Well, here we go again. This year my favorite radio station, WXPN, is counting down the top 885 musical moments. For the past two months, they’ve been gathering top musical moments, submitted by listeners, in a blog/community/web 2.0 type thing.
So, go here to vote:
My top 10 (in random order) are ones that have obviously impacted me, so that I noticed. Obviously there were several on the list that impacted me more than these (like when the first record was created), but that happened outside of my knowledge.
1. Aerosmith and Run DMC collaborate on “Walk This Way,” 1986
2. Unknown Bruce Springsteen plays the Main Point in Bryn Mawr, PA, April 24, 1973
3. Johnny Cash sings at Folsom State Prison in Folsom, California, January 13, 1968
4. Paul Simon records “Graceland” in South Africa, featuring South African musicians, October 1985-June 1986
5. Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Richie Valens die in a plane crash, February 2, 1959 – “The Day the Music Died”
6. Phil Spector introduces his distinctive “Wall of Sound” production process, pioneering the 60s girl group sound as well as influencing future rock production techniques, 1963
7. Elton John collaborates with Bernie Taupin and scores his first big success with “Your Song” in 1970
8. Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” enters the charts in 1973, and stays there for 741 weeks, making it the longest running, consecutively charting album of all time
9. The Rolling Stones release four landmark records in a row: “Beggars Banquet” (1968), “Let It Bleed” (1969), “Sticky Fingers” (1971), and “Exile on Main Street” (1972)
10. Marvin Gaye releases “What’s Going On,” the title track of his influential 1971 album, and both the song and album become a huge hit
Let me know what you think… If there’s anyone out there that is.