GREATEST HITS USUALLY MISS!
The idea that anyone can compile the GREATEST Music List of All Time is just plain stupid.
TIME INC. has come out with such a list and proves my theory..
go ahead see for yourself here..2006/100albums.
To begin with Music Critics are usually wannabe wankers and professional hangers on who are trying to impress others by being associated with real Artists.
Music is a completely subjective experience.
Common sense should dictate that compiling GREATEST lists is an excercise in futility, but people love lists because they are lazy and they delight in comparing themselves to others and need to make sure that they are listening to the 'right' stuff!
What sheer nonsense.
GREATEST as a noun is one of the most overused and abused words in our lexicon.
It is now as meaningless as the term SALE.
Deciding which criteria to use is important to note..are the results established by
4,000 online voters?
Heay Rotation lists determined by Radio Station Program Directors?
We like songs because of our individual interpretations or memories of specific circumstances that these songs invoke.
In some songs we listen for certain instruments, melody, guitar solo, drum line, chorus, bridge, intro, message, lyrics, imagery, power, emotion, or atitude.
My coming of age decade was the 70s therefore my GREATEST songs ever list would consist of an inordinant amount of bands or songs from that era.
Albums that I blasted on my stereo in those carefree days are featured to the right.
For whatever reasons I connected to these particular bands and there is nothing that can ever replace those memories.
You also have to take into account the many aspects of your music preferences.
My music Library list was originally divided by Artist, Song, Album, Decade, Genre, Mood, # and length of Tracks..quite tedious.
When my hard drive imploded I reorganised the 5,000 songs that I currently 'must have' on a much simpler scale and settled (via osmosis) on Artist/Track/Length.
One of my books titled GREATEST ALBUMS OF ALL TIME listed the 70s as the number one decade with 31% of the votes followed closely by the 60s & 80s which are tied in a dead heat @ 22.% each.
The 90s sits @ 17% and the 21st Century is starting to generate more thoughtful music than the dreadful 90s ever did..so there is hope!
As you can see the huge influence of the Baby Boomers (guilty) who seriously outnumber any successive generations will continue to dominate every list unless they are specifically marketed to GenX and Y kids.
What about your favorite songs?
I still think that your 'coming of age/still developing brain' imprints and stores the strongest responses to music.
Although I have discovered plenty of great songs since the 70s thanks to my children, I can't imagine that there will ever be a another eclectic period like the 70s when so many different genres came of age.
For whatever reason the UK is my personal centre of the modern music universe.
I would estimate that 75% of all of my favorite bands from any decade are British.
Perhaps it is because of our Motherland connection.
Growing up in Canada we were bombarded by American and Brit Music along with a smattering of Canadian Content..
but the most creative, interesting, sounds came from the UK..
and still do!
WHY IS THAT?