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The Top 500 Songs of All-Time

As promised or perhaps threatened, here are what I humbly refer to as The Top 500 Songs of All-Time (1972-1999), determined solely by me and presented without commercial interruption in the WFUN-AM 790 Miami New Year’s Eve countdown style I first encountered 34 birthdays ago today.

Less talk. More rock…

500. Dialogue (Part I & II) – Chicago (1972)

499. Shine – Collective Soul (1994)

498. Sail On – The Commodores (1979)

497. Behind Closed Doors – Charlie Rich (1973)

496. This Time – INXS (1985)

495. Hey Jealousy – Gin Blossoms (1993)

494. Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye (1973)

493. We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister (1984)

492. S.O.S. – ABBA (1975)

491. ‘Til My Baby Comes Home – Luther Vandross (1985)

490. Walls (Circus) – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1996)

489. Steal My Sunshine – Len (1999)

488. Back Stabbers – The O’Jays (1972)

487. Gold – Spandau Ballet (1984)

486. Been To Canaan – Carole King (1972)

485. Hurricane (Part I) – Bob Dylan (1976)

484. Sucked Out – Superdrag (1996)

483. Let’s Go All The Way – Sly Fox (1986)

482. St. Elmo’s Fire (Man In Motion) – John Parr (1985)

481. Feels So Good – Chuck Mangione (1978)

480. Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits (1979)

479. Radio Ga Ga – Queen (1984)

478. Swearin’ To God – Frankie Valli (1975)

477. Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash (1982)

476. Call On Me – Chicago (1974)

475. Twilight Zone/Twilight Tone – Manhattan Transfer (1980)

474. Love Takes Time – Orleans (1979)

473. Linger – The Cranberries (1993)

472. Forever Man – Eric Clapton (1985)

471. Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of…) – Lou Bega (1999)

470. Sleeping Satellite – Tasmin Archer (1993)

469. Losing My Religion – R.E.M. (1991)

468. Men Without Shame – Phantom, Rocker & Slick (1986)

467. Black Coffee In Bed – Squeeze (1982)

466. A Matter Of Trust – Billy Joel (1986)

465. Easy Lover – Philip Bailey & Phil Collins (1984)

464. I’m So Excited – Pointer Sisters (1984)

463. Love Rollercoaster – Ohio Players (1976)

462. Oh, Babe What Would You Say – Hurricane Smith (1973)

461. Nobody Does It Better – Carly Simon (1977)

460. Good – Better Than Ezra (1995)

459. Painted Ladies – Ian Thomas (1974)

458. With A Little Luck – Paul McCartney & Wings (1978)

457. O.P.P. – Naughty By Nature (1991)

456. Reminiscing – Little River Band (1978)

455. Out Of Touch – Daryl Hall & John Oates (1984)

454. The Show Must Go On – Three Dog Night (1974)

453. Only The Lonely – The Motels (1982)

452. Constant Craving – k.d. lang (1992)

451. The Main Event/Fight – Barbra Streisand (1979)

450. Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy (1973)

449. Street Life – The Crusaders (1979)

448. (Just Like) Starting Over – John Lennon (1980)

447. Invisible Touch – Genesis (1986)

446. Tired Of Toein’ The Line – Rocky Burnette (1980)

445. Rockin’ Roll Baby – The Stylistics (1973)

444. Cherchez La Femme – Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band (1977)

443. Here You Come Again – Dolly Parton (1978)

442. Bungle In The Jungle – Jethro Tull (1974)

441. The Fire Inside – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band (1991)

440. Tight Rope – Leon Russell (1972)

439. Sit Down You’re Rockin’ The Boat – Don Henley (1993)

438. Army – Ben Folds Five (1999)

437. December 1963 (Oh, What A Night) – The 4 Seasons (1976)

436. Yes – Merry Clayton (1988)

435. One Of These Nights – The Eagles (1975)

434. Overkill – Men At Work (1983)

433. 99 Red Balloons – Nena (1984)

432. To Sir With Love – 10,000 Maniacs & Michael Stipe (1993)

431. Rocky Mountain Way – Joe Walsh (1973)

430. Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty (1978)

429. Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady – Helen Reddy (1975)

