Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Top 100 Greatest Rock Songs, in my opinion, were comprised of hits derived from five major sources. There were the post doo-wop blues and rock sounds that came from Motown music. There was the British Invasion music initiated by the Beatles journey to mainland USA and the stage of the Ed Sullivan theatre. There was the hard rock and heavy metal musical sounds of the 70s before disco music became a fad. There was the MTV generation that brought musical talent to the screen and finally there were instrumental tunes started by groups like Chicago and and glam rock musicians like David Bowie and Iggy pop.

My personal favorites included some great rock combos like Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty, the Supremes and Four Tops, the BeeGees and Celine Dion and the PetShop boys with the late Dusty Springfield.

I remember when first seeing Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty perform "Stop Draggin my Heart Around" in the 1981 video, you could feel the connection between the two as they gazed into each other's eyes. It was an extremely sensual video and great tune about a woman who feels weighed down by relationships and wants to part despite a strong sentimental attachment to her lover. To this day it remains to be one of my top MTV videos.

"River Deep Mountain High" was originally performed by Ike and Tina Turner but my favorite rendition of this tune was performed by the Supremes and Four Tops. Diana Ross and the Supremes were my favorite Motown group and the combo between Diana Ross' powerful vocals and the Four Tops smooth sound was a perfect match.

"Immortality" was a song penned by Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb specifically for the brilliant Canadian vocalist/diva Celine Dion. The video was brilliant as well as the singing combo perfect. The song was never successful in the US, however, was a commercial success reaching #1 in Brazil, #2 in Austria and Germany, #4 in Europe and #5 in the United Kingdom. Afer viewing it, however, it has become my second favorite rock song of all time as well as my favorite video.

Finally, "What Have I Done to Deserve This", released in 1987, marked a return to the musical charts for Dusty Springfield who was one of my favorite imports during the British Invasion era of the early sixties. In it she is perfectly matched with the PetShop Boys and gives a hair raising memorable "Dusty" performance with her hands raised and a huge smile. I love the video a well as the tune. Unfortunately, the music world lost a great artist when she died in 1999.

Those were just a few of the great musical combos and videos that are part of my Top 100 Greatest Rock Songs

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