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Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 15

Here’s their list.

1. Shake, Rattle & Roll – Bill Haley and The comets (orig. Big Joe Turner, #127)
2. Will You Love Me Tomorrow? – Carole King (orig. The Shirelles, #126)
3. Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac (#120)
4. Shout – The Beatles (orig. The Isley Brothers, #119; also a version by The MOB)
5. Take Me To The River – Talking Heads (orig. Al Green, #117; also a version by Annie Lennox)
6. Honky Tonk Woman – Ike & Tina Turner (orig. Rolling Stones, #116)
7. Up On The Roof – The Drifters (#114)
8. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry – Cowboy Junkies (orig. Hank Williams, #112; also a version by Johnny Cash)
9. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison (#110)
10. Little Red Corvette – Big Daddy (orig. Prince, #109)

Song I don’t have but probably should, part 1: “Changes”, David Bowie (#128). For some reason I’ve never sought out Bowie music, though I did have “Let’s Dance” on vinyl back in the day.
Song I will always unfairly associate with Gilligan’s Island: “House of the Rising Sun”, The Animals (#123). Because of course you can sing it to the theme song from Gilligan’s Island. You can never un-know that fact.
Song I don’t have but probably should, part 2: “Stand By Me”, Ben E. King (#122). I saw the movie Stand By Me while a senior in college, the same weekend that two freshmen at our school were killed in a car accident. When this song started playing at the end, I got all emotional, which was quite out of character for me at the time. I’m a big sap now that I have kids, but back then that never happened. Don’t know why it hit me like that, but it did, and more than 25 years later I still remember it clearly.

Carole King of course wrote “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. She recorded it and a bunch of other songs she wrote but others had done first on her Tapestry album. And I have way more covers of Prince songs than I have songs by Prince.

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