said...

After listening exclusively to WTMD, I'm LOVING listening to these songs that I never hear. It's a great summer break! So what, it's 1 Britney or Lil wayne song along with some really good stuff you don't hear on WTMD too often. Everyone has their faves that they listen to all the time, it's good to hear something different! I find the mix intriguing, you never know what's going to be next!

Anonymous said...

As much as I love lists and countdowns I find this one to be frustrating mainly because of the lack of era or musical style boundaries.

Here is my "list" of improvements for next time:
1) Don't ask us to compare apples to oranges: Why even try to compare artists like Glen Miller and Ella Fitzgerald with bands the Black Eyed Peas, Pearl Jam, Rusted Root etc.? Compare blues to blues, rock to rock etc. Or say, last 20 years etc.
2. Instead of greatest artists why not make it favorite artists? This is gonna be a popularity contest anyway.
3. If you are counting down 897 artists, why did we only get to pick 15 of them? It was hard trying to decide to choose the obvious big boys (Rolling Stones etc.) or less known yet influential bands. It would be a calculation nightmare for you guys but let the listeners choose as many as they want (up to 897).
Love the station!

Deral said...

Sia, Zero 7 (a derivation of Sia), and Mazzey Star...good ones! I was listening yesterday and was excited to hear Frente. When I voted I included some bands/artists that I felt are iconic [as long as they are talented as well (counterexample=Brit Spears)] but I also voted for artists who just came to mind as my favorites based on experiences with their music at certain times in life. The suggestion when voting was to keep this last point in mind. That said, maybe someone had a profound experience while listening to Yoko?

Anonymous said...

Diggin the Yonder (40 miles, 2 hits) keep passing it around! Memories of heading out to Telluride for some festivariantating ;-)

Anonymous said...

Spinal Tap was not a real band!!

Anonymous said...

Britney Spears? Lil Wayne? Panic at the Disco? My chemical Romance? Black Eyed peas? Mariah Carey? Paramore? Taking back Sunday?...ect. I'm surprised that all these artists are on the list. But I can see where you're coming from. There's only so many artists out there, let alone good ones. To all those people who are complaining about the list, be thankful these artists are towards the top. [Go Spinal tap! I loved that movie =D ]

Jeff said...

I should've posted this yesterday - I was driving to work thinking that whomever voted for "Girl Talk" may have meant the DJ Greg Gillis version, not the uninteresting jazz group that did get played.

Dan Walker said...

This isn't the "897 Greatest Real Bands" countdown, it's the "897 Greatest Artists" countdown. Did they write songs? Do they perform them? What makes a band a "real" band? Yes, they are fictional characters that the actors played, but those actors are actually doing concerts right now where they perform those songs. I think that qualifies them as "artists" in some respect. What about Tenacious D? Flight of the Conchords? Are they not "real" bands?

Suzan said...

This is a listening all day kind of thing. Can't stop!! Thank you!!!

Justin said...

The fact the Faith No More fell this low on the list is the reason that their reunion tour is in Europe and not America.

Anonymous said...

Well, we obviously still have the likes of BeeGees and ABBA yet to come, but anyone want to lay odds on Men w/o Hats or Flock of Seagulls?

200 pound attorney said...

Please put this in perspective.
this is marketing campaign by a radio station to boost listeners.It is working great, and I congratulate Steve Y and the others on good job.You've got people talking so they must be listening.

Mark said...

Aw man, I can't believe Derek Trucks is so high up on the list! i was thinking at least top 100 or 200. Top 300 at the most... That's OK, as long as it's just Derek, and not the whole Allman Brothers Band, they deserve a spot in the top 50, at the least.

Anonymous said...

This is such an interesting countdown - just like best songs and albums of all time that they have done the past couple years. Its fun to vote and see where your bands place, and to see bands that you haven't heard of in years resurface. Even though I am not a fan of some of the artists it doesn't mean that they don't have their own place in music history. Keep it going!!!

Feralthought said...

You are right about faith no more. Also why only one song? what is the criteria for how many songs an artists gets?

rob said...

Yesterday I heard Op Ivy on WTMD. Today I heard Pantera. KEEP IT UP! It's great to hear stuff I love on a station I would never expect to hear it on.

Justin said...

Anon "Spinal Tap is not a real band"

Then how do you explain the one city world tour they are on June 30th at Wembley.

Patticus said...

I cant believe the blood brothers actually made it. it brings a tear to my eye.

DHN said...

I love this count down. We ae hearing such an eclectic mix of artists. Anyone taking bets on who the top ten are? Keep up the great work. Wish we could put all these songs on something I could play when I can't pick up your station. Glad Brittany was at the very bottom of the list!

katy said...

wish i could listen to this at work. instead i'm just refreshing the page repeatedly. :)

was so happy to hear fruvous on my way to work yesterday. what fun! keep up the great work! :)

Anonymous said...

What a station! Anything goes on this countdown. It's not only Great radio for music people; it's great music for radio people too!

