100 Greatest (Most Rocking Electric-Guitar-Based) Rock Songs

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Mixmaster Shecky
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100 Greatest (Most Rocking Electric-Guitar-Based) Rock Songs

Post by Mixmaster Shecky » Tue Oct 18, 2005 10:27 pm

UPDATE: Here's the latest (final?) version of the list.

I think we should try to compile a list of the 100 greatest rock songs.
So lets do this. It will provide arguments a-plenty!

The rules:

1) Only artists from the rock era, who would consider themselves rockers and/or rollers. Let's not split hairs about early blues musicians, for example.

2) Hall & Oates are not eligible. Journey would be. Why? Because Journey rocks. So goes the criteria - if they're pop artists who have rock overtones, they're out. If they're rockers with pop overtones, they're in. But they must rock.

3) No cop-out, 'everyone's taste is subjective' kind of crap. Fight to the death for Ratt if you want them on the list!

4) Only one track per artist. This includes side/solo projects by the same artist(s). So I couldn't put in both Guided By Voices and one of the 2 million solo/side projects of Bob Pollard.

5) Rule 4 includes Lennon, Neil Young, Dylan, etc.

6) Artists like Johnny Cash or Bob Marley. They rocked, but not by playing rock music. This is harsh, but if we don't draw some boundaries we'll find ourselves debating whether Gerry Rafferty should be included.

7) No ballads! No non-rocking pop/jazz/folk etc. by rockers. Lets stay focused on the rock. Again, if we start including 'Beth by Kiss, we're going astray. It must have electric guitars a blastin'. This helps narrow the list down - I agree it's possible to rock with acoustic guitars, but just to keep it the choices down lets say it must have electric guitars.

8) Anything else I think of that helps keep the list manageable.

Ready? I'll start it out.

• Kinda I Want To - NIN
• Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones
• Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
• White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
• Horrorshow - The Libertines
• God Damn Rock & Roll - The Cramps
• Maybelline - Chuck Berry
• King Of Fools - Social D
• Billion Dollar Babies - Alice Cooper
• Fell In Love With A Girl - The White Stripes
• You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
• Drain You - Nirvana
• Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
• Aqualung - Jethro Tull
• I Am A Tree - Guided By Voices
• Eels – Last Stop: This Town
• Surrender – Cheap Trick
• Baudelaire – Trail Of Dead
• No No No – The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
• My Nmae Is Jonas – Weezer
• Once In A Lifetime – Talking Heads
• Keep Yourself Alive – Queen
• Brass In Pocket – The Pretenders
• Breaking The Law – Judas Priest
• Jesus & Tequila – The Minutemen

That's 25 - am I right? Full of shit? Add, subtract, or come up with your own 100 greatest.

The best list will win a brand new iPod Nano!!!*

(*Disclaimer - iPod may not actually be a real iPod - only a styrofoam chunk w/old heaphones plugged into it. Offer void in Washington DC.)

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Post by Sven Killer Robot Spacema » Tue Oct 18, 2005 11:12 pm

Jailhouse Rock by Elvis
Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis
Good Golly Miss Molly by Little Richard
Rock N'Roll Music by Chuck Berry
Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles--disqualify it if you want to
I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles
I Fought The Law by Bobby Fuller Four
Sloop John B by The Beach Boys
Heart Full of Soul by The Yardbirds
Dirty Water by The Standells
Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan
Travelin Band by CCR
Thunder Road by Springsteen
The Breeze by Lynyrd Skynyrd
Baba O'Riley by The Who
Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
Rebel Rebel by David Bowie
Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon
Powder Finger by Neil Young
Whole Lotta Rosie by AC/DC
American Girl by Tom Petty
London Calling by The Clash
I Can't Hardly Wait by the Replacements
Debaser by The Pixies
Blitzkrieg Bop by The Ramones
Middle of the Road by Pretenders
Teen Angst(What The World Needs Now) by Cracker
Jesus Built My Hotrod by Ministry
Sick of Myself by Mathew Sweet
Who Was in My Room Last Night by Butthole Surfers
Story of My Life by Social Distortion
Aneurysm by Nirvana
Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground by The White Stripes

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Post by thinsafetypin » Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:08 am

doesn't thunder road count as a ballad? oh and if there's only going to be one dylan track on the list, i will fight to the death to say that like a rolling stone is that song.

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Post by jaimoe0 » Wed Oct 19, 2005 12:11 am

Psycho! - The Sonics
Loose - The Stooges
Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
He's A Whore - Cheap Trick
Psychotic Reaction - The Count Five
Absolutely Sweet Marie - Jason and the Scorchers
Like A Rolling Stone - Mr. Zimmerman
Midnight Rambler (off "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out") - Stones
Whole Lotta Rosie - AC/DC
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
Anarchy in the UK- The Pistols
Dumb Little Band - Mr. T Experience (because meta-rock rules)
Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
Rise Above - Black Flag
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Jimi Hendrix Experience
Gloria - Them
Can't Explain - The Who
C'mon Everybody - Eddie Cochran
Blitzkrieg Bop - The Ramones
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns and Roses
Pump It Up - Elvis Costello and the Attractions
96 Tears - ? and the Mysterians
Makes No Sense At All - Husker Du
Stay With Me - The Faces
Too Drunk to Fuck - Dead Kennedys
Denim and Leather - Saxon
Rock Bottom - UFO
Bottle of Smoke - The Pogues (Up yours. It rocks!)
Ace of Spades - Motorhead (I concur, Shecks, and that's the way I like it, baby, I don't want to live forever!)

