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Lou Reed’s Favorite 100 songs

We haven’t had Lou Reed to debate in a long, long time, though, I myself, found exceedingly little worth debating about. The man was a great from VU to Lulu (my review here) and while his list of favorite songs as given to Helsinki Music Club, found by Acclaim Music, reposted on Far Out (here) and reposted for your edification.. is a little conservative (no rap music) it still is a product of his times with plenty of early rock and roll…

Ornette Coleman’- Lonely Woman
Outcast – ‘Eddie And Ernie’
Rahsaan Roland Kirk – ‘Old Rugged Cross’
Ray Charles – ‘Night Time Is The Right Time’
Little Richard – ‘The Girl Can’t Help It’
The Excellents – ‘Coney Island Baby’
Lorraine Ellison – ‘Stay With Me’
Elvis Presley – ‘Mystery Train’
Carl Perkins – ‘Honey Don’t’
Chuck Berry – ‘Little Queenie’
Billy Lee Riley – ‘Red Hot’
Wanda Jackson – ‘Let’s Have A Party’
Nolan Strong & The Diablos – ‘The Wind’
Roy Orbison – ‘Crying’
Roy Orbison – ‘Ooby Dooby’
Elvis Presley – ‘That’s Alright Mama’
Fats Domino – ‘The Fat Man’
Dion & The Belmonts – ‘I Wonder Why’
Hank Williams – ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry’
Bo Diddley – ‘Bring It To Jerome’
Bo Diddley – ‘Bo Diddley’
Chris Connor – ‘When Sunny Gets Blue’
Chet Baker – ‘My Funny Valentine’
Jimmy Scott – ‘Someone To Watch Over Me’
Lillian Leach and the Mellows – ‘Smoke From Your Cigarette’
Little Richard – ‘Lucille’
Otis Redding – ‘I’ve Been Loving You Too Long’
Jimi Hendrix – ‘Are You Experienced?’
Ike and Tina Turner – ‘It’s Gonna Work Out Fine’
Ike and Tina Turner – ‘River Deep, Mountain High’
Sam Cooke – ‘Mean Old World’
Otis Redding – ‘Try A Little Tenderness’
Jerry Lee Lewis – ‘Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On’
J.J. Cale – ‘Crazy Mama’
Ry Cooder – ‘Little Sister’
Question Mark & The Mysterians – ’96 Tears’
Cannibal and the Headhunters – ‘Land of a Thousand Dances’
Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns – ‘Don’t You Just Know It’
Bobby Charles – ‘See You Later, Alligator’
Clarence Frogman Henry – ‘Ain’t got No Home’
Jimmy Reed – ‘Big Boss Man’
Jimmy Reed – ‘Hush Hush’
John Lee Hooker – ‘Boogie Chillun’
Albert King – ‘Born Under a Bad Sign’
Booker T. & the MGs – ‘Green Onions’
Wilson Pickett – ‘Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won’t Do)’
Sam & Dave – ‘Soul Man’
The Youngbloods – ‘Sunlight’
The Left Banke – ‘Walk Away Renee’
The Left Banke – ‘Pretty Ballerina’
The Students – ‘So Young’
Jackie and the Starlites – ‘Valerie’
The Easybeats – ‘Falling Off the Edge of the World’
The Cadillacs – ‘Gloria’
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters – ‘Work With Me Annie’
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters – ‘Annie Had A Baby’
Little Richard – ‘Tutti Frutti’
B. B. King – ‘Rock Me Baby’
Al Green – ‘Belle’
Al Green – ‘Georgia Boy’
Ricky Nelson – ‘My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It’
Ricky Nelson – ‘Hello Mary Lou’
James Brown – ‘There Was A Time’
Laurie Anderson – ‘Superman’
Kate Bush – ‘Wuthering Heights’
The Beach Boys – ‘God Only Knows’
Link Wray – ‘Rumble’
Ann Peebles – ‘Can’t Stand the Rain’
Skeeter Davis – ‘The End of the World’
Bob Dylan – ‘Subterranean Homesick Blues’
Bob Dylan – ‘It’s Alright Ma’
Bob Dylan – ‘Foot of Pride’
Peter Gabriel – ‘Solsbury Hill’
The Carpenters – ‘Superstar’
Charlie Dore – ‘Pilot of the Airwaves’
The Rolling Stones – ‘Start Me Up’
Bobby Bland – ‘Turn On Your Love Light’
Solomon Burke – ‘Keep A Light In the Window’
James Brown – ‘Think’
Sly & The Family Stone – ‘Everyday People’
Sly & The Family Stone – ‘Everybody’s A Star’
Etta James – ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’
Carla Thomas – ‘Gee Whiz’
Clarence Carter – ‘Making Love (At the Dark End of the Street)’
Aretha Franklin – ‘I Never Loved A Man’
Johnny Taylor – ‘Who’s Making Love’
James & Bobby Purify – ‘I’m Your Puppet’
Aaron Neville – ‘Tell It Like It Is’
Lee Dorsey – ‘Get Out My Life Woman’
Fats Domino – ‘Ain’t That A Shame’
James & Bobby Purify – ‘Shake A Tail Feather’
Detroit – ‘Rock & Roll’
U2 – ‘Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out’
John Lennon – ‘Mother’
John Lennon – ‘Jealous Guy’
Moe Tucker – ‘Spam Again’
Stevie Wonder – ‘Livin’ For The City’
Marvin Gaye – ‘What’s Going On’
The Commodores – ‘Night Shift’
The Chiffons – ‘He’s So Fine’


  1. Ryan on May 6, 2022 at 11:13 am

    Don’t forget Neil Young’s Danger Bird. Reed stated that the song made him cry because the guitar playing was “the best he had ever heard”.

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