Graphic Novel Review – “Habibi” by Craig Thompson

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“The Sufi saint Rabi’a Al-Adawiyya was seen carrying a firebrand and a jug of water – the firebrand to burn Paradise, the jug of water to drown Hell…

So that both veils disappear, and God’s followers worship, not out of hope for reward, nor fear of punishment, but out of love.”
― Craig Thompson, Habibi

Stats

5 out of 5 stars
Hardcover, 672 pages
Published September 20th 2011 by Pantheon (first published September 2011)
Original Title Habibi
ISBN 0375424148 (ISBN13: 9780375424144)
Edition Language English

Awards

  • Harvey Awards Nominee for Best Graphic Album-Original
  • Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards for Best Writer/Artist (for Craig Thompson) (2012)
  • IGN Award for Best Original Graphic Novel (2011)
  • CBH – Best Comics of All Time #94

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About

“From the From the internationally acclaimed author of Blankets (“A triumph for the genre.”—Library Journal), a highly anticipated new graphic novel.

Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.

At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.”

My Thoughts

 

“You’re more than a story.”
― Craig Thompson, Habibi

When trying to make an argument about why graphic novels are richer, deeper, and more complex than the spandex-clad superhero saving the day; this is the book I hand you. A tome that is nearly 700 pages long and it is filled to the brim with an intricately woven tapestry of middle eastern lore, myth, and culture. It isn’t perfect, but it is incredible.

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First, let us talk about the good and when I say it is good, it is really good. This book, if it is anything else is an ode to calligraphy. Calligraphy or caligraphic images permeate the story and the pages. The shape of calligraphic characters is just as important as the number itself.  The flow and richness of characters and words change form with the direction of the plot. For example, The word for bird changes the shape of the characters and flows into the shape of an actual bird. Caligraphy fills the scenes, gives shape to the plot, gives meaning to the characters struggles, and fleshes out their personality.  The abstractions are weighty and deep but at the center of the swirling calligraphy is a love story. One that spans decades.

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It revolves around Dodola and Zam. Two individuals who at the beginning of the story are eking out an existence on a ship buried in the sand stranded in the desert. To feed them, Dodola prostitutes herself out to traveling caravans to bring food to their home. Zam is said to have the power to find water so his family job is to bring water home to them. Both jobs are equally necessary and symbolic in keeping them alive. Like two halves of a coin, this duality is present in much of the book. Armstrong deftly jumps from character to character creating this universe that they live by switching back and forth chapter by chapter. As the story progresses Dodola and Zam are parted after Zam witnesses Dodola getting raped. Zam, contextually, does not understand what he has seen so he renders himself psychologically. This culminates in a choice that he can never come back from.

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After their parting, each individual desperately yearns to be with the other so that they are complete. By themselves, they represent only half a person or half a soul. Again the theme of duality is present.

It is hard to believe that Craig Thompson does not know calligraphy, nor has he extensively traveled the middle east. His book is a love note to the beauty of calligraphy as much as it is anything else.

Let’s talk about the not so good. This book is long. Exhaustingly over-long. Even worse, it is so intricately detailed that putting it down will culminate in a lost plot for the reader. I feel like he suffers from what I call Jordanism. Aptly named for Robert Jordan who can never get to the damn point. For me, it was too many side stories and rehashing of similar events. But It could have been edited down and it still would have punched me in the gut. But exhaustive detail is an Armstrong characteristic. It was present in “Blankets” and it is present here. It isn’t bad, just know what you are in for.

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Also, there have been write-ups about this being orientalism. I am not going to pretend that I can talk about that effectively. I do not have the experience to be able to relate or review it in that light. However, if you are interested there are scads of articles written about that and regarding Armstrong’s other works. Check it out.

By the end of this book, I guarantee it will be like nothing that you have read before. Whether classifying it as a love story, religious text, or historical doctrine; the story will resonate.  Just know what you are in for. You will be rung out by the end of it.

 

 

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Blogmas Day 6 – The Christmas Stocking tag

All the books for all those Christmas moods.

The lovely Katie at Reading Through Infinity Tagged me with this wonderful Christmas Tag.  So here goes:

Rules

  • Link to the person who tagged you.
  • Link to me, as I’d love to read your answers.
  • Answer all 10 questions, choosing books for each theme.
  • Tag five people to do this.

You get up on Christmas morning and your stocking is full! You take it down and start to unwrap the treats inside. The first thing you see is…


An orange! Which book is refreshing and vibrant, both inside and out?

This series made me laugh so hard I guffawed. Laughing to me is the ultimate refresher. 

The next thing you see is a bag of chocolate coins. (Yum) Which book have you recently bought that was expensive but totally worth the high price?

I found a first edition hardback signed edition of this in a second-hand shop and purchased it. It is the most expensive book I own. It is a gorgeous, funny, and worthwhile read. Vonnegut really knows how to capture us humans in prose. 

You also pull out a bath bomb. Tell us about a book that had explosive action scenes.

The zombie chase scenes in this are grabbing on to the edge of your seat exciting. 

Next is a pack of playing cards. Which series won you over?