428. The Tide Is High – Blondie (1981)

427. Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I’ve Got) – Four Tops (1973)

426. C’mon C’mon (We’re Gonna Get It Started) – Sloan (1998)

425. Night Moves – Bob Seger (1977)

424. You Take Me Up – Thompson Twins (1984)

423. Tusk – Fleetwood Mac (1979)

422. Take Me Home Tonight – Eddie Money & Ronnie Spector (1986)

421. All Fired Up – Pat Benatar (1988)

420. It’s Money That Matters – Randy Newman (1988)

419. One Step Closer – Doobie Brothers (1981)

418. I Shall Sing – Art Garfunkel (1974)

417. Hot Child In The City – Nick Gilder (1978)

416. Sunshine – Jonathan Edwards (1972)

415. Sun’s Gonna Rise – Sass Jordan (1994)

414. Rush – Big Audio Dynamite II (1991)

413. Just You ‘N’ Me – Chicago (1973)

412. Strawberry Letter 23 – Brothers Johnson (1977)

411. On The Western Skyline – Bruce Hornsby & The Range (1987)

410. 12 Years Old – Kim Stockwood (1999)

409. Hooked On A Feeling – Blue Swede (1974)

408. I’ll Play For You – Seals & Croft (1975)

407. Oh Very Young – Cat Stevens (1974)

406. Dance With Me – Orleans (1975)

405. Just Too Many People – Melissa Manchester (1975)

404. Photograph – Ringo Starr (1973)

403. Midnight Blue – Lou Gramm (1987)

402. Born To Be Alive – Patrick Hernandez (1979)

401. Handle With Care – Traveling Wilburys (1988)

400. Fall Down – Toad The Wet Sprocket (1994)

399. Abra-Ca-Dabra – The DeFranco Family (1974)

398. Praise You – Fatboy Slim (1999)

397. Brimful Of Asha – Cornershop (1998)

396. Freedom 90 – George Michael (1990)

395. I Can’t Cry Anymore – Sheryl Crow (1995)

394. Invisible – Alison Moyet (1985)

393. I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis (1996)

392. Mamma Mia – ABBA (1976)

391. Jack And Jill – Raydio (1978)

390. Mornin’ Beautiful – Tony Orlando & Dawn (1975)

389. Self Esteem – The Offspring (1994)

388. Hysteria – Def Leppard (1988)

387. Rock The Boat – Hues Corporation (1974)

386. Put Your Hands Together – The O’Jays (1974)

385. Dreams I Dream – Dave Mason & Phoebe Snow (1988)

384. Rocky Mountain High – John Denver (1973)

383. Lido Shuffle – Boz Scaggs (1977)

382. Bitter – Jill Sobule (1997)

381. Waiting For A Star To Fall – Boy Meets Girl (1988)

380. Love Song – The Cure (1989)

379. (I Believe) There’s Nothing Stronger Than Our Love – Paul Anka & Odia Coates (1975)

378. Change The World – Eric Clapton (1996)

377. Goin’ Down – Greg Guidry (1982)

376. Livin’ Thing – Electric Light Orchestra (1977)

375. One Week – Barenaked Ladies (1998)

374. Chuck E.’s In Love – Rickie Lee Jones (1979)

373. Automatic – Pointer Sisters (1984)

372. I’m Coming Home – Johnny Mathis (1973)

371. All This Time – Sting (1991)

370. Your Smiling Face – James Taylor (1978)

369. Laid – James (1994)

368. Friends – Bette Midler (1973)

367. Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne – Looking Glass (1973)

366. Me And Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul (1972)

365. Paloma Blanca – George Baker Selection (1976)

364. Longfellow Serenade – Neil Diamond (1974)

363. It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me – Billy Joel (1980)

362. It’s A Miracle – Barry Manilow (1975)

361. Sowing The Seeds Of Love – Tears For Fears (1989)

360. I Live For Your Love – Natalie Cole (1988)

359. Only Yesterday – The Carpenters (1975)

358. I Want A New Drug – Huey Lewis & The News (1984)

357. Don’t Let Go – Isaac Hayes (1980)

356. Soldier Of Love – Donny Osmond (1989)

355. Why Can’t This Be Love – Van Halen (1986)

354. Drowning In The Sea Of Love – Joe Simon (1972)

353. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John & Kiki Dee (1976)

