Stephin Merritt (III): 100 discos

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El final del siglo XX trajo consigo multitud de resúmenes y listas con lo mejor y lo peor del siglo pasado. Mr. Merritt no podía ser menos y publicó en Time Out una lista con sus discos favoritos de los últimos 100 años… No tiene desperdicio. Lean, lean!

1900 Tosca (Puccini)

1901 Marie Tempest, soprano: “Les filles de Cadix” (Delibes)

1902 “The Entertainer” (Joplin)

1903 Joseph Joachim, violin: “Hungarian Dance No. 2 in D minor” (Brahms)

1904 “Meet Me in St. Louis, Louis” (Sterling-Mills)

1905 Suite bergamesque (Debussy)

1906 “Love Is Like a Cigarette” (Victor Herbert)

1907 “Pomp and Circumstance” (Elgar)

1908 “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now” (Joe Howard)

1909 “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (Irving Berlin)

1910 Prometheus (Scriabin)

1911 Posthumous debut of Das Lied von der Erde (Mahler)

1912 “That Shakespearian Rag” (Buck-Ruby-Stamper)

1913 Le sacre du printemps (Stravinsky)

1914 “I’ve a Shooting Box in Scotland” (Cole Porter)

1915 “Play a Simple Melody” (Berlin)

1916 The Planets (Holst)

1917 The Original Dixieland Jazz Band: “(Back Home Again in) Indiana”

1918 “The Real American Folk Song (Is a Rag)” (Gershwins)

1919 Al Jolson: “Swanee”

1920 Musique d’ameublement (Satie)

1921 Fanny Brice: “My Man”

1922 114 Songs (Ives)

1923 Eddie Cantor: “Yes, We Have No Bananas”

1924 Ukulele Ike: “Fascinatin’ Rhythm”

1925 “Manhattan” (Rodgers & Hart)

1926 George Gershwin, piano: “Someone to Watch over Me” (Gershwins)

1927 Showboat (Kern & Hammerstein)

1928 Eddie Cantor: “Makin’ Whoopee”

1929 Maurice Chevalier: “Louise”

1930 “Love for Sale” (Porter)

1931 Gracie Fields: “Sally”

1932 “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing” (Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn)

1933 Ethel Waters: “Stormy Weather”

1934 Goebel Reeves: “Hobo’s Lullaby”

1935 Top Hat score (Berlin)

1936 Peter and the Wolf (Prokofiev)

1937 “My Funny Valentine” (Rodgers & Hart)

1938 Ella Fitzgerald: “A Tisket, a Tasket”

1939 Glenn Miller: “In the Mood”

1940 Wilf Carter: “You Are My Sunshine”

1941 Billie Holiday: “God Bless the Child”

1942 “Be Careful, It’s My Heart” (Berlin)

1943 Vera Lynn: “I’ll Be Seeing You”

1944 Les Brown and His Orchestra with Doris Day: “Sentimental Journey”

1945 Edith Piaf: “La vie en rose”

1946 Bill Monroe and His Bluegrass Boys: “Blue Moon of Kentucky”

1947 “Be a Clown” (Porter)

1948 Four Last Songs (Richard Strauss)

1949 Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra: “Riders in the Sky (A Cowboy Legend)”

1950 Patti Page with Jack Rael and Orchestra: “The Tennessee Waltz”

1951 “4’33”,” a.k.a. the silent piece (John Cage)

1952 Folkways’ Anthology of American Folk Music

1953 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: “(She Put the) Wamee (On Me)”

1954 Judy Garland: “The Man That Got Away”

1955 Julie London: “Cry Me a River”

1956 Forbidden Planet score (Bebe and Louis Barron)

1957 Black Orpheus score (Jobim)

1958 The Diamonds: “The Stroll”

1959 Gypsy (Styne-Sondheim), starring Ethel Merman

1960 Psycho score (Bernard Herrmann)

1961 The Paris Sisters: “I Love How You Love Me”

1962 The Tornadoes: “Telstar”

1963 The Ronettes: “Be My Baby”

1964 Dionne Warwick: “Walk on By”

1965 Ellie Greenwich: “You Don’t Know”

1966 The Velvet Underground and Nico

1967 The Jefferson Airplane: Surrealistic Pillow

1968 The United States of America: The United States of America

1969 Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin: “Je T’Aime” (Gainsbourg)

1970 I Am Sitting in a Room (Alvin Lucier)

1971 Joni Mitchell: Blue

1972 Michael Jackson: “Ben”

1973 A Little Night Music (Sondheim)

1974 George McCrae: “Rock Your Baby”

1975 Kraftwerk: Radio-activity

1976 ABBA: “Dancing Queen”

1977 Electric Light Orchestra: Out of the Blue

1978 Blondie: Parallel Lines

1979 Gary Numan: “Cars”

1980 Young Marble Giants: Colossal Youth

1981 The Human League: Dare

1982 Roxy Music: Avalon

1983 New Order: “Blue Monday”

1984 Cocteau Twins: Treasure

1985 Les Rita Mitsuko: “Marcia Baila”

1986 The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy

1987 MARRS: “Pump Up the Volume”

1988 Marc Almond: Mother Fist and Her Five Daughters

1989 Chris Knox: “Not Given Lightly”

1990 Public Enemy: “911 Is a Joke”

1991 Boyd Rice and Friends: Music, Martinis and Misanthropy

1992 Tom Waits, Bone Machine

1993 Pet Shop Boys: “Dreaming of the Queen”

1994 Saint Etienne: “Like a Motorway”

1995 Pulp: Different Class

1996 Gravikords, Whirlies & Pyrophones, Experimental Musical Instruments

1997 White Town: “Your Woman”

1998 Dancing with the Dead, The Music of Global Death Rites

1999 Fox, Inc.: “Obvious Fake”