Keep up the good work, WTMD.

Anonymous said...

Barry Manilow is a good example of music for radio people - back in the day.

Being a true rock and roller and rock music aficianado, I don't mind my tastes being "challenged" by the likes of Manilow, B. Spears and Shatner. It's all good.

Mark said...

Yay Ringo gets his own spot! suprising somewhat. But now I can expect John, Paul, and George too. Hopefully lower on the list

Eazy said...

Only radio station I can listen to. Only non-corporate station that plays music that is not all mainstream. I am surprised at least once a day by artists and songs they play. Keep it up 89.7

Anonymous said...

Only radio station I can listen to, playing all types of music, from jazz and hip-hop to indie rock and blues to country and classic rock. Keep it up 89.7!

bawlmerbeav said...

Those are two great Sugar songs, but I really coulda used "Gee Angel" right about now.

gonzai55 said...

On the one hand, the variety is great, and I'm hearing lots of artists I never heard before. On the other, Slayer isn't exactly 'worksafe'. Radio off.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for having the integrity to play Raining Blood, especially in the middle of the workday. That's the kind of thing that makes WTMD a truly great station.

Anonymous said...

It is criminal how underrated Teenage Fanclub are.

Anonymous said...

I really was surprised driving home yesterday. I thought Burt Bacharach had died and they were playing a tribute but it turns out it was Herb Alpert and Tijuana Brass playing what I thought was BJ Thomas. It was really interesting and I went home and downloaded it. I scanned the list and it does seem kind of weird, the breadth of the artists. I'll bet many had only one vote and somebody else ranked them. TMD has been less appealing recently. It's probably me, I'm finding the effeminate band selections boring. Not that it's bad, it just strike me as wimpy.

Anonymous said...

Crack The Sky!!!!

Anonymous said...

Good to see Lowen & Navarro on the countdown but would have thought they'd be ranked a little higher as I know they have a fairly strong following in this area. Matter of fact, we are going to see them tonight at Berchmere in DC area. WTMD is a GREAT radio station. I've listened intently to the other major countdowns that the station has done over the past few years, but I think in many subtle ways this is the best one yet, as you hear so many different kinds of music and you simply never know what you will hear next - it could be a song and artist you've never heard before, or it could be one of your most favorite songs of all time. And the real beauty is, either way, you know that your "ears" are the real winner and that has a direct affect on your attitude. Very good therapy, at a time when we all could use some. GO WTMD GO!

Anonymous said...

Publicity gimmick? Maybe. Pre-fundraising listener recruitment? Perhaps. Britney Spears? Oh well. However on what other station in the area, or the east coast (there are a few perhaps) are you going to hear a kick a** Slayer track followed by India Arie. I'm no Slayer fan but heck yeah!, this is great variety. The Minutemen and Toto is the same 1/2 hour. Does it get better?

And as for Mylie Cyrus if she, or her alter ego Hannah Montana, make the list, lets just hope she is followed by Suicidal Tendencies. 'I Saw Your Mommy' preferably.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea! As I'm listening, it just keeps getting better and better... duh... that's what is supposed to happen. But you guys hit it out of the park! I love the 897 concept too.

Anonymous said...

Obviously this list isn't a numerical top 897 artists of all time but the can you name 897 artists countdown. Lemme guess what number one will be, John Lennon?

Anonymous said...

To Justin

Is that the criteria that makes a real band? If people will come out and see them?

Spinal Tap is now and always has been a satirical commentary of the metal bands of the 80's. They are a fictional band.

I'm not saying I don't love them, because "This is Spinal Tap" is in my top 20 list of movies, but my love of the movie doesn't make them real.

anon said...

Finally some Sleater-Kinney on WTMD.

Justin said...

Anon,

What's the difference between theatrics on stage and theatrics in front of a camera? Tenacious D or Gwar for example focus on stage performances. Spinal Tap has 3 "real" albums and perform live as a band for thousands of people. Its a selling gimmick but I don't think that constitutes them as not being a real band.

What about Hannah Montana? Started as a TV series and is now a National touring act?

on a sidenote I can't believe there is a radio station that would follow up Judy Garland with 2pac.

Go WTMD.

Anonymous said...

how is george michael more influential than builtospill...?

Anonymous said...

Dispatch was lower down than whitney Houston? how in the world did THAT happen!!!??

Anonymous said...

To Justin,

Josie and the Pussycats, The Monkeys, The Partridge Family. All of these were fake bands that toured. Like Spinal Tap

I would have to say the difference in the bands you mentioned (other than Hannah Montana which I'm just going to ignore because I can't stand the show) and Spinal Tap is origins. Tenacious D and GWAR (awesome band) were always bands. Their stage theatrics were just a side note.

Josie and the Pussycats, The Monkeys, The Partridge Family. All of these were fake bands that toured. Like Spinal Tap.

[MARK] said...

2pac got more votes than Gov't Mule, Cracker, Derek Trucks, and a whole lot of other GREAT bands?? How did that happen???

