Each of songs on Rolling Stones list begs the question, what makes it so great? Why is this song in the top 500, not another one? I imagine some of the answer has to do with longevity, legacy, and historical import. But Rolling Stone never seems to mention any of that.
Sometimes, these songs from Rolling Stone’s 500 greatest list actually have some history for me. The entire week I’ve been working on The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven,” I’ve had this memory of them performing it on MTV’s Video Music Awards. I figured it could be misremembered or conflation, but with a quick search on Youtube, there it is, evidence this really happened:
I was never a huge cure fan, but for some reason that was a moment that stuck for me.
The Musical Idea:
Here’s a downloadable pdf of the worksheet above: