Greatest Tracks of the Pop / Rock /
Alternative / Garage Era



Updated: August 2021

"I never thought of Green Day as a punk band. Just bubblegum, really."
– Johnny Rotten (John Lydon)

"Nirvana was pop. You can have distorted guitars and people say it's alternative,
but you can't break out of pop music's constructs and still get
extensive radio play and media coverage."
– Kristin Hersh, 'grande dame' of American alternative,
regarding the manufactured, bubble-grunge boy-band from Seattle

"The first person who comes up and asks me
for Bon Jovi risks a ritual disemboweling."
– John Peel

"Led Zeppelin is just a bunch of stupid idiots who wrote cool riffs."
– Chris Cornell, the boring and untalented lead singer
of the inconsequential, bubble-grunge boy-band Soundgarden,
in words that were probably fed to him
by his handlers

"All record companies prefer third-rate talents to true genius
because they can push them around more easily, make them change their
clothes or politics just to sell more records."
– Nina Simone, speaking of morons like Chris Cornell

"Tastes are created by the business interests.
How else could you explain the popularity of Al Hirt?"
– jazz icon Charles Mingus

"Listening to Pavement, it's just like The Fall was in 1985....
They haven't got an original thought in their heads."
– Mark E. Smith

"Your music’s alright, but it’s a bit too Steely Dan.
We fought wars to get rid of that stuff."
– Mark E. Smith

Definition of Rush: "This Canadian power trio, which boasts a vocalist
who sounds like a cross between Donald Duck and Robert Plant,
reached its pinnacle of success the day it was discovered by Circus
magazine and turned into fanzine wall-decoration material."
– Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1979

"We don’t get groupies. We get teenagers who want to read us their poetry."
– Michael Stipe, of REM


Number of songs on list: 1,805 (an entire week on radio without repetition)

Newest color-coding:
Artists (left column) with a pink background come from the United Kingdom.

Tracks on the 'New Wave / Alternative' list are now color-coded to help distinguish the most significant releases in the genres of electronic, punk, and new wave music.

Color-coding:
In addition to the songs highlighted with a blue background (which denotes tracks that were not allowed to achieve widespread airplay), some songs on this list are now coded with a light orange (call it salmon, if you will) background. These are the standout tracks of the garage-rock and psychedelic (a.k.a. 'Nugget') era, confined mostly to the 1960s. In the UK they can go by the term 'freakbeat.' You won't see this expression anywhere else, but it's also fair to call them "pre-alternative," because their spirit emanates from a similar space as the great outpouring of left-of-the-dial material that emerged between the late 70s and early 90s (before it was intentionally destroyed by the corporate-created bubble-grunge & post-bubble-grunge [frat boy] sound of the latter 90s, a sub-genre that can more accurately be termed "juvenilia.")

Also, if the box in the third column is highlighted with a lime background, this indicates that the track is an instrumental.


Most recent additions:
  • Blueshift Signal: "Luminescence" (Rhode Island / '95)
  • Stevie Wonder: "As" ('76)
  • LiliPUT (Kleenex): "Die Matrosen (The Sailors)" (Zurich / '80)
  • Dirty on Purpose: "Monument" (Brooklyn, NY / '06)
  • Lower Dens: "Holy Water" (Baltimore, USA / 2010)
  • Sully: "Anotherd" (Ottawa / '97)


    Recently added to the 'Worst' list:
  • Billy Joel: "Leave a Tender Moment Alone"
  • Aqua: "Barbie Girl"
  • Neil Sedaka: "Hey Little Devil"
  • 3 Doors Down: "Kryptonite"


    Recently added to the 'New Wave / Alternative' list:
  • Polar Inertia: "Parallel Transport" (Paris / 2012)
  • Deep Space Network: "Nothing Is" (Heidelberg, Germany / '93)
  • SNTS: "Oblivion" (Polar Inertia Remix) / Berlin / 2015
  • Chris Zippel: "2 Decades 2 Go" (Berlin / '98)
  • The 13th Floor Elevators: "Slip Inside This House" (Austin / '67)
  • Chris Carter: "Domank" (London / '98, formerly of Throbbing Gristle)
  • Nicola Conte: "Missione a Bombay" (Italy / 2000)
  • Camanecroszcope: "What Comes Forth From Obscurity" (Syria / 2006)
  • N.A. Pop 2000: "Panic in Your Mind" (UK / '81)
  • DADA: "Discussing Missile Size" (NYC / '88)


    Recently added as "Garage-Psychedelic-Freakbeat" classics (highlighted with a salmon background)
    Current count, not including Beatles material: 114

  • Graf Zepplin: "You're In My Mind" (Chicago / '68)
  • The Remaining Few: "Painted Air" (San Angelo, Texas / '67)
  • The Mystic Tide: "Frustration" (Long Island, NY / '66)
  • Hooterville Trolley: "No Silver Bird" (Albuquerque, New Mexico / '67)
  • The Pebble Episode: "Tripsy" (Brooklyn / '67)
  • We the People: "In the Past" (Orlando / '66)
  • The Inexpensive Handmade Look: "What Good is Up" (North Carolina / '67)


    This list is now color-coded. Songs that are listed with a blue background are those that, for all practical purposes, have been banned from airplay on your typical American "classic rock" station. Instead, we hear what's essentially an amalgam of isolationist country-rock and soft-rock. (Think of irrelevancies like Billy Joel, Huey Lewis and Bob Seger rolled into one, if you have the stomach for such a thought.) The irony is that what gets played is the weaker material at the expense of the stronger. The coding reveals that some 40% of all the significant pop/rock songs ever recorded have not been allowed to penetrate the American market. For the period from the Sex Pistols onward, this figure approaches approximately 90%, if not more. (If rock stations were rated by fuel efficiency standards, they'd be operating at around 25% firepower. Yet they twiddle their thumbs, play assholes like Steely Dan, then cry the blues when nobody listens -- at least nobody with a functional brain.) The obvious conclusion is that playlists don't emerge freely based on merit and popularity. They are imposed.

    Let's look at a brief passage from the landmark "Perennial Philosophy" by Aldous Huxley, written in 1945: "Nazi education, which was specifically education for war, had two principle aims. One, to encourage the manifestation of somatotonia (a pattern of temperament marked by the predominance of physical over social or intellectual factors, as well as an aggressive tone, or in other words "big and stupid") in those inclined in that direction; and two, to make the rest of the population feel ashamed of its relaxed amiability or its inward-looking sensitiveness and tendency towards self-restraint and even-mindedness. All over the world, young people are being systematically educated to be 'tough' and to value toughness beyond any other moral quality." (Look to our so-called "popular" music to see the aggressive tone that the powers-that-be wish to mold into our youth. The game was alive in Nazi Germany, and it's still alive in America today. Popular music is by and large a method of programming our youth, hence the remarkable de-evolution of musical intelligence from the time of the Beatles toward what we have today, where intelligent music at the commercial level is essentially banned.)

    "If you don't see a sucker at the table, you're it."
    – Amarillo Slim (professional poker player)

    "One of the purposes of many cultures seems to be that of restricting the perceptual capacity of its members."
    – Carlos Castaneda

    Corollary lists:
  • The Worst Songs Ever Recorded
  • Classic tracks of the Alternative / New Wave era


    "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."
    – Gloria Steinem


    The songs listed here comprise the essential music of our culture from the late 50's through the present.

    If you're a rock station and your ratings suck, it's because you deviate too much from this list and you assume your listeners to not quite be the sharpest tools in the shed.

    This list began while I was on the news staff at WFUV 90.7 (Fordham University) in New York City. It expanded in preparation for a radio program that aired on WUSR 99.5 (University of Scranton) from 1997 to 2000 and then again from 2009 to 2010. The name of the program is "Blind Vision," and it chronicles the history of alternative music from the late 70s to the present, sometimes dipping back into obscure garage-rock from the 60s. Whether or not this sounds arrogant, "Blind Vision" may have well been the best-received program in the history of college radio in Northeast PA, outside of the hip hop programming. (Most hip-hop is not actually music but performance art -- to put it kindly -- with marketing tactics similar to that of movies and television, so the same rules don't apply.)

    This playlist is built around the concept of synergy: That when all of your parts are in working order, the sum-total you create is greater than the sum of the parts. To create this, you must remove all the weak elements, in this case the worst songs ever recorded. If you prefer, we can use the word gestalt: "A structure, configuration, or pattern so integrated as to constitute a functional unit with properties not derivable by summation of its parts." Think of the songs on the "worst" list as violations of our integrity (which they are). If you put the integrity back into the space -- and nothing but integrity -- you create magic.

    If this list resonates with a ring of authority, it's because it tells it like it is. Rolling Stone and VH1 and so-called "rock" stations tell it with an agenda -- one of molding you into a compliant wanker more desirable to advertisers.

    Every once in awhile I'll get an e-mail from some diddle-head that goes something like this: "Echo & the Bunnymen, who are they?" If a thought like this crosses your mind, it's time to realize: You've been had! Ha ha, the joke is on you. Meanwhile, the music industry -- the same bunch of creeps who put Usher on the podium as "an artist" -- is laughing all the way to the bank, the same way they laughed when they positioned country-rockers like Bob Seger and Little-Johnny-Beadie-Eyed-Redneck-Pathetic-Cougar-Mellenhead as mainstream rock performers (the musical equivalent of an affirmative-action program for numbskulls who couldn't succeed on merit). This bunch of industry weasels has nothing but contempt for you, except in terms of a demographic commodity they can profit from.

    If you have suggestions for this list (something a little more constructive than "Go screw yourself"), send them to: pocono1013@verizon.net

    If you're curious about the most original, significant music of the last 20 years (that leaves out Nirvana and Pearl Jam, ha ha), refer to classic tracks of the alternative & new wave era


    Songs highlighted in blue have been effectively banned from widespread airplay on your typical American "classic rock" station. Their motto should be "Let's play some more Tawm Petty for Bubba down at the UPS loading dock." And to think that mainstream rock, a generation ago, was actually an intelligent expression of popular culture. So sad.

     

     

    Artist

    Song

    Comment

    Lime background = instrumental

    Salmon = garage/psychedelica

    Blue = minimal US airplay

    Pink background =
    UK performer

     

     

    ABBA

    Dancing Queen

    Male/female/female/male: A-B-B-A

     

    Lay All Your Love on Me

    Stockholm

     

    Money, Money, Money

     

    ABC (Sheffield, England)

    When Smokey Sings ('87)

    Tribute to Smokey Robinson Jr.

    Abecedarians

    Smiling Monarchs (Blue
    background = minimal U.S. airplay)

    Los Angeles / '85

    The Acorn Sisters

    Real Gone ('59)

    Rockabilly / Kentucky, USA

    Adam Ant

    Desperate But Not Serious

    London / New Wave Top 25

    Adorable

    I'll Be Your Saint

    UK indie / '93

     

    Sunshine Smile

    Coventry

    Aerosmith

    Dream On

    Wildly overrated / Boston

    A-ha

    Take On Me

    Oslo '85 / New Wave Top 25

    Alien Sex Fiend

    I Walk the Line

    London batcave / '86

    Gregg Allman

    Midnight Rider

     

    Allman Brothers

    Jessica

    Benchmark for southern rock

     

    Melissa

    Florida

     

    Whipping Post

     

    Marc Almond

    Jacky

    Formerly of Soft Cell

    Alphaville

    Forever Young

    Münster, Germany

    Altered Images

    Dead Pop Stars

    Glasgow

    Amboy Dukes

    Journey to the Center of the Mind
    (Salmon background = garage/psychedelia)

    Ted Nugent's last gasp /
    Chicago-Detroit

    And Also the Trees

    Bullet Head

    Worcestershire post-punk / '93

    Angel and the Reruns

    Buffy Come Back

    LA / '82

    The Animals

    Boom Boom

    John Lee Hooker cover

     

    Don't Bring Me Down

    Newcastle

     

    Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

     

     

    House of the Rising Sun

    Song dates back to Civil War

     

    It's My Life

     

     

    See See Rider

    song dates back to 1924

     

    Sky Pilot

     

    Animotion

    Obsession

    San Francisco / '85

    Aphex Twin

    Ptolemy ('92)

    Cornwall, England electronic

    Argent

    Hold Your Head Up

    post-Zombies

    Art of Noise

    Legs

    London

     

    Peter Gunn Theme

    Featuring Duane Eddy

    The Astronauts

    Baja

    Colorado / '63

    The Atlantics

    Bombora

    '63 / Sydney / instrumental

    Autumnfair

    She Only Smiles

    ~'88 / LA postpunk

    B-52's

    53 Miles West of Venus

    Top 10 all-time U.S. group

     

    Channel Z

     

     

    Give Me Back My Man

    NYC via Athens, Georgia

     

    Lava

    5-star debut album

     

    Love Shack

    obligatory wedding reception song

    First two albums

    Party Out of Bounds

     

    are stunning:

    Planet Claire (12" Mix)

    New Wave Top 25

    total breakthroughs

    Private Idaho

    New Wave Top 25

    into a new space

    Quiche Lorraine

    New Wave Top 25

     

    Rock Lobster

    New Wave Top 25

     

    Strobe Light

    New Wave Top 25

    Bad Manners

    You Fat Bastard

    London punk

    Joan Baez

    The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down

    Staten Island, NY

    George Baker Selection

    Little Green Bag

    Netherlands

    The Ballroom

    Baby, Please Don't Go

    L.A. / '67

    Baltimora

    Tarzan Boy

    Milan / '85

    Afrika Bambaataa

    Planet Rock

    '82 / NYC

    Bananarama

    Cruel Summer

    London

     

    I Heard a Rumour

     

     

    Robert DeNiro's Waiting

    About sexual trauma

     

    Venus

    Shocking Blue cover

    The Band

    The Weight

    Toronto

    The Bangles

    A Hazy Shade of Winter

    Written by Paul Simon

     

    In Your Room

    Los Angeles

     

    Manic Monday

    written by that Prince dude

     

    Walk Like an Egyptian

     

    Barenaked Ladies

    Lovers in a Dangerous Time

    Ontario / Bruce Cockburn cover

    The Bar-Kays (Memphis)

    Soul Finger

    Crashed with Otis Redding

    Shirley Bassey

    Goldfinger (James Bond)

    Cardiff, Wales / '64

    The Bats

    North by North ('94)

    Christchurch, NZ / Flying Nun label

    Bauhaus

    Bela Lugosi's Dead

    Goth standard bearer

     

    Dancing

    Northampton, England

     

    In the Flat Field

     

    The Beach Boys

    Don't Worry Baby

    Southern California

     

    Good Vibrations

    Masterpiece

     

    Sloop John B

     

    The (English) Beat

    Can't Get Used to Losing You

    Cover of . . . Andy Williams !?!