[MARK] said...

...And let's not forget about Blues Traveler, Roger Waters, Ian Anderson, Crack the Sky... All somehow beaten by 2pac =[

Anonymous said...

The list so far is very interesting with some unusual picks like Bing Crosby, Edith Piaf, and Charlie Parker. All great artists, but not what I was thinking of when I voted. The only true disappointment is seeing Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, and the Four Tops all in the 480s. I shouldn't complain because I didn't vote for any of them (only 15 picks and I just took names off the top of my head). Domino and Diddley were true pioneers in the 50s. I haven't seen Professor Longhair yet. I wonder...

Moonman said...

Only two of my picks played thus far. Bring on the Power of Mojo Nixon!

Brian said...

Hey Moonman.

857. The Dead Milkmen
615. The Black Crowes
425. Lisa Loeb
No Mojo Nixon.

This list could use some fixin'

Dan Walker said...

I can't believe we're still talking about this "fake" band/real band thing.

First off....this isn't a "bands" countdown. It's an "artists" countdown. I'd say there's some artistic merit to a comedic band, fictional or not.

Partridge family: Yes, fake. Most of the "family" on the show didn't even play or perform.

Monkeys: I'd give them legit status. They may have been brought together for a tv series, but they are all actual musicians and have written, recorded, and toured.

Josie and the Pussycats: um, a cartoon??? Or are we talking about the movie? Either way...not even close.

As for Spinal Tap...just because they are posing as characters means they can't be considered a "real" band? Clearly, they are not "real" people, but, I think they can be considered a band. Plenty of "real" bands go by stage names or create a stage persona.

But again, I go back to my original point. ARTISTS. Not bands. That's what I'm really loving about this countdown. It completely challenges what you usually think of for these countdowns.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe Garth Brooks and System of a Down beat out Morcheeba, J.J. Cale, and Booker T. and MGs.

Justin said...

How can you be surprised by Garth Brooks being more popular than Morcheeba. I'm surprised he didn't make top 100. I didn't vote for him though.

2 Grammy Awards
17 American Music Awards
11 CMA Awards
18 Academy of Country Music Awards
5 World Music Awards
10 People's Choice Awards
24 Billboard Music Awards
2 ASCAP Awards
2 Blockbuster Awards
American Music Awards, Artist of the Decade (1990s)
Academy of Country Music Awards, Artist of the Decade (1990s)
Recording Industry Association of America, Artist of the Century (1900s)
1 Radio Music Award
2 Primetime Emmy Award nominations (Outstanding in a Variety of Music Program)
1 Golden Globe nomination (Best Original Song)
Songwriters Hall of Fame: 2002
GLAAD Media Award for "We Shall Be Free"-1993
1 CMT awards nomination, Collaborative Video of the Year for "Workin' For A Livin'" With Huey Lewis (2008)
Academy of Country Music Awards, inaugural "Crystal Milestone Award" honoring him as the top-selling country music artist in history, with album sales of over 128 million in the U.S. (2008)
2 American Music Awards Nominations(2008):

Not to mention being the best selling artist from '91 on. 6 albums achieving diamond status. (10X Platinum or higher)

I wiki'd the stats.

Brian said...

So Elvis wasn't in the top 100 album or singles countdown. Is there any way he doesn't make the top 30 artists?

Anonymous said...

First off, please, it's Monkees, not Monkeys. Mike Nesmith; excellent songwriter (he wrote Different Drum), producer, and musician. Peter played at least six instruments expertly, including the harp. Micky was an amazing singer. Check out Goin' Down on Youtube. Davey--let's just leave it at that. They became a real band, not a fake band, because they practiced hard and wanted to be a real band. They never tried to dupe anyone.

I do want to commend WTMD for the obvious hours and hours of work you put into this. I've learned so much--the research alone is well worth the listen, and it must have been extremely difficult to time this all down with your other programming and fundraising. Kudos! Just enjoy--at least it's got people talking and reminiscing!

jb3 said...

I would like to think that Elvis would make the Top 10, but that is the fantasy of a 56 year old guy who idolized him as a kid & still thinks he's one of the most imortant artists of the last 100 years, right there with Dylan & The Beatles. In fact, doubt there would have BEEN Dylan & The Beatles without Elvis! And where will Chuck berry place?

Anonymous said...

Zappa will be 1

Kim said...

Y'all just killed me on the way to school tonight. Phil Ochs to Notorious B.I.G. to the Monkees to Kanye??? I love surprises like this. Thank you!

djcruiser said...

I hope they keep playing more than 1 song from each artist...

Here is my problem!

Weird Al just before Incubus, come on, and above many many superior artist like Boston, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and more other than that I'm satisfied.

djcruiser said...

...And 311

Dan Walker said...

Well look at that, the Monkees made the countdown. And I know it's "Monkees" it was just a typo.

Matt Davis said...

