Friday random ten: Revisiting the Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Songs list, part 20

Here’s their list.

1. River Deep, Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner (#33)
2. Sympathy For The Devil – Blood, Sweat & Tears (orig. Rolling Stones, #32)
3. I Walk The Line – Lager Rhythms (orig. Johnny Cash, #30)
4. A Day In The Life – Big Daddy (orig. The Beatles, #28)
5. Layla – Eric Clapton (orig. Derek and The Dominoes, #27)
6. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding (#26)
7. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys (#25; also a cover by Petra Hayden)
8. In My Life – Johnny Cash (orig. The Beatles, #23)
9. Be My Baby – The Ronettes (#22)
10. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen (#21; also a cover by Frankie Goes To Hollywood)

Song I used to have but don’t any more: “Stairway to Heaven”, Led Zeppelin (#31). Had it on vinyl, lost it somewhere along the line. I can always tune to the last dinosaur classic rock station if I really need to hear it again. Trout Fishing in America refers to it in their fractured-nursery-rhymes song “The Window” as “a massively popular and financially lucrative nursery rhyme from the 1970s”. That’s about right.

The other songs listed that I don’t have: “Help” (Beatles, #29) and “People Get Ready” (The Impressions, #24). I looked ahead and there’s a lot of Beatles in the top 20. Next week ought to be the last list, then it will be on to something else.

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