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I'm the co-host of THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO with Dana & Carl (Sunday nights, 9 to Midnight Eastern, www.westcottradio.org).  As a freelance writer, I contributed to Goldmine magazine from 1986-2006, wrote liner notes for Rhino Records' compilation CD Poptopia!  Power Pop Classics Of The '90s, and for releases by The Flashcubes, The Finkers, Screen Test, 1.4.5., and Jack "Penetrator" Lipton.  I contributed to the books Bubblegum Music Is The Naked Truth, Shake Some Action, Lost In The Grooves, and MusicHound Rock, and to DISCoveries, Amazing Heroes, The Comics Buyer's Guide, Yeah Yeah Yeah, Comics Collector, The Buffalo News, and The Syracuse New Times.  I also wrote the liner notes for the four THIS IS ROCK 'N' ROLL RADIO compilation CDs, because, well, who could stop me?  My standing offer to write liner notes for a Bay City Rollers compilation has remained criminally ignored.  Still intend to write and sell a Batman story someday.

Friday, April 8, 2016

My All-Time Top 300 Songs

 About 30 years ago, my friend Fritz Van Leaven hooked me on the idea of compiling (and then periodically updating) a list of my all-time 100 favorite songs.  I have long since given up trying to whittle that list down to a mere 100, so here's the closest I could come:  My All-Time Hot 300.

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10-5-60--The Long Ryders
AIM LOW--Mary Lou Lord
ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT--The Kinks
ALLISON ROAD--The Gin Blossoms
ALWAYS THE LAST TO KNOW--Fools Face
AMERICAN BEAT '84--The Fleshtones
ANIMAL FARM--The Kinks
ANOTHER SAD AND LONELY NIGHT--The Bobby Fuller Four
ANY WAY YOU WANT IT--The Dave Clark Five
APACHE--The Shadows
BABY BLUE--Badfinger
BABYSITTER--The Ramones
THE BALLAD OF EL GOODO--Big Star
BANANA SPLITS--The Dickies
BEACH BABY--The First Class
BEG, BORROW AND STEAL--The Rare Breed
BEST OF ME--The Hit Squad
BITTERSWEET--The Hoodoo Gurus
BLITZKRIEG BOP--The Ramones
THE BOAT THAT I ROW--Lulu
BOBBY'S GOTTA GET BACK TO BOSTON--Doug Derek and the Hoax
BOY MEETS GIRL--The Portugal Japan
BUT IF YOU'RE HAPPY--The Lyres
CALIFORNIA NIGHTS--Lesley Gore
CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU--Mad Monster Party
CARBONA NOT GLUE--The Ramones
CATCH US IF YOU CAN--The Dave Clark Five
CHERRY BABY--Starz
CHINESE ROCKS--The Heartbreakers
COULDN'T I JUST TELL YOU--Todd Rundgren
CRASH--The Primitives
CRYIN' SHAME--The Parties
DA-A-A-ANCE--The Lambrettas
DANCING THE NIGHT AWAY--The Motors
DANCING WITH JOEY RAMONE--Amy Rigby
DAY AFTER DAY--Badfinger
DAYS--The Kinks
DEATH OF A CLOWN--Dave Davies
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH--The Vertebrats
DID YOU EVER--The Cichlids
DIE TRYING--New Math
DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO--The Flashcubes
DO THE FREDDIE--Freddie and the Dreamers
DO YOU WANNA DANCE?--The Ramones
DON'T LOOK BACK--The Remains
DON'T TALK TO STRANGERS--The Beau Brummels
THE DOOR INTO SUMMER--The Monkees
