End of year best songs

Year end list, part the 1

In no particular order, these songs stuck in my head this year, even though several I've owned for a while (Coltrane, Ciccone Youth, Tosh, etc.).....

Peter Tosh - Pound Get a Blow

Steve Earle - John Walker's Blues

Wilco - Ashes of American Flags

Fairport Convention - Si Tu Dois Partir

The Minutemen #1 Hit Song

Warren Zevon - My Shit's Fucked Up

B.O.C. Cities on Fire with Rock and Roll

John Coltrane - Afro-Blue/live @Birdland

and also Alabama from same album, so haunting. Written in response to the civil rights strugggle.
The track is a strong civil rights statement in the form of a musical prayer as well as a rededication of the concurrent struggle and commitment of those being so racially oppressed not only in Alabama, but throughout the south-eastern United States as well. McCoy Tyner’s (piano) opening rumble provides a mysterious, foreboding and noir bed over which John “Trane” Coltrane (tenor sax) is able to weave a respectful dirge. Proceeding that mournful introduction ‘Trane leads the combo through a mid-tempo groove with supporting soulful riffs and counterbalance provided by the formidable rhythm section of Elvin Jones (drums) and Jimmy Garrison (bass). Their contributions yield some engaging ensemble work and are evident between the solos as they fill the pockets with double-time inflections and spontaneous melodic inventions. As if projecting the long road ahead for African-American equality, the opening theme returns to reprise the uneasy hopefulness and angst that the future ultimately held. Of historical note is that less than a week after “Alabama” was recorded, one of America’s most unifying voices for racial harmony -- President John F. Kennedy -- would be assassinated, adding to the already macabre poignancy inherent in the composition

Hank Ballard Work With me Annie (Finger Poppin' Time)

Last Night a DJ Saved my Life

Iggy Pop Lust for Life

Chemical Brothers Where Do I Begin

Sonic Youth aka Ciconne Youth - Into the Groovy

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