     

    I Confess

    Birmingham

    5-star album:

    Mirror in the Bathroom

    Masterpiece

    'I Just Can't Stop It'

    Save It For Later

    Masterpiece

     

    Too Nice to Talk To

    (try extended 12")

     

    Twist and Crawl

    '80

    The Beatles

    (Too many to list: 125 /
    truly touched by the muses)

    At least 50 masterpieces / Shakespeares of modern era

    The Beau Brummels

    Just a Little

    San Francisco

     

    Laugh, Laugh

    '65

    Jeff Beck Group

    Beck's Bolero

    post-Yardbirds

    The Bee Gees

    How Can You Mend a Broken Heart Brisbane via Manchester

     

    I Started a Joke

     

     

    Lonely Days

     

     

    To Love Somebody

     

    The Bees

    Voices Green & Purple

    '66 / LA garage-psychedelia

    Beginning of the End

    Funky Nassau

    '71 / Nassau, Bahamas

    Adrian Belew

    Oh Daddy

    '89 / born Kentucky, USA

    Archie Bell & the Drells

    Tighten Up

    Hous'on, Texas

    Belle and Sebastian

    Lazy Line Painter Jane

    Glasgow / '97 / Masterpiece

    Belly

    Feed the Tree

    '93 / Throwing Muses offshoot

    Pat Benatar

    Le Belle Age

    A wasted talent / Long Island, NY

    Brook Benton

    Rainy Night in Georgia

    South Carolina, USA

    Berlin

    Sex (I'm a Bitch)

    '83 / Southern Calif.

    Chuck Berry

    Johnny B. Goode

    St. Louis

     

    Maybelline

     

     

    Roll Over Beethoven

    '56 / covered by Beatles

    Plastic Bertrand

    Ça Plane Pour Moi ('78)

    ("This Life's for Me") / Brussels

    The Big Bopper

    Chantilly Lace

    Texas

    Big Country

    In a Big Country

    Scotland

    Big Star

    September Gurls

    Memphis

    Black Sabbath

    Paranoid

    Birmingham, UK / '70

    Blancmange

    Blind Vision

    London / New Wave Top 25

    Fred Blassie

    Pencil Neck Geek

    Novelty

    Bleach

    Trip and Slide (and Live)

    '92 UK indie / Ipswich

    Blind Faith

    Sea of Joy

    Surrey, England / post-Cream

    Blondie

    Atomic

    Their best single

     

    Call Me

    NYC

     

    Dreaming

     

     

    In the Sun

     

     

    Pretty Baby

     

     

    Rapture

     

     

    Rip Her to Shreds

    '76

    Blood Sweat and Tears

    Lucretia MacEvil

    NYC

    Blue Cheer

    Summertime Blues

    San Francisco / '68

    Blue Oyster Cult

    Don't Fear the Reaper

    Long Island, NY

    Blues Magoos

    Gotta Get Away

    Bronx, NY

     

    (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet

     

     

    Tobacco Road

    '66

    Blueshift Signal

    Halo

    Rhode Island '95 / stunning

     

    Luminescence

    '95

     

    Seven Natural Scenes

    '94 shoegaze

    Blur

    Advert

     

    Perhaps the greatest

    Park Life

    5-star album / masterpiece single

    group of the 90s.

    Pop Scene

     

     

    She's So High

    Colchester, England

     

    Sing

    '91 / on Trainspotting

     

    Song 2

     

     

    There's No Other Way

    '91

     

    This Is a Low

    '94

     

    Trimm Trabb

     

     

    Trouble in the Message Centre

     

    The Bollock Brothers

    Harley David (Son of a Bitch)

    London / semi-novelty punk

    The Bongos

    Numbers With Wings

    '83 / Hoboken, New Jersey

    Booker T & the MG's

    Green Onions

    Memphis

     

    Time is Tight

    Masterpiece

    Bouquet of Veal

    Dwarf Tossin'

    Novelty

    Bryan Bowers

    The Scotsman

    (Dr. Demento)

    David Bowie

    Ashes to Ashes

    London

     

    Heroes
    (try the German version, 'Helden')

    Masterpiece /
    Desecrated by The Wallflowers

     

    Peace on Earth / Little Drummer Boy

    w/ Bing Crosby / '82

     

    Scary Monsters

    '80

     

    Space Oddity

     

    Bow Wow Wow

    Do You Wanna Hold Me?

    London

    The Box Tops

    Cry Like a Baby

    Memphis

     

    The Letter

     

    Billy Bragg

    Sexuality

    '91

     

    Train Train

    Essex, England

     

    You Woke Up My Neighbourhood

     

    The Breeders

    Cannonball

    Pixies/Muses offshoot

    Bronski Beat

    Small Town Boy

    London

    James Brown

    I Got You (I Feel Good)

    Georgia, USA

     

    Papa's Got a Brand New Bag

     

     

    Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud

     

    Bubble Puppy

    Hot Smoke & Sasafras

    '69 / Austin, Texas

    Lindsey Buckingham

    Trouble

    Bay Area, Calif.

    The Buckinghams

    Kind of a Drag

    Chicago / '67

    Harold Budd

    Flowered Knife Shadows

    Edgy ambient / '86 / LA

    Buffalo Springfield

    For What It's Worth

    Los Angeles / '66

    The Buggles

    Video Killed the Radio Star

    London / '79

    Eric Burdon & War

    Spill the Wine

    LA / post-Animals

    Kate Bush

    Rocket Man

    Wrote 100 songs by age 15

     

    Running Up That Hill

    Kent, England

     

    Wuthering Heights

     

    The Buzzcocks

    Boredom

    Manchester

    The Byrds

    Chestnut Mare

    Los Angeles

     

    Eight Miles High

    '66 / censorship issues

     

    Have You Seen Her Face

    Top 10 American 60s band

     

    Mr. Tambourine Man

    from 5-star album of same name

     

    So You Want to be Rock 'n Roll Star

    Critique of music industry

     

    Turn Turn Turn

    '65 / from Ecclesiastes

    Cabaret Voltaire

    Nag Nag Nag

    Sheffield / '79

     

    Red Mask

     

    Meryn Cadell

    The Sweater

    Toronto

    The Cadets

    Stranded in the Jungle

    Los Angeles / '56

    The Cadillacs

    Speedoo

    NYC / '55

    Calico Wall

    Flight Reaction

     

     

    I'm a Living Sickness

    '67 / Minneapolis

    Glen Campbell

    By the Time I Get to Phoenix

    Arkansas, USA

     

    Gentle on My Mind

    '67

     

    Wichita Lineman

     

    Can

    Halleluhwah (Hallelujah)

    1971

     

    Mother Sky

    From Cologne, Germany

    Canned Heat

    Going Up the Country

    Los Angeles

     

    Let's Work Together

     

     

    On the Road Again

    '68

    Cannibal & the Headhunters

    Land of 1000 Dances

    Los Angeles / '65

    Clarence Carter

    Patches

    '70 / Alabama, USA

    Alvin Cash & the Crawlers

    Twine Time

    Chicago / '65

    Johnny Cash

    Folsom Prison Blues

    Arkansas, USA

     

    Ring of Fire

     

    Cashman & West

    American City Suite

    NYC / '72

    The Castaways

    Liar, Liar

    '65 / Minneapolis

    Catherine Wheel

    I Want to Touch You

    Yarmouth, England / '91

    The Cavemen

    It's Trash

    Proto-punk / Florida

    The Chambers Brothers

    Time Has Come Today

    Long version @ 11:03 / LA '68

    The Chameleons

    In Shreds

    Manchester / ~'83

    The Champs

    Tequila

    Los Angeles / '58

    The Chantays

    Pipeline

    Southern Calif. / '63

    Harry Chapin

    Taxi

    Long Island, NY

    Tracy Chapman

    Fast Cars

    Cleveland, USA

    The Charlatans

    The Only One I Know

    Madchester

     

    Sproston Green

    '90

    Ray Charles

    Hit the Road, Jack

    Georgia, USA

     

    I Got a Woman

    ~'54

     

    What'd I Say

     

    Cheap Trick

    I Want You to Want Me (Live at Budukan)

    Illinois, USA

    Chubby Checker

    The Twist

    Philadelphia

    Cheech & Chong

    Black Lassie

    Novelty

    Chicago

    Beginnings

    Overall a disappointing career

     

    Questions 67 & 68

     

    The Chiffons

    Sweet Talkin' Guy

    Bronx / '66

    The Chills

    Pink Frost ('86)

    Masterpiece / Flying Nun label

     

    Satin Doll

    Dunedin, New Zealand

    Chocolate Watch Band

    Sweet Young Thing

    '66 / San Jose, Calif.

    The Chords

    Sh-Boom ('54)

    Bronx / 'First song' of the rock era

    Chumbawamba

    Tubthumping

    Leeds

    The Church

    Under the Milky Way

    Sydney

    Dave Clark Five

    Try Too Hard

    London

    Dee Clark

    Raindrops

    Chicago / '61

    Petula Clark

    Downtown

    '64 / Surrey, England

    The Clash

    Complete Control

    London

     

    The Guns of Brixton

     

     

    I'm So Bored With the USA

     

     

    London Calling

    Masterpiece single & album

     

    Straight to Hell

     

     

    What's My Name

    Stunning album: 'The Clash'

     

    White Man in Hammersmith Palais

     

    The Clean

    At the Bottom

    Dunedin, NZ / Flying Nun label

    Patsy Cline

    Crazy

    Masterpiece

     

    I Fall to Pieces

    Winchester, Virginia

     

    She's Got You

    '62

     

    Sweet Dreams

     

     

    Walkin' After Midnight

    '58

    Cluster

    Hollywood

    Berlin electronic / '74

    The Coasters

    Along Came Jones

    Los Angeles

     

    Charlie Brown

     

     

    Yakety Yak

    '58

    Eddie Cochran

    Summertime Blues

    Minnesota, USA / '58

    Joe Cocker

    Cry Me a River

    By & large a total bore

    The Cocteau Twins

    Carolyn's Fingers

    Grangemouth, Scotland

     

    Iceblink Luck

    4AD label

     

    Sugar Hiccup

     

    David Allen Coe

    The Rodeo Song

    (Dr. Demento)

    Coldplay

    One I Love

    2002

    Dave & Ansell Collins

    Double Barrel (Magnificent WOOO)

    Jamaica / '70

    Edwyn Collins

    A Girl Like You

    Edinburgh

    Judy Collins

    Both Sides Now

    Denver

     

    Send in the Clowns

    written by Stephen Sondheim

    Colourbox

    Just Give 'em Whiskey

    '85 / London

     

    Looks Like We're Shy By One Horse

    4AD label

    The Contours

    Do You Love Me?

    Motown / '62

    Sam Cooke

    Cupid

    Mississippi / '61

    The Cords

    Ghost Power

    ~'68 / monks from Wisconsin

    Dave 'Baby' Cortez

    The Happy Organ

    '59 / Detroit

    The Count Five

    Psychotic Reaction

    Masterpiece / San Jose, Calif.

