(from the archives of WTIT: The Blog 2008) Today the WTIT Tape Radio Blog brings you our feature A DJ’s Take and another one of our "Best of" lists. We haven't received enough complaints yet to shut this feature down. Given enough time, it would be a lock.Today, we will share with you our picks for the Top 10 Peace Songs of the rock era. We will give you the artist and song.
10. Peace Will Come – Melanie. We were a big fan of hers for a short time. She’s still around and performing. I stumbled into her website for something or other I was writing.
9. Peace Train – Cat Stevens. It is hard to believe how good he was and how long he had been gone until this year's album release.
8. Blowing in the Wind – Bob Dylan. An all time classic. The song has been covered by some 375 artists. Probably the most noteworthy was the Stevie Wonder version.
7. I Ain’t Marching Anymore – Phil Ochs. A tragic music figure who never achieved much fame outside of the “folk” crowd wrote a masterpiece here.
6. I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixing-to-Die-Rag - Country Joe MacDonald. The big sing-along from the Woodstock album. Remember the “fish” cheer?
5. War – Edwin Starr. Actually recorded first by the Temptations. Motown did not want it released as a single so the Temps producer Norm Whitfield (and co- author of the song) produced it with Starr.
4. Universal Soldier – Donovan. Buffy St, Marie wrote "Universal Soldier" in the basement of The Purple Onion coffee house in Toronto in the early sixties. It's about individual responsibility for war and how the old feudal thinking kills us all. Donovan had a hit with it in 1965.
3. With God on Their Side – Bob Dylan. This is a history lesson disguised as a song.
2. Give Peace a Chance – John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band. The title gave a generation their peace slogan. Recorded in John & Yoko’s hotel room during their infamous “Bed-In” for peace.
1. Imagine – John Lennon. It is the best song about peace. It’s not even close. It is so naïve yet so powerfully hopeful. God, I still miss him.