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These are generally pulled from my top 1,000 all-time list, or from a little outside it. It seems like a big oversight now, but I've never sat down before to figure out, "What are my top 10 favorite alternative rock songs," jazz songs, country songs, etc., but my all-time list has basically done the work for me. I don't know if we'll ever do formal polls for even half of these categories, so I thought I'd post these.

My excuse for which categories to use comes largely from a mid-'90s book edited by Colin Larkin, All Time Top 1000 Albums. I modified, deleted, or added some categories, too. I'm pretty sure that I pegged all the pertinent songs from my all-time list, though it’s hard to tell where some genres end and others begin (for instance, the Dance genre and the Rock & Pop genre). I was often generous when it came to the question of "Does this song really belong here?"


Rock & Pop
1 | Nirvana | Smells Like Teen Spirit | 1991
2 | Prince and the Revolution | When Doves Cry | 1984
3 | Bruce Springsteen | Tunnel of Love | 1987
4 | Nirvana | Come As You Are | 1991
5 | Sting | Be Still My Beating Heart | 1987
6 | U2 | New Year's Day | 1983
7 | Guns N' Roses | November Rain | 1991
8 | James Taylor | Never Die Young | 1988
9 | The Righteous Brothers | Unchained Melody | 1965
10 | Sting | When the Angels Fall | 1991
So many things are Rock & Pop, in a way, so I'm not surprised that my overall Top 10 is the same Top 10 here.


Alternative Rock
1 | Nirvana | Smells Like Teen Spirit | 1991
2 | Nirvana | Come As You Are | 1991
3 | Pearl Jam | Even Flow | 1991
4 | Lana Del Rey | Video Games | 2011
5 | The Magnetic Fields | Sweet-Lovin' Man | 1999
6 | Iggy and the Stooges | Search and Destroy | 1973
7 | The Cure | Burn | 1994
8 | Mazzy Star | Fade Into You | 1993
9 | Red Hot Chili Peppers | Under the Bridge | 1991
10 | The Smiths | How Soon Is Now? | 1984


Blues
Because of no/low representation on my all-time list, I'm leaving out certain genres for myself. (The winner would maybe be John Lee Hooker, "Boogie Chillen." I didn’t want to count blues songs that are done as rock or jazz.)


Christmas
This is better suited for Daniel's Christmas polls, at least for me. I didn't adjust this time for a song's “Christmas spirit” factor. My top two are Roxette's "It Must Have Been Love (Christmas for the Broken Hearted)" and the Pretenders' "2000 Miles," neither of which are very Christmas-y.


Classical
1 | Tchaikovsky | The Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers | 1892
2 | Richard Strauss | Also Sprach Zarathustra: Sonnenaufgang | 1896
3 | Claude Debussy | Arabesque No. 1 | 1891
4 | Tchaikovsky | Swan Lake: Introduction | 1876
5 | Georges Bizet | Carmen: Habanera | 1875
6 | Gustav Holst | Mars, The Bringer of War | 1918
7 | Richard Wagner | Tristan und Isolde: Act 3, Prelude | 1865
8 | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Turkish March (Rondo Alla Turca) | 1784
9 | Léo Delibes | Lakmé: Flower Duet/Sous le dôme épais | 1883
10 | Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | The Magic Flute: The Bird Catcher's Song | 1791


Country
1 | Garth Brooks | The Dance | 1989
2 | Rosanne Cash | What We Really Want | 1990
3 | Stevie Nicks and Don Henley | Leather and Lace | 1981
4 | Rosanne Cash | Dance with the Tiger | 1990
5 | Hank Williams | Lost Highway | 1949
6 | Johnny Cash | Ring of Fire | 1963
7 | Hank Williams | Why Don't You Love Me | 1950
8 | Roger Miller | Oo-De-Lally | 1973
9 | Patsy Cline | You're Stronger Than Me | 1962
10 | Steve Earle | Fearless Heart | 1986


Cover Songs
1 | The Righteous Brothers | Unchained Melody | 1965 (originally Todd Duncan)
2 | Rod Stewart | Reason to Believe | 1971 (originally Tim Hardin)
3 | Marvin Gaye | I Heard It Through the Grapevine | 1968 (originally by The Miracles, with the same producer; Barry Gordy vetoed its release as a single, and it basically went unreleased)
4 | Frank Sinatra | (Theme from) New York, New York | 1980 (originally Liza Minnelli)
5 | Soft Cell | Tainted Love | 1981 (originally Gloria Jones)
6 | The Animals | The House of the Rising Sun | 1964 (traditional; first known recording as "Rising Sun Blues" by Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster)
7 | Whitney Houston | The Greatest Love of All | 1985 (originally George Benson)
8 | Elvis Presley | That's All Right | 1954 (originally Arthur Crudup)
9 | Madonna | Live to Tell | 1986 (originally Patrick Leonard, i.e. his instrumental was submitted for the film Fire with Fire; Leonard worked with Madonna on the new version)
10 | Frank Sinatra | Where Are You? | 1957 (originally Gertrude Niesen)
I didn't adjust for the worthwhile issue of how much the cover song improved on the original. For the iffier examples, I wanted some kind of significant personnel continuity so that someone knew that a newer and potentially better version was being made with a new performer. "What's Love Got to Do with It" was recorded around the same time or earlier by the group Bucks Fizz, but it went unreleased at the time, and as far as I know, the two versions were recorded in isolation from each other.


Dance
1 | Bee Gees | Stayin' Alive | 1977
2 | Deee-Lite | Groove Is in the Heart | 1990
3 | Pet Shop Boys | Being Boring | 1990
4 | Yazoo | Situation | 1982
5 | Grimes | REALiTI | 2015
6 | ABBA | Dancing Queen | 1976
7 | New Order | Bizarre Love Triangle | 1986
8 | Gen X/Billy Idol | Dancing with Myself | 1980
9 | Animotion | Obsession | 1984
10 | Pet Shop Boys feat. Dusty Springfield | What Have I Done to Deserve This? | 1987


Folk (and maybe Folk Rock)
The Folk category allowed for Folk Rock in Larkin's book. I personally found it hard to reliably distinguish Folk Rock from Rock & Pop. (I have low representation for just Folk.) My winner here would be Rod Stewart, "Reason to Believe."


