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My 22 Favorite Rock Artists, According to My iPod

I have over 10,000 songs on my iPod, and, of those songs, about 1,500 are rated with five stars.  This collection of five-star rated tunes is what I listen to on my iPod 90% of the time (on shuffle). This morning I thought I’d check out which artists have the most five-star rated songs in my collection.  I’m not completely comfortable saying these are my favorite artists as there are a few bands with fewer songs who have had more of an impact on my life, and whose few songs I like more (for instance, the Sex Pistols – almost every song off their one true album, Never Mind the Bullocks, has five stars, but it wasn’t enough to push them onto this list).

Anyway, here are my 22 Favorite Rock Artists, according to my iPod:

 

1. OLD 97’S /RHETT MILLER

As with other bands that have a primary songwriter who has either a solo career or a side project, I decided to group the projects together.  The Old 97’s truly are my favorite band, so it’s no surprise to see them in the top slot.

38 top-rated songs.

Suggested Tracks:

Timebomb

Melt Show

Wish the Worst

Big Brown Eyes

Question

 

2. ELVIS COSTELLO

Only one song separates Elvis from the Old 97’s on this list – but both he and the Olds have at least 50% more five-star rated songs than the following band.  In addition to being amazing songwriters, Elvis and Rhett Miller are probably my favorite live performers in the world.

37 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

You Tripped at Every Step

Oliver’s Army

Blue Chair

Painted from Memory

Couldn’t Call It Unexpected #4

 

3. HANOI ROCKS

It surprised me that the creators of hair-metal and glam-punk had so many songs in my top rated, but there they were, eyeshadow and all.

26 top-rated songs.

 

Selected Tracks:

Dead by Christmas

11th Street Kids

Oriental Beat

Don’t Follow Me

Tragedy

 

4. YOU AM I/TIM ROGERS

You Am I are an Australian band who create seamless power pop songs. I’m fond of almost every song they’ve ever recorded.

25 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

Opportunities

Purple Sneakers

She Digs Her

Fifteen

Get Up

 

5. ALICE COOPER

I often consider Alice Cooper my favorite rock n roll artist of all time and was, along with the Sex Pistols, probably the most important to me personally.  He suffers from me loving him from the time I was fourteen years old — I’ve overplayed a shitload of his songs, so I didn’t necessarily give them five stars in iTunes.

22 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

Teenage Lament ’74

Generation Landslide

Poison

Is Anyone Home?

No Time for Tears

I’m 18

 

6. THE CLASH

Like Alice Cooper, they’re a band I’ve loved from when I was very young, so I may have overplayed them a bit in the past.  Otherwise, they’d likely be higher on this list.

20 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

Career Opportunites

I’m Not Down

Hateful

The Right Profile

 

7. MONSTER/MONEYBROTHER

The Swedish lead singer/songwriter of the punk-ska-power-pop band Monster, Anders Wendin, left the band and started recording Swedish soul-pop under the name of Moneybrother.

17 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

It’s Been Hurting All the Way with You, Joanna (Moneybrother)

Reconsider Me (Moneybrother)

God Knows My Name (Monster)

You’ll Be Sorry (Monster)

 

8. QUEEN

Queen was my favorite band while I was in grade school.  The fact that I’m still not sick of "Somebody to Love" is a testament to their greatness.

16 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

Leaving Home Ain’t Easy

Don’t Stop Me Now

Somebody to Love

Spread Your Wings

 

9. TERRA NAOMI

This is the only person on this list who I have sex with (because Freddie Mercury is dead), so I can’t claim complete objectivity.  That said, I was a big fan of Terra’s music, and used to post it on the message board all the time, before we ever met.

15 top-rated songs.

 

Selected Tracks:

Say It’s Possible

The Vicodin Song

The Other Man

Nobody Knows You Anymore

 

10. THE REPLACEMENTS/PAUL WESTERBERG

Another band who would be higher if I hadn’t loved them for so long and so hard.

13 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

I Will Dare

Androgynous

I’ll Be You

Swinging Party

 

11. TODD RUNDGREN/UTOPIA

13 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

Crybaby

Couldn’t I Just Tell You

Love is the Answer

 

12. THE KNACK

Just because all of their songs are about pedophilia doesn’t make them any less catchy… and they did a lot of songs that I like a hell of a lot more than "My Sharona."

13 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

Good Girls Don’t

Maybe Tonight

That’s What the Little Girls Do

Your Number or Your Name

 

13. TEENAGE FANCLUB

12 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

Your Love is the Place Where I Come From

I Don’t Want Control of You

 

14. THE ARK


Another Swedish act, this time the modern purveyors of glam.

12 Top rated songs.

 

 

Selected Tracks:

Beauty Is the Beast

Tell Me This Night is Over

Tired of Being an Object?

Let Your Body Decide

 

15. THE SECOND BAND

More Swedes, and my favorite of all the newer bands.

12 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

Wild is the Wind

The Killer Comeback Line

No Song

 

16. ROONEY

11 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

When Did Your Heart Go Missing?

I’m Shaking

Daisy Duke

 

17. CHEAP TRICK

11 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

Surrender

He’s a Whore

If You Want My Love

 

18. THE WANNADIES

11 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

Shorty

Someone Somewhere

You and Me Song

 

19. WEEZER

Weezer’s songs are almost all from "Pinkerton", one of my favorite albums of all time.  I like their other stuff, but don’t think any of their other collections comes close to the greatness of their sophomore effort.

11 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

Why Bother?

No One Else (acoustic)

Across the Sea

El Scorcho

 

20. THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS

10 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

Ana Ng

Put Your Hand Inside the Puppet Head

Don’t Let’s Start

Spiraling Shape

 

21. APPLES IN STEREO

10 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

About Your Fame

Same Old Drag

Benefits of Lying (with your friends)

 

22. BEN FOLDS/BEN FOLDS FIVE

10 top-rated songs.

Selected Tracks:

One Down

Landed

Brick

The Luckiest

MEANWHILE,

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