352. The Language Of Love – Dan Fogelberg (1984)

351. Pressure – Billy Joel (1982)

350. Kung Fu Fighting – Carl Douglas (1974)

349. Head Over Heels – The Go-Go’s (1984)

348. This Is It – Kenny Loggins (1980)

347. Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard – Paul Simon (1972)

346. You Make Me Feel Brand New – The Stylistics (1974)

345. Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson (1979)

344. Living For The City – Stevie Wonder (1974)

343. This Little Girl – Gary (U.S.) Bonds (1981)

342. Doctor My Eyes – Jackson Browne (1972)

341. Be Near Me – ABC (1985)

340. Superfly – Curtis Mayfield (1972)

339. Breakout – Swing Out Sister (1987)

338. Some Kinda Wonderful – Sky (1998)

337. Back When My Hair Was Short – Gunhill Road (1973)

336. The Only Flame In Town – Elvis Costello & Daryl Hall (1984)

335. Sometimes A Fantasy – Billy Joel (1980)

334. Alive And Kicking – Simple Minds (1985)

333. More Than A Woman – Tavares (1978)

332. Hope Of Deliverance – Paul McCartney (1993)

331. Grease – Frankie Valli (1978)

330. Island Girl – Elton John (1975)

329. Life In A Northern Town – Dream Academy (1986)

328. Love Machine – The Miracles (1976)

327. No Myth – Michael Penn (1990)

326. Is She Really Going Out With Him? – Joe Jackson (1979)

325. Kodachrome – Paul Simon (1973)

324. Ghetto Child – The Spinners (1973)

323. Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat) – Digable Planets (1993)

322. Valerie – Steve Winwood (1987)

321. Be Thankful For What You Got – William DeVaughn (1974)

320. Night In My Veins – The Pretenders (1994)

319. Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone) – Glass Tiger (1986)

318. Anniversary Song – Cowboy Junkies (1994)

317. I Can Dream About You – Dan Hartman (1984)

316. Up On The Roof – James Taylor (1979)

315. I’ve Got To Use My Imagination – Gladys Knight & The Pips (1974)

314. A Life Of Illusion – Joe Walsh (1981)

313. The Old Man Down The Road – John Fogerty (1985)

312. Listen To What The Man Said – Paul McCartney & Wings (1975)

311. Haven’t Got Time For The Pain – Carly Simon (1974)

310. Across The River – Bruce Hornsby & The Range (1990)

309. Whodunit – Tavares (1977)

308. Daybreak – Barry Manilow (1977)

307. Tom’s Diner – D.N.A. Featuring Suzanne Vega (1990)

306. Mighty High – Mighty Clouds Of Joy (1976)

305. Spies Like Us – Paul McCartney (1986)

304. Jenny Says – Cowboy Mouth (1997)

303. Rikki Don’t Lose That Number – Steely Dan (1974)

302. Boogie Down – Eddie Kendricks (1974)

301. Natural High – Bloodstone (1973)

300. You’re The First, The Last, My Everything – Barry White (1974)

299. Back On The Chain Gang – The Pretenders (1983)

298. Burning Love – Elvis Presley (1972)

297. Pop Muzik – M (1979)

296. Mexican Radio – Wall Of Voodoo (1983)

295. Dead Giveaway – Shalamar (1983)

294. Everyday I Write The Book – Elvis Costello & The Attractions (1983)

293. Paper In Fire – John Cougar Mellencamp (1987)

292. Bette Davis Eyes – Kim Carnes (1981)

291. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap – AC/DC (1981)

290. Dancing In The Moonlight – King Harvest (1973)

289. The Salt In My Tears – Martin Briley (1983)

288. Sister Golden Hair – America (1975)

287. The Warrior – Scandal Featuring Patty Smyth (1984)

286. Safety Dance – Men Without Hats (1983)

285. Drift Away – Dobie Gray (1973)

284. 867-5309/Jenny – Tommy Tutone (1982)

283. Thinking Of You – Loggins & Messina (1973)

282. Pillow Talk – Sylvia (1973)

281. Puttin’ On The Ritz – Taco (1983)

280. Lovely Day – Bill Withers (1978)

279. Centerfold – J. Geils Band (1982)

278. Sausalito Summer Night – Diesel (1981)

277. New Frontier – Donald Fagen (1983)

276. Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard (1988)

