Project220-1

A little over a month ago, MTIB started working on a ‘Best Ever’ list called Project 220. Why is it called Project 220? Using a 30,000 song sample, we determined the proportion of songs that each letter of the alphabet is… Each letter is allotted a number of spots on our list based on our sample. 4.5% of that sample had the letter ‘A’ as the first item in the song title, subsequently ‘A’ was allotted 9 spots on our list. Get it? No? Oh well.

Somewhere throughout our process we decided doing only one list for the all music ever was nearly impossible. So, we split the list into two. This list includes the songs released prior to 1990.

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A

“Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)” – Phil CollinsAgainst All Odds OST (1984)
“Ain’t No Sunshine” – Bill WithersJust As I Am (1971)
“Albatross” – Fleetwood MacAlbatross – Single (1969)
“All Along The Watchtower” – Jimi HendrixElectric Ladyland (1968)
“All Day and All of the Night” – The KinksAll Day and All of the Night (1964)
“American Girl” – Tom Petty & The HeartbreakersTom Petty… (1976)
“Another Brick in the Wall” – Pink FloydThe Wall (1979)
“Aqualung” – Jethro TullAqualung (1971)
“At Last” – Etta JamesAt Last! (1961)

B

“Baba O’Riley” – The WhoWho’s Next (1971)
“Bad” – Michael JacksonBad (1987)
“Band on the Run” – Paul McCartney & The WingsBand on the Run (1973)
“Bang a Gong (Get It On)” – T.RexElectric Warrior (1971)
“Bastards of Young” – The ReplacementsTim (1985)
“Big Yellow Taxi” – Joni MitchellLadies of the Canyon (1970)
“Black Dog” – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV (1971)
“Black Water” – The Doobie BrothersWhat Were Once Vices Are Now Habits (1974)
“Blister in the Sun” – Violent FemmesViolent Femmes (1983)
“Blitzkrieg Bop” – RamonesRamones (1976)
“Born to Run” – Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run (1975)
“Boy Named Sue” – Johnny CashJohnny Cash at San Quentin (1969)
“The Boxer” – Simon & GarfunkelBridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
“Bring The Noise” – Public EnemyIt Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (1988)
“Buffalo Soldier” – Bob MarleyConfrontation (1983)

C

“California Dreamin'” – The Mamas & The PapasIf You Can Believe… (1966)
“Call Me” – BlondieAmerican Gigolo (1980)
“Can’t Buy Me Love” – The BeatlesA Hard Day’s Night (1964)
“A Case of You” – Joni MitchellBlue (1971)
“Cat Scratch Fever” – Ted NugentCat Scratch Fever (1977)
“Cecilia” – Simon & GarfunkelBridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
“A Change is Gonna Come” – Sam CookeAin’t That Good News (1964)
“Changes” – David BowieHunky Dory (1971)
“Cocaine Blues” – Johnny CashJohnny Cash at Folsom Prison (1968)
“Cocaine” – Eric ClaptonSlowhand (1977)
“Cold as Ice” – ForeignerForeigner (1977)
“Come Fly With Me” – Frank SinatraCome Fly With Me (1958)
“Comfortably Numb” – Pink FloydThe Wall (1979)

D

“Dancing Queen” – ABBAArrival (1976)
“Danny’s Song” – Loggins & MessinaSittin’ In (1971)
“A Day in the Life” – The BeatlesSgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
“Dear Prudence” – The BeatlesThe Beatles (1968)
“Desire” – U2Rattle and Hum (1988)
“Desperado” – EaglesDesperado (1973)
“Dixieland Delight” – AlabamaThe Closer You Get… (1983)
“Don’t Stop Me Now” – Queen Jazz (1978)
“Don’t Stop” – Fleetwood MacRumours (1977)
“Down By The River” – Neil YoungEverybody Knows This Is Nowhere (1969)

