Random Observations on WEXT-FM’s List of Best 500 Bands
Yeah, WEXT-FM has been cranking out a lot of “Best of All-Time Lists” lately. Best Protest Songs, Best Bob Dylan Songs. Best Kinks Songs. Best Neil Young Songs. And on and on…
Of course, we realize that most of these lists are silly and totally subjective – basically just a premise to launch a good argument amongst listeners and to give us all something to bitch about. And that’s fine with us. But last week, our fave radio station aired its rankings of “The Best 500 Bands,” and – well, we just couldn’t hold our tongue any longer…
We don’t think that a spoiler alert is required if we reveal that the Beatles snagged the No. 1 top spot on the list, but as we looked down the rest of the list, we felt compelled to make a few random observations:
Kansas (#63) and Styx (#70) both ranked ahead of Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention (#83).
Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band ranked way down at #100? Really?
The Alan Parsons Project made the list (#134), but not the Blues Project.
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band (#159) outranked Manfred Mann (#214).
England Dan & John Ford Coley (#168) topped Little Feat (#185) and Prince & the Revolution (#195).
The Honeydrippers (who recorded a grand total of five songs in their entire career) logged in at #261 – well ahead of Los Lobos (#280) and Public Enemy (#332).
The Captain & Tennille (#265) ranked well above the Replacements (#307) and Sly & the Family Stone (#330).
Sugar lands at #291, but the Sugarcubes didn’t even make the list.
Creed (#357) edged out the Flying Burrito Brothers (#363) and Weather Report (#365).
Nice to see some homegrown talent, but Blotto (#368) is the only Local 518 band on list. What? No Phantogram? The Figgs?
Death Cab for Cutie snagged the #380 spot, but the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band didn’t make the cut.
ABBA way down the list at #454? That is just plain wrong. Oh, so wrong…
Live made the list (#466), but not Love?
And where are the Waterboys? Sigur Ros? Commander Cody & the Lost Planet Airmen? Mink DeVille? Chic? American Music Club? The Mavericks? The Paul Butterfield Blues Band? Gruppo Sportivo? Rufus? The Flamin’ Groovies? Hot Chocolate? Young Marble Giants? The Mahavishnu Orchestra? Faith No More?