Absolutely one of my favorites. The first book is slow going and it took me a couple tries to get into it. But, once I was there it became one of my favorite books. Talk about a BAMF.

You also get a candle. Which character is a symbol of hope in their story?

Such courage and fortitude is demonstrated by the nameless main character in this visual story. It exemplifies the strength it takes to be an immigrant in a foreign land. It is a crazy beautiful book. 

There are socks inside too. Is there a book that you think really encompasses all the distinctive tropes of its genre?

God I have a love hate relationship with this series. I loved the first books, but the series eventually fell into disrepair. It almost became a parody of itself. Sex, problems, sex, stupid situation no normal person would find themselves in, sex, and then voila the end. 

There’s also a notebook. Which author’s writing process do you find most interesting/inspiring?

I don’t know of many writers’ progresses but I do find a lot of authors interesting people.  I enjoy the ranting and raving of Christopher Moore and Stephen King quite a bit. 

To go with the notebook, there’s a fancy pen. Is there a book or a series that you’d change if you’d written it yourself?

Yes. The Iron Druid’s series by Kevin Hearne. Hearne is a great writer, but that last book felt phoned in. It was a rush to conclusion and a bit of a downer when the rest of the series was very positive. I would have changed the tone of the last book.

There’s also a small bedside clock. Which book took you a long time to pick up but was worth it in the end?

This book took me awhile to get going in. Most of the first fifty pages I was scratching my head saying “what the hell.” Get into it, keep reading and you will see. It is so good. 

Your pile is getting really big. You reach in to pull out the last gift and it’s… a lump of coal? You’re a little disappointed. But you look closer and realize there’s a seam running through the coal. You crack it open and sitting inside is a tiny golden snitch. Tell us about a book that surprised you in some way.

Shustermen does not get the glory and recognition he so richly deserves. I started reading this on a lark having no idea what it is about and it was well worth the read. It surprised me how damn good this book is. 

Kaili –  @entertaininglynerdy

 Elaine –  @elainehowlin

 Kaleena@readervoracious

Katie – Reading Through Infinity

The Five Best Books I Read This Year

Johnny “Is this milk still good?!!”
The victim “Huh?! *sip* Uh…yeah.”
Johnny “THIS LETTUCE! HOW CRISP IS IT? HOW CRISP GODDAMMIT?!
The victim “It’s Fine!”
Johnny “THESE FUDGE-POPS! FREEZER BURN?! FREEZER BURN?!”
The Victim “umm..”

Squee’s Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors (Squee!)

by Jhonen Vásquez

About

From the publisher, “Squee’s Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors collects together the four issues of the Squee comic book series from SLG Publishing. It also contains reprints from the popular Jhonny the Homicidal Maniac series that didn’t appear in the JTHM: Director’s Cut book.”

My Thoughts

My God! My brain my brain. My poor abused brain. I feel like I should have a few hours of cat pictures after reading this book. I don’t think this is my brand of humor which I normally go for. Mine is more along the line of, “Blacks Books,”  This is more Ren and Stimpy? I am having a problem finding something to compare this book too. Very dark satire. It also might be that I need to be in a proper frame of mind to read this, and I wasn’t. It was terrible and abusive and I kept thinking, “that poor kid needs a hug that is not going to turn into molestation or aliens sticking something up his butt.” It is horrific, but not in a horror movie sort of way. More like, “I can’t believe I am reading this. That poor kid. No wonder he neurotic. I would be neurotic too if I had aliens chasing me to do anal probes and giant dust mites waking me up in my sleep.” All the while, nightmares. But it is awesome. The dark humor is still hopeful and you can’t help but cheer Squee on the whole time. 

For me the highlight of this book was Pepito. I could get a print of the strip of Pepito being introduced to his class and melting the other kids in the class with his mind when they were jerks. Kinda cathartic I think. I too have wanted to melt classmates in middle school and elementary.

Johnny “Is this milk still good?!!”
The victim “Huh?! *sip* Uh…yeah.”
Johnny “THIS LETTUCE! HOW CRISP IS IT? HOW CRISP GODDAMMIT?!
The victim “It’s Fine!”
Johnny “THESE FUDGE-POPS! FREEZER BURN?! FREEZER BURN?!”
The Victim “umm..”
Johnny “EAT THE FUCKIN’ WEENIE!!!”
The Victim “mmph… It tastes okay.”
Johnny “Whew! Thanks. I haven’t cleaned my fridge out in a while, and well… You know.


Daytripper

by Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Craig Thompson (Introduction), Dave Stewart (Colours), Sean Konot (Lettering)

About

From the publisher, “What are the most important days of your life? Meet Brás de Oliva Domingos. The miracle child of a world-famous Brazilian writer, Brás spends his days penning other people’s obituaries and his nights dreaming of becoming a successful author himself—writing the end of other people’s stories, while his own has barely begun. But on the day that life begins, would he even notice? Does it start at 21 when he meets the girl of his dreams? Or at 11, when he has his first kiss? Is it later in his life when his first son is born? Or earlier when he might have found his voice as a writer? Each day in Brás’s life is like a page from a book. Each one reveals the people and things who have made him who he is: his mother and father, his child and his best friend, his first love and the love of his life. And like all great stories, each day has a twist he’ll never see coming… In Daytripper, the Eisner Award-winning twin brothers Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá tell a magical, mysterious and moving story about life itself—a hauntingly lyrical journey that uses the quiet moments to ask the big questions.”

