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#21 Posted on 12.6.03 1157.59
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Y'know, I half-expected to see Billy Joel's We Didn't Start the Fire on there. I mean, who doesn't love singing along with history...

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#22 Posted on 12.6.03 1416.59
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Bah. These lists are subjective to begin with, so there's no use in getting in a tizzy over what songs were/weren't included and where they rank.

And no one shall question the artistic integrity of Nelly. NO ONE.
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#23 Posted on 12.6.03 1535.29
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Hmmm, seems mostly its the 100 best singles rather than songs. Stuff like 'Lose Youreself', 'Smells Like Teen Spirit', and 'Another Brick.." aren't even close to being the best songs by those artists IMO.

And I really have to question how anyone could accuse Shania Twain or the Backstreet Boys of being responsible for one of the great songs of our time.

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#24 Posted on 12.6.03 1722.26
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I saw one of the guys responsible for this list doing an interview, and he did seem to stress the importance of diversity in the list. They said they wanted to capture all the genres. He also indicated that while this is not strictly a sales list, that it would probably would have had to sell a lot to make the list. So maybe that answers some of the questions about why this artist made it and not that artist and whatnot.

(What's the distinction between songs and singles? Does that have to do with sales?)
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#25 Posted on 13.6.03 0022.56
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Singles are the tunes artists make videos for, always perform on live TV appearances, make sell individual copies on CD of, and you hear on the radio all the time.

A regular 'song' is the other stuff on the album. Occasionally, a song that isn't a single will become a big hit due to it being a great song played live, or put onto a movie soundtrack or something. Examples include U2's 'Bad,' Elton John's 'Harmony,' all the songs off of the Beatles' White Album, and generally all of Led Zeppelin's catalogue.
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#26 Posted on 13.6.03 0054.49
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As far as a "Greatest of" this list totally losses any semblance of creditability after 4. Never recovers either. These things aren't a matter of subjectivity, it's a matter of sales and the impact of the trend.

Really, Spice Girls 'Wannabe' should be number 1. Nirvana changed the musical landscape for about 3 years, they sold lots of flannels, Long John's and Doc Martins. But they had no long term impact at all, except as a cash cow for the Documentary and paperback book field.

Spice Girls, now they came out at about the same time Clear Channel started to swallow up radio stations. They reintroduced bubblegum pop to the masses, and since then there has been no turning back. Now, every genre is bubbelgum. Damn influential if you ask me, hell its been 1989 since 1997.
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#27 Posted on 13.6.03 0813.39
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Am I going utterly blind or is there no Radiohead in there either. Gloria Gaynor and no Radiohead?! The world has taken a very, very wrong turn somewhere.
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#28 Posted on 13.6.03 1440.41
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    Originally posted by dMr
    Am I going utterly blind or is there no Radiohead in there either.


Umm...yeah, you are.

84. Radiohead, "Creep"

As for my opinion? There's some good songs and some bads songs. So it's not too bad of a list. But "Lose Yourself" at #4? That's nonsense.
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#29 Posted on 13.6.03 1527.31
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Agreed with everyone about "Lose Yourself" getting such a high spot. Of course, I can't stand Eminem, so seeing him in there even twice just irks me.

And, I know I'm a freak about the guy, and I know he's never really produced anything really "radio friendly," but NO Elvis Costello? At least "Alison" or "Radio, Radio." Damn. VH1 usually gives him some love...

Oh, and cheers for the Talking Heads and the Police!
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#30 Posted on 13.6.03 1727.23
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Total agreement on the Elvis Costello thing. "Alison" should have been Top 20, or if that misses the time frame, then "Veronica" should have been in there somewhere.

My personal gripe on the other hand comes from the fact that whether you loved it or you hated it, one of the biggest musical trends of the 90's was the singer/songwriter female of the Lilith Fair bent. And that whole group likely does not get a shot at being commercially viable if "Silent All These Years" by Tori Amos does not acheive a certain amount of success. So the fact that this song is missing causes me much consternation, something which I know I am wholly alone in :)
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#31 Posted on 15.6.03 1434.31
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    Originally posted by jfkfc
    "Bat Out Of Hell" actually came out in 1977, so why would that be on the list? I mean, to get technical about it.

