TOM'S FAVORITE 100 SONGS

Want a challenge? Name your favorite song of all time. Better yet try to name and RANK your top 100 songs of all time. It's harder than it sounds. Below you will find "MY TOP 150 (or so)" songs of all time. They are broken down into 3 categories. The first group are those songs that I like but that did not make my top 100. The second group are songs 51 to 100. And the third and final group is my top 50 ranked from 1 to 50. Feel free to send me your opinion of this top 100 list but keep in mind that I didn't call this the top 100 greatest songs of all time. I called it my top 100 "favorite" songs of all time.

FAVORITE SONGS THAT DIDN'T MAKE MY TOP 100
(not in any order)

FAVORITE 51 to 100 SONGS
(again not in any order)

FAVORITE 50 SONGS OF ALL TIME ** COUNTDOWN **

#50 - Dr. Hook - Cover of the Rolling Stone
#49 - Fatboys w/Beachboys - Wipeout
#48 - Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
#47 - Will Smith - Just the Two of Us
#46 - Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone
#45 - Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
#44 - Tina Turner - Proud Mary
#43 - Kenny Chesney - The Good Stuff
#42 - Elton John - Candle in the Wind
#41 - War - Low Rider
#40 - Seal - Kiss from a Rose
#39 - Jimi Hendrix - Star Spangled Banner
#38 - Savage Garden - Truly Madly Deeply
#37 - Foreigner - Urgent
#36 - Naughty by Nature - Hip Hop Hooray
#35 - Blondie - Rapture
#34 - Fire and Rain - James Taylor
#33 - Michael Jackson - Black or White
#32 - Moody Blues - Nights in White Satin
#31 - Joe Cocker - You are so beautiful
#30 - Journey - Lights
#29 - Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever
#28 - Dire Straits - Money for Nothing
#27 - Manfred Man - Blinded by the light
#26 - MC Hammer - Hammertime Can’t Touch This
#25 - The Who - Who are you
#24 - Beatles - Norwegian Wood
#23 - Dixie Chicks - Wide Open Spaces
#22 - Tom Petty - Free Fallin
#21 - Metallica - Sandman
#20 - Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee
#19 - Wild Cherry - Play that Funky Music
#18 - Kid Rock - Cowboy
#17 - John Mellencamp - ROCK in the USA
#16 - Heatwave - Always and Forever
#15 - Rick James - Super Freak
#14 - George Thorogood - Bad to the Bone
#13 - Creedance Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son
#12 - B52’s - Love Shack
#11 - Eagles - Life’s Been Good
#10 - ACDC - You Shook Me All Night Long
#9 - Nelly - Just a Dream
#8 - The Doors - Riders On the Storm
#7 - Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA
#6 - Nazareth - Hair of the Dog
#5 - Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
#4 - Bob Dylan - Knockin On Heaven’s Door
#3 - The Doors - Break On Through
#2 - The Who - My Generation
#1 - Lynard Skynard - Sweet Home Alabama

Tom's Logic: Obviously there are those of you who won't agree that "Sweet Home Alabama" is a worthy selection as my all-time favorite song so I thought I would provide you with an explanation of how I made this selection. It's really quite simple. "Sweet Home Alabama" has exceptional HBF and AGF ratings. By that I mean that when most people listen to "Sweet Home Alabama" (SHA) they can't help but start bobbing their heads to the music thus giving SHA an exceptional Head Bobbing Factor (HBF) rating. And the guitar play in SHA is simple yet exceptional which is very important to those of us who grew up in the 1970's especially those of us who spent more time at high school dances playing air guitar than actually dancing. Thus SHA has an exceptionally high Air Guitar Factor (AGF). Combine high AGF and HBF ratings with the fact that SHA is considered a CLASSIC by both the country community as well as the rock and roll community and you have one of the most amazing, if not THE most amazing song of all time. Add to that the mystique of a band who lost many of it's key musicians in a freak plane crash "before their time" ala James Dean and River Phoenix, and you have the rationale behind my selection of "Sweet Home Alabama" as my all-time favorite song. Still don't agree? Well I'll make you a deal then. If you are willing to share your top 5 songs of all time with the world then feel free to email them to me and I will be happy to create some space on this web page to honor your selections. OK, time to put the headphones on and "TURN IT UP"......

OTHERS WHO WERE BRAVE ENOUGH TO OFFER UP THEIR TOP 5

Jim from Galesburg

  1. Just Like Heaven - The Cure
  2. Don't Fear The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
  3. Zombie - The Cranberries
  4. One - U2
  5. The Kids Aren't Alright - The Offspring

Jim's "Honorable Mention" list

Bob from Cooper


Bob's "Honorable Mention"

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