From "Heartbreak Hotel" to "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" (1996 edition, revised)

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This list presents my favorite songs and pieces that I know in the Classic Rock, Top 40 oldies, Progressive, and American folk/folk-rock genres, 1956-1977. Rankings are somewhat flexible & changeable! Some runners-up and songs from other periods are included at the end. Click on a song to hear it! (Note though: You Tube changes fast, so if a link doesn't work, use the you tube search function and a new version might be there; or it may be found on another website; google the title if you are even more determined!) See also My You Tube Channel Grooveshark is gone, so no use clicking on those links.

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1. Won't Get Fooled Again           Pete's demo for Lifehouse        book on Lifehouse and QuadropheniaThe Who1971
2. Dr. Jimmy                  Live version at Philly The Who1973
3. Witchi Tai To                  the story of a mix tape, by X-Press 2       Jim Pepper story     part 2Everything is Everything1969
4. The Dolphins      another video            Linda Ronstadt versionFred Neil1966
5. Tomorrow Never Knows        how it was madeBeatles1966
6.Can I Make it Last         Boz Skaggs1971
7.That's the Way It's Gonna BeLee Mallory1966
8.Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie              dancing to it       another tasteJay & Techniques1967
9.Section 43Country Joe & Fish1966
10.Pin Ball Wizard         get the replay          Broadway version; spontaneous dance in SF on 40-year anniversary of WoodstockThe Who1969
11.Pure and Easy            Original version for LifehousePeter Townshend1972
12.Nothing is Everything/Let's See ActionPeter Townshend/The Who1972
13.Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun              Devi Dhyani performing a Sacred Shamanic Dance to this songPink Floyd1969
14.Here, There and Everywhere              Paul McCartney solo             live version       Here's another versionBeatles1966
15.Baby Love        with lyricsSupremes1964
16.Gimme ShelterRolling Stones1969
17.Paper Cup5th Dimension1967
18.My WifeThe Who1971
19.SuzanneJudy Collins1966
20.Out of the BlueGeorge Harrison1970
21.The RockThe Who1973
22.QuadropheniaThe Who1973
23.Interstellar OverdrivePink Floyd1967
24.Monday MondayMamas & Papas1966
25.MacArthur Park        visit the park        Jurassic Park by Al YankovicRichard Harris1968
26.The White ShipH.P.Lovecraft1967
27.Oooh BabyEverything is Everything1969
28.Come See About MeSupremes1964
29.No Matter What Shape         on Shivaree        Ventures' versionT Bones1965
30.Future GamesFleetwood Mac1971
31.Light My FireDoors1967
32.Dancing in the Street        Cooley High soundtrackMartha & Vandellas1964
33.Maybe I'm AmazedPaul McCartney1970
35.She Has Funny CarsJefferson Airplane1967
36.Song is OverThe Who1971
37.We're Not Gonna Take ItThe Who1969
38.Please Please MeBeatles1963-64
39.Dock of the BayOtis Redding1968
40.Just You          metacafe     on you tubeSonny & Cher1965
41.Bass StringsCountry Joe & Fish1967
42.Alice's Restaurant      part two     live with movie clipsArlo Guthrie1967
43.I Couldn't Live Without Your LovePetula Clark1966
44.Heat WaveMartha & Vandellas1963
45.Mr. Tambourine Man (live in '65)      Live at Newport Folk Festival 1964Bob Dylan1964-65
46.A Hard Rain's a gonna Fall      buy it from Bob Dylan for 99centsBob Dylan1962-63
47.Many Are the Times     see also Lee Mallory's my space pageLee Mallory1966
48.A Hard Day's NightBeatles1964
49.Good ShepherdJefferson Airplane1969
50.Classical Gas     Mason Williams1968
51.Peace in the ValleyCarole King1972
