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897 Songs and “Vengabus” Probably Nowhere Among Them

January 26, 2007

So WTMD, 89.7 FM, has announced its “most ambitious countdown ever”: the 897 “greatest” songs of all time, chosen by you, loyal WTMD listeners and people who presumably own more than 10 records. While we’re normally suspicious of any kind of consensus “best of” lists–banality of organized democracy and all–especially one that stands a very good chance of featuring a Beatles song in the top five, this one should at least be fun, especially in the higher numbers where the choices are bound to be more idiosyncratic than the canonized ones that will inevitably round out the top 100. Unfortunately by the time you read this voting will already have closed–unless you read it before midnight tonight, in which case go here–but the countdown itself starts Feb. 1. We’ll probably be mocking, or at least gently ribbing, the winners sometime in the following week.

For the record Noise voted for the following:

The Ronettes – “Be My Baby”

Quad City DJs – “C’mon and Ride It (The Train)”

New Edition – “If It Isn’t Love”

Destiny’s Child – “Say My Name”

The Jackson Five – “I Want You Back”

Blackstreet – “No Diggity”

Althea and Donna – “Uptown Top Ranking”

SWV – “Right Here (Human Nature)”

Foster Sylvers – “Misdemeanor”

(Best we could find, sorry.)

TLC – “Creep”