My Thoughts

What if you thought about life as just a series of profound moments interspersed with filler? How would you live your life then? Would you look for the moments? Or would you wait for those moments to happen to you? Death is very much a part of life, and you have to die, so you know that you lived. The authors, Fábio Moon, and Gabriel Bá explore these ideas in the form of a spectacular and beautiful graphic novel.

This is one of the most profound and well-written comics I have read in years, maybe my whole life. Cliche I know, but so right. The authors took each of these great moments that the main character, bras, experiences and turns the end of each chapter into a crossroads. Bras dies at the end of each chapter (each moment), but in the next section, he lived. So he dies and lives in each subsequent episode. As a reader, you know what is coming at the end of every chapter, but you want to know what is going to happen. How is Bras going to handle this moment? I know it is a seems a little confusing, but when you are amidst Bras life, it is anything but.

Why the hell did I wait this long to read this? Daytripper is a must read. Not only does it stand tall among it’s peers in graphic novels. It absolutely holds its own in fiction in general.

It is breathtaking, moving and beautiful…


I Killed Adolf Hitler

by Jason, Kim Thompson

About

From the publisher, “In this full-color graphic novel, Jason posits a strange, violent world in which contract killers can be hired to rub out pests, be they dysfunctional relatives, abusive co-workers, loud neighbors, or just annoyances in general — and as you might imagine, their services are in heavy demand. One such killer is given the unique job of traveling back in time to kill Adolf Hitler in 1939… but things go spectacularly wrong. Hitler overpowers the would-be assassin and sends himself to the present, leaving the killer stranded in the past. The killer eventually finds his way back to the present by simply waiting the decades out as he ages, and teams up with his now much-younger girlfriend to track down the missing fascist dictator… at which point the book veers further into Jason territory, as the cartoonist’s minimalist, wickedly dry sense of humor slows down the story to a crawl: for long patches absolutely nothing happens, but nobody can make nothing happening as riotously entertaining as Jason does… and finally, when the reader isn’t paying attention, he brings it together with a shocking, perfectly logical and yet completely unexpected climax which also solves a mystery from the very beginning of the book the reader had forgotten about. As always, I Killed Adolf Hitler is rendered in Jason’s crisp deadpan neo-clear-line style, once again augmented by lovely, understated coloring.”

My Thoughts

Spoiler alert, Adolph Hitler dies… Big shocker I know.  The title is very much in the writing style of the novel: minimalist, terse, and concise. No need for grand allusions or literary whatnot; Jason writes indeed very well and does not need to be wordy. The writing could almost come off as cold, but it isn’t really. It is just succinct. Why write a paragraph, when one word will work. Using this terse writing style he explores themes of love, loss, moving on, and assassination and morality in equal measures throughout the book.

You would think that with a plot like the assassination of Adolph Hitler through time travel via a for-hire assassin, it would be difficult to add in a romance element to it. But Jason makes it work rather well. Again the romance is bare bones, but the emotions are subtle, raw, and very thoughtful.

Read it, it will take you an hour at most. Jason comics are among the best graphic novels have to offer right now. They are profound without being egotistical and pompous. Jason gets you thinking about things without it clouding over your day. They are perfect.


Lake Silence

(The Others #6)

by Anne Bishop

About

From the publisher, “In this thrilling and suspenseful fantasy, set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, Vicki DeVine and her lodger, the shapeshifter Aggie Crowe, stumble onto a dead body . . . and find themselves enmeshed in danger and dark secrets.

Human laws do not apply in the territory controlled by the Others–vampires, shapeshifters, and paranormal beings even more deadly. And this is a fact that humans should never, ever forget . . .

After her divorce, Vicki DeVine took over a rustic resort near Lake Silence, in a human town that is not human controlled. Towns like Vicki’s have no distance from the Others, the dominant predators that rule most of the land and all of the water throughout the world. And when a place has no boundaries, you never really know what’s out there watching you.

Vicki was hoping to find a new career and a new life. But when her lodger, Aggie Crowe–one of the shapeshifting Others–discovers a dead body, Vicki finds trouble instead. The detectives want to pin the man’s death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. As Vicki and her friends search for answers, things get dangerous–and it’ll take everything they have to stay alive.”


Habibi

by Craig Thompson

About

From the publisher, “From the From the internationally acclaimed author of Blankets (“A triumph for the genre.”Library Journal), a highly anticipated new graphic novel.

Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth—and frailty—of their connection.

At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.”

My Thoughts

“You’re more than a story.”
― Craig Thompson, Habibi

When trying to make an argument about why graphic novels are richer, deeper, and more complex than the spandex-clad superhero saving the day; this is the book I hand you. A tome that is nearly 700 pages long. It is filled to the brim with an intricately woven tapestry of middle eastern lore, myth, and culture. It isn’t perfect, but it is incredible.

