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Ranking Def Leppard’s top 40 singles

So…are you REALLY GEDDINIT?!?!

The Hague

Make Love Like a Man
Stand Up (Kick Love into Motion)

Meh

Miss You in a Heartbeat
Two Steps Behind
Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad

Sound, Solid Entertainments

Rocket
Armageddon It
Let’s Get Rocked
Rock of AGes

Good to Great

Animal
Pour Some Sugar on Me
Photograph
Hysteria
Love Bites
Foolin’

Ranking Eminem’s top ten singles

As the list below swells in a depressing way, let’s be thankful he didn’t earn more top ten hits in the Trump era, for example the 2017 “River” in which “Shoulda knew to use protection/’fore I bit into your forbidden fruit” confirms what you suspected about Ed Sheeran’s shows of sensitivity even when he hides behind the cliches of Old Testament imagery.

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Ranking Foreigner’s top forty singles

The best of the multiplatinum white rock bands that stuck their flag in the chart corpse of disco, Foreigner had no problem with boogying; only .38 Special came close to writing album rock radio anthems that you could dance to in 1981-1982. I suppose most casual fans love their inescapable pair of ballads, but “Long, Long Way to Go” and “Urgent” deserve canonizing; and there’s no word yet for what singer Lou Gramm got away with in “Midnight Blue,” an anthem about being a boy and cherry-red and looking forward to R.E.M. covering you. Continue reading

Ranking R.E.M.’s UK singles

Starting in 1992, R.E.M. became a singles juggernaut in the UK; it’s as if the island nation wanted to thumb their noses at the United States for denying the beloved Athens quartet a berth after 1995. New Adventures in Hi-Fi, Up, Reveal, and, wow, Around the Sun gave R.E.M. consistent success as their American profile collapsed, a move that coincided with the departure of drummer/utility figure Bill Berry and a resigning with Warner Brothers for $80 million. The truth is simpler: they ran out of good songs, and when they wrote one, the production loused it up (Scott Litt’s departure as their best producer didn’t help). Still, good on the Yoo Kay for embracing “Bittersweet Me” and “Crush With Eyeliner.”

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Ranking Bruce Springsteen’s top forty singles

Not that many in the U.S.A, where he was born, and to me he didn’t quite master the demands of the new FM era until 1980; I assume my readers will hear more in “Born to Run” and “Hungry Heart” than I do. His two best albums are his pair of consecutive eighties best-sellers, marvels of processed sounds in which a half dozen instrumental filigrees and the confident speak-sing of the performer above the credits coalesce into stadium pop of unprecedented power and lightness. No one got this balance right without turning cornball. Continue reading