When The Old Become Classic… (Part 1)
I’m currently listening to the Hottest 100 of All Time on triple j and pondering whether these songs that have been voted (by the public) as the 100 greatest songs of all time are what people would call “classic” songs. Judging by the inclusion of Kings of Leon’s ‘Sex On Fire’, surely not…
But it’s not that simple is it.
The countdown’s up to number 82 and there’s been a very large percentage of “modern” bands. Placebo, System of a Down, Bon Iver, Kings of Leon and TV on the Radio were just some of the bands that have already been included and while I would argue that these bands do generally sum up the best that the last few years has had to offer, what the list has proven so far is the demographics of the radio station.
I’m also intrigued by the older songs that are getting into the countdown. They’re songs that have been incredibly influential, which begs the question, does a great song have to be influential or is it vice-versa (does an influential song have to be great)? In my view, the songs that are timeless and appeal to all generations are the songs that directly influence other bands and this can be seen with the popularity of The Velvet Underground which is probably better regarded than it was when it was first released.
It’ll be very interesting to see what gets in the next few parts of the list, and even more so, the top of the list. I’m guessing the older songs will start to be heard more, but I’ve got absolutely no idea what will take out the number 1 spot after hearing the first 20.
As I write, the first part of the list is just being concluded with the next twenty songs being revealed tomorrow, the list is as follows:
100. Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out
99. TV on the Radio – Wolf Like Me
98. Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
97. Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
96. Daft Punk – One More Time
95. Stevie Wonder – Superstition
94. Modest Mouse – Float On
93. Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy
92. Bon Iver – Skinny Love
91. AC/DC – Back In Black
90. Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
89. Rage Against the Machine – Bulls On Parade
88. The Rolling Stones – Gimme Shelter
87. Coldplay – Yellow
86. The Beatles – Come Together
85. The Dandy Warhols – Bohemian Like You
84. Bob Marley & The Wailers – No Woman, No Cry
83. Placebo – Every You Every Me
82. System Of A Down – Chop Suey!
81. Pulp – Common People
I might write more tomorrow in response to the next 20 songs on the list, but more than likely will wait a day or two for the list to become more complete…