Have started getting the personal lists of various people. Thanks to the efforts of Gulu Dubaiwala, the number of voters are fast increasing. So here’s the update on this project. For reference, here’s the earlier post

Today, we look at bands. In all lists, the bands or artistes mentioned are the usual suspects. Starting in alphabetical order, we have A for AC/DC down to W for Whitesnake (Surprisingly no one seems to have thought of Yes or ZZ Top)

Here’s the top 25 so far

1. Layla: Originally performed by Derek and the Dominoes with lead guitar by guest artist Duanne Allman
2. American Pie: Don McLean’s magnum opus
3. All Along the Watchtower: We are talking of the Jimi Hendrix version, song orignally written and performed by Dylan
4. Free Bird: Lynnard Skynnard tribute to Duanne Allman
5. Stairway to Heaven: Considered to have broken all records in terms of requests on radio
6. Comfortably Numb: Pink Floyd, The Wall of course
7. Bohemian Rhapsody: All time favourite by the Mad Bawa of Rock
8. Highway to hell: AC/DC is the fourth biggest selling rock band of all time
9. Horse with no name: Haunting ballad from America
10. Piano Man: All time Pub favourite
11. Mr. Tambourine man: Bob Dylan’s tribute to Woody Guthrie. The best cover of this is by The Byrds
12. Times they are a changing: Legend has it that Steve Jobs sang this at the Macintosh launch (Unverified)
13. Paranoid:
14. Highway Star: First time they came to India in 1995, Gillan still had a voice to do this. Second time round in 2002, he gave up leaving most of the vocals to the crowd
15. Smoke on the water:
16. Money for Nothing: Mark Knopfler’s diatribe on pop culture
17. Sultans of Swing: Cult stuff
18. The End: Opening title song for the movie Apocalypse Now
19. Cocaine: JJ Cale’s classic covered by Eric Clapton and many others
20. Sweet Child o Mine: Heightened overkill (read everyday at Toto’s) has reduced its charm but it’s a favourite
21. Purple Haze: Love the Pepsi ad on this
22. Me and Bobby Mcgee: “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose”
23. Black Dog: Cult album
24. Smells like teen spirit: Wierd Al Jankovic went ballistic with this
25. Shine On you Crazy Diamond: Nothing much to say for this one

Some songs to think about
1. Norwegian Wood: The Beatles introduced Eastern music (read Indian) in rock music creating a market for people like Ravi Shankar and Zakir Hussain
2. Substitute: The Who are pioneers of punk rock and their early songs including My Generation launched this new genre. They later went progressive with Quadrophenia, Baba O’Riley and the entire Who’s Next album
3. The Boxer: Simon and Garfunkel

Gulu has put a lot of metal in his list – Iron Maiden, Sabbath, etc but not many takers for that. Guess, as more votes come in, these songs will make their way.

Till the next update then, ciao

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