Music Week In Review Part II: 50 Years Since JFK

Music Week In Review Part II: 50 Years Since JFK

It was 50 years ago this week since the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  Rather than re-do what has already been done extremely well, go to THIS LINK to see a very good song list compiled by Billboard Magazine called 10 Songs Remembering John F. Kennedy.  It includes Public Enemy, The Police, Eminem, The Rolling Stones, and 6 more.  One interesting tidbit about their list: It doesn't include any songs sung by women.  Is that an oversight by Billboard?  Or by women?  Another note below.

Music Week In Review Part II: 50 Years Since JFK

(To see Part I of our Week In Review, go HERE.)

Let's give some credit to Rolling Stone.  Their list, 16 Inspiring Songs That Honor JFK, does include a song by a lady, "Jackie's Strength" by Tori Amos.  Now, we're not on some massive hunt for songs sung by women about JFK (we could always find Marilyn Monroe singing "Happy Birthday" to him - and who paid royalties on that singing of the song?).  It was just interesting that in these two lists, we have songs by so such a varied number of musical genres, from Rock to Hip-Hop to Folk to New Wave to Lou Reed (I give him his own genre because he was such a terrible singer), that it's a surprise the compilers of each list could only find one song by the ladies about JFK.

This means, like we alluded at the top of this amazingly intelligent post, one of two things:

1.  The listmakers don't have as strong a knowledge of girlie music as manly music...


2.  The ladies have let us down.

Here's Ms. Amos and "Jackie's Strength."  Do you like it?  Are there songs that have been left off of these two lists?  Are the ladies misrepresented?  You tell us, yes?

Dave Philp is Assistant Professor of Music Management at William Paterson University and Chief Organizer Guy of YouChoose, a live events music fundraising and social media company that has raised many, many thousands of dollars for non-profit causes. Join the good fight and help change your corner of the world by visiting YouChoose now: To sign up for our email newsletter, click HERE. Mmkay?



This song wasn't on any lists.  Why?