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Top 500 Songs – Another Angle

September 24th, 2008 · No Comments · News

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After finding this article from The Rolling Stone Magazine (dated from 2004) and scratching off a few calculations – here are the musical artists with the most “impact” or presence on the top 500 list.

For instance, The Beatles have 22 songs in The Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Songs, as they should:

The Beatles
22
The Rolling Stones
14
Bob Dylan
12
Elvis Presley
11
The Beach Boys
7
Jimi Hendrix
7
U2
6
Prince
6
Led Zeppelin
6
James Brown
6

Mostly from the classic rock genre – this list of all time hits is pretty solid. The big challenge is to weigh the buzz of modern/current hits vs. the classics that have already stood the test of time. Life is never fair.

While it’s impossible to rank everything one by one and make everyone happy – the resulting top ten (above) is hard to argue with. The Beatles are in a league of their own. The Stones, Dylan, and Elvis are top notch just based on how they transformed music during their times.

The remaining musical artists are all great musicians – ranking them really boils down to personal taste.

Just an interesting way to breakdown a Top 500 Song list.

Here’s the Rest of the Best (Artists with 3 or more songs in the Top 500):

The Who
5
The Drifters
5
The Clash
5
Ray Charles
5
Little Richard
5
Elton John
5
Al Green
4
The Four Tops
4
The Everly Brothers
4
Stevie Wonder
4
Sly and the Family Stone
4
Sam Cooke
4
Roy Orbison
4
Nirvana
4
Muddy Waters
4
Marvin Gaye
4
Aretha Franklin
4
David Bowie
4
Buddy Holly and the Crickets
4
Van Morrison
3
The Velvet Underground
3
The Temptations
3
The Supremes
3
The Kinks
3
Bruce Springsteen
3
The Isley Brothers
3
The Crystals
3
The Byrds
3
Aerosmith
3
The Animals
3
Simon and Garfunkel
3
Blondie
3
Pink Floyd
3
Otis Redding
3
Cream
3
Creedence Clearwater Revival
3
Bo Diddley
3
Neil Young
3
Bob Marley and the Wailers
3
Joni Mitchell
3
Johnny Cash
3
Guns N’ Roses
3

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