    Country Joe & the Fish

    I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin-to-Die Rag

    '67 / Berkeley, Calif

    The Cowboy Junkies

    Misguided Angel

    Toronto

     

    Sweet Jane

     

    The Cowsills

    Hair

    from 'Hair' on Broadway

     

    The Rain, the Park, & Other Things

    '67 / Rhode Island

    The Cramps

    Goo Goo Muck

    Psycho-billy / '81 / NYC via Ohio / New Wave Top 25

    The Cranberries

    Dreams

    Limerick, Ireland

    Cranes

    Brighter

    Portsmouth, England

     

    Shining Road

    '94

     

    Sixth of May

     

    Crawling Chaos

    Sex Machine

    (Factory Records / '80)

    Crazy World of Arthur Brown

    Fire

    Whitby, England / '68

    Cream

    Badge

    London

     

    Crossroads

     

     

    I Feel Free

     

     

    Strange Brew

     

     

    Sunshine of Your Love

     

     

    Tales of Brave Ulysses

     

     

    White Room

     

    The Creation

    Making Time

    '66 / Hertfordshire, England

    Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Commotion

    California Bay Area / '69

     

    I Put a Spell on You

     

     

    Suzie Q

    (extended)

    The Bob Crewe Generation

    Music to Watch Girls By

    Newark-NYC / '66

    Crosby, Stills & Nash

    Marrakesh Express

    Los Angeles / '69

     

    Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

     

    Crosby & Nash

    Immigration Man

     

    Crowded House (post Split Enz)

    Silent House / '07

    Co-written w/ Dixie Chicks

    The Crystals

    Da Doo Ron Ron

    '62 / NYC

     

    He's a Rebel

    (The Blossoms)

     

    Then He Kissed Me

     

    The Cult

    She Sells Sanctuary

    Bradford, England

    The Culture Club

    Church of the Poison Mind

    '83 / London

    The Cure

    Apart

    1 of the 10 greatest groups ever

     

    At Night

     

     

    Caterpillar

    Crawley, England

     

    Charlotte Sometimes

     

     

    Cold

     

     

    Cut

     

    In effect, banned

    Descent

     

    from American rock radio,

    Disintegration

    Masterpiece

    to make way for

    End

    Masterpiece

    numbnuts like

    Fascination Street (Extended Mix)

     

    Tawm Peddy

    The Figurehead

     

    and Bawb Sager.

    A Forest (Tree Mix)

     

     

    From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea

    Masterpiece

     

    In Your House

     

     

    Just Like Heaven

     

     

    Killing an Arab

    Reflection on Camus' The Stranger

     

    Let's Go to Bed

     

     

    The Love Cats

     

     

    Lovesong

    Desecrated by 311

     

    One Hundred Years

     

     

    Open

     

    Belittled by Rolling Stone

    Pictures of You

     

    ('Disinformation Digest')
    as a band for

    Play for Today
    (Especially the 'Paris' version)

     

    'those with high IQs

    Pornography

     

    and low self-esteem'

    Prayers for Rain

     

     

    Primary

     

     

    A Short Term Effect

     

     

    The Snakepit

     

     

    Splintered in Her Head

     

     

    A Strange Day

     

     

    Wailing Wall

     

     

    The Walk

     

     

    Why Can't I Be You? (Extended)

     

    Tim Curry

    I Do the Rock

    '79 / Cheshire, England

    Dick Dale & the Del-Tones

    Let's Go Trippin'

    'King of Surf'

     

    Misirlou

    ~62 / born Boston

    The Damned

    Alone Again Or

    'Love' cover

     

    The Girl Goes Down

    London

    Terrence Trent D'Arby

    Sign Your Name

    NYC

     

    Wishing Well

     

    Bobby Darin

    Mack the Knife

    Masterpiece / Bronx, NY

    David & David

    Welcome to the Boomtown

    Los Angeles / '86

    Spencer Davis Group

    Gimme Some Lovin'

    Birmingham

     

    I'm a Man

     

    Dead Can Dance

    Avatar

    London via Melbourne

     

    Cantara

    '87

    Dead Kennedys

    Holiday in Cambodia

    Masterpiece

     

    Police Truck

    San Francisco punk

    Dead or Alive

    You Spin Me Around (Like a Record)

    Liverpool

    Death in June

    Heaven Street (Mk II)

    Surrey, England / '83

    Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich

    Zabadak

    Wiltshire, England / '67

    Deee-Lite

    Groove Is in the Heart

    NYC / '90

    Deep Purple

    Hush

    Hertfordshire

     

    Smoke on the Water

     

     

    Woman from Tokyo

     

    The Del-Vetts

    Last Time Around

    Chicago garage / '66

    Desmond Dekker & the Aces

    The Israelites

    Jamaica / '69

    The Delfonics

    La-La Means I Love You

    Philadelphia

    John Denver

    Rocky Mountain High

    LA via New Mexico

    Depeche Mode

    Behind the Wheel / Route 66

    Masterpiece

     

    Blasphemous Rumours

     

    1 of the top 10 groups ever

    Enjoy the Silence

    Masterpiece

     

    Everything Counts (7:23 Version)

    Basildon, England

    Primarily a singles band

    Get the Balance Right

     

    with two albums

    Happiest Girl

     

    far beyond the pale:

    If You Want

     

    'Music for the Masses'

    I Just Can't Get Enough

     

    and 'Violator'

    It's Called a Heart

     

     

    I Want You Now

     

     

    Leave in Silence

     

    Trashed on the cover

    Lie to Me

     

    of Rolling Stone

    Little 15

     

    ('Tractor-Pull Press')

    Master and Servant

    Masterpiece (S&M style)

    as a bunch of 'weanies'.

    More than a Party

     

     

    Never Let Me Down Again

    Masterpiece

     

    People are People

     

     

    Personal Jesus

    Covered by Johnny Cash

    Beatles-level originality,

    Policy of Truth

    Masterpiece

    but virtually banned

    A Question of Time

    Masterpiece

    from American rock radio.

    Sea of Sin

     

     

    Shake the Disease

    Masterpiece

     

    Shout (Rio Mix)

     

     

    Somebody

     

     

    Something to Do

     

     

    Strangelove
    (Try the Simenon/Saunders remix)

    Masterpiece

     

    Walking in My Shoes

     

     

    World in My Eyes

    5-star album: 'Violator'

    Derek & the Dominos

    Layla

    London / '72

    The Deviants

    I'm Coming Home

    London / '67

    Neil Diamond

    Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show

    Brooklyn, NY

     

    Holly Holy

     

     

    Solitary Man

     

    The Diamonds

    Little Darlin'

    Toronto / '57

    Manu Dibango

    Soul Makossa

    '72 / Cameroon

    Dick and Dee Dee

    The Mountain's High

    Los Angeles / '61

    Bo Diddley

    Bo Diddley

    Mississippi

     

    Road Runner

     

    Dion

    Abraham, Martin & John

    Bronx, NY / '68

    Dire Straits

    Sultans of Swing

    Deptford, England

    Dirty on Purpose

    Monument

    Brooklyn, NY / '06

    Disco Inferno

    Set Sail

    '91 / Essex, England

    Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy (Bay Area, Calif.)

    Television, the Drug of a Nation

    Considered too intelligent for
    mass hip-hop consumption

    Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band

    Whispering/Cherchez La Femme/Se Si Bon

    Bronx, NY / '76

    Bill Doggett

    Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2)

    Philadelphia

    Thomas Dolby

    She Blinded Me With Science

    London '82 / New Wave Top 25

    Fats Domino

    I'm Walkin'

    New Orleans

    Donovan

    Atlantis

    Glasgow

     

    Hurdy Gurdy Man

     

     

    Mellow Yellow

     

     

    Season of the Witch

     

     

    Sunshine Superman

    '66

    The Doors

    Back Door Man

    Los Angeles

     

    Break On Through

    Masterpiece

     

    The Crystal Ship

    (By & large, the breakthrough

     

    The End

    players in pop/rock history

     

    Gloria

    never came from New York.)

     

    Hello, I Love You

     

     

    L.A. Woman

    Masterpiece

     

    Light My Fire

    Masterpiece

     

    Love Her Madly

     

     

    Love Me Two Times

     

     

    Moonlight Drive

     

     

    Moving Much Too Fast

     

     

    People Are Strange

     

     

    Riders on the Storm

     

     

    Roadhouse Blues

     

     

    Soul Kitchen

    5-star album: 'The Doors'

     

    Strange Days

     

     

    Touch Me

     

     

    Waiting for the Sun

     

     

    The Wasp (Texas Radio
    and the Big Beat)

     

     

    When the Music's Over

     

     

    Wishful, Sinful

     

    The Dramatics

    Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get

    '71 / Detroit

    The Dream Academy

    Life in a Northern Town

    London / '85

    The Dream Syndicate

    Days of Wine and Roses

    Los Angeles / '82

    The Dream Warriors

    My Definition (Of a Boombastic Jazz Style)

    Toronto / '90

    The Drifters

    On Broadway

    Masterpiece / '63

     

    Up On the Roof

    NYC

    Drowning Pool

    Italian Pop Song

    ~82 / LA

    Duran Duran

    Girls on Film

    '81 / Birmingham

     

    Ordinary World

    '93 ('Jran Jran')

    Ian Dury & the Blockheads

    Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick

    Greater London

     

    Reasons to be Cheerful, Pt. 3

     

     

    Sex & Drugs & Rock 'n Roll

     

    Bob Dylan

    Lay Lady Lay

    Overall too cerebral & angry.

    Had the arrogance & gall

    Like a Rolling Stone

    From the Midwest somewhere.

    to tell John Lennon:

    Subterranean Homesick Blues

    On the whole, this guy's

    "You don't say anything."

    Tangled Up in Blue

    as boring as fuck.

    (Publicly dissed Rolling Stones.)

    (Jealousy issues.)

    Prefab indications.

    The Dylans

    Lemon Afternoon

    Sheffield indie post-psychedelia

    The Easybeats

    Friday on my Mind

    Sydney / borderline garage

    EBN-OZN

    AEIOU Sometimes Y

    NYC / New Wave Top 25

    Echo & The Bunnymen

    A Promise

    From Liverpool

     

    Bring on the Dancing Horses

    Immortal video

     

    The Cutter

     

     

    Do It Clean

     

    Too original and significant

    Happy Death Men

    Masterpiece

    to garner airplay

    The Killing Moon

    Masterpiece

    on dumbed-down

    Lips Like Sugar

     

    American radio.

    Monkeys

    'Crocodiles': Landmark album

     

    No Dark Things

     

     

    Over the Wall

    Will Sergeant:

     

    The Puppet

    Top-10-Ever guitarist

     

    Seven Seas

    5-star album: Ocean Rain

     

    Simple Stuff

     

     

    With a Hip

     

    (Deepchord Presents) Echospace

    Summer Haze (2010)

    Detroit/Chicago techno-ambient

    Duane Eddy

    Rebel Rouser

    Phoenix, USA

    Ogden Edsl Wahalia Blues Ensemble

    Dead Puppies

    Novelty

     

    Kinko the Clown

    Novelty

    Elastica

    Car Song

    London

     

    Connection

     

     

    Waking Up

     

    Electric Light Orchestra

    Roll Over Beethoven

    Birmingham

    Electric Prunes

    Too Much to Dream Last Night

    Los Angeles / '67

    Emerson Lake & Palmer

    From the Beginning

    London

     

    Lucky Man

     

    Empirion

    Narcotic Influence

    ~95 / Essex, England

    End of Data

    Sahrah

    French cold-wave / '84

    The English Beat

    (see 'The Beat')

     

    Enigma

    Return to Innocence

    German new-age / '93

    Brian Eno

    Deep Blue Day

    '83 / Suffolk, England

     

    Third Uncle

    Graduate of Roxy Music

    Enya

    Cursum Perficio

    County Donegal, Ireland

     

    Orinoco Flow

    '88

    Erasure

    Love to Hate You (extended)

    London

    The Escape Club

    Wild Wild West

    London new wave / '88

    David Essex

    Rock On

    London / '73

    Melissa Etheridge

    Similar Features ('88)

    LA via Kansas / Old-school bore

    The Everly Brothers

    Wake Up, Little Susie

    Kentucky, USA

    Everything But the Girl

    Missing

    Hull, England

    Evolution Control Committee

    Rocked by Rape

    Collage of CBS News clips

    The Exciters

    Tell Him

    Queens, NY / '63

    Extrawelt

    Soopertrack

    Hamburg electronic / '05

    The Eyes

    When the Night Falls

    '65 / Brit psych

    The Faces

    (I Know) I'm Losing You

    London

    The Factory

    Path Through the Forest

    '68 / Surrey, England

    Fairport Convention

    Matty Groves

    London / '69

    Faithless

    Insomnia

    London / '95

    Falco

    Vienna Calling

    Vienna

    The Fall

    Hit the North

    Manchester

     

    L.A.

     

     

    Slates, Slags, etc.

