More often then not when I go down the list, I was a little put out by the choices listed. Huey Lewis' "Heart of Rock and Roll" may be tiresome and 80's to some, but it is a good song and definitely not #10 (adding insult is that it edged out "Rico Suave"!). Watching the show itself lent a little insight into the decision process. The commentators were obscure comedians (I should put that in quotes) or VH1 staff that weren't particularly insightful or explanatory as to their choices.
In particular, there was one egghead who they kept referencing for what must be the basis for all opinions on the show. I have no idea who he was, but my guess is his name is Andrew Hershberger. Not because this name is on my list of usual suspects, but for the singularly confusing opinion/rant piece posted this week on Cinescape. Andy's (we are on a first name basis) piece doesn't so much as break down the show or give any kind of insight as provide a forum for this kid's ageist blathering:
- I was watching VH1 the other day and they
had one of those "worst songs of all time" shows on and by the end when
such abominations as "Everybody Have Fun Tonight," "Achy Breaky Heart,"
and "We Built This City" reared their ugly head and won the coveted top
spots I realized this list is made by 30-year-olds. Crusty, pungent,
has-been 30-year-olds... Who, besides geriatrics, remembers listening to
"The Heart of Rock & Roll" or "The Final Countdown" when they had
the immediacy of a contemporary offering?
- Out of fifty songs, nine were from this
decade alone. Out of 10,000 years of music composition nine of the worst
sonic atrocities have been made in the last five years.