Top 12 Christmas Albums of All-Time

Christmas music, as we currently think of it, didn’t really get going until about the 1930s, when a number of Yuletide numbers became jazz standards. And to listen to most radio stations when they switch over to their all-Christmas music format around ...

11 Great Songs in Honor of Veterans Day

Today, in case you have not bothered to check your calendar, is November 11. Specifically, it’s Veterans Day. It’s one day out of the year — but hopefully not the only one — where we can put aside our personal or political ...

10 of the Strangest Officially Licensed Beatles Products Ever

Long before Kiss set the gold standard in licensing their band (brand?) to death, the Beatles were the kings of merchandise. And while some Beatles products made sense — pins, wigs, lunch boxes, posters, and the like — there was some really ...

Boo! The Top 20 Halloween Songs Playlist

If you’re the type of person who leaves Christmas shopping until the very last minute, you’re probably also inclined to wait until just before Halloween to make a super-spooky playlist. In both cases, shame on you!

Fortunately for you, I’m willing to ...

Top 10 Musically Satisfying Solo Careers

Going it alone is hard, even when you’re incredibly talented. I learned this the hard way every weekend for my entire high school life. But sometimes a musician breaks away from the band and not only doesn’t fall flat on his face, ...

The Show Must Go On: 10 TV Series That Dealt With Death

When Fox’s Glee returns to the air for its fifth season tomorrow, it will do so with the weight of tragedy behind it. Cast member Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson, died of a drug overdose in July. A tribute episode is ...

7 Dramatic Actors With Serious Comedic Ability

America will get treated to yet another dark comedy about the Mafia this Friday, when The Family opens. It stars Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, the blonde cheerleader from Glee, and some other kid. This is certainly not the first ...

Top 10 Late-Night TV Talk Show Bombs

The landscape of late-night television talk shows is an ever-shifting one, and seems to have been in a near-constant state of flux since the legendary Johnny Carson retired in 1992. But even before then, the list of failed talk shows over the ...

20 Awful Album Covers (from Artists Who Should Know Better)

Look, I won’t insult your intelligence by pretending that there aren’t already at least three or four lists of the worst album covers ever out there on the internet. You know it and I know it. But this one is different, I ...

7 Musical Careers Impacted By Injuries and Illness

I’m not a person who’s very good at overcoming adversity. Just the other day one of my contact lenses was bothering me and I called out sick from work. So I know little of what it takes to reach the heights of ...

The 9 Worst Legacies of ’90s Pop Culture

The good thing about pop culture trends is that most of them, while shitty, go away eventually. But some of them, like that nasty case of herpes you picked up your freshman year in college, never really vanish for good. They either ...

Top 10 Ben Folds Five Songs

If you had told me just three or four years ago that not only would I get to hear a new Ben Folds Five album — and a damn fine one to boot — but see them on tour, I would have ...

Top 10 TV Themes of the ’70s

The art of the TV theme song is a lost one these days. After all, why waste 90 seconds playing music at the beginning of a show when you can just cram in an extra commercial break? But there was a time, ...

10 Great Kiss Greeting Card Song Lyrics

Just because it’s not even close to Valentine’s Day doesn’t mean you should pass up the opportunity to tell someone special to you how much you care about them. But man, the typical store-bought greeting card just feels so generic and impersonal. ...

Top 10 Rock Songs About… Rock

Typically, writing a rock and roll song about rock and roll is a pretty lame move. It’s sort of like writing a poem about writing poetry. By virtue of the fact that we’re listening to a rock song we’ve pretty much established ...

Top 15 Most Quotable Movies Ever

There are many ways for a movie to worm its way into our collective consciousness. It can dazzle us with mind-blowing special effects, introduce us to unforgettable characters, or move us with great stories. Or it can just be chock full of ...

Top 8 Nickelodeon Shows of the 1980s

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For adults of my age range who had access to basic cable in the 1980s, the most important channel in the universe was — sorry MTV fans — Nickelodeon. From meager beginnings as The Pinwheel Network, ...

10 Classic Songs Inspired By Comic Book Superheroes

Comic book superheroes have been stirring imaginations for almost a century at this point, but it’s only been since the dawn of rock and roll that costumed do-gooders have regularly been immortalized in song as well. And while some ...

Top 5 Holy Grail Playset Toys of the 1980s

For most of us who played with any of the mass-produced toy lines of the 1980s, our appetite for bigger and better toys was curbed by two things — limited space and limited (parental) money. Working with those restraints we scooped up ...

Top 15 Brian May Queen Songs

Over the course of Queen’s illustrious recording career, Brian May proved to not only be an outstanding guitarist but an incredibly talented and versatile songwriter. While the late Freddie Mercury was the focal point of the band during the band’s glorious ...

9 Great Mellow Heavy Metal Songs

Let’s face it, we’re all getting older. No matter how much our inner teenagers may call us to bang our heads on a regular basis, we can only do it for so long before permanent neck damage sets in. What then ...

Top 10 Roger Dean Album Covers

When us old farts go on and on about how great it was back in the days when vinyl was king, one of the things we pine for was the experience of just staring at an album cover and getting lost in ...

Top 5 Entertainment Career Suicides

They say getting to the top of the mountain is always easier than staying there. The question for most beloved actors and musicians, then, is whether or not the trip from the peak of that aforementioned mountain is a gradual descent or ...