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First Round of Greatest Song of All Time Bracket

Posted on: May 13, 2008 6:04 pm
Edited on: May 14, 2008 8:22 am

The Time has finally come to select the Greatest Song. For those of you who participated in my original blog and those who helped me select the top 16 I'm sorry it took me so long. I had to be very thorough with such a big topic and even after all that i know that I am going to have people who don't agree with the top 16. Actually I don't agree with some of them but I used popular vote to select them so I can't do anything about the songs. Enough about that here are the first round matchups.

first seeded Stairway to Heaven vs.sixteenth seeded Back in Black

Eighth seeded A Day in the Life vs. ninth seeded Baba O' Reilly a.k.a Teenage Wasteland

Fifth Seeded Born to be Wild  vs. twelfth seeded Can't Get No Satisfaction

Fourth Seeded House of the Rising Sun  vs. thirteenth seeded Johnny B. Goode

Sixth Seeded Freebird vs. eleventh seeded All Along the Watchtower

Third Seeded Layla vs. fourtheenth seeded Comfortably Numb

Seventh seeded Sympathy for the Devil  vs. tenth seeded The Long and Winding Road

Second seeded Hey Jude vs. fifteenth seeded I Can See for Miles

Voting will end 10 o'clock pm friday. Just like in the greatest band / solo act bracket I will not vote unless there is a tie at the end.

Category: General
Tags: Music

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2008 4:37 pm

First Round of Greatest Song of All Time Bracket

Great blog brewcrew.  On Yankees blog, I commented "After this, you should do the same thing except with songs."  He directed me here...

Wow, only the first round, and already some tough picks for me:

Stairway To Heaven - It's just generally awesome.

A Day In The Life

Can't Get No Satisfaction - Although I like Born to be Wild, Satisfaction is probably my favorite Stones song.  Can't vote against it.

Johnny B. Goode - Mostly because it was used in Back To The Future, one of my favorite sci - fi movies

All Along the Watchtower - Although this isn't his best song in my opinion, still gotta vote for Jimi

Comfortably Numb - I like Layla.  I like Pink Floyd more.

Sympathy For The Devil - I agree with some of you that The Long and Winding Road, although good, should not be considered one of the top sixteen songs of all time.  It's kind of repetitive...

Hey Jude - I disagree with those people here.  The "na na na na na Hey Jude" thing, in my opinion, was one of the greatest Beatles moments.

I know that it's too late now, but if I had known about the original blog, I would have voted for several other songs, so, just for the heck of it, I'll list them.

Close To The Edge, Roundabout, Owner of a Lonely Heart - Yes

Sheep, Us And Them, Another Brick In The Wall (part 2) - Pink Floyd

Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who

Smoke On The Water - Deep Purple

Again, great blog.

Since: Aug 27, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2008 9:06 pm

First Round of Greatest Song of All Time Bracket

It looks like my son(panther90) and I have a small difference in opinion.He saw the link on WAYLT posted by Yank.
Stairway To Heaven
Baba O'Reilly
Born To Be Wild
House Of The Rising Sun
All Along The Watch Tower
The Long And Winding Road
I can See For Miles

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2008 8:52 pm

First Round of Greatest Song of All Time Bracket

Back In Black
Baba O'Reilly
Born To Be Wild
House Of The Rising Sun
The Long And Winding Road
Hey Jude

Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2008 5:03 pm

First Round of Greatest Song of All Time Bracket

Brewcrew, I understand.  Confusion happens.  I wasn't suggesting you altered votes or anything.  I just thought the first blog was interesting read and I was sad to see all the comments go.  Oh well.

And I did come here from one of Yankee's links.  So they are doing something.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2008 4:46 pm

First Round of Greatest Song of All Time Bracket

This is my third attempt to post on this blog. error message 100, Thanks a lot CBS!!!!!  anyway, nice topic Brew. I think we agree from your comments that posts like this tend to turn into popularity contests based on familiarity rather than critical assessment. Lowest common denominator theory at work!!!!  And I'd really like to thank you Farnz for stealing my Beatles rant before I could get it posted!!!! But I couldn't agree more. There are only 2-3 great songs in this round, but all the musicians are great(I'm giving ACDC a lot of latitude here). Now that I've alienated everybody else on this blog, I'll post my opinions of the songs available.

