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Friday, February 18, 2011

THE LIST: The Top 500 Desert Island Songs of All Time

You dreamed about being stranded on a Crackberry free Desert Island...a stress free living! Just fishing, cracking coconuts and spelling SOS in the sand.  Here's the music you all voted to be the music that you would need to survive on the island without seeing that smoke monster, that hatch or the big guy who won the Lottery!








1
Jeff Buckley
Hallelujah
2
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Home
3
Bruce Springsteen
Thunder Road
4
The Beatles
A Day in the Life
5
Bruce Springsteen
Born to Run
6
The Beatles
Hey Jude
7
The Rolling Stones
Sympathy For the Devil
8
Talking Heads
This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody)
9
Queen
Bohemian Rhapsody
10
Van Morrison
Into the Mystic
11
The Who
Baba O'Riley
12
Led Zeppelin
Stairway to Heaven
13
Derek & the Dominos/Eric Clapton
Layla
14
The Beatles
Let It Be
15
Bruce Springsteen
Rosalita
16
The Clash
London Calling
17
John Lennon/Beatles
Imagine
18
Jimi Hendrix
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
19
Bob Dylan
Tangled Up In Blue
20
Beach Boys
Good Vibrations
21
Richard Thompson
1952 Vincent Black Lightning
22
The Beatles
Blackbird
23
Etta James
At Last
24
The Beatles
In My Life
25
Bob Marley
Three Little Birds
26
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Free Bird
27
Johnny Cash
Hurt
28
Grateful Dead
Scarlet Begonias
29
Old Crow Medicine Show
Wagon Wheel
30
R.E.M.
Losing My Religion
31
Florence And The Machine
Dog Days Are Over
32
Louis Armstrong
What A Wonderful World
33
Pink Floyd
Wish You Were Here
34
Don McLean
American Pie
35
Jeff Buckley
Last Goodbye
36
U2
One
37
The Clash
Train in Vain
38
John Prine/Bonnie Raitt
Angel From Montgomery
39
Death Cab For Cutie
I Will Follow You Into the Dark
40
Bob Marley
No Woman, No Cry
41
The Rolling Stones
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
42
Grateful Dead
Eyes of the World
43
The Beatles
Here Comes the Sun
44
The Postal Service
Such Great Heights
45
Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah
46
The Band
The Weight
47
Adele
Rolling In The Deep
48
Pink Floyd
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 1)
49
Dire Straits
Romeo and Juliet
50
Nirvana
Smells Like Teen Spirit
51
Jimi Hendrix
Little Wing
52
Bob Marley
Redemption Song
53
Grateful Dead
Terrapin Station
54
Otis Redding
Try A Little Tenderness
55
Radiohead
Fake Plastic Trees
56
Eagles
Hotel California
57
Pink Floyd
Echoes
58
Peter Gabriel
In Your Eyes
59
Grateful Dead
Box of Rain
60
Neil Young
Cowgirl in the Sand
61
The Cure
Just Like Heaven
62
The Dave Brubeck Quartet
Take Five
63
U2
Where The Streets Have No Name
64
Grateful Dead
Sugar Magnolia
65
Lou Reed
Sweet Jane
66
Bob Dylan
Like A Rolling Stone
67
The Rolling Stones
You Can't Always Get What You Want
68
Bob Marley
Jamming
69
Queen/David Bowie
Under Pressure
70
Brett Dennen
Heaven
71
The Allman Brothers Band
Whipping Post
72
Miles Davis
So What
73
The Rolling Stones
Gimme Shelter
74
Crowded House
Don't Dream It's Over
75
Paul Simon
Graceland
76
David Bowie
Heroes
77
Joni Mitchell
A Case of You
78
The Allman Brothers Band
Blue Sky
79
The Who
Won't Get Fooled Again
80
Foo Fighters
Everlong
81
Otis Redding
(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
82
The Cure
Why Can't I Be You?
83
Billy Bragg/Wilco
California Stars
84
Van Morrison
Tupelo Honey
85
Coldplay
Clocks
86
The Beatles
Dear Prudence
87
The Avett Brothers
I And Love And You
88
Arcade Fire
Wake Up
89
Little Feat
Fat Man in the Bathtub