E

“Eleanor Rigby” – The BeatlesRevolver (1966)
“Electric Avenue” – Eddy GrantKiller on the Rampage (1982)
“Every Breath You Take” – The PoliceSynchronicity (1983)
“Evil Woman” – Electric Light OrchestraFace the Music (1975)
“Eye of the Tiger” – SurvivorEye of the Tiger (1982)

F

“Family Affair” – Sly & The Family StoneThere’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971)
“Fast Car” – Tracy ChapmanTracy Chapman (1988)
“Fire and Rain” – James TaylorSweet Baby James (1970)
“Folsom Prison Blues” – Johnny CashWith His Hot and Blue Guitar (1957)
“For Crying Out Loud” – MeatloafBat Out of Hell (1977)
“For What It’s Worth” – Buffalo SpringfieldBuffalo Springfield (1966)
“Foreplay/Longtime” – BostonBoston (1976)
“Fortunate Son” – Creedance Clearwater RevivalWill and the Poor Boys (1969)
“Friend of the Devil” – Grateful DeadAmerican Beauty (1970)

G

“Georgia on My Mind” – Ray CharlesThe Genius Hits the Road (1960)
“Get Up, Stand Up” – Bob MarleyBurnin’ (1973)
“Gimme All Your Lovin'” – ZZ TopEliminator (1983)
“Glory Days” – Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A. (1984)
“Go Your Own Way” – Fleetwood MacRumours (1977)
“God Only Knows” – The Beach BoysPet Sounds (1966)
“God Save The Queen” – The Sex PistolsNever Mind the Bollocks… (1977)
“Great Balls of Fire” – Jerry Lee LewisGreat Balls of Fire – Single (1957)
“Green River” – Creedence Clearwater RevivalGreen River (1969)

H

“Hand Me Down World” – The Guess WhoShare the Land (1970)
“Heart and Soul” – Huey Lewis and The NewsSports (1983)
“Heart of Glass” – BlondieParallel Lines (1979)
“Heart of Gold” – Neil YoungHarvest (1972)
“Heartbreak Hotel” – Elvis PresleyHeart Break Hotel – Single (1956)
“Hells Bells” – AC/DCBack in Black (1980)
“Hey Joe” – The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceHey Joe – Single (1967)
“Holiday in Cambodia” – Dead KennedysFresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables (1980)
“Hotel California” – EaglesHotel California (1977)
“House of the Rising Sun” – The AnimalsThe Animals (1964)
“How Soon Is Now?” – The SmithsMeat is Murder (1985)
“Hurricaine” – Bob DylanDesire (1975)

I

“I Feel the Earth Move” – Carole KingTapestry (1971)
“I Get Around” – The Beach BoysAll Summer Long (1964)
“I Got You (I Feel Good)” – James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) (1965)
“I Heard it Through the Grapevine” – Marvin GayeIn the Groove (1968)
“I Wanna Be Sedated” – RamonesRoad to Ruin (1978)
“I’m On Fire” – Bruce SpringsteenBorn in the U.S.A. (1985)
“I’ve Got You Under My Skin” – Frank SinatraSinatra’s Sinatra (1963)
“Imagine” – John LennonImagine (1971)
“Immigrant Song” – Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin III (1970)
“In The Air Tonight” – Phil CollinsFace Value (1981)
“In Your Eyes” – Peter GabrielSo (1986)
“Indian Reservation” – Paul Revere & The RaidersIndian Reservation – Single (1971)
“Invisible Touch” – GenesisInvisible Touch (1986)

J

“Juke Box Hero” – Foreigner4 (1981)
“Johnny B. Goode” – Chuck BerryChuck Berry Is On Top (1959)
“Jealous Guy” – John LennonImagine (1971)

K

“Keep On Rockin’ in The Free World” – Neil YoungFreedom (1989)
“The Killing Moon” – Echo & The BunnymenOcean Rain (1984)

