Friday random ten: The top 500, part 11

Continuing on with the songs in my collection from the Rolling Stone Top 500 list.

1. Train In Vain – Annie Lennox (#292, orig. The Clash)
2. Heart of Gold – Neil Young (#297)
3. Like A Prayer – Madonna (#300)
4. With A Little Help From My Friends – Big Daddy (#304, orig. The Beatles)
5. Wake Up Little Susie – Simon & Garfunkel (#311, orig. The Everly Brothers)
6. I Put A Spell On You – CCR/Pete Townshend (#313, orig. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins)
7. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Elvis Costello (#315, orig. The Animals)
8. Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd (#316)
9. Alison – Tufts Beelzebubs (#318, orig. Elvis Costello)
10. School’s Out – Alice Cooper – (#319)

We’ve already discussed the awesomeness of “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”. If you’re not familiar with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, you should be. Here’s his inimitable version of “I Put A Spell On You”:

As the Wikipedia article notes, Hawkins directly influenced performers like Alice Cooper, whose appearance in “Wayne’s World” was one of my favorite bits from that movie:

Yeah, I know, they did essentially this same bit with Aerosmith on SNL before the movie. I still love hearing ol’ Alice talking about Milwaukee.

Entire song list report: Started with “Sultans of Swing”, by Dire Straits. Ended with “Take Five”, the jazz classic from the Dave Brubeck Quartet. That was song #5200, for a total of 97 tunes this week. And we made it into the T songs at last. The last S song was “Syndicated Incorporated”, by Weird Al Yankovic, and the first T song was “T & J Waltz”, by Hot Club of Cowtown. As was the case with S, we’ll be in the T songs for awhile.

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