90
Marvin Gaye
What's Going On?
91
Brandi Carlile
The Story
92
The Beatles
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
93
Talking Heads
Once in a Lifetime
94
Jimi Hendrix
All Along the Watchtower
95
Benny Goodman
Sing, Sing, Sing
96
Coldplay
Yellow
97
Talking Heads
Psycho Killer
98
Explosions In The Sky
Your Hand In Mine
99
The Allman Brothers Band
In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
100
Grateful Dead
Ripple
101
Simon & Garfunkel
The Sound of Silence
102
My Favorite Things
103
Little Feat
Willin'
104
Matt & Kim
Daylight
105
Roxy Music
Avalon
106
Johnny Cash
Ring of Fire
107
MGMT
Electric Feel
108
Pink Floyd
Us and Them
109
The Rolling Stones
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
110
Radiohead
Paranoid Android
111
Pearl Jam
Alive
112
Arcade Fire
Rebellion (Lies)
113
Tears for Fears
Everybody Wants To Rule The World
114
AC/DC
Back In Black
115
John Butler Trio
Ocean
116
The Jam
Town Called Malice
117
Paul Simon
Under African Skies
118
Van Morrison
Brown Eyed Girl
119
The Allman Brothers Band
Jessica
120
My Morning Jacket/Jim James
One Big Holiday
121
Robert Palmer
Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley
122
Billy Joel
Piano Man
123
The Mama's & The Papa's
California Dreamin'
124
Bob Dylan
Desolation Row
125
Broken Social Scene
7/4 Shoreline
126
Led Zeppelin
Kashmir
127
The Flaming Lips
Do You Realize?
128
The Avett Brothers
Kick Drum Heart
129
Simon & Garfunkel
America
130
Zombies
Care of Cell 44
131
Counting Crows
Mr. Jones
132
Dire Straits
Sultans Of Swing
133
Arcade Fire
Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
134
Kirsty MacColl
In These Shoes
135
U2
Sunday Bloody Sunday
136
Leonard Cohen
Dance Me To The End of Love
137
R.E.M.
Nightswimming
138
U2
Beautiful Day
139
The Replacements
Can't Hardly Wait
140
Bob Marley
Waiting in Vain
141
Robbie Robertson/The Band
Somewhere Down The Crazy River
142
They Might Be Giants
Birdhouse in your soul
143
Talking Heads
Take Me To The River
144
Ryan Adams
When the Stars Go Blue
145
Led Zeppelin
Tangerine
146
Frank Zappa
Peaches En Regalia
147
Sufjan Stevens
Chicago
148
The Rolling Stones
Wild Horses
149
Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs
Beg Steal Or Borrow
150
Son Volt
Windfall
151
Michael Jackson
Billie Jean
152
Jimi Hendrix
Purple Haze
153
Patsy Cline
Crazy
154
Elvis Costello
(What's So Funny 'bout) Peace Love & Understanding
155
The Beatles
Yesterday
156
The Smiths
There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
157
New Radicals
You Get What You Give
158
Otis Redding
A Change Is Gonna Come
159
Roxy Music
More Than This
160
B 52s
Love Shack
161
The Allman Brothers Band
Mountain Jam
162
Sam Cooke
Bring It On Home To Me
163
New Order
Love Vigilantes
164
Cream
White Room
165
Adele
Chasing Pavements
166
Vampire Weekend
Diplomat's Son
167
Led Zeppelin
That's The Way
168
Yes
And You And I
169
Prince
Purple Rain
170
Jimi Hendrix
Angel
171
Van Morrison
Caravan
172
B.B. King
The Thrill Is Gone
173
The Beta Band
Dry The Rain
174
Queen
Don't Stop Me Now
175
Bob Dylan
Visions Of Johanna
176
Weezer
El Scorcho
177
Phoenix
1901
178
Depeche Mode
Enjoy The Silence
179
Four Tops
Reach Out I'll Be There
180
Mazzy Star
Fade Into You
181
The White Stripes
Seven Nation Army
182
Van Morrison
Astral Weeks
183
James Taylor
Carolina In My Mind
184
R.E.M.
Fall On Me
185
Ray LaMontagne
Three More Days
186
John Coltrane
Acknowledgement
187
10,000 Maniacs
These Are Days
188
Led Zeppelin
Fool in the Rain
189
Leon Russell
Out in the Woods
190
Moody Blues
Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
191
