Wednesday, November 17, 2004

LIKE A ROLLING STONE? Well, you're not alone, because the Dylan classic has just been named the No. 1 Song of all time by--who else?--Rolling Stone. Rolling Stones get more love, with the group nabbing the No. 2 spot with "Satisfaction." The rest of the top 20, as determined by a blue-ribbon panel of artists and critics: 3. "Imagine" 4. "What's Going On" 5. "Respect" 6. "Good Vibrations" 7. "Johnny B. Goode" 8. "Hey Jude" 9. "Smells Like Teen Spirit" 10. "What'd I Say" 11. "My Generation" 12. "A Change is Gonna Come" 13. "Yesterday" 14. "Blowin' in the Wind" 15. "London Calling" 16. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 17. "Purple Haze" 18. "Maybellene" 19. "Hound Dog" and 20. "Let It Be." The whole list isn't up yet, but according to various news reports, No. 21 "Born to Run," No. 69 Roy Orbison's "Crying" and No. 169 REM's "Losing My Religion." "I Got You Babe" comes in at No. 444.

Other highlights from the list of 500: The Beatles lead all artists with 23 songs, followed by the Stones (14), Dylan (12) and Elvis (11); the most recent song is 2003's "Hey Ya" at No. 180, with Eminem's "Lose Yourself" (166) and "Stan" (290) being the only other songs on the list from this millennium; 202 of the songs come from the 1960s, 144 from the '70s, and 55 from the '80s; and No. 500 is Boston's "More Than a Feeling," 491 spots behind the song that heavily borrows its guitar line.

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