The Big Music List

Just to prove that movies aren’t the only things I can make lists of, I’ve managed to come up with a Top 100 Songs Of All-Time list. Like any list, it’s not meant to be definitive, but argumentative. I’ve only included songs that I own, as this is actually just an iTunes playlist, though I can’t think of any songs I like enough to be on the list that I don’t already own. I’m also not including any classical works (sorry Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart! Better luck next time!)

Presented in alphabetical order by artist. Someday I may try to rank them, but I’ve no doubt that would be even more futile than attempting to rank films, as my opinions on songs seem to be much more mutable than about movies.

Here Comes The Sun — The Beatles
Across The Universe — The Beatles
Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey — The Beatles
Lord Only Knows — Beck
There’s More To Life Than this — Bjork
Tangled Up In Blue — Bob Dylan
Shelter From The Storm — Bob Dylan
Love Minus Zero//No Limit — Bob Dylan
Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues — Bob Dylan
Floater (Too Much Too Ask) — Bob Dylan
High Water (For Charley Patton) — Bob Dylan
It’s Alright, Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) (Live) — Bob Dylan
Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright — Bob Dylan
A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Live) — Bob Dylan
Mack The Knife — Bobby Darin
Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)– Bruce Springsteen
Johnny B. Goode — Chuck Berry
Lost In The Supermarket — The Clash
Have You Ever Seen The Rain? — Creedence Clearwater Revival
Just Like Heaven — The Cure
Ants Marching — The Dave Matthews Band
Life On Mars — David Bowie
I Hear A Symphony — Diana Ross And The Supremes
Sultans Of Swing — Dire Straits
(What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love And Understanding — Elvis Costello
Burning Love — Elvis Presley
Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1 — The Flaming Lips
Love Is Here To Stay — Frank Sinatra
Ripple — The Grateful Dead
St. Stephen (Live) — The Grateful Dead
Me And Bobby McGee — Janis Joplin
Hallelujah — Jeff Buckley
All Along The Watchtower — The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Braver Newer World — Jimmie Dale Gilmore
Instant Karma! — John Lennon
Watching The Wheels — John Lennon
I Walk The Line — Johnny Cash
Coyote (Live) — Joni Mitchell And The Band
Love Will Tear Us Apart — Joy Division
Over The Hills And Far Away — Led Zeppelin
Take This Waltz — Leonard Cohen
Stardust — Louis Armstrong
California (All The Way) — Luna
Free Bird (Live) — Lynyrd Skynyrd
Reno Dakota — The Magnetic Fields
I’m Free Now — Morphine
Cowgirl In The Sand — Neil Young
Thrasher — Neil Young
Pocahontas — Neil Young
99 Luftballoons — Nena
Bizarre Love Triangle — New Order
Temptation — New Order
Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Live) — Nirvana
Smells Like Teen Spirit — Nirvana
Breed — Nirvana
(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay — Otis Redding
Wish You Where Here — Pink Floyd
San Tropez — Pink Floyd
Debaser — The Pixies
Dress — PJ Harvey
Fairytale Of New York — The Pogues
The Broad Majestic Shannon — The Pogues
Sally MacLennane — The Pogues
Welcome To The Terrordome — Public Enemy
Under Pressure — Queen And David Bowie
Find The River — REM
(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville — REM
Half A World Away — REM
The National Anthem — Radiohead
Let Down — Radiohead
(I Can’t Get No) Satsifaction — The Rolling Stones
New Slang — The Shins
The Boxer — Simon And Garfunkel
The Sounds Of Silence (Live) — Simon And Garfunkel
Landslide — Smashing Pumpkins
Teen Age Riot — Sonic Youth
The Joker — The Steve Miller Band
Birthday — The Sugarcubes
Goodbye Stranger — Supertramp
Alienation’s For The Rich — They Might Be Giants
Hearing Aid — They Might Be Giants
Ana Ng — They Might Be Giants
American Girl — Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
One — U2
Stay (Faraway, So Close) — U2
Where The Streets Have No Name — U2
Brown-Eyed Girl — Van Morrison
Heroin — The Velvet Underground
Sweet Jane (Live) — The Velvet Underground
American Music — Violent Femmes
Add It Up (Live) — Violent Femmes
The Good Life — Weezer
The Union Forever — The White Stripes
Baba O’Reilly — The Who
I Am Trying To Break Your Heart — Wilco
Adieu — Yoko Kanno
Cherry Chapstick — Yo La Tengo
Blue Line Swinger — Yo La Tengo
Taco Wagon — Young Fresh Fellows
La Grange — ZZ Top

2 thoughts on “The Big Music List

  1. I’m going to ignore everything so terribly wrong with this list except for one thing; CCR is an undeniably great band, but “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” is, without a doubt, the WORST song they ever recorded. Green River is so much better than that song it’s not even funny.


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