DOUBLE OUR NUMBERS--Parthenon Huxley
DRESDEN STATION--Rachael Gordon
DROP BY AND STAY--Rachael Gordon
ELEVATION--Television
EMPTY HANGERS--Anny Celsi
EVERY MINUTE--The Grip Weeds
EVERYONE'S A SUCKER--The Contrast
EVERYWHERE THAT I'M NOT--Translator
FAMOUS--Marmalade Souls
FEELS LIKE IT'S LOVE--Makin' Time
FIRE BRIGADE--The Move
FIRST PLANE HOME--The Flamin' Groovies
FIVE O'CLOCK WORLD--The Vogues
FIVE PERSONALITIES--The Richards
FOLLOW ME--Artful Dodger
FOOL I WAS--Sex Clark Five
FOOL OF LOVE--The Bobby Fuller Four
FOR A SMILE--The Fleshtones
FRENCHETTE--David Johansen
FRIDAY ON MY MIND--The Easybeats
GEORGIE--Helium Angel
GET YOUR OWN--Alice Peacock
THE GIRL CAN'T HELP IT--Little Richard
GIRL DON'T TELL ME--The Beach Boys
GIRL, YOU'RE ON MY MIND--The Cynics
GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES--Bruce Springsteen
GIRLS TALK--Dave Edmunds
GLAD ALL OVER--The Dave Clark Five
GO ALL THE WAY--The Raspberries
GOD ONLY KNOWS--The Beach Boys
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN--The Sex Pistols
GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL--The Bangles
GOLDEN LIGHTS--Twinkle
GONE, GONE, GONE--The Everly Brothers
GOOD VIBRATIONS--The Beach Boys
GOODBYE GIRL--Squeeze
GOT TO HAVE YOU BACK--The Isley Brothers
GREEN HORNET THEME--Al Hirt
HAD TO BE ME--The Ohio Express
HAPPY--The Rolling Stones
A HARD DAY'S NIGHT--The Beatles
HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TORN APART?--The Spongetones
HE'D BE A DIAMOND--The Bevis Frond
HE'S TAKIN' YOU TO THE MOVIES--The Now
HEART FULL OF SOUL--The Yardbirds
HEARTS IN HER EYES--The Searchers
HEARTS WILL BE BROKEN--The Records
HEAVEN TONIGHT--Hole
HELP YOU ANN--The Lyres
HELP!--The Beatles
HEY DEANIE--Shaun Cassidy
HIGHWAY LINES--Mannix
HIM OR ME--WHAT'S IT GONNA BE?--Paul Revere and the Raiders
HIS LAST SUMMER--The Barracudas
HISTORY NEVER REPEATS--Split Enz
HOLD TIGHT--Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich
I AIN'T MARCHING ANYMORE--Phil Ochs
I CAN SEE CLEARLY NOW--Johnny Nash
I CAN'T EXPLAIN--The Who
I CAN'T LET GO--The Hollies
I DON'T WANT TO GROW UP--The Ramones
I DON'T WANT TO SPOIL THE PARTY--The Beatles
I FOUGHT THE LAW--The Bobby Fuller Four
I GET AROUND--The Beach Boys
I HATE ROCK 'N' ROLL--Cockeyed Ghost
I LOVE YOU--The Heartbreakers
I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU--Dusty Springfield
I TELL NO LIES--The Shoutless
I WANNA BE WITH YOU--The Raspberries
I WANNA BE YOUR BOYFRIEND--The Rubinoos
I WISH IT COULD BE 1965 AGAIN--The Barracudas
I WON'T LET YOU LET ME GO--The Poptarts
I'LL BE YOUR MIRROR--The Velvet Underground
I'M GONNA BE STRONG--Gene Pitney
(I'M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN' STONE--The Monkees
(I'M) STRANDED--The Saints
IF I CAN'T CHANGE YOUR MIND--Sugar
IN THE CITY--The Jam
IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR--Wilson Pickett
IT DON'T COME EASY--Ringo Starr
IT'S ABOUT TIME--The Pandoras
IT'S COLD OUTSIDE--Stiv Bators
IT'S MY LIFE--The Animals
IT'S THE SAME OLD SONG--The Four Tops
JEALOUSY--The Poptarts
JINGLE JANGLE--The Archies