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It revolves around Dodola and Zam. Two individuals who at the beginning of the story are eking out an existence on a ship buried in the sand that is stranded in the desert. Oddly enough. Dodola prostitutes herself out to traveling caravans to bring food to their home. While zam is said to have the power to find water. His job is to bring water home to them. Both jobs equally necessary and symbolic in keeping them alive. Like two halves of a coin, this duality is present in much of the book. Armstrong deftly jumps from character to character creating this universe that they live by switching back and forth chapter by chapter. As the story progresses Dodola and Zam are parted after Zam witnesses Dodola get raped. Zam does not understand what he has seen so he tears himself apart psychologically trying to repress his feelings. The culmination of which is him becoming a eunuch and attempting to cut that part out of his psyche.

By the end of this book, I guarantee it will be like nothing that you have read before. Whether classifying it as a love story, religious text, or historical doctrine; the story will resonate.  Just know what you are in for. You will be rung out by the end of it.

I Grew Some of the World’s Hottest Peppers

 

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Bhut Jolokia

As a personal challenge to myself, I decided to grow some of the world’s hottest peppers. Not the hottest pepper. Seeds are hard to come by, but I did grow bhut jolokia, scotch bonnets, and Thai Chili. Here is what I learned:

 

  1. I am way too chicken to try them on my own. I like to think I am ballsy, and in a lot of ways, I am. But ghost peppers, not a chance.
  2. I have a way patient husband who tries things for me instead.
  3. Peppers are not the easiest thing to grow in the PNW. They require a lot of sunlight and good drainage. Both of which can be problematic.
  4. This is a pure novelty. How am I supposed to cook with something I have to wear rubber gloves to handle?
  5. Why do people eat these?

I grew them, they are gorgeous and currently languishing on the vine. It was a fun experiment, and I might tackle the top five next year if I can find seeds. But, as there is no one who will willingly eat them, it may just be another experiment in my gardening prowess. I did it though and crossed something off of my list. Cheers!

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I grew Orange Habaneros, Thai, Guajillos, and Bhut Jolokia

 

Graphic Novel Review of “Punk Rock Jesus” by Sean Gordon Murphy

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About

From the pubisher, “A reality TV show starring a clone of Jesus Christ causes chaos across the U.S. of the near future in PUNK ROCK JESUS, a new graphic novel written and drawn by Sean Murphy, the acclaimed illustrator of JOE THE BARBARIAN and AMERICAN VAMPIRE.

J2 causes both outrage and adulation. Religious zealots either love or hate the show, angry politicians worry about its influence on the nation, and members of the scientific community fear the implications of cloning a human being at all, let alone the Son of God.

Thomas McKael is the clones’s bodyguard and former IRA operative, who despite his turbulent past is hired to protect the new Jesus—a baby who captivates the world, but grows up to become an angry teenager.

When falling ratings force the network to cut Jesus’s mother from the series the young star runs away, renounces his religious heritage and forms a punk rock band. And what starts off as babysitting for Thomas becomes an epic battle, as Jesus goes to war against the corporate media complex that created him.”

My Thoughts

I seriously can’t decide how I feel about this series. It is angry, defiant, thoughtful, and current. It reminds me of a manifesto written by a Catholic school teenager who wants to rise against his upbringing, It is really, really strange. Strange and a solid read.

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Chris is a typical 15-year-old Jesus clone. Angry at the establishment. The establishment being all of Christianity who have deified him as some supposed clone and destroyed and the chance he will ever have at a normal existence. Turned his life into the Truman Show, and killed his mother because she is weak for ratings. SO F#$% YOU, F#$% RELIGION, F#$% EVERYONE (cue guitar riff.) Somehow there is a scientist who has a pet Polar bear, a daughter who is really not her daughter, and the cure to save global warming.

As you can see, this is a book about extremes. Extremes in Christianity, extremes in religious fanaticism, all of America is brimming with fat, lazy and stupid people who don’t know their ass from their elbow. Everything is black and white. Life is not black and white at all, which is why this book reminds me of an angry teenager. The dialog, the plot, even the graphics and pen work are all done in this stark and contrasting style. Whether the illustrator/writer did that on purpose or that was just a stylistic choice remains to be seen, but it lends itself to the dialog. In a lot of ways, the pacing of this novel is a mess. It speeds and jumps around in gigantic leaps of time. The clone of Jesus is 1 years old, then 3, then 10, and then 15. Again, this might be a stylistic choice emulating the time jumps in the bible. If it is, that is a pretty nuanced plot addition.

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Hello, tame polar bear.

I feel like all these decisions the author made regarding the extremes in his storytelling where very specific and deliberate. He could have written a much better and more exciting book with the same plot and given it more heart and reality and less punk rockness.  But that’s just me. It is an entirely plausible thing for a Hollywood studio to do. Clone a famous person who is a deity to a billion people and watch the ratings soar.

My recommendation is, as usual, to read it. It isn’t great, it isn’t horrible. Just angsty enough for me to feel old and annoyed at the very same time. But kinda fun, and crazy. Again, what the hell is up with a polar bear. Make up your own mind, and drop me a note about it. I am curious about other takes.