52.UndertureThe Who1969
53.In a Hand or a FaceThe Who1975
54.My Generation     Live at WoodstockThe Who1965
55.Sunny Goodge StreetTom Northcott1967
56.Come Share the Good Times with MeJulie Monday1966
57.Play in TimeJethro Tull1970
58.GypsyMoody Blues1970
59.Jumpin' Jack Flash     Rolling Stones1968
60.Somebody to LoveJefferson Airplane1967
61.You Never Can TellChuck Berry1964
62.How Many More TimesLed Zeppelin1969
63.Woman of 1000 YearsFleetwood Mac1971
64.Monkey ManRolling Stones1969
65.ParvardigarPeter Townshend1972
66.Bell BoyThe Who1973
67.Love Reign O'er MeThe Who1973
68.Is it in my HeadThe Who1973
69.I Should Have Known BetterBeatles1964
70.Help Me GirlEric Burdon & Animals1966
71.Cloudy Summer AfternoonBarry McGuire1966
72.We Can Be TogetherJefferson Airplane1969
73.Street Fighting ManRolling Stones1968
74.Love is Like an Itching in my HeartSupremes1966
75.Love is Here and Now You're GoneSupremes1967
76.Do It AgainSteely Dan1973
77.Fifth DimensionByrds1966
78.OhioCrosby Stills Nash & Young1970
79.Surfin' USA      live versionBeach Boys1963
80.This Sporting LifeIan Whitcomb & Bluesville1965
81.Hole in My ShoeTraffic1968
82.GoldfingerShirley Bassey1965
83.Walkin' my Cat Named DogNorma Tanega1966
84.However Much I BoozeThe Who1975
85.Scarborough FairSimon & Garfunkel1966
86.Everybody's Talkin'Nillsen1969
87.I've Got a SecretFred Neil1966
88.No Face, No Name, No NumberTraffic1968
89.She Belongs to MeBob Dylan1965
90.This Diamond RingGary Lewis & Playboys1965
91.Bus StopHollies1966
92.Slip KidThe Who1975
93.DreamsBuddy Miles1970
94.With You There to Help MeJethro Tull1970
95.New Kid in TownEagles1977
96.Little Old Lady from Pasadena     45 rpmJan & Dean1964
97.You Can't Do ThatBeatles1964
98.Itchycoo Park      with visual, but too shortSmall Faces1967
100.Incense & Peppermints      with trippy colorsStrawberry Alarm Clock1967
101.Wasn't Born to FollowByrds1967
102.Crying      live versionRoy Orbison1961
103.Positively 4th Street (live version)     decent cover with organBob Dylan1965
104.Penny LaneBeatles1967
105.Who Am IPetula Clark1966
106.KodacromePaul Simon1973
107.What's Going OnMarvin Gaye1971
108.Have I Stayed Too LongSonny & Cher1966
109.Thank You Girl     but where's the harmonica?  here on an old record!Beatles1964
110.RunawayDel Shannon1961
111.Town Without PityGene Pitney1961
112.The First Day in AugustCarole King1972
113.The Masked MarauderCountry Joe & Fish1967
114.Wild Mountain ThymeByrds1966
115.Eight Miles HighByrds1966
116.Bombay Calling      another callIt's a Beautiful Day1969
117.The PusherSteppenwolf1968
118.It's Alright Ma, I'm Only BleedingBob Dylan1965
119.Get TogetherYoung Bloods1967
120.Annabel LeeJoan Baez1967
121.Light Flight      Live on the BBCPentangle1969
122.My GuyMary Wells1964
123.Back in my Arms AgainSupremes1965
124.You Can't Hurry LoveSupremes1966
125.Stop! in the Name of Love      from Cooley soundtrackSupremes1965
126.I'm Not in Love      with lyrics10cc1975
127.Let's Spend the Night TogetherRolling Stones1967
128.Stray Cat BluesRolling Stones1968
129.I Only Want to Be with YouDusty Springfield1964
130.Misty       live versionJohnny Mathis1957
131.Let's Go Together       this version has less controversial lyrics!Jefferson Starship1970
132.Eskimo Blue DayJefferson Airplane1969
133.Put the Money DownThe Who1974
134.It's No SecretJefferson Airplane1966
135.East WestPaul Butterfield Blues Band1966
136.How LongAce1975
137.Hazy Shade of WinterSimon & Garfunkel1966/68
138.The Punk And the GodfatherThe Who1973
139.EvergreenBarbra Streisand1976
140.The HappeningSupremes1967
141.Guinnevere       live versionCrosby Stills & Nash1969
142.Lonely SurferJack Nitzsche1963
