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At number 19 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 greatest songs of all time is “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley. This song was released in 1956 and is cited by some as being the beginning of the rock ‘n’ roll revolution. The song was written by prolific songwriters Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller and first recorded by Mae “Big Mama” Thornton in 1953. However, the Elvis Presley version is quite different, not only musically but even the lyrics are altered.



At number 30 in Rolling Stone Magazine's '500 Greatest Songs of all Time' is "I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash.

At number 19 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of all Time’ is “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley.



Lyrically the song is extremely simple, but with its driving rhythm and singing style, it was very different from most of the pop songs recorded up until that time. It was the song which brought rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues to a white audience, forever changing the course of popular music.


You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog
cryin’ all the time.
You ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog
cryin’ all the time.
Well, you ain’t never caught a rabbit
and you ain’t no friend of mine.

When they said you was high classed,
well, that was just a lie.
When they said you was high classed,
well, that was just a lie.
You ain’t never caught a rabbit
and you ain’t no friend of mine.


Here is a video of this groundbreaking song. Enjoy!




Which is your favourite Elvis song?

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As I’ve now finished counting down the 500 greatest albums according to Rolling Stone Magazine (see, for example, number 1 here), I thought I would next take a look at their 500 greatest songs. I am not going to count down the entire 500! Just the top 30, but for those of you interested the top 100 from 100 to 31 are


  • 100 – Gnarls Barkley – ”Crazy” (2006)
  • 99 – Credence Clearwater Revival – ”Fortunate Son” (1969)
  • 98 – Al Green – ”Love and Happiness” (1972)
  • 97 – Chuck Berry – ”Roll Over Beethoven” (1956)
  • 96 – Jerry Lee Lewis – ”Great Balls of Fire” (1957)
  • 95 – Carl Perkins – ”Blue Suede Shoes” (1956)
  • 94 – Little Richard – ”Good Golly, Miss Molly” (1958)
  • 93 – U2 – ”I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (1987)
  • 92 – Ramones – ”Blitzkrieg Bop” (1976)
  • 91 – Elvis Presley – ”Suspicious Minds” (1969)
  • 90 – The Five Satins – ”In the Still of the Night” (1956)
  • 89 – The Mamas and the Papas – ”California Dreamin” (1965)
  • 88 – The Temptations – ”My Girl” (1965)
  • 87 – Johnny Cash – ”Ring of Fire” (1963)
  • 86 – Bruce Springsteen – ”Thunder Road” (1975)
  • 85 – Patsy Cline – “Crazy” (1961)
  • 84 – The Police – ”Every Breath You Take” (1983)
  • 83 – The Beatles – ”Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)“ (1965)
  • 82 – Fats Domino – ”Blueberry Hill” (1956)
  • 81 – Marvin Gaye – ”I Heard it Through the Grapevine” (1968)
  • 80 – The Kinks – ”You Really Got Me” (1964)
  • 79 – The Byrds – ”Mr. Tambourine Man” (1965)
  • 78 – James Brown – ”I Got You (I Feel Good)“ (1965)
  • 77 – Elvis Presley – ”Mystery Train” (1955)
  • 76 – The Beatles – ”Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967)
  • 75 – Led Zeppelin – “Whole Lotta Love” (1969)
  • 74 – Eddie Cochran – “Summertime Blues” (1958)
  • 73 – Stevie Wonder – “Superstition” (1972)
  • 72 – The Beach Boys – “California Girls” (1965)
  • 71 – James Brown – “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” (1966)
  • 70 – Dionne Warwick – “Walk On By” (1964)
  • 69 – Roy Orbison – “Cryin'” (1961)
  • 68 – Bob Dylan – “Tangled Up in Blue” (1975)
  • 67 – Elvis Presley – “Jailhouse Rock” (1957)
  • 66 – Bob Marley and the Wailers – “Redemption Song” (1980)
  • 65 – Cream – “Sunshine of Your Love” (1968)
  • 64 – The Beatles – “She Loves You” (1963)
  • 63 – Buffalo Springfield – “For What It’s Worth” (1967)
  • 62 – Bo Diddley – “Bo Diddley” (1955)
  • 61 – Jerry Lee Lewis – “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On” (1957)
  • 60 – Al Green – “Let’s Stay Together” (1971)
  • 59 – Bob Dylan – “The Times They Are-A-Changin'” (1964)
  • 58 – Michael Jackson – “Billie Jean” (1983)
  • 57 – Procol Harum – “Whiter Shade of Pale” (1967)
  • 56 – The Sex Pistols – “Anarchy in the U.K.” (1977)
  • 55 – Little Richard – “Long Tall Sally” (1956)
  • 54 – The Kingsmen – “Louie Louie” (1963)
  • 53 – Percy Sledge – “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1966)
  • 52 – Prince – “When Doves Cry” (1984)
  • 51 – Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five – “The Message” (1982)
  • 50 – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles – “The Tracks of My Tears” (1965)
  • 49 – The Eagles – “Hotel California” (1976)
  • 48 – Simon and Garfunkel – “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (1970)
  • 47 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “All Along the Watchtower” (1968)
  • 46 – David Bowie – “Heroes” (1977)
  • 45 – Elvis Presley – “Heartbreak Hotel” (1956)
  • 44 – Ray Charles – “Georgia on My Mind” (1960)
  • 43 – Little Richard – “Tutti-Frutti” (1955)
  • 42 – The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset” (1968)
  • 41 – The Band – “The Weight” (1968)
  • 40 – Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – “Dancing in the Street” (1964)
  • 39 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets – “That’ll Be the Day” (1957)
  • 38 – The Rolling Stones – “Gimme Shelter” (1969)
  • 37 – Bob Marley – “No Woman, No Cry” (1975)
  • 36 – U2 – “One” (1991)
  • 35 – The Doors – “Light My Fire” (1967)
  • 34 – The Righteous Brothers – “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” (1964)
  • 33 – Ike and Tina Turner – “River Deep – Mountain High” (1966)
  • 32 – The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy for the Devil” (1968)
  • 31 – Led Zeppelin – “Stairway to Heaven” (1971)



There are some great songs in this list from 100 to 31, and I will blog about some of them over the coming months.

But, to start our countdown from 30 to 1, at number 30 in their list is ‘I Walk the Line’ by Johnny Cash. I didn’t really know much about Johnny Cash or his music until I saw the great 2005 movie about him, which is called ‘Walk the Line’ and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon. If you like this song, I recommend watching the movie.



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At number 30 in Rolling Stone Magazine’s ‘500 Greatest Songs of all Time’ is “I Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash.



This song was written by Cash, was released in May 1956 and it reached number 17 in the US Billboard charts, and number 1 in their country music charts.


I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you’re mine, I walk the line

I find it very, very easy to be true
I find myself alone when each day is through
Yes, I’ll admit that I’m a fool for you
Because you’re mine, I walk the line

As sure as night is dark and day is light
I keep you on my mind both day and night
And happiness I’ve known proves that it’s right
Because you’re mine, I walk the line

You’ve got a way to keep me on your side
You give me cause for love that I can’t hide
For you I know I’d even try to turn the tide
Because you’re mine, I walk the line

I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
I keep my eyes wide open all the time
I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
Because you’re mine, I walk the line


Here is a video of this great song. Enjoy!





Which is your favourite Johnny Cash song?

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