Friday, January 18, 2008

6 Songs

In This is Your Brain on Music, Daniel Levitin writes about a scientist friend who was totally disconnected from modern music and asked for a CD of 6 songs that represent rock 'n' roll. He'd heard Elvis Presley, so Elvis was left off the list:

1. Long Tall Sally by Little Richard
2. Roll Over Beethoven by The Beatles
3. All Along the Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
4. Wonderful Tonight by Eric Clapton
5. Little Red Corvette by Prince
6. Anarchy in the U.K. by the Sex Pistols

What are your 6?


joe metzka said...

"rock around the clock" bill haley
"hey, bo diddley"
"highway to hell" ac/dc
"you really got me" van halen (ray davies)
"manic depression" hendrix
"sympathy for the devil" stones

but that only gets me to 1978...

Sheila said...

Hard to narrow down to just 6, but here are my faves:
1. Here's Where the Story Ends, The Sundays
2. Feeling Good, Nina Simone
3. Cuts You Up, Peter Murphy
4. Angel, Sarah McLaghlan
5. In My Tribe (album), 10,000 Maniacs
1. I Am Stretched On Your Grave, Sinead O'Connor
7. How Soon Is Now, The Smiths
8. Lovesong, The Cure
9. Personal Jesus, Depeche Mode
10. True Faith, New Order

David H. said...

1.) Johnny B. Goode (Original Chuck Berry version, not the Michael J. Fox version, though he does tear it up at the end).

2.) Rock-n-Roll by the Velvet Underground (Perhaps a lazy choice, but its still a classic tune).

3.) Deacon Blues by Steely Dan (Michael McDonald says, "wow man, that's so smooth!")

4.) Can You Hear Me Knockin' by the Rolling Stones (For one song, the Stones morph into a jam band. This is a jukebox favorite for me.)

5.) I Saw Her Standing There by the Beatles (Lots of shouting. Makes me feel young again.)

6.) Stone Free by Jimi Hendrix (Sing this whenever the man is trying to hold you down).