L

“L-O-V-E” – Nat King ColeL-O-V-E (1965)
“Landslide” – Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac (1975)
“Layla” – Derek and the DominosLayla and Other Assorted Love Songs (1970)
“Like a Rolling Stone” – Bob DylanHighway 61 Revisited (1965)
“Like a Virgin” – MadonnaLike a Virgin (1984)
“Live and Let Die” – Paul McCartney & WingsLive and Let Die (1973)
“Lola” – The KinksOne for the Road (1980)
“London Calling” – The ClashLondon Calling (1979)
“Louie Louie” – The KingsmenThe Kingsmen in Person (1963)
“Love Will Tear Us Apart” – Joy DivisionLove Will Tear Us Apart – Single (1980)
“Love” – John LennonJohn Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (1970)
“Lust for Life” – Iggy PopLust For Life (1977)

M

“Maggie May” – Rod StewartEvery Picture Tells a Story (1971)
“Magic Carpet Ride” – SteppenwolfThe Second (1968)
“Man in the Mirror” – Michael JacksonBad (1988)
“Maybe I’m Amazed” – Paul McCartneyMcCartney (1970)
“Maybellene” – Chuck BerryMaybellene – Single (1955)
“Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard” – Paul SimonPaul Simon (1971)
“Money” – Pink FloydDark Side of the Moon (1973)
“Mr. Blue Sky” – Electric Light OrchestraOut of the Blue (1978)
“My Generation” – The WhoMy Generation (1965)
“My Sharona” – The KnackGet the Knack (1979)

N

“New York State of Mind” – Billy JoelTurnstiles (1976)
“Night Moves” – Bob SegerNight Moves (1976)
“No Sleep Till Brooklyn” – Beastie BoysLicensed to Ill (1987)
“No Sugar Tonight” – The Guess WhoAmerican Woman (1970)
“No Woman, No Cry” – Bob MarleyNatty Dread (1974)
“Nowhere Man” – The BeatlesRubber Soul (1965)

O

“Ohio” – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young –  Ohio – Single (1970)
“Old Time Rock and Roll” – Bob SegerStranger in Town (1979)
“Once in a Lifetime” – Talking HeadsRemain in Light (1981)
“Only The Good Die Young” – Billy JoelThe Stranger (1977)
“Ooh La La” – FacesOoh La La (1973)
“Our House – Crosby, Stills, Nash & YoungDéjá Vu (1970)
“Oye Como Va” – SantanaAbraxas (1970)

P

“P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” – Michael JacksonThriller (1982)
“Paradise City” – Guns ‘n’ RosesAppetite for Destruction (1987)
“Paranoid” – Black SabbathParanoid (1970)
“Peace Train” – Cat Stevens Teaser and the Firecat (1971)
“Peggy Sue” – Buddy HollyBuddy Holly (1958)
“Photograph” – Def LeppardPyromania (1983)
“Piano Man” – Billy JoelPiano Man (1973)
“Purple Haze” – Jimi HendrixAre You Experienced (1967)

Q

“Quinn The Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)” – Manfred MannMighty Garvey! (1969)

R

“Rappers Delight” – The Sugarhill GangSugarhill Gang (1979)
“Rebel Rebel” – David BowieDiamond Dogs (1974)
“Respect” – Aretha FranklinI Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)
“Revolution” – The BeatlesThe Beatles (1968)
“Rhiannon” – Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac (1976)
“Rich Girl” – Hall & OatesBigger Than Both of Us (1977)
“Ring of Fire” – Johnny CashRing of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash (1963)
“Roundabout” – YesFragile (1972)

S

“Sultans of Swing” – Dire StraitsDire Straits (1978)
“Starman” – David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust… (1972)
“September” – Earth, Wind & FireThe Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1 (1978)
“Super Magnolia” – Grateful DeadAmerican Beauty (1970)
“Spirit in the Sky” – Norman GreenbaumSpirit in the Sky (1969)
“(Sitting On) The Dock of the Bay” – Otis ReddingThe Dock of the Bay (1968)
“Somebody to Love” – Jefferson AirplaneSurrealistic Pillow (1967)
“Some Kind of Wonderful” – Grand Funk RailroadAll the Girls in the World… (1974)
“Smoke on the Water” – Deep PurpleMachine Head (1972)
“Silly Love Song” – WingsWings at the Speed of Sound (1976)
“Solsbury Hill” – Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel (1977)
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” – The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s… (1967)
“Sloop John B” – The Beach BoysPet Sounds (1966)
“Sunny Afternoon” – The KinksFace to Face (1966)
“Shades of Gray” – The MonkeesHeadquarters (1967)
“Strawberry Fields Forever” – The BeatlesStrawberry Fields Forever – Single (1967)
“Sympathy For The Devil” – The Rolling StonesBeggars Banquet (1968)
“The Sound in Silence” – Simon & GarfunkelSounds of Silence (1966)
“Spirit of Radio” – RushPermanent Waves (1980)
“Superstition” – Stevie WonderTalking Book (1972)
“Should I Stay or Should I Go” – The ClashCombat Rock (1982)
“Stayin’ Alive” – Bee GeesSaturday Night Fever OST (1977)
“Stand By Me” – Ben E. KingDon’t Play That Song! (1962)
“Suspicious Minds” – Elvis PresleySuspicious Minds (1969)
“Shout” – The Isley BrothersShout! (1959)

T

“Turbo Lover” – Jethro TullTurbo (1986)
“Three Little Birds” – Bob Marley & The WailersExodus (1977)
“Thriller” – Michael Jackson Thriller (1982)
“Time of the Season” – The ZombiesOdessey and Oracle (1968)
“Taxman” – The BeatlesRevolver (1966)
“Tiny Dancer” – Elton JohnMadman Across the Water (1971)
“This Charming Man” – The SmithsThis Charming Man – Single (1983)
“These Days” – NicoChelsea Girl (1967)
“Thunder Road” – Bruce SpringsteenBorn to Run (1975)
“Take On Me” – a-haHunting High and Low (1985)
“Take The Long Way Home” – SupertrampBreakfast in America (1979)
“Twist and Shout” – The Isley BrothersTwist and Shout – Single (1962)
“Tom Sawyer” – RushMoving Pictures (1981)

 U

“Unchained Melody” – The Righteous BrothersJust Once in My Life (1965)
“Up on Cripple Creek” – The BandThe Band (1969)

V

“Vodoo Child (Slight Return)” – Jimi HendrixElectric Ladyland (1968)
“Video Killed The Radio Star” – The BugglesThe Age of Plastic (1980)

W

“Wild World” – Cat StevensTea for the Tillerman (1970)
“White Wedding” – Billy IdolBilly Idol (1982)
“White Room” – CreamWheels of Fire (1968)
“We’re An American Band” – Grand Funk RailroadWe’re an American Band (1973)
“Wish You Were Here” – Pink FloydWish You Were Here (1975)
“Where is My Mind” – PixiesSurfer Rosa (1988)
“With A Little Help From My Friends” – Joe CockerWith a Little Help… (1969)
“Working Man” – RushRush (1974)
“When Doves Cry” – PrincePurple Rain (1984)
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” – The Beach BoysPet Sounds (1966)
“Walk This Way (w/Run DMC)” – AerosmithRaising Hell (1986)
“Wild Horses” – The Rolling StonesSticky Fingers (1971)
“Won’t Get Fooled Again” – The WhoWho’s Next (1971)

X

“Xanadu” – RushA Farewell to Kings (1977)

Y

“You Can’t Hurry Love” – The SupremesThe Supremes A’ Go-Go (1966)
“You Make My Dreams Come True” – Hall & OatesVoices (1980)
“Yesterday” – The BeatlesHelp! (1965)
“You Can’t Always Get What You Want” – The Rolling StonesLet It Bleed (1969)
“You’ve Lost That Loving Feelin'” – The Righteous BrothersYou’ve Lost That… (1964)

Z

“Ziggy Stardust” – David BowieThe Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust… (1972)

&

“25 or 6 to 4” – ChicagoChicago (1970)
“50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” – Paul SimonStill Crazy After All These Years (1975)

POST-1990 HERE!