275. You Don’t Know How It Feels – Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (1994)

274. Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (1977)

273. Come Baby Come – K7 (1993)

272. Sweet Love – Anita Baker (1986)

271. Crumblin’ Down – John Cougar Mellencamp (1983)

270. Magic – Olivia Newton-John (1980)

269. The Entertainer – Billy Joel (1974)

268. Pray – M.C. Hammer (1990)

267. Birdland – Manhattan Transfer (1981)

266. Nightshift – Commodores (1985)

265. Cherish – Madonna (1989)

264. Horse With No Name – America (1972)

263. Regulate – Warren G & Nate Dogg (1994)

262. Right Back Where We Started From – Maxine Nightingale (1976)

261. Don’t You (Forget About Me) – Simple Minds (1985)

260. Tomorrow’s Girls – Donald Fagen (1993)

259. Man On The Moon – R.E.M. (1993)

258. Lawyers In Love – Jackson Browne (1983)

257. Summer – War (1976)

256. The Real End – Rickie Lee Jones (1984)

255. Every Morning – Sugar Ray (1999)

254. You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974)

253. Dear God – XTC (1987)

252. Don’t Shed A Tear – Paul Carrack (1988)

251. Gel – Collective Soul (1995)

250. Son Of My Father – Giorgio (1972)

249. Don’t Call Us, We’ll Call You – Sugarloaf (1975)

248. The Sweetest Taboo – Sade (1986)

247. Doll Parts – Hole (1994)

246. Dreaming A Dream – Crown Heights Affair (1975)

245. Hey Nineteen – Steely Dan (1981)

244. Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul (1989)

243. Band On The Run – Paul McCartney & Wings (1974)

242. Inside – Patti Rothberg (1996)

241. Carefree Highway – Gordon Lightfoot (1974)

240. Moonlight Feels Right – Starbuck (1976)

239. Boogie Nights – Heatwave (1977)

238. Heartache Tonight – The Eagles (1979)

237. Groove Is In The Heart – Dee-Lite (1990)

236. You Ought To Be With Me – Al Green (1972)

235. Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues – Danny O’Keefe (1972)

234. Peg – Steely Dan (1978)

233. The Obvious Child – Paul Simon (1990)

232. Rock And Roll Girls – John Fogerty (1985)

231. Feed The Tree – Belly (1993)

230. Walk The Dinosaur – Was (Not Was) (1989)

229. Makin’ It – David Naughton (1979)

228. Dancing Queen – ABBA (1977)

227. Lovefool – The Cardigans (1997)

226. Old Days – Chicago (1975)

225. Black & White – Three Dog Night (1972)

224. Keeper of the Flame – Martin Page (1995)

223. Afternoon Delight – Starland Vocal Band (1976)

222. So Alive – Love & Rockets (1989)

221. American City Suite – Cashman & West (1972)

220. Under The Clock – Janey Street (1985)

219. Brick – Ben Folds Five (1998)

218. One Less Set of Footsteps – Jim Croce (1973)

217. Junior’s Farm – Paul McCartney & Wings (1975)

216. White Lines – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five (1983)

215. Tin Man – America (1974)

214. Flagpole Sitta – Harvey Danger (1998)

213. You Get What You Give – New Radicals (1999)

212. Undercover Angel – Alan O’Day (1977)

211. Veronica – Elvis Costello (1989)

210. Mockingbird – Carly Simon & James Taylor (1974)

209. How Much Love – Leo Sayer (1977)

208. Get Down – Gilbert O’Sullivan (1973)

207. Smoke From A Distant Fire – Sanford/Townsend Band (1977)

206. Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone (1972)

205. Pretty Fly (For A White Guy) – The Offspring (1998)

204. Borderline – Madonna (1984)

203. Magic To Do – Cast of “Pippin” (1973)

202. You Better You Bet – The Who (1981)

201. The Way To Your Heart – Soulsister (1989)

200. When I Come Around – Green Day (1994)

199. A Long December – Counting Crows (1996)

198. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green (1972)

