Tuesday, December 07, 2004

List-weary in Washington

Peter Carlson, the Washington Post’s Magazine Reader, seems to be sick of lists, especially Rolling Stone’s “Greatest-Of.” In an article section from yesterday's paper titled "For All Time's Sake":

A panel of distinguished savants -- including Joni Mitchell, Ozzy Osbourne and Jello Biafra -- voted for their favorite songs and the accounting firm of Ernst & Young tabulated the votes. And the greatest song of all time is (drumroll, please) . . .

"Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan!

Following close behind are "Satisfaction" by the Rolling Stones, "Imagine" by John Lennon and --

Wait a minute! Hold it right there. Didn't Rolling Stone do this same thing last year?

No, it just seems that way. Last year, Rolling Stone published "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time."...

...All of this raises some questions: Is Rolling Stone becoming a nostalgia magazine for aging baby boomers? Or is rock-and-roll a dying art form that isn't producing new music worth writing about? Or both?

Surely RS could find a better way to waste as many pages as they did on the top-however many of whatever lists. If they must do lists, how about a list of 500 great songs you never heard. Maybe stick a sampler cd of 20 songs in there, with a web link to the other 480 downloadable from their website. Now there's an issue worth my money.

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