OK today I’m doing a ten songs to honor the dead.  What do these ten songs have in common?  They’re all by dead people.  Makes you think who’s the greatest dead artist?

R.I.P. Ten Songs

10. Nirvana – Heart Shaped BoxOf course Kurt has to be on a list like this.  I was always was on team Nirvana in the Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam argument.  Calm down I like Pearl Jam too so don’t send me any hate mail.

9. The Ramones – Beat On The Brat – Maybe you guys can help me out are they all dead?  I know Joey and Dee Dee are I think Marky’s still alive though.  Anyway even if they’re not all dead they’re mostly dead and,unlike the movie the Princess Bride, mostly dead in rock and roll is a bad thing.

8. James Brown – Papas Got A Brand New Bag – Seriously when you think about it was there ever anyone more entertaining than the godfather of soul?  Nope.  I defy you to dance to this music.  It’s music that automatically puts you in a good mood.  Not sure if there’s any truth to the rumor that when he was pronounced dead they put the sheet over his face and he popped right back up.  I heard they did that three times before he was actually pronounced dead.  He was always the showman.

7. Blind Melon – No Rain – I wonder where the bee girl is now.  She’s probably married to that naked baby from the cover of the Nirvana album.

6. Buddy Holly – That’ll Be The Day – Note to self: When given the option of taking a single engine prop plane or a bus with no heat.  Always take the bus.

5. Amy Winhouese – Back To Black – I know what you’re saying she’s not dead right?  Well consider this a preemptive strike then because it’s only a matter of time.  I mean let’s not kid ourselves.

4. The Doors – Break On Through – Maybe it’s because I’m too young or maybe it’s because I just watched the movie the other night but this song totally makes me think of Forrest Gump.  Is that lame?  Sorry.

3. Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds – Dying on the toilet must really suck.  I wouldn’t want people finding dead with my pants around my ankles that’s for sure.  Shouldn’t have had that last nutter butter sandwich.

2. Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody – I may be showing my young age again but I was first exposed to this song when I was a kid and watched Wayne’s World and they were head banging in the Murph Mobile.  I thought to my self “yea this is good”.  I was a cool kid.

1. Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Child – My favorite Jimi song and my favorite dead rock star.  It’s almost good he died so young in a weird way.  I wouldn’t want to see him as an old man play crappy blues festivals.  Long live Jimi.


  • Yes someone commented on facebook that there was a glaring John Lennon omission. Maybe I’ll do a volume 2 another time.

  • I like the list. There are lots of dead musicians, but those with untimely deaths, especially when they have just made it (or are about to make it) big, like Blind Melon, are always intriguing. I would include Sublime’s Brad Nowell and
    Gin Blossoms’ Doug Hopkins to that category. Roy Orbison would also fit because his death occurred during his comeback with the Traveling Wilburys, but he died of natural causes…unlike most (not all) of the others who killed themselves. Then you have to include Janis Joplin too if Hendrix and Morrison are on the list. Aahhh, if there’s a Rock & Roll heaven…

  • Boy I’m taking a beating on this one. They’re just ten random songs in a category people. Not necessarily the ten greatest songs in said category. I will definitely come back to this one though.

  • Oh my gosh Coach did you just bring back a memory for me! Back in college, I had an assignment to do a series of promos for a radio production class. We could do it for a real or fake station. Mine was fake, WDED, all dead radio, playing only dead artists. Now, the painful part — one of the artists on your list wasn’t even born when I did my all dead promo. The class was spring semester 1983, Amy Winehouse was born in September 1983. RIP Amy and the rest.

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