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Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 13

Here’s their list.

1. Papa Was A Rolling Stone – The Temptations (#169; also a cover by Andrew Rothman)
2. Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye (#168)
3. Fast Car – Tracy Chapman (#167)
4. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (#166)
5. Nothing Compares 2 U – Sinead O’Connor (#165)
6. I Can’t Stop Loving You – Ray Charles (#164; also versions by Frank Sinatra with Count Basie, and the MOB)
7. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley and The Comets (#159)
8. The Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel (#157)
9. Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival (#156; also covers by Ike & Tina Turner, and the MOB)
10. A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles (#154)

Song I don’t have but should: “Folsom Prison Blues”, Johnny Cash (#163). I don’t need to explain this, do I?
Song I will always associate with Bill Clinton and Arsenio Hall: “I Only Have Eyes For You”, The Flamingos (#158). Remember when then-candidate Bill Clinton played his tenor sax on the Arsenio Hall Show? This was the song he played. I always thought that was an, um, interesting choice on his part.

Am I the only person who thinks “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” sounds more like a Sly and the Family Stone song than a Temptations song? And wow, are there a lot of songs in this group that were in movies: High Fidelity (“Let’s Get It On”, done by Jack Black); Wayne’s World (“Bohemian Rhapsody”); American Graffiti (“Rock Around The Clock”); The Graduate (“The Sounds of Silence”); A Hard Day’s Night (guess).

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