An infinite number of tracks can each be THE greatest record ever made, as long as they take turns. I like that idea so much, I've been writing a book about it: The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1). The long-threatened book remains a work in progress, but what the hell. Work is progressing.
My first public announcement of my plan to do this book was waaaay back in September of 2018. The GREM! concept well predates that announcement, springing from a series of blog posts that commenced in 2016 with a celebration of Badfinger's "Baby Blue." The first proposed Table of Contents was posted in April of 2019, back when I was only planning for the book to discuss a mere 50 songs.
50...?! How quaint. It's grown a bit since then. As of the last posted update in November of 2021, the book's Table of Contents was a collection of 165 songs. It now stands at 175--170 selections plus five bonus tracks--and that's probably where the number will stay.
The book's current Table of Contents appears below. But before you dive in to experience its splendor, it's worth repeating this caveat from one of the book's introductory chapters:
"This specific disclaimer is worth highlighting in bold and all-caps: THIS IS NOT INTENDED AS AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF THE BEST RECORDS EVER MADE! Jesus, no! The chapters in this book cover a number of popular and personal favorites, but it's nowhere near comprehensive, and it's not meant to be. It's a discussion and a celebration of pop's infinite promise--nothing more, nothing less."
Ready? Let's GO!
THE GREATEST RECORD EVER MADE! (VOLUME 1)
Table of Contents
12. THE HOLLIES: I Can't Let Go
21. THE SHIRELLES: Will You Love Me Tomorrow
108. THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY: I Woke Up In Love This Morning
141. THE JIVE FIVE: What Time Is It?
143. FREDA PAYNE: Band Of Gold
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