CC’s All-Time Hot 100

Egged on my pal Fritz Van Leaven, here is my latest attempt to narrow down and cobble together a list of my all-time 100 favorite tracks. 

The exercise itself reminds me once again that I have way, waaaaay more than just 100 favorite tracks. The overall list of a mere 100 could vary on any given day, and in fact it omits a few tracks that were included in an all-time Top 40 I concocted just a few months ago. Consistency is overrated, though certain core tracks will always remain in my Hot 100. 

This is NOT the same as The Greatest Record Ever Made! With that duly noted, these are a few of my favorite tracks.

CC’s ALL-TIME Hot 100

Updated 6/7/2022

ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT The Kinks

ALL FOR SWINGING YOU AROUND The New Pornographers

ALLISON ROAD The Gin Blossoms

ANOTHER SAD AND LONELY NIGHT The Bobby Fuller Four

ANY WAY YOU WANT IT The Dave Clark Five

BABY BLUE Badfinger

BABYSITTER The Ramones

BEG, BORROW AND STEAL The Rare Breed/The Ohio Express

BITTERSWEET The Hoodoo Gurus

BLITZKRIEG BOP The Ramones

CALIFORNIA NIGHTS Lesley Gore

CARBONA NOT GLUE The Ramones

CATCH US IF YOU CAN The Dave Clark Five

COULDN’T I JUST TELL YOU Todd Rundgren

CRYIN’ SHAME The Parties

DA-A-A-ANCE The Lambrettas

DO ANYTHING YOU WANNA DO Eddie and the Hot Rods

DO THE FREDDIE Freddie and the Dreamers

THE DOOR INTO SUMMER The Monkees

EMPTY HANGERS Anny Celsi

EVERYWHERE THAT I’M NOT Translator

THE FIRST CUT IS THE DEEPEST P.P. Arnold

FIRST PLANE HOME The Flamin’ Groovies

FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD The Vogues

GIRLS IN THEIR SUMMER CLOTHES Bruce Springsteen

GLAD ALL OVER The Dave Clark Five

GOD ONLY KNOWS The Beach Boys

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN The Sex Pistols

GOING DOWN TO LIVERPOOL The Bangles

A HARD DAY’S NIGHT The Beatles

HEART FULL OF SOUL The Yardbirds

HEARTS IN HER EYES The Searchers

HELP! The Beatles

HIGHWAY LINES Mannix

HIS LAST SUMMER The Barracudas

I CAN’T EXPLAIN The Who

I CAN’T LET GO The Hollies

I DON’T WANT TO GROW UP The Ramones

I DON’T WANT TO SPOIL THE PARTY The Beatles

I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU Dusty Springfield

I TELL NO LIES The Shoutless

I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME The Jayhawks

(I’M NOT YOUR) STEPPIN’ STONE The Monkees

IN THE CITY The Jam

IT’S COLD OUTSIDE Stiv Bators

IT’S MY LIFE The Animals

IT’S THE SAME OLD SONG The Four Tops

JOHNNY B. GOODE Chuck Berry

KICKS Paul Revere and the Raiders

KIM THE WAITRESS Material Issue

LAUGH, LAUGH The Beau Brummels

LIES The Knickerbockers

LOVE TO LOVE The Monkees

A MILLION MILES AWAY The Plimsouls

(MY GIRL) MARYANNE The Spongetones

THE NIGHT BEFORE The Beatles

NO PROMISE The Flashcubes

NO REPLY The Beatles

NOTHING REALLY MATTERS WHEN YOU’RE YOUNG Screen Test

ON BROADWAY The Drifters

PERSONALITY CRISIS The New York Dolls

PLEASANT VALLEY SUNDAY The Monkees

PLEASE PLEASE ME The Beatles

PORPOISE SONG (THEME FROM HEADThe Monkees

PROMISED LAND Chuck Berry

RAIN The Beatles

ROCK AND ROLL LOVE LETTER The Bay City Rollers

SAYING GOODBYE The Muffs

SEPTEMBER GURLS Big Star

SHAKE SOME ACTION The Flamin’ Groovies

SHE SAID SHE SAID The Beatles

SHEENA IS A PUNK ROCKER The Ramones

SHOUT IT OUT LOUD KISS

SOLITARY MAN Neil Diamond

SOUND OF THE RADIO Screen Test

ST. VALENTINE’S DAY MASSACRE The Cocktail Slippers

SYRACUSE SUMMER The Tearjerkers

THE TEARS OF A CLOWN Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

THANK YOU, GIRL [U.S. Capitol Records mix] The Beatles

THIS DIAMOND RING Sammy Ambrose

THIS YEAR’S GONNA BE OUR YEAR Eytan Mirsky

TIME HAS COME TODAY The Chambers Brothers

TIME WILL TELL Holly Golightly

TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOU The Kinks

TO SIR, WITH LOVE [MUSEUM OUTINGS MONTAGE] Lulu

TOMORROW NIGHT Shoes

THE TRANSYLVANIA TWIST Baron Daemon and the Vampires

TWENTY FOUR HOURS FROM TULSA Gene Pitney

UNCLE JOHN’S BAND The Grateful Dead

VACATION The Go-Go’s

WALK AWAY RENEE The Left Banke

WALK, DON’T RUN The Ventures

WATERLOO SUNSET The Kinks

WE GOT THE BEAT The Go-Go’s

WHAT AM I DOING HANGIN’ ‘ROUND? The Monkees

WHAT TIME IS IT The Jive Five

(WHAT’S SO FUNNY ‘BOUT) PEACE, LOVE & UNDERSTANDING Elvis Costello and the Attractions

WOULDN’T YOU LIKE IT The Bay City Rollers

YOU REALLY GOT ME The Kinks

YOU’RE GONNA MISS ME The 13th Floor Elevators

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