Hard Rock
1 | Nirvana | Smells Like Teen Spirit | 1991
2 | Guns N' Roses | November Rain | 1991
3 | The Rolling Stones | Gimme Shelter | 1969
4 | Guns N' Roses | Welcome to the Jungle | 1987
5 | Queen | Bohemian Rhapsody | 1975
6 | The Who | Baba O'Riley | 1971
7 | Pearl Jam | Even Flow | 1991
8 | The Doors | Break On Through (To the Other Side) | 1967
9 | Black Sabbath | War Pigs | 1970
10 | Iggy and the Stooges | Search and Destroy | 1973


Heavy Metal
1 | Black Sabbath | War Pigs | 1970
2 | Ozzy Osbourne | Crazy Train | 1980
3 | Black Sabbath | Snowblind | 1972
4 | Metallica | Enter Sandman | 1991
5 | Metallica | One | 1988
6 | Tool | Aenema | 1996
7 | Black Sabbath | Changes | 1972
8 | Tool | Sober | 1993
9 | Black Sabbath | Children of the Grave | 1971
10 | Black Sabbath | Sabbath Bloody Sabbath | 1973
I know Led Zeppelin was considered heavy metal at the time, but I think of them these days as hard rock (which was a tougher Top 10 to get into).


Instrumental
1 | John Williams | The Raiders March (a.k.a. Indiana Jones Theme) | 1981
2 | The Chuck Mangione Quartet | Bellavia | 1975
3 | Angelo Badalamenti | Twin Peaks Theme | 1990
4 | Danny Elfman | The Batman Theme | 1989
5 | John Williams | Star Wars (Main Title) | 1977
6 | William Ackerman | Remedios | 1981
7 | Alex de Grassi | Clockwork | 1981
8 | Angelo Badalamenti | Laura Palmer's Theme | 1990
9 | Dick Dale and the Deltones | Miserlou (a.k.a. Misirlou) | 1962
10 | The Ming Ensemble | The Song of the Four Seasons | 1993


Jazz
1 | The Chuck Mangione Quartet | Bellavia | 1975
2 | Sting | Sister Moon | 1987
3 | Billie Holiday | God Bless the Child | 1942
4 | John Coltrane | Pursuance | 1965
5 | John Coltrane | My Favorite Things | 1961
6 | Kenny G | Songbird | 1986
7 | Miles Davis | All Blues | 1959
8 | Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five | Lonesome Blues | c.1926
9 | Miles Davis | Pharaoh's Dance | 1970
10 | Miles Davis | Flamenco Sketches | 1959


Live
Low representation. (My winner would be Bob Marley, "No Woman, No Cry.")


New Age
1 | William Ackerman | Remedios | 1981
2 | Alex de Grassi | Clockwork | 1981
3 | George Winston | Blossom/Meadow | 1982
4 | Enya | Shepherd Moons | 1991
5 | Enya | The Sun in the Stream | 1986
6 | William Ackerman | Processional | 1976 (though I greatly prefer the 1986 version)
7 | Kostia and David Arkenstone | The Cello's Song | 1991
8 | Enya | Lothlórien | 1991
9 | Loreena McKennitt | The Mummers' Dance | 1997
10 | Orison | The Butterfly | 1988


Punk
1 | The Sex Pistols | God Save the Queen | 1977
2 | The Clash | London Calling | 1979
3 | Ramones | Blitzkrieg Bop | 1976
4 | The Clash | The Card Cheat | 1979
5 | The Sex Pistols | Problems | 1977
6 | Green Day | Longview | 1994
7 | Gang of Four | Ether | 1979
8 | The Clash | Rudie Can't Fail | 1979
9 | The Buzzcocks | Ever Fallen in Love? | 1978
10 | The Buzzcocks | Everybody's Happy Nowadays | 1979


Rap/Hip-Hop
1 | 2pac | Keep Ya Head Up | 1993
2 | M.I.A. | Paper Planes | 2007
3 | 2pac | I Ain't Mad at Cha | 1996
4 | Sir Mix-a-Lot | Baby Got Back | 1992
5 | DMX | Ruff Ryders Anthem | 1998
6 | Dr. Dre | Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang | 1992
7 | The Notorious B.I.G. | Mo Money Mo Problems | 1997
8 | Pet Shop Boys | West End Girls | 1984
9 | Beastie Boys | So What'cha Want | 1992
10 | Dizzee Rascal | Bonkers | 2009
As you can imagine, I practically forgot about the Pet Shop Boys. But they're here because of their fairly high ranking on the top 1,000 list, not because I thought they had one of the hottest raps I've ever heard.


Reggae
1 | Stranger Cole | Crying Every Night | 1971
2 | Bob Marley | No Woman, No Cry | 1974
3 | Linton Kwesi Johnson | Making History | 1983
4 | Burning Spear | Marcus Garvey | 1975
5 | Bob Marley | Who the Cap Fit | 1976
6 | UB40 | Red Red Wine | 1983
7 | Eddy Grant | Electric Avenue | 1982
8 | The Congos | Fisherman | 1977
9 | Snow | Informer | 1992
10 | The Slickers | Johnny Too Bad | 1970


Rock & Roll
1 | Elvis Presley | That's All Right | 1954
2 | Bobby Helms | Jingle Bell Rock | 1957
3 | The Everly Brothers | All I Have to Do Is Dream | 1958
4 | Elvis Presley | Can't Help Falling in Love | 1961
5 | Elvis Presley | Suspicious Minds | 1969
6 | Darlene Love | Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) | 1963
7 | Roy Orbison | Oh, Pretty Woman | 1964
8 | The Champs | Tequila | 1958
9 | The Crickets | Oh, Boy! | 1957
10 | Little Richard | Tutti Frutti | 1955


Singer-Songwriter/Bedsitter
I found it hard to reliably distinguish Singer-Songwriter/Bedsitter from Rock and Pop. (I guess my winner would be someone like James Taylor, "Never Die Young.")


Single (i.e., non-studio album)
1 | Simple Minds | Don't You (Forget About Me) | 1985
2 | Bee Gees | Stayin' Alive | 1977
3 | Elvis Presley | That's All Right | 1954
4 | Roxette | It Must Have Been Love | 1987
5 | Cyndi Lauper | The Goonies 'R' Good Enough | 1985
6 | The Beatles | Hey Jude | 1968
7 | Phil Collins | Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) | 1984
8 | The Cure | Burn | 1994
9 | The Smiths | How Soon Is Now? | 1984
10 | Stranger Cole | Crying Every Night | 1971


Soul/R&B
1 | Prince and the Revolution | When Doves Cry | 1984
2 | The Righteous Brothers | Unchained Melody | 1965
3 | Kool & The Gang | Cherish | 1984
4 | Marvin Gaye | I Heard It Through the Grapevine | 1968
5 | The Force MDs | Tender Love | 1985
6 | Tina Turner | What's Love Got to Do With It | 1984
7 | Michael Jackson | Billie Jean | 1982
8 | James Brown | Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag | 1965
9 | Whitney Houston | The Greatest Love of All | 1985
10 | Bee Gees | Stayin' Alive | 1977


