Songs that belong on Rolling Stone’s Top 500, but aren’t

In no particular order they are:

“Love Is Strange”–Mickey and Sylvia–how can you NOT fall for that opening hook?

“The Lion Sleeps Tonight”–The Tokens–the opening vocals (“wee….eee…..eee….um….wee….eee…eee…eee…..um….wee…um…uh….way”) in this classic do what the opening guitar hook does in “Love is Strange”

“American Pie”–Don McLean–Nothing like it, and nor will anything ever be like it

“The Long and Winding Road”–the most beautiful song ever recorded by the Beatles–even more beautiful than “Yesterday”.  Their list hit before their breakup.

“Classical Gas”–Mason Williams.  Perhaps the last good instrumental work–and released during the peak of the classic rock era.  That rare breed that fits into the playlist of any popular music format.

“Downtown”–Petula Clark. Women were part of the British invasion too!

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I'm a college Math Professor, and have been since 2002 after teaching HS Math for a year. I teach mostly entry level subjects such as Prealgebra and Algebra, but enjoy teaching classes that have logic or statistics as part of the content (something that goes beyond just doing arithmetic). Prior to that, I worked for 25 years as an actuary specializing in the design and administration of retirement plans for small businesses. My interests include, in no particular order: Libertarian politics Economics, particularly Austrian economics and political economics Female acoustic singer-songwriters, the more unknown, the better Oldies from the pre-British invasion era, when pop music radio stations played everything from Jimmy Dean to Buddy Holly to Johnny Cash to Lawrence Welk, and it sounded all so natural together (and you can actually understand the words as you sing along with the songs word for word) Puzzles, particularly logic-based puzzles such as Sudukos NPR Will Short's puzzle on WESUN Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals in particular The Cleveland Browns of the 1960's (led by QB Frank Ryan, perhaps the only NFL player with a Ph.D. in Mathematics) The NCAA men's basketball tournament The Winter Olympics Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the most famous person you've never heard of. Her nonviolent and tireless pursuit of democracy for Burma (and don't call it Myanmar as long as those nutcases with OCD continue their illegal rule of this nation) makes her one of the true heroes of our time--and perhaps of all time. You go girl! When in the car, if I'm not listening to CD's, I listen to: WFAE ("Your NPR News Source")--Charlotte's NPR affiliate. Mostly during the NPR news shows during drive time WNCW--eclectic music legend out of Western North Carolina. WNCW plays just about anything--what it doesn't play is easier to describe than what it does play WSGE--"your independent music source" from Gaston College. Exists in a parallel universe and overlaps a lot with WNCW. WRBK ("Classic Oldies")--automated noncommercial FM station out of Chester County, SC whose playlist is about as broad as you can get (1950's through the early 1980's) unless it's..... WAIZ ("63 Big Ways") a recreation of the legendary Charlotte top 40 station from the 60's airing out of Hickory, NC. Usually infested with static, but the static is a minor inconvenience to be able to hear oldies ignored by most other radio stations. WAVO, from Rock Hill, SC. Does for standards what Big Ways does for pre-British invasion oldies. Also WAVO and Big Ways overlap a lot, with both playing some of the greatest music ever recorded that doesn't get played too many places! 650 AM WSM ("The Legend") when I'm driving home late at night after teaching night classes. The station that made the Grand Ole Opry Famous KMOX from St. Louis. Flagship station for the St. Louis Cardinals. That says it all!
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