Going through old scrapbooks of mine, I stumbled upon something amazing: some sort of home-made charts of the music we used to listen to way back in the day. These particular charts happened to be a list - by consensus - of what we thought were the greatest songs of 1972 (and other years). I'm actually quite shocked at how prescient we were, way back then. It seems musical tastes do not so much change as they slowly mature and ferment, like an exceptionally good vintage.
I remember that we tried to come up with a way to best describe what we thought of as the most amazing songs from a given year. We had a very complicated methodology for determining how any given song got on the chart to begin with and then how it got ranked. Yes, I still have the old notes concerning all of this (as I am a bit of a hoarder). What we ultimately settled on was making several mix tapes (chromium dioxide, of course, since that was the best technology back then) of what we deemed to be songs that were "high-octane, kick-ass rock 'n' roll" - H.O.K.A.R.R., for short. These were the songs that we thought defined the year in music. If the song made the list, then we felt that the song was timeless. If it was cool in 1972, then it was going to be cool in 2022. And, looking back, I've got to admit that we were really on to something. I don't know about 2022, but, in 2012, all of these songs are still cool, some forty years on. Some you never hear any more, though I don't know why.
We'd usually compile the lists deep into January of the following year, in order to determine which songs were part of which year. Then we'd use all sorts of formulas to figure out The List, and then we'd create mix tapes from the order of songs on the list. Hey, it's what we did for fun when we were unsupervised kids with lots of time on our hands. Plus, our parents didn't care since we were occupied with seemingly innocuous music.
See what you think about our selections ... and rock out to them.