143.Since I Fell for YouLenny Welch1963
144.Porpoise MouthCountry Joe & Fish1967
145.Beginnings      live versionChicago1969
146.TeacherJethro Tull1970
147.Everything is EverythingEverything is Everything1969
148.Blowin' in the WindPeter Paul & Mary1963
149.How Do You FeelJefferson Airplane1967
150.Don't Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow)Fleetwood Mac1977
151.People Say       another viewDixie Cups1964
152.Old Dan's Records Gordon Lightfoot1972
153.Seven Island Suite      cover by Bob WoolcockGordon Lightfoot1973
154.Sky Pilot       short versionEric Burdon & Animals1968
155.Green Eyed Lady     (the long version deserves to be moved up a few notches! So I moved it up.)Sugarloaf1970
156.It's All in the GameTommy Edwards1958
157.GraceCountry Joe & Fish1967
158.SubstituteThe Who1966
159.Wayward WindGogi Grant1956
160.We Love You Lil (track 2 from Sky Pilot)Eric Burdon & Animals1968
161.Slow DownBeatles1964
162.The Yard Went On ForeverRichard Harris1968
163.Magic Carpet RideSteppenwolf1968
164.Come Softly to MeFleetwoods1959
165.Buy for Me the RainNitty Gritty Dirt Band1967
166.Wayfaring StrangerH.P. Lovecraft1967
167.What's Happening??!?Byrds1966
168.Three King FishersDonovan1966
169.Nathan JonesSupremes1971
170.Goodbye and HelloTim Buckley1967
171.I'd Love to Change the WorldTen Years After1971
172.Careful with that Axe EugenePink Floyd1968
173.Sit Down I Think I Love YouMojo Men1967
174.Is There Anyone HomeGordon Lightfoot1973
175.CitadelRolling Stones1967
176.I Got You BabeSonny & Cher1965
177.Stranger on the ShoreMr. Acker Bilk1962
178.Hello StrangerBarbara Lewis1963
179.The OstrichSteppenwolf1968
180.Don't Step on the Grass SamSteppenwolf1968
181.Incident at NeshaburSantana1970
182.DanielElton John1972
183.San Francisco          another view!Scott Mackenzie1967
184.Look at Me, Look at YouDave Mason1970
185.Waitin' On YouDave Mason1970
186.You Can't Always Get What You WantRolling Stones1969
187.You Got the SilverRolling Stones1969
188.New Girl in SchoolJan & Dean1964
190.Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On EarthGeorge Harrison1973
191.Cristo Redenter       posted on my spaceHarvey Mandel1968
192.Do You Know Where You're Going ToDiana Ross1976
193.Trouble ManMarvin Gaye1973
194.LaylaDerek & the Dominoes1970
195.Gold and SilverQuicksilver Messenger Service1967
196.Pride of ManQuicksilver Messenger Service1967
197.Wreck of the Edmund FitzgeraldGordon Lightfoot1976
198.Like A Rolling StoneBob Dylan1965
199.When I Grow UpBeach Boys1964
200.The Year of the CatAl Stewart1976
201.Baba O'RileyThe Who1971
202.Going MobileThe Who1971
203.Pretty WomanRoy Orbison1964
204.I Hear a SymphonySupremes1965
205.Summer Means FunBruce & Terry1964
206.Ticket to RideBeatles1965
207.Got to Get You Into my LifeBeatles1966
208.Wooden Ships      another rideCrosby Stills & Nash1969
209.Wooden ShipsJefferson Airplane1969
210.I See YouByrds1966
211.Magic BusThe Who1968
212.Things We Said Today      more thingsBeatles1964
213.White BirdIt's a Beautiful Day1969
214.Rainy Day Women, #12 & 35Bob Dylan1966
215.Stoned Love      longer versionSupremes1970
216.You Keep Me Hanging OnSupremes1966
217.Ride My See SawMoody Blues1968
218.Only a Northern SongBeatles1969
219.Honky TonkBill Doggett1956
220.Look Through My WindowMamas & Papas1966
221.Fire        long versionArthur Brown1968
222.Tell Me to my Face (aka Tell It To My Face)       Hollies original, 1966       Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg, 1978Keith1967
223.Strawberry ShortcakeJay & Techniques1968
224.Hooked on a FeelingB.J.Thomas1968
225.De Ja Vu      (live version)Crosby Stills Nash & Young1970
226.Days Gone ByJoe Walsh1973
227.Second Hand RoseBarbra Streisand1965
228.The Way You Do the Things You DoTemptations1964
229.My GirlTemptations1965
230.Where Did Our Love GoSupremes1964
231.World in ChangesDave Mason1970
232.Chillin' of the EveningArlo Guthrie1967
233.Turn Turn Turn          live with Pete SeegerJudy Collins1969
234.Someday SoonJudy Collins1969
235.Save the Country5th Dimension1970
236.King of the RoadRoger Miller1965
237.Neal's Fandango (the hills above Santa Cruz)       live versionDoobie Bros.1975
238.Icarus      this became the theme for New Dimensions Radio Paul Winter Consort1972
239.Mill Valley          See also "Floating Away" from the LP        live in 2012Miss Abrams/Strawberry Point Class1970
240.Let's Fall in LovePeaches & Herb1967
241.She's Not ThereZombies1964
242.Mr. BojanglesJerry Jeff Walker1968
243.Roll Over BeethovenBeatles1964
244.D.C.B.A.-25Jefferson Airplane1967
245.White RabbitJefferson Airplane1967
246.Plastic Fantastic LoverJefferson Airplane1967
247.Season of the WitchDonovan1966
248.The Fat AngelDonovan1966
249.You Were On My MindWe Five1965
250.Little BillyThe Who1974
251.Faith in Something BiggerThe Who1974
252.My Sweet Lord      Beatles' versionGeorge Harrison1970
253.Can't Find My Way HomeBlind Faith1970
254.Playing in the Band       live version       another live versionGrateful Dead1971
255.HypnotizedFleetwood Mac1972
256.You Make Loving FunFleetwood Mac1977
257.Over My HeadFleetwood Mac1975
258.Dazed and ConfusedLed Zeppelin1969
259.I Get AroundBeach Boys1964
260.40,000 HeadmenTraffic1968
261.Only Time Will Tell MeJoy of Cooking1971
262.Babe I'm Gonna Leave You       you tubeLed Zeppelin1969
263.Little HondaBeach Boys1964 version      original on you tubeBobby Bare1963
265.People Got to Be FreeRascals1968
266.I Want YouBob Dylan1966
267.Baby I Need Your Loving4 Tops1964
268.Sloop John BBeach Boys1966
269.Ruby TuesdayMelanie1970
270.Sympathy for the DevilRolling Stones1968
271.I Go to PiecesPeter & Gordon1965
272.For Emily Wherever I May Find HerSimon & Garfunkel1966
273.The Times They Are a Changin'Bob Dylan1964
274.Time is Running Out for MeJulie Monday1966
276.Back on the Street AgainSunshine Company1967
277.Along Comes MaryAssociation1966
279.Six O'ClockLovin' Spoonful1967
280.Stoned Soul Picnic5th Dimension1968
281.I'll Get You       yes I willBeatles1963-64
282.Your Mother Should Know       another videoBeatles1967
283.Western Union       live on Steve Allen5 Americans1967
284.Another Time          another timeSagittarius1967
285.Wipe OutSurfaris1963
286.He's in TownTokens1964
287.Ring of FireJohnny Cash1963
288.Walk in the Black ForestHorst Jankowski1965
289.Come a Little Bit CloserJay & Americans1964
290.I'm FreeThe Who1969
291.Truckin'Grateful Dead1971
292.Carry OnCrosby Stills Nash & Young1970
293.Love Peace and HappinessChambers Bros.1970
294.Sally Go Round the RosesJaynetts1963
295.And When I DieBlood Sweat & Tears1969
296.ChugalugRoger Miller1964
297.Do Wacka DoRoger Miller1964
298.Valley of the DollsDionne Warwick1968
299.Not Fade AwayRolling Stones1964
300.Morning Much BetterTen Wheel Drive1970
301.Amazing Journey/ SparksThe Who1969
302.Follow MeLyme and Cybelle1966
303.The Ballad of Bonnie and ClydeGeorgie Fame1968
304.Astronomy Domine      Ummagumma versionPink Floyd1969
305.Little ThingsBobby Goldsboro1965
306.Rikki Don't Lose That NumberSteely Dan1974
307.If You Leave Me NowChicago1976
309.Chapel of LoveDixie Cups1964
310.He's All I GotSupremes1966
311.On the Way HomeBuffalo Springfield1969
312.My World is Empty Without YouSupremes1966
313.Watcha See is Watcha GetDramatics1971
314.Livin' in the U.S.A.Steve Miller Band1968
315.Brave New WorldSteve Miller Band1970
316.Pictures of Matchstik MenStatus Quo1968
317.Tell 'em I'm Surfin'Fantastic Baggys1964