    "Relax" was a glaring omission. "Cult of Personality" and "Plush" also. And no Rick Astley? Oh, the humanity!



Actually you are right. I was born in 1977, but my B-Day is in December...so I am still 25 for a full year (kinda)

Regardless, If there are lists to be populated in reference to music, MEAT LOAF should be on the list. His "Bat out of Hell" album still sells to this very day. He has written music for Celine Dion as well as numerous others. His coloboration with Jim Steinman on such recordings as "Total eclipse of the heart" (Bonnie Tyler) has cemented himself deep in the music industry. A well respected individual.
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#32 Posted on 16.6.03 0045.22
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    Originally posted by Socks

      Originally posted by jfkfc
      "Bat Out Of Hell" actually came out in 1977, so why would that be on the list? I mean, to get technical about it.

      "Relax" was a glaring omission. "Cult of Personality" and "Plush" also. And no Rick Astley? Oh, the humanity!



    Actually you are right. I was born in 1977, but my B-Day is in December...so I am still 25 for a full year (kinda)

    Regardless, If there are lists to be populated in reference to music, MEAT LOAF should be on the list. His "Bat out of Hell" album still sells to this very day. He has written music for Celine Dion as well as numerous others. His coloboration with Jim Steinman on such recordings as "Total eclipse of the heart" (Bonnie Tyler) has cemented himself deep in the music industry. A well respected individual.



I think you're confusing Steinman and Meat Loaf.

... And Meat's best song was "For Crying Out Loud"...
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#33 Posted on 17.6.03 1245.48
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    Originally posted by DarkRenegade

      Originally posted by dMr
      Am I going utterly blind or is there no Radiohead in there either.


    Umm...yeah, you are.

    84. Radiohead, "Creep"

    As for my opinion? There's some good songs and some bads songs. So it's not too bad of a list. But "Lose Yourself" at #4? That's nonsense.



Ah, tis a fair point.

Not enough caffeine in the mornings me thinks.

But only 84? And with Creep? Very odd.
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#34 Posted on 17.6.03 2112.55
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    Originally posted by Mild Mannered Madman individual.



I think you're confusing Steinman and Meat Loaf.

... And Meat's best song was "For Crying Out Loud"...




How so?

www.neverlandhotel.dk

Jim Steinman's website. Look through songs/music, you will see the coloborated on many songs..
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#35 Posted on 19.6.03 1919.56
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Alls I know is that the Sopranos chick that's hosting is totally ruining the pigtail look. Yikes!
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#36 Posted on 20.6.03 0733.03
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    Originally posted by DrewDewce
    Alls I know is that the Sopranos chick that's hosting is totally ruining the pigtail look. Yikes!


Yeah, is she on meth or something? She looks totally dazed out there, with the awful soft-focus and Cub Scout uniform not doing her any favors, either. Still, she has that trashy Queens/Jersey look that I'll always have a soft spot for.
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#37 Posted on 20.6.03 0757.09
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I think Nile Rodgers of Chic is now officially the only person to be interviewed in everyone of the VH1 Countdowns in one form or another. Thats quite a feat and I salute you Nigel.
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#38 Posted on 20.6.03 1112.55
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    Originally posted by Simba

      Originally posted by DrewDewce
      Alls I know is that the Sopranos chick that's hosting is totally ruining the pigtail look. Yikes!


    Yeah, is she on meth or something? She looks totally dazed out there, with the awful soft-focus and Cub Scout uniform not doing her any favors, either. Still, she has that trashy Queens/Jersey look that I'll always have a soft spot for.



I thank you both for speaking the truth. Drea looks so good on the Sopranos, but she just looks bored out there. I've seen more energy from Eeyore. Perhaps she was kidnapped, drugged and forced to do this by Viacom.

Still, she's a better host than Denise Richards.
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