Here's another one of

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Here's another one of those
lists
that makes you wonder what bunch of nincompoops put it together. The first song I'd
actually listen to comes at #12 (excluding Elton John's commercial bastardization of Candle in
the Wind) and I probably wouldn't get a lot of agreement until #16. It also happens to be an
expensive list -- last night it cost a guy over $200K on Who Wants to be a
Millionaire
.

Dagnabbit UncRoger, didn't take you long to one-up my VH1 post! This list makes that one look like a work of genius. The thing I find baffling is, they included Andy Gibb. No wait, that's a baffling thing, not the baffling thing. The thing I find baffling is, a handful of these songs are legitimate classics, so it's not like they were explicitly excluding "conventional" picks. But having opened the door with The Beatles, The Police, and Elvis, where the heck is everybody else?

Sorry. My wife got so upset about the moron on the show who threw away $250K because he was too proud to back down that I had to do a bit of research. $250K would have put us on easy street for the rest of our lives. (Honest!) We had never heard of One Sweet Day, so we were both surprised to hear it was #1. As someone who has done a bit of (bad) singing (semi-pro), Boyz II Men are an embarassment. Mariah Carey is professionally Cute, but that's about it.

All I can figure is that this must be a list of the top 100 songs as over-sold by the record companies who want to avoid having to actually find talent, rather than just picking a couple of pretty boyz and foisting them on teenagers whose senses have been dulled by years of television viewing. (With a few decent songs thrown in to make it look legit.)

I forgot to ask earlier, but are you willing to share the magical investment strategy that turns $250K into a lifetime on easy street? Or are you much older than I think you are? :)

Well, I turn 412 this year... But, it's actually pretty simple. $250K pays off my mortgage(s). After that, it's just a matter of paying property taxes, utilities, insurance, and food. We could get by on less than $1K/mo at that point, if we didn't want to work very hard (or wanted to work on something that didn't offer immediate rewards.)

There is a great movie called You can't take it with you (1938), starring Lionel Barrymore and Jimmy Stewart and directed by Frank Capra. If I could pay off my mortgage, that's what my house would be like, except with a lot more computers, guitars, and cultural diversity. And Land Rovers.

Is this supposed to be a "Top Hits" list? Because it looks more like a list of over-commercialized, over-played, mass market hits...(See: The Sign? This is How We Do It? The Macarena?) Plus, I feel it is necessary to point out that although it is the top 100 Hits of 4 Decades, there are 50 hits from the 90's, and the other 50 cover the other THREE decades! Also, with a careful look, every one of the top 10 are from the 90's, and none of them seem particularly groundbreaking. Yuck.

Some of these are songs I actually like (like The Sign, Physical, Waterfalls, Le Freak, Can't Help Falling in Love, etc.) but most of them shouldn't be anywhere near a top 100 list. (Sorry, Olivia dearest!) Others represent groups that should be in the top 100 (Beatles, Police, Queen, Meatloaf, etc.) but not their best work.

There are 4 (four!) by Boyz II Men, an A Capella group who has trouble staying on key (fingernails-on-blackboards-ouch!) and 5 (five!) by Mariah Carey who, while majorly Cute(tm), is not exactly earth-shattering, musically.

There is of course another way to look at this list.. Think of it as a top 100 songs that make people run screaming from the room. The one song that I literally will do that for made the list.

And that song would be....?

Sort of like this list? There are some good songs on the list, though; there are even a few great ones.