318.Fun Fun FunBeach Boys1964
319.Don't Worry BabyBeach Boys1964
320.Don't Back DownBeach Boys1964
321.Windmills of Your MindDusty Springfield1969
322.Sands of TimeFleetwood Mac1971
323.Hot Fun in the SummerSly & Family Stone1969
324.Summer in the CityLovin' Spoonful1966
325.SunlightYoung Bloods1971
326.Tales of Brave UlyssesCream1968
327.Save it For MeFour Seasons1964
328.RelayThe Who1972-73
329.The Look of LoveDusty Springfield1967
330.Oh Pretty WomanJohn Mayall1968
331.In a Gadda Da VidaIron Butterfly1968
332.In the Time of Our LivesIron Butterfly1969
333.This Wheel's on FireJulie Driscoll, Brian Augur & Trinity1968
334.Season of the WitchJulie Driscoll, Brian Augur & Trinity1968
335.Have I the RightHoneycombs1964
336.Children of the FutureSteve Miller Band1970
337.Baby's Callin' Me HomeBoz Skaggs & Steve Miller Band1970
338.Michael From MountainsJoni Mitchell1968
339.Uncle John's Band      live versionGrateful Dead1970
340.The Lion Sleeps TonightTokens1961
341.Best of My LoveEmotions1977
342.The Bells of RhymneyByrds1965
343.Love is AliveGary Wright1976
344.I Walk the LineJohnny Cash1956
345.Bad Moon RisingCreedence Clearwater Revival1969
346.White RoomCream1968
347.Come TogetherBeatles1969
348.Get BackBeatles1969
349.Heartbreak Hotel          another walkElvis Prestley1956
350.Don't Be CruelElvis Prestley1956
351.Abraham, Martin & JohnDion1968
352.Stairway to Heaven         classical guitar version       My interpretationLed Zeppelin1971
353.Dark Star (long version)Grateful Dead1968
354.Saturday AfternoonJefferson Airplane1968
355.I'm Feelin' BlueCreedence Clearwater Revival1969
356.CorinnaTaj Mahal1969
357.The Combination of the TwoJanis Joplin, Big Brother & Holding Co.1968
358.Du Wah Diddy DiddyManfred Mann1964
359.Iron Butterfly ThemeIron Butterfly1968
360.The FoolQuicksilver Messenger Service1967
361.California Dreamin'Mamas & Papas1966
362.We Gotta Get Out of this Place     album versionAnimals1965
363.House of the Rising SunAnimals1964
364.Nights in White SatinMoody Blues1968
365.Never Comes the Day          live versionMoody Blues1968
366.Is That All There IsPeggy Lee1969
367.Wedding Bell BluesLaura Nyro1966
368.Words of LoveMamas & Papas1966
369.I Saw Her AgainMamas & Papas1966
370.Dedicated to the One I LoveMamas & Papas1967
371.I Call Your NameMamas & Papas1966
372.Mas Que NadaBrazil '661966
373.Scarborough FairBrazil '661967
374.Love Potion No. 9Searchers1964
375.Hope You're Feeling BetterSantana1971
376.LiveMerry Go Round 1967
377.Voodoo ChildJimi Hendrix1970
377.Catch the WindDonovan1965
378.Get Up, Get Down, from Close to the EdgeYes1972
381.Telstar     if the first one is down, try this oneTornadoes1962
382.Sweet Dreams     another viewTommy McLain1966
383.Sweet SeasonCarole King1972
384.Only the Lonely           Only the LonelyRoy Orbison1960
385.Maggot BrainFunkadelic1971
386.I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag           Country Joe's videoCountry Joe & Fish1965
387.Born to Be WildSteppenwolf1968
388.Mr. Tambourine ManByrds1965
389.Let it Be          Beatles1970
390.Carefree HighwayGordon Lightfoot1973
391.James Bond Theme     (movie version by Henry Mancini, John Barry composer)Billy Strange1964
392.Breakin' Up is Hard to DoNeil Sedaka1960
393.Live with MeRolling Stones1969
394.Theme from a Summer PlacePercy Faith1960
395.Hang 'Em High      good cover of this movie instrumental by Jam Pie      you tubeBooker T & MGs1968
396.Oye Como VaSantana1970
397.My Country Tis of Thy People You're DyingBuffy St. Marie1967
398.God is Alive, Magic is AfootBuffy St. Marie1967
399.I Feel FineBeatles1964
400a.And I Love HerBeatles1964
400b.If I Fell (flip side of above)Beatles1964

