…but I love music (and lists). So I’ll make an exception in this case. Meme originator James Bow explains:
Politics is an important part of our lives, and it plays a big part in defining who we are and how we see the world, but it isn’t the only part of our lives, and it doesn’t play the biggest part in defining how we respond to the world.
So, with that in mind, I’d like to ask every political blogger in the Canadian blogosphere to stop thinking about politics a moment, and think about rock music.
I’m serious. I am compiling a list of songs for an iTunes playlist which I am calling “Rock Essentials”. These are songs that I’ve arbitrarily decided are important to the history of rock and roll. You may not own the albums, but whenever you hear the single, you recognize it immediately and smile, and possibly say “rock on”.
So, tell me: what would you say are your top five most essential rock songs for an iTunes playlist? Or top ten. Or top fifteen. Take a moment to list our choices and explain them. Then link back here and leave me a comment pointing to your post. Let’s see what your choices are.
My 15 picks in no particular order (and in YouTube format) are below the fold:
The Demics – New York City (cover by The Screwed)
The Replacements – Bastards of Young
The Stooges – Search and Destroy
The Damned – New Rose
Elvis Costello – Radio Radio
The Dead Boys – Sonic Reducer
Husker Du – Makes No Sense At All
Sleater-Kinney – You’re No Rock ‘n’ Roll Fun
The Who – Baba O’Riley
Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)
Superchunk – Slack Motherfucker
The Runaways – Cherry Bomb
X-Ray Spex – Oh Bondage! Up Yours
Bad Brains – Pay to Cum
The Ramones – Blitzkrieg Bop
Patti Smith – Gloria