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Why Did They Choose THAT Song?

              Hi, passengers, Quirky T is back to finish the discussion about WCBS-FM 101.1 Top 500 Artists of the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.  Over the Memorial Day weekend, the radio station announced each of the artists by playing one of their songs. For a complete list of all 500 artists, go to  Unfortunately, the website doesn’t list the songs that they played. 

            In some cases, the artists have a huge selection of songs to choose from, so there are several songs that were appropriate to play. Chicago, The Four Tops, Eagles, Billy Joel, and The Beatles are all examples of that type of artist.

            I figured that the songs the radio station would chose to play would be the songs that best represent the artists.  As I mentioned in my previous post, I think the choice of “Let It Be” for The Beatles who are ranked # 1 was a good one.  Other appropriate song choices for the top 30 were

28. The Four Seasons – “Sherry”

26. Bob Seger – “Old Time Rock and Roll”

21. The Four Tops – “I Can’t Help Myself”

19. Donna Summer – “Last Dance”

17. Neil Diamond – “Sweet Caroline”

            On the other track, some of the songs that were chosen were very questionable.  I doubt when people think of The Temptations (#25), a protest song – “Ball of Confusion” is the first song to come to mind.  I had to Shazam that song as well as “Nights on Broadway” by the Bee Gees (#8).  I thought the radio station would have played “Saturday Night Fever” to represent the Bee Gees.  Other questionable song selections were

30. Earth, Wind, & Fire – “Boogie Wonderland”

18. Bon Jovi – “Bad Medicine”

13. The Beach Boys – “All Summer Long”

5.   Stevie Wonder – “Living for the City”

4.   The Rolling Stones – “Honky Tonk Blues”

2.   Elton John – “IslandGirl”

            I don’t think a countdown like this is the time to play obscure or not as popular songs by artists that are popular enough to be considered among the best of their time.

            Passengers, what do you think? Hop aboard The Guitar Train and tell us if you agree with the songs CBS-FM 101.1 played to announce the artists.  Play DJ and tell the Guitar Train which songs you would’ve played to announce Elton John, The Rolling Stones, the Bee Gees, The Beach Boys, Bon Jovi, The Temptations, and Earth, Wind, & Fire.

            This article was conducted by Quirky T exclusively for The Guitar Train.


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