After seeing some very surprising artists make this list I started thinking about some of the different connotations of "greatest" people might be applying to their lists:

- influential
- pioneering
- popular
- personal enjoyability (cuz sometimes you just really dig someone)

I used the 4th interpretation and listed the artists to which I spend the most time listening, not necessarily those artists I think have the most historic significance or "transcend genres even as they invent them" (to quote Bender on Beck).

Anonymous said...

I hate a lot of the artists listed, think a lot of ones I like/love deserve higher placing, but so what? This list is great fun. Bach, the Monkees, Gogol Bordello, Dolly Parton -- what more could you ask for? (Besides more hip hop and r&b and Drive-By Truckers in the top 150.)

Anonymous said...

Bach beats out Beethoven? Seriously? That makes this whole thing a joke.

Anonymous said...

comeon people, just reading some of these comments makes me realize how people are so opinionated, i don't like it so it must suck because only my opinion counts. music is music, all is good doesn't matter if its b spears or modest mouse.

Anonymous said...

I haven't heard any early Peter Buck yet.

Dan Walker said...

I find it hard to believe that Bach beating Beethoven by 15 positions totally invalidates the entire countdown. If you think about it, I'm sure artists that are only separated by about 10-20 positions don't have a huge difference in vote count.

On the same note, has anyone else noticed how many similar artists seem to fall around the same spots? I imagine it has to be because there's a certain number of people that like a certain genre that participated, and so two extremely similar artists probably receive similar numbers of votes. So, for the Bach case, maybe 5 or 10 extra people listed Bach and not Beethoven.

Matt Davis said...

Dan:

I noticed that too, especially early in the countdown, and I think that WTMD was just taking the liberty of grouping similar artists who got the same number of votes.

And I agree that the vote difference between artists separated by even 25 ranks at this point probably are only separated by a couple votes. I really, really wish WTMD would publish the vote count so we could play around with the statistics and make some plots.

lou said...

It seems to me that the Bach vs. Beethoven comment was meant to be sarcastic.

b.pga said...

My suspicion with this list is that more current artists seem to be showing up higher in the list, perhaps it is that people when voting remembered them more, due to being more current, and therefore more in the voters memory.
There is no way for example Regina Spektor (while very good) @ 310, beats Graham Parker @ 358. That makes absolutely no sense... If for no other reason than length of time as an artist, number of albums sold, etc...

There are many others I could use as examples as well. Anyhow, it has been an interesting listen to say the least.

Anonymous said...

The Bach - Beethoven comment was pure sarcasm. Lighten up people. This is supposed to be fun. The diversity of music is what makes WTMD so great.

And opionions are opinions. Everybody is entitled to their own and anyone critical of that is close-minded.

My opinion of course.

djcruiser said...

Is anybody suspicious of the countdown at all?

I am feeling that it really is a programming generated countdown being passed off as a listener-driven-supported one...

I am tremendously enjoying it, but alot of the aspect of the positions of some artist to others is a bit laughable.

I know people will say it is of opinion that I am motivated to write this.

Why won't they let us know the vote counts of each of these artists...HHMMMM.

Anonymous said...

The countdown is fun! It's an eclectic mix, to say the least! I never know what artist will be next.

Maybe there are some strange inclusions on the list, but who cares? These lists are always arbitrary things anyway.

Let's just enjoy the bizarre hodgepodge.

Anonymous said...

Hey, stop complaining!

Somebody has to take the time to count up all those votes.

Next year, instead of whining, why don't YOU volunteer at the station and help them do the talley.

Anonymous said...

I'll put Live (846), Collective Soul (844) and Soul Asylum (841) up against the three weakest acts/artists that appear in the top 10. Suggestion for those intending to use the list as a way of turning on to new music, start at the end!

Anonymous said...

At first I was very cynical regarding the countdown but I decided to give it a chance and have really enjoyed the broad spectrum of artists represented. Making a list of the greatest 897 artists has got to be a daunting task. Throughout the countdown I've heard so many songs that made me stop and say "oh yeah, i forgot about them... great band!" and have revisited artists I've overlooked or forgotten. Way to go WTMD

Anonymous said...

The countdown is awesome - love all the different genres of music. Keep up the good work.

Brian said...

we're inside the top 200 and well over 100 rock and roll hall o' famers not played yet.

The squeeze play is on.

Anonymous said...

OK, one of my picks finally appeared: Linda Ronstadt. I expected her to place higher, but then she has gone into so many genres since the 70s, when she was the number one female vocalist. She and Emmylou Harris are my favorite singers, White Girl Division. What a voice!

J.A from E.C. said...

Of course not everyone is going to agree but isn't that the great thing about art and music? I enjoy reading the list and thinking , I used to love that band/song. I will say, I'm glad Bad Brains made it at a respectable level.

Tim said...

