CLASSIC ROCK TRACKS POLL: THE RESULTS

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Good afternoon, listeners, thanks for tuning in to 107.7 WILX "The Aorta." Starting on Monday, we will be rolling out the top 100 tracks of all time, as decided by 63 voters, with beautiful images courtesy of gr80.

You all voted for a total of 917 songs, and remember there were only 861 in the official nominations list, so that's a lot of write-ins.

But first, we are starting things off with our subpolls. And for a very special "no request weekend" you told us what songs you say NO to requesting. That's right, the 10 worst classic rock songs of all time, coming up in a few minutes.

some dude, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:01 (four years ago) Permalink

that's powerful stuff

Euler, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:02 (four years ago) Permalink

yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:03 (four years ago) Permalink

37 ballots came with 'worst' lists. Here are the 10 songs that made you say "stay away from me-hee":

10. The Guess Who – American Woman
31 points, 4 votes, 2 worst place votes

some dude, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:05 (four years ago) Permalink

Wow, really? Is this residual hatred for Lenny Kravitz? I have no need for the long version of this but the core of the song is super rockin'!

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:07 (four years ago) Permalink

Huh, is it just the cheap America-bashing that people hate?

EveningStar (Sund4r), Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:13 (four years ago) Permalink

8. (tie) Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville
33 points, 5 votes

some dude, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:16 (four years ago) Permalink

oops, did not bold that one

8. (tie) Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville
33 points, 5 votes

some dude, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:17 (four years ago) Permalink

wtf American Woman

Brad C., Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:19 (four years ago) Permalink

I HATE "American Woman", voted it 7th worst.

"Now woman, I said stay away
American woman, listen what I say"

but if she stays away, how can she hear him? hideously stupid

Euler, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:24 (four years ago) Permalink

Nibblin' on sponge cake,
watchin' the sun bake;
All of those tourists covered with oil.
Strummin' my six string on my front porch swing.
Smell those shrimp
They're beginnin' to boil.

Lewis - J'Agour (crüt), Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:26 (four years ago) Permalink

8. (tie) Journey – Don’t Stop Believin’
33 points, 4 votes, 1 worst place vote

some dude, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:28 (four years ago) Permalink

disgusting
both of them
bring it on!

whoops xp

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:29 (four years ago) Permalink

107.7 WILX "The Aorta" is going to make me laugh all week long.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:29 (four years ago) Permalink

hahahahha okay, that's fair - but surely true of lots of "woman, get thee gone!" songs. Listen this one last time, etc.

But that lead guitar sound, man! Like a balloon overfilled with diesel fumes, something really great about that. DOODLE OO DOOOOOOOOO

"Margaritaville" made my 100 on principle - Jimmy Buffett filled a lot of the empty playlist slots where I wasn't hearing lower-tier Bob Seger et al. down south. Not my favorite Buffett but it's fine.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:30 (four years ago) Permalink

that was xpost to Euler re: American Woman

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:30 (four years ago) Permalink

"Don't Stop Believin'" is soooooo painfully overplayed and over-heralded, these days more than ever. I cannot imagine a state of mind where I'd be glad to hear it.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:31 (four years ago) Permalink

I hate "Don't Stop Believin'" with a deep abiding hatred

Brad C., Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:32 (four years ago) Permalink

"Now woman, I said stay away
American woman, listen what I say"

but if she stays away, how can she hear him?

Always loved the song--even more so, now!

clemenza, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:32 (four years ago) Permalink

wow, does it really say "I don't need your ghetto scenes" ???

Euler, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:32 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah man, we don't need Canadian rockers judging Americans ::turns up "Southern Man"::

some dude, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:35 (four years ago) Permalink

I still like Don't Stop Believin', but whatever you guys. Good work on the American Woman and Margaritaville.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:36 (four years ago) Permalink

(xxpost) It does. Burton Cummings had a real anti-hippie thing (cf. "Hand Me Down World" too)--except when it was convenient to sound like a hippie ("No Sugar Tonight," "Share the Land"). He was all things to all people. He was as shameless and as trashy as it got.

clemenza, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:37 (four years ago) Permalink

tbh I hate "Southern Man" even more b/c I actually like Neil Young, whereas the Guess Who...well, I guess it's fun to sing "These Eyes" as "These Nuts", I'll give them that.