197. I Feel For You – Chaka Khan (1984)

196. Sideshow – Blue Magic (1974)

195. Nights On Broadway – The Bee Gees (1975)

194. Need You Tonight – INXS (1988)

193. Sundown – Gordon Lightfoot (1974)

192. Like The Way I Do – Melissa Etheridge (1988)

191. Mysterious Ways – U2 (1991)

190. U Can’t Touch This – M.C. Hammer (1990)

189. Come Out And Play – The Offspring (1994)

188. I’m Your Baby Tonight – Whitney Houston (1990)

187. To Be With You – Mr. Big (1992)

186. The Name Of The Game – ABBA (1978)

185. Bad Blood – Neil Sedaka & Elton John (1975)

184. Rock This Town – Stray Cats (1982)

183. Rubberband Man – The Spinners (1976)

182. I’ll Be There For You – The Rembrandts (1995)

181. Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind (1997)

180. I Touch Myself – The Divinyls (1991)

179. Someone Saved My Life Tonight – Elton John (1975)

178. Come And Get Your Love – Redbone (1974)

177. Brother Louie – Stories (1973)

176. Head To Toe – Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam (1987)

175. I’m Stone In Love With You – The Stylistics (1972)

174. Why Can’t We Be Friends – War (1975)

173. You Oughta Know – Alanis Morissette (1995)

172. A Change Would Do You Good – Sheryl Crow (1997)

171. I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred (1992)

170. Piano In The Dark – Brenda Russell (1988)

169. Battleship Chains – The Georgia Satellites (1987)

168. You Make My Dreams – Daryl Hall & John Oates (1981)

167. Lonely Ol’ Night – John Mellencamp (1985)

166. In The House Of Stone And Light – Martin Page (1994)

165. Straight Up – Paula Abdul (1989)

164. Lucas With The Lid Off – Lucas (1994)

163. Better Days – Bruce Springsteen (1992)

162. Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (1985)

161. Breaking Away – Balance (1981)

160. Don’t You Write Her Off – McGuinn, Clark & Hillman (1979)

159. Special Lady – Ray, Goodman & Brown (1980)

158. My Girl – Chilliwack (1981)

157. Centerfield – John Fogerty (1985)

156. Then Came You – Dionne Warwicke & The Spinners (1974)

155. Shake It – Ian Matthews (1979)

154. Whenever I Call You Friend – Kenny Loggins & Stevie Nicks (1978)

153. Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen (1984)

152. The Boys Are Back In Town – Thin Lizzy (1976)

151. Mr. Jones – Counting Crows (1994)

150. The City Of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie (1972)

149. Mother And Child Reunion – Paul Simon (1972)

148. Human Touch – Bruce Springsteen (1992)

147. Garden Party – Rick Nelson (1972)

146. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant – Billy Joel (1978)

145. That Thing You Do! – The Wonders (1996)

144. Spiders & Snakes – Jim Stafford (1974)

143. Saturday In The Park – Chicago (1972)

142. Up In A Puff Of Smoke – Polly Brown (1975)

141. Hearts On Fire – Randy Meisner (1981)

140. That’s The Way Of The World – Earth, Wind & Fire (1975)

139. Native New Yorker – Odyssey (1977)

138. Tennessee – Arrested Development (1992)

137. Operator (That’s Not The Way It Feels) – Jim Croce (1972)

136. She’s So Cold – The Rolling Stones (1980)

135. Could It Be I’m Falling In Love – The Spinners (1973)

134. Stomp – Brothers Johnson (1980)

133. On The Radio – Donna Summer (1980)

132. Dance Hall Days – Wang Chung (1984)

131. Right Between The Eyes – Wax (1986)

130. What You Won’t Do For Love – Bobby Caldwell (1979)

129. Let My Love Open The Door – Pete Townshend (1980)

128. Sky High – Jigsaw (1975)

127. Endicott – Kid Creole & The Coconuts (1985)

126. What Are We Doin’ In Love – Dottie West & Kenny Rogers (1981)

125. Maria’s Wedding – Black 47 (1993)

124. Use Me – Bill Withers (1972)

123. Rockin’ Chair – Gwen McCrae (1975)

122. Heaven Knows – Donna Summer & Brooklyn Dreams (1979)

121. Jet – Paul McCartney & Wings (1974)

120. Driver’s Seat – Sniff ‘N’ The Tears (1979)

119. Help Me – Joni Mitchell (1974)

118. Rock Me Gently – Andy Kim (1974)

117. Higher Love – Stevie Winwood (1986)

116. Jazzman – Carole King (1974)

115. Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover – Sophie B. Hawkins (1992)

