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My Favorite Rock/Roll Songs (140) Of All Time!
By Jerry Aragon Ph.D (Phunny humor Doctor)   
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Last edited: Friday, February 22, 2013
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I think every human being, needs music and humor in their lives to help to cope! I really admire musicians, songwriters and comedians, because they make it all happen, and add so much joy to the world!

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NOSTALGIA: 

I was ten years old in 1955, and my family couldn't afford a television set, so we pretty much listened to the radio.  And, during that time...there a couple of unusual and distinctive voices that came over the radio...the voice of Wolfman Jack...and the voice of Little Richard!  THIS...my friends...was the beginning of the rock and roll era!

"Music is what feelings sound like."  Angela Monet

This was an incredible generation to grow up in...starting with the sock-hops of the 1950's; the street dances of the 1960's; and don't forget the days of the twist, etc.  Thousands of songs were written and produced in the 1950's and 60's, by teen-agers...and many of the songs made famous back then, are still popular in 2009, which is amazing!  

I think two of the things that humans need in their lives are music and humor...and not, necessarily, in that order.  I remember back when I was in the hospital for over three months, there was no music in my life, and that made things worse for me!  One of the first things I did, when I got discharged from the hospital, was to turn on the radio, to listen to some music!  Boy, it sure gave me a lift right away, and was therapeutic for me, and helped me to heal, etc.

To be a successful songwriter, I think, is one of the toughest things to do!  Where do all these incredible songs come from?  Where do all these amazing lyrics come from?  I suppose these people just have the talent to compose a song...something the rest of us can only wish!  But, the God-given talent is just not in music or in the arts or sports.

"Music and rhythm, find their way into the secret places of the soul."  Plato

As I said earlier, I think it would be impossible for anyone, to list their top ten songs, because there are so many, many good songs over the years!  A person could have dozens of songs in each category, etc.  So, I'll give the reader my top ten groups and singers, since you've been waiting for this, and you've already yawned your way through this article.  Can we have a drum-roll, please...lights...camera...action...the top ten consists of the following...

1) Electric Light Orchestra (ELO):  An English group, and since the mid-1970's, I've liked this group.  They have a uniqueness about them, in that they use the usual instruments such as the guitars; keyboards, etc.  But, what makes their sound different and  unique, is that they use the strings in their music...such as violins and cellos.  With sales world-wide of over 100 million...this was one of the top groups in the 70's.  Songs like Evil Woman; Strange Magic; Livin' Thing; Hold On Tight; I Can't Get It Out of My Head; Telephone Line, Don't Bring Me DownDo Ya; etc. 

2) Chicago Different in style to ELO...this group uses, the brass instruments...in trumpets and trombones in many of their songs...as this was not done much in the late 60's and 70's, as far as I know, etc.  A great group, that's still around for over 40 years!   

3) Bee-Gees: (brothers Gibb); I first saw the Bee-Gees in 1969 on the Tonight Show.  I was so impressed with the songwriting ability and harmony of these four brothers.  At that time, we were all familiar with the harmony of the Beach Boys and the Four Seasons, etc.  And yes, there were four brothers...but sadly...the youngest brother, Andy, committed suicide.  He also hosted the show Solid Gold for a short time. 

The rest of my top ten goes like this...

4) Fleetwood Mac; 5) CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revival); 6) Rolling Stones; 7)  Moody Blues; 8)Eagles; 9) Three Dog Night; 10) the Chipmunks; (don't laugh...they've been around longer than all of us!) 

My three favorite male singers include:

1) Kenny Rogers; 2) Gordon Lightfoot; Fats Domino;

My three favorite female singers include;

1) Anne Murry; Olivia Newton-John; Alice Cooper;

"Without music, life would be an error."  Friendrich Nietsche

THE FIRST GENERATION OF ROCK AND ROLL:

My favorite top TEN songs include the following;  (These are all gitty-up songs)

1) Boogie Wonderland - Earth; Wind and Fire;  1a) Out of My Dreams - Billy Ocean 


2) Shake Your Groove-thing - Peaches and Herb;
3) Staying Alive - Bee Gees;


4) You May Be Right - Billy Joel;
5) Already Gone - Eagles;

6) Heard It In a Love Song - Marshall Tucker Band; 7) Livin Thing - ELO (Electric Light Orchestra);

8) Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry; 9) Brown Sugar - Rolling Stones;

10) Sugar; Sugar - Archies (#1- 1969); #11 on my top ten list; Rubberband Man - Spinners;

#12) on my top ten list; Black and White; Three Dog Night; #13 on my top ten list; 25 or 6 to 4; Chicago

#14 on my top ten list; Hurts So Good; John Melloncamp; #15 on my top ten list; Get Back Honky-Cat; Elton John

#16 on my top ten list; Shake Your Booty - KC and the Sunshine Band; #17 on my top ten list; De Do Do Do...De Da Da Da - the Police;

