Matt Medlock



Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#17)

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Another day, another chip off the ol' Top 20. Today it's #17. Check it out after the break.

Mar
14
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#18)

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Let's keep it rolling with #18 right after the break.

Mar
13
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#19)

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Continuing the countdown today with #19.

Mar
13
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#20)

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We rushed through the foreplay of the first eighty so we can really take our time and savor the “good stuff.” It’s pretty easy to figure out how this is going to go down—twenty artists remaining, twenty days left in March. Read on for #20.

Mar
12
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#25-21)

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It's the last group before the Top 20. Time to take a look at a Canadian, some Brits, and homegrown American talent.

Mar
11
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#30-26)

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Getting closer to the Top 20 now. Today you can read about acid rockers, New York punks, and more.

Mar
10
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#35-31)

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Another five on the way with sounds ranging from industrial, metal, white reggae and more.

Mar
09
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#40-36)

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Five more on the way, including some fiery, passionate rockers, the "greatest male soul singer of all time," and more.

Mar
08
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#45-41)

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Continuing on with the countdown, today I reveal an underappreciated and too-little-known rock band, heavy metal titans, and more.

Mar
07
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#50-46)

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Welcome to the halfway point in Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists. Today, we’re gonna slow things down and stretch a bit. For numbers 50 through 21, I will be presenting them in clusters of five instead of ten. So today, it’s #50-46. Read on for a little American indie, a little Britpop, and more.

Mar
06
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#60-51)

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Here's the next ten, featuring some British alternative rockers, a pioneering electronic act, a blue-eyed soul Irishman, and more.

Mar
04
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#70-61)

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Moving right along with the next ten, including some grunge titans, a post-hardcore outfit, an alt-metal four-piece, and more.

Mar
03
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#80-71)

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Ten more on the way, including a hip hop group, a pair of soul music icons, several eccentric rockers, and more.

Mar
02
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#90-81)

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Today we've got some rampaging punks, a mellow folk rocker, a gang bringing the funk, and more. Check 'em out below.

Mar
02
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (#100-91)

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So we begin.

For the next five days, the countdown will be revealed ten at a time, starting with #100 through #91 and going all the way to the halfway point.

Mar
01
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Artists (Introduction and Runners-Up)

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For the Fifty Years of Great Music series I’ve celebrated the songs, I’ve championed the albums, so there’s only one thing left to do: commemorate the artists who made them. Starting tomorrow and lasting for every day of the entire month of March I will be revealing who I think are the hundred greatest musical acts from 1960 through 2009. Before the list begins, keep reading to learn more and see some of the artists that just missed the cut, the acts that peaked too early for contention, and which ones have the best shot at immortality in the coming years.

Feb
27
2011
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Fifty Years of Great Music: Yet Another 100 Essential Albums

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Once again we return to the Fifty Years of Great Music series for the probable final celebration of albums. While these may not be in the same class as the ones already mentioned, in some way (or many ways) I still believe them to be essential additions to any music lover’s collection.

As always, I’ve taken strides to include a wide range of artists and genres, critical darlings and crowd pleasers, stuff that everyone already knows deserves reverence and stuff that perhaps most don’t value but I still do. There are still numerous LPs out there worthy of consideration, and many that I wish I had room for (Icky Mettle? The Man-Machine? Criminal Minded? Red Medicine? After the Gold Rush? Things We Lost in the Fire? ‘Fraid not). And as I did with the last song list, along with widely acclaimed works and “more of the same” for those familiar with the earlier entries, I’ve tried to select a small handful of underappreciated or curiously scorned full-lengths that may not warrant intense favoritism but I feel still deserve some manner of recognition (for the songs, it was mostly fodder from the 80s; this time, it’s mostly releases from the 90s).

Feb
10
2011
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The Top 100 Songs of 2010: #20-1

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And now for the last twenty. Will your #1 be mine?

Dec
31
2010
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The Top 100 Songs of 2010: #40-21

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Blah, blah, blah. On with the countdown.

Dec
29
2010
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The Top 100 Songs of 2010: #60-41

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More of the year's best songs up ahead.

Dec
28
2010
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