114. One Headlight – The Wallflowers (1996)

113. Little Willy – The Sweet (1973)

112. Until You Come Back To Me – Aretha Franklin (1974)

111. Radar Love – Golden Earring (1974)

110. How Do You Do – Mouth & Macneal (1972)

109. Tell Me Something Good – Rufus (1974)

108. I’m Doin’ Fine – New York City (1973)

107. Keeper Of The Castle – The Four Tops (1973)

106. My Maria – B.W. Stevenson (1973)

105. Mighty Love – The Spinners (1974)

104. Corner Of The Sky – The Jackson 5 (1973)

103. Allentown – Billy Joel (1983)

102. Tommy, Judy & Me – Rob Hegel (1980)

101. This Will Be – Natalie Cole (1975)

100. Couldn’t Get It Right – Climax Blues Band (1977)

99. The Look – Roxette (1989)

98. Hold On – Wilson Phillips (1990)

97. Leave Virginia Alone – Rod Stewart (1995)

96. Brilliant Disguise – Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band (1987)

95. Where Have All The Cowboys Gone? – Paula Cole (1997)

94. The Valley Road – Bruce Hornsby & The Range (1988)

93. I’m Alive – Jackson Browne (1994)

92. Time And Tide – Basia (1988)

91. Yes We Can Can – The Pointer Sisters (1973)

90. Got To Get You Into My Life – The Beatles (1976)

89. I Got A Name – Jim Croce (1973)

88. Iko Iko – The Belle Stars (1989)

87. You Can’t Get What You Want – Joe Jackson (1984)

86. You Little Trustmaker – The Tymes (1974)

85. I Want You – Savage Garden (1997)

84. Deacon Blues – Steely Dan (1978)

83. Jungle Boy – John Eddie (1986)

82. Stay – Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories (1994)

81. One Night In Bangkok – Murray Head (1985)

80. Two Princes – Spin Doctors (1993)

79. Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) – Looking Glass (1972)

78. Misdemeanor – Foster Sylvers (1973)

77. Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson (1982)

76. Time Passages – Al Stewart (1978)

75. Don’t Make Me Over – Sybil (1989)

74. Wild, Wild West – The Escape Club (1988)

73. Heaven On The 7th Floor – Paul Nicholas (1977)

72. Driedel – Don McLean (1973)

71. Life Is A Highway – Tom Cochrane (1992)

70. Bad Time – Grand Funk (1975)

69. I Gotcha – Joe Tex (1972)

68. You’re So Vain – Carly Simon (1973)

67. People Make The World Go Round – The Stylistics (1972)

66. Stumblin’ In – Suzi Quatro & Chris Norman (1979)

65. Always Something There To Remind Me – Naked Eyes (1983)

64. Keep On Truckin’ – Eddie Kendricks (1973)

63. Once Bitten Twice Shy – Great White (1989)

62. Keep It Comin’ Love – K.C. & The Sunshine Band (1977)

61. ’65 Love Affair – Paul Davis (1982)

60. Downstream – The Rainmakers (1986)

59. Life Is A Rock (But The Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion (1974)

58. Copperline – James Taylor (1991)

57. Freddie’s Dead – Curtis Mayfield (1972)

56. Kiss Him Goodbye – The Nylons (1987)

55. We Built This City – Starship (1985)

54. Let The River Run – Carly Simon (1989)

53. When Doves Cry – Prince (1984)

52. Who Do You Think You Are – Bo Donaldson & The Heywoods (1974)

51. Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Meat Loaf (1978)

50. Free Man In Paris – Joni Mitchell (1974)

49. Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely – The Main Ingredient (1974)

48. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor (1990)

47. Call It Love – Poco (1989)

46. Stand By – Roman Holliday (1983)

45. Everything Falls Apart – Dog’s Eye View (1996)

44. Forever In Blue Jeans – Neil Diamond (1979)

43. Beach Baby – First Class (1974)

42. Girls With Guns – Tommy Shaw (1984)

41. Walking In Memphis – Marc Cohn (1991)

40. Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) – Us3 (1993)

