By Leighton Ginn
The Class of 2017 for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame includes some of my all-time favorite bands.
So here are a few of my favorite songs from YouTube, and a few songs I just picked because I’m not as familiar.
So a joke I have with my friends is that I will ask them who is the greatest cover band around. The answer: Journey
This is the band that’s touring now without Steve Perry. I know their current lead singer, Arnel Pineda, is fantastic.
But to me, Journey is always Steve Perry and I hope they will reunite to play. Sure, Perry has not performed publicly except for one surprise appearance in Minnesota, so he might not sound like we remember.
I like when the original lineup gets together, and I think Perry and Journey (Pineda included) together will be a special moment.
I’ve been on a 70s kick lately, and much of it has to do with Electric Light Orchestra. Jeff Lynne’s voice is amazing, and it’s a unique blend of rock and disco.
There’s so many great songs, and his signature hit is “Mr. Blue Sky,” but “All Over The World” has a special place in my heart for me. It’s one of the songs from Xanadu, and it was one of the first albums I owned.
It was also the first song Lynne played when he decided to get ELO back together to perform in 2015, which led to a new CD.
While Nirvana became the signature grunge band, Eddie Vedder was really the distinctive voice.
For the grunge era, Pearl Jam and Nirvana were the signature bands, kind of like that generation’s Beatles and Rolling Stones.
When you are looking for a signature song of the early 90s, it’s Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and “Even Flow.” Vedder and Pearl Jam are still creating great music together, but here’s the classic look.
One thing I loved about the 70s is how some of the songs are long by today’s standards and a bit audacious.
I mean, when I make videos for YouTube, I’m always reminded to keep them under two minutes, and shorter for other forms of social media. This song is eight minutes!
But if you can make great music, then eight minutes is nothing.
So here’s Yes.
As a member of Chic, Niles Rodgers helped create the super disco hits “Le Freak” and “Good Times.” In later years, he produced for some of the biggest acts, including Madonna, David Bowie and recently, Daft Punk.
One of the most important rappers of all time. Tragic how he was taken away from us so early.
I’m not going to lie, I don’t know much about Joan Baez’s music. I saw this was the most popular.
Yes, I know she’s one of the most important artists of the 20th century and I don’t know her work. Sue men.