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Top 30+ runners up (I think), not in order (and maybe some of them should be in the top 400??) :

Both Sides NowJudy Collins (I remember now; it's the album version I liked)1967
Third Stone from The Sun (forgotten classic)Jimi Hendrix1967
I Saw Her Standing ThereBeatles1964
It's All Too MuchBeatles1968
Love SongElton John1970
TeacherElton John 1972
Love HangoverDiana Ross1976
Nothing But Heartaches (formerly #231; now not sure. Note similarity to "People Say" #151)Supremes1965
I Still Love YouVejtables1965
You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin' Righteous Bros1964
ExodusFerrante & Teicher1962
BadgeCream 1968
WindyThe Association1967
What's New PussycatTom Jones 1965
RhiannonFleetwood Mac 1975
It Was a Very Good YearFrank Sinatra1966
Love is All AroundTroggs 1968
Evil WaysSantana1970
Remember the FutureNektar1973
Sweet DreamJethro Tull1970
Aren't You GladSpirit 1971
Calendar GirlNeil Sedaka 1960
Ramble OnLed Zeppelin 1970
I Only Have Eyes For YouFlamingos1959
Too Many Fish in the SeaMarvellets 1964
Lonely BullTijuana Brass 1962
Kansas City StarRoger Miller 1965
Proud MaryCreedence Clearwater Revival1969
That'll Be the DayBuddy Holly 1957
Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology)Marvin Gaye 1971
You've Got Your TroublesFortunes 1965
Ebb TideRighteous Bros.1965
Soapstone MountainIt's A Beautiful Day1970
What Becomes of the Broken HeartedJimmy Ruffin 1966
Laugh LaughBeau Brummels 1964
Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him GoodbyeSteam1969
Your Auntie GrizeldaMonkees1967
Can't You Hear My Heart BeatHerman's Hermits1965
2,000 Light years from HomeRolling Stones1967
Little Deuce CoupeBeach Boys1963
Ballad of You and Me and PooneilJefferson Airplane1967
Tobacco RoadJefferson Airplane1966

