What legitimately could be the single greatest pop culture-related question in history was tweeted by BBC Radio 6 Music’s Twitter on Monday.
💪 What’s the strongest run of three songs in a row on an album?
— BBC Radio 6 Music (@BBC6Music) February 26, 2018
Woah, that’s a tough one.
Once again, Twitter was to the rescue and it came through, big. Searching through the thousands of replies generated some great finds:
Second Hand News / Dreams / Never Going Back Again (Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours).
— Kate Harrison (@KatlynHarrison) February 27, 2018
Ohhhh, tough luck. You're all close, but the answer we were looking for is from Led Zeppelin's self-titled debut album:
1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
3. You Shook Me
— Steven Woodhead 🍁 (@_woodhead) February 27, 2018
Once, Even Flow, Alive 👍
— Sally King (@Sking23ukSally) February 26, 2018
Thunder Road, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out, Night
Wore that cassette tape out as a kid…
— Jamie Rennie (@jamie_rennie) February 27, 2018
Let's Go Crazy
Take Me With U
The Beautiful Ones pic.twitter.com/RemeOXh1gA
— Julie Rea (@juliepie76) February 27, 2018
You get the point: this had folks giving all sorts of suggestions for their top three and these tweets only begin to scratch the surface.
This question is amazing and frustrating at the same time due to there being so many answers — especially when it comes to the variety of a person’s taste and knowledge of music. Personally, for me and one my friends who I consider my musical confidante (@PoorePlaysBass), finding the best three songs has been maddening. Here are some of the answers that he came up with:
Michael Jackson – Thriller
- Beat It
- Billie Jean
Boston – Boston
- More Than a Feeling
- Peace of Mind
- Foreplay/Long Time
Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin II
- Living Loving Maid
- Ramble On
Soundgarden – Badmotorfinger
- Rusty Cage
- Slaves & Bulldozers
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
- All of the Lights
Kanye West – Late Registration
- Heard ‘Em Say
- Touch the Sky
- Gold Digger
The Cars – The Cars
- Good Times Roll
- My Best Friend’s Girl
- Just What I Needed
Beastie Boys – Licensed to Ill
- Fight for Your Right
- No Sleep till Brooklyn
- Paul Revere
Lynyrd Skynyrd – (Pronounced ‘Lĕh-‘nérd ‘Skin-‘nérd)
- Tuesday’s Gone
- Gimme Three Steps
- Simple Man
Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
U2 – The Joshua Tree
- Where the Streets Have No Name
- I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
- With or Without You
Our own Nathan Odom and myself had got some thoughts out, too:
Brown Sugar, Wild Horses and Can't You Hear Me Knocking from Sticky Fingers (Deluxe). Stones always win. https://t.co/AYcysRFyuG
— Nathan (@TacoFelines) February 27, 2018
To summarize, there are so many incredible options and still plenty I have forgotten about. Like most music questions, the answers are subjective as everyone has their own viewpoint and experiences with many genres which shapes their musical style. So, BBC Radio 6’s question will never have a definitive answer.
However, that doesn’t take away from the fun discussion. Music is one of the great unifiers of people and it is proven here.
Tweet us @FOXSportsKnox or find us on Facebook and let us know if you support our picks or have some of your own. We’re probably forgetting about some good ones.