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Friday random ten: Songs of the Century, part 10

The penultimate list from the Songs of the Century as compiled by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.

1. Reach Out, I’ll Be There – The Four Tops (#266)
2. Walk This Way – Aerosmith (#267)
3. Strange Fruit – Billie Holliday (#273)
4. Strangers In The Night – CAKE (#275, Frank Sinatra)
5. War – Bruce Springsteen (#276, Edwin Starr)
6. Behind Closed Doors – Modern Barbershop Quartet (#277, Charlie Rich)
7. Old Time Rock and Roll – Procession (#278, Bob Seger)
8. Heart of Gold – Neil Young (#286)
9. For What It’s Worth – Black 47 (#291, Buffalo Springfield)
10. Don’t Worry, Be Happy – The Blenders (#301, Bobby McFerrin)

Ah, “Old Time Rock and Roll”. That scene from “Risky Business”. Has any movie sequence been more widely parodied than that? Maybe something from “Casablanca”, I don’t know. But I do know that this, which I sadly can’t embed, is my new favorite among them. The German dubbing at the end really puts it over the top.

Round 2 report: Started with “Standing On Higher Ground”, by the Alan Parsons Project. Finished with “The Unforgettable Fire”, by U2. That was song #984, for a total of 88 this week, with 84 to go till the end. The last S song was “Synchronicity II”, by The Police. The first T song was “Take a Step Back”, by Simple Minds. The last T song was “Two Tribes”, the Annihilation extended mix, by Frankie Goes To Hollywood. The first U song was “The Underdog”, by Spoon. One more week!

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