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I did it! I listened to Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Songs Ever

In 2004 Rolling Stone Magazine came out with a 500 greatest list. Over the years I have tried to listen to a few songs here and there from the list to broaden my own horizons. It has been an experience. Some of the songs were life-affirming, others not so much. That is the thing with art or music. It makes you feel something, good or bad. I certainly got the feels from many of these songs. It was a great experience.

Favorites? Pretty much anything by Sam Cooke or The Kinks and I now can say without any shred of doubt in my mind that I despise Neil Young’s music. No offense Neil, but you sing like you have marbles in your mouth.

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  1. Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
  2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones
  3. Imagine by John Lennon
  4. What’s Going On by Marvin Gaye
  5. Respect by Aretha Franklin
  6. Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
  7. Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry
  8. Hey Jude by The Beatles
  9. Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana
  10. What’d I Say by Ray Charles
  11. My Generation by The Who
  12. A Change Is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke
  13. Yesterday by The Beatles
  14. Blowin’ In The Wind by Bob Dylan
  15. London Calling by The Clash
  16. I Want To Hold Your Hand by The Beatles
  17. Purple Haze by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  18. Maybellene by Chuck Berry
  19. Hound Dog by Elvis Presley
  20. Let It Be by The Beatles
  21. Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
  22. Be My Baby by The Ronettes
  23. In My Life by The Beatles
  24. People Get Ready by The Impressions
  25. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys
  26. A Day In The Life by The Beatles
  27. Layla by Derek And The Dominos
  28. (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding
  29. Help! by The Beatles
  30. I Walk The Line by Johnny Cash
  31. Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin
  32. Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones
  33. River Deep – Mountain High by Ike & Tina Turner
  34. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ by The Righteous Brothers
  35. Light My Fire by The Doors
  36. One by U2
  37. No Woman, No Cry by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  38. Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones
  39. That’ll Be The Day by Buddy Holly
  40. Dancing In The Street by Martha And The Vandellas
  41. The Weight by The Band
  42. Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks
  43. Tutti Frutti by Little Richard
  44. Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles
  45. Heartbreak Hotel by Elvis Presley
  46. Heroes by David Bowie
  47. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon And Garfunkel
  48. All Along The Watchtower by Jimi Hendrix
  49. Hotel California by Eagles
  50. The Tracks Of My Tears by The Miracles
  51. The Message by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  52. When Doves Cry by Prince
  53. Anarchy In The U.K. by Sex Pistols
  54. When A Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge
  55. Louie Louie by The Kingsmen
  56. Long Tall Sally by Little Richard
  57. A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum
  58. Billie Jean by Michael Jackson
  59. The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan
  60. Let’s Stay Together by Al Green
  61. Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On by Jerry Lee Lewis
  62. Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley
  63. For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield
  64. She Loves You by The Beatles
  65. Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream
  66. Redemption Song by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  67. Jailhouse Rock by Elvis Presley
  68. Tangled Up In Blue by Bob Dylan
  69. Crying by Roy Orbison
  70. Walk On By by Dionne Warwick
  71. California Girls by The Beach Boys
  72. Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag by James Brown
  73. Summertime Blues by Eddie Cochran
  74. Superstition by Stevie Wonder
  75. Whole Lotta Love by Led Zeppelin
  76. Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles
  77. Mystery Train by Elvis Presley
  78. I Feel Good by James Brown
  79. Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds
  80. I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
  81. Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino
  82. You Really Got Me by The Kinks
  83. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) by The Beatles
  84. Every Breath You Take by The Police
  85. Crazy by Patsy Cline
  86. Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen
  87. Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash
  88. My Girl by The Temptations
  89. California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas
  90. In The Still Of The Nite by The Five Satins
  91. Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley
  92. Blitzkrieg Bop by Ramones
  93. I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2
  94. Good Golly, Miss Molly by Little Richard
  95. Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins
  96. Great Balls Of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis
  97. Roll Over Beethoven by Chuck Berry
  98. Love And Happiness by Al Green
  99. Fortunate Son by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  100. You Can’t Always Get What You Want by The Rolling Stones
  101. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) by Jimi Hendrix
  102. Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent
  103. Hot Stuff by Donna Summer
  104. Living For The City by Stevie Wonder
  105. The Boxer by Simon And Garfunkel
  106. Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan
  107. Not Fade Away by Buddy Holly
  108. Little Red Corvette by Prince