This countdown sure has people talking. I guess I should jump in.
Honestly, I have not listened that much...I've tried. I did not become a member to hear the majority of the songs that have been played so far (White Christmas? I'm no Bing Crosby expert, but he has other songs in addition to playing Christmas music in June), but I am a member because they ARE playing these songs. It is a testament to the station that they are playing the artists that the people actually voted for, no matter how far off the "norm" they venture. It would have been pretty easy to make this list a lot more "listenable" had they tailored it to what they usually play, but they didn't..they stayed true to the spirit of the countdown..no matter how painful of a decision it was.

If ever this is attempted again, I'd ask to see the entire list, but only hear the Top100 (or Top 89.7). A list this aggressive is bound to have a few "WTF" moments. 897 ARTISTS (not songs) is a lot. I'm almost surprised there were 897 unique entries. (Hint: WTMD..how many were there?) I'd have to think it was not many more than 897...I'd be willing to bet that the 1st hundred or so on the list were in the 1-2 Vote Range.

I do appreciate the On Air Personalities that are taking the time to research the Artists and provide information that I may never know otherwise.

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

On Sunday, I was driving through Silver Spring to see my mother. I pulled up next to a woman who, like me, had a WTMD bumper sticker on her car. I'm used to seeing these around Towson and Baltimore, but in Silver Spring, it made me feel I had a bond with this woman as strong as if I'd known her for years. I was listening to the countdown and wondering if she was, too. It was a hot day and her window was open. Her arm was hanging out the driver's side window. All of a sudden I saw her fingers tapping in perfect syncopation to the beat o— "I'm dream-ing, of a white. . . Christ-mas."

For two women in Silver Spring in the middle of June, sleighbells were ringing, and we were listening.

Anonymous said...

Surprised I see no Foreign Born, coney island, or pixies! Doubt we'll see them this high, but it would be nice!

Anonymous said...

I like that jukebox the ghost, frightened rabbit, and mgmt are not in the 800's! My friend said they would be.

Anonymous said...

I also think that many people like me are forgetting names of bands. For example, I was told I saw Bad Brains live but have no memory of it. I think those who voted really just wrote down who/what came to their mind. For those that reached real hard into their internal databases, great work but for some of us oldtimers who have been listening to music for years, it has to be earth moving for us to remember them. Great work TMD!

Anonymous said...

Seeing how this voting went shows us clearly how we ended up with a socialist for President.

Anonymous said...

Conner Oberst ahead of The Jam? I can't stand this anymore. Good luck y'all with the rest of the countdown. I should've moved to France like I threatened to do if George II got reelected.

Anonymous said...

When is this countdown thing going to be over? I literally can not wait until you get back to playing real music again. I miss the 5-o-clock shadow! Also, I know that you guys are in trouble financially, but interrupting the music every 5 seconds to beg for money is worse than commercial radio. It's like the pledge drive 24/7! As a WTMD member, I'm begging, please bring back the wtmd I know and love!

Anonymous said...

192. Etta James
191. Pete Townsend
190. Buddy Guy
189. John Hiatt

Wow. What a great string of artists. Should be top 10 though. All but two of my choices are gone now.

One has got to be top 50 (The Band) and one has no chance (Scorpions).

Anonymous said...

I've been in a million who's better - Harry Chapin or Dr. Dre debates. Now we know.

Anonymous said...

Boo to you for putting Van Halen's Panama in my head from yesterday to now. I am deducting $5 from my intended donation. Just kidding. Fun to see what fellow weirdos like. ;)

Anonymous said...

Very ignorant to have Wu-tang that low and play Shimmy Ya as their song as that was a single off of ODB's record may he rest in peace.

Tom said...

I was jamming to some Black Sabbath when, all of a sudden, some God channel cuts in. Interference or something more???

Anonymous said...

Absolutely amazing. Tribe and De La didn't even crack 100. They're arguably two of the greatest Hip-Hop groups of all time.

Anonymous said...

Charlie Parker at 486? This is very interesting. Who can possibly be in 100-1.

Anonymous said...

What a relief; once the list got to the 300s, I didn't think I'd see Captain Beefheart show up! Still waiting on Frank Zappa, Ella Fitzgerald, Koji Kondo, Harry-Gregson Williams, and of course, me!

anon said...

What I want to know is: how did they get recordings of Bach and Beethoven? Didn't they both die before the phonograph was invented?

My hats off to those who put these guys in their lists. I wouldn't have thought of that. And hats off to WTMD for playing them.

Also, it's good to hear WTMD getting with the program. I mean, on other stations, I can hear "Don't Stop Believing" at least once a day.

Anonymous said...

Well, now the list is getting annoying. Journey over Sam Cooke, Roy Orbison, and Otis Redding? Really? Oy.

On the other hand, WTMD has got us listening and responding...

Anonymous said...

mannnn Beatles are gonna be #1 I just know it but I don't think they deserve that good of a rank

Anonymous said...

Sure I dig Beethoven and Bach but was surprised to see them make the list as I consider them more or less an oldies act.

It's gotta be at least 35-40 years since either has put out anything new.

