||Friday, July 20, 2001
YOU HAVE WAYS OF MAKING US ROCK
GERMAN pop and rock fans have chosen the best 100 songs of all time ... and included just one German entry, at No 90.
The fans almost exclusively voted for British and US acts, with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones fighting it out for the most entries.
Oasis even got a mention, with Wonderwall at 23.
Top of the list, voted for by readers of MusikExpress magazine, was Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven, followed by the Beatles with Yesterday at number two.
Nirvana broke the British stranglehold, coming third with Smells Like Teen Spirit.
In fourth place came the Stones with Satisfaction, followed by Bruce Springsteen with Born To Run and Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.
The Beatles had nine songs in the top 100, while the Stones had eight. After them came Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young, with four songs each.
But the only German song on the list was way down at number 90 - Kraftwerk with Autobahn.
Ernst Hofacker, head of the best 100 project, said the dominance of British and American bands on the list was not surprising given the last 50 years of history.
He said: "The German cultural landscape has been dominated by Anglo-American factors since the war and to this very day. And the Germans always underestimate their own pop and rock products.
"And there are hardly any songs in the classic rock idiom in the German language.
"When someone tries to write one they are often overlooked in favour of something in English."
Michael Weilacher, editor of MusikExpress said: "It is important to remember that this was decided by the readers themselves. It is a list of the great songs of pop and rock history."
1 Stairway To Heaven - Led Zeppelin
2 Yesterday - Beatles
3 Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
4 Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
5 Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
6 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
7 Hey Jude - Beatles
8 Imagine - John Lennon
9 Hotel California - Eagles
10 Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen