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Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?
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Been thinking a lot about whether some songs are objectively good and some songs are objectively unqualified crap. I say yes. There is no doubt that 'Crazy' by Willie Nelson is a supremely…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by steviedal Jul 19.

Fake Country? Sort of.
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I've been thinking how much I love the soundtrack to Robert Altman's Nashville as well as Ween's 12 Golden Country Greats albums. Both utilize the great instrumentalists of country's golden period…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Andy Knefel Jul 22, 2012.

 

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steviedal replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"It raelly is all the "ears" of the beholder. I glanced through Rolling Stone today , only because it was called The Country Issue. They had a feature called The Top 25 Country Songs and the choices were pretty good but then i came upon a…"
Jul 19
Uncle Marky replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"I hear ya. I get that there is no way to prove that one song is better than another, as trying to make the argument would necessarily involve a human being setting subjective standards by which to judge. The question I'm asking is, "are…"
Jul 19
garry replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
">>>Otherwise, what it seems a lot of you guys are saying is that any song ever written is equally as good as any other song ever written, which  just seems like hogwash to me.<<<Uncle Marky This appears to reflect a complete…"
Jul 18
Uncle Marky replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"I admit my examples were bad and "Boys Round Here" isn't the worst song of all time and even the verses on Wagon Wheel have some merit (although I still subjectively think they don't hold up to that sublime chorus). Still, I…"
Jul 18
Uncle Marky replied to Kurt Fortmeyer's discussion 'Country music for grown-ups of all ages...'
"Hey Jay. I'm in Toledo, I'm 40 and am also an aspiring singer/songwriter.  Thanks for the tip on the K100 Saturday night show although I'm pretty darn sure K100 and our other country station down here is corporate…"
Jul 18
Rick Fiddler replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"Not being a songwriter and possibly a bit shallow, but I admit that I do like the song "Boys Round Here".   I also like "Crazy".  Different songs and styles but both very listenable.  No accounting for taste.  "
Jul 17
rosencrantz replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"Sibylle, The irony was fully intended.  RT is my favorite songwriter."
Jul 16
Sibylle replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"Rosencrantz, I laughed the moment I opened the YouTube page and saw RT's photo and the song title. There is a bit of an irony though, in your using one of the world's great songwriters to illustrate that 'the song is nothing'.…"
Jul 16
Sibylle replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"Damn! It irks me every time Dylan is given credit for 'Wagon Wheel'. Dylan wrote nothing but the admittedly agreeable chorus, then abandoned it. It's Ketch Secor who wrote the verses, taken from his own life, that make the song the…"
Jul 16
Bruce Brantley replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"Bingo Pete"
Jul 15
Dave Crotts replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"My "objective" standard is characterized by a song that sounds great by every artist who covers it.  Some faves that come to mind are "Early Morning Rain" (Lightfoot original), "Bright Side of the Road…"
Jul 15
Pete replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"All perfect evocations of absolutely wonderful music...right on, amigo! "
Jul 15
Pete replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"It is about time and place...I remember when "Winchester Cathedral" was at the center of my universe... I contend that "Bring it on Home to Me" is as good as anything ever written -- in its rhythms, sentiments, and opportunities…"
Jul 15
Bruce Brantley replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"Or Dock of the Bay......or Wichita Lineman, or Everybody's Talkin' or......  getting off topic but hey!  this ain't the Army"
Jul 15
Bruce Brantley replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"best pop song ever crafted eh?  The Letter by the Box Tops"
Jul 15
Jeff Fister replied to Uncle Marky's discussion 'Is there such a thing as an objectively good song?'
"What's with the haters? "Boys 'Round Here" is silly, contrived, but fun at a party. And it's only two chords! Seriously, the best pop song ever crafted -- "objectively" or not -- is "God Only Knows." Case…"
Jul 15

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