Stage Musical
1 | Camelot soundtrack | Camelot | 1960
2 | The Pirates of Penzance soundtrack | I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General | 1879
3 | The Melachrino Strings | Never Will I Marry [instrumental version] | 1960
4 | Julie Andrews | My Favorite Things | 1965
5 | My Fair Lady soundtrack | I Could Have Danced All Night | 1956
6 | My Fair Lady soundtrack | On the Street Where You Live | 1956
7 | The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack | The Phantom of the Opera | 1987
8 | Anything Goes soundtrack | Anything Goes | 1935
9 | Yvonne Elliman (Jesus Christ Superstar) | I Don't Know How to Love Him | 1970
10 | The Melachrino Strings | Faraway Boy [instrumental version] | 1960


TV/Film Soundtrack
1 | Prince and the Revolution | When Doves Cry | 1984 (Purple Rain film)
2 | Simple Minds | Don't You (Forget About Me) | 1985 (The Breakfast Club film)
3 | Bee Gees | Stayin' Alive | 1977 (Saturday Night Fever film)
4 | Roxette | It Must Have Been Love | 1987 (Pretty Woman film)
5 | John Williams | The Raiders March (a.k.a. Indiana Jones Theme) | 1981 (Raiders of the Lost Ark film)
6 | Cyndi Lauper | The Goonies 'R' Good Enough | 1985 (The Goonies film)
7 | Phil Collins | Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) | 1984 (Against All Odds film)
8 | The Cure | Burn | 1994 (The Crow film)
9 | Cliff Edwards | When You Wish Upon a Star | 1940 (Pinocchio film)
10 | Angelo Badalamenti | Twin Peaks Theme | 1990 (Twin Peaks TV show)


World Music
Not my specialty. (The winner would be... Paul Simon, "You Can Call Me Al"? Or, more strictly, Márta Sebestyén, “Love Just One”?)
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Okay, here's some of mine.

ROCKABILLY
1. Honey Hush ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
2. Good Rocking Tonight ¦ Elvis Presley - 54
3. Matchbox ¦ Carl Perkins - 57
4. The Train Kept A'Rollin' ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
5. All Mama's Children ¦ Carl Perkins - 56
6. End Of The Road ¦ Jerry Lee Lewis - 56
7. One Hand Loose ¦ Charlie Feathers - 56
8. All By Myself ¦ Johnny Burnette Trio - 56
9. I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone ¦ Elvis Presley - 55
10. I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine ¦ Elvis Presley - 54

DOO WOP
1. Have Mercy Baby ¦ Dominoes - 52
2. Money Honey ¦ Drifters - 53
3. Think ¦ "5" Royales - 57
4. Baby I Need You ¦ El Dorados - 54
5. Whatcha Gonna Do ¦ Drifters - 55
6. Too Much Lovin' ¦ "5" Royales - 53
7. If You Love Me (Let Me Know) ¦ Clovers - 55
8. Don't You Know I Love You ¦ Clovers - 51
9. It Will Stand ¦ Showmen - 61
10. I Was Wrong ¦ Moonglows - 54

BLUES
1. Don't Go No Farther ¦ Muddy Waters - 56
2. Rub A Little Boogie ¦ Champion Jack Dupree - 54
3. Spoonful ¦ Howlin' Wolf - 60
4. What About Your Daughter? ¦ J.B. Lenoir - 57
5. My Babe ¦ Little Walter - 55
6. Dark Is The Night (part 1) ¦ B.B. King - 56
7. Stand By Me ¦ Guitar Slim - 55
8. Before You Accuse Me ¦ Bo Diddley - 57
9. Ain't Nothing You Can Do ¦ Bobby "Blue" Bland - 64
10. I'm Ready ¦ Muddy Waters - 54

SOUL/FUNK
1. Doing It To Death ¦ Fred Wesley & J.B.'s - 73
2. Hold On I'm A'Comin' ¦ Sam & Dave - 66
3. In The Midnight Hour ¦ Wilson Pickett - 65
4. It's All Right ¦ Impressions - 63
5. Never Give You Up ¦ Jerry Butler - 68
6. Out Of Sight ¦ James Brown - 64
7. I Want A Love I Can See ¦ Temptations - 63
8. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag ¦ James Brown - 65
9. Oh What A Night ¦ Dells - 69
10. Westbound # 9 ¦ Flaming Ember - 70

COUNTRY
1. Moanin' The Blues ¦ Hank Williams - 50
2. Folsom Prison Blues ¦ Johnny Cash - 55
3. Honky Tonk Blues ¦ Hank Williams - 52
4. Lovesick Blues ¦ Hank Williams - 49
5. Why Don't You Love Me ¦ Hank Williams - 50
6. Hey, Good Lookin' ¦ Hank Williams - 51
7. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) ¦ Hank Williams - 52
8. Long Gone Lonesome Blues ¦ Hank Williams - 50
9. The South's Gonna Do It ¦ Charlie Daniels Band - 74
10. I Walk The Line ¦ Johnny Cash - 56

BRITISH ROCK
1. Can't Buy Me Love ¦ Beatles - 64
2. I Feel Fine ¦ Beatles - 64
3. Revolution ¦ Beatles - 68
4. Heart Full Of Soul ¦ Yardbirds - 65
5. It Won't Be Long ¦ Beatles - 63
6. Catch The Wind (LP version) ¦ Donovan - 65
7. A Hard Day's Night ¦ Beatles - 64
8. All Day And All Of The Night ¦ Kinks - 64
9. Get Off Of My Cloud ¦ Rolling Stones - 65
10. It's All Over Now ¦ Rolling Stones - 64

NEW WAVE/PUNK
1. Hepnobeat ¦ Dynamic Hepnotics - 81
2. We Were Both Wrong ¦ Dave Edmunds - 79
3. The Walk ¦ Inmates - 79
4. Penny Lane ¦ Elvis Costello - 10
5. Rock This Town ¦ Stray Cats - 81
6. Blitzkrieg Bop ¦ Ramones - 76
7. Pump It Up ¦ Elvis Costello - 78
8. Look At That Cadillac ¦ Stray Cats - 83
9. Dancing With Myself ¦ Generation X (Billy Idol) - 80
10. Heart of Glass - Blondie

DISCO/DANCE
1. It's A Shame - Spinners
2. Give It To Me Baby - Rick James
3. Get Up ... (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine - James Brown
4. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
5. Love Train - O'Jays
6. Rapper's Delight - Sugarhill Gang
7. Think (About It) - Lyn Collins
8. You're The One For Me - "D" Train
9. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
10. Born To Be Alive - Patrick Hernandez
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Indie Flair:

1. Pixies – Caribou
2. Teenage Fanclub – Everything Flows
3. Yo La Tengo – Pass The Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind
4. The Fall – The Classical
5. Silver Jews – How To Rent A Room
6. Young Marble Giants – Include Me Out
7. The Deep Freeze Mice – Neuron Music
8. The Beta Band – Dry The Rain
9. Medicine Head – Coast to Coast
10. Bikini Kill – New Radio
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Thanks guys. I'd be kind of surprised if we ever do a poll for Country or a lot of these other ones; but if you look through your all-time song submission, you can probably find the answers sitting right there. I was surprised myself what I was essentially calling my top 10 favorites. (I worked this out before posting my all-time list, so it was a week or two from when I started looking into it until last night's post. So hopefully in the next week or two we'll see more posts.)
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If I didn't know better, I'd think that people are sleeping on this. Regardless, everyone's essentially already voted on this before, and is currently voting for this again. (The following is compiled from the final results of the 2018 all-time song list, as voted on by 62 forum members, and can be compared with the 2021 list in a month or two). I don't think we've ever otherwise had a poll for Alternative Rock, or Blues, or Country, or Cover Songs, or Dance, or Hard Rock, or Heavy Metal, or Jazz, or Punk songs, or Rap/Hip-Hop, or Reggae, or Rock & Roll, or Soul/R&B, or Film/TV Soundtrack.

