Thursday, August 14, 2008

Forever My Lady

Yes thats pre-O.P.P. Naughty By Nature in 1989. Yes I'm wrong for posting that corny-ass cover. But theres a point here. Great music stands the test of time. The fact that you had no idea that these niggas wore argyle cardigans and called themselves "The New Style", before dropping the #408 most jamminest song of all time, proves the strength of a record like OPP. You probably had no idea that RZA ever wore tuxedos or groomed himself in We Love You Rakeem

before he produced the classic 36 Chambers, due to the longevity of ish like C.R.E.A.M. which most recently found itself interpolated in 2007's Sweetest Girl.

If you ever have 8 hours of a day to kill at your job (as most of us do) and are curious as to where your favorite jams fall amongst the 3000 Greatest Songs of All Time in the Whole Wide World, then you might like this list of the 3000 Greatest Songs of All Time Ever in the History of Recorded Music.

The folks at acclaimedmusic insist that this is a fully comprehensive list...
The basic idea is that I match all records against each other in pairs. In a match, each critics list is weighted depending on
* the number of lists I have from different parts of world
** when the list was presented (newer lists are weighted more heavily)
*** how many matches the list is a part of

To be able to compare new records with older records, I have put together best-of-year-lists from the same magazine, e.g. the #1 record on NME's best-of-year-list of 2001 beats not only the other records from year 2001, but also #2, #3... from older NME's best-of-year-lists.

Interesting submissions include:
Gnarls Barkley - Crazy (32)
Amerie - 1 Thing (182)
Jay-Z - 99 Problems (383) (strangely his first appearance on this list)
MIA - Galang (485)
Hot Chip - Over and Over (614)
Kanye West - Jesus Walks (970)
Lupe Fiasco - Kick Push (1157)
Jay-Z - Big Pimpin (1614)
Mongo Santamaria - Watermelon Man (1886)
R. Kelly - Trapped In The Closet (1920)
Mike Jones - Still Tippin (1992)
Clipse - Wamp Wamp (2557)
EU - Da Butt (2923)

If you have as much free time as the team that put this ish together, enjoy!

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