Euler, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:37 (four years ago) Permalink

I wonder how many of the "Worst" songs here will place in the main poll! I don't expect "Margaritaville" will come close, but DSB had a surprising number of defenders here: "Come Sail Away" vs. "More than a Feeling" vs. "Don't Stop Believing"

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:39 (four years ago) Permalink

believe it or not, there are TWO ties in this top ten, and here comes the other one:

6. (tie) Bob Seger – Old Time Rock & Roll
39 points, 7 votes, 1 worst place vote

some dude, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:40 (four years ago) Permalink

I voted for Don't Stop Believing in my main list, mainly cause it's truly one of those songs where everyone knows the words (at least the first verse), and listening to the song in a big group is a lot of fun, even if I would mostly switch the station if it came on the radio.

voodoo chili, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:40 (four years ago) Permalink

DSB got my one Journey vote. didn't vote for Margaritaville but I like it, probably b/c I left Florida when I was 13

Euler, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:41 (four years ago) Permalink

I never submit worst lists, but if I had, "Old Time Rock & Roll" would have been my #1.

clemenza, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:42 (four years ago) Permalink

I guess the Seger song is overexposed? I don't care about it one way or another, though Risky Business is probably my favorite movie

Euler, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:43 (four years ago) Permalink

listening to the song in a big group is a lot, yes. Fun, no.

My mandatory listening thread has totally opened my eyes on Seger, who I previously gave credit only for "Katmandu" and "Night Moves" (which I came to late in life). But "Old Time Rock & Roll" still seems like a real dog to me, just forced as hell and the lyrics really miss out on chances for specificity in favor of hoary old filler lyrics. Which is sorta old time rock and roll but it would have been great if he'd really brought some Berry-like wit and imagination to the lines - "Roll Over Beethoven" rocks harder while being more delightful and believable as the words of a man excited to rock.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:44 (four years ago) Permalink

"Margaritaville" was absent from my worst ballot because I never think of it as CR--it has more of an oldies station or dentist's office vibe for me--but I'm happy to see it place.

one way street, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:45 (four years ago) Permalink

won't go to hear 'em play a tang-o

Lewis - J'Agour (crüt), Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:46 (four years ago) Permalink

I've never really understood which rock 'n' roll songs "Old Time Rock & Roll" is supposed to sound like

Lewis - J'Agour (crüt), Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:48 (four years ago) Permalink

well, yeah

6. (tie) The Eagles – Hotel California
39 points, 5 votes

some dude, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:51 (four years ago) Permalink

each of these songs sounds like it should be blasting out of tinny speakers at a car dealership
to me it's the sound of desperate (sometimes macho) fake fun

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:51 (four years ago) Permalink

i admire "don't stop believin'" for the resolute weirdness of its structure:

intro verse verse verse bridge verse verse bridge solo chorus chorus fadeout

plus it's a pretty great song.

fact checking cuz, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:51 (four years ago) Permalink

bibbity bup at the hotel california

cross over the mushroom circle (La Lechera), Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:52 (four years ago) Permalink

Don, Glenn, and the Eagles had SEVERAL songs in contention for this list that missed the top 10 btw

some dude, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:53 (four years ago) Permalink

my money was on "Witchy Woman," oh well

Brad C., Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:55 (four years ago) Permalink

"Hotel California" just missed worst list for me on strength of its final solo - always kinda stoked to hear those cascading guitars in sync. The rest is a snooze but usually refreshing when heard in a non-Eagles cover that people actually seem to like - I respond to enthusiasm. Is there anybody in the world who still turns on the radio and is hoping to hear the Eagles version of the song? Kinda the ultimate in CR canon wearing out an okay song until it's a detestable ubiquity.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:55 (four years ago) Permalink

I don't hate Hotel California. Didn't vote for it, but I still like the guitar sound on the solo.

voodoo chili, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:56 (four years ago) Permalink

Old Time Rock & Roll is the first of these that was on my worst list and one of two Bob Seeger songs on my worst list.