39. I’ll Be Around – The Spinners (1972)

38. Magic – Pilot (1975)

37. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers (1993)

36. Magic Man – Heart (1976)

35. Let It Ride – Bachman-Turner Overdrive (1974)

34. Everybody Plays The Fool – The Main Ingredient (1972)

33. Tainted Love – Soft Cell (1982)

32. Thunder Island – Jay Ferguson (1978)

31. My Life – Billy Joel (1978)

30. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go – Wham! (1984)

29. Lump – The Presidents of the United States of America (1995)

28. Everlasting Love – Carl Carlton (1974)

27. Am I The Same Girl – Swing Out Sister (1992)

26. Personal Jesus – Depeche Mode (1989)

25. My Sharona – The Knack (1979)

24. They Just Can’t Stop It The (Games People Play) – The Spinners (1975)

23. The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia – Vicki Lawrence (1973)

22. Rock And Roll Part 2 – Gary Glitter (1972)

21. Wonderwall – The Mike Flowers Pops (1996)

20. Seasons Of Love – Stevie Wonder & The Cast of “Rent” (1996)

19. Hang On In There Baby – Johnny Bristol (1974)

18. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life – Stevie Wonder (1973)

17. Love Shack – The B-52’s (1989)

16. Convoy – C.W. McCall (1976)

15. Waterloo – ABBA (1974)

14. Kiss – Prince And The Revolution (1986)

13. Another One Bites The Dust – Queen (1980)

12. Mary’s Prayer – Danny Wilson (1987)

11. Only The Good Die Young – Billy Joel (1978)

10. One Of A Kind (Love Affair) – The Spinners (1973)

9. Baby Baby – Amy Grant (1991)

8. Rosanna – Toto (1982)

7. Ice Ice Baby – Vanilla Ice (1990)

6. Ariel – Dean Friedman (1977)

5. Get Used To It – Roger Voudouris (1979)

4. Come On Eileen – Dexys Midnight Runners (1983)

3. Roll To Me – Del Amitri (1995)

2. The Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace (1974)

1. American Pie – Don McLean (1972)

There you have it. The Top 500 Songs of All-Time. Thanks for tuning in today and throughout 2006. Happy 2007, everybody.

33 comments to The Top 500 Songs of All-Time

  • Anonymous

    God bless you for this.
    No seriously.
    Now I shan't live in fear of posting my top 200 list on my blog!
    Great year, FAFIF… here's to a fantabulous 2007!

  • Anonymous

    Strawberry Letter 23 comes in at #412? I'm sorry, but this is pure, utter bullshit. I suggest that in this 44th year you take another listen and reconsider.

  • Anonymous

    Did you know that the Mets are undefeated on your birthday???
    A wonderful list–whenever American Pie is played on XM's 70's channel, I have to listen to it. Barenaked Ladies, Manilow (I admire your guts, sir!), Spinners, and unlike critics, you didn't throw anything on there to show how cool you are… you should program a radio station.
    Happy Birthday, Greg.

  • Anonymous

    It would have saved me all kinds of work if you had posted this before the quiz I won.
    I could complain about your #2 choice out of late-arriving prejudice against 70s music, but I won't, for the following reasons:
    (1) You've surrounded it by two damn good choices (anyone who puts the Dels at #3 is all right)
    (2) It's your damn list, after all
    (3) I, um, owned that 45. I might even still have it.
    (4) Only on account of the above, I know that the B-side of that Paper Lace single was their version of the equally hideous summer-of-74 song “Billy Don't Be a Hero,” which you were good enough not to include.

  • Anonymous

    I first heard this list in 10- and 15-second snippets as part of a Top 500 montage, forcing me every 20 or 30 seconds to stop what I was doing and say “WTF?!?”
    I love this list! It's so insulated from “they” wanted you to like.

  • Anonymous

    In my countdown of favorite blog partners, you hold all 500 spots. (Awww.)
    Happy birthday, pal.

  • Anonymous

    Jeez.
    Get a chat room you two.
    Ick.