Also, to the poster mentioning the countless discussions between who is better, Harry Chapin or Dr Dre, it's really no contest. Dr Dre is way more talented. Do you know how hard it must have been to write and record while going to medical school?! All Harry did was drive a taxi.

Anonymous said...

Renaissance, Graham Parker, Sigur Ros!!! Well done!!!

But where is Steve Forbert??

Jim Brewster said...

Some people are taking this waaaaaaay too seriously! It's based on listener tastes and opinions, okay? It's not supposed to be a scholarly treatise or even a representative sample. No one's going to agree with all the results. It's fun to see who ends up where.

djcruiser said...

You are seriously saying that The Beatles don't deserve to be #1 if they are!

I think they will be...They were my #1.

I would bet that at least 75% of the artist in this countdown would state that The Beatles are an influence of theirs...Then it shouold only make sense for them to be very, very high in the countdown if not #1!

Anonymous said...

Thanks Jim, I agree. I do think some people voted for some of these as a joke though.

Anonymous said...

to anonymous..I would rather listen to Steve and Amy trying to make an honest dollar for WTMD than live every minute knowing the government is stealing from me all the time. Thanks WTMD for making my world a little better.LesterBachran

Anonymous said...

As stated before, the countdown is based on each listner's list as their favorite music. I hope everyone is having as much fun as I am singing along to the countdown and wondering what is next. Would it help if the countdown was renamed to Favorite Artists?

Anonymous said...

Wha...? Wheezer and Journey ahead of Carole King and John Hiatt?

Anonymous said...

The beatles really should get #1, the stones could push them out though. Whatever, i like them both =)

anon said...

I'm really surprised A-Ha wasn't higher in the list.

Anonymous said...

Is this a countdown of people's favorite artists or the Greatest Artists of All Time? To me there is a big difference. During today's show Amy said she voted for her favorite artists. I voted for what I truly believe are the greatest artists of all time. I'm curious how other people approached it?

BTW, Beatles were on the top of my list. Stones were close. Miley Cyrus was *not* on my list.

Anonymous said...

When exactly will the number one artist be revealed?

Anonymous said...

where the hell is Arcade Fire??

Anonymous said...

No, it wouldn't help if the countdown was renamed to Favorite Artists! If that's what it was supposed to be, then it should have been named that in the first place. But it wasn't. It was named Greatest Artists of All Time. And that's what it should be!!

Jim Brewster said...

jb3, I wouldn't be surprised to see Elvis in the top 20. But by your logic you also have to consider all the "artists without whom there would be no Elvis" and where they are placing in the countdown if at all!

No doubt we'll see the Big 5 British rockers jockeying for top spots in the top 10: The Beatles, The Stones, The Who, Floyd, and Zeppelin. Of course Dylan will be there, Springsteen. Who else? What non-geezers will break in?

bunrab said...

As someone said, the Beatles are an influence for almost everybody on the list who comes after them chronologically. At the symphony last week when Hilary Hahn was playing Jennifer Higdon's violin concerto, Higdon said in the Q & A afterward that George Harrison was a notable influence on her in the piece.

Anonymous said...

I think that this list shows the true eclectic nature of both the station and the listeners who listen and voted, as well as the broad demographic that listens. My old (57) soul was delighted to tune in yesterday and hear the Foo Fighters followed by Patsy Cline. there is something for everyone and a lot for everyone who appreciates what is good, cool and influencial. I love this!!

Jason said...

No Wilco yet....can't wait to see where they fall.

Anonymous said...

This is where it REALLY gets good, the final 100, the cream of the crop.

to Jason - I'm with you, "Where's Wilco?"

There are still so many great bands that have yet to be mentioned. Where will they place?

What a great station! All the best in reaching the $$ goal! You've got my support!!

Brian said...

Lenny Kravitz is either in the top 100 or not on the list at all. I find either answer surprising.

Same can be said for Jewel, Camper van Beethoven, Scorpions, Jeff Buckley, who else?

Anonymous said...

The Clash had better be #1. The only artist I'd accept in that coveted position is Rick Astley.

Anonymous said...

Also on list still or not at all:
The Offspring, LL Cool J, Alice Cooper, The Stooges, Stevie Ray Vaughn

Anonymous said...

Where's Juice Newton?!?!

Seriously, I agree with the Beatles discussion...I love the Stones, Dylan, and others but, seriously, the Beatles will/should be #1.

No other band has influenced so many...and I have to believe no other artist cracked the Top 15 with the frequency and regularity that this band did...

katy said...

still enjoying! wish ani was higher up, but what do you do. i'm still holding out hope for ozomatli - the greatest live act i ever saw - but maybe they just aren't big enough on the east coast yet. i don't expect to see them in the top 90, although you never know!

p.s.: spinal tap is a real band. i just saw them perform. what a great bunch of guys. :)

katy said...

oh, and by the way, it's really not necessary to play four death cab for cutie songs. i realize you have your indie cred to think about, but please. the ultimate hyped hipster band. they're fine, but don't show your cards so much! we don't have time for four songs from every artist from now on.

