Special Sub-Topic: Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs (451-475)
|At number 475 on our list is the hit song "Sabotage" by the Beastie Boys. Which album was the song released on?|
Ill Communication. The album came out in May of 1994 and found immediate success among the MTV generation. One of the great contributions from this album is the song "Get it Together" featuring Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest.
|"One Nation Under a Groove-Part I" comes in at number 474. The band was George Clinton's Funkadelic. George Clinton has been credited as being a forefather of the funk movement that preceded disco music. Clinton was born in North Carolina, but in which state did he begin his music career? |
New Jersey. George Clinton formed his band, Parliament, out of the back of a barbershop where he worked in 1955. The band evolved over the years into Funkadelic as his sound and vision became more funk oriented. Clinton played with many influential and talented artists with Funkadelic including Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins.
|At song number 473, Aretha Franklin lends her voice to an emotionally charged classic titled "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man". The song praises the rewards of fidelity in relationships from both perspectives, from man and woman. Which music mogul was responsible for producing this great song? |
Jerry Wexler. The song was released on Atlantic Records and was produced by the exemplary Jerry Wexler.
Interestingly, the song was written by a young man named Dan Penn, with an assist from Chips Moman. Penn was working as a studio singer and songwriter in Muscle Shoals, Alabama when he wrote the tune way back in 1967. Long after Franklin popularized the song, he decided to release the song with his own style. The result is a magnificent interpretation of the song. His version can be found on his "Do Right Man" release from 1994.
|The Supremes had a Billboard number one hit with "Where Did Out Love Go?" in 1964. However, the world almost never got to hear Ms. Diana Ross singing the song, as it was originally written for another Motown girl group. Which group, considered to be the top girl group at Motown, passed on the song, leaving it available for The Supremes?|
The Marvelettes. The hit making machine of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland wrote this song with the idea that Gladys Horton, of The Marvelettes, would be the lead singer on the track. After the group passed on the song, The Supremes jumped at the opportunity to record the song. After the recording was made, Diana Ross was not pleased with the way the song sounded and did not want the song released. The song ended up becoming a smash hit for The Supremes, reaching number one on both the black and pop Billboard charts.
|Songwriting legend, Willie Nelson, wrote the song at number 471 while on an airplane. The song is "On the Road Again", and it was written as a contribution to a movie that Nelson was starring in. Do you remember which movie soundtrack the song appeared?|
Honeysuckle Rose. Although the song was originally written for "Honeysuckle Rose", it also has appeared on numerous other movie soundtracks including: "Shrek", "Forrest Gump" and "The Big One".
Willie Nelson has appeared as an actor in well over 20 movies in his career.
|Which lady folksinger was responsible for the 1974 song "Free Man in Paris"?|
Joni Mitchell. Mitchell released the song on the "Court and Spark" album in February of 1974. The song spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Pop charts where it peaked at number 22.
Mitchell won her first Grammy award in 1969 for her album "Clouds". The album won the Best Folk Recording award.
|Off the legendary "Tapestry" album, Carole King contributes her song "It's Too Late" to our list. The song's topic, divorce, was something that Carole knows a little something about. Is it true that Carole married fellow songwriter James Taylor in a civil ceremony in New York City?|
No. Carole and James were great friends and co-wrote many songs together, but never were married. James Taylor was married to Carly Simon, however, from 1972 until 1983 when they divorced.
Carole was married to Gerry Goffin, her long time song writing partner and Charles Larkey, bassist for the group The Myddle Class.
|Which song, by The Stooges, contained the line "streetwalking cheetah with a heart full of napalm"?|
Search and Destroy. The song, which appeared on the "Raw Power" release in 1973 was accepted as a song written about the Vietnam War. I've actually read in articles that Iggy Pop wrote the song, partially as a result of reading the newspaper headlines describing the war, but more from all the heroin he was doing at the time and the way it made him feel.
