Battle for Best Rock Song In History: Day 4

The results for Day 3 are below, and please peruse- for now though, Day 4 playlist is below. The votes are due Friday, September 6th at 5 PM EST/2 PM PST!
Hope everyone had a lovely Labor Day Weekend- mine consisted of a lot of karaoke in Renton, backyard campfires that on two out of three occasions lasted until dawn, visiting the town in which they filmed the show Twin Peaks wherein I drank a damn fine cup of coffee, and launching a Dart Olympics battle with my roommate up at the Beachcomber. Fast times in South Seattle.

I’m going to start including links to the historical references for each of the groups of songs as per my August lecture releases- may help with some of the historical context questions I’ve been getting from various voters. Enjoy!

Click here to open up the voting window to rank the match-ups!

Day 3 Results: Twelve voters over a holiday weekend- thanks for logging in, listening, and contributing everyone! Some close ones but four winners ultimately emerged.

Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show- 90
Little Lion Man by Mumford and Sons- 89
Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes-84
Ho Hey by The Lumineers- 74

This one was tied up to the last vote between OCMS and Mumford- glad to see Old Crow getting the nod. Hard to imagine that that song didn’t have some sort of influence on the consequent three acts. “Wagon Wheel” is now tied with “Piece Of My Heart” for 1 seed for the next round. On another note, the last place song in this group would have won another group, implicitly proving our bias in songs of our own adulthood. Adrock, get your mom and dad back into this, yeah?

The Locomotion by Little Eva- 74
Please Mr. Postman by The Marvelettes- 66
Chains by The Cookies- 58
The One Who Really Loves You by Mary Wells- 49

Little Eva was Berry Gordy Jr.’s babysitter. He heard her singing one day, said “Why don’t you come into the studio?”, and walla. Somebody somewhere gave “Please Mr. Postman” a 1, which makes me want to give said person a hug. Maybe a bad day.

Ramblin’ Man by The Allman Brothers Band- 81
Can’t You See By Marshall Tucker Band- 78
La Grange by ZZ Top- 70
We’re An American Band by Grand Funk Railroad- 68

This one was rough, although I thought La Grange would have been closer to ABB- I mean, that guitar riff to me IS Southern blues rock. That said, good strong showing from all.


God Save The Queen by The Sex Pistols- 76
White Riot by The Clash- 65
Oh Bondage, Up Yours! by X-Ray Spex- 58
The Modern World by The Jam- 50

Yeah, that was bound to happen. I didn’t mind that X-Ray Spex song though. Learning new tunes is always a blast. The Jam was maybe a little too polished for what was happening in this group.

About g-mo

The day I was born, Michael Jackson's Thriller album was at the top of the Billboard 200. I've been trying my best to live up to that expectation ever since.
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1 Response to Battle for Best Rock Song In History: Day 4

  1. Daddy-O says:


    We’re back. Us old folks need to rest once in awhile.

    Daddy-O and Eileen

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