Jen said...

Muse should have done so much better than #249. *sigh* And definitely songs besides something off of Black Holes and REvelations.

katy said...

oh, and i hope jump, little children shows up, too

djcruiser said...

Heck, I hope that for the last 50 or so they give a whole hour to each artist...showcasng their range maybe(if they have range as an artist).

Extend this thing a week longer!

Anonymous said...

Nice to see that Wishbone Ash made the list. One of my all-time favorite bands and still going strong. Saw them at Ramshead last year. Wish that WTMD would play them more often.

Anonymous said...

Disappointed that Anders Osbourne didn't make the list (I'm assuming).

But The Meters have to make it, right?

jb3 said...

Muddy Waters at #92 & Chuck Berry at #88- what is this world coming to? The King of the electric blues & the Father of rock! Both should have come in much further down the line!

MFerg said...

The Decemberists ranked HIGHER than Richard Thompson? I really like the band, but honestly, I don't think Colin Meloy would agree with this...Ah...primacy and recency effects...

Anonymous said...

Come on, Madonna ahead of Lou Reed? I've lost all faith.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of Lou Reed, John Cale didn't even make the list. That makes me incredibly sad.

jb3 said...

Anonymous Guys: I share your frustration about Lou Reed & John Cale (Lou was in my 15!), but we can console ourselves with the thought that the Velvet Underground will place MUCH further down the line!(Of course, I thought that about Muddy Waters & Chuck Berry, too!)

baltotodd said...

What kind of world are we living in??! Culture Club beats out Joss Stone?!?!?! George Michael beats The Cowboy Junkies?! This is nuts...

Zack said...

I go to Carver which is right in Towson and the Photo teacher there always plays WTMD. I'm kinda disappointed to see that I walked in to see see two of my friends just after the B-52's had played, I keep missing some of my favorite artists! But its okay because after that Cake, ELO, and Modest Mouse played.

Anonymous said...

Michael Jackson, Chuck Berry, Paul McCartney, George Harrison... all done by #80... I call shenanigans.

jb3 said...

Michael Jackson beats Paul McCartney! That would drive Paul wild!

Anonymous said...

I think Bob Dylan will be #1. Frank Zappa should be in the top 5.

Em said...

Kid Rock is at 145. This confuses me.

Is his music really any good at all? Has he been influential in some way that I am completely unaware of? Last I checked, the only thing he is notable for is marrying Pamela Anderson a couple of times.

Sorry, I don't mean to complain! This guy just makes me sick. Hah.

Anonymous said...

BUCKETHEAD

Anonymous said...

Greatest Artists of all time - or My Favorites?

The station should make it clear which they want.

for instance I'd vote Tom Waits top of both lists.

I think Bob Dylan is one of the greatest of all time, but he doesn't make my top 10, whereas someone a lot less "GREAT" like Ultravox! does.

Anonymous said...

Rush, Yes, Alan Parsons, its nice to see the prog rockers represented. Just proudly donated a c-note, and hope to hear more musician-inclined music, whether singer-songwriter, blues, bluegrass, prog, rock, classical, jazz, or anyone with real talent.

Moonman said...

Sun Ra and his Arkestra, Wow, I'd forgotten about him. I should of had him in somewhere between Louis Armstrong and Zappa. Thanks for bringing back some great memories. Also, thanks for playing Gershwins' Rhapsogy In Blue. Wow again. I pulled the Truck over took a break and just listened. I feel the Power of Mojo Nixon building. Get ready folks!

Anonymous said...

Wow. Os there are 65 artists better than Aretha Franklin, huh?

Anonymous said...

I am wondering if anyone voted for Sam Phillips. I love her music and she does not seem to make any list. Am I the only one who likes Martinis and Bikinis....?

Anonymous said...

We have William Shatner and Weird Al but not
Def Leppard, Offspring, Nada Surf, Linkin Park, LL Cool J, Foreigner, Robyn Hitchcock, Phish, Oingo Boingo, Cold War Kids, Stevie Ray Vaughn???

Brian said...

Phish arrived today, I assume SRV will be there soon but will have to beat out Janis Joplin, Yardbirds, RUN-DMC

Mark Sr. said...

Thanks TMD & look forward to seeing the Grateful Dead.
Also, challenge Deadheads to contribute!!

Brian said...

So far 79 of the 194 RockNRoll Hall of fame inductees and "early influences" have made it. With these 9 non-HOF there are only 47 spots for the remaining 115:

The Smiths
Peter Gabriel
Wilco
Dave Matthews
Radiohead
Pearl Jam
Nirvana
The Cure
Coldplay

Jim Brewster said...

