Rolling Stone Top 500: #s 455-451

455) Bo Diddley, Bo Diddley / Go Bo Diddley

This is a combination of Bo Diddley’s first two albums. Both are solid listens. Bo Diddley was one of the key figures in tranaitioning traditional blues into rock n roll. His influence can be seen in pretty mich every major rock band of the late 50’s and early 60’s

If you listen to one song: I’m A Man

454) Can, Ege Bamyasi

This is some top notch psychadelic rock from Germany. There is a lot going on here with elements of rock, jazz, funk, and soul all thrown together. The vocals are good, but often overpowered by the rest of the band. The end result is a solid album that us perhaps best enjoyed with a little herbal refreshment.

If you listen to one song: Vitamin C

453) Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine

This is the debut album from Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails, and it is an album I listened to a whole lot when I was in high school. It is an intense listen. Heavy, synth-driven industrial rock with brooding, angsty lyrics. Rolling Stone called it goth-industrial disco, and that sounds like a kickass genre. There are a lot of great tracks here, and while the sound of subsequent NIN albums would evolve into something very different, this is the one where it all began. It is definitely a worthwhile listen.

If you listen to one song: Something I Can Never Have

452) Diana Ross and the Supremes, Anthology

This is a massive compilation if recordings from the most successful of the early Motown acts. Diana Ross has a stunning voice and the music collected here is stellar. The collection is perhaps a bit overlong, but still a worthwhile listen.

If you listen to one song: Stop, In The Name Of Love

451) Roberta Flak, First Take

Roberta Flak has one of my favorite voices in all of American popular music. She can express a whole range of emotions in a single vocal run. This is her debut album and it is a beautiful combination of jazz and soul. This one is definitely worth listening to. It is as vibrant today as it was in 1969.

If you listen to one song: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

I am 50 album into the top 500 at this point and I am enjoying this project. I have been keeping a playlist on Spotify of all of the “If You Listen to One Song” recommendations that I have made. If you’d like to listen or follow, the link is here:

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