The Great Rock Discography Survey: Martin C Strong's Best Artists And Songs In 1995

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Purpose:
To fry your brain and pay homage to 'The King of Discography Research': Martin C. Strong, whose tireless work has given us 7 editions of The Great Rock Discography plus two editions each of both The Great Psychedelic; Metal & Alternative/Indie Discographies. Though he relies a little too heavily on the word "Great" in his titles, he's put together some of the most meticulously researched music reference books in existence. Their only fault is obsolescence prior to publication date

Background:
On the last few pages of the flagship title's '95 Edition, Strong invites readers to take his challenge; A poll asking "Which are the greatest artists & songs?"

The Guidelines:
Simple to understand - arduous to complete. Select:
► 10 Best Tracks From Fave Artists #1-10
► 5 Best Tracks From Fave Artists #11-20
► 3 Best Tracks From Fave Artists #21-30
► 20 Bonus Tracks From Other Artists
Grand total: 200 tracks.

An Invitation To A...:
This exercise is quite a challenge. The regimented, static formula forces the respondent to think, mull, pare, preen, modify, change & seriously contemplate not only what their favorites bands are, but which are their best cuts. I invite & encourage everyone who's seen this list and have been intrigued by the concept to make their own version in the same format. Doing so gives other readers a unique insight into what makes you tick while at the same time music providing listening suggestions on the premise only the best stuff makes the cut.

Advice:
If you do make your own list and publish it here o n Discogs, lemme know and I'll link it here accordingly. If you're not an album only purist who turns their nose up at the concept of songs, singles or compilations and are still having trouble culling, it might be wise to approach the task more as a photographer. Select your favorites as opposed to limiting them.

  1. The Fall

    1) Rowche Rumble
    2) Lay Of The Land
    3) Cab It Up!
    4) Carry Bag Man
    5) The Container Drivers
    6) Fiery Jack
    7) Paintwork
    8) Frightened
    9) The Man Whose Head Exploded
    10) A Lot Of Wind

  2. Pink Floyd

    1) Astronomy Domine
    2) Echoes
    3) Time
    4) Shine On You Crazy Diamond
    5) Interstellar Overdrive
    6) Atom Heart Mother
    7) Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
    8) Us And Them
    9) Arnold Layne
    10) Welcome To The Machine

  3. Led Zeppelin

    1) In My Time Of Dyin
    2) Dazed And Confused
    3) The Battle Of Evermore
    4) Custard Pie
    5) Gallow's Pole
    6) The Rover
    7) No Quarter
    8) Stairway To Heaven
    9) Dancing Days
    10) Rock And Roll

  4. David Bowie

    ) Heroes
    2) The Width Of A Circle
    3) Sense Of Doubt § Moss Garden § Neukon
    4) The Jean Genie
    5) After All
    6) Weeping Wall
    7) Starman
    8) Aladdin Sane (1913-1938-197?)
    9) Life On Mars
    10) Subterraneans

  5. Bob Dylan

    1) One More Cup Of Coffee
    2) Shelter From The Storm
    3) Tangled Up In Blue
    4) Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
    5) Mozambique
    6) Simple Twist Of Fate
    7) Hurricane
    8) Oxford Town
    9) Isis
    10) Subterranean Homesick Blues

  6. The Smiths

    1) How Soon Is Now
    2) This Charming Man
    3) Girlfriend In A Coma
    4) Reel Around The Fountain
    5) Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others
    6) Hand In Glove
    7) What Difference Does It Make
    8) Panic
    9) There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
    10) Last Night I Dreamt Somebody Loved Me

  7. The Rolling Stones

    1) Little Red Rooster
    2) Paint It Black
    3) Sympathy For The Devil
    4) Honky Tonk Woman
    5) Get Off My Cloud
    6) 19th Nervous Breakdown
    7) (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
    8) Brown Sugar
    9) Jumpin Jack Flash
    10) Let's Spend The Night Together

  8. Public Image Limited

    1) Graveyard
    2) Flowers Of Romance
    3) Rise
    4) Poptones
    5) Religion
    6) Careering
    7) Public Image
    8) Socialist-Chant-Radio 4
    9) Annalisa
    10) This Is Not A Love Song

  9. The Velvet Underground

    1) Venus In Furs
    2) Heroin
    3) I'm Waiting For The Man
    4) All Tomorrow's Parties
    5) Femme Fatale
    6) Run, Run, Run
    7) Lady Godiva's Operation
    8) Sister Ray
    9) Oceans
    10) Pale Blue Eyes

  10. Neil Young

    1) Danger Bird
    2) After The Goldrush
    3) Cinnamon Girl
    4) Like A Hurricane
    5) Heart Of Gold
    6) Old Man
    7) Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)
    8) Cortez The Killer
    9) Harvest Moon
    10) Down By The River

  11. 11

    Blur

    Blur

    1) Boys And Girls
    2) Parklife
    3) To The End
    4) Chemical World
    5) Oily Water

  12. Joy Division

    1) Atmosphere
    2) Transmission
    3) She's Lost Control
    4) Shadowplay
    5) Isolation

  13. The Doors

    1) The End
    2) Riders On The Storm
    3) Love Her Madly
    4) Light My Fire
    5) You're Lost Little Girl

  14. Jimi Hendrix

    1) Purple Haze
    2) All Along The Watchtower
    3) The Wind Cries Mary
    4) Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)
    5) Foxy Lady

  15. Sex Pistols

    1) God Save The Queen
    2) Anarchy In The UK
    3) Pretty Vacant
    4) Bodies
    5) E.M.I.

  16. 16

    R.E.M.

    R.E.M.

    1) Losing My Religion
    2) Radio Free Europe
    3) Can't Get There From Here
    4) Everybody Hurts
    5) What's The Frequency Kenneth?

  17. Roxy Music

    1) Virginia Plain
    2) Streetlife
    3) Do The Strand
    4) The Bob Medley
    5) For Your Pleasure

  18. 18

    Genesis

    Genesis

    1) Supper's Ready
    2) The Battle Of Epping Forset
    3) The Return Of The Giant Hogweed
    4) The Musical Box
    5) I Know What I Like

  19. Black Sabbath

    1) Children Of The Grave
    2) Symptom Of The Universe
    3) Black Sabbath
    4) Hole In The Sky
    5) Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

  20. Captain Beefheart

    1) Electricity
    2) Big Eyed Beans From Venus
    3) Click Clack
    4) When It Blows Its Stacks
    5) Kandy Korn

  21. Joni Mitchell

    1) Furry Sings The Blues
    2) Song For Sharon
    3) Ladies Of The Canyon

  22. The Beatles

    1) Helter Skelter
    2) You've Got To Hide Your Love Away
    3) A Day In The Life

  23. 23

    Yes

    Yes

    1) Close To The Edge
    2) And You And I
    3) Parallels

  24. 24

    Nirvana

    Nirvana

    1) Smells Like Teen Spirit
    2) On A Plain
    3) Heart-Shaped Box

  25. 25

    The Who

    The Who

    1) Baba O'Riley
    2) Won't Get Fooled Again
    3) 5:15