Tom Petty
Free Fallin'
192
Cee Lo Green
Forget You
193
Cream
Crossroads
194
Cold War Kids
Audience
195
Fleet Foxes
Mykonos
196
Nick Drake
Pink Moon
197
Indigo Girls
Galileo
198
Led Zeppelin
Ramble On
199
Specials
Ghost Town
200
Phish
Reba
201
Beach Boys
God Only Knows
202
The Beatles
Rocky Raccoon
203
Backyard Tire Fire
Good To Be
204
Blind Faith
Can't Find My Way Home
205
Elton John
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
206
Norway
207
The Allman Brothers Band
Stormy Monday
208
The Beatles
Across The Universe
209
Janis Joplin/Big Brother & Holding Co
Summertime
210
Tears for Fears
Head Over Heels
211
Pretenders
Tattooed love boys
212
Neil Young
Heart of Gold
213
Broken Bells
The High Road
214
The Knife
Heartbeats
215
Indigo Girls
Closer to Fine
216
Eric Clapton
After Midnight
217
Tom Waits
Come On Up To The House
218
The Beatles
Help!
219
Smashing Pumpkins
Today
220
David Gray
Babylon
221
Grizzly Bear
Two Weeks
222
Katrina and the Waves
Walking on Sunshine
223
Led Zeppelin
How Many More Times
224
Peter Murphy
Cuts You Up
225
The Smiths
How Soon is Now?
226
U2
With or Without You
227
Vampire Weekend
I Think Ur A Contra
228
XTC
Dear God
229
Social Distortion
Ball And Chain
230
Elvis Presley
That's All Right
231
Gloria Gaynor
I Will Survive
232
Rilo Kiley
Portions for Foxes
233
10cc
I'm Not In Love
234
The White Stripes
Rag and Bone
235
Bruce Springsteen
I'm on Fire
236
Sugarhill Gang
Rapper's Delight
237
The Rolling Stones
Beast of Burden
238
Arcade Fire
Ready To Start
239
Richard & Linda Thompson
Wall of death
240
Desmond Dekker & the Aces
Israelites
241
The Band
It Makes No Difference
242
The Allman Brothers Band
Revival
243
Neil Young
Rockin' in the Free World
244
Paul Simon
Kodachrome
245
Pearl Jam
Better Man
246
Dave Matthews Band
Satellite
247
A Tribe Called Quest
Can I Kick It?
248
Steely Dan
Aja
249
Leon Russell
A Song For You
250
Muse
Starlight
251
Frou Frou
Let Go
252
David Bowie
Let's Dance
253
Bob Dylan
Subterranean Homesick Blues
254
Talking Heads
Life During War Time
255
Crosby Stills & Nash
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
256
Vince Guaraldi Trio
Linus and Lucy
257
Carpenters
Superstar
258
Mumford & Sons
Little Lion Man
259
Grateful Dead
China Cat Sunflower
260
New Order
Bizarre Love Triangle
261
O.A.R.
That Was a Crazy Game of Poker
262
Pearl Jam
Black
263
The New Pornographers
The Bleeding Heart Show
264
Al Green
Love and Happiness
265
The Decemberists
The Mariner's Revenge Song
266
Yes
Close to the Edge
267
The Beatles
Come Together
268
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
40 Day Dream
269
Parliament
Give Up the Funk
270
The La's
There She Goes
271
Rod Stewart
Maggie May
272
Otis Redding
These Arms Of Mine
273
Michael Jackson
Man In The Mirror
274
Television
Marquee Moon
275
The Beatles
Tomorrow Never Knows
276
MGMT
Time To Pretend
277
Violent Femmes
Blister in the Sun
278
Pixies
Monkey Gone To Heaven
279
Jayhawks
Blue
280
The Beatles
Twist And Shout
281
Bill Withers
Use Me
282
Steely Dan
My Old School
283
Ozzy Osbourne
Crazy Train
284
Michael Penn
No Myth
285
Dawes
When My Time Comes
286
Guns N Roses
November Rain
287
Pixies
Where is my mind?
288
Los Lobos
The Road To Gila Bend
289
Sharon Van Etten
One Day
290
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
American Girl
291
The Motels
Only The Lonely
292
Bruce Springsteen
Darkness on the Edge of Town
293
Alexi Murdoch
Orange Sky
294
Oasis
Wonderwall
295
The Flaming Lips
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots pt. 1
296
Steely Dan
Peg
297
Stornoway
Zorbing
298
The Beatles
Penny Lane
299