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More comments on the list:

I have made only minor changes to the rock list, and have not added any songs I have discovered since the mid-1980s, when I made up the list (mostly derived from earlier lists; this list was originally made in 1977). So it is a record of my experience of the music of those times. Since I was very familiar with most of the records, I am satisfied overall with the rankings, though there are a few records on the list I only heard a few times. There indeed might be some songs I missed that would belong on the list if I knew them, and others I knew that I may have added to the runners-up list; plus a few I have discovered since the 1980s (including some Jimi Hendrix pieces such as Third Stone From the Sun). I might compile them and add them later (with a letter after the number, or on a special list). There is a wealth of interesting material being uncovered today from the "garage band" era of the 60s too. I'm not sure very many of them would be good enough to make my list, however.

With this list, as with the others, I would say that, however different this music may appear from that on my other lists, if you look a bit deeper, you'll find that many of these pieces share a lot in common with my classical and new age favorites. It certainly helps a song's position on my list if there's a good part in it for organ, harpsichord, synthesizer, electronics, sitar; or other interesting sounds; really cool guitar riffs, a strong underlying drone sound; or if it has well-done harmonies and good orchestral arrangements, etc. and of course, a warm, infectious, grand, swingin' melody means a lot!

Most critics would generally agree with the artists who predominate my list for the period covered. That includes British rock (Beatles, The Who, Rolling Stones from 1967-69, etc.,), the Motown sound, California surf sound, folk-rock, and quite a bit of psychedelia (as you might expect of "Eric Mystic."), and related FM classic rock and progressive styles of the late 60s and early 70s, many of them less well-known pieces today. Some popular artists are not represented at all whom lots of other people like (Van Morrison for example, or James Taylor, or James Brown; or John Denver, even though I like him, and some iconic 70s rock artists like ELO, Rush, Foreigner, Van Halen, etc.); not to mention disco, bubblegum and other trifles. Others might include more from the 1950s or 1970s. My preference for the period of "the 60s" (1963-1973) is clear. I like early rock'n'roll (rockabilly, etc.), but it's not my favorite, nor does it compare musically to my mind with the peak of pop around 1966-67. A lot of crooners are missing too. But there are quite a few rock n roll classics included from the earlier years before 1963 on my list, as well as some later ones after 1973. The list rocks hard in places, and mellows out a lot in others, with many combining both. It is a fairly broad-ranging and comprehensive list.

Most common artists on my list, I think (*not counting solo acts): The Who* (28), Beatles* (26), Supremes* (16), Jefferson Airplane/Starship (15), Rolling Stones (13), Bob Dylan (9), Beach Boys (9), Byrds (8), Fleetwood Mac (7), Mamas & Papas (7), Crosby Stills Nash & Young (6). Many artists have about 3 to 5 each.

Why 400+? It just seemed like that was the cut off from records that I might like, even some that are standards and classics, but were not quite as noteworthy, moving, or special to me. There is a finite number of songs and pieces available to me from those years, so there's a finite number of favorites. A longer list would be needed for a longer period, but, maybe not MUCH longer. I genuinely feel that these years were the best. At the same time, I recognize that there are probably lots of other good songs from later years that I do not know (and there's some that I DO know)! On the other hand, much of heavy metal, hard core punk rock, grunge, commercial pop, and rap leaves me cold as ice.