  109. Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
  110. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now) by Otis Redding
  111. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
  112. That’s All Right by Elvis Presley
  113. Up On The Roof by The Drifters
  114. Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home) by The Crystals
  115. You Send Me by Sam Cooke
  116. Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones
  117. Take Me To The River by Al Green
  118. Shout (Parts 1 And 2) by The Isley Brothers
  119. Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac
  120. I Want You Back by The Jackson 5
  121. Stand By Me by Ben E. King
  122. House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals
  123. It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World by James Brown
  124. Jumpin’ Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
  125. Will You Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles
  126. Shake, Rattle & Roll by Big Joe Turner
  127. Changes by David Bowie
  128. Rock & Roll Music by Chuck Berry
  129. Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
  130. Maggie May by Rod Stewart
  131. With Or Without You by U2
  132. Who Do You Love by Bo Diddley
  133. Won’t Get Fooled Again by The Who
  134. In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett
  135. While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles
  136. Your Song by Elton John
  137. Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
  138. Family Affair by Sly & The Family Stone
  139. I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles
  140. Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
  141. All I Have To Do Is Dream by The Everly Brothers
  142. Please by Please
  143. Purple Rain by Prince
  144. I Wanna Be Sedated by Ramones
  145. Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone
  146. Rock Lobster by The B-52’s
  147. Lust For Life by Iggy Pop
  148. Me And Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
  149. Cathy’s Clown by The Everly Brothers
  150. Eight Miles High by The Byrds
  151. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) by The Penguins
  152. Foxey Lady by Jimi Hendrix
  153. A Hard Day’s Night by The Beatles
  154. Rave On by Buddy Holly
  155. Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  156. The Sound Of Silence by Simon And Garfunkel
  157. I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos
  158. (We’re Gonna) Rock Around The Clock by Bill Haley And His Comets
  159. I’m Waiting For The Man by The Velvet Underground
  160. Bring The Noise by Public Enemy
  161. I Can’t Stop Loving You by Ray Charles
  162. Nothing Compares 2 U by Sinéad O’Connor
  163. Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen
  164. Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
  165. Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
  166. Lose Yourself by Eminem
  167. Let’s Get It On by Marvin Gaye
  168. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone by The Temptations
  169. Losing My Religion by R.E.M.
  170. Both Sides, Now by Joni Mitchell
  171. Dancing Queen by ABBA
  172. Dream On by Aerosmith
  173. God Save The Queen by Sex Pistols
  174. Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones
  175. I Fought The Law by The Bobby Fuller Four
  176. Don’t Worry Baby by The Beach Boys
  177. Free Fallin’ by Tom Petty
  178. September Gurls by Big Star
  179. Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division
  180. Hey Ya! by OutKast
  181. Green Onions by Booker T. & The MG’s
  182. Save The Last Dance For Me by The Drifters
  183. The Thrill Is Gone by B.B. King
  184. Please Please Me by The Beatles
  185. Desolation Row by Bob Dylan
  186. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You) by Aretha Franklin
  187. Back In Black by AC/DC
  188. Who’ll Stop The Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  189. Stayin’ Alive by Bee Gees
  190. Knocking On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
  191. Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  192. Wichita Lineman by Glen Campbell
  193. There Goes My Baby by The Drifters
  194. Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly
  195. Maybe by The Chantels
  196. Sweet Child O’ Mine by Guns N’ Roses
  197. Don’t Be Cruel by Elvis Presley
  198. Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix
  199. Flash Light by Parliament
  200. Loser by Beck
  201. Bizarre Love Triangle by New Order
  202. Come Together by The Beatles
  203. Positively 4th Street by Bob Dylan
  204. Try A Little Tenderness by Otis Redding
  205. Lean On Me by Bill Withers
  206. Reach Out I’ll Be There by Four Tops
  207. Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers
  208. Gloria by Them
  209. In My Room by The Beach Boys
  210. 96 Tears by Question Mark And The Mysterians
  211. Caroline, No by The Beach Boys
  212. 1999 by Prince
  213. Your Cheatin’ Heart by Hank Williams
  214. Rockin’ In The Free World by Neil Young
  215. Sh-Boom by The Chords
  216. Do You Believe In Magic? by The Lovin’ Spoonful
  217. Jolene by Dolly Parton
  218. Boom Boom by John Lee Hooker
  219. Spoonful by Howlin’ Wolf
  220. Walk Away Renée by The Left Banke
  221. Walk On The Wild Side by Lou Reed
  222. Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
  223. Dance To The Music by Sly & The Family Stone
  224. Good Times by Chic
  225. Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters
  226. Moondance by Van Morrison
  227. Fire And Rain by James Taylor
  228. Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash
  229. Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters
  230. Just Like A Woman by Bob Dylan
  231. Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye
  232. Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel) by Roy Orbison
  233. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals
  234. I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better by The Byrds
  235. I Got A Woman by Ray Charles
  236. Everyday by Buddy Holly