I know some of y'all love him but he makes me grind my teeth.

carl agatha, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:57 (four years ago) Permalink

Voted life in the fast lane on my worst list, to me the pinnacle of Henley's dumbass cynicism masquerading as trenchant social commentary

intheblanks, Saturday, 26 July 2014 16:57 (four years ago) Permalink

margaritaville TOO LOW

resulting post (rogermexico.), Saturday, 26 July 2014 17:00 (four years ago) Permalink

"old time rock & roll" woulda been my #1 dog if i had submitted a dogs list. any and all today's-music-ain't-got-the-same-soul complaints, from any era, make me want to gag, but never more so than when they become massive hits in the very era they're complaining about.

also: wtf complaiing about hearing too many tangos in 1978? where was he getting his pop culture information? from 20-year-old chuck berry records?

fact checking cuz, Saturday, 26 July 2014 17:01 (four years ago) Permalink

I voted for "Witchy Woman" as sixth worst, worser than bullshit "American Woman". the opening notes of "Witchy Woman" are enough to get me to smash the radio, and that's before the awful vocals. I think I hate vamps, and, well, the Eagles.

Euler, Saturday, 26 July 2014 17:02 (four years ago) Permalink

huge kudos to some dude for the thread title, btw. raw, simple and self-explanatory, like boston or the cars.

fact checking cuz, Saturday, 26 July 2014 17:03 (four years ago) Permalink

I voted for Margaritaville at number 8 on my worst list actually, so good job everybody.

voodoo chili, Saturday, 26 July 2014 17:03 (four years ago) Permalink

margaritaville TOO LOW

― resulting post (rogermexico.), Saturday, July 26, 2014 1:00 PM (2 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^ this. I used to work in an office where the bosses had Buffett playing on repeat. Heard "Margaritaville" an average of five times a day. It was the company's hold music too, so at least once a day I'd take a call where a customer would excitedly say, "HEY, COOL HOLD MUSIC! ARE YOU A PARROTHEAD?" "No, sir, I am not. How may I help you?"

Montgomery Burns' Jazz (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Saturday, 26 July 2014 17:03 (four years ago) Permalink

damn sleeve, that's cold as ice

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

sleeve needs to know where love is

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:30 (eleven months ago) Permalink

no foreigner but you gotta have some room in your heart for "midnight blue" no?

droit au butt (Euler), Thursday, 11 January 2018 16:31 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"waiting for a girl like you" is probably the greatest song of all time

brimstead, Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:01 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I don't recall it ranking, so I doubt that's true

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:11 (eleven months ago) Permalink

it’s true in my heart so there

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:14 (eleven months ago) Permalink

It is Urgent that we get to the bottom of this Foreigner question

mime kampf (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:20 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I've never been able to reconcile the Foreigner/King Crimson connection in my mind. It just does not compute.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:27 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I though "Hurricane" was awesome in Dazed & Confused but it seemed culturally out of place

it does play weird in the scene that it's used in, but not out of place culturally. 70s stoners loooooved him and that song was ubiquitous at the time.

fact checking cuz, Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

it didnt seem that out of place to me idk

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 11 January 2018 17:40 (eleven months ago) Permalink

I have it in my contract that it must be playing any time I walk into a poolhall.

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:12 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Dylan's most famous song may be "Blowin' in the Wind," but his own recording is by far the least-heard version of that tune.

what other versions are more often heard? sorry don't listen to classic rock radio (or any other radio tbh)

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:23 (eleven months ago) Permalink

at this point i would say no versions are heard, tbh

Newb Sybok (Doctor Casino), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:26 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Dr. C right (from the perspective of classic rock radio). But among folkies, I think Peter, Paul & Mary's and Joan Baez's versions have generally fared better. Is there a Weavers version?

mime kampf (Ye Mad Puffin), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:29 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Random Thought (because I heard the song on the radio just now): How much bank has George Thorogood made off "Bad To The Bone"? It was already a CR staple when I was in Kindergarten, and is another one of those songs they'll spin until doomsday (and that's not even considering all the licensing!).