# 18 on my top ten list; Poor, Poor Pitiful Me - Linda Ronstadt; #19 on my top ten list; Taking Care of Business - Bachman-Turner Overdrive; 

#20 on my top ten list; Centerfield; John Fogharty (CCR); #21 on my top ten list; Sloop John B; Beach Boys;

#22 on my top ten list; Squeezebox; The Who; #23 on my top ten list; Make Me Smile; Chicago

#24 on my top ten list; ABC; Jackson Five; #25 on my top ten list; Running On Empty; Jackson Browne;

#26 on my top ten list; Start Me Up; Rolling Stones; #27 on my top ten list; Break My Stride; Matthew Wilder

#28 on my top ten list; You Can Call Me Al; Paul Simon; #29 on my top ten list; Will It Go Round in Circles; Billy Preston

#30 on my top ten list; Feeling Stronger Everyday; Chicago; #31 on my top ten list; The Show Must Go On; Three Dog Night

#32 on my top ten list; Lodi; CCR (Creedence Clearwater Revival); #33 on my top ten list;
Domino; Van Morrison (tribute to Fats Domino);

#34 on my top ten list; You're the One That I Want; Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta; #35 on my top ten list; I Will Survive; Gloria Gaynor

#36 on my top ten list; Come and Get Your Love;          Redbone; #37 on my top ten list; Get Down Tonight; KC and the Sunshine Band

#38 on my top ten list; Stumblin In - Suzie Quatro/Chris Norman; #39 on my top ten list; Rock N Roll is King - ELO (Electric Light  Orchestra

#40 on my top ten list; Out In the Country - Three Dog Night; #41 on my top ten list; No Sugar Tonight - The Who;

#42 on my top ten list; We Don't Talk Anymore - Cliff Richard; #43 on my top ten list; Monster Mash - Bobby (Boris) Pickett (#1 song in 1962 when I was a junior in high school.   Yes...I did attend high school back in the Stone;  Age; 1962 BC (before cable)  

#44 on my top ten list; Boogie Fever - The Sylvers; #45 on my top ten list; Back Where We Started From - Maxine Nightingale;

 #46 on my top ten list; Family of Man - Three Dog Night; #47 on my top ten list; Carribean Queen - Billy Ocean;

#48 on my top ten list; Rock the Boat - The Hues Corporation;  #49 on my top ten list; Get Down On It - Kool and the Gang; I first saw this group on Star Search in the 80's.

#50 on my top ten list; Hitchin a Ride; Vanity Fare (who?); #51 on my top ten list; Heart of Rock and Roll - Huey Lewis & the News;

#52 on my top ten list;  Africa - Toto; #53 on my top ten list;  I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band);         Moody Blues;

#54 on my top ten list; Venus - Shocking Blue; #55 on my top ten list; Time Won't Let Me - The Outsiders
#56 on my top ten list; 
Easy Lover - Phil Collins;

#57 on my top ten list; Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley; #58 on my top ten list; Love Rollercoaster - The Ohio Players;

#59 on my top ten list; Land Down Under - Men At Work; #60 on my top ten list; You Sexy Thing - Hot Chocolate

#61 on my top ten list; Still The Same - Bob Seger; #62 on my top ten list; Car Wash - Rose Royce;

#63 on my top ten list; Say That You Love Me - Fleetwood Mac; #64 on my top ten list; She's a Bad Mama Jama - Carl Carlton;

#65 on my top ten list; Everlasting Love; Carl Carlton; 66 on my top ten list; Got To Be Real; 

Cheryl Lynn; #67 on my top ten list; What a Feeling (Flash Dance) - Irene Cara;

#68 on my top ten list; Last Dance - Donna Summer
#69 on my top ten list; Super Freak - Rick James

#70 on my top ten list; Hollywood Swingin' - Kool and the Gang; #71 on my top ten list; Everyday People - Sly and the Family Stone; 

#72 on my top ten list; Footloose - Kenny Loggins; #73 on my top ten list; You Need To Know - Marc Anthony;

#74 on my top ten list; Heard It through the Grapevine ; Gladys Knight version; #75 on my top ten list; Yellow River - Christie;

#76 on my top ten list; I'll Take You There - Staple Singers; #77 on my top ten list; Love Train - O'Jays

#78 on my top ten list; Indian Lake - The Cowsills;  #79 on my top ten list; Elenore - Turtles; 

#80 on my top ten list; Cool Jerk - Capitols(1966); #81 on my top ten list; Candida - Tony Orlando/Dawn

#82 on my top ten list; Couldn't Get It Right - Climax Blues Band; #83 on my top ten list; Take Your Time; SOS Band;

#84 on my top ten list; Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight;  #85 on my top ten list; Reelin' In the Years - Steely Dan; 