     

     

    Smile

    5-star compilation: The A-Sides

     

    Totally Wired

     

    Fatboy Slim

    Rockafeller Skank

    '98 / born Kent, England

    Faust

    Krautrock (genre definer)

    South-central Germany / '73

    The Feelies

    Higher Ground

    North Jersey, USA / '88

    José Feliciano

    Light My Fire

    LA via Puerto Rico / '68

    Bryan Ferry

    I Put a Spell On You

    Newcastle area

     

    Is Your Love Strong Enough

     

    The 5th Dimension

    Aquarius / Let the Sun Shine In

    LA / '69 / from 'Hair'

    Fine Young Cannibals

    Johnny Come Home

    Birmingham / '85

    First Aid Kit

    Emmylou

    Stockholm / '12

    Toni Fisher

    The Big Hurt

    Masterpiece / '59 / LA

    The Five Satins

    In the Still of the Night

    Genre-definer / '56 / Connecticut

    The Fixx

    Red Skies (at Night)

    London

     

    Saved by Zero

     

     

    Stand or Fall

     

    The Flamingos

    I Only Have Eyes for You

    '59 / Chicago

    Fleetwood Mac

    The Chain

    Inconsequential for last 20 years

     

    Gold Dust Woman

     

     

    Go Your Own Way

    London

     

    Landslide

     

     

    Oh Daddy

     

     

    Sarah

    Masterpiece

     

    Songbird

    5-star album 'Rumours'

     

    Tusk

     

    Flipper

    Ha Ha Ha

    San Francisco punk

     

    Sex Bomb

    Masterpiece / '81

    Flock of Seagulls

    I Ran

    Liverpool new wave

     

    Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)

     

    Flying Saucer Attack

    Oceans

    Bristol, England indie

     

    Standing Stone

     

    Focus (Netherlands)

    Hocus Pocus

    '71 / sounds cheezy today

    For Against

    Amen Yves

    '86 / Lincoln, Nebraska

    The Four Seasons

    Rag Doll

    '64 / North NJ

    Four Tops

    Bernadette

    Detroit

     

    Reach Out (I'll be There)

     

     

    Still Water (Love)

     

    John Foxx

    Underpass

    Graduate of Ultravox

    Frankie Goes to Hollywood

    Two Tribes (London)

    Banned by BBC for saying 'come'

    Aretha Franklin

    Chain of Fools

    Detroit

     

    Respect

    '67

     

    Think

     

    Freur

    Doot Doot (Extended 12")

    Cardiff, Wales

    Front 242

    Tragedy for You

    Belgium

    Bobby Fuller Four

    I Fought the Law

    El Paso, Texas / '66

    The Fun Boy Three

    Our Lips Are Sealed (ext. 12")

    offshoot of Specials / '83

    Funkadelic

    Super Stupid

    '71 / Detroit

    The Galaxies IV

    Don't Lose Your Mind

    Trenton, NJ / '67

    Gang of Four

    What We All Want

    Leeds

    Garbage

    Stupid Girl

    Wisconsin, USA

    Marvin Gaye

    Ain't That Peculiar

    Detroit via Washington DC

     

    I Heard It Through the Grapevine

     

     

    I'll Be Doggone

    '65

     

    Inner City Blues
    (Make Me Wanna Holler)

     

     

    Mercy Mercy Me

     

     

    What's Going On

    Masterpiece

    Gene Loves Jezebel

    Desire

    London via Wales

     

    Josephina

     

    General Public

    In Conversation

    Offshoot of English Beat

    Genesis

    Abacab

    greater London / mostly soft-rock

     

    Jesus He Knows Me

    Killer video

     

    Lamb Lies Down on Broadway

    '74

    Bobbie Gentry

    Ode to Billie Joe

    Masterpiece / Mississippi / '67

    Gerry and the Pacemakers

    Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying

    Liverpool

     

    Ferry Cross the Mersey

    produced by George Martin

    Gary Glitter

    Rock & Roll, Pt. 1 & 2

    Oxfordshire glam / '72

    Peter Godwin

    Images of Heaven

    Germany / '82

    Golden Earring

    Radar Love

    The Hague, Netherlands

    Gonn

    Blackout of Gretely

    '66 / garage / Iowa

    Leslie Gore

    You Don't Own Me

    Brooklyn, NY

    Les Goths

    Turn Over

    French psychedelia / '68

    Graf Zepplin

    You're In My Mind

    Chicago / '68

    Grandmaster Mel Melle

    White Lines (Don't Do It)

    Bronx, NY / '83

    Eddy Grant

    Electric Avenue

    London

    Grateful Dead

    The Golden Road

    '67 / Palo Alto, Calif.

     

    Me & My Uncle (masterpiece)

    Written by John 'Papa' Phillips

     

    New Speedway Boogie

     

     

    Ripple

     

     

    Terrapin Station

     

     

    Truckin'

     

    The Graveyard Five

    Graveyard Five Theme

    ~'67 / Pebbles 16 / N. Calif.

    Dobie Gray

    The 'In' Crowd

    Chicago / '65

    Great White

    Rock Me

    LA / '87

    The Groupies

    Primitive

    '66 / NYC garage

    Vince Guaraldi Trio

    Christmas Time Is Here
    ('65 / Charlie Brown)

    If this were released after 1990, the media fascists would title it
    "Holiday Time Is Here"

     

    Linus and Lucy

    Masterpiece / '64 / San Fran

    The Guess Who

    No Sugar Tonight

    Winnipeg

     

    These Eyes

     

     

    Undun

     

    Guns 'n Roses

    Patience

    Los Angeles

     

    Sweet Child O' Mine

     

     

    Welcome to the Jungle

     

    Bill Haley & The Comets

    Rock Around the Clock

    greater Philadelphia

    Herbie Hancock

    Rockit

    Chicago

    John Handy

    Hard Work

    Dallas / '76

    Hank, Stu, Dave & Hank

    My Dead Dog Rover

    Novelty

    Happy Mondays

    Kinky Afro (Euromix)

    Madchester

     

    Lazyitis

    Post-psych / '88

     

    Mad Cyril

     

     

    Tart Tart

    Dynamic album:

     

    Wrote for Luck

    Pills 'n' Thrills & Bellyaches

    Paul Hardcastle

    19 (average age Vietnam soldier)

    LA / '85

    Françoise Hardy

    All the Boys & Girls

    Paris pop / '62

    Rolf Harris

    Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport

    Perth, Australia / '64

    George Harrison

    Bangla-Desh

     

     

    Isn't It a Pity

     

     

    My Sweet Lord

     

    Wilbert Harrison

    Kansas City (covered by Beatles)

    '59 / North Carolina, USA

    Debbie Harry

    French Kissing in the USA

    aka Blondie

    PJ Harvey

    Sheela Na Gig

    Dorset, England

    Juliana Hatfield

    For the Birds

    Boston

     

    My Sister

     

    The Hawaiian Pups

    Baby Judy

    NYC '83 / New Wave Top 25

    Screamin' Jay Hawkins

    I Put a Spell on You

    Cleveland, USA

    Edwin Hawkins Singers

    Oh Happy Day (gospel)

    Oakland, Calif. / '69

    Hawkwind

    Brainstorm

    London psych-rock

     

    Orgone Accumulator

    '72

     

    Space is Deep

     

     

    Uncle Sam's On Mars

     

    Isaac Hayes

    Theme from Shaft

    born Tennessee, USA

    Ofra Haza

    Galbi

    Heard on 'Pump Up the Volume'

    Murray Head

    One Night in Bangkok

    from 'Chess' / '84

    The Heart Throbs

    Dreamtime ('89)

    w/ sisters of Bunnyman DeFreitas

    The Heathens

    The Other Way Around

    Upstate NY / '67 garage

    Heaven 17

    Fascist Groove Thang

    Sheffield, England

    Bobby Helms

    Jingle Bell Rock

    Indiana / '58

    Jimi Hendrix

    All Along the Watchtower

    Seattle, USA

     

    Hey Joe

    Masterpiece

     

    Purple Haze

     

     

    The Wind Cries Mary

     

    Clarence 'Frogman' Henry

    Ain't Got No Home

    '56 / New Orleans

    Herman's Hermits

    I'm Henry VIII, I Am ('65)

    Manchester / written 1910

     

    Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter

     

    Patrick Hernandez

    Born to be Alive

    '79 / Paris

    Higher Intelligence Agency

    Why (~'97)

    Birmingham ambient-electronic

    Hole (w/ Courtney Love)

    Violet

    LA / more interesting than Nirvana

    The Hollies

    Bus Stop

    Manchester

     

    Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress

     

     

    Stop Stop Stop

     

    Buddy Holly / The Crickets

    Peggy Sue

    Texas

     

    That'll be the Day

     

    John Lee Hooker

    Boom Boom

    '62 / Mississippi

    The Hooterville Trolley

    No Silver Bird

    '67 / Albuquerque

    Horizon 222

    One Small Dot

    Newcastle

    Johnny Horton

    The Battle of New Orleans

    '59 / Los Angeles

    House of Pain

    Jump Around

    Los Angeles

    Howlin' Wolf

    Spoonful

    '60 (Chester Burnett) / Chicago

    The Human Beinz

    Nobody But Me

    '67 / Ohio, USA

    The Human Expression

    Love at Psychedelic Velocity

    '66 / LA garage

     

    Optical Sound

    '67 / garage

    The Human League

    Do Or Die

    dub special edit / '81

     

    Human (extended version)

     

     

    The Sound of the Crowd

    Sheffield

    The Humane Society

    Knock Knock

    '67 / LA garage

    Humble Pie

    I Don't Need No Doctor

    Essex, England

    Engelbert Humperdinck

    Lesbian Seagull

    '96

    Hunters & Collectors

    Talking to a Stranger

    Masterpiece / ~83 / Melbourne

    Janis Ian

    At 17

    NYC

     

    Society's Child

     

    Ice the Falling Rain

    Life's Illusion

    Manchester / '83

    Indian Bingo

    Flow

    LA? indie / '90

    Inexpensive Handmade Look

    What Good is Up

    '67 / N. Carolina garage

    Information Society

    Walking Away

    Minneapolis

     

    What's On Your Mind
    (Pure Energy)

    Samples spoken by Leonard Nimoy

    Jörgen Ingmann

    Apache

    Copenhagen / '61

    Innocence Mission

    And Hiding Away

    Lancaster, PA / '91

    Inspiral Carpets

    Generations

    Madchester

    INXS

    The One Thing (Extended)

    Sydney

    Iron Butterfly

    In a Gadda da Vida

    San Diego, Calif.

    The Isley Brothers

    It's Your Thing

    Cincinnati, Ohio

     

    Shout

     

     

    Twist & Shout

    '62 / covered by Beatles

    I Start Counting

    Lose Him (12" Mix)

    London / '86

    It's a Beautiful Day

    White Bird

    San Francisco / '69

    J.J. Jackson

    But It's Alright ('66 / NYC)

    Desecrated by Huey Lewis

    Joe Jackson

    Got the Time

    '79 / Staffordshire, England

     

    Sunday Papers

    '79

    Michael Jackson

    Billie Jean

    Indiana, USA

     

    Human Nature

    '82 / Masterpiece

     

    Wanna Be Startin' Something

    '82 / Masterpiece

    Faine Jade

    It Ain't True

    '66 / Long Island

    The Jam

    Beat Surrender

    Greater London

     

    The Butterfly Collector

     

     

    Down in the Tube Station at Midnight

    All Mod Cons: 5-star album

     

    English Rose

    Masterpiece

     

    Mr. Clean

     

     

    Set the House Ablaze

     

     

    Town Called Malice

     

    James

    Born of Frustration

    Manchester

     

    Laid

    '94

    Sonny James

    Young Love ('56)

    Alabama / country crossover

    Tommy James & the Shondells

    Crimson & Clover

    Michigan

     

    Crystal Blue Persuasion

     

     

    Hanky Panky

     

     

    Mony Mony

     

    Jane's Addiction

    Mountain Song

    Los Angeles

     

    Three Days

     

    Japan

    The Art of Parties

    London / ~82 / New Romantic

    Jay & The Americans

    She Cried

    '62 / Queens, NY

    The Jaynetts

    Sally Go 'Round the Roses

    Doo-wop gem / Bronx '63

    Jefferson Airplane

    Crown of Creation

    San Francisco

     

    Lather

     

     

    Plastic Fantastic Lover

    '67

     

    Somebody to Love

    Masterpiece / '67

     

    White Rabbit

    Masterpiece / era definer

    The Jesus & Mary Chain

    Taste the Floor

    Glasgow area

     

    Upside Down

    ~'85

    Jesus Jones

    Right Here, Right Now

    Wiltshire, England

    Elton John

    Elderberry Wine

    greater London

     

    Funeral for a Friend / Love Lies Bleeding

     

     

    Grey Seal

     

     

    Honky Cat

    5-star album: Honky Château

     

    Levon

     

     

    Madman Across the Water

    Masterpiece

     

    Saturday Night's Alright for Fightin'

     

     

    Someone Saved My Life Tonight

    5-star album: Captain Fantastic

     

    Tiny Dancer

     

     

    Where to Now, St. Peter?

     

    Little Willie John

    Fever

    Detroit / '56

     

    I'm Shakin'

    '61

    Janis Joplin

    Me and Bobby McGee

    Texas

     

    One Good Man

     

    Joy Division

    Atmosphere

    '80 / Masterpiece

     

    Day of the Lords

    Masterpiece

     

    Isolation

    5-star album: Closer

    Far too advanced

    Love Will Tear Us Apart

    Masterpiece

    for American radio.

    Means to an End

     

     

    New Dawn Fades

    Manchester (capital of alternative)

     

    She's Lost Control

     

     

    Transmission

    5-star album: Unknown Pleasures

    July

    Dandelion Seeds

    London psychedelia / '68

    Juno Reactor

    High Energy Protons

    London / 1993

    Kajagoogoo

    Too Shy

    '83 / Bedfordshire

    KC and the Sunshine Band

    Get Down Tonight

    Florida

    Greg Kihn Band

    Jeopardy

    San Francisco

    Killer Pussy

    Teenage Enema Nurses in Bondage

    Phoenix / '82

    Killing Joke

    Eighties
    (Plagiarized by Nirvana)

    London

    B.B. King

    The Thrill is Gone

    Mississippi

    Ben E. King

    Spanish Harlem

    Masterpiece / North Carolina

    Carole King

    I Feel the Earth Move

    Brill Building, NYC

    Jonathan King

    Everyone's Gone to the Moon

    '65 / London

    King Crimson

    The Court of the Crimson King

    London

    King Missile

    Detachable Penis

    NYC

    The Kingsmen

    Louie Louie

    Portland, Oregon / '63

    The Kingston Trio

    Tom Dooley

    '58 / Bay Area, Calif.

