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Beagle Man’s 100 Favorite Songs Of All Time (Part Three)

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Judge Ricky

Judge Ricky: Concentrating fiercely just outside Alexandria, VA

We didn’t get through the entire Top 100 that Saturday night.  In fact, it wasn’t until lunchtime Monday — Memorial Day — that we finally  reached the Top 10.  By then, as the holiday weekend wound down, the crowd was a little less raucous and celebratory, and a little more judgmental.  (Sort of how they were on Saturday

Greg, Brian & Hank

Chef Beagle Man, right; sous chefs Greg & Brian: Listen while they work

before all the Bud Light.)  So yes, there was a certain amount of carping.  While most of the crowd patiently listened to that famous falsetto demand, “I want my, I want my MTV,” four times in slow-mo during the super-long warm-up in “Money For Nothing,” Robby — still with his nose out of joint

Sarah & Lizzie

Lizzie & Sarah: Applaud all my selections, no matter what their true feelings

over the Wiz Khalifa snub — asked, “When does this [bleeping] song start?”  (I’ll admit a large part of the reason I had “MFN” so high on my list is the slow,

Gelini

haunting, dramatic lead-in — one minute, thirty-six seconds of it! — that builds to a crashing crescendo of drums and guitars signaling the actual “start” of the song.)

Robby had another gripe, when he saw my breakdown of selection by decade (included below):  “You have 16 songs from the sixties!!!???” He says this as if we’re talking about medieval times.  And my friend Mike was appalled that country newcomer Eric Church snagged the #4 spot, in the company of all-time greats Springsteen and the Stones.  “Top 100 songs

Chet Nick Luke

Chet, Zydrunas, Luke: Probably agree with Robby, but are more polite about it

ever?” he scoffed, when I played “Drink In My Hand.”  “That’s not even one of the top 100 songs of this week!”

But as my mama (or someone) used to say, “You can’t please all the people all the time.”  And as I myself put it, in my “pre-read” — “If you don’t like it, make your own damn list!”  (Better yet:  Let me know which of my choices you hate, and which of my omissions were downright criminal:  Add a comment)

And for the record (pun intended), Judge Ricky’s favorite song on this list is Janis Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart”; he thinks she’s singing about something edible.  Tell me your dog’s favorite tune.  Best answer gets this season’s most sought-after CD:  “Beagle Man’s 20 Favorite Songs Of All Time.” (Add a comment)

Breakdown of favorites by decade:  ’60s — 16; ’70s — 27; ’80s — 25; ’90s — 4; ’00s — 16; ’10s — 12  (Really not sure what was happening during the ’90s.  Probably too preoccupied coaching Little League . . .)

And now, without further ado . . . Beagle Man’s 100 Favorite Songs Of All Time

  1. Sweet Home Alabama / Lynyrd Skynyrd  (1974)
  2. Dancing In The Dark / Bruce Springsteen (1984)
  3. Start Me Up / Rolling Stones  (1981)
  4. Drink In My Hand / Eric Church  (2011)

    Money for nothing

  5. Picture / Kid Rock & Sheryl Crow  (2003)
  6. Wake Me Up When September Ends / Green Day  (2005)
  7. Money For Nothing / Dire Straits  (1985)
  8. Summer of ’69 / Bryan Adams  (1984)
  9. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around / Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks (1981)
  10. Goodbye To You / Patty Smyth – Scandal  (1982)
  11. Small Town / John Mellencamp  (1985)
  12. Maggie May / Rod Stewart  (1971)
  13. Rolling In The Deep / Adele  (2011)
  14. The Rising / Bruce Springsteen  (2002)
  15. Your Song / Elton John  (1970)
  16. Let’s Spend The Night Together / Rolling Stones  (1967)
  17. The Heart Of The Matter / Don Henley  (1989)
  18. Springsteen / Eric Church  (2011)
  19. Pink Houses / John Mellencamp  (1983)
  20. Thunder Road / Bruce Springsteen  (1975)
  21. Fortunate Son / Creedence Clearwater Revival  (1969)
  22. Take It Easy / Eagles  (1972)
  23. Glory Days / Bruce Springsteen  (1985)
  24. I Heard It Through The Grapevine / Marvin Gaye  (1968)
  25. Better Be Good To Me / Tina Turner  (1984)
  26. Already Gone / Eagles  (1974)
  27. After The Goldrush / Neil Young  (1970)
  28. Back To December / Taylor Swift  (2010)
  29. The First Cut Is The Deepest / Rod Stewart  (1976)
  30. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing / Aerosmith  (1998)
  31. Tumbling Dice / Rolling Stones  (1972)

    Eric Church

  32. Refugee / Tom Petty  (1979)
  33. Born To Run / Bruce Springsteen  (1975)
  34. Someone Like You / Adele  (2011)
  35. Me And Bobby McGee / Janis Joplin  (1971)
  36. Brown Sugar / Rolling Stones  (1971)
  37. Gimme All Your Lovin’ / ZZ Top  (1983)
  38. Knock On Wood / Eddie Floyd  (1967)
  39. Honky Tonk Women / Rolling Stones  (1969)
  40. Sweet Child O’ Mine / Guns N’ Roses  (1987)
  41. Sunshine Of Your Love / Cream  (1968)
  42. Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me / Linda Ronstadt  (1978)
  43. Old Time Rock And Roll / Bob Seger  (1978)
  44. Piece Of My Heart / Janis Joplin  (1968)
  45. Won’t Get Fooled Again / The Who  (1971)
  46. Because The Night / Patti Smith  (1978)
  47. Ohio / Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young  (1974)
  48. Don’t Stand So Close To Me / The Police  (1993)
  49. I Don’t Know / Ryan Bingham  (2010)
  50. Bad Romance / Lady Gaga  (2009)
  51. It It Makes You Happy / Sheryl Crow  (1996)
  52. We Didn’t Start The Fire / Billy Joel  (1989)
  53. Wonderful Tonight / Eric Clapton  (1977)
  54. Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay / Otis Redding  (1967)
  55. Ain’t Dead Yet / Sonia Leigh  (2011)
  56. Lyin’ Eyes / Eagles  (1975)
  57. The Weight / The Band  (1968)
  58. Ramblin’ Man / Allman Brothers  (1973)

    Hard Candy

    No Hard Candy???