  237. Planet Rock by Afrika Bambaataa
  238. I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline
  239. The Wanderer by Dion
  240. Son Of A Preacher Man by Dusty Springfield
  241. Stand! by Sly & The Family Stone
  242. Rocket Man by Elton John
  243. Love Shack by The B-52’s
  244. Gimme Some Lovin’ by The Spencer Davis Group
  245. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down by The Band
  246. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher by Jackie Wilson
  247. Hot Fun In The Summertime by Sly & The Family Stone
  248. Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang
  249. Chain Of Fools by Aretha Franklin
  250. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
  251. Mack The Knife by Bobby Darin
  252. Money Honey by The Drifters
  253. All The Young Dudes by Mott The Hoople
  254. Highway To Hell by AC/DC
  255. Heart Of Glass by Blondie
  256. Paranoid Android by Radiohead
  257. Wild Thing by The Troggs
  258. I Can See For Miles by The Who
  259. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
  260. Oh, What A Night by The Dells
  261. Higher Ground by Stevie Wonder
  262. Ooo Baby Baby by The Miracles
  263. He’s A Rebel by The Crystals
  264. Sail Away by Randy Newman
  265. Tighten Up by Archie Bell & The Drells
  266. Walking In The Rain by The Ronettes
  267. Personality Crisis by New York Dolls
  268. Sunday Bloody Sunday by U2
  269. Roadrunner by The Modern Lovers
  270. He Stopped Loving Her Today by George Jones
  271. Sloop John B by The Beach Boys
  272. Sweet Little Sixteen by Chuck Berry
  273. Something by The Beatles
  274. Somebody To Love by Jefferson Airplane
  275. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
  276. I’ll Take You There by The Staple Singers
  277. Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
  278. Pictures Of You by The Cure
  279. Chapel Of Love by The Dixie Cups
  280. Ain’t No Sunshine by Bill Withers
  281. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life by Stevie Wonder
  282. Help Me by Joni Mitchell
  283. Call Me by Blondie
  284. (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love And Understanding? by Elvis Costello & The Attractions
  285. Smokestack Lightning by Howlin’ Wolf
  286. Summer Babe by Pavement
  287. Walk This Way by Run-D.M.C.
  288. Money (That’s What I Want) by Barrett Strong
  289. Can’t Buy Me Love by The Beatles
  290. Stan by Eminem feat. Dido
  291. She’s Not There by The Zombies
  292. Train In Vain by The Clash
  293. Tired Of Being Alone by Al Green
  294. Black Dog by Led Zeppelin
  295. Street Fighting Man by The Rolling Stones
  296. Get Up, Stand Up by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  297. Heart Of Gold by Neil Young
  298. One Way Or Another by Blondie
  299. Sign ‘O’ The Times by Prince
  300. Like A Prayer by Madonna
  301. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? by Rod Stewart
  302. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain by Willie Nelson
  303. Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones
  304. With A Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles
  305. Say It Loud — I’m Black And I’m Proud by James Brown
  306. That’s Entertainment by The Jam
  307. Why Do Fools Fall In Love by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
  308. Lonely Teardrops by Jackie Wilson
  309. What’s Love Got To Do With It by Tina Turner
  310. Iron Man by Black Sabbath
  311. Wake Up Little Susie by The Everly Brothers
  312. In Dreams by Roy Orbison
  313. I Put A Spell On You by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins
  314. Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd
  315. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by The Animals
  316. Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
  317. Many Rivers To Cross by Jimmy Cliff
  318. Alison by Elvis Costello
  319. School’s Out by Alice Cooper
  320. Heartbreaker by Led Zeppelin
  321. Cortez The Killer by Neil Young
  322. Fight The Power by Public Enemy
  323. Dancing Barefoot by Patti Smith
  324. Baby Love by The Supremes
  325. Good Lovin’ by The Rascals
  326. Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine by James Brown
  327. For Your Precious Love by Jerry Butler
  328. The End by The Doors
  329. That’s The Way Of The World by Earth, Wind & Fire
  330. We Will Rock You by Queen
  331. I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt
  332. Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan
  333. Spirit In The Sky by Norman Greenbaum
  334. Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones
  335. Sweet Jane by The Velvet Underground
  336. Walk This Way by Aerosmith
  337. Beat It by Michael Jackson
  338. Maybe I’m Amazed by Paul McCartney
  339. You Keep Me Hangin’ On by The Supremes
  340. Baba O’Riley by The Who
  341. The Harder They Come by Jimmy Cliff
  342. Runaround Sue by Dion
  343. Jim Dandy by LaVern Baker
  344. Piece Of My Heart by Big Brother And The Holding Company
  345. La Bamba by Ritchie Valens
  346. California Love by 2Pac
  347. Candle In The Wind by Elton John
  348. That Lady (Part 1 And 2) by The Isley Brothers
  349. Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King
  350. The Locomotion by Little Eva
  351. The Great Pretender by The Platters
  352. All Shook Up by Elvis Presley
  353. Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
  354. Watching The Detectives by Elvis Costello
  355. Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  356. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) by Eurythmics
  357. Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix
  358. Nowhere To Run by Martha And The Vandellas
  359. Got My Mojo Working by Muddy Waters
  360. Killing Me Softly With His Song by Roberta Flack
  361. Complete Control by The Clash
  362. All You Need Is Love by The Beatles
  363. The Letter by The Box Tops
  364. Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan
  365. Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers
  366. How Deep Is Your Love by Bee Gees
