And now a brand-new feature to LaMP, the Top Five list. Every now and then I’m going to write down a list of the Top Five of something, inspired by Nick Hornby’s HIGH FIDELITY and Casey Kasem’s AMERICAN TOP FORTY. And, a la Casey Kasem, I’m going to do in reverse order, like a countdown.
The 5 Greatest BILLBOARD #1 Pop Hits of All Time
5. “Hotel California”–The Eagles.
Unlike the Dude in “The Big Lebowski,” I like the Eagles. And “Hotel California” is one of my favorite songs, so it gets a place here. The tune is so eerie and foreboding. I’ll leave it to the rest of you to decide what the song is about–or you can look it up on Wikipedia.
4. “I Want to Hold Your Hand”–The Beatles.”
The song that saved Rock’n’Roll–all right I’m exaggerating a wee bit, but not by much. There’s something primal in that song that had been missing from pop music for the previous few years.
3. “Honky Tonk Women”–The Rolling Stones.
It was a choice between this song and “Satisfaction.” I love the chorus of “Honky Tonk Women.” There’s something wild about it. Exhibit A in the Stones’ case for being The World’s Greatest Rock’n’Roll Band.
2. “Jailhouse Rock”–Elvis Presley.
The best opening in Rock history. Within seconds you can tell the King meant business. And he definitely took care of it in this song.
1. “Everyday People”–Sly and the Family Stone
The greatest protest song in Rock’n’Roll history–and the funkiest. This song rocks. This song rolls. And Sly’s “We got it live together!” is Rock at its most urgent. And a lesson humanity still needs to learn.