Thursday, December 27, 2018

Voting for My Top Hits

For many years radio stations ask their listeners to vote for their favorite hits. It is very hard to pinpoint 10 songs as my favorite.  Did I like the melody, lyrics, or did the song have an impact on me?  Many songs that affected me are "deep tracks" and are rarely played on the radio.  I picked songs by my favorite artists that are likely to make the survey.

Mike Riccio, Tom Natoli, and others over the years have taken great time and effort to compile and honest listener poll of their favorite hits. I thank them for their efforts. Many polls by radio stations are adjusted to eliminate songs that don't fit their format.   The Top 100 its voted this year may be found at  Links to results from other years may be found on the Oldies Board.

Here are the songs that I voted for.  If I voted for 10 Dylan songs, I am sure my submission would be disqualified.  Like a Rolling Stone is not my favorite Dylan song, but it is the one most likely to make the survey.  It was #21 is this year's poll.  I included The Mighty Quinn and Blowin' in the Wind which are covers of Dylan songs.

Song/Artist 1: Like A Rolling Stone  - Bob Dylan (1965)
Song/Artist 2: Mrs Robinson  - Simon and Garfunkel (1968)
Song/Artist 3: Turn Turn Turn (To Everything There Is A Season)  - Byrds (1965)
Song/Artist 4: Mellow Yellow  - Donovan (1966)
Song/Artist 5: The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo)  - Manfred Mann (1968)
Song/Artist 6: Blowin' In The Wind  - Peter, Paul and Mary (1963)
Song/Artist 7: Light My Fire  - Doors (1967)
Song/Artist 8: Get Back  - Beatles (1969)
Song/Artist 9: Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard  - Paul Simon (1972)
Song/Artist 10: You Can't Always Get What You Want  - Rolling Stones (1969)

1 comment:

Unknown said...

"I picked songs by my favorite artists that are likely to make the survey".

First, let me say I enjoy your journal and read it often. This statement interested me, it has been my point concerning the top 77 for years, the survey is skewed making it as unrepresentative of reality as the surveys promoted by the stations we all listened to back in the day. I don't question the integrity of the individuals counting the votes, I question the information they are receiving. If there is a deep track that is your favorite then that is the way you should vote. It would be a hell of a lot more interesting to see results that actually reflected the true opinions of the voters rather than bogus votes that lead to the ridiculous misrepresentation of Hey Jude being the number 1 favorite of most voters. A Top 77 unfettered by voting strategies and need to vote for the right song would be a fascinating read, and well worth the effort.

Keep up the good work.

Joseph M

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