     

    Where Have All the Flowers Gone?

    '62 / early anti-war

    The Kinks

    Dedicated Follower of Fashion

    London

     

    Superman

     

     

    Lola

    '70 / censorship issues

     

    You Really Got Me

     

    Kitchens of Distinction

    Hammer

    Amsterdam

     

    Margaret's Injection

     

    The KLF (London)

    Doctorin' the Tardis
    (Dr. Who / 12" Club Mix)

    (The Timelords)

     

    Justified & Ancient
    (with Tammy Wynette)

    Justified Ancients of Mu Mu

     

    Last Train to Trancentral

    JAMMS

     

    3 AM Eternal (Live at the SSL)

    Kopyright Liberation Front

    The Knife

    Silent Shout

    Stockholm / 2006

    Gladys Knight & the Pips

    If I Were Your Woman

    Atlanta

    Al Kooper

    Season of the Witch ('68)

    Brooklyn / written by Donovan

    Kraftwerk

    Antenna

    Geniuses from Dusseldorf, Germany

     

    Autobahn

    Masterpiece + 5-star album

     

    Neon Lights

     

     

    Radioactivity

    (William Orbit remix)

     

    The Robots

    (Robotronik Remix)

     

    Showroom Dummies

     

     

    Tour de France

     

     

    Trans Europe Express

     

    Ku-Ling Brothers

    Evolution of a Dope Fiend

    '99 / Cabaret Voltaire spinoff

    Ladytron

    Ace of Hz

    2011 / Liverpool

     

    Ghosts

     

     

    International Dateline

    name taken from Roxy single

     

    Playgirl

     

    The La's (Liverpool)

    There She Goes

    Accosted by 6-Pence-None-Richer

    Laika

    Bedbugs

    London

     

    Marimba Song

     

    L.A. Style

    James Brown is Dead

     

    K.D. Lang

    Constant Craving

    Alberta, Canada

    LaTour

    People Are Still Having Sex

    '91 / Chicago house

    The Lava Children

    The Green Word

    Tulsa, USA / '09

    The Leaves

    Hey Joe

    LA garage / '66

    Led Zeppelin

    Babe I'm Gonna Leave You

    Masterpiece

     

    The Battle of Evermore

    London

     

    Communication Breakdown

    Masterpiece

     

    Dazed and Confused

    Masterpiece

     

    Four Sticks

     

     

    Gallows Pole

    Traditional folk song

     

    Going to California

    Plagiarized by Pearl Jam

     

    How Many More Times

     

     

    I Can't Quit You Babe

     

    First four albums

    Immigrant Song

    Masterpiece

    were utterly brilliant

    The Lemon Song

     

     

    Over the Hills and Far Away

     

     

    The Rain Song

     

     

    Ramble On

     

     

    Since I've Been Loving You

    Masterpiece

     

    Stairway to Heaven

    Overplayed to point of annoyance

     

    Tangerine

     

     

    That's the Way

     

     

    What Is and What Should Never Be

     

     

    When the Levee Breaks

    Masterpiece

     

    You Shook Me

     

     

    Your Time is Gonna Come

     

    Brenda Lee

    I'm Sorry

    Atlanta / '60

     

    Papa Noel

    (Christmas)

     

    Rockin' Aound the Christmas Tree

    '58

    The Left Banke

    Pretty Ballerina

    NYC / '66

     

    Walk Away Renée

     

    Legendary Pink Dots

    City of Needles

    London

    Michel Legrand

    Di-Gue-Ding-Ding

    Paris / '64

    Tom Lehrer

    The Masochism Tango

    Novelty / NYC '59

    The Lemon Drops

    I Live in the Springtime

    Chicago / '67

    The Lemon Pipers

    Green Tambourine

    '67 / Ohio, USA

    John Lennon

    Cold Turkey

     

     

    Imagine

     

     

    Instant Karma

     

     

    #9 Dream

     

    John Lennon & Yoko Ono

    Happy Xmas (War is Over)

    (An evil thought to Republican neocons)

    Annie Lennox

    Ladies of the Canyon ('07)

    Joni Mitchell cover / Aberdeen

    Level 42

    Something About You

    Isle of Wight / '85

    Bobby Lewis

    Tossin' and Turnin'

    '61 / Indianapolis, USA

    Jerry Lee Lewis

    Great Balls of Fire

    Louisiana

     

    Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

     

    Ramsey Lewis Trio

    The 'In' Crowd

    Chicago / '66

    LFO

    Advance

    Sheffield, England

     

    Loch Ness

    '96 electronica

    Gordon Lightfoot

    Black Day in July

    '68 / re Detroit race riots

     

    Canadian Railroad Trilogy

    '67

     

    If You Could Read My Mind

    Ontario / '70

     

    Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

    Masterpiece / '76

    LiliPUT (Kleenex)

    Die Matrosen (The Sailors)

    Zurich / '80 postpunk

    Little Anthony & the Imperials

    Hurt So Bad

    Brooklyn, NY

    Little Eva

    The Loco-Motion

    '62 / North Carolina, USA

    Little Rabbits

    La Piscine (MBV mix)

    '98 / Western France

    Little Richard

    Good Golly, Miss Molly

    Macon, Georgia

     

    Long Tall Sally

     

     

    Lucille

    '57 / covered by Beatles

     

    Tutti Frutti

     

    LL Cool J

    Goin' Back to Cali

    '88 / Queens, NYC

    Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories

    Stay (I Missed You)

    NYC

    Loggins & Messina

    Angry Eyes

    Los Angeles

    Londonbeat

    I've Been Thinking About You

     

    Look Blue Go Purple

    Circumspect Penelope ('85)

    Dunedin, NZ / Flying Nun label

    Loop

    Be Here Now

    Classic album: Gilded Eternity

     

    Collision

    London

    Looper

    Ballad of Ray Suzuki

    Glasgow

    The Lords of Acid

    I Sit On Acid

    Antwerp ('Sit on my face')

     

    The Most Wonderful Girl

     

    Los Bravos

    Black is Black

    Madrid

    Los del Río

    The Macarena

    '95 / Seville, Spain

    Love

    Alone Again Or

    Los Angeles

     

    My Little Red Book

    Bacharach/David composition

     

    7 and 7 Is

     

     

    She Comes in Colors

    '66

    Love & Rockets

    An American Dream

    offshoot of Bauhaus

     

    Yin & Yang the Flower Pot Man

     

    Love Is All

    Talk Talk Talk Talk

    2005 / Sweden

    Lovin' Spoonful

    Darling Be Home Soon

    NYC

     

    Summer in the City

     

    Lower Dens

    Holy Water

    Baltimore, USA / '10

    Lulu

    To Sir, With Love

    '67 / greater Glasgow

    Luscious Jackson

    City Song

    NYC

     

    Naked Eye

     

    Lush

    Nothing Natural

    London

     

    Sweetness and Light

    '90

    The Luv'd Ones

    I'm Leaving You

    Michigan

     

    Scratchy

     

     

    Up Down Sue

    Masterpiece / '66

    Loretta Lynn

    The Pill

    Kentucky, USA

    The Lynx

    You Lie

    '66 / Texas

    M

    Pop Muzik

    aka Robin Scott

     

    Transmission

    '80 / born Surrey

    Lonnie Mack

    Memphis

    Indiana-Nashville / '64

    Madder Rose

    Panic On

    NYC

    Madness

    Night Boat to Cairo

    London

     

    One Step Beyond (Club Mix)

     

    Madonna

    Borderline

    NYC via Michigan somewhere

    Magazine

    The Light Pours Out of Me

    Manchester

    Mamas & the Papas

    California Dreamin'

    Los Angeles

     

    Creeque Alley

    Masterpiece

    The full flowering of folk

    Monday, Monday

     

     

    I Saw Her Again Last Night

     

     

    Somebody Groovy

    '65

     

    Words of Love

     

    Henry Mancini

    Baby Elephant Walk

    Cleveland (mistake by the lake)

     

    Peter Gunn

    '59

     

    Pink Panther Theme

    '64

    Marc & the Mambas

    Black Heart (live version)

    Masterpiece / (Marc Almond)

    The Marcels

    Blue Moon

    Pittsburgh, USA

    A.C. Marias
    (Angela Conway)

    One of Our Girls (Has Gone Missing) / '89

    Masterpiece single and video / collaborator with Wire

    The Marketts

    Out of Limits ('63)

    Instrumental / Hollywood

    The Mar-Keys

    Last Night

    Memphis / '61

    MARRS

    Pump Up the Volume

    Masterpiece / '87 / 4AD

    Martha & the Vandellas

    Dancing in the Streets

    Motown

     

    Heat Wave

     

    Massive Attack

    Karmacoma

    Bristol, England

    The Master's Apprentices

    Wars or Hands of Time

    Adelaide, Australia / '66

    Dave Matthews Band

    What Would You Say

    Overall an unimpressive group. That's why they get played.

    Curtis Mayfield

    Freddy's Dead

    Chicago

     

    Superfly

     

    MC5

    Kick Out the Jams

    '69 / Michigan

    Paul McCartney (& Wings)

    Another Day

    '71

     

    Monkberry Moon Delight

    5-star album: Ram

     

    Ou Est Le Soleil (ext 12")

    '89

     

    Too Many People

     

     

    Uncle Albert / Admiral Halsey

     

    George McCrae

    Rock Your Baby

    Florida / '74

    Reba McEntire

    Silent Night

    Oklahoma, USA / 2013

    Barry McGuire

    Eve of Destruction (LA / '68)

    Banned in conservative regions

    The Meat Puppets

    Split Myself in Two

    Dreadful Nirvana tie-in / Arizona

    Men At Work

    Down Under

    Melbourne / '81

    Men Without Hats

    Safety Dance (ext. club mix)

    Montreal

    Metallica

    Enter Sandman

    Genre-definer / San Francisco

    M.I.A.

    Born Free

    London / '10

    George Michael

    Careless Whisper

    London

     

    Father Figure

     

     

    Freedom 90

     

    Michigan & Smiley

    Nice Up the Dance

    '79 / Jamaica / seminal reggae

    Mickey & Sylvia

    Love is Strange ('57)

    Written by Bo Diddley / NYC

    Midnight Oil

    Beds are Burning

    Sydney

    The Mighty Lemon Drops

    Inside Out

    Wolverhampton, England

     

    Out of Hand (Extended)

    (Absolute pop brilliance)

    Roger Miller

    King of the Road

    Nashville via Texas / '65

    Steve Miller Band

    Living in the USA

    Overall a pathetic career

    Ministry

    Effigy

    Chicago

     

    Revenge

     

    Minny Pops

    Goddess

    Dark post-punk / Amsterdam

    Mirrors

    Ways to an End

    Brighton, England / '10

    Mi-Sex

    Computer Games (extended mix)

    Wellington, New Zealand '79

    Missing Persons

    Destination Unknown

    Los Angeles

     

    Words

     

    Mission (U.K.)

    Tower of Strength

    Leeds

     

    Wasteland

     

    Joni Mitchell

    Big Yellow Taxi

    Overall an insufferable bore

    Jackie Mittoo & the Soul Brothers

    Last Train to Skaville

    ~'65 / Toronto via Jamaica

    Moby

    Go

    Eminem (Eminenema/Eminasshole) called Moby a 'little girl' (NY/CT)

    Moby Grape

    Omaha

    San Francisco

     

    Rose Colored Eyes

    '68

    Modern English

    I Melt With You

    Essex, England / New Wave Top 25

     

    Smiles & Laughter

    Masterpiece

    The Modern Lovers

    Pablo Picasso

    '76 / Boston
    (Can you say 'asshole' on radio?)

     

    Road Runner

    Boston

    The Monkees

    A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You

    written by Neil Diamond

     

    I'm a Believer

    written by Neil Diamond

     

    Last Train to Clarksville

    prefab band gone good

     

    The Porpoise Song

    (Theme from movie 'Head')

     

    (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone

    covered by Sex Pistols

     

    Pleasant Valley Sunday

    written by Carole King

     

    Randy Scouse Git

    Los Angeles

     

    Valleri

    Boyce/Hart composition

     

    Words

    World-class talent: Mickey Dolenz

    The Monks

    Monk Time

    '66

     

    Shut Up

    American GIs in Germany

    The Monocles

    The Spider & the Fly

    Colorado garage / '67

    Monsoon (w/ Sheila Chandra)

    Ever So Lonely

    (Hindi mix / '82) / London

    Hugo Montenegro

    The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

    Hollywood via NYC

    Chris Montez

    Let's Dance

    '62 / Los Angeles

    Monty Python

    Every Sperm is Sacred

    from 'The Meaning of Life'

     

    The Lumberjack Song

    Novelty

    Moody Blues

    Best Way to Travel

    Birmingham

     

    Dear Diary

     

     

    Go Now

     

     

    Legend of a Mind (Timothy Leary's Dead)

     

     

    Lovely to See You

     

    Moments of brilliance in

    Peak Hour

     

    'Days of Future Passed'

    Question

     

     

    Ride My Seesaw

     

     

    The Story in Your Eyes

     

     

    Tuesday Afternoon

     

    Moose

    Jack

    London indie / '91

    Van Morrison

    Jackie Wilson Said

    Belfast

     

    Moondance

    Van Bore-ison

    Morrissey

    Everyday Is Like Sunday

    Manchester / '88

     

    Southpaw

     

    The Motels

    Only the Lonely

    SF Bay Area / '82

    Mouse & the Traps

    Maid of Sugar, Maid of Spice

    '66 / Texas

    Muddy Waters

    Mannish Boy

    '55 / Chicago

    Peter Murphy

    Indigo Eyes

    post-Bauhaus / '88

    The Music Explosion

    Little Bit O' Soul

    '66 / Ohio, USA

    The Music Machine

    Talk Talk

    '66 / LA garage

    Musical Youth

    Pass the Dutchie

    Birmingham / '82

    The Mussies

    12 O'Clock July

    '67 / Michigan

    My Bloody Valentine

    Soon (Dublin '91)

    5-star album: Loveless

    My Indole Ring

    Orange Float Petals

    '68 / Vancouver / stunning

    The Mystic Tide

    Frustration

    Long Island, NY / '66

    Naked Eyes

    Always Something There to Remind Me

    Bath, England / '83

     

    Promises, Promises

     

    National Lampoon

    Deteriorata

    '72 / Parody

    Negativland

    Time Zones

    San Francisco

    Nena

    99 Luftballons (Luftballoons)

    (German version preferred)

    Neon Judgement

    TV Treated

    ~84 / Belgium

    Neu!

