1970: 20 Songs Released in 1970 You Must Hear

My rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed
  • Restricted to only 20 songs

A lot of GREAT music was released in 1970, here are my 20 chosen songs.

  • Into the Mystic – Van Morrison

    “Into the Mystic” is one of Morrison’s warmest ballads, an Otis Redding-style reverie with acoustic guitar and horns. The lyrics are truly mysterious: “People say, ‘What does this mean?’ ” said Morrison. “A lot of times I have no idea what I mean. That’s what I like about rock & roll — the concept. Like Little Richard — what does he mean? You can’t take him apart; that’s rock & roll to me.”
    rollingstone.com

    Written by Van Morrison and featured on his 1970 album Moondance. It was also included on Morrison’s 1974 live album, It’s Too Late To Stop Now. It was recorded during the Moondance sessions at A&R Recording Studios in New York City in September to November 1969. Elliott Scheiner was the engineer.

    We were born before the wind
    Also younger than the sun
    Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic
    Hark, now hear the sailors cry
    Smell the sea and feel the sky
    Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic




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The Clash’s Best Songs – 6 Different Lists (Uncut, paste, stereogum, The Guardian, CoS & UCR)

TOC

  1. The Clash’s 30 best songs – Uncut
  2. The 10 Best Clash Songs – Stereogum
  3. The 18 Best Clash Songs – Paste
  4. The Clash’s Top 20 Songs – CoS
  5. Top 10 Clash Songs – Ultimateclassicrock.com
  6. The Clash: 10 of the best – The Guardian

The Clash’s 30 best songs (Uncut Magazine)

An all-star panel – including Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Terry Chimes – vote for their greatest cuts (from Uncut’s December 2003 issue)

  1. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais (Single A-side, June 1978)
  2. Complete Control (Single A-side, September 1977)
  3. London Calling (Single A-side and title track of third album, December 1979)
  4. Straight To Hell (Combat Rock album track, May 1982. Issued as a double-A-side single, September 1982)
  5. I Fought The Law (From the “Cost Of Living” EP, May 1979)
  6. Garageland (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  7. 1977 (B-side to “White Riot”, March 1977)
  8. Safe European Home (Give ‘Em Enough Rope album track, November 1978)
  9. Clash City Rockers (Single A-side, February 1978)
  10. White Riot (Single A-side, March 1977)
  11. Janie Jones (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  12. Police And Thieves (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  13. London’s Burning (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  14. Bankrobber (Single A-side, August 1980)
  15. Stay Free (Give ‘Em Enough Rope album track, November 1978)
  16. Rock The Casbah (Combat Rock album track, May 1982. Issued as single A-side, June 1982)
  17. Rudie Can’t Fail (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  18. Police On My Back (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  19. Lost In The Supermarket (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  20. Broadway (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  21. Armagideon Time (B-side of “London Calling”, December 1979)
  22. Somebody Got Murdered (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  23. Should I Stay Or Should I Go? (Combat Rock album track, May 1982. Later issued as a double-A-side single, September 1982)
  24. The Magnificent Seven (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  25. I’m So Bored With The USA (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  26. Tommy Gun (Single A-side from the album Give ’Em Enough Rope, both November 1978)
  27. Career Opportunities (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  28. The Guns Of Brixton (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  29. Spanish Bombs (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  30. This Is England (Single A-side, September 1985, from the album Cut The Crap, November 1985)

The 10 Best Clash Songs (Stereogum)

Timothy Bracy And Elizabeth Bracy | December 7, 2012

  1. Spanish Bombs
  2. Straight To Hell
  3. Clampdown (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  4. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
  5. London Calling
  6. Complete Control
  7. Lost In The Supermarket
  8. Up In Heaven (Not Only Here) (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  9. Train In Vain (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  10. Safe European Home

The 18 Best Clash Songs (Paste Magazine)

By Max Blau | January 31, 2011

  1. Train in Vain
  2. London Calling
  3. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
  4. I Fought the Law
  5. Spanish Bombs
  6. Complete Control
  7. Remote Control (The Clash album track, April 1977)
  8. Police On My Back
  9. Lost In The Supermarket
  10. Clampdown
  11. Career Opportunities
  12. Clash City Rockers
  13. Death or Glory (London Calling album track, December 1979)
  14. Should I Stay Or Should I Go
  15. Janie Jones
  16. White Riot
  17. Police & Thieves
  18. Straight To Hell

The Clash’s Top 20 Songs (CoS)

Nick Freedon – April 10, 2017

  1. London Calling
  2. Straight To Hell
  3. Rudie Can’t Fail
  4. I’m So Bored With The USA
  5. The Magnificent Seven
  6. White Riot
  7. Rock the Casbah
  8. The Guns Of Brixton
  9. I Fought the Law
  10. Train in Vain
  11. Know Your Rights (Combat Rock album track, May 1982)
  12. Clampdown
  13. London’s Burning
  14. Complete Control
  15. Spanish Bombs
  16. Ivan Meets G.I. Joe (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  17. Julie’s Been Working For The Drug Squad (Give ‘Em Enough Rope album track, November 1978)
  18. Pressure Drop (“English Civil War” B-Side (1979)
  19. Washington Bullets (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  20. English Civil War (Give ‘Em Enough Rope album track, November 1978)

