Vanity Fair’s ‘Best 25 Songs’ Include Some Unlikely Candidates

hip_hop_vanity-fair-cover.jpgIn honor of Vanity Fair's 25th anniversary, the magazine's editors have created a Top 25 List that includes everything imaginable, from book covers to parties the likes of which Prince attended but not you. The latest "best of" list to drop? You guessed it! Vanity Fair's "Best 25 Songs!" Not that it compares to our magnum opus of Top 100 Soul/R&B Song Countdown, but there are some great cuts on the list. "Take Five" by Dave Brubeck, the same song that ushered in West Coast Jazz, "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey, and John Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" are all well represented on a list that looks as though it was composed by someone who is under tenure, smokes pipes, and wears corduroy blazers with elbow patches. But what's surprising is that while the Motown sound is well represented, my choice for top Hip Hop song, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's "The Message" is included here, too. Currently, The Beach Boys' "God Only Knows" is pouncing the competition. And I'm not mad since, as a listener to more than just Hip Hop, this is one of my favorite songs ever. But while we're on the topic of non-Soul songs, what are some of your favorite non-Soul tracks of all time? I'll go first: Journey's "Who's Crying Now."

Vanity Fair's "Best 25 Songs" [VF]

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15 Responses

  1. Nirvana- "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
    Heart- "Alone"
    Pat Benatar- "Love is a Battlefield", "Heartbreaker"
    Queen- "Bohemian Rhapsody"
    The Beatles- "Come Together"
    Journey- "Open Arms

  2. I will bite
    Jeff Buckley "Forget Her"
    Fleetwood Mac "Silver Springs"
    Bonnie Raitt "Nick of Time"
    Queen "Somebody to Love"
    311 and Cure- "Love Song"
    DMB- "satellite"
    Ricki Lee Jones-" The Horses"
    The Police- "every little thing she does is magic"
    Fiona Apple-"Never is a promise"
    Bree, I am feeling your inclusion of Pat Benatar
    I could go on & on.....

  3. I LOVE all music but here are some of my favorite non-soul artist and songs.
    Red Hot Chili Peppers"Under the Bridge" and "Give it away"
    Tom Petty and Heartbreakers "Free Fallin"
    No Doubt "I'm just a girl"
    Guns & Roses"Sweet Child of MIne"
    Pearl Jam "Jeremy"
    Nirvana "Come as you are"
    Dave Matthews Band "Ants Marching"
    Dixie Chicks "Cowboy Take Me Away"
    Shania Twain "Feel Like a Woman

  4. @ TiP...
    You reminded be about No Doubt and Shania Twain- both great!
    Maroon 5- Wake Up Call, She Will Be Loved, Makes Me Wonder, This Love

  5. Sheryl Crow & Kid Rock 'Picture'
    Dolly Parton 'Coat of Many Colors'....don't ask why.
    Elton John 'Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word'

  6. Bree, I agree with the Maroon 5. I love all those songs. I like several mentioned by the Chili Peppers, Queen, Nirvana.
    a few more:
    Don't Speak by No Doubt
    Yellow by Coldplay
    Criminal by Fiona Apple
    Crazy and I don't want to miss a thing by Aerosmith
    .... and tons of Madonna

  7. no jimi hendrix? no james brown? no miles davis? no rage against the machine? no f*ckin billie holliday?! no pink floyd? AND NO MARVIN!? or even Otis!? or Curtis!? NO JAMES BROWN?!?!
    vanity fair needs to stop fuckin' around with quadrilles.

  8. Non neo - that is hard as all hell! Long ass list, but it would start with A Different Corner -Wham/George Michael, Coldplay - God Put A Smile On Your Face, Journey - Foolish Heart and the list goes on...

  9. I'll admit I'm pretty much strictly Soul/R&B when it comes to music, nothin else really appeals to me on the same level, I think there are only about 2 non-soul albums on my iPOD. However I do like:
    Elton John - Your Song & Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word
    Eva Cassidy - Songbird
    Justin Nozuka - Holly (album)

  10. the cardigans--love me
    six pence none the richer--kiss me
    extreme--more than words
    james taylor--shower the people
    sheryl crow--favorite mistake and all i wanna do
    I loved the entire Shania Twain come on over album
    I also really like Maroon 5...umm i think that's all off the top of my head!

  11. Um...tough question.
    That Mr. Big song "To Be With You" seems like a good start. I have no shame of my love for that song or my cheesiness in general. Tons of Bon Jovi and Aerosmith. I've also got mad love for Haydn, Bach and folks like that, particularly their cello concertos.

  12. Esthero "Country Livin"
    Joni Mitchell "You Turn Me On, I'm A Radio"
    Bjork "Anchor Song"
    Carole King "So Far Away"
    Jefferson Airplane "Free Ride"
    Seals & Croft "Summer Breeze"
    ... even though I still consider all these songs "soul" songs because that's what they move!
    FIona Apple "Pale September"
    Esperanza Spalding's cover of "Ponta de Areia

  13. oh man.
    i'm gonna go ahead and give a gang of songs off the top of my head (no special order). i'm sure i'm going to look back and be like "how in the hell did i forget _____________" i'm not good at this sort of thing.
    keane--we might as well be strangers
    jeff buckley--everybody here wants you
    the smashing pumpkins--for martha
    fiona apple--the first taste
    weezer--waiting on you
    toad the wet sprocket--i will not take these things for granted
    level 42--something about you
    superdrag--i can't wait
    pearl jam--faithfull
    stone temple pilots--sour girl
    ryan adams--answering bell
    death cab for cutie--company calls (epilogue)
    the verve--the drugs don't work
    steely dan--peg
    led zeppelin--what is and should never be
    pavement--shady lane
    the band--the weight
    kansas--dust in the wind
    james morrison--you give me something
    the sundays--when i'm thinking about you
    billy joel--get it right the first time
    gavin degraw--belief
    spoon--sister jack
    jars of clay--blind
    hum--if you are to bloom
    badly drawn boy--silent sigh

  14. I am so happy that someone else mentioned Toad The Wet Sprocket that I could cry!!!! AMEN to diverse musical tastes!
    But while we're mentioning underappreciated artists, can I give a shout to my girl Cree Summer??? Her debut (and only) album is one of my favorite things, period.

  15. My favorie non-soul track is If You Leave Me Now. by Chicago.