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 11 January 2018 18:54 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Spent the entire day reading this thread & listening to the Spotify playlist. Time well wasted, thanks belatedly, sd & gr80!

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Saturday, 13 January 2018 02:45 (ten months ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

feel like 'all right now' is the quintessential classic rock song

it's . . . decent? but i can't imagine any possible context in which it might be mentioned other than 'classic rock songs that exist'

(i will literally fite anyone who starts a 'bad co origins' thread')

mookieproof, Friday, 7 December 2018 04:12 (five days ago) Permalink

i mean, Free’s pretty classic

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 7 December 2018 06:35 (five days ago) Permalink

I can't hate Steve Miller for the simple reason that I feel like he's just begging you to hate him with every song

rip van wanko, Friday, 7 December 2018 06:47 (five days ago) Permalink

Paul Rodgers seems basically like the official voice of Classic Rock, to the point where if you lose Robert Plant or Freddie Mercury you can just hire him as your singer

President Keyes, Friday, 7 December 2018 13:28 (five days ago) Permalink

"all right now" is also quintessential b/c when it's on in a car or at the beach or sth it sounds dope and you wanna sing along to the chorus and nod yr head to the verses, but if you like just sit down to listen to it it's kinda boring and too long and unvaried but still kinda good

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 December 2018 13:57 (five days ago) Permalink

The bass playing is too funky for classic rock.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Friday, 7 December 2018 14:04 (five days ago) Permalink

The bass playing on Free's "All Right Now"? It never jumped out at me as being funkier than any number of other classic rock songs?

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 7 December 2018 14:27 (five days ago) Permalink

I guess compared to the unyielding plod of any Bad Company song it could almost be construed as semi-funky but it sounds more like somebody trying to grasp the concept of syncopation for the first time. Simon Kirke is surely the least interesting drummer to have ever attained that level of success, though.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 December 2018 14:50 (five days ago) Permalink

Half the time on the radio I get really excited to hear "All Right Now," only to be severely disappointed that I'm actually listening to "Rock 'N Me" by Steve Miller Band

― voodoo chili, Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:38 PM (four years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

me otm

big crime for a SPECIAL WHATEVER (voodoo chili), Friday, 7 December 2018 15:21 (five days ago) Permalink

hahaha

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 December 2018 15:21 (five days ago) Permalink

All Right Now is good for about a minute...but it feels like it’s 20 min long & by the end it’s just annoying

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, 7 December 2018 15:29 (five days ago) Permalink

For a minute I was thinking maybe the single edit was really short, and that it's been harmed a bit by MP3s/streaming putting the spotlight back on the album version. Nope - the album track is 5:31 and the single only cut it down to 4:14. Which surely makes a difference, but it's one of those songs that would be massively improved by being, say, 2:30.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 December 2018 15:36 (five days ago) Permalink

who even are you people

L'assie (Euler), Friday, 7 December 2018 15:41 (five days ago) Permalink

devotees of ILM's all-time greatest thread

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 December 2018 15:41 (five days ago) Permalink

On the topic of classic rock basslines, I never really thought much about the reggae-tinged bassline to "Hotel California" until I taught some bass but it's a surprisingly syncopated groove and fun to play.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 7 December 2018 15:44 (five days ago) Permalink

it's like you people don't want to strut around for 5 minutes like you are the cock of the block. sure you could strut for 2 and a half minutes but that is only half the strut.

L'assie (Euler), Friday, 7 December 2018 15:45 (five days ago) Permalink

Simon Kirke is surely the least interesting drummer to have ever attained that level of success, though.

Ahem...

https://theconcertdatabase.com/sites/theconcertdatabase.com/files/don_henley.jpg

The Greta Van Gerwig (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 7 December 2018 16:19 (five days ago) Permalink

well, yeah.

Scam jam, thank you ma’am (Sparkle Motion), Friday, 7 December 2018 16:47 (five days ago) Permalink

singing drummers get like a half-exception imho, that shit seems like it'd be really hard. plus he has a really distinctive and fun-to-imitate voice.

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 December 2018 16:50 (five days ago) Permalink

it's like you people don't want to strut around for 5 minutes like you are the cock of the block. sure you could strut for 2 and a half minutes but that is only half the strut.

― L'assie (Euler)

really feeling this post

sleeve, Friday, 7 December 2018 16:55 (five days ago) Permalink

Can't get over that Henley's got such a Neil Peart-esque kit in that photo.

The Greta Van Gerwig (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 7 December 2018 17:12 (five days ago) Permalink

don henley really looks like bob pollard there

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 7 December 2018 17:17 (five days ago) Permalink

bob pollard sitting at a drumset looking confused, that is

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 7 December 2018 17:18 (five days ago) Permalink

I guess compared to the unyielding plod of any Bad Company song it could almost be construed as semi-funky but it sounds more like somebody trying to grasp the concept of syncopation for the first time. Simon Kirke is surely the least interesting drummer to have ever attained that level of success, though.

Well, Andy Fraser was like 16 at the time! In fact the whole band were teenagers I think. Anyway, dude was an excellent bass player.

Monica Kindle (Tom D.), Friday, 7 December 2018 18:45 (five days ago) Permalink

"all right now" is also quintessential b/c when it's on in a car or at the beach or sth it sounds dope and you wanna sing along to the chorus and nod yr head to the verses, but if you like just sit down to listen to it it's kinda boring and too long and unvaried but still kinda good

― |Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, December 7, 2018

All Right Now is good for about a minute...but it feels like it’s 20 min long & by the end it’s just annoying

― Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Friday, December 7, 2018

speaking purely as a former bar band singer DC + VG very OTM

could never convince the other guys to go for Fire and Water tho lol

Larry Elleison (rogermexico.), Friday, 7 December 2018 22:31 (five days ago) Permalink

Feel like 'Slow Ride' may best answer the question posed by the revive.

vocabulary is just a way to sound samrter than you actually are (Old Lunch), Friday, 7 December 2018 22:44 (five days ago) Permalink

Or like a 'Slow Ride'/'Free Ride' Two-For-Tuesday. Something with 'ride' in the title.

vocabulary is just a way to sound samrter than you actually are (Old Lunch), Friday, 7 December 2018 22:45 (five days ago) Permalink

"slow ride" took #5 in the poll and imho is actually a little closer to the CR essence than DFTR at #1

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 December 2018 23:02 (five days ago) Permalink

The appeal of "Slow Ride" is a bit mysterious to me tbh.

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 7 December 2018 23:32 (five days ago) Permalink

where do you come down on cowbell generally speaking?

|Restore| |Restart| |Quit| (Doctor Casino), Friday, 7 December 2018 23:33 (five days ago) Permalink

"Don't Fear the Reaper" was my #1!

Locked in silent monologue, in silent scream (Sund4r), Friday, 7 December 2018 23:51 (five days ago) Permalink

slow ride rules, always

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 8 December 2018 06:37 (four days ago) Permalink

BAW
BAW
BAW

BAW
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BAW BAW
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ttsstt ssttsstt

bomp bomp bomp bomp bomp

― SEEMS TO ME (VegemiteGrrl), Monday, July 28, 2014 5:52 PM



reposting bc this is stilk the best thing i have ever posted imo, i am proud to have posted it in this, the greatest ilx poll + thread ever of all time

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 8 December 2018 07:06 (four days ago) Permalink

I can't hate Steve Miller for the simple reason that I feel like he's just begging you to hate him with every song

― rip van wanko

awww come on he's an ok sf hippie, side two of "journey from eden" is classic

dub pilates (rushomancy), Saturday, 8 December 2018 15:15 (four days ago) Permalink


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