Top 10 Clash Songs (ultimateclassicrock.com)

Bryan Wawzenek – March 9, 2014

  1. White Man (In Hammersmith Palais)
  2. Clampdown
  3. London Calling
  4. White Riot
  5. Straight to Hell
  6. The Magnificent Seven
  7. Lost in the Supermarket
  8. Should I Stay or Should I Go
  9. Career Opportunities
  10. Rock the Casbah

The Clash: 10 of the best (The Guardian)

Dave Simpson – Wed 23 Sep 2015

  1. Complete Control
  2. (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais
  3. Safe European Home
  4. Armagideon Time
  5. Spanish Bombs
  6. Train in Vain
  7. Bankrobber
  8. The Call Up (Sandinista! album track, December 1980)
  9. The Magnificent Seven
  10. Straight To Hell

-Egil

1961: 20 Songs Released in 1961 You Must Hear

My rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed (that’s another & more complicated list)

Please feel free to publish your own favorite songs from 1961 in the comments section…

Here we go…

1972: 21 Songs Released in 1972 You Must Hear






First: Historical events

from: infoplease.com

  • President Nixon makes unprecedented eight-day visit to Communist China and meets with Mao Zedong (Feb. 17).
  • Britain takes over direct rule of Northern Ireland in bid for peace (March 24).
  • Eleven Israeli athletes at Olympic Games in Munich are killed after eight members of an Arab terrorist group invades Olympic Village; five guerrillas and one policeman are also killed (Sept. 5).
  • Nixon orders “Christmas bombing” of North Vietnam (Dec)
  • Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama is shot by Arthur H. Bremer at Laurel, Md., political rally (May 15)
  • US Supreme Court rules that death penalty is unconstitutional (June 29)

My rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed (that’s another & more complicated list)

Please feel free to publish your own favorite songs from 1972 in the comments section…

AND lists like this are supposed to be fun! Don’t take it too seriously.

Here we go…

  • Shine A Light – The Rolling Stones

    Released on “Exile on Main St.” – a double album by English rock band The Rolling Stones. It was released on 12 May 1972 by Rolling Stones Records. The album’s music incorporates rock and roll, blues, soul, country, and gospel genres.
    In 2003, the album was ranked 7th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

    Saw you stretched out in Room Ten O Nine
    With a smile on your face and a tear right in your eye.
    Oh, couldn’t see to get a line on you, my sweet honey love. 

    Berber jew’lry jangling down the street,
    Make you shut your eyes at ev’ry woman that you meet.
    Could not seem to get a high on you, my sweet honey love. 

    May the good Lord shine a light on you,
    Make every song (you sing) your favorite tune.
    May the good Lord shine a light on you,
    Warm like the evening sun.



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1976: 20 Songs you Must hear from 1976



The Year 1976 summary

  • Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot becomes prime minister (and virtual dictator) of Cambodia after Prince Sihanouk steps down (April 2).
  • Israeli airborne commandos attack Uganda’s Entebbe Airport and free 103 hostages held by pro-Palestinian hijackers of Air France plane; one Israeli and several Ugandan soldiers killed in raid (July 4).
  • 19-month civil war ends in Lebanon after threatening to escalate to global level (Nov.).
  • US: US Supreme Court rules that blacks and other minorities are entitled to retroactive job seniority (March 24).
  • US: US Supreme Court rules that death penalty is not inherently cruel or unusual and is a constitutionally acceptable form of punishment (July 3).
  • US: Jimmy Carter elected US President (Nov. 2).
  • Movies: Rocky, Taxi Driver, Network, All the President’s Men
  • Deaths: Agatha Christie, Andre Malraux

My rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed
  • Restricted to only 20 songs

As usual.. a lot of wonderful music was released in 1976, again hard to pick only 20.

21 Songs Released in 1980 You Must Hear

My rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed
  • Restricted to only 20 songs

A lot of wonderful music was released in 1980, here are my 20 chosen songs.

  • Summertime in England – Van Morrison

    The longest & best song on Van Morrison’s 1980 album, Common One. Although the album on which the song appeared was not critically or commercially successful, the song would be performed by Morrison in concert for almost two and one-half decades, taking on new meaning when performed live. A truncated version of the song with an early fade-out was also released as the B-side of the 1983 single “Cry for Home”.

    Can you meet me in the country
    In the summertime in England
    Will you meet me?
    Will you meet me in the country
    In the summertime in England
    Will you meet me?
    We’ll go riding up to Kendal in the country
    In the summertime in England.
    Did you ever hear about
    Did you ever hear about
    Did you ever hear about
    Wordsworth and Coleridge, baby?
    Did you ever hear about Wordsworth and Coleridge?
    They were smokin’ up in Kendal
    By the lakeside


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