Every year for a while now, I’ve participated in a poll at musicradio77.com to choose the top 77 songs of all time.
The site is devoted to the memory of ABC, the dominant Top 40 radio station in New York City at 770 AM while I was growing up in what is laughingly referred to as rural New Jersey. People vote on their favorite songs, which are posted the week after Christmas.
Some of my entries are always the same, while others change from year to year. I often do it off the top of my head, knowing I’ll remember one or more as soon as I irrevocably click “Submit.” This year I realized, too late, that I’d forgotten my favorite band, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and that I had waxed poetically on several occasions recently about “Ripplin’ Waters.”
Whatever. Here is the list I submitted this year, a list of my favorite recordings on one snapshot of a day in late November 2017.
1. Good Vibrations – The Beach Boys
2. The Word – Sara Groves
3. Devil With A Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly – Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
4. Born On The Bayou – Creedence Clearwater Revival
5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles
6. (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet – The Reflections
7. Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
8. Rockin’ Pneumonia and Boogie Woogie Flu – Johnny Rivers
9. I Think We’re Alone Now – Tommy James & The Shondells
10. You Just May Be The One – The Monkees