1) Stairway To Heaven - The first song I learned how to really play on guitar. Also the most popular(according to Rolling Stone) and overrated(IMHO) song in rock history. But Led Zep vs ACDC? I'm not even gonna explain why.
2) A Day in The Life - Tough break for somebody here. 2 legit great songs, but somebody has to fall on their sword. The Beatles get the nod here just for the placement of the song at the end of SGT Peppers' and the sustained note at the end. I've got a studio demo outtake of this song with minimal instrumental accompaniment that is just gorgeous.
3) Can't get No Satisfaction - Definitely not the Stones' best song, but it is historically significant and better than Born to be Wild(too bad it wasn't Magic Carpet Ride or The Pusher)
4) Johnny B. Goode - Guitarist today are still stealing this riff from Chuck(watch the movie HAIL!HAIL! ROCK 'N ROLL sometime). I like the Animals, but i can't pick a cover song over a trendsetter.
5) All Along The Watchtower - OOPS!!!! I'm picking a cover song over an original here(of course that's if you give Lynyrd Skynyrd credit for doing anything original) but if you're gonna cover a song, who's better than Dylan for your material source.
6) Layla - Duane and Eric dueling and that gorgeous coda against a very pedestrian Floyd song. Syd Barrett will haunt all those who vote for Comfortably Numb.
7) Sympathy for the Devil - Easiest pick here. A truly great song vs a song that Even Paul McCartney didn't like by the time George Martin finished it. Listen to LET IT BE (NAKED) sometime to really here TLAWR at its best.
8) I Can see For Miles - I like Hey Jude but it is far from one of the Beatles best. And I can't leave The Who off any best of rock list. Not their best song, but still very, very good.

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2008 11:42 am

First Round of Greatest Song of All Time Bracket

Sorry, missed a vote.

All along the Watch Tower

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2008 11:41 am

First Round of Greatest Song of All Time Bracket

My picks:

Stairway to Heaven

A Day in the Life

Born to be Wild

House of the Rising Sun


The Long and Winding Road

Hey Jude


Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: May 14, 2008 10:47 am

First Round of Greatest Song of All Time Bracket

Farns I agree with a lot of what you said here. A Day In The Life very well could be my favorite song but Baba O'Riley is my favorite song of all time. I probably voted here for Hey Jude just to put a Beatles song through and as a reflex action.

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2008 8:31 am

First Round of Greatest Song of All Time Bracket

Yankee thanks for putting a link on your blog it should help me out here.

Farnz I thought I had to remove the whole first blog because if I didn't this one wouldn't be visible without some searching. I was wrong turns out I could have just left the blog there but when I went to delete it all it did was remove the comments. I have all the songs and how many votes they recieved, if you would like me to, I could post them on my previous blog.


Since: Jun 28, 2007
Posted on: May 14, 2008 1:14 am

First Round of Greatest Song of All Time Bracket

I'm sure I'll catch alot of heat for this, but why are The Long And Winding Road and Hey Jude on this list? Don't get me wrong, I dig The Beatles.  I could see many of their songs making this list.  A Day In The Life is one of many great songs they have made.  But does anybody actually like those 2 songs or do people just vote for them on reputation?  The Long and Winding Road is pure boredom.  I just keep waiting for the good part to come, but it never does.  Hey Jude has about 6 seconds of music that I truly enjoy; And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain.  The 2nd half of the song is just "na na na na na na na na na hey Jude" repeating over and over and over and over again and again and again.  Does anybody who can easily skip to the next song finish listening to either of those?  Maybe people like them because of the depth of the lyrics and the meaning behind them.  Maybe people like those songs because of the timing of them and all the work that went into them or some other influential reason.  But for me, both songs are pretty lame.  I'm not trying to be a jerk about this.  I know people have different musical tastes (apparently mine is in the minority here).  But how do people really believe those two songs to be great?

Also, brewcrew, why did you remove all the comments from the original blog?


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