(6º), in conjunction with Smells Like Teen Spirit, means that the song was #6 all-time on the 2018 list; the format is partially based off Elder's posting of the 2018 list.

Alternative Rock
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1. (6º) Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit - 1991
2. (17º) Radiohead - Paranoid Android - 1997
3. (20º) LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends - 2007
4. (22º) The Smiths - There Is a Light That Never Goes Out - 1986
5. (27º) The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony - 1997
6. (35º) R.E.M. - Losing My Religion - 1991
7. (41º) The Smiths - How Soon Is Now? - 1984
8. (42º) Pulp - Common People - 1995
9. (50º) The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army - 2003
10. (55º) Radiohead - Creep - 1992
Alternative Rock dates back to something like the early/mid-'80s, or more or less to R.E.M. If you think of Alternative starting more or less with the Velvet Underground or with avant-garde subgenres, and you want to be more generous in general, then you could make the list something like: Smells Like Teen Spirit; David Bowie's "Heroes" (#2); "When Doves Cry" (#3), if, like Spin magazine, you think Prince is Alternative; Bowie's "Life on Mars?" (#4); Paranoid Android; The Clash's "London Calling" (#6); OutKast's "Hey Ya!" (#7); All My Friends; There Is a Light That Never Goes Out; Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (#10).


Cover Songs
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1. (10º) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along the Watchtower - 1968 (Bob Dylan)
2. (44º) The Animals - The House of the Rising Sun - 1964 (Traditional/Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster, for instance)
3. (51º) Aretha Franklin - Respect - 1967 (Otis Redding)
4. (57º) Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah - 1994 (Leonard Cohen)
5. (59º) Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through the Grapevine - 1968 (The Miracles)
6. (72º) Nina Simone - Sinnerman - 1965 (Les Baxter Orchestra)
7. (73º) Johnny Cash - Hurt - 2002 (Nine Inch Nails)
8. (115º) The Temptations - Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - 1972 (The Undisputed Truth)
9. (118º) Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit - 1967 (The Great Society)
10. (154º) Soft Cell - Tainted Love - 1981 (Gloria Jones)
If you think #5 and #9 are a little iffy, then I'll refer you to some other top finishers: Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U" (Prince/The Family), maybe Prince and the Revolution's "Kiss" (Mazarati), and Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds" (Mark James). Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit" would be #3 here, but perhaps an important requirement is that the earlier version of the song needed to have been recorded, for us listeners to compare.


Dance
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1. (20º) LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends - 2007
2. (30º) New Order - Blue Monday - 1983
3. (62º) Depeche Mode - Enjoy the Silence - 1990
4. (64º) M83 - Midnight City - 2011
5. (66º) Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out - 2004
6. (95º) Donna Summer - I Feel Love - 1977
7. (96º) ABBA - Dancing Queen - 1976
8. (101º) Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams - Get Lucky - 2013
9. (117º) Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy - 1991
10. (123º) Blondie - Heart of Glass - 1978
If you're wondering where the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive" is, it's at #12.


Film/TV Soundtrack
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1. (13º) Prince and The Revolution - When Doves Cry - 1984 (Purple Rain film)
2. (34º) Prince and The Revolution - Purple Rain - 1984 (Purple Rain film)
3. (89º) Eminem - Lose Yourself - 2002 (8 Mile film)
4. (111º) Public Enemy - Fight the Power - 1989 (Do the Right Thing film)
5. (130º) Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive - 1977 (Saturday Night Fever film)
6. (131º) The Beatles - Help! - 1965 (Help! film)
7. (256º) Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me) - 1985 (The Breakfast Club film)
8. (259º) Ennio Morricone - The Ecstasy of Gold - 1966 (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly film)
9. (270º) Bee Gees - How Deep Is Your Love - 1977 (Saturday Night Fever film)
10. (300º) The Beatles - Ticket to Ride - 1965 (Help! film)
To qualify, the song had to be a new release, released cross-promotionally in conjunction with the movie or TV show.


Hard Rock
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1. (2º) The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter - 1969
2. (3º) Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven - 1971
3. (6º) Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit - 1991
4. (9º) Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody - 1975
5. (10º) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along the Watchtower - 1968
6. (17º) Radiohead - Paranoid Android - 1997
7. (18º) The Clash - London Calling - 1979
8. (25º) The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - 1965
9. (38º) The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black - 1966
10. (43º) The Who - Baba O'Riley - 1971
If Hard Rock is a style as much as a volume setting, with much of its heyday in the '70s, then an argument could be made that alternative rock/punk songs don't really belong here. In which case, we can add some extra songs at the bottom: Guns N' Roses' "Sweet Child O' Mine"; maybe not the White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army"; probably The Who's "My Generation"; Led Zeppelin's "Kashmir".


Rap/Hip-Hop
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1. (32º) M.I.A. - Paper Planes - 2007
2. (68º) Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five - The Message - 1982
3. (69º) OutKast - B.O.B (Bombs Over Baghdad) - 2000
4. (79º) Kanye West feat. Pusha T - Runaway - 2010
5. (89º) Eminem - Lose Yourself - 2002
6. (111º) Public Enemy - Fight the Power - 1989
7. (152º) Gorillaz feat. De La Soul - Feel Good Inc. - 2005
8. (157º) OutKast - Ms. Jackson - 2000
9. (176º) Beastie Boys - Sabotage - 1994
10. (207º) Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood - 2001
Something not rap or hip-hop enough? The next couple of qualifiers are Beck's "Loser," and Eminem feat. Dido, "Stan."


