The 2000 of 2018

Because all sorts of hoi polloi pundits are out there, ‘polling’ (quod non, just repeating the meh mediocrity) for the Top 2000 of 2018 on the ray-the-ohw and elsewhere, herewith the real deal definitive Top 2000.
Which of course isn’t; it’s the Top 2282 for one thing and Definitive is slightly understating it. If you hadn’t guessed, #15 is about me.
And yes, it is downloadable in plain Excel, for your own tinker and play, in this file; checked and clean (no subversive content).
Next, a few little notes (repeated from last year):

  • “That’s odd! The usual numbers 1 to 50 aren’t where they’re ‘supposed’ to be by common standards!” Correct. Because I‘m ‘Rekt. The list is mine; why put the Mehhh songs high up there? They’re in there somewhere, but its my list, my preferences..! yes I do like some almost-forgotten songs better, sometimes much, much better, than the expired old hands.
  • Especially.. see the notes, when the clip (much) enhances the song(s). Wouldn’t that mean the song in itself isn’t fully complete ..? No, it means in (since) the age of video, songs with clips (‘integrated’) can much surpass mere songs by themselves, for a cubed sensory experience.
  • There’s more than 2000 yes. Because, already after the first 500 or so, determining the relative rankings becomes awkward. Hence, the cut-off would be random …! (why not 2048, that would make more sense in this digital (i.e., binary) age). The result is quite random in the end, too, indeed; some of the last songs ‘should’ be up much higher…
  • If you would still have some (preferably wacky) songs you miss, please do comment them to me. I’ll see whether I’d want to include them still, or not. Hey, it’s my list so I decide, geddid?
  • The actual end result order is far from definitive (sic). It depends heavily on one’s momentary temper and the memories that spring to mind like Proustian madeleines. And on one’s ability to hear quality. Such is life.
  • When dabbling with the Excel file yourself, feel free to play around with the ranking mechanism. What worked for me, was to first split the songs into bins of about 250 size (designate some song to be in the first bin that will end up being ranks 1-250, another song to bin 5, which is around the 1000-1250 mark, etc.), then sizing down bin 1 etc. to 8 smaller bins. Then, numbers 1-50 get a personal treatment one by one to their end rank, the rest gets (got) a random allocation within their bracket. After this, sort and re-apply number 1-whatever. Through this, actual intermediate bin sizes aren’t too important.

Then, as a long, very long list – I’ve cut it off a the 50 mark already otherwise it would get ridiculous…

1 Hustle Vann McCoy Yes, the original
2 Easy Livin’ Uriah Heep To power it up
3 White Room Cream Nicely powerful, doesn’t wear out too easily
4 Heart Of Gold Neil Young Hits the heart
5 Hide and Seek Howard Jones Same, if you listen well
6 74-’75 (+Video) Connells The video sublimates the message
7 Peter Gunn Emerson Lake & Palmer Just for the intro alone
8 She Elvis Costello Personal nostaliga
9 Windowlicker (+Video) Aphex Twins Incomplete, as a work of art, without the video
10 Nice ‘n Slow Jesse Green Calm down again
11 One Of These Days Pink Floyd Hidden pearl
12 Smoke On The Water Deep Purple Of course
13 Simple man Lynyrd Skynyrd For some ‘burn
14 The Man With The Red Face (+Video) Laurent Garnier Incomplete, as a work of art, without the video
15 You’re So Vain Carly Simon I think this song is about me!
16 Dancing Barefoot Patti Smith Hidden treasure
17 Right Here Right Now Fatboy Slim Oft forgotten, defined an era
18 The Great Gig In The Sky Pink Floyd Appealing complexity
19 All I Need Air Mindfulness in musical form
20 Dream On Aerosmith Heartburn
21 You Got To Fight For Your Right to Party Beastie Boys Appealing. Simply that.
22 How Deep Is Your Love Bee Gees
23 We’re So Pretty Sex Pistols
24 Dust In The Wind Kansas
25 Whole Lotta Rosie AC/DC
26 We Will Rock You Queen
27 Chelsea Dagger The Fratellis
28 I Want You To Want Me (live at Budakan) Cheap Trick
29 Tribute Tenacious D
30 Three Times A Lady Commodores
31 School’s Out Alice Cooper
32 Barracuda Heart
33 Hold Your Head Up Argent
34 Waterfall Atlantic Ocean
35 Tequila The Champs
36 Troy Sinead O’Connor
37 Smells Like Teen Spirit Nirvana
38 Saturday Night Herman Brood
39 Walk This Way Aerosmith & Run DMC
40 Spank Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne
41 Energy 52 Cafe del Mar
42 Paradise By The Dashboard Light Meat Loaf
43 Ashes To Ashes David Bowie
44 Higher Ground Red Hot Chili Peppers
45 I Will Always Love You Dolly Parton
46 Born To Be Alive Patrick Hernandez
47 A Piece Of The Action Babys, The
48 Teardrop Massive Attack ft T’Pau
49 Highway To Hell AC/DC
50 Everyone’s a Winner Hot Chocolate

See the other 2232 listings in this file.
And a pic for your viewing pleasure:

[The Smith’ Art-something; DC]

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