The song comes in at number 468 on out list.
|The song "Welcome to the Jungle" was released in 1987 at a time when the hard rock world really needed a boost. The song really called the city of Los Angeles out for what it was, a sordid and deprecate city that had lost the glimmer and appeal that had attracted so many young actors, musicians and models over the years. Axl Rose, lead singer of the band Guns 'N Roses, may have been one of those young singers looking for a break when he left his home town in search of fame and fortune. Where did Axl call home before he took up residence in LA?|
Lafayette, Indiana. Axl Rose actually met his future bandmate Izzy Stradlin in Lafayette. Stradlin (nee Jeff Isbell) left Indiana before Rose, but Rose was soon to follow. Rose and Stradlin hooked up with several different bands before they connected with Slash, Duff McKagin and Steven Adler and formed Guns 'N Roses. The rest is hard rock history.
|The song "Runaway", released in 1961 on Big Top Records is our song at number 466. Which Michigan native co-wrote and sang the song that reached number one on the Billboard Pop Singles chart?|
Del Shannon. Shannon's only number one hit was the classic "Runaway". Shannon was born as Charles Westover in Coopersville, Michigan in 1934 and died as a suicide in Santa Clarita, California in 1990.
|The song "Surrender" is the first track from Cheap Trick's album "Heaven Tonight". Part of the song talks about a young man walking in on his parents fooling around on the couch listening to his rock and roll records. Which band were his parents listening to?|
Kiss. "When I woke up
Mom and Dad are rolling on the couch
Rock and rolling
Got my Kiss records out"
The band Cheap Trick is from the Chicago-area suburb of Rockford, Illinois. The song "Surrender" was from their third album and was their first hit single, reaching number 62 on the Billboard Pop charts.
|If Motown had only released "Standing in the Shadows of Love", the company would have been said to be a success. Which singing group released the song in November of 1966?|
The Four Tops. The singing sensations from Detroit were perennial hit makers for Motown for many years. The group featured Levi Stubbs, Abdul Fakir, Lawrence Payton and Renaldo Benson. The group had two number one singles in their long career with "I Can't Help Myself" and "Reach Out I'll Be There".
|The Beatles occupy the slot at number 463 on our chart with their song "Rain". The song reached number 23 on the Billboard Pop chart, not bad for a B-side. Which song was the featured single opposite of "Rain"?|
Paperback Writer. The song "Rain" was one of the first times that back masking, or backward recording was used on a song. The move was considered genius until it was revealed that John Lennon was high on marijuana when he put the tape in backwards.
|The song "Respect Yourself" was a hit for The Staple Singers in 1971. The song was written by Luther Ingram and Mack Rice. Which record label released the tune?|
Stax. Stax Records, the Memphis, Tennessee based label, was found by brother and sister Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton. Acts such as Booker T and the MG's, Otis Redding and Sam and Dave recorded at Stax over the years.
|Prince had a monster hit with the song "Kiss", off his album titled "Parade". Is it true that the song won a Grammy award?|
y. The odd thing about the song "Kiss" is that Prince almost gave the song away. Prince had a young up and coming band on his label, Paisley Park, who had asked him for a song to be included on their album. He wrote the song "Kiss" for the group, but then had a change of heart. He took the song back and recorded it himself for his upcoming "Parade" album. The song went on to spend 18 weeks on the US Billboard chart, reaching number one. The song won the 1986 Grammy for Best R&B Performance by Duo or Group.
|The Chiffons are in our countdown at number 460. The girls were in high school when the song "One Fine Day" was released in 1963. After the song's release, the girls found themselves on tour opening up for The Beatles. Who wrote the song "One Fine Day"?|
Carole King. The song writing team of Carole King and her one time husband Gerry Goffin were responsible for this song. The pair are responsible for many songs on this countdown as a matter of fact. King released this song in 1980 on the compilation album "Pearls-Songs of Goffin and King". The Chiffons reached number five on the Billboard chart, King's version only reached number 12.
|This song by Muddy Waters was the first song ever released on the Chess Record label in 1948. Can you name it? |
Rollin' Stone. Leonard and Phil Chess needed the right song to springboard their newly formed record label and Muddy Waters had the right one for them. The song was hugely influential, inspiring a popular rock band (The Rolling Stones), an innovative music magazine ("Rolling Stone") and even provided the signature tune for the great songwriter, Bob Dylan ("Like a Rolling Stone"). The song is so old that it predates the Billboard charts, therefore it never charted.