    Isi ('75)

    Offshoot of Kraftwerk

    The New Colony Six

    At the River's Edge

    '66 / Chicago

    New Musik

    Straight Lines

    London

    New Order

    Bizarre Love Triangle (extended)

    Manchester

    When combined

    Blue Monday (Original 12")

    Masterpiece / cultural landmark

    with Joy Division, one

    Confusion (Instrumental)

     

    of the 10 greatest groups ever

    Crystal

    2001

     

    Everything's Gone Green

     

     

    Kiss of Death

     

     

    World in Motion

    '90 English World Cup anthem

    In effect, banned by the

    Round & Round (remix)

     

    handful of weasels who

    Thieves Like Us (Instrumental)

    5-star compilation: Substance

    dictate American playlists.

    True Faith

     

     

    World in Motion

    '90 English World Cup anthem

    The New York Dolls

    Personality Crisis

     

    Harry Nilsson

    Everybody's Talkin'

    LA via Brooklyn, NY

     

    Jump Into the Fire

     

     

    Lime in the Coconut

     

     

    Without You

     

    1910 Fruitgum Co.

    Sticky Sticky / ('68)

    Left of center / North Jersey, USA

    Nirvana (no selections)

    (The Backstreet Boys of Plaid
    / The Payola Trio)

    Reason enough to nuke Seattle / Bubble-grunge for pre-teenies

    Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

    Mr. Bojangles

    Long Beach, Calif.

    Cliff Nobles & Co.

    The Horse

    '68 / Philadelphia

    Gary Numan (Tubeway Army)

    Are "Friends" Electric?

    (Born Gary Webb)

     

    Cars (extended)

    London / New Wave Top 25

     

    Down in the Park

    Masterpiece

    Obscure FM

    Michael Jackson is in Heaven Now

    German techno / '92

    Ocean Blue

    Between Something and Nothing

    Masterpiece / Hershey, PA

    Sinead O'Connor

    I Want Your (Hands on Me)

    Dublin

     

    Mandinka

     

     

    Nothing Compares 2 U

    written by that Prince guy

     

    Sacrifice

     

     

    Troy

     

    Of Monsters and Men

    Little Talks

    Iceland / 2012

     

    Mountain Sound

     

    Oingo Boingo

    Dead Man's Party

    Los Angeles

     

    Weird Science

     

    The O'Kaysions

    Girl Watcher

    '68 / North Carolina

    Mike Oldfield

    Tubular Bells

    Reading, England / '73

    Oliver

    Good Morning Starshine ('69)

    from 'Hair' / N. Carolina, USA

    OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark)

    If You Leave

    Liverpool area / '86

     

    Messages

    '80

     

    Souvenir

     

    The Omens

    Searching

    '66 / Hammond, Indiana

    Opus 1

    Back Seat '38 Dodge

    '66 / LA

    The Orb

    Little Fluffy Clouds

    London

     

    Montagne D'Or (Der Gute Berg)

    Greatest electronic group ever

    Too intelligent

    O.O.B.E.

    (Out-Of-Body Experience)

    and innovative

    Oxbow Lakes

     

    for American

    S.A.L.T.

    (Strategic Arms Limitation Talks)

    'Colostomy Rock' stations.

    Slug Dub

     

     

    Towers of Dub

    5-star album: UFOrb

     

    Toxygene

    '97 / #4 UK charts

    Roy Orbison

    (All I Can Do Is) Dream You

    Texas

     

    In Dreams

     

     

    Running Scared

     

    Orbital

    Adnan's ('96)

    Kent, England electronic

    The Outcasts

    1523 Blair

    '67 / San Antonio

    The Outfield

    Voices of Babylon

    London / '89

    The Outlaws

    Ghost Riders in the Sky

    Tampa, Florida

     

    Green Grass & High Tides

     

    The Outsiders

    Time Won't Let Me

    Cleveland, USA

    Pacific Gas & Electric

    Are You Ready?

    LA / '70

    Robert Palmer

    Addicted to Love

    Seminal video / West Yorkshire

    The Passions

    I'm In Love w/ a German Film Star

    Masterpiece / London / '81

    Billy Paul

    Me and Mrs. Jones

    Philadelphia

    Pearl Jam (lightweight opportunists and plagiarists)

    (Kindly see Worst list ever) /
    As compelling as Christian Rock

    Prefab, focus-group tested, bubble-grunge for pre-teenies

    The Pebble Episode

    Tripsy

    Brooklyn / '67

    Penetration

    Don't Dictate

    UK punk / '78

    Carl Perkins

    Blue Suede Shoes

    Tennessee, USA

    Peter, Bjorn & John

    Young Folks

    Stockholm / 2006

    Peter, Paul & Mary

    If I Had a Hammer

    NYC / '62

    The Pet Shop Boys

    West End Girls

    Masterpiece / London

    Tom Petty (Tawm Peddy)

    A Woman in Love

    Redneck role model

     

    Here Comes My Girl

    Overall, a lackluster performer

    Wilson Pickett

    Funky Broadway

    Alabama, USA

     

    In the Midnight Hour

     

     

    Land of a Thousand Dances

    '66

     

    Mustang Sally

     

    Pink Floyd

    Arnold Layne

    London

     

    Astronomy Domine

    Masterpiece album:

     

    Brain Damage

    Piper at the Gates of Dawn

     

    Careful with the Axe, Eugene

     

     

    Corporal Clegg

     

     

    Echoes

     

     

    Interstellar Overdrive

     

     

    Lucifer Sam

     

     

    Money

    Dark Side: masterpiece album

     

    One of These Days

     

     

    Remember a Day

     

     

    Run Like Hell

     

     

    Scream Thy Last Scream

    Pre-Piper

     

    See Emily Play

     

     

    Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun

     

     

    Sheep

     

     

    Time

     

     

    Us and Them

     

    The Pixies

    Vamos (live)

    Boston

     

    Wave of Mutiliation (UK Surf)

     

    Pizzicato Five

    Twiggy Twiggy

    Tokyo kitsch

    Plastic Ono Band

    Give Peace a Chance

     

    The Plastics

    Top Secret Man

    Tokyo '79 / New Wave Top 25

    The Platters

    The Great Pretender

    '58 / Los Angeles

     

    Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

    Masterpiece

    The Poets

    Now We're Through

    Glasgow

     

    That's the Way It's Got to Be

    '65 / 'Mod'

    The Pogues

    Dirty Old Town

    '85

     

    Fairytale of New York

    X-mas standard w/ Kirsty MacColl

     

    I'm a Man You Don't Meet Everyday

    Masterpiece

     

    Lorca's Novena

    London via Ireland

     

    Thousands are Sailing

     

     

    Wild Cats of Kilkenny

     

    The Polecats

    Make a Circuit With Me

    '82 / London new wave

    The Police

    Bring on the Night

    London

     

    Canary in a Coalmine

     

     

    Deathwish

     

     

    Every Breath You Take

    About a stalker

     

    Invisible Sun

     

     

    Masoko Tanga

     

     

    Reggatta de Blanc

    means 'White Reggae'

     

    Synchronicity

     

    Iggy Pop

    Lust for Life

    Michigan

     

    New Values

     

     

    Nightclubbing

    '77

     

    The Passenger

    Covered masterfully by Siouxsie

    The Pop Group

    3:38

    Bristol, England

     

    We Are Time

    '79

    Pop Will Eat Itself

    Dance of the Mad

    Stourbridge, England

    Portishead

    Sour Times (Nobody Loves Me)

    '95 / Bristol, England

    The Premieres

    Farmer John

    '64 / LA Chicano

    Elvis Presley

    Heartbreak Hotel

    Tried to ban the Beatles

     

    In the Ghetto

    Tupelo, Mississippi

     

    (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame

    Astounding keyboards

     

    Kentucky Rain

     

    The Pretenders

    The Adultress

    London

     

    Bad Boys Get Spanked

    Killer album: Pretenders II

    It's a rare rock station

    Day After Day

     

    that plays the

    The English Roses

     

    real Pretenders.

    I Go To Sleep

     

    'Brass in Pocket'

    Jealous Dogs

     

    doesn't cut it.

    Message of Love

     

     

    My City Was Gone

    Masterpiece

    The Pretty Things

    Defecting Grey

    '67 / Kent, England

    Lloyd Price

    Stagger Lee

    New Orleans / '58

    Primal Scream

    Loaded

    Landmark album: Screamadelica

     

    MBV Arkestra (If They Move, Kill 'Em)

    London / 2000

    Procol Harum

    Conquistador

    Essex, England / '67

     

    A Whiter Shade of Pale

     

    Psyche

    Maggots

    '85 / Edmonton

    Psychedelic Furs

    Love My Way

    London / New Wave Top 25

     

    Pretty in Pink (Original)

    '81

    Psychic TV

    Papal Breakdance

    London

    Public Enemy

    Bring the Noise

    Mistakenly equates rap with rock

     

    By the Time I Get to Arizona

    '91 / Long Island, NY

    Public Image Ltd.

    Albatross

    Masterpiece album:

    Virtually unknown

    Attack

    'Metal Box'

    in the USA, to make

    Careering

    ('Second Edition' in U.S.)

    room for liteweights

    Death Disco (Swan Lake)

    London

    like Billy Joel and

    Public Image

    Masterpiece

    Huey Lewis.

    Theme

     

    Public Service Broadcasting

    Go!

    (London / 2015)

     

    Night Mail

    2012

    The Pursuit of Happiness

    I'm an Adult Now

    ~'89, from Toronto

    ? and the Mysterians

    96 Tears

    Masterpiece / Michigan, USA

    Quicksilver Messenger Service

    Fresh Air

    San Francisco / '70

    Gerry Rafferty

    Baker Street

    Glasgow area

    The Raincoats

    No One's Little Girl

    ~81 / London

    Rare Earth

    Get Ready

    Detroit, USA

    The Rascals

    Groovin'

    New Jersey / '67

     

    People Got to be Free

     

    Ratt

    Round and Round

    LA / juvenilia

    Real Life

    Send Me An Angel

    Melbourne / '83

    The Rebels

    Wild Weekend

    '63 / Buffalo, NY

    Red Flag

    Machines

    LA via Liverpool

     

    Rhythmik Vibrations

     

     

    Russian Radio

    '89

    Red Rider

    Lunatic Fringe

    Toronto

    Red Rockers

    China

    New Orleans

    Otis Redding

    (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay

    Masterpiece / '68 / Georgia

    Jerry Reed

    Amos Moses

    Atlanta

     

    When You're Hot You're Hot

     

    Re-Flex

    The Politics of Dancing

    Birmingham '83 / New Wave Top 25

    REM

    Bang & Blame

    Top 10 American group

     

    Carnival of Sorts (Box Cars)

     

     

    Man on the Moon

    Georgia

     

    Moral Kiosk

     

     

    #9 Dream

    Subtle cover devoid of ego

     

    Oddfellows Local 151

    Maybe their best

     

    Radio Free Europe

    5-star album: Murmur

     

    So. Central Rain (Sorry)

     

     

    Stumble

     

     

    West of the Fields

     

     

    What If We Give It Away

     

     

    Wolves, Lower

     

    The Remaining Few

    Painted Air

    Texas / '67

    The Remains

    Diddy Wah Diddy

    '65 / Boston

     

    Let Me Through

    Opened for the Beatles

    Rema Rema

    Rema Rema

    ~83 / London

    Republica

    Ready to Go

    Windsor, England / '96

    Paul Revere & the Raiders

    Kicks

    Pacific northwest, USA

     

    Steppin' Stone

    Covered by Sex Pistols

    Nelson Riddle & Orchestra

    Theme from Route 66

    '62 / covered by Depeche Mode

    Riders of the Mark

    The Electronic Insides and Metal Complexion that Make Up Herr Dr. Krieg

    '67 / New Jersey

    The Righteous Brothers

    (You're My) Soul and Inspiration

    Southern California

     

    Unchained Melody

     

     

    You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'

     

    Right Said Fred

    I'm Too Sexy

    from a London catwalk

    Rihanna

    Umbrella

    '07 / Barbados

    Jeannie C. Riley

    Harper Valley PTA

    Texas / '68

    Johnny Rivers

    Memphis

    New Orleans / '64

     