OK, here's who I think is left, in no particular order. Besides the classic and alt rockers, Benny Goodman and Mozart are the only greats left in their respective genres that could logically top those already mentioned:

Beatles, Dylan, Lennon, Zeppelin, Floyd, Springsteen, The Who, The Police, Peter Gabriel, The Clash, Bob Marley, Grateful Dead, Dave Matthews, Joni Mitchell, Miles Davis, Elvis Presley, Benny Goodman, The Kinks, Zappa, Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Smiths, The Cure, R.E.M., Nirvana, Radiohead, Wilco, Bowie, Stooges, Queen, Neil Young, CSN(Y), Stevie Wonder, Traffic, Talking Heads, Allman Brothers, Mozart, U2, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Beach Boys, Johnny Cash, The Band, Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, Tom Petty, Alice Cooper, Van Morrison, Donovan, Elvis Costello, Pearl Jam, Jeff Buckley

Jim Brewster said...

Oops, forgot the Rolling Stones! Scratch one of the others, though I'm surprised if they didn't all make the list!

Mitchell said...

Wolfie came in at 129, there is the space you need for Mick and the Boys.

Brian said...

Mozart was #129.

I would think B.B. King, The Doors, Jerry Lee Lewis would be there before
Stooges, Alice Cooper, Donovan.

But mostly I agree that it's very strange that any would be left off in favor of some of the things down the list.

Jim Brewster said...

Mitchell,

Thanks, I can't believe I missed that.

Brian,

Of course the Doors! D'oh! BB and Jerry Lee also should be on the list, though given where others of their ilk have landed, I wouldn't hold out too much hope...

bobby gee said...

A While back, when I was going out to see music, I saw Joni Mitchell, Laura Niro, and Minnie Riperton (she was in a band called Rotary Connection back then) over the course of a few weeks-if none of these women "make" this countdown list, their contribution to the sum total of the music we celebrate everyday on WTMD and the individual strength of their perfromances will not be diminished. thank GOD that that the "World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band" is a moving target that changes night to night.

Anonymous said...

I propose a new list to test anonymous' theory. The 897 worst artists. (Maybe it wold be the same list in reverse.)

Anonymous said...

Hey, Jim. Tom Petty already on the list. Pick someone else.

Jim Brewster said...

Maybe Tom Petty solo will beat Heartbreakers? Or are they lumped together? Still need to fit the Doors. Will CSN and CSNY both make it? Benny, Alice and Donovan may be the weakest as in being most under the radar for TMD listeners. BB might still have a chance, Brian. Only time will tell!

Anonymous said...

i can't believe how some of the comments come off as music snobbery. just because an artist may not be a "singer/song writer", doesn't mean that their music will not touch someone. i feel that if music touches someone and makes a difference in their life, then the purpose has been served. come down of your high horses and learn to appreciate all kinds of music - it's okay to like main stream. I love jamie foxx's new song ...."blame it on the a a a a a a alcohol"...fun stuff!!

Moonman said...

#642 Don Henley, The man that sang Don Henley Must Die, probably top 10. Mojo Nixon all the way baby!

Jim Brewster said...

I think Billy Joel probably earns a spot. He's not my favorite, but pretty influential on the whole piano rock genre.

Anonymous said...

anything but Miley Cyrus!

Anonymous said...

Thanks to all of the WTMD staff and volunteers to keep me entertained during the first couple weeks of summer holiday. I've been listening to some really great music and discovered new artists. Thanks!!!

Anonymous said...

Jeff Buckley is 58 and Patty Griffin is 258? I've never even heard of Jeff Buckley! If you are going to do a list like this, call it something else. Not the "Greatest Artists of all time". You're just making everybody angry. Call it: "Our Listeners favorite 897 Artists" Or somthing like that. I'm going to wait until this is done before I start listening again. As long as the Beatles are number one, I'll forgive you.

Jim Brewster said...

Jeff Buckley is one of those artists who blew everyone's doors off when he hit the scene in the mid-90's. Innovative and unique in so many ways as a singer, songwriter, and producer. He died young after only one studio album, so we'll never know his full potential as an artist, though we will continue to see his legacy and influence resonate through today's artists. Patty Griffin, as great as she is, is one of the pack, so doesn't stand out in quite the same way. Maybe that's not fair, but that's the way it works. Better to burn out than to fade away?

Anonymous said...

Anon, how can you speak so authoritatively on this list if you've "never even heard" of Jeff Buckley! Granted he only had one studio album, but it was very influential. So much so that when WHFS first went off the air they broke into the studio to make sure his song "Last Goodbye" was the last song to play.
When wxpn did similar countdowns of 885 songs/artists/albums, Buckley had TWO songs in the top ten and finished 73rd on the list of artists.
Overall the countdown is great, and half the fun should be listeners debating whether the allman brothers are better than radiohead.

Anonymous said...

Allman Brothers better than RadioHead?...

Allman Brothers better than RadioHead???...uuhmmm...

Allman Brothers better than RadioHead????...welll, I think...

That's a stumper for sure...

Let's just say both are great, great, great, great bands!

Beatles should be #1...as for #2 and so forth...the debate will rage on an on and on and on and...

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