Soul/R&B
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1. (4º) Michael Jackson - Billie Jean - 1982
2. (12º) Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - 1968
3. (13º) Prince and The Revolution - When Doves Cry - 1984
4. (15º) Stevie Wonder - Superstition - 1972
5. (19º) OutKast - Hey Ya! - 2003
6. (31º) Marvin Gaye - What's Going On - 1971
7. (34º) Prince and The Revolution - Purple Rain - 1984
8. (48º) Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come - 1964
9. (51º) Aretha Franklin - Respect - 1967
10. (56º) Al Green - Let's Stay Together - 1971


These were the easiest genres to put together, pretty much just using the top 200 of the 2018 all-time list. More to come...
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Instrumental

1. (234º) Dick Dale - Miserlou - 1962
2. (237º) Miles Davis - So What - 1959
3. (259º) Ennio Morricone - The Ecstasy of Gold - 1966
4. (302º) Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five - 1959
5. (339º) Booker T. & The MG's - Green Onions - 1962
6. (372º) John Coltrane - A Love Supreme, Part 1: Acknowledgement - 1965
7. (409º) John Coltrane - My Favorite Things - 1961
8. (454º) DJ Shadow - Building Steam with a Grain of Salt - 1996
9. (476º) DJ Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World - 1996
10. (495º) Pink Floyd - The Great Gig in the Sky - 1973
I guess "The Great Gig in the Sky" counts if "The Ecstasy of Gold" counts? Claude Debussy's "Clair de lune" is the backup here.


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1. (18º) The Clash - London Calling - 1979
2. (160º) Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the U.K. - 1976
3. (163º) Ramones - Blitzkrieg Bop - 1976
4. (196º) Patti Smith - Gloria - 1975
5. (230º) The Undertones - Teenage Kicks - 1978
6. (260º) Iggy and the Stooges - Search and Destroy - 1973
7. (272º) Green Day - Basket Case - 1994
8. (273º) Buzzcocks - Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've?) - 1978
9. (296º) The Clash - Train in Vain (Stand by Me) - 1979
10. (467º) Sex Pistols - God Save the Queen - 1977
If you want to argue that the Stooges weren't punk, then Gang of Four's "Damaged Goods" rounds out the top 10 (which also means side-stepping "I Wanna Be Your Dog").


Rock & Roll

1. (54º) Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode - 1958
2. (165º) Elvis Presley - Heartbreak Hotel - 1956
3. (185º) Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds - 1969
4. (198º) Little Richard - Tutti Frutti - 1955
5. (261º) The Crickets - That'll Be the Day - 1957
6. (289º) Roy Orbison - In Dreams - 1963
7. (346º) Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock - 1957
8. (364º) Elvis Presley - Hound Dog - 1956
9. (378º) Bill Haley and His Comets - (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock - 1954
10. (379º) Del Shannon - Runaway - 1961
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1. (73º) Johnny Cash - Hurt - 2002
2. (173º) Glen Campbell - Wichita Lineman - 1968
3. (199º) Johnny Cash - Folsom Prison Blues - 1955
4. (239º) Johnny Cash - I Walk the Line - 1956
5. (326º) Dolly Parton - Jolene - 1973
6. (456º) Patsy Cline - Crazy - 1961
7. (492º) Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire - 1963
8. (581º) Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee - 1971
9. (741º) First Aid Kit - Emmylou - 2012
10. (799º) Hank Williams - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - 1949
Say for a moment that "Hurt" doesn't count. What rounds out the top 10? Depending on what you think of as country, it's Elvis Presley, "That's All Right" (#800); the Eagles, "Take It Easy" (#878); or perhaps more appropriately, Townes Van Zandt, "Pancho and Lefty" (#956).


Foreign/World Music

1. (286º) Jacques Brel - Amsterdam - 1964
2. (306º) Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin - Je t'aime moi non plus - 1969
3. (332º) Fela and Africa 70 - Zombie - 1976
4. (333º) Jacques Brel - Ne me quitte pas - 1959
5. (357º) Stan Getz, João Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto - The Girl from Ipanema - 1964
6. (381º) Édith Piaf - La Vie en rose - 1945
7. (513º) Sigur Rós - Svefn-G-Englar - 1999
8. (518º) Édith Piaf - Non, je ne regrette rien - 1960
9. (677º) Chico Buarque - Construção - 1971
10. (683º) Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan - 1997
I didn't include an instrumental by Ennio Morricone; I wanted the foreign (non-English) aspect to be blatant. (Incidentally, "The Ecstasy of Gold" would have topped the list.) Maybe classical music could be included, in a sense, but they already have their own category. (Debussy's "Clair de lune," all-time rank #592, would have placed toward the end of the list.) Paul Simon's "Graceland" song was #593 all-time, so it would maybe place here depending on what you think should and shouldn't count.


Jazz

1. (46º) Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit - 1939
2. (237º) Miles Davis - So What - 1959
3. (302º) Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five - 1959
4. (357º) Stan Getz, João Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto - The Girl from Ipanema - 1964
5. (360º) Nina Simone - Feeling Good - 1965
6. (372º) John Coltrane - A Love Supreme, Part 1: Acknowledgement - 1965
7. (409º) John Coltrane - My Favorite Things - 1961
8. (480º) Louis Armstrong - What a Wonderful World - 1967
9. (700º) Norah Jones - Don't Know Why - 2002
10. (724º) Benny Goodman - Sing, Sing, Sing - 1937
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1. (107º) Black Sabbath - Paranoid - 1970
2. (335º) Black Sabbath - War Pigs - 1970
3. (363º) Motörhead - Ace of Spades - 1980
4. (412º) Black Sabbath - Iron Man - 1970
5. (416º) Metallica - Master of Puppets - 1986
6. (478º) Metallica - One - 1988
7. (577º) Metallica - Enter Sandman - 1991
8. (693º) System of a Down - Chop Suey! - 2001
9. (755º) Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name - 1982
10. (828º) Linkin Park - In the End - 2000


Reggae
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1. (141º) Bob Marley and The Wailers - No Woman No Cry - 1974
2. (218º) The Specials - Ghost Town - 1981
3. (223º) Bob Marley and The Wailers - Redemption Song - 1980
4. (666º) Jimmy Cliff - Many Rivers to Cross - 1969
5. (710º) Desmond Dekker & The Aces - Israelites - 1968
6. (721º) The Clash - (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais - 1978
7. (754º) Jimmy Cliff - The Harder They Come - 1972
8. (775º) Bob Marley and The Wailers - One Love/People Get Ready - 1977
9. (813º) The Wailers - Get Up, Stand Up - 1973
10. (970º) Bob Marley and The Wailers - Is This Love - 1978


