Now I knew before I started putting this project together that I would not be able to make everyone happy with this list. Nobody can. In fact, if I were to go back and put this together again, I am sure I would come up with a different 64.
Well, after 5 days of thinking about it, I put together a list of 64 songs that I thought we could turn into a tournament. My selection process had no define lines with the exception of one, no duplicate artists. Now this is what made the selection process a bit difficult. Sure, you can go through and pick a ton of rolling stones, Beatles, Dylan and Who songs, like Rolling Stone magazine did, but what fun would that be.
When making these selections, I tried to put together a good collection from different genres. Some old, some new, some rock, some roll, some pop and some metal. Regardless of where theses songs may fall, they all have one thing in common, they are all great tunes. Now in order for me to get down to 64, I had to leave behind many good tunes. You will notice that there is no rap, hip-hop, funk, R&B, reggae, Philadelphia Soul, Regular Soul, U2, The Eagles and Aerosmith. The reason behind this is because I needed to narrow this down and if I included those genres, there is now way I could have narrowed this down to 64. And those other bands, well, I just don’t like them.
These songs, I have not put in any particular order, so that is where I need your help. I gave you 64 songs, now I need you to help me rank them for the tournament.
This will be set up just like the NCAA Basketball tournament, so we will have 4 brackets of 16, with songs ranked 1-16 in each bracket. Now, I know that 64 songs is a lot to go through, but rank what you can. Even if you can only rank your favorite 8 songs in the list, that will help me set up the top 2 seeds in each bracket.
UPDATE: also, if you want to submit an additional song for the list, feel free. What I will do is have the most requested song off the list, play the song with the worst ranking in a play-in game, just like the tournament. The play-in game winner will then play the best ranked song in the opening round.
And just to clear up any confusion, please rank the songs from 1-64, with 1 being your favorite and 64 being your least favorite.
thanks to all who have participated already. this looks like it could be a lot of fun.
Well, here you go. Here are the 64 songs.
Ned's Atomic Dustbin – Happy
Oasis – Supersonic
Rolling Stones - She's A Rainbow
Stone Roses - I Wanna Be Adored
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song
AC/DC - Long Way To The Top (If You Wanna Rock ‘n’ Roll)
The Clash - London Calling
Blur – Parklife
The Doors – L.A. Woman
Prince - I Would Die 4 U
Beach Boys - Sloop John B
Guns ‘n’ Roses - Welcome to the Jungle
Nirvana - Drain You
Van Halen - Hot for Teacher
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control
Radiohead - The Bends
Nine Inch Nails – Wish
Ride – Twisterella
Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run
Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Beirut - Postcards From Italy
Elvis Costello – (What's So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love & Understanding
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
Black Sabbath - War Pigs
David Bowie - Space Oddity
The Libertines - Death on the Stairs
Pixies – Debaser
Echo & The Bunnymen - The Killing Moon
New Order - Perfect Kiss
The Cure - Pictures of You
The Who - My Generation
Peter Bjorn & John - Young Folks
Doves - There Goes the Fear
Stereophonics – Dakota
Arcade Fire - neighborhood #1 (tunnels)
Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland 1945
The Animals - We Gotta Get Out of this Place
The Smiths – How Soon is Now?
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Pearl Jam – Porch
The Jam - Town Called Malice
The Police – Roxanne
Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen
The Kinks - You Really Got Me
Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
Elvis - Suspicious Minds
B-52s - Rock Lobster
Blondie - Heart of Glass
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Elton John - Tiny Dancer
Kings of Leon – Slow Night So Long
Broken Social Scene - Anthems for A 17-Year Old Girl
Elliott Smith - Son of Sam
Pink Floyd – Fearless
The Strokes - You Only Live Once
Metallica - Creeping Death
Sonic Youth - Teenage Riot
Flaming Lips - Race for the Prize
Psychedelic Furs - Love My Way
New Pornographers – Sing Me Spanish Techno
The Stooges - I Wanna Be Your Dog
Beck – Girl
The Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop