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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Top Songs… Bigger, Better (and Updated)

Know Your Medal of Honor Recipients:

James C. Watson (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on July 12, 1870, at Wichita River, Texas. His citation reads:

Gallantry in action.

Private Josh Watson (US Army) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on June 4, 1869, near Picacho Mountain, Arizona. His citation reads:

Killed an Indian warrior and captured his arms.

Private Wilson Douglas Watson (US Marine Corps) received his Medal of Honor for his actions on February 26-27, 1945, on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands. His citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty as automatic rifleman serving with the 2d Battalion, 9th Marines, 3d Marine Division, during action against enemy Japanese forces on Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands, 26 and 27 February 1945. With his squad abruptly halted by intense fire from enemy fortifications in the high rocky ridges and crags commanding the line of advance, Pvt. Watson boldly rushed 1 pillbox and fired into the embrasure with his weapon, keeping the enemy pinned down single-handedly until he was in a position to hurl in a grenade, and then running to the rear of the emplacement to destroy the retreating Japanese and enable his platoon to take its objective. Again pinned down at the foot of a small hill, he dauntlessly scaled the jagged incline under fierce mortar and machinegun barrages and, with his assistant BAR man, charged the crest of the hill, firing from his hip. Fighting furiously against Japanese troops attacking with grenades and knee mortars from the reverse slope, he stood fearlessly erect in his exposed position to cover the hostile entrenchments and held the hill under savage fire for 15 minutes, killing 60 Japanese before his ammunition was exhausted and his platoon was able to join him. His courageous initiative and valiant fighting spirit against devastating odds were directly responsible for the continued advance of his platoon, and his inspiring leadership throughout this bitterly fought action reflects the highest credit upon Pvt. Watson and the U.S. Naval Service.

What was known, years ago, as the I’m just sayin… Top 1,081 Songs of All Time countdown has grown into the I’m just sayin… Top 1,453 Songs of All Time countdown. There are a number of reasons the list grew… new songs have been written since the last countdown (and I didn’t want to drop any songs from the last list)… old songs that were somehow left off the last list have been added… and this list is open to all genres (though I’m sure some have still been left out). The main additions are genres like hip hop, religious and holiday music. The thing to remember is that this list more like a snapshot. This is the list now. If I did this countdown again next month, it would probably be different. Of course, that’s not to say this countdown should be discounted. It’s still the biggest and best thing going today.

Before we start the countdown, let’s take a minute to talk about music. Music is, perhaps, the best of the arts. Good music is hard to beat. It can make you do things, bring back memories and change your mood. I was talking about music the other day to my children. The kids bless their hearts, don’t fully understand good music. I blame myself, so I did something about it. It came up when I was driving them somewhere and they wanted to listen to a Justin Bieber song. I was told he is great and the song is great. I don’t remember what song they wanted, because I blacked out with rage for just a minute. When I regained my composer I realized I had to do something. I thought about pulling over and making them all get out and walk back home, but decided there’s probably a law against doing something like that (at least until Trump makes America great again). I decided to let them hear good music. I also let them know that it’s ok for them to like Justin Bieber… I don’t… but it’s ok. As long as they realize/understand what truly good music sounds like, it’s ok for them to like other types of music. We all have our musical guilty pleasures. For my buddy Danny (yes, that Danny) it’s Closer to Fine by the Indigo Girls. My friend Cory loves Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen. I once saw Jeremy slap a guy in the mouth for talking bad about We Built This City by Starship. Even I like MmmBop by Hanson… so I get it and I pass no judgement on the music other people like… as long as they understand what good music is. So, I played them Free Bird (the live version, of course) and made them sit in the car and listen to it until it was over. Their three little minds were blown…

Friends, we’ve got a lot of songs to get through and only one month to get through it… so let’s get going. This is simply going to be a list with no commentary from me (until, maybe, we get close to the end). Enjoy…

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

Rank Song Artist/Group

1453 Your Favorite Song Not On The List by: Various

1452 Things You Don't Say to Your Wife by: Tim Hawkins

1451 If I Had a Hammer by: Peter, Paul and Mary

1450 Graduation (Friends Forever) by: Vitamin C

1449 Fire and Rain by: James Taylor

1448 Famous In a Small Town by: Miranda Lambert

1447 Express Yourself by: N.W.A.

1446 Cupid Shuffle by: Cupid

1445 Call Me Maybe by: Carly Rae Jepsen

1444 Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain by: Willie Nelson

1443 Be Our Guest by: Mitchell Hope, Spencer Lee, Kala Balch and Marco Marinangeli

1442 American Flag on the Moon by: Brad Paisley

1441 All of Me by: John Legend

1440 Alcohol by: Barenaked Ladies

1439 Against the Wind by: Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

1438 …Baby One More Time by: Britney Spears

1437 Everything I Own by: Vanessa Hudgens

1436 Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad by: Def Leppard

1435 Whiskey River by: Willie Nelson

1434 Didn't We Almost Have It All by: Whitney Houston

1433 We Are The World by: USA for Africa

1432 Fast Car by: Tracy Chapman

1431 Make This Day by: Zac Brown Band

1430 Still of the Night by: Whitesnake

1429 Ala-Freakin-Bama by: Trace Adkins

1428 I'm Alright by: Jo Dee Messina

1427 Four On The Floor by: Lee Brice

1426 Lightning Crashes by: Live

1425 Letter To My Penis by: Rodney Carrington

1424 Every Morning by: Sugar Ray

1423 Hell, I Can Do That by: Trace Adkins

1422 I'd Rather Miss You by: Little Texas

1421 Drinkin' Bone by: Tracy Byrd

1420 Cold Hearted by: Zac Brown Band

1419 Some Guys Have All the Luck by: Rod Stewart

1418 Closer To Fine by: Indigo Girls

1417 Take It on the Run by: REO Speedwagon

1416 Oops!... I Did It Again by: Britney Spears

1415 Sacrifice by: Elton John

1414 What the Hell Happened to Me? by: Adam Sandler

1413 Meet in the Middle by: Diamond Rio

1412 Last Man Standing by: Bon Jovi

1411 She Ain't Worth It by: Glenn Medeiros with Bobby Brown

1410 More Than Words by: Extreme

1409 Iris by: Goo Goo Dolls

1408 Keep Me In Mind by: Zac Brown Band

1407 Last Cigarette by: Bon Jovi

1406 The Whiskey Ain't Workin' by: Travis Tritt with Marty Stuart

1405 Heaven by: Warrant

1404 When It's Love by: Van Halen

1403 We're Not Gonna Take It by: Twisted Sister

1402 Flashdance… What a Feeling by: Diana DeWitt and Giorgio Moroder

1401 King of the Mountain by: Bon Jovi

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