  367. White Room by Cream
  368. Personal Jesus by Depeche Mode
  369. I’m A Man by Bo Diddley
  370. The Wind Cries Mary by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  371. I Can’t Explain by The Who
  372. Marquee Moon by Television
  373. Wonderful World by Sam Cooke
  374. Brown Eyed Handsome Man by Chuck Berry
  375. Another Brick In The Wall, Part II by Pink Floyd
  376. Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
  377. Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles
  378. Pride (In The Name Of Love) by U2
  379. Radio Free Europe by R.E.M.
  380. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
  381. Tell It Like It Is by Aaron Neville
  382. Bitter Sweet Symphony by The Verve
  383. Whipping Post by The Allman Brothers Band
  384. Ticket To Ride by The Beatles
  385. Ohio by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  386. I Know You Got Soul by Eric B. & Rakim
  387. Tiny Dancer by Elton John
  388. Roxanne by The Police
  389. Just My Imagination by The Temptations
  390. Baby I Need Your Loving by Four Tops
  391. Band Of Gold by Freda Payne
  392. O-o-h Child by Five Stairsteps
  393. Summer In The City by The Lovin’ Spoonful
  394. Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
  395. Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand) by The Shangri-Las
  396. Thirteen by Big Star
  397. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper by Blue Öyster Cult
  398. Sweet Home Alabama by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  399. Enter Sandman by Metallica
  400. Kicks by Paul Revere And The Raiders
  401. Tonight’s The Night by The Shirelles
  402. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin) by Sly & The Family Stone
  403. C’mon Everybody by Eddie Cochran
  404. Visions Of Johanna by Bob Dylan
  405. We’ve Only Just Begun by Carpenters
  406. I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
  407. In Bloom by Nirvana
  408. Sweet Emotion by Aerosmith
  409. Crossroads by Cream
  410. Monkey Gone To Heaven by Pixies
  411. I Feel Love by Donna Summer
  412. Ode To Billie Joe by Bobbie Gentry
  413. The Girl Can’t Help It by Little Richard
  414. Young Blood by The Coasters
  415. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) by Four Tops
  416. The Boys Of Summer by Don Henley
  417. Fuck Tha Police by N.W.A
  418. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills & Nash
  419. Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang by Dr. Dre
  420. It’s Your Thing by The Isley Brothers
  421. Piano Man by Billy Joel
  422. Lola by The Kinks
  423. Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis Presley
  424. Tumbling Dice by The Rolling Stones
  425. William, It Was Really Nothing by The Smiths
  426. Smoke On The Water by Deep Purple
  427. New Year’s Day by U2
  428. Mitch Ryder:Devil With A Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly by Mitch Ryder
  429. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love by Solomon Burke
  430. White Man In Hammersmith Palais by The Clash
  431. Ain’t It A Shame by Fats Domino
  432. Midnight Train To Georgia by Gladys Knight & The Pips
  433. Ramble On by Led Zeppelin
  434. Mustang Sally by Wilson Pickett
  435. Beast Of Burden by The Rolling Stones
  436. Alone Again Or by Love
  437. Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley
  438. I Wanna Be Your Dog by The Stooges
  439. Pink Houses by John Mellencamp
  440. Push It by Salt-N-Pepa
  441. Come Go With Me by The Del-Vikings
  442. Keep A Knockin’ by Little Richard
  443. I Shot The Sheriff by Bob Marley & The Wailers
  444. I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher
  445. Come As You Are by Nirvana
  446. Pressure Drop by Toots & The Maytals
  447. Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri-Las
  448. Heroin by The Velvet Underground
  449. Penny Lane by The Beatles
  450. By The Time I Get To Phoenix by Glen Campbell
  451. The Twist by Chubby Checker
  452. Cupid by Sam Cooke
  453. Paradise City by Guns N’ Roses
  454. My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
  455. All Apologies by Nirvana
  456. Stagger Lee by Lloyd Price
  457. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker by Ramones
  458. Soul Man by Sam & Dave
  459. Rollin’ Stone by Muddy Waters
  460. One Fine Day by The Chiffons
  461. Kiss by Prince
  462. Respect Yourself by The Staple Singers
  463. Rain by The Beatles
  464. Standing In The Shadows Of Love by Four Tops
  465. Surrender by Cheap Trick
  466. Runaway by Del Shannon
  467. Welcome To The Jungle by Guns N’ Roses
  468. Search And Destroy by The Stooges
  469. It’s Too Late by Carole King
  470. Free Man In Paris by Joni Mitchell
  471. On The Road Again by Willie Nelson
  472. Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes
  473. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man by Aretha Franklin
  474. One Nation Under A Groove by Funkadelic
  475. Sabotage by Beastie Boys
  476. I Want To Know What Love Is by Foreigner
  477. Super Freak by Rick James
  478. White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
  479. Lady Marmalade by Labelle
  480. Into The Mystic by Van Morrison
  481. Young Americans by David Bowie
  482. I’m Eighteen by Alice Cooper
  483. Just Like Heaven by The Cure
  484. I Love Rock N’ Roll by Joan Jett And The Blackhearts
  485. Graceland by Paul Simon
  486. How Soon Is Now? by The Smiths
  487. Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters
  488. Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
  489. I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor
  490. Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones
  491. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield
  492. Running On Empty by Jackson Browne
  493. Then He Kissed Me by The Crystals
  494. Desperado by Eagles
  495. Shop Around by The Miracles
  496. Miss You by The Rolling Stones
  497. Buddy Holly by Weezer
  498. Rainy Night In Georgia by Brook Benton
  499. The Boys Are Back In Town by Thin Lizzy
  500. More Than A Feeling by Boston