Smashing Pumpkins
1979
300
Jefferson Airplane
White Rabbit
301
Peter Gabriel
Solsbury Hill
302
Paul Simon
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
303
Sun Kil Moon
Carry Me Ohio
304
Joy Division
Isolation
305
So Far Away
306
Nina Simone
Feeling Good
307
Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse
Valerie
308
The Beatles
It Won't Be Long
309
Beach Boys
Sail on Sailor
310
Phish
Waste
311
Imogen Heap
Hide and Seek
312
The Decemberists/Laura Veirs
Yankee Bayonet (I Will Be Home Then)
313
Bob Dylan
The Times They Are A-Changin'
314
R.E.M.
The End of The World As We Know It
315
Grateful Dead
Truckin
316
Van Morrison
Jackie Wilson Said
317
Queen
We Will Rock You
318
Shawn Mullins
Beautiful Wreck
319
Bob Dylan
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
320
David Bowie
The Jean Genie
321
The Who
My Generation
322
Local Natives
Airplanes
323
The Decemberists
Sons & Daughters
324
John Eddie
If You're Hear When I Get Back
325
The Beatles
Strawberry Fields Forever
326
Cake
The Distance
327
James Taylor
Sweet Baby James
328
The Rolling Stones
Jigsaw Puzzle
329
Van Morrison
Gloria
330
Frank Zappa
Joe's Garage
331
Jackson Browne
The Pretender
332
Matisyahu
King Without a Crown
333
Freedy Johnston
Bad Reputation
334
Gorillaz
Feel Good Inc.
335
Spoon
I Summon You
336
R.E.M.
Begin The Begin
337
The The
Uncertain Smile
338
Nine Inch Nails
Just Like You Imagined
339
Toad the Wet Sprocket
Walk on the Ocean
340
The Cure
Pictures of You
341
Led Zeppelin
When the Levee Breaks
342
Todd Rundgren
Just One Victory
343
Coco Montoya
Coin Operated Love
344
The Rolling Stones
I Just Want to See His Face
345
Tori Amos
Cornflake Girl
346
Radiohead
Karma Police
347
The Beatles
All You Need is Love
348
Grateful Dead
Bertha
349
Howlin' Wolf
Smokestack Lightning
350
Soul Coughing
Super Bon Bon
351
Jefferson Airplane
Somebody to Love
352
Queen
Killer Queen
353
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Woodstock
354
The Roots
The Seed 2.0
355
The Smiths
Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before
356
Kings Of Leon
King of the Rodeo
357
The Shins
Caring is Creepy
358
Bob Dylan
Girl From The North Country
359
Johnny Cash
Sunday Morning Coming Down
360
Coldplay
Fix You
361
Peter Gabriel
Big Time
362
Sonic Youth
Teen Age Riot
363
The Avett Brothers
Talk On Indolence
364
The Doors
L.A. Woman
365
Eagles
Tequila Sunrise
366
Fleetwood Mac
The Chain
367
The Rolling Stones
Honkey Tonk Women
368
The Allman Brothers Band
Dreams
369
Butthole Surfers
Pepper
370
Eddie Vedder
Hard Sun
371
Cat Stevens
The Wind
372
Ray Charles
Hit the Road Jack
373
Todd Rundgren
Something to Fall Back On
374
Radiohead
Let Down
375
Cyndi Lauper
Girls Just Want To Have Fun
376
Bruce Springsteen
Atlantic City
377
Les McCann/Eddie Harris
Compared To What
378
Weather Report
Birdland
379
The Rolling Stones
Tumbling Dice
380
Stevie Wonder
Boogie On Reggae Woman
381
Regina Spektor
On The Radio
382
Dave Matthews Band
Best of What's Around
383
Bob Dylan
Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
384
Neil Young
For the Turnstiles
385
John Lennon/Beatles
Watching the Wheels
386
The Band
Life is a Carnival
387
Gang of Four
Damaged Goods
388
The Verve
Bittersweet Symphony
389
Grateful Dead
Cumberland Blues
390
The Band
Acadian Driftwood
391
Bjork
It's Oh So Quiet
392
Elvis Presley
Hound Dog
393
Neutral Milk Hotel
In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
394
Phoenix
Lisztomania
395
Led Zeppelin
Dazed and Confused
396
Jane's Addiction
Jane Says
397
Beck
Where It's At
398
Prince
Little Red Corvette
399
Police
Message in a Bottle
400