Blues
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1. (726º) Howlin' Wolf - Smokestack Lightnin' - 1956
2. (887º) Muddy Waters - Hoochie Coochie Man - 1954
3. (976º) Howlin' Wolf - Spoonful - 1960
4. (1184º) B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone - 1969
5. (1214º) Muddy Waters - Manish Boy - 1955
6. (1236º) Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton - Hound Dog - 1953
7. (1308º) Elmore James - Dust My Broom - 1951
8. (1346º) Robert Johnson - Hellhound on My Trail - 1937
9. (1599º) Robert Johnson - Cross Road Blues - 1936
10. (1823º) Robert Johnson - Sweet Home Chicago - 1936
"West End Blues" (all-time rank #1626) and "St. James Infirmary" (#1719) both performed by Louis Armstrong, ranked higher than "Sweet Home Chicago," but I didn't want to really include jazz, or rock, for that matter. We don't spend much time on the Blues, so I wanted to go full Blues, a genre with much of its heyday in the 1930s through '50s. As far as some other borderline cases... If Elvis Presley's "That's All Right" counts (all-time rank #800), then it's potentially #2 here. His version of "Hound Dog" (#364) would potentially top the list. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, "Red Right Hand" (#903) pretty much has a blues structure. ZZ Top's "La Grange" (#1031) would place here. Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" (#1240) would place here. Elvis Presley's "Mystery Train" (#1664) would potentially place here. The Animals' "The House of the Rising Sun" (#44), if allowed in, obliterates everything else mentioned.


Classical Works

1. (592º) Claude Debussy - Clair de lune - 1905
2. (635º) Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 5: I. Allegro con brio - 1808
3. (746º) Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 "Choral": IV. Ode to Joy - 1824
4. (958º) Erik Satie - Gymnopédie No. 1 - 1988
5. (1204º) Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7: II. Allegretto - 1813
6. (1285º) Johann Strauss II - The Blue Danube - 1867
7. (1287º) Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Requiem: Lacrimosa - 1792
8. (1339º) Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians - 1978
9. (1389º) Ludwig van Beethoven - Für Elise - 1810
10. (1401º) Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake - 1877


And the one list to rule them all...
Rock & Pop

1. (1º) Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone - 1965
2. (2º) The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter - 1969
3. (3º) Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven - 1971
4. (4º) Michael Jackson - Billie Jean - 1982
5. (5º) Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run - 1975
6. (6º) Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit - 1991
7. (7º) The Beatles - A Day in the Life - 1967
8. (8º) David Bowie - "Heroes" - 1977
9. (9º) Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody - 1975
10. (10º) The Jimi Hendrix Experience - All Along the Watchtower - 1968
Like with my list, the final top 10 by everyone all counts under the very broad term of "Rock & Pop."


I didn't bother with any further genres. I think the only entry for New Age was Enya's "Orinoco Flow (Sail Away)." Show Tune/Stage Musical didn't really work out. I noticed Nina Simone's "Feeling Good" (originally from The Roar of the Greasepaint – The Smell of the Crowd), Big Brother and The Holding Company's "Summertime" (originally from Porgy and Bess), and Chet Baker's "My Funny Valentine" (originally from Babes in Arms), none of which of course were pulled from cast recordings.
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Rock

1. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven - 1971 (1/25)
2. The Who - Behind Blue Eyes - 1971 (2/2693)
3. The Beatles - Let It Be - 1970 (5/228)
4. The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction - 1965 (6/10)
5. Todd Rundgren - Hello It's Me - 1972 (8/1993)
6. Steely Dan - Reelin' In the Years - 1972 (9/1043)
7. Bruce Springsteen - Born to Run - 1975 (10/13)
8. Todd Rundgren - Can We Still Be Friends - 1978 (13/4779)
9. Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower - 1968 (14/85)
10. Todd Rundgren - I Saw the Light - 1972 (15/1571)
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Blues

1. Blind Faith - Presence of the Lord - 1969 (139/8401)
2. B.B. King - The Thrill Is Gone - 1969 (150/586)
3. Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home - 1969 (400/2033)
4. Jimi Hendrix - Red House - 1967 (934/7140)
5. Freddie King - Hide Away - 1961 (2231/2371)
6. John Mayall - Have You Heard - 1966 (3070/BU
7. Jackie Brenston - Rocket 88 - 1951 (3581/371)
8. Eric Clapton - Layla (Acoustic) - 1992 (3670/BU)
9. Jimi Hendrix - Voodoo Chile - 1968 (3763/8751)
10. Stevie Ray Vaughn - Texas Flood - 1983 (5700/5689)
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Classical

1) Paul Whiteman - Rhapsody in Blue - 1924 (1950/1086)
2) John Williams - Star Wars - 1977 (2479/8959)
3) Sousa's Band - The Stars and Stripes Forever - 1897 (2678/1921)
4) Ennio Morricone - The Ecstasy of Gold - 1966 (3256/8350)
5) Enrico Caruso - Vesti la giubba - 1907 (5396/3707)
6) Billy Murray - Yankee Doodle Boy - 1905 (7061/8018)
7) Ben Selvin - Dardanella - 1920 (7434/9939)
8) George Gershwin - An American In Paris - 1929 (9374/7519)
9) Ennio Morricone - The Good, the Band and the Ugly - 1966 (9663/1935)
10) Adele - Skyfall - 2012 (10461/BU)
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Thanks Henry. So the remaining genres for me to post are for the forum's Blues picks and Classical picks (and Rock & Pop, which is just the overall top 10). I have to scour and re-check the entire top 2,000 results to compile a top 10 for those ones. I doubt many people could name, offhand, what the forum's #1 Blues song is from the 2018 listings.
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Country

1. Grateful Dead - Truckin' - 1970 (338/3890)
2. Patsy Cline - Crazy - 1961 (675/208)
3. Paul Simon - Kodachrome - 1973 (1188/3335)
4. The Beatles - I've Just Seen a Face - 1965 (1571/6131)
5. Glenn Campbell - Wichita Lineman - 1968 (1647/242)
6. Lady Antebellum - Need You Now - 2009 (2182/BU)
7. Johnny Cash - I Walk the Line - 1956 (2220/204)
8. Lionel Richie - Stuck On You - 1983 (2331/BU)
9. Shania Twain - You're Still the One - 1997 (2523, 2737)
10. Glenn Campbell - By the Time I Get to Phoenix - 1967 (3100/1785)

BU
Patsy Cline - I Fall to Pieces - 1961 (3112/727)
Johnny Cash - Folsom City Blues - 1955 (3205/198)
Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire - 1963 (3317/288)
John Denver - Take Me Home, Country Roads - 1971 (3929/2261)
Brenda Lee - I'm Sorry - 1960 (4252/1515)
Johnny Cash - Hurt - 2002 (6099/195)
Wilco - Jesus, Etc. - 2002 (7178, 622)
Hank Williams - I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry - 1949 (8801/130)
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Live in Phoenix wrote: Wed Sep 01, 2021 1:16 am Foreign/World Music

1. (286º) Jacques Brel - Amsterdam - 1964
2. (306º) Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin - Je t'aime moi non plus - 1969
3. (332º) Fela and Africa 70 - Zombie - 1976
4. (333º) Jacques Brel - Ne me quitte pas - 1959
5. (357º) Stan Getz, João Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto - The Girl from Ipanema - 1964
6. (381º) Édith Piaf - La Vie en rose - 1945
7. (513º) Sigur Rós - Svefn-G-Englar - 1999
8. (518º) Édith Piaf - Non, je ne regrette rien - 1960
9. (677º) Chico Buarque - Construção - 1971
10. (683º) Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan - 1997
I didn't include an instrumental by Ennio Morricone; I wanted the foreign (non-English) aspect to be blatant. (Incidentally, "The Ecstasy of Gold" would have topped the list.) Maybe classical music could be included, in a sense, but they already have their own category. (Debussy's "Clair de lune" would have rounded out the list.)
It will be interesting to compare these results to the non-English poll once that's complete. Oddly, Amsterdam wasn't even nominated, though Brel had 7 other songs including Ne me quitte pas among the nominees.

By the way, I think individual polls of many of these genres would differ quite a lot from these lists. Anyone voting in say, a hip-hop or reggae or punk poll would likely be somewhat of a fan of those genres, so the results might not be comparable to the general all-time songs list in which tons of people participate, many of whom don't include a lot from some niche genres. Also, there is disagreement over what counts as a real song for some genres (like I doubt Hurt would top a country poll or Strange Fruit would top a jazz poll).
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Dance

1) Blondie - Heart of Glass - 1978 (317/146)
2) Bee Gees - Stayin' Alive - 1977 (324/138)
3) Sister Sledge - We Are Family - 1979 (357/967)
4) Madonna - Holiday - 1983 (633/1055)
5) Madonna - Borderline - 1983 (645/778)
6) George Benson - Give Me the Night - 1980 (1311/4708)
7) Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Want to Have Fun - 1983 (1836/408)
8) Deniece Williams - Let's Hear It For the Boy - 1984 (1840/8241)
9) Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - 1979 (1954/227)
10) Madonna - Open Your Heart - 1986 (1974/2698)


Bubbling Under:
Emotions - Best of My Love - 1977 (2107/4452)
Bee Gees - Night Fever - 1977 (2179/2354)
Yvonne Elliman - If I Can't Have You - 1977 (2242/BU)
Bee Gees - Nights on Broadway - 1975 (2459/5068)
Katy Perry - Teenage Dream - 2010 (2560/1029)
Village People - Y.M.C.A. - 1978 (3431/1755)
Vicki Sue Robinson - Turn the Beat Around - 1976 (6753/3562)
The Stone Roses - Fool's Gold - 1989 (7187/368)
Daft Punk - One More Time - 2000 ( 7241/268)
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Jackson wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:50 pm [Also, there is disagreement over what counts as a real song for some genres (like I doubt Hurt would top a country poll or Strange Fruit would top a jazz poll).
I don't think I've seen Strange Fruit do anything but excel around here. I figured that if it was to perform somewhere poorly, it'd be in one of those surveys where the most voters show up (as if the song just has niche appeal and is propped up by the loudest and most frequent forum voters). But it clobbered Miles Davis's "So What."
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Live in Phoenix wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:35 am
Jackson wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:50 pm [Also, there is disagreement over what counts as a real song for some genres (like I doubt Hurt would top a country poll or Strange Fruit would top a jazz poll).
I don't think I've seen Strange Fruit do anything but excel around here. I figured that if it was to perform somewhere poorly, it'd be in one of those surveys where the most voters show up (as if the song just has niche appeal and is propped up by the loudest and most frequent forum voters). But it clobbered Miles Davis's "So What."
In 1993 a friend of mine did a jazz poll with a lot of voters including several experts. Here are the top 25 songs and albums:


SONGS
1. West End Blues - Louis Armstrong
2. Take The A Train - Duke Ellington
3. Body And Soul - Coleman Hawkins
4. St. Louis Blues - Bessie Smith / Louis Armstrong
5. Sing Sing Sing - Benny Goodman
6. So What - Miles Davis
7. I Can't Get Started - Bunny Berigan
8. Tea For Two - Art Tatum
9. Ko Ko - Charlie Parker
10. April In Paris - Count Basie / Charlie Parker
11. Mood Indigo - Duke Ellington
12. Misty - Errol Garner
13. Caldonia - Louis Jordan
14. One O'Clock Jump - Count Basie
15. Lover Man - Billie Holiday / Charlie Parker
16. Cotton Tail - Duke Ellington
17. God Bless The Child - Billie Holiday
18. What A Little Moonlight Can Do - Billie Holiday
19. Embraceable You - Charlie Parker
20. 'Round Midnight - Thelonious Monk / Dizzy Gillespie
21. Strange Fruit - Billie Holiday
22. Night In Tunisia - Dizzy Gillespie / Charlie Parker
23. Stardust - Louis Armstrong / Artie Shaw
24. Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me - Duke Ellington / Billie Holiday
25. In The Mood - Glenn Miller