I had a brief list somewhere of post-1977 songs that might have made my list. I know I liked "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton, " I Want a New Drug " by Huey Lewis and The News, "What I Like About You" by the Romantics, "Owner of a Lonely Heart" by Yes, and some U2 and Police songs. The Doobie Bros. big hit "What a Fool Believes" was released in 1978. Of course there were a few later Who and Pete Townshend songs too. Many have paid tribute to the late great King of Pop, Michael Jackson (who died in 2009). I do like some of his songs, including Don't Stop Till You Get Enough (1979) and The Way You Make Me Feel (1987). Latter day "rainbow songs" I like include " The Rainbow Connection " (1979) by Jim Henson/Kermit the Frog, and " Rainbow Inside My Heart " (1983) by Angela Bofill. Green Day is a good group from the 2000s, and there are others, especially European/UK groups like Everything Everything. Santana's 2000 album Supernatural was justly acclaimed, including the song "Smooth." But I am not very well informed about later years, and most later pop artists don't impress me.

However, there may be a new trend in pop music in the 2010s that shows talent and artistry. It tends toward the simple and upbeat, and sometimes I have listened in. The successor to Michael Jackson, Justin Bieber (the Prince of Pop) put out a song in Nov. 2010 that easily would make my list (even high in the Top 100), Pray. I consider it the best song since 1973. A few others of his many good songs might have slipped onto the list, had they come out in the old days, such as What Do You Mean, Bigger, All I Want Is You, One Less Lonely Girl, Be Alright, Believe, All Around the World, and Mistletoe. Owl City and Bieber's protege Carly Rae Jepsen's song Good Time (2012) is magical and makes my soul dance; definitely would make my list high! Carly Rae Jepsen would score with Curiosity. The boy band One Direction has led the "new British invasion," and their best song is, appropriately, the Best Song Ever. Another new favorite singer-songwriter is Joe Brooks, whose 2010 song These Broken Hands of Mine is excellent. The popular group Maroon 5 had some fine hits in 2012, "Payphone" and "One More Night." The top international hit Happy by Pharrell Williams would make my list, and probably its parody by Wierd Al Yankovic too! Rude by Magic, and written by the co-arranger of Bieber's Pray and Mistletoe, is brilliant and catchy, and I like The Best Day of My Life by the group American Authors, even though it was used to advertise a casino, and partly because it was influenced by Good Time.

The earlier years, extending back to Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Hollywood's Golden Age, big band/jazz, and the blues, is another vast field in itself. The instrumental arrangement (and in some cases, topical relevance) of these earlier songs are sometimes not as good, but vocals, melodies and lyrics are sometimes superior. Somewhere Over the Rainbow is my favorite old song. "Stormy Weather" is by the same composers (Harold Arlen, & Yip Harburg). I'm often In the Mood for Glenn Miller and for "Sing Sing Sing" by Benny Goodman. I also didn't include later examples of this genre, of which My Fair Lady is outstanding.

Is there a WORST song in the classic rock genre? Of course, it's Free Bird by Leonard Skynyrd. No contest. And obscenely popular too. Sorry, I won't make a link to it; find it yourself if you want.

You Tube is a new and wonderful thing. I have been able to find links for most of the songs there, or elsewhere on the web, but they get taken down frequently. I prefer the original recordings, where they are allowed to be posted. Only a few live versions or covers are anywhere near adequate to convey the musicianship, sounds and feelings of the original. Some songs can be found on other sites like grooveshark, dizzler, deezer, metacafe, and rhapsody (which is only available for limited plays). Dizzler may take a couple of tries to get the right track; and 5 clicks to get back here. all-time favorite Top 500 list

Top 100 songs of the year, 1946-2010

New Age and Ambient favorites

Western Classical Music favorites

Classical Organ Music favorites