    Summer Rain

     

    The Rivieras

    California Sun

    Indiana, USA / '65

    The Rivingtons

    Bird's the Word

    '63 / LA

    Steve Roach

    selections from 'Trance Spirits'

    '02 / w/ Robert Fripp / Arizona

    Marty Robbins

    El Paso

    '59 / Phoenix, USA

    Smokey Robinson & Miracles

    Going to a Go Go

    Motown / covered by Stones

     

    Tears of a Clown

     

     

    Tracks of My Tears

    '65

    Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Dammit Janet

     

     

    Sweet Transvestite

     

     

    Time Warp

     

    Kenny Rogers & the 1st Edition

    Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)

    Los Angeles / '68

     

    Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town

     

    Rolling Stones

    As Tears Go By

    London

     

    Citadel

     

     

    Dandelion

     

     

    Get Off of My Cloud

     

     

    Gimme Shelter

    Masterpiece

     

    Going Home

    From 5-star album 'Aftermath'

     

    Going to a Go-Go

    Smokey Robinson cover

     

    Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing in the Shadows

     

     

    Heart of Stone

    Nine 5-star albums

     

    In Another Land

     

     

    It's All Over Now

     

     

    Jumpin' Jack Flash

    Masterpiece

     

    Lady Jane

     

     

    Let's Spend the Night Together

     

     

    Midnight Rambler

     

     

    Monkey Man

    Masterpiece

     

    Mother's Little Helper

    Masterpiece

     

    19th Nervous Breakdown

    Masterpiece

     

    Not Fade Away

     

     

    The Last Time

    Masterpiece

     

    Out of Time

     

     

    Paint It Black

     

     

    Play With Fire

     

     

    Ruby Tuesday

    Masterpiece

     

    (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

    Masterpiece / cultural benchmark

     

    She's a Rainbow

     

     

    Sittin' On a Fence

     

     

    Street Fighting Man

    Masterpiece

     

    Sympathy for the Devil

    Masterpiece

     

    Time Is On My Side

     

     

    2000 Light Years from Home

    Masterpiece / foray into psychedelia

     

    Under My Thumb

    Masterpiece

     

    We Love You

     

     

    You Can't Always Get What You Want

    Masterpiece

    The Romancers

    Love's the Thing

    LA / '65

    The Romantics

    Talking in Your Sleep

    Detroit (Newark minus the glitter)

     

    What I Like About You

     

    Romeo Void

    Never Say Never

    San Francisco

    The Ronettes

    Baby I Love You

    '64 / NYC

     

    Be My Baby

     

    Linda Ronstadt

    Long, Long Time

    Los Angeles / '70

    Roxy Music

    Angel Eyes

    London / '79

     

    Ladytron
    (Old Grey Whistle Test version)

    '72

     

    Out of the Blue

     

    Billy Joe Royal

    Down in the Boondocks

    Georgia, USA

    The Royal Teens

    Short Shorts ('58)

    Novelty w/ substance / North Jersey

    Jimmy Ruffin

    What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

    Motown / '66

    Rupert's People

    Dream On My Mind

    Southampton, England / '67

    Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels

    Devil With the Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly

     

     

    Jenny Take a Ride

     

    Sade

    Smooth Operator

    Essex via Nigeria

    Sad Lovers & Giants

    Imagination

    Greater London / '81

    Sagittarius

    My World Fell Down

    California / '67

    Saint Etienne

    Nothing Can Stop Us

    '93 / London

    Kyu Sakamoto

    Sukiyaki

    Kawasaki, Japan / '63

    Salvation

    Think Twice

    '68 / San Fran nugget

    Sam & Dave

    Hold On! I'm Comin'

    Miami

     

    Soul Man

     

    Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

    Lil' Red Riding Hood

    Dallas

     

    Wooly Bully

    Masterpiece

    Santana

    Black Magic Woman

    San Francisco

     

    Everybody's Everything

     

     

    Evil Ways

     

     

    La Puesta del Sol

    (Sunset) / '68

     

    Oye Como Va

     

     

    Soul Sacrifice

    '69

    Santo & Johnny

    Sleepwalk

    Brooklyn, NY / '65

    Savage Republic

    Mobilization

    Los Angeles / ~83

    Peter Schilling

    Major Tom (Club Version)

    Stuttgart / New Wave Top 25

    Ulrich Schnauss

    On My Own

    Berlin / 2003

    Screaming Blue Messiahs

    I Wanna Be a Flintstone
    (extended)

    London

    Seal

    Kiss From a Rose

    London / '94

    The Searchers

    Needles and Pins

    Liverpool Merseybeat / '64

    Seeds

    Pushin' Too Hard

    LA / '65 / genre-definer

    The Seekers

    Georgie Girl

    '67 / Melbourne

     

    I'll Never Find Another You

     

    Senator Bobby

    Wild Thing

    Parody of Bobby Kennedy

    Sex Gang Children

    Dieche

    London batcave

    The Sex Pistols

    Anarchy in the U.K.

    Masterpiece

    Among the first of

    Bodies

    London

    the great British groups

    EMI

    'Bullocks': 5-star album

    denied fair access

    God Save the Queen

    Censorship issues

    to American rock stations.

    I Wanna Be Me

     

     

    Pretty Vacant

     

     

    Sub-Mission

    The benchmark for punk

     

    Who Killed Bambi

     

    The Shadows

    Apache

    London / '60

    Shadows of Knight

    Gloria ('66)

    Chicago / written by Van Morrison

    Sham 69

    Borstal Breakout (extended)

    '79 / greater London punk

    The Shamen

    Boss Drum

    Aberdeen, Scotland

     

    Ebenezer Goode

    Censorship issues

     

    Move Any Mountain (Progen 91)

     

    Shannon

    Let the Music Play ('83)

    Clinic in emotive vocals / DC

    Del Shannon

    Hat's Off to Larry

    Michigan

     

    Little Town Flirt

     

     

    Runaway

    1960

    Dee Dee Sharp

    Comin' Home Baby

    Philadelphia / '63

    William Shatner

    Lucy in the Sky w/ Diamonds

    So whacked it's a classic

     

    Mr. Tambourine Man

     

    Pete Shelley

    Homosapien (extended)

    Manchester

    The Shirelles

    Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

    '60 / North Jersey, USA

    The Shocking Blue

    Venus

    Netherlands / '69

    Silver Apples

    Oscillations

    '68 / NYC

    Simon & Garfunkel

    America

    NYC

     

    The Boxer

    '69

     

    Bridge Over Troubled Water

     

     

    El Cóndor Pasa

    dates to 1913 / Peruvian folk song

     

    For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her

     

     

    A Hazy Shade of Winter

    covered by Bangles

     

    Homeward Bound

     

     

    I Am a Rock

     

     

    Kathy's Song

     

     

    Mrs. Robinson

    from 'The Graduate'

     

    Scarborough Fair / Canticle

    traditional English ballad

     

    The Sound of Silence

    Masterpiece

    Paul Simon

    Duncan

     

    Simple Minds

    Don't You Forget About Me

    Glasgow

     

    New Gold Dream

    '82

     

    Theme for Great Cities

    Electronic masterpiece

    Frank Sinatra

    It Was a Very Good Year

    '65

    Nancy Sinatra

    Some Velvet Morning

    '68 / with Lee Hazlewood

     

    These Boots are Made for Walking

     

    Siouxsie & The Banshees

    Arabian Knights

    Masterpiece

     

    Christine

    London

    Who needs innovation

    Cities in Dust

     

    on American radio when

    Dazzle

     

    we have Heart, Journey,

    Dear Prudence

    respectable Beatles cover

    Loverboy, Foreigner, Styx,

    Happy House

     

    and Steely Dan?

    Hong Kong Garden

    Siouxsie at her punkiest

     

    Israel

    Masterpiece

     

    Slowdive

     

     

    Voodoo Dolly

    'Juju': Landmark album

    Sir Douglas Quintet

    Mendocino

    San Antonio, Texas

     

    She's About a Mover

     

    The Sisters of Mercy

    This Corrosion

    Leeds

    The Skyliners

    Since I Don't Have You

    '59 / Pittsburgh

    Percy Sledge

    When a Man Loves a Woman

    Alabama, USA / '66

    Slowdive

    Avalyn II

    Reading, England

    Sly & the Family Stone

    Dance to the Music

    Masterpiece

     

    I Want to Take You Higher

    San Francisco

     

    Thank You

     

    The Small Faces

    Itchycoo Park

    London

    Smash Mouth

    Walkin' On the Sun

    '97 / San Jose, Calif.

    Smith

    Baby It's You

    Los Angeles / '69

    Patti Smith (Group)

    Because the Night

    NYC

     

    Dancing Barefoot

     

     

    Gloria

     

    The Smiths

    How Soon is Now?

    Masterpiece

    Hall-of-Fame-level group,

    I Know It's Over

    Manchester

    intentionally banned from the American radio market.

    Last Night I Dreamt that Somebody Loved Me

    Masterpiece

    (Too intelligent for

    Meat is Murder

     

    Neo-cons intent on

    Miserable Lie

     

    molding an isolationist,

    Panic

     

    war-happy mentality.)

    The Queen is Dead

    Masterpiece / 5-star album

     

    That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore

     

    The Smoke

    My Friend Jack

    '67 / banned by BBC

    Snap

    The Power

    Frankfurt

     

    Rhythm Is a Dancer

     

    Sniff 'n' the Tears

    Driver's Seat

    London / '79

    Social Distortion

    I Was Wrong

    Fullerton, Calif.

    Soft Cell

    Sex Dwarf

    Leeds / '81

     

    Tainted Love

    cover of Gloria Jones ('64)

    Sonny & Cher

    The Beat Goes On

    Los Angeles / '67

    Soundpool

    Polyphony

    New York / '06

    The Soup Dragons

    I'm Free

    Glasgow / '89

    Southern Culture on the Skids

    Camel Walk

    '96 / North Carolina, USA

    Space Cossacks

    Planet of the Apes

    Washington, DC

    Soft Machine

    (honorable mention)

    Canterbury, England

    Spacemen 3

    Losing Touch With My Mind

    Rugby, England

    Space Walkers

    Invader

    Bakersfield, CA / ~'67

    Spandau Ballet

    Chant No. 1

    London

    Spanky and Our Gang

    Sunday Will Never Be the Same

    Illinois, USA / '67

    The Specials

    Gangsters

    Coventry, England

     

    Ghost Town

    About racial violence in pubs

     

    Rat Race

     

    Spinal Tap

    Hell Hole

    from the 1984 'Rockumentary'

    Spirit

    I Got a Line on You

    Los Angeles / '71

     

    Nature's Way

     

    Spizz Energi

    Soldier, Soldier ('81)

    Video banned by BBC?

    Split Enz

    The Choral Sea

    Masterpiece instrumental

     

    Double Happy

    Auckland, New Zealand

     

    I Got You

    New Wave Top 25

     

    I Hope I Never

     

     

    Message to My Girl

    '84

     

    One Step Ahead

     

    Spooky

    Let Go

    London electronic / '93

    Dusty Springfield

    Son of a Preacher Man

    London / '69

    Bruce Springsteen

    Born to Run

    Revered by musical ignorami

     

    Candy's Room

    Masterpiece

    Masterpiece album:

    4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

     

    'E Street Shuffle'

    I'm On Fire

     

     

    Incident on 57th St.