JOURNEY TO TYME--Kenny & the Kasuals
JUMPIN' JACK FLASH--The Rolling Stones
JUST LIKE ME--Paul Revere & the Raiders
KICKS--Paul Revere & the Raiders
THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT--The Who
KIM THE WAITRESS--Material Issue
KISS YOUR ASS GOODBYE--Styx
LAST THING ON MY MIND--The Finkers
THE LAST TIME [A CAPELLA]--Mr. Encrypto
LAUGH, LAUGH--The Beau Brummels
LEADER OF THE PACK--The Shangri-Las
LEFT IN THE DARK--The Vertebrats
LET'S SEE THE SUN--The Fleshtones
LIAR, LIAR--The Castaways
LICENSE TO KILL--The Ohms
LIES--The Knickerbockers
LIFE BEGINS AT THE HOP--XTC
LIFE ON MARS?--David Bowie
LIGHT OF DAY--Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
LITANY (LIFE GOES ON)--Guadalcanal Diary
LOOK OUT (HERE COMES TOMORROW)--The Monkees
LOOK THROUGH ANY WINDOW--The Hollies
LOVE HURTS--Nazareth
LOVE IN THE CITY--The Turtles
LOVE IS ONLY SLEEPING--The Monkees
LOVE IS PAIN--Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
LOVE TO LOVE--The Monkees
MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN--Screen Test
MAKING TIME--The Creation
MAN'S BEST FRIEND--Rachael Gordon
MAY MY HEART BE CAST INTO STONE--The Toys
MAYBE I'M AMAZED--Paul McCartney
A MILLION MILES AWAY--The Plimsouls
MISERLOU--Dick Dale & his Deltones
MR. ACARIUS--Arty Lenin
MTV--Hawaii Mud Bombers
MY BEFORE AND AFTER--Cotton Mather
(MY GIRL) MARYANNE--The Spongetones
MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME)--The Spinners
MYBABYSHESALRIGHT--Scruffy The Cat
NEVER BE FRIENDS--The Stems
THE NIGHT BEFORE--The Beatles
NO MATTER WHAT--Badfinger
NO MATTER WHAT SHAPE (YOUR STOMACH'S IN)--The T-Bones
NO MILK TODAY--Herman's Hermits
NO PROMISE--The Flashcubes
NO REPLY--The Beatles
NORMAN GREEN--Club Wow
NOT FADE AWAY--The Rolling Stones
NOTHING BUT A HEARTACHE--The Flirtations
NOTHING REALLY MATTERS WHEN YOU'RE YOUNG--Screen Test
NOTHING TO SAY--Fools Face
NOW YOU KNOW--The Real Kids
NOWHERE LEFT TO TURN--The Tearaways
ON BROADWAY--The Drifters
ON MY RADIO--The Selecter
ONLY IN AMERICA--Jay & the Americans
OPHELIA--Shane Faubert
PAINT IT, BLACK--The Rolling Stones
PANIC IN DETROIT--David Bowie
PAYDAY--Cotton Mather
PERSONALITY CRISIS--The New York Dolls
PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY--The Monkees
PLEASE PLEASE ME--The Beatles
PORPOISE SONG (THEME FROM HEAD)--The Monkees
PRETTY VACANT--The Sex Pistols
PROMISED LAND--Chuck Berry
PULLING MUSSELS (FROM THE SHELL)--Squeeze
RAIN--The Beatles
RAMONES--Motorhead
REACH OUT I'LL BE THERE--The Four Tops
REBEL REBEL--David Bowie
RED WINE AND WHISKEY--Katrina & the Waves
ROCK AND ROLL ALL NITE--KISS
ROCK AND ROLL LOVE LETTER--The Bay City Rollers
ROCKAWAY BEACH--The Ramones
ROLLER COASTER--The Ides Of March
ROSEMARY--The Dickies
SAY GOODBYE TO HOLLYWOOD--Ronnie Spector & the E Street Band
(SAY NO TO) SATURDAY'S GIRL--The Human Switchboard
SAYING GOODBYE--The Muffs
SEE FOR THE FIRST TIME--The Well Wishers
SEE MY FRIENDS--The Kinks
SEPTEMBER GURLS--Big Star
SHAKE SOME ACTION--The Flamin' Groovies
SHE--The Monkees
SHE COULDN'T SAY NO--1.4.5.
