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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Songs 50 - 26

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

Boatswain’s Mate First Class (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 11, 1898, on board the U.S.S. Marblehead. His citation reads:

On board the U.S.S. Marblehead during the operation of cutting the cable leading from Cienfuegos, Cuba, 11 May 1898. Facing the heavy fire of the enemy, Wilke displayed extraordinary bravery and coolness throughout this action.

First Sergeant Henry Wilkens (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on May 7, 1877 at Little Muddy Creek, Montana AND on August 20, 1877, at Camas Meadows, Idaho. His citation reads:

Bravery in actions with Indians.

Landsman Henry Wilkes (US Navy) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on October 27, 1864, on board U.S. Picket Boat No. 1. His citation reads:

Wilkes served on board U.S. Picket Boat No. 1 in action, 27 October 1864, against the Confederate Ram, Albemarle, which had resisted repeated attacks by our steamers and had kept a large force of vessels employed in watching her. The picket boat, equipped with a spar torpedo, succeeded in passing the enemy pickets within 20 yards without being discovered and them made for the Albemarle under a full head of steam. Immediately taken under fire by the ram, the small boat plunged on, jumped the log boom which encircled the target and exploded its torpedo under the port bow of the ram. The picket boat was destroyed by enemy fire and almost the entire crew taken prisoner or lost.

I mean, we've already listed some great songs, but as we get into the Top 50 we are looking at some all-time great songs.

The I'm just sayin… Top 1,453 Songs of All-Time

Rank Song Artist/Group

50 You Could Be Mine by: Guns N' Roses - The drums and energy in this song is incredible.  This is the song that I would wake up to my senior year in high school.

49 Stand By Me by: Ben E. King

48 Ring of Fire by: Johnny Cash  - An all-time great song by an all-time great singer.

47 Me and Jesus by: Brad Paisley - Brad Paisley is great at songs like this and he doesn't disappoint with this one.  

46 Mama Said Knock You Out by: LL Cool J - Another "pure energy" type song.  This is what they played at JI basketball games the year they won the State Championship (when I was in middle school).

45 The Party's Over by: Willie Nelson

44 Nuthin' But a "G" Thang by: Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg - This is a song that helped create a whole genre (or at least a sub-genre) of music.  Snoops lyrics with Dre's beats were an unstoppable force.

43 Mo Money Mo Problems by: The Notorious B.I.G. feat. Mase and Puff Daddy - When it came to hip-hop, I was more of a West Coast fan... but even I love this song.

42 Drink You Away by: Justin Timberlake

41 Centerfield by: John Fogerty - The greatest baseball song of all-time.  Any baseball field that doesn't play this song shouldn't play any song.

40 You Give Love A Bad Name by: Bon Jovi

39 December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night) by: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

38 Only Wanna Be With You by: Hootie and the Blowfish

37 Saturday Night's Alright (For Fighting) by: Elton John

36 Paradise City by: Guns N' Roses

35 Thriller by: Michael Jackson

34 Pour Some Sugar On Me by: Def Leppard

33 Layla by: Derek and the Dominos - This is like two songs combined into one... and both are perfect.

32 Family Tradition by: Hank Williams, Jr.

31 (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay by: Otis Redding

30 Won't Get Fooled Again by: The Who

29 Me and My Shadow by: Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.

28 Old Rugged Cross by: Brad Paisley

27 Amazing Grace by: George Jones

26 One Of Those Lives by: Brad Paisley - This is the perfect song to listen to when you want to put things in perspective.  It reminds you that there are people out there going through worse than what you're going through.

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