Journal: News & Comment

Saturday, December 20, 2003
# 10:30:00 AM:

The best and worst weeks in rock?

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Eric Boehlert of Salon scoured the Billboard charts and found the best and worst weeks in rock history. Compare:

20 Dec 1969:

  1. "Abbey Road," the Beatles
  2. "Led Zeppelin II," Led Zeppelin
  3. "Tom Jones Live in Las Vegas," Tom Jones
  4. "Green River," Creedence Clearwater Revival
  5. "Let It Bleed," the Rolling Stones
  6. "Santana," Santana
  7. "Puzzle People," the Temptations
  8. "Blood Sweat & Tears," Blood Sweat & Tears
  9. "Crosby, Stills & Nash," Crosby, Stills & Nash
  10. "Easy Rider" soundtrack

2 Sep 1989:

  1. "Repeat Offender," Richard Marx
  2. "Hangin' Tough," New Kids on the Block
  3. "Batman" soundtrack
  4. "Forever Your Girl," Paula Abdul
  5. "Girl You Know It's True," Milli Vanilli
  6. "Full Moon Fever," Tom Petty
  7. "Skid Row" Skid Row
  8. "The Raw and the Cooked," Fine Young Cannibals
  9. "Cuts Both Ways" Gloria Estefan
  10. "End of the Innocence," Don Henley

Yes, you can make arguments against Tom Jones and Blood Sweat & Tears, and for Tom Petty, Fine Young Cannibals, and Don Henley. Still, it's a pretty effective contrast.


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