Top 11 Horn Rock Songs

Top 11 Horn Rock Songs

“That’s the big secret. Rock and roll ain’t nothing but jazz with a hard backbeat.” – Keith Richards “Vehicle” by The Ides of March The Ides of March reached No. 2 in 1970 with “Vehicle,” their one and only hit. Singer/songwriter Jim Peterik, who would go on to found Survivor, told AXS that the band […]

Top 11 Hit Songs That Were Recorded Live

Top 11 Hit Songs That Were Recorded Live

“Mony Mony” by Billy Idol “Mony Mony” was a 1968 hit for Tommy James and received renewed attention when Billy Idol recorded a version that reached No. 7 on the Billboard dance chart in 1981. In his autobiography Dancing With Myself, Idol explains the song’s attraction. “That song has always had special significance to me. I […]

Top 11 Glam Rock Songs

Top 11 Glam Rock Songs

Top 11 Glam Rock Songs “I was recently looking at an old cover of New Musical Express from 1973. It’s me and Mick Jagger, and he’s just found glam a little late. He’s wearing this jumpsuit with epaulets, and he’s dripping in makeup and mascara. And I’m on the other half of the page with […]

Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

Top 11 Rock Songs That Started as Blues and R&B

   “White folks hear the blues come out, but they don’t know how it got there.” – Ma Rainey “Time Is on My Side” by Irma Thomas and the Rolling Stones “Time Is on My Side” was written by Jerry Ragovoy for jazz trombonist Kai Winding in 1963. Winding’s version, essentially an instrumental, only included […]

Top 11 Songs Performed By Women

Top 11 Songs Performed By Women

“Men make angry music and it’s called rock and roll; Women include anger in their vocabulary and suddenly they’re angry and militant.” – Ani DiFranco Note: Obviously, selecting 11 songs performed by female songwriters/singers leaves out countless similarly deserving titles — so feel free to leave a comment below with any we omitted that you’d […]

Top 11 Songs Featured in ‘The Sopranos’

Top 11 Songs Featured in ‘The Sopranos’

For six unforgettable seasons, creator David Chase made music an integral part of the Emmy Award-winning drama The Sopranos. Mob boss Tony Soprano (the late, great James Gandolfini) was the show’s focus, and Chase used as a musical guide “any song that Tony would be listening to, that he would have on his radio station.” […]

Top 11 New York City Songs

Top 11 New York City Songs

“New York now leads the world’s great cities in the number of people around whom you shouldn’t make a sudden move.” – David Letterman (Editor’s Note: As this list curates songs from the folk/classic rock realm, it does not feature Frank Sinatra’s classic “Theme From ‘New York New York,” though that has been added here […]

Top 11 Songs About Booze

Top 11 Songs About Booze

“I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it.” – Rodney Dangerfield “The No No Song” by Ringo Starr Singer-songwriter Hoyt Axton was inspired to write “The No No Song” the morning after a losing bout with booze and drugs. “I was afraid if I looked […]

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

Top 11 Wah-Wah Songs

“Noise proves nothing. Often a hen who has merely laid an egg cackles as if she laid an asteroid.” – Mark Twain “In the Presence of the Lord” by Blind Faith Eric Clapton wrote “In the Presence of the Lord” in 1969 while a member of Blind Faith. He asked keyboardist Steve Winwood to provide […]

Top 11 Songs About Moms

Top 11 Songs About Moms

 A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. – Peter De Vries “Your Mama Don’t Dance” by Loggins and Messina and Poison Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina scored their biggest hit with 1972’s “Your Mama Don’t Dance.” The song looks back at a time when parents railed against […]