Friday, May 28, 2010

The greatest songs ever

Rolling Stone has revised its list, from 2004, of the 500 greatest songs of all-time to incorporate music from the last half of the decade. CBS News reported on this and then did a follow-up piece that highlighted all of the featured Beatles songs, which are below, along with their ranking out of 500. As you'll see, Rolling Stone's selections are very conventional, very "record label-approved-greatest-hits." In other words, they're pretty boring (even while the songs remain outstanding).

The list:
8: "Hey Jude"
13: "Yesterday"
16: "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
20: "Let It Be"
23: "In My Life"
28: "A Day in the Life"
29: "Help!"
64: "She Loves You"
76: "Strawberry Fields Forever"
83: "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)"
136: "While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
138: "Eleanor Rigby"
140: "I Saw Her Standing There"
154: "A Hard Day's Night"
186: "Please Please Me"
205: "Come Together"
295: "Can't Buy Me Love"
311: "With a Little Help From My Friends"
370: "All You Need is Love"
394: "Ticket to Ride"
469: "Rain"

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