Thursday, May 25, 2006

Meme time. This is the first blogs-I-actually-read-semi-sweeping-meme I've rather liked in a while. I mean, it's yearly lists, c'mon. (Here's Fred's, and Nate's, submissions to the discussion; feel free to point out other interesting takes in the comments.)

1967: The Velvet Underground, "Venus in Furs"
1968: Tammy Wynette, "D-I-V-O-R-C-E"
1969: Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash, "Girl from the North Country"
1970: Aretha Franklin, "Call Me"
1971: Rod Stewart with Faces, "(I Know) I'm Losing You"
1972: Eddie Kendrick, "Girl You Need A Change of Mind"
1973: The Isley Brothers, "That Lady (Part 1)"
1974: Joni Mitchell, "Help Me"
1975: Barry White, "Let the Music Play"
1976: Boz Scaggs, "Lowdown"
1977: Steely Dan, "Peg"
1978: Marvin Gaye, "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You"
1979: Diana Ross, "No One Gets the Prize/The Boss"
1980: George Jones, "He Stopped Loving Her Today"
1981: Daryl Hall and John Oates, "Your Imagination"
1982: Linda Ronstadt, "Easy for You to Say"
1983: Shannon, "Let the Music Play"
1984: The Smiths, "How Soon Is Now"
1985: Grace Jones, "Slave to the Rhythm"
1986: Prince, "Kiss"
1987: Janet Jackson, "The Pleasure Principle"
1988: Public Enemy, "Bring the Noise"
1989: Public Enemy, "Fight the Power"
1990: Madonna, "Vogue"
1991: Kitchens of Distinction, "Drive That Fast"
1992: Madonna, "Erotica (Masters at Work Underground Club Mix)"
1993: A Tribe Called Quest, "Jazz (We've Got)"
1994: Morrissey, "The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get"
1995: Donna Summer, "I Feel Love (Masters at Work Remix)"
1996: Underworld, "Born Slippy (NUXX)"
1997: Puff Daddy and the Family featuring the Notorious B.I.G., Lil' Kim and the LOX, "It's All About the Benjamins (Remix)"
1998: Stardust, "Music Sounds Better with You"
1999: New Radicals, "You Get What You Give"
2000: OutKast, "B.O.B."
2001: Daft Punk, "One More Time"
2002: Missy Elliott, "Work It"
2003: R. Kelly, "Ignition Remix"
2004: Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell, "Drop It Like It's Hot"
2005: Three 6 Mafia featuring Young Buck & Eightball & MJG, "Stay Fly"
2006: Missy Elliott, "Teary Eyed (Maurice Club Mix)"

really like your '78; almost picked it myself. '86 is spot on as well, but i was limiting myself to one per artist. (in retrospect, i could have gone w/ "did it in a minute" for '81 and then "kiss" for '86). '97 : right fucking on. i'm tempted to change. close on '99 & '01.
Pleasantly surprised by '99 and '87 (something tells me that of all Janet's stuff, that one holds up best), love many of the others, and am genuinely curious about a few: '82, '81, and '78 especially. I like to brag that that's "my era" and I swear I've never heard any of those (MAYBE Hall & Oates and I just don't recall). What pray tell was Linda Ronstadt up to in '82? I'll have to track those down.
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