Wednesday, January 27, 2010


I commented a few weeks ago that I had voted on the Top 200 of the Decade list at The Edge, and my hesitations about this list approaching anything near relevance.

I also mentioned how unsurprised I'd be when Green Day, Foo Fighters, and Red Hot Chili Peppers took home several of the top spots.

Well, the list came out early in January, and here were a few "shocking" discoveries:

  • Pretender by Foo Fighters was #1
  • Dani California by Red Hot Chili Peppers was #3
  • American Idiot by Green Day was #8
  • The Foo Fighters, Sum-41, and Linkin Park all had 7 songs in the Top 200, second only to Coldplay's 9
    • The Foo Fighters, however, did have 4 of their songs in the Top-50 to Coldplay's 3
  • Green Day was featured 6 times, with 3 Top-50 songs
  • RHCP was featured 5 times, with 4 Top-50 songs

I don't mean to pick on those bands in particular, even if they do annoy the hell out of me, but it just shows the banality and lack of relevance of these lists. Hell, the fact that only four months earlier, the Edge did another list - the Top 200 Songs of the Millennium. Except for four months - this is the exact same time frame.

And again: Foo Fighters had 7 songs, Green Day had 6, Red Hot Chili Peppers had 5, those bands comprised 4 of the Top 10 spots, Linkin Park, Billy Talent1 and Coldplay each had 8 songs on the list to lead the way.

That's 6 bands (Linkin Park, Billy Talent, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Green Day) that account for about 20% of the best "New Rock" songs of the last 10 years. And, with the exception of Billy Talent, I can barely listen to any of their work because, not only is it laughably far away from "New Rock" and much closer to "Soccer Mom Rock", it's nearly miraculously overplayed. I say "miraculous" because, the only way these could be more overplayed, would be if Jesus A) turned water into wine, B) fed the multitudes, C) played those six bands a total of 36 times in 24 hours, as The Edge did yesterday (not to mention Muse 7 times, 30 Seconds to Mars 9 times, Kings of Leon 8 times - bands with, for all intents and purposes, two singles).

I like lists as much as the next guy; part of the reason I check my e-mail (God knows Facebook and texting has become my main means of communication) is to read MSN's various silly lists, but, really, it can be overdone. And, unfortunately, it just leads to an overwhelming sense of exhaustion when listening to the same song over and over and over again. If that means more double-shot weekends on the Edge (so, two Foo Fighters and Green Day songs in a row!), so be it, but let's have radio be the first place to take voting away from the fans, and hope that sports leagues follow suit!

1 - Only 1 of those 8 songs placed in the Top-50, though

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