#86 on my top ten list; No Time - The Who;  #87 on my top ten list; Turn the Beat Around - Vickie Sue Robinson;

#88 on my top ten list; Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress; The Hollies;  #89 on my top ten list; Driving My Life Away - Eddie Rabbitt

#90 on my top ten list; Hey, Tonight - (CCR) Creedance Clearwater Revival;  #91 on my top ten list; Good Times - Chic;

#92 on my top ten list; Simon Says - 1910 Fruit Gum Company; #93 on my top ten list; Itchycoo Park - Small Faces

#94 on my top ten list; I'm Still Standing - Elton John (who?)  #95 on my top ten list; The Tide is High - Blondie

#96 on my top ten list; She's About a Mover - Sir Douglas Quintet; #97 on my top ten list; Mendocino - Sir Douglas Quintet;

#98 on my top ten list;Don't Leave Me This Way;  Thelma Houston; #99 on my top ten list; Gimme Some Lovin - Spencer Davis Group;

#100 on my top ten list; Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac; #101 on my top ten list; Gimme Three Steps - Lynard Skynard;

#101A on my top ten list; Jail House Rock - Elvis (what's his name...I don't remember); #102 on my top ten list;  Maneater - Hall and Oates;

#103 on my top ten list; Private Eyes - Hall and Oates; #104 on my top ten list; Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown;

#105 on my top ten list; If I Can't Have You - Yvonne Eliman; #106 on my top ten list; Don't Stand So Close To Me - The Police;

#107 on my top ten list; Walk of Life - Dire Straits; #108 on my top ten list; Sultans of Swing - Dire Straits

#109 on my top ten list; Let's Hang On To What We've Got; Four Seasons; #110 on my top ten list; Morning Train - Sheena Easton;

#111 on my top ten list; Green Eyed Lady - Sugar Loaf; 112 on my top ten list; Cherry Hill Park - Billy Joe Royal;

WORK IN PROGRESS...

DECEMBER, 2012

#113 on my top ten list; On The Rebound - Floyd Cramer
#114 on my top ten list;
 When - The Kalin Twins 

#115 on my top ten list; Lay Down Sally - Eric; Capton/Mark Knophler; #116 on my top ten list;         Good Luck Charm - Elvis what's-his-name;

#117 on my top ten list; Mambo Number Five - Lou Bega; #118 on my top ten list; Back On The Chain-gang - The Pretenders;

#119 on my top ten list; Playground In My Mind - Clint Holmes; #120 on my top ten list; Shotgun - Jr. Walker and the Allstars;

#121 on my top ten list; Part Time Lover - Stevie Wonder; #122 on my top ten list; Young Turks - Rod Stewart;

#123 on my top ten list; Funky Town - Pseudo Echo; #124 on my top ten list; Fame - David Bowie;

#125 on my top ten list;  American Woman - The Who (who?);  #126 on my top ten list; The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace

#127 on my top ten list; Peace Train - Cat Stevens; #128 on my top ten list; Let Your Love Flow - Bellamy Brothers;

#129 on my top ten list; Higher and Higher - Jackie Wilson; #130 on my top ten list; Everytime I Turn Around - LTD;

#131 on my top ten list; Ain't No Stoppin Us - McFadden and Whitehead; #132 on my top ten list; Groove Line - Heatwave

#133 on my top ten list; I'm So Excited - The PointLess Sisters...sorry...       the Pointer Sisters; #134 on my top ten list; Pick Up the Pieces - Average White Band;


#135 on my top ten list; Tears Of a Clown - Smokey Robinson; #136 on my top ten list; The Year of the Cat - Al Stewart;

#137 on my top ten list; Eye In the Sky - Alan Parsons Project; Where are the Beatles in all this?  (Who?)
Where is Aretha Franklin in all this? (who dat?);  #138 on my top ten list; Windy - The Association;

#139 on my top ten list; If You're In Love With a Beautiful Woman; Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show; #140 on my top ten list; Eye Of the Tiger - Survivor

#141 on my top ten list; The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'em Like That Anymore) - The Greg Kihn Band;
#142 on my top ten list; Poor, Poor Pitiful Me - Linda Ronstadt;

#143 on my top ten list; One Night In Bangkok - Murray Head; #144 on my top ten list; Puttin' On the Ritz - Taco;

 #145 on my top ten list; Put A Hold On Me - Fleetwood Mac; #146 on my top ten list; Goodnight Tonight - Paul McCartney;

#147 on my top ten list; Rockin Down the Highway;  Doobie Brothers

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Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 2/21/2011
Writing the words to a song is the first step , second is a melody that goes with it and then the arrangement , ect ect. It takes talent and a alot of luck for ones song to make it big. I've written a few , all with a simple melody. It never hurts to dream.. I enjoyed the nostialgic trip to some older songs I have not thought about in a long time....M



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