SHE SAID SHE SAID--The Beatles
SHE SAID TO ME--The Cowsills
SHE SAY YEA--The Scruffs
SHE'S A FOOL--Lesley Gore
SHE'S LEAVING--The Flashcubes
SHEENA IS A PUNK ROCKER--The Ramones
SHELLY'S BOYFRIEND--Bonnie Hayes with The Wild Combo
SHOPPING FOR A DOG--Fear Of Strangers
SHOULD HAVE BEEN MINE--The Catholic Girls
SHOUT IT OUT LOUD--KISS
SLOOP JOHN B--The Beach Boys
SOLITARY MAN--Neil Diamond
SOMEONE NEW--The Catholic Girls
SOMEWHERE OUTSIDE--The Barracudas
SORRY--The Easybeats
SORRY--The Smithereens
SOUL MAN--Sam & Dave
SOUND OF THE RADIO--Screen Test
ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE--Cocktail Slippers
STAND BY ME--Ben E. King
STARRY EYES--The Records
SUGAR SUGAR--Wilson Pickett
SUMMER BREEZE--The Isley Brothers
SUMMER COULDA LASTED FOREVER--Maura
SURRENDER--Cheap Trick
SWALLOW MY PRIDE--The Ramones
SWEETS FOR MY SWEET--The Searchers
SYRACUSE SUMMER--The Tearjerkers
TEAR ME APART--Suzi Quatro
THE TEARS OF A CLOWN--Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
TELL ME A STORY--The Natives
THANK YOU, GIRL--The Beatles
THAT THING YOU DO!--The Wonders
THERE SHE GOES--The La's
THERE SHE GOES AGAIN--The Velvet Underground
THEY RAN FOR THEIR LIVES--The Knickerbockers
THIS YEAR'S GONNA BE OUR YEAR--Eytan Mirsky
TILL THE END OF THE DAY--The Kinks
TIME WILL TELL--Holly Golightly
TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOU--The Kinks
TO SIR, WITH LOVE [MUSEUM OUTINGS MONTAGE]--Lulu
TOMORROW NIGHT--Shoes
TOO MUCH TALK--Paul Revere and the Raiders
THE TRAINS--The Nashville Ramblers
TRANS AM--The Skeletons
THE TRANSYLVANIA TWIST--Baron Daemon & the Vampires
TRUE LOVE WAYS--Buddy Holly
TWENTY FOUR HOURS FROM TULSA--Gene Pitney
UNCLE JOHN'S BAND--The Grateful Dead
VACATION--The Go-Go's
VANISHING GIRL--The Dukes Of Stratosphear
WALK AWAY RENEE--The Left Banke
WALK--DON'T RUN--The Ventures
WALKING OUT ON LOVE--Paul Collins
WALKING WITH A GHOST--Tegan & Sara
WATERLOO SUNSET--The Kinks
WE GOT THE BEAT--The Go-Go's
WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE--The Animals
WE'RE LIVING IN VIOLENT TIMES--The Barracudas
WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN' 'ROUND?--The Monkees
WHAT IS LIFE--George Harrison
(WHAT'S SO FUNNY 'BOUT) PEACE, LOVE AND UNDERSTANDING--Elvis Costello & the Attractions
WHEN PATTI ROCKED--The Dave Rave Conspiracy
WHEN WE CLOSE OUR EYES--The Flashcubes
WHEN YOU FIND OUT--The Nerves
WHO WANNA DANCE NOW--The Charades
WHY--The Stallions
WIG WAM BAM--The Sweet
WILL YOU LOVE ME TOMORROW--The Shirelles
WORDS--The Monkees
THE WORST THING I COULD DO--The Leonards
WOULDN'T YOU LIKE IT--The Bay City Rollers
YOU MUST BE A WITCH--The Lollipop Shoppe
YOU REALLY GOT ME--The Kinks
YOU TORE ME DOWN--The Flamin' Groovies
YOU WERE ON MY MIND--We Five
YOU WERE SO WARM--The Dwight Twilley Band
YOU WON'T BE SAD ANYMORE--The Lyres
YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME--The 13th Floor Elevators
YOU'VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY--The Beatles

A number of my favorite artists--for example, The Small Faces, Otis Redding, The Clash, The Ronettes, The Crystals, Slade, James Brown, The dB's, Mott The Hoople, T. Rex, Alice Cooper, The Runaways, and a very large group of others--are not represented at all on the above list.  I have a lot more than just 300 favorite songs!  But this is my Hot 300, and I'm sticking with it.

For today, anyway.