Wednesday, June 11, 2003

KURT IS THE NEW LENNON: VH1 have cooked up a list of the 100 best songs of the last 25 years, which is going to prove difficult when they try to re-run the show constantly into the next couple of years, isn't it?
Anyway, Smells Like Teen Spirit is number one, which confirms exactly who is in charge at VH-1 these days, if nothing else. Viacom is the home of the tidied up grunge survivors. The rest of the chart is slightly chilling, though: Billie Jean at number 2? That's not even the best Michael Jackson song of the last 25 years, surely? Madonna is represented by Like A Virgin at ten and Ray of Light at 100, which book-ends her career fairly nicely - the point where people first took notice of her; the last place where people did so. There's space found for Celine's My Heart Will Go On, and Whitney's I Will Always Love You; this seems hard on Mariah Carey who has also pumped out ridiculously overblown bombast and has been cruelly ignored. Or rather, properly ignored. Sweet Child O'Mine at three? Eminem has one track in the top 20 - but its Lose Yourself, for crying out loud. And space is made for The Knack's My Sharona. However, Heart of Glass, The Message and Hit Me Baby, One More Time all make it in, and the chart is at least more varied than this sort of thing tends to be. It's fluff, but at least it's fun fluff...

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