Rolling Stone Magazine has released an updated list of the top 500 songs of all time.
The cover amused me initially with the picture of Beyonce in the bottom left corner alongside all of those music legends. I missed the clip art medallion proclaiming the inclusion of an intro by Jay-Z and the picture of Jay-Z himself on the back, but of course, couldn't miss the intro itself, where he mentions that a great song "trancends time." This becomes an obvious and important statement when you take a look at the additions to the list, many of which, while successful on pop charts, have failed to withstand the test of time, since they actually haven't been around very long. But evidently, Jay-Z likes them and feels they have already transcended, so they stay.
Songs added to the list are as follows: (Let me know if anything stands out. Aw heck. I'll help you.)
"Crazy" by Gnarles Barkley (#100)
"Crazy In Love" by Beyonce featuring Jay-Z (#118) (NOTE: This listing comes with a full page picture of his hawt wife on stage with him performing this song)
"Moment of Surrender" by U2 (#160)
"99 Problems" by Jay-Z (#172)
"Rehab" by Amy Winehouse (#194)
"Paper Planes" by MIA (#236)
"Mississippi" by Bob Dylan (#260)
"Jesus Walks" by Kanye West (#273)
"Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes (#286)
"One More Time" by Daft Punk (#307)
"Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand (#327)
"Beautiful Day" by U2 (#345)
"Maps" by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (#386)
"Umbrella" by Rhianna featuring Jay-Z (#412) (NOTE: This listing comes with a large picture of his hawt protege)
"Juicy" by The Notorious B.I.G. (#424)
"American Idiot" by Green Day (#432)
"In Da Club" by 50 Cent (#448)
"Get Ur Freak On" by Missy Elliot (#466)
"Big Pimpin" by Jay-Z featuring UGK (#467)
"Last Nigte" by The Strokes (#478)
"Since U Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson (#482)
"Cry Me A River" by Justin Timberlake (#484)
"Clocks" by Coldplay (#490)
"Time To Pretend" by MGMT (#493)
"Ignition (Remix") by R. Kelly (#494)
"The Rising" by Bruce Springsteen (#497)
If I look deeper, I might find out that Jay-Z was also involved some how in the production of modern song additions (oh here we go - SURPRISE!). What exactly is the voting criteria that gets Kelly Clarkson on the list? 50 Cent? We'll ignore the fact that I have never even heard the Jay-Z songs, since I'm not much of a music enthusiast, but -- well, no, let's not ignore that fact. This is the 500 best songs of all time and some how even Madonna songs that anyone would recognize are beaten out by Kanye West and Justin Timberlake? Jay-z is on the list TWICE (not including his "features") but Michael Jackson appears only once??
It initially offended me that both Madonna and Michael only had one song each in the list, both of which were far behind Mr. Jay-Z. I understand now that these two songs were on the original list, released in November of 2004, making their placement make much more sense when comparing Madonna and Michael Jackson to the more classic songs and artists.
I checked the editorial panel to see if Jay-Z was listed as a publisher. He was not. I can only assume then that he simply has large shares on the company. How pathetic that this blatant egotism may well replace the original list.
Fortunately, I doubt that even today's youth with their pathetic taste in and understand of music will be humming the tune to "99 Problems" 20 years from now, but they will still know the likes of "Imagine" or even "When Doves Cry." (Assuming Jay-Z remixes these, of course.)
(Side note of pride: Jamaica has 7 songs on the list, and Canada 10.)