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Road Trippin'
401
Citizen Cope
Sideways
402
Phish
Free
403
Nirvana
All Apologies
404
Madonna
Live To Tell
405
Elvis Costello
Alison
406
Stevie Wonder
Living for the City
407
Lucinda Williams
Car Wheels on a Gravel Road
408
Kansas
Dust in the Wind
409
The Carter Family
Can The Circle Be Unbroken
410
Lucinda Williams
Lonely Girls
411
The Doors
Soul Kitchen
412
Squeeze
Black Coffee in Bed
413
Beck
Lost Cause
414
Jayhawks
Wichita
415
Dave Matthews Band
Ants Marching
416
Daniel Lanois
Still Water
417
The Clash
Straight to Hell
418
Roxy Music
Love is the Drug
419
Radiohead
Subterranean Homesick Alien
420
The Beatles
Love Me Do
421
Velvet Underground/Lou Reed
Heroin
422
Bonnie Raitt
Love Me Like A Man
423
Kings Of Leon
Back Down South
424
Grateful Dead
Friend of the Devil
425
OutKast
Hey Ya!
426
Zombies
Time of the Season
427
Muddy Waters
Mannish Boy
428
Jeff Buckley
Lover, You Should've Come Over
429
Blind Melon
Change
430
The Rolling Stones
Loving Cup
431
Cream
Tales of Brave Ulysses
432
Elton John
Funeral For A Friend (Love Lies Bleeding)
433
Nada Surf
Always Love
434
Traffic
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
435
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
The Tears of A Clown
436
The Beatles
Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds
437
R.E.M.
Everybody Hurts
438
Gary Jules
Mad World
439
Band of Horses
The General Specific
440
Miike Snow
Animal
441
Led Zeppelin
The Ocean
442
Ray Charles
Georgia On My Mind
443
Bruce Springsteen
The River
444
The Beatles
Get Back
445
Love Spit Love
Am I Wrong
446
Gnarls Barkley
Crazy
447
Nicole Atkins
The Way It Is
448
Faces
Stay With Me
449
U2
Bad
450
Grateful Dead
Touch of gray
451
Josh Ritter
Thin Blue Flame
452
Modern English
I Melt With You
453
James Brown
I Got You
454
Duffy
Mercy
455
Archie Bell & The Drells
Tighten Up
456
The Rolling Stones
Monkey Man
457
Elton John
Tiny Dancer
458
The Beatles
Michelle
459
Earth, Wind & Fire
September
460
Led Zeppelin
Misty Mountain Hop
461
Bob Marley
Trenchtown Rock
462
Wilco
Misunderstood
463
Johnny Cash
I Walk the Line
464
U2
Moment of Surrender
465
Billy Idol
Eyes Without A Face
466
Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler
Money For Nothing
467
Grateful Dead
Uncle John's Band
468
Fitz & The Tantrums
MoneyGrabber
469
Joni Mitchell
Coyote
470
Dave Matthews Band
Crash Into Me
471
Lucinda Williams
Metal Firecracker
472
Fugazi
Waiting Room
473
Van Morrison
Moondance
474
Beach Boys
Don't Worry Baby
475
The Rolling Stones
Moonlight Mile
476
The White Stripes
We're Going to be Friends
477
Beethoven
Moonlight Sonata
478
Gov't Mule
Soulshine
479
Arcade Fire
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
480
The Shins
New Slang
481
The Ramones
Blitzkrieg Bop
482
The Killers
When You Were Young
483
Grateful Dead
Morning Dew
484
My Morning Jacket
Smokin From Shootin
485
The National
Bloodbuzz Ohio
486
Led Zeppelin
Whole Lotta Love
487
Curtis Mayfield
Move On Up
488
Jamiroquai
Canned Heat
489
Electric Light Orchestra
Mr. Blue Sky
490
The Replacements
Bastards of Young
491
Bob Dylan
Blowin' in the Wind (live)
492
Crosby Stills & Nash
Wooden Ships
493
Counting Crows
Mrs. Potter's Lullaby
494
The Beatles
Abbey Road Medley
495
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Look At Little Sister
496
Wilson Pickett
Mustang Sally
497
The Rolling Stones
Dead Flowers
498
The Cars
My Best Friend's Girl
499
Iron Butterfly
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
500
World Party
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14 comments:

