The 977th Greatest Song?

The fine folks at radio station WEXT (97.7 FM) took to the airwaves for eight days earlier this month playing every selection on their list of the 977 Greatest Songs, which they compiled with “tons of listener feedback.”

Of course, all of these Greatest-Whatever-of-All-Time lists – whether it’s by Rolling Stone or your fave local radio station – are highly subjective and are mostly useful only to start arguments with your friends as you sit at the bar trying to ignore the opening act who is pounding their way through a punked-up, slightly out-of-tune version of Journey’s “Faithfully.”

Here are a few egregious examples from WEXT’s list to kick off those drunken, heated discussions:

Wait a minute, Five Man Electrical Band’s “Signs” (No. 186) is a better song than Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” (190), Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” (342), the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” (478) or the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” (937)?

Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” (92) deserves a higher ranking than Smokey Robinson & the Miracles’ “The Tracks of My Tears” (93) or Bob Fuckin’ Dylan’s “The Times They Are A Changin'” (95)?

And whaddaya mean that great bands like Roxy Music, Little Feat, Radiohead and NRBQ don’t even make the cut at all?

Yes, we could go on like that all day, but we’ve got better things to do, and we hope that you do, too.

Having said all that, WEXT’s countdown kicked off with a big surprise at No. 977 – Blotto’s “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard.”

Was it mere hometown boosterism? Did Bowtie stuff the ballot box? Either way, it’s nice to see a little love for the Local 518 music scene.

GO HERE to check out the complete list of WEXT’s 977 Greatest Songs. Just put all of the sharp objects away beforehand…

  1. Andy Gregory says

    Oooh, just you wait – more love for the Local 518 music scene, at least for the recorded output, can be found on the year-end tally’s and upcoming Top 60 countdown.

  2. Chris Wienk says

    We sure hoped to cause some controversy. Thanks for helping to stir the pot. Love you, Nippertown!!

  3. Tom Conklin says

    People are talking and debating music! That’s the whole point. Isn’t it? Love it! I have no real complaints about the 2016 list. That’s me.

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