Maestro Maven - Bob Marley
Top 22 Singles List...
Bob Marley has had a huge influence on my life and art. He is one of the most powerful voices in the history of music and has the most profound message of all songwriters. Almost all of the West has been subject to a placation of Marley's political messages. Legend ("Best of" album) is basically only Marley's love ballads and party songs. But it isn't as if his political music is jarring or confrontational. Those songs are insightful and can rouse introspective moments in listeners. I have restricted this list to twenty-two singles, but the list could have included many more hits. In addition, the list is split between the love-party vibes and the more revolutionary tunes. I believe that it is imperative that the next generations of youth get away from the hack music that is flooding radio airwaves and iTunes stores at present. The New Wave French directors rejected the "cinema de papa" but revered the grandfathers of their field. Perhaps, it is time for new generations of young music lovers to do the same. Skip over or even scorn artists like Jay-Z, Kanye, Beyonce, Rihanna, The Killers, The White Stripes and Tiesto... and go back to music with a real message that wasn't purely focused on pandering to popular taste. Bob Marley, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye and Al Green are out there waiting to be hailed. I was terrified today when perusing Rolling Stone magazine's Top 500 songs of all time list and found that "rapper" M.I.A. had an entry half way up the list (ahead of The Rollings Stones' Brown Sugar, no less!). It is fine if sloppy, ignorant interns want to collect data blindly and build a list based around tryhard critic reviews, youtube VEVO views and digital album sales, but the editor of the magazine needs to step in to correct heinous errors such as those found in that Rolling Stone list. I also went through their list for the best singles and albums of the 2000s. It is dismal. Most of the list was either tryhard pop-rappers or pop-hipsters, with the former having the vocabulary of an aphasiac grey parrot while the latter seem to have taken the one-hit pop phenomenon of the 80s and crafted careers out of a sound that was always designed to be frivolous and highly volatile. It's a bad joke and the artists and fans don't have the musical training or education to recognize it. Bob Marley is like an estranged martyr in the history of music. So hopefully this list helps to re-familiarize you with his good word. As always, my lists are from my personal taste and in this case there is no particular order to how the songs are listed apart from the two main categories.