More Music List Awesomeness

I’ve got to hand it to the folks at The Onion’s A.V. Club for this one. 

Anyone can put together a music list.  In fact, the proliferation of mid-year Best Of’s that have become so popular all across the web show just how ponderous these lists can be.  I mean, c’mon, we can’t wait until the end of the year to put together a list of the “best albums of the year”?  What’s next?  Best of the month?  Of the week?  It’s enough already.

But major points for creativity and comprehensiveness go to the staff of A.V. Club for this week’s compilation of a list that they are calling “23 pop songs that lived twice (or more)”.

Be sure to click that link for a reminder of some great songs (and maybe a few not-so-great ones) that found new life well after their original “expiration” date.  It’s a powerful reminder of the ability of music to evoke an emotion so strong as to make grown men weep (to say nothing of the women and children).

Of course, this made the list (@ #5)

Of course, this made the list (@ #5)

In all seriousness, each of these 23 songs has a fascinating backstory that makes their ultimate revival all the more interesting.  Some were hits that found additional success years later.  Some were overlooked nuggets that found their way to a mass audience with a combination of luck and strategy.

And all are worth checking out, with the fine synopses provided by The Onion’s insightful staff to go along with the requisite YouTube clips.

It’s fun to imagine an underappreciated song or classic cut making a revival.  We can all think of a few that deserve the hands of fate to shine on them.  This list proves that you never can tell when or how it just might happen.

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~ by acm213 on July 31, 2009.

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