|Most people associate the song "Soul Man" with The Blues Brothers, the group put together as a skit on "Saturday Night Live" by John Belushi and Dan Akroyd. The song was released long before the Blues Brothers, however. The song was originally recorded by Sam and Dave. What were the last names of Sam and Dave? |
Sam Moore and Dave Prater. The incorrect answer of Sam Hayes and Dave Porter was a reference to the song writers. Isaac Hayes and David Porter were the song writing duo at Stax Records and they penned the song for Sam and Dave. Unfortunately, the duo of Sam and Dave never reached their full potential because of an extremely volatile relationship. The duo could hardly stand to be in the same room with one another. Dave Prater died in a car crash in 1988.
|The Ramones make the list at number 457 with their song about a punk rocker. What is the name that completes the title "________ is a Punk Rocker"?|
Sheena. "Sheena is a Punk Rocker" was one of the few songs recorded by The Ramones that charted on the US Billboard singles chart. The song reached 81 during a 13 week chart run.
|The song "Stagger Lee" was a number one hit in the late 1950s for Lloyd Price. The song tells the tale of two men engaged in a dice game which goes south, resulting in Stagger Lee shooting the other man. What was the name of the man that Stagger Lee shot?|
Billy. When "Stagger Lee" was performed on "American Bandstand", Dick Clark had Price change the lyrics so that Billy was not shot. Apparently the clean cut audience of the show would not respond well to the graphic lyrics of the song. Price took the song to number one on the US Billboard charts.
|The song at number 455 on our list turned out to be the last song on the last studio album by Nirvana. Can you name the song that ends the album "In Utero"?|
All Apologies. The song was also released on the "MTV Unplugged in New York" album. The live version was a bit quieter and more subdued than the original. A very haunting song to wrap up the life of Kurt Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994.
|The song at number 454 on the list was the first hit by an ex-Beatle. Which of the Fab Four had the first hit after the breakup of The Beatles?|
George Harrison. The album "All Things Must Pass" was released in November of 1970, only a few months after the demise of The Beatles. The song "My Sweet Lord" was released and quickly rose to number one on the US Billboard charts, making Harrison the first member of The Beatles to have a hit song as a solo artist. Eventually, Harrison had to pay royalties to the publishers of The Chiffon's song, "He's So Fine", due to the similarities of the two songs. Harrison was found to be guilty of "unconscious plagiarism" and forced to pay a hefty sum.
|Guns N' Roses makes another appearance on the list, this time at number 453. The song "Paradise City", a rather raucous tune makes mention of a comic book superhero in the last verse. Which one?|
Captain America. "Captain America's been torn apart
Now he's a court jester
with a broken heart
Turn me around and
take me back to the start
I must be losin' my mind-
"Are you blind?"
I've seen it all a million times"
The song reached number five on the US Billboard singles chart during a 17 week chart run.
|Sam Cooke had a hit with the song "Cupid" in 1961. The song is number 452 on our list. Cooke was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 as part of the first induction class. Three years later, another group is inducted into the Hall of Fame, a group that had featured Sam Cooke as a member. Which group was it?|
The Soul Stirrers. The Soul Stirrers had quite a long history before their affiliation with Mr. Cooke. The group was founded in 1927 in Trinity, Texas. Sam Cooke replaced the legendary R.H. Harris in the group and remained for six years.
|The song at number 451 is credited as being the first and only song to ever reach number one on the US Billboard pop charts twice in different years. The first time was in 1960, and then the song had a resurgence and it rose to number one again in 1962. Which song is in the record books for accomplishing this feat?|
"The Twist" by Chubby Checker. Chubby Checker was born Ernest Evans in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His hit song "The Twist" was actually a cover song, originally recorded as a B-side for Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.
The song has another distinction. The song was recorded by the novelty rap act The Fat Boys, and Checker made an appearance on the track. The song reached number 16 on the Billboard singles chart in 1988. That means the song had a 26 year break off the charts before it was brought back.
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