    Masterpiece

     

    Jungleland

    Masterpiece

     

    Kitty's Back

    Masterpiece

     

    Meeting Across the River

    Masterpiece

     

    New York City Serenade

     

     

    Point Blank

    North Jersey, USA

     

    Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)

    Masterpiece

     

    She's the One

    Masterpiece

     

    State Trooper

     

    Squeeze

    Cool For Cats

    London

     

    Take Me I'm Yours

     

    The Squires

    Going All the Way

    '66 / Connecticut

    The Standells

    Dirty Water

    From LA, not Boston

     

    Rari

    '66 / LP version @ 5:32

    The Starfires

    I Never Loved Her

    LA garage / '65

    Edwin Starr

    25 Miles

    Motown

     

    War

     

    The Statler Brothers

    Flowers on the Wall

    '64 / Virginia, USA

    The Status Quo

    Pictures of Matchstick Men

    '68 / London / covered by Ozzie

    Steam

    Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye

    NYC studio musicians-hacks / '69

    Steeleye Span

    Cam Ye O'er Frae France

    St. Alban's, England / '73

    Le Stelle di Mario Schifano

    Molto Alto

    Italian psychedelia / '67

    Steppenwolf

    Born to be Wild

    Los Angeles

     

    Magic Carpet Ride

     

    Ray Stevens

    Gitarzan

    Georgia / '69

    Al Stewart

    Year of the Cat

    Glasgow

    Rod Stewart

    Mandolin Wind

    London, or wherever

    Sting

    Englishman in New York

    originally from Newcastle

     

    Russians

     

     

    We Work the Black Seam

     

    The Stone Poneys

    Different Drum

    w/ Linda Ronstadt / LA

    Stone Roses

    Elephant Stone

    Madchester

     

    Fools Gold

    Legendary album: 'Stone Roses'

     

    I Am the Resurrection

     

     

    I Wanna Be Adored

    Masterpiece / '89

     

    Made of Stone

     

     

    She Bangs the Drums

     

     

    This is the One

     

     

    Waterfall

    (Neo-psychedelia)

    (Iggy and) The Stooges

    Down on the Street

    Michigan / 1970

     

    LA Blues

     

    Paul Stookey

    The Wedding Song

    Masterpiece / NYC via Baltimore

    The Strangeloves

    I Want Candy

    '65 / NYC

    Strawberry Alarm Clock

    Incense & Peppermints

    Los Angeles / '67

    Barrett Strong

    Money (That's What I Want)

    '59 / Motown / covered by Beatles

    Suede (London Suede)

    Killing of a Flash Boy

    (disturbing video)

     

    Metal Mickey

     

     

    Sleeping Pills

     

    The Sugarcubes

    Birthday (Justin Robertson 12" Mix)

    Iceland

     

    Coldsweat

    Breathtaking album:

     

    Mama

    Life's Too Good

     

    Sick for Toys

     

    The Sugarhill Gang

    Rapper's Delight

    North Jersey, USA / '79

    Suicide

    Dream Baby Dream

    NYC / '79

     

    Frankie Teardrop

    '77

    Sully

    Anotherd (Controlbox Mix)

    Ottawa / '97

    Donna Summer

    I Feel Love

    born Boston

    The Sundays

    Can't Be Sure

    Bristol, England

     

    Here's Where the Story Ends

     

    Supertramp

    Goodbye Stranger

    London

    The Supremes

    I'm Livin' in Shame

    Motown

     

    Love Child

     

    The Surfaris

    Wipe Out

    LA / genre-definer / '63

    The Swell Maps

    Let's Build a Car

    Definitive post-punk

     

    Midget Submarines

    Birmingham

     

    Read About Seymour

     

    Swingin' Medallions

    Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)

    '66 / South Carolina

    Swing Out Sister

    Breakout

    Manchester / '86

    Syndicate of Sound

    (Hey) Little Girl

    Bay Area, Calif. / '66

    The Syndicats

    Crawdaddy Simone

    '65 / London

    T Rex

    Jeepster

    London

    Talking Heads

    Drugs

    Highly overrated group

     

    I Zimbra

    NYC

    Talk Talk

    It's My Life

    Butchered by Gwen Stefani

     

    Talk Talk

    London

    The Tammys

    Egyptian Shumba

    '63 / Western Penna., USA

    Hound Dog Taylor

    Let's Get Funky

    Mississippi/Chicago / ~'74?

    James Taylor

    Fire and Rain

    Basically a soft-rock bore

    Taxi Girl

    Paris

    Paris '84 / New Wave Top 25

    T.C. Atlantic

    Faces

    60s garage / Minneapolis

    Tears for Fears

    Change

    Name taken from primal scream therapy of Janov

     

    Head Over Heels

    '85 / Bath, England

     

    Mad World

     

     

    Pale Shelter

    '83

     

    Shout

     

    Teddy and His Patches

    Suzy Creamcheese

    '67 / San Jose

    Television

    Marquee Moon

    NYC / CBGB staple

    The Temptations

    Ball of Confusion

    Detroit

     

    Cloud Nine

     

     

    Papa Was a Rolling Stone

     

    10,000 Maniacs

    Death of Manolete

    Jamestown, NY

     

    Don't Talk

     

     

    Eat for Two

     

     

    Hey Jack Kerouac

     

     

    Katrina's Fair

     

     

    Like the Weather

    Before Natalie went VH1/soft-rock

     

    My Mother the War

     

     

    Planned Obsolescence

     

     

    What's the Matter Here

    About child abuse

    10 CC

    I'm Not in Love

    Manchester / '75

    Ten Years After

    I'd Love to Change the World

    Nottingham, England / '71

    Them

    Gloria

    Belfast

     

    Mystic Eyes

    '65

    The Third Bardo

    I'm Five Years Ahead of My Time

    '67 / NYC garage

    The 13th Floor Elevators

    Levitation

    '67

     

    Monkey Island

    Austin, Texas

     

    Roller Coaster

    Covered by Spacemen 3

     

    Street Song

     

     

    You're Gonna Miss Me

    '66

    This Mortal Coil

    16 Days / Gathering Dust

    '83 / 4AD w/ Elizabeth Fraser

    Rufus Thomas

    Walking the Dog ('63)

    Memphis / covered by Stones

    The Thompson Twins

    Doctor! Doctor!

    London

     

    Hold Me Now

     

     

    Lay Your Hands on Me

     

     

    Lies (extended remix)

     

    Three Dog Night

    Eli's Comin'

    Written by Laura Nyro / LA

     

    Liar

    (prefab inclinations)

    Throwing Muses

    A Feeling

    Providence, Rhode Island

    5-star debut album on 4AD

    Walking in the Dark

    Masterpiece

    Thunderclap Newman

    Something in the Air

    London / '69

    Herb Alpert & Tijuana Brass

    Slick

    LA / '68

    'Til Tuesday

    Voices Carry

    Boston new wave

    Tindersticks

    Marbles

    '93 / Nottingham, England

     

    Paco de Renaldo's Dream

     

    Tiny Tony & The Statics

    Hey Mrs. Jones

    Seattle / '62

    The Tokens

    The Lion Sleeps Tonight

    Brooklyn / '61

    Tom Tom Club

    L'Elephant (w/ Adrian Belew)

    Offshoot of Talking Heads (more interesting, too) / New Wave Top 25

     

    Wordy Rappinghood

    '81

    Tommy Tutone

    Jenny (867-5309)

    California / '81

    The Tornados

    Telstar

    London / '63

    Total (Toto) Coelo

    I Eat Cannibals (Part 1)

    London '82 / New Wave Top 25

    Traffic

    Dear Mr. Fantasy

    Birmingham

     

    Paper Sun

     

    The Trammps

    Disco Inferno

    Philadelphia

    The Trashmen

    Surfin' Bird

    '63 / Minneapolis

    Trio

    Da Da Da

    NW Germany

    The Troggs

    Wild Thing ('66)

    epic track / Andover, England

    The Tubes

    White Punks on Dope

    San Francisco

    Ike & Tina Turner

    Nutbush City Limits

    St. Louis

     

    River Deep, Mountain High

     

    The Turtles

    Elenore

    Los Angeles / '68

    U2

    All I Want Is You

    Dublin

     

    An Cat Dubh

    'The Black Cat'

     

    A Sort of Homecoming

     

     

    Bad

    Cheezy and overbearing at times

     

    Bullet the Blue Sky

    Masterpiece

     

    Desire

     

     

    11 O'Clock Tick Tock

     

     

    Fire

     

     

    The Fly

    5-star album: Achtung Baby

     

    Gloria

     

     

    God Part II

     

     

    Heartland

     

     

    Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

    '95 / from 'Batman Forever'

     

    Indian Summer Sky

     

     

    In God's Country

     

     

    I Threw a Brick Through a Window

     

     

    I Will Follow

     

     

    New Year's Day

     

     

    Pride (In the Name of Love)

     

     

    Seconds

     

     

    Sunday, Bloody Sunday

    Masterpiece

     

    Surrender

    5-star album: War

     

    Two Hearts Beat As One

     

     

    The Unforgettable Fire

     

     

    Until The End of the World

     

     

    When Love Comes to Town

    with B.B. King

     

    Where the Streets Have No Name

    Pinnacle album: 'Joshua Tree'

     

    Wire

     

    UB40

    Red Red Wine

    Birmingham / '83

    U.K. Subs

    C.I.D.

    London punk / '79

    Underworld

    Born Slippy (Nuxx version)

    '93 / Cardiff, Wales

    The Units

    The Right Man (Ryser remix)

    San Fran new wave / '82

    Urban Dance Squad

    Deeper Shade of Soul

    Netherlands

    U-Tek

    I Am Moving

    Germany

    Richie Valens

    La Bamba

    LA / died with Buddy Holly

    Vangelis & Jon Anderson

    The Friends of Mr. Cairo

    Greece / '81

    Van Halen

    Feel Your Love Tonight

    Bombastic buffoons

    The Vapors

    Turning Japanese

    Surrey, England / New Wave Top 25

    Suzanne Vega

    Luka

    About child abuse / S. Calif.

    The Velvet Underground

    All Tomorrow's Parties

    NYC

     

    Black Angel's Death Song

     

     

    European Son

    Masterpiece

     

    The Gift

     

     

    Heroin

    Masterpiece album:

     

    Run Run Run

    Velvet Underground & Nico

     

    Sister Ray

     

     

    Sunday Morning

     

     

    Venus in Furs

     

    The Ventures

    Walk Don't Run

    Tacoma, Wash., USA

    Veruca Salt

    Seether

    Chicago, or something like that

    (The) Verve

    Bittersweet Symphony

    5-star album: Urban Hymns

     

    Brainstorm Interlude

     

     

    Butterfly

     

     

    Gravity Grave

    Wigan, England

     

    A Northern Soul

    '95

     

    Reprise (to A Northern Soul)

     

     

    She's a Superstar

     

     

    Slide Away

     

    Vessel

    Plane Curves

    Bristol, England / electronic / '12

    Vibrasonic

    Kingsley J. ('94)

    E. Sussex / neo-psychedelic

    Vicious Pink (Phenomena)

    8:15 to Nowhere

    Leeds

     

    My Private Tokyo

    '82 / New Wave Top 25

    Sid Vicious

    My Way

    London

    Gene Vincent

    Be-Bop-a-Lula

    '56 / Norfolk, Virginia

    Visage

    Fade to Grey

    London new romantic / '80

    The Vogues

    Five O'Clock World

    Pittsburgh, USA / '66

    The Wailers

    Tall Cool One

    Tacoma, Wash. / '59

    The Walker Brothers

    The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)

    London via LA

    Jr. Walker & The All Stars

    Shotgun

    Arkansas, USA / '65

    Wall of Voodoo

    Mexican Radio

    Los Angeles '83 / New Wave Top 25

    The Weather Girls

    It's Raining Men

    '82 / San Fran

    We Five

    You Were on My Mind

    '65 / San Francisco

    West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

    Leyla

    Los Angeles / '67

    We the People

    In the Past

    '66 garage / Orlando, Florida

     

    Mirror of Your Mind

    '66

     

    You Burn Me Up & Down

    '66

    Wham

    Everything She Wants

    (No exclamation point, please)

     

    Last Christmas

    (Last 'holiday' in US)

    When In Rome

    The Promise

    Manchester new wave / '88

    The Wheel-a-Ways

    Bad Little Woman ('67)

    Belfast / aka The Wheels

    Tony Joe White

    Polk Salad Annie

    '69 / Nashville

    The Who

    Baba O'Reilly

    Masterpiece

     

    Boris the Spider

    London

     

    Going Mobile

    Five 5-star albums

     

    Happy Jack

     

     

    I Can See For Miles

    Masterpiece

     

    I Can't Explain

     

     

    The Kids are Alright

     

     

    Magic Bus

     

     

    Pinball Wizard

    Masterpiece

     

    Won't Get Fooled Again

    Masterpiece

    Mason Williams

    Classical Gas

    Texas / '68

    Wesley Willis

    Rock 'n Roll McDonalds

    Novelty / Chicago

    Jackie Wilson

    Lonely Teardrops

    Detroit / '58

    Wire

    1-2-X-U

    London punk

     

    Pink Flag

    Legendary album: 'Pink Flag'

    Wire Train

    Chamber of Hellos

    San Francisco / '83

    Stevie Wonder

    As

    Masterpiece / '76

     

    Fingertips, Part 2

    Detroit

     

    Superstition

     

    Link Wray

    Rumble ('58)

    Banned in several markets

    Tammy Wynette

    D-I-V-O-R-C-E

    Born Mississippi

     

    Stand By Your Man

     

    X-Mal Deutschland

    Hand in Hand

    Brilliance from Hamburg, Germany

     

    Incubus Succubus

    (The musical powers-that-be

     

    Mondlicht

    seem to hate anything European,

     

    Qual

    particularly German.)

    X-Ray Spex

    Germfree Adolescents

    Stunning album by same name

     

    Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

    One of punk's finest moments

    XTC

    Generals and Majors

    Swindon, England

     

    Jason and the Argonauts

     

     

    Making Plans for Nigel

     

    The Yardbirds

    For Your Love

    London

     

    Heart Full of Soul

     

     

    I'm a Man

    original by Bo Diddley

     

    I Wish You Would

    '64

     

    Shapes of Things

     

     

    Over Under Sideways Down

     

    Yaz (Yazoo)

    Nobody's Diary

    Essex, England

     

    Situations (extended)

     

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    Heads Will Roll

    New York / 2009

    Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO)

    Solid State Survivor

    Tokyo / '79

     

    Tighten Up

    (Archie Bell cover)

    Yes

    Close to the Edge

    London / '72

     

    Roundabout

    '71

     

    Wondrous Stories

     

    Yo La Tengo

    Spec Bebop (North NJ)

    Spanish for 'I Got It', as in baseball

    Neil Young

    Ohio

    Winnipeg, Canada

     

    Southern Man

     

    The Youngbloods

    Get Together

    Boston / '67

    Les Yper Sound

    Psyche Rock

    France / '67

    Zipps

    Kicks and Chicks

    '66 / Netherlands

    The Zombies

    I Love You

    '66

     

    She's Not There

    London

     

    Tell Her No

     

     

    Time of the Season

    Masterpiece

    ZZ Top

    La Grange

    Houston, Texas (as if it matters)