Anonymous said...

i have yet to hear any of the songs i voted for - thinking they may not have made it...whatever

Miss Rau said...

Hmm... keep listening. They played one that I voted for so far (the Jeff Buckley song), but I also voted for "Come Together" and I can't imagine that didn't make it...

Ralph said...

Agreed, you claim to play many genres of music but I hear next to zero Progressive Rock. Music with a bit more complexity. Yet every year Nearfest, Rosfest, 3RP, CalProg, Baha Prog attract 1000's of listeners. Needless to say none of my votes have been played either. And if you think its all old school stuff, then where is IQ, Karmakanic, Flower Kings, Porcupine Tree, IZZ, Echolyn, Oblivion Sun, California Guitar Trio, Sylvan, etc. etc.? all current and some local bands. You cater to singer-songwriter songs only. Most of the music you play sounds like punky folk music and musically quite simplistic. Its really a shame. You could be a lot better than you think you are. I only listen because its the lesser of two evils- commercial radio and WTMD...and thats only when I dont have my ipod plugged into my radio gizmo. Even WHFS and WGTB, your predecessors, dabbled in a more diverse variety then you do. I dont dislike the music you play, but get just as tired of the tunnel vision you have as I do of commercial radio....with or without the commercials.

Steve said...

Ralph.

Dang you're a harsh critic! Be sure to listen to Stuck In The Jam with Bug on Sunday nights. I think you'll find the new breed of Prog Rock artists to your liking.

Also, when you have an artist you'd like us to know about and play send the suggestion wtmd@towson.edu We're always happy to investigate listener suggestions.

Anonymous said...

if i have to hear one more beatles song i think i'm going to scream! my list was way more imaginative than that, and still not one of my songs have been played!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a big fan of "the list" format, as a rule, but this oddly enough is better than most. I guess because it doesn't aspire to be the "best of" anything. Additionally, please try and refrain from political rhetoric.I like not having to hear any snarky comments between songs, but during this drive some people have been desparaging others and it is no fun.

harry said...

I'm surprised how much of the list is classic rock mainstream---I mean all of the songs are good----it's just that they were played to excess in the past--but I'm enjoying the music I haven't heard--keep it up--it's fun

Anonymous said...

Interesting list so far. Does anyone know which Stevie Ray Vaughan song was number 495?

Kitsa said...

@Miss Rau - "Come Together" is on the list at #267.

I'd like to have a CD set of all 500 Desert Island songs - what a great eclectic mix of a lot of great music that I know and don't know!

Wanda said...

Are you not refreshing your last five played list?

Anonymous said...

even though most of the top ten matched the "best of" count down, jeff buckley was a nice surprise!

Anonymous said...

Jeff Buckley's immortal "Hallelujah" was a great surprise as that is definitely one of my favorite songs of all time.

Now, I love 89.7 and while I think it is a valuable station and indeed just about the only local one playing music I like, I would agree with some of the posters here in that they can be very narrow-minded when it comes to what they play. WTMD prides themselves on the variety of genres they play, that they are very indie-friendly, but it's always interesting to me whenever they do these listener-created lists and the results are way more varied then what they actually play. I do tend to think that they play too much of the singer/songwritery stuff, which I DO like, but a lot of it falls in the middle of the road, almost easy listening categories and tends to be rather boring honestly.

When you take a look at this list and see bands like, Broken Social Scene, Grizzly Bear, The Knife, Explosions in the Sky and the general amount of indie rock acts that their listeners are obviously into, it makes me wonder why they don't actually play more of this? I mean, how often do you actually hear The Replacements on WTMD? I really wish they would embrace more of the ROCK/Indie ROCK music that their listeners are fans of.

And on a side note, it's also interesting to see some of the more recent songs make it so high on the list, like Edward Sharpe's "Home" and Adele's "Rolling in the Deep". Granted, these are great songs, but I think these are more a case of them being recent favorites of the listeners that they haven't tired of hearing yet, just because they are fairly new. I seriously doubt these tracks would rank anywhere near as high in a year, 5 years, 10 years and on, like these tracks by the Beatles, The Stones, Bruce...or even Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah".

Darlene said...

I love the list too. I think only two or three of my songs made it. So many I didn't think of when jotting down 10 off the top of my head. Of course there are a lot of Beatles songs... duh. WTMD is doing a spectacular job.

Chris said...

I'm curious to know how many people voted and the system used to rank the list. Did a #1 vote on someones list count more than a #10 vote? Any chance we can see the statistics on the voting?