A John Fogerty/Creedence Clearwater Revival Playlist

That one man wrote “Proud Mary” and “Bad Moon Rising” and “Down on the Corner” and “Fortunate Son” and “Green River” and “Born on the Bayou” and “Lodi” is amazing. That all were released in the same year – 1969 – is astounding. That the following year the same man’s band released “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” and “Long As I Can See the Light” and “Up Around the Bend” and “Who’ll Stop the Rain” and “Travelin’ Band” and “Run Through the Jungle” and “Hey Tonight,” all written by him as well, is mind-blowing. Today that man, John Fogerty, turns 76 years old. Wishing him the happiest!

Here are 30 of John Fogerty’s finest contributions. My initial plan was to include more of his post-Creedence, pre-Centerfield work, but it is notably missing from Spotify.

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A Bob Dylan Playlist

“I wish that for just one time you could stand inside my shoes / You’d know what a drag it is to see you”

Me-OW, Bob. Me-OW.

Bob Dylan turns 80 years old today. Lots of blogs are making Dylan’s 80 Best Songs playlists. Not Tunes du Jour. An 80 song playlist is a challenge, but distilling Bob Dylan’s career into 30 songs? That’s more challenging! I’m not saying the 30 songs below are his best. This list is a good place to start, though. I threw in a couple of covers of Dylan songs for good measure.

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Throwback Thursday: 1999

The music of 1999 shows the century coming to a close in grand style, as if to say the next year the party will be over, oops, out of time, so this year we better party. Latinx artists were crossing over to the mainstream pop chart. Cher and Santana, who first charted in the 1960s, scored the biggest hits of their careers. Artists who made their chart debuts include Eminem and Britney Spears. Pure pop exploded, though the charts made room for country, hip hop, electronica, and big beat. As one who values diversity, I loved hearing all these different genres and styles bump up against each other on the radio. Here are 30 prime examples of the music that hit in 1999.

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