TOP ALBUMS (not counting collections)
1. Kind of Blue - Miles Davis
2. John Coltrane - Giant Steps
3. Bitches Brew - Miles Davis
4. Black, Brown And Beige - Duke Ellington
5. John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
6. Sketches of Spain - Miles Davis
7. Miles Ahead - Miles Davis
8. Mingus, Mingus, Mingus, Mingus - Charles Mingus
9. Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy
10. Satch Plays Fats - Louis Armstrong
11. Porgy And Bess - Mel Torme & Duke Ellington
12. Free Jazz - Ornette Coleman
13. Saxophone Colossus - Sonny Rollins
14. Sing A Song of Basie - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
15. Blue Train - John Coltrane
16. At Newport 1956 - Duke Ellington
17. Live In Japan - Sarah Vaughan
18. My Favorite Things - John Coltrane
19. Brilliant Corners - Thelonious Monk
20. Lady In Satin - Billie Holiday
21. At Town Hall - Thelonious Monk
22. Danjo - Modern Jazz Quartet
23. Jordu - Max Roach With Clifford Brown
24. Concert By The Sea - Errol Garner
25. Boss Of The Blues - Joe Turner
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Hymie wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:59 am ...In 1993 a friend of mine did a jazz poll with a lot of voters including several experts. Here are the top 25 songs and albums:
SONGS
1. West End Blues - Louis Armstrong
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Do you have any more polls /lists with regards to jazz songs or pre-rock era songs?
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Live in Phoenix wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:35 am
Jackson wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:50 pm [Also, there is disagreement over what counts as a real song for some genres (like I doubt Hurt would top a country poll or Strange Fruit would top a jazz poll).
I don't think I've seen Strange Fruit do anything but excel around here. I figured that if it was to perform somewhere poorly, it'd be in one of those surveys where the most voters show up (as if the song just has niche appeal and is propped up by the loudest and most frequent forum voters). But it clobbered Miles Davis's "So What."
My point was "do enough people consider Strange Fruit a jazz song for it to top a jazz poll?" Not whether its support on the forum is higher than any jazz song - that is beyond dispute.
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Jackson wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:43 am
Live in Phoenix wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 2:35 am
Jackson wrote: Thu Sep 02, 2021 9:50 pm [Also, there is disagreement over what counts as a real song for some genres (like I doubt Hurt would top a country poll or Strange Fruit would top a jazz poll).
I don't think I've seen Strange Fruit do anything but excel around here. I figured that if it was to perform somewhere poorly, it'd be in one of those surveys where the most voters show up (as if the song just has niche appeal and is propped up by the loudest and most frequent forum voters). But it clobbered Miles Davis's "So What."
My point was "do enough people consider Strange Fruit a jazz song for it to top a jazz poll?" Not whether its support on the forum is higher than any jazz song - that is beyond dispute.
Real jazz fans don't even think it's her best track. It certainly does not sound like jazz, and is only even spoke of at all as jazz because of who the artist is. It's kind of like when "Yesterday" gets ranked as a rock song. No survey of Beatles fans would rank "Yesterday" as #1, yet it's probably their most valuable copyright.
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Jackson wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:43 am
My point was "do enough people consider Strange Fruit a jazz song for it to top a jazz poll?" Not whether its support on the forum is higher than any jazz song - that is beyond dispute.
If it's not jazz, then what in the world is it? What have I been listening to for years? For one thing, I don't think a composition is immutably one genre. If you play a song as jazz, it basically makes it jazz. If they were trying to NOT make a jazz recording, they didn't go about it well. (Also, if they were trying to make a rock record, or reggae, or punk or electronica, ha ha, then they didn't go about it well.) Incidentally, my favorite track of Holiday's is easily "God Bless the Child."
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Live in Phoenix wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:00 pm
Jackson wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:43 am
My point was "do enough people consider Strange Fruit a jazz song for it to top a jazz poll?" Not whether its support on the forum is higher than any jazz song - that is beyond dispute.
If it's not jazz, then what in the world is it? What have I been listening to for years? For one thing, I don't think a composition is immutably one genre. If you play a song as jazz, it basically makes it jazz. If they were trying to NOT make a jazz recording, they didn't go about it well. (Also, if they were trying to make a rock record, or reggae, or punk or electronica, ha ha, then they didn't go about it well.) Incidentally, my favorite track of Holiday's is easily "God Bless the Child."
I guess to me vocal jazz and instrumental jazz are two different genres, and when I hear the term "jazz" I think of the latter. I think you'd agree that it's difficult to compare Strange Fruit directly to something like So What or Take the A Train.
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I just posted the remaining three genres that I was going to compile (Blues, Classical Works, Rock & Pop), but I just edited them into an old post, several posts back, to keep the results more grouped together.

When the 2021 list is published, there's a decent chance that I'll go over the results in a similar fashion.
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Jackson wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:07 pm
Live in Phoenix wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:00 pm
Jackson wrote: Fri Sep 03, 2021 5:43 am
My point was "do enough people consider Strange Fruit a jazz song for it to top a jazz poll?" Not whether its support on the forum is higher than any jazz song - that is beyond dispute.
If it's not jazz, then what in the world is it? What have I been listening to for years? For one thing, I don't think a composition is immutably one genre. If you play a song as jazz, it basically makes it jazz. If they were trying to NOT make a jazz recording, they didn't go about it well. (Also, if they were trying to make a rock record, or reggae, or punk or electronica, ha ha, then they didn't go about it well.) Incidentally, my favorite track of Holiday's is easily "God Bless the Child."
I guess to me vocal jazz and instrumental jazz are two different genres, and when I hear the term "jazz" I think of the latter. I think you'd agree that it's difficult to compare Strange Fruit directly to something like So What or Take the A Train.
Late response but I would absolutely count vocal jazz. The songs you mentioned are dissimilar, but jazz has practically as many subgenres as rock does, and just like with rock they don't necessarily get along. There could even be people (probably my older brother and mom) who only like vocal jazz. The category wouldn't just include Billie, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan, but selections by (for instance) Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, or Duke Ellington, like where Armstrong sings some numbers or a vocalist pops up in the sessions.
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Re: Song Top 10 Mini-Lists

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I've been working on my top 1000 so I don't have exact positions. Gonna do some top 10s based on relative feel

top 10 country songs:
1) Dolly Parton - Jolene
2) The Band - Long Black Veil
3) Johnny Cash - 25 Minutes to Go
4) Wilco - Jesus, etc.
5) CCR - Fortunate Son
6) Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
7) Neil Young - Southern Man
8) Drive by Truckers - Outfit
9) Waylon Jennings - San Francisco Mabel Joy
10) Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man

top 10 instrumentals/jazz:
1) Santana - Europa
2) John Coltrane - Alabama
3) Fela Kuti - Zombie
4) Miles Davis - Spanish Key
5) Booker T & the M.G.'s - Green Onions
6) Ray Barretto - La Cuna
7) Thelonious Monk - Misterioso
8) Kamasi Washington - The Change of the Guard
9) Astor Piazzolla - Tanguedia III
10) Duke Ellington, John Coltrane - My Little Brown Book

top 10 spanish language songs:
1) Celia Cruz - Quimbara
2) Calle 13 - Latinoamerica
3) Willie Colon, Ruben Blades - Pedro Navaja
4) Shakira - Antologia
5) Juan Luis Guerra - La Bilirrubina
6) Selena - Como la Flor
7) Bad Bunny - Callaita
8) Amanda Miguel - El Me Mintio
9) Yuri - Maldita Primavera
10) Rosalia - Malamente

top 10 rap songs:
1) Kanye West - Runaway
2) Calle 13 - Latinoamerica
3) Kendrick Lamar - Blacker the Berry
4) Public Enemy - Fight the Power
5) Outkast - BOB
6) Bad Bunny - Callaita
7) Kanye West - Wolves
8) Geto Boys - Mind Playing Tricks On Me
9) Outkast, UGK - Intl Players Anthem
10) Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg - Nuthing But a G Thang
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Re: Song Top 10 Mini-Lists

Post by Fred »

Jazz:

1. Coleman Hawkins – Body And Soul
2. George Gershwin & Columbia Jazz Band – Rhapsody In Blue (1976 version)
3. Ben Webster – Memories Of You
4. John Coltrane – Psalm
5. Charles Mingus – The Shoes Of The Fisherman’s Wife Are Some Jive Ass Slippers
6. Arthur Blythe – Autumn In New York (Part 1)
7. Jackie McLean – Love And Hate
8. Bill Evans – B Minor Waltz (For Ellaine)
9. Miles Davis – Blue In Green
10. Charlie Haden – Silence [1983 version]
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