  59. Love Story / Taylor Swift  (2008)
  60. Every Breath You Take / The Police  (1983)
  61. What About Love? / Heart  (1985)
  62. You’re So Vain / Carly Simon  (1972)
  63. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ / The Righteous Brothers  (1964)
  64. I Love Rock ‘N Roll / Joan Jett (1981)
  65. Light My Fire / Doors  (1967)
  66. Go Your Own Way / Fleetwood Mac  (1977)
  67. Kiss A Girl / Keith Urban  (2009)
  68. Even The Losers / Tom Petty  (1979)
  69. Mean / Taylor Swift  (2010)
  70. Wasted / Carrie Underwood  (2007)
  71. Cinnamon Girl / Neil Young  (1969)
  72. Livin’ On A Prayer / Bon Jovi  (1986)
  73. Thing Called Love / Bonnie Raitt  (1989)
  74. So Good, So Far / Chris Berardo and the DesBerardos  (2006)
  75. Here Comes The Sun / Beatles  (1969)
  76. You May Be Right / Billy Joel  (1980)
  77. It Happens / Sugarland  (2010)
  78. California Gurls / Katy Perry  (2010)
  79. You Give Love A Bad Name / Bon Jovi  (1986)
  80. Achy Breaky Heart / Billy Ray Cyrus  (1992)
  81. I’m Easy / Keith Carradine  (1976)
  82. Joey / Sugarland  (2008)
  83. What’s Love Got To Do With It / Tina Turner  (1984)
  84. Not Ready To Make Nice / Dixie Chicks  (2006)
  85. The Last Worthless Evening / Don Henley  (1989)
  86. Fallin’ And Flyin’ / Jeff Bridges  (2010)
  87. Heart of Glass / Blondie  (1978)
  88. Somebody To Love / Jefferson Airplane  (1966)
  89. All I Want / Trish Murphy  (2003)
  90. Here For The Party / Gretchen Wilson  (2004)
  91. Where The Streets Have No Name / U2  (1987)
  92. Wrong Side Of Town / Pat Green & Trish Murphy  (2001)
  93. White Rabbit / Jefferson Airplane  (1967)
  94. Since U Been Gone / Kelly Clarkson  (2004)
  95. Quittin’ You / The Band Perry  (2010)
  96. Texas On My Mind / Pat Green  (2001)
  97. Glad All Over / Dave Clark Five  (1965)
  98. Redneck Woman / Gretchen Wilson  (2004)
  99. Goodbye Earl / Dixie Chicks  (1999)
  100. Wouldn’t It Be Nice  / Beach Boys  (1966)

NOTE:  For those of you who couldn’t care less about all this, in the next post, BEAGLE MAN will return to all dogs, all the time :)

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12 Responses

  1. Frances says:

    Impressive undertaking! I wouldn’t even know where to start with a list like that. Though I would have included a few songs from the ’40s and ’50s. And probably some Sondheim…

  2. Lang Allen says:

    Brodie thanks you for the press! And submits his favorite song: “These Boots (feet) Are Made for Walkin’” and adds that he think Nancy Sinatra was hot!

  3. Lang Allen says:

    Love that anyone has the time and perseverance to put together a 100 best list. Even just to get the rest of us thinking. Glad you changed the title from “Top 100 Rock ‘n’ Roll Songs” as some clearly are not RNR. Hotel California? Bye, Bye American Pie? Knockin’ on Heavens Door? etc. Nice start!

  4. Hank says:

    Sorry — I made a rule: No songs that they sing at baseball games. :)

  5. Judy Burke says:

    What about Sweet Caroline? My personal all time favorite. But I will say… If I were ever to make a list, then Sweet Home Alabama would be #1. Love your blogs… please keep them coming. They always put a smile on my face

  6. Hank says:

    Mike, I’d like you to meet my friend Dave, president of the Taylor Swift fan club. (I’m VP)

  7. Mike Payne says:

    Hank, 3 Taylor Swift songs, 2 Adele songs and only 1 Beatles song? Are you telling me there isn’t one Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin,Pink Floyd, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Four Tops or Temptations song you like better than three Taylor Swift songs? Were the contributing editors of this list a group of junior high school girls? (Only kidding, I like Taylor Swift, I just don’t admit it)

  8. Hank says:

    Pam: Seems like with each “impression,” you’re coming around. Keep listening!

  9. Hank says:

    Margret: Glad to see someone has good taste!

  10. Margret Avery says:

    I LOVE this and I LOVE White Rabbit – so glad it made the cut….I personally think it would be fun to read an article by you about the Rolling Stones as well….I have a feeling that would be a good one too!!!

  11. Pam says:

    I stand corrected. #33=B to R

  12. Pam says:

    Ok, 1st impression: we have very different taste in music. 2nd impression: maybe not so different after all… 3rd: 2 Tina Turners and NO Elvis???? The KING???? 4th: I like all the Bruce, but did I miss Born to Run? More thoughts to come…