  • Anonymous

    Great list, Greg! I bet I have 200 of these on my iPod, if not more. But I must say that “Rock n Roll All Nite” is a glaring omission.
    Have a wonderful birthday!

  • Anonymous

    More glaring than “Knowing Me, Knowing You” by the Swedish supergroup ABBA?

  • Anonymous

    Come On Eileen wouldn't be your #4 if your Mom's name was Eileen.

  • Anonymous

    Hi Greg,
    Glad to see American Pie listed as number one, but it's a good thing it was released during the winter of 71/72 – a few months earlier and it would not have qualified for your top 500!
    Know each of us has his or her own personal preference so here are some recordings from those early years that I'm sorry were not included:
    At 17 – Janis Ian
    I Write The Songs – Barry Manilow
    If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot
    Killing Me Softly With His Song – Roberta Flack
    Laughter In The Rain – Neil Sedaka
    New York, New York – Frank Sinatra/Liza Minelli
    The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – Joan Baez
    Ninety Nine Miles From L.A. – Johnny Mathis
    Please Come To Boston – Dave Loggins
    Piano Man – Billy Joel
    Starry, Starry Night (Vincent) – Don McLean

  • Anonymous

    Five smash hits from the Swedish supergroup ABBA not enough?
    A man after my own heart.

  • Anonymous

    Deacon Blues was from 76', not 78'.

  • Anonymous

    Deacon Blues debuted on Billboard's Top 100 on April 1, 1978. Years used reflect when the song was in widest release (Aja, the album, indeed came out in '77).

  • Anonymous

    You mean this list isn't cool?
    Damn.

  • Anonymous

    I can't decide whether you're telling me it's too high, too low or are yanking my chain.
    Any which way, thanks for caring that much.

  • Anonymous

    I know it's probably too late…but THANK YOU for giving Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia) a shout-out…my favorite song of all time; and NOBODY knows what I am talking about when I mention it.

  • Anonymous

    You kidding? It's never gets late early around here.
    Glad to give Us3 props. Never understood why it got zero airplay on the supposed jazz station in town back in '93.

  • Anonymous

    This has got to be the worst top song list ever. You're opinion of course but seriously…Amy Grant and Vanilla Ice in the top 10. Just horrible.

  • Anonymous

    I think it should have made it to the Top 50.
    Long live The Brothers Johnson!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Speaking of which, have you ever that outtake where Casey Kasem simply loses it about the song request for the dead dog? Ponderous!!!

  • Anonymous

    Ahhh…music to my ears.

  • Anonymous

    I am a fan of your blog but your taste in music sucks. Sorry. Del Amitri?

  • Anonymous

    Works better for me than the opposite.

  • Anonymous

    wow – – thanks for the mention !!!

  • Anonymous

    i should have said, “thanks for the mention at #102 – – nice to be remembered – – – message from Rob Hegel

  • Anonymous

    OK, that's the secret. I can post if I don't try to put in any login information.
    Anyway, a footnote on Dean Friedman. When his album came out, I was tangentially involved in the music world, so I became part of a promo contest — find a new name for Dean Friedman (needless to say, they were not really looking for a new name). My entry was “Dean Moriarty,” a reference they had to explain to the then-youthful Mr. Friedman. My favorite of the entries was “Jan and Dean Friedman.”
    Tad Richards
    The OId Mole

  • Anonymous

    The fact that Prince is only represented twice, while VANILLA ICE actually made the top ten is astounding and somewhat repulsive. 'Under Pressure' is sooooo much better.

  • Anonymous

    im sorry but are you from the planet earth? The words “Led Zeppelin” do not appear once on this page. Nor bohemian rhapsody. And how in gods name is there only one bob dylan song on here. he has been voted on countless occasions, the greatest songwriter in history. not to mention that i have never heard of half of your top 10. I mean american pie is good and all, but it shouldn't make the top 5 on any list. you only had one rolling stones song and i had never heard of it. thats saying something considering i own most of their albums. also i would like to add that the top selling band of all time, the beatles, have on song on here. it wasnt even a song that makes the top 100 on most people's lists. Please i beg you broaden your musical horizons, you are focusing too much on shitty songs.

  • Anonymous

    Note to self: Check with others before deciding what I like.