Lists

Tom Friedman is right. The world is flat. We have slowly but surely homogenized just about everything consumable to the point that there is, sadly (at least in those areas that add texture and color to life, like food and music) little left in the way of local or regional flavor. Corporate radio, food chains […]

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Desert Island Jukebox: The Near Misses

by M.C. Antil on February 11, 2015

After posting my 300 favorite pop 45s of the 1960s, as you might expect, I received many emails and comments from those questioning my choices and suggesting replacements. As I said any number of times, the list was not a definitive accounting of the greatest singles of the decade. It was only one man’s list of […]

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As this year and this list come to a close – the former a period of recovery from cancer and its treatment, and the latter an exercise in personal reflection – things boil down to a final few hours and five final songs. Again, for those new to this, what you’ll find below are the final handful […]

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It all comes down to the final two.  For almost an entire year, I have been working on this list of my 300 favorite 45s of the 1960s, writing about each in a way that, hopefully reflected why it was important to me and/or why it remains musically or culturally significant.  But more than that, these were to […]

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On this, a special day for me personally — and during this, a most special time of year — we move one step closer to the top five songs on this list and the final installment on my Desert Island Jukebox of ’60s singles. Enjoy. Desert Island Jukebox: Part 1 Desert Island Jukebox: Part 2 […]

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As one of those high-energy and ubiquitous AM station IDs at the top of the hour might have bellowed out a lifetime ago, as a tympani thundered in the background…And the hit’s just keep on comin’! Enjoy. Desert Island Jukebox: Part 1 Desert Island Jukebox: Part 2 Desert Island Jukebox: Part 3 Desert Island Jukebox: Part 4 Desert […]

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As we inch closer and move up this list of, if not the greatest, than at least one man’s most beloved singles from the decade of the ’60s, below for your consideration please find songs #21 through #25.  And again, I truly hope someday you’ll share with me your list, just as I am sharing with you mine. […]

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OK, slight change of plans. In the course of compiling this list, as well as writing the narratives for each entry, it’s dawned on me that the higher up the list I go the more emotionally connected and/or artistically compelled I am by the entry. As a result, what I once was able to do in […]

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Nine down, one to go. And please forgive the delay between posts.  It seems the higher up this list I go, the more difficult these narratives are to write. (Not because I don’t have enough to say about each song, but because, in many cases, I have too much.  The hard part, I guess, is determining what to […]

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Forgive the delay, but I am writing this today from little Verona, Italy, where I’m spending a month drinking wine, pretending to be a local and letting my mind and body clock unwind to a degree I would have never dreamed possible at this time last year. I will continue to write from here and […]

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