Playlist borrowed by Algernon

Last month Rolling Stone Magazine released their 500 best songs of all time. They did the same thing in December 2003which was referred to as the 2004 list, so it could be said a generation has passed since that list was prepared. The 2021 list has many songs from the 90’s, 00’s and 10’s and less from earlier decades particularly the 50’s, which probably reflects the contributors to the latest. In the new list only one songcomes from the period between 2004 and 2021 and only four of the top 10 from 2003 survive in the latest. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac didn’t even appear in the 2004 top 500.

The most represented year in the current list was 1971. The decades with the most entries in both lists were the 60’s and 70’s, nearly 70% in the 2004 and around 50% in the 2021. The 80’s and 90s account for about 30% in the latest list compared with half that in the previous.

The number in brackets is the songs place in each other’s list.

2021 top 10 Respect – Aretha Franklin (5) Fight the Power – Public Enemy (322) A change is gonna come – Sam Cooke (12) Like a rolling stone – Bob Dylan (1) Smells like teen spirit – Nirvana (9) What’s going on – Marvin Gaye (4) Strawberry Fields forever – The Beatles (76) Get ur freak on – Missy Elliott (-) Dreams – Fleetwood Mac (-) Hey ya – Outkast (180)

2003 – top 101. Like a rolling stone – Bob Dylan (4) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones (31) Imagine – John Lennon (19)4. What’s going on – Marvin Gaye (6)5. Respect – Aretha Franklin (1) Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys (53) Johnny B Good – Chuck Berry (33) Hey Jude – The Beatles (89)9. Smells like teen spirit – Nirvana (5) What I’d say – Ray Charles (80)