More to come.
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Post by Mixmaster Shecky » Wed Oct 19, 2005 1:59 am

Sven Killer Robot Spacema wrote:Jailhouse Rock by Elvis
Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles--disqualify it if you want to
Much as it pains me, it's disqualified. No electric guitars, and Ray definitely wouldn't have considered himself a rocker.
Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground by The White Stripes
Picking a White Stripes track is going to be a bitch.

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Post by Maarten » Wed Oct 19, 2005 4:28 am

here goes

ac/dc; whole lotta rosie
sonic youth; teenage riot
screamin' jay hawkins; i put a spell on you
dinosaur jr; sludgefeast
pj harvey; rid of me
kyuss; freedom run
steppenwolf; born to be wild
joy division; transmission
manic street preachers; motorcycle emptiness
the velvet underground; sweet jane
scratch acid; cannibal
my bloody valentine; sueisfine
thin lizzy; dancin' in the moonlight
shocking blue; venus
helmet; tic
alice in chains; them bones
blue oyster cult; don't fear the reaper
david bowie; queen bitch
the rolling stones; paint it black
the stooges; i wanna be your dog
ike&tina turner; river deep, mountain high
nick cave; stagger lee
husker du; pink turns to blue
the ramones; blitzkrieg bop
afghan whigs; debonair

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Re: 100 Greatest Rock Songs

Post by Lep » Wed Oct 19, 2005 7:41 am

There are a number of incorrect things here:
Mixmaster Shecky wrote:Because Journey rocks.
You are serious? Doesn't matter, they won't make the list anyway.
Mixmaster Shecky wrote:6) Artists like Johnny Cash or Bob Marley. They rocked, but not by playing rock music.
Marley, I understand, a different tradition, but Cash was at the beginning of rock. I don't think he'd make the top 100 rock songs list, but I don't think he could be excluded out of hand.
Mixmaster Shecky wrote:It must have electric guitars a blastin'. This helps narrow the list down - I agree it's possible to rock with acoustic guitars, but just to keep it the choices down lets say it must have electric guitars.
No, if you can rock without an electric, you're just that much more a rocker. I'm not sure "C'mon Everyboy" or even "Summertime Blues" has an electric...

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Re: 100 Greatest Rock Songs

Post by Jake » Wed Oct 19, 2005 7:53 am

Lep wrote:No, if you can rock without an electric, you're just that much more a rocker. I'm not sure "C'mon Everyboy" or even "Summertime Blues" has an electric...
Not to mention Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard. Sheck, your criteria are goofy. Why don't you just come out and say you only want songs of the "classic rock" era (60s-70s)?

Still, it can be fun to work within someone else's ludicrous constrictions, so please carry on.

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Post by Jake » Wed Oct 19, 2005 8:23 am

Liz Phair - 6'1"
Rolling Stones - Rocks Off
Neil Young - Cinnamon Girl
MC5 - Kick Out the Jams
The Stooges - 1969
New York Dolls - Personality Crisis
Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop
Replacements - I Hate Music
The Who - I Can't Explain
The Clash - Clash City Rockers
The Kinks - Till the End of the Day
Twister - Under the Dog
The Monkees - Circle Sky (Live)
The Sonics - Psycho
The Smiths - What She Said
Velvet Underground - Sweet Jane
Modern Lovers - Dignified and Old
Dead Milkmen - Punk Rock Girl
Wilco - I'm Always in Love
Tom Waits - Jockey Full of Bourbon
Pixies - Caribou
Descendents - Sour Grapes
Misfits - 20 Eyes
Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen


Eh, whatever.

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Post by dieblucasdie » Wed Oct 19, 2005 9:00 am

Bauhaus - Dark Entries
The Buzzcocks - Boredom
Chisel - On Warmer Music
The Clean - Art School
CCR - Fortunate Son
Dinosaur, Jr. - The Lung
Mitch Ryder and The Detriot Wheels - Take A Ride
Mission of Burma - Academy Fight Song
Pavement - Stereo
Pearl Jam - Alive
The Pixies - U-Mass
The Sex Pistols - Holidays in the Sun
Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight
The Smiths - Panic (Funny that The Smiths would fit the criteria for "rockin'" songs, but Jerry Lee Lewis wouldn't)
Son House - Death Letter (Bite Me)
The Stooges - Search and Destroy
Tom Petty - American Girl
Wire - Ex-Lion Tamer
X - Johnny Hit and Run Paulene
X-Ray Spex - Oh Bondage! Up Yours!

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