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VH1's '100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs': Rank the Top 10

Metallica_lLast week we asked you which anthems you expected and/or wanted to see on VH1’s 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. Well, today, to coincide with the net’s 10 p.m. ET unveiling of the top 20, we’ll conclude our festivities with another challenge: Rank the top 10, in order of oh-my-god-this-song-rocks-so-hard-iness. The fine folks at VH1 have revealed those 10 tunes exclusively to you, PopWatchers. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

• AC/DC’s "Back in Black"
• Aerosmith’s "Walk This Way"
• Black Sabbath’s "Paranoid"
• Guns N’ Roses’ "Welcome to the Jungle"
• Led Zeppelin’s "Whole Lotta Love"
• Metallica’s "Enter Sandman"
• Motörhead’s "Ace of Spades"
• Nirvana’s "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
• Van Halen’s "Runnin’ with the Devil"
• The Who’s "Won’t Get Fooled Again"

We know how we would arrange our list. (Hint: “Back in Black,” "Runnin’ with the Devil," and “Welcome to the Jungle,” you may proceed to the head of the class.) But who cares what we think? Give us your top 10, using these selections. (And yes, if you hate VH1’s picks, you also can make a list using hard rock songs of your choosing.)

More on rock music:
VH1′s ’100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs’: What’s No. 1?
Stephen King’s list of the 25 best rock songs of all time
Your list of the 25 songs Stephen King missed!
Warning: This song may be hazardous to your health!

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eBay reveals top 10 items of '08: What did you bid on this year?

Sesamestreetwii_l Looking at eBay‘s top 10 items of 2008, I first thought "I am woefully out of touch with the world" and then realized a better declaration was simply, "I don’t spend much time on eBay." It turns out the only item I bid on this year was an "Our Gang" poster of the old-school Sesame Street crew. I’m really cool. I also forgot I had "agreed to buy" and ended up having my eBay account suspended for three months without even noticing, but let’s not dwell on that. It also turns out that when you try to play this poster on Wii (2008′s top-sold item by far), nothing happens (pictured).

eBay’s best-sellers of the year are listed below. Got any bidding war tales of triumph and/or woe from 2008? Let us know! The more embarrassing the better, and 500 extra points if you cried.

Nintendo Wii: 2,056,866 related items sold
Xbox 360: 1,297,903 related items sold
Apple’s iPod Touch: 281,361 related items sold
Hannah Montana: 223,139 related items sold
Apple’s iPhone 3G: 212,837 related items sold
Brett Favre: 199,832 related items sold
Barack Obama: 111,546 related items sold
High School Musical Cast: 109,813 related items sold
Guitar Hero III: 98,159 related items sold 
Madonna: 96,511 related items sold

VH1's '100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs': What's No. 1?

Acdcthewhodaltry_l1For those about to hard rock, we salute you. And by you, we mean everyone tough enough to make a five-night commitment to VH1 the week of Dec. 29, when the list-loving network unveils a loud-and-proud countdown: 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs. (Do not confuse this with the network’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock or 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll.) Hosted by a man who wants nothin’ but a good time, Bret Michaels, the celebration will feature such eardrum-pummeling bands as Metallica, Motley Crue, Nirvana, the Who, Van Halen and Led Zeppelin. When I heard that VH1 was airing this special, I immediately rang up my good friend/EW’s own Dalton Ross, and the two of us started guessing which song would wind up at No. 1. Led Zep’s "Black Dog"? Sabbath’s "Paranoid"? Deep Purple’s "Smoke on the Water"? Nirvana’s "Smells Like Teen Spirit"? Pretty quickly, we agreed that AC/DC’s "Back in Black" will likely reign supreme. If there were a Mount Rushmore of Hard Rock Riffs, "Back in Black" would be carved into it.

Then we got into a less than harmonious discussion about which Who song would make the cut. I argued that "My Generation" is a logical choice, what with the dangerous lyric "I hope I die before I get old" and that brutal, chaotic finish. Dalton, meanwhile, insisted that "Baba O’Riley" would win out because it "rocks harder and longer" than "My Generation." With neither of us able to persuade the other to abandon his cause, we had no choice but to make a high-stakes bet about which song would chart higher. (Loser had to refer to the winner as the King of Rock for one full day.) Too impatient to wait for the verdict, I put the squeeze on the peeps at VH1, who gave up the following spoilers: “My Generation” anchors the No. 37 spot, while “Baba O’Riley” checks in at… No. 0! That’s right—it didn’t even make the list! In your face, Ross! (Now, one could argue that I didn’t win either, because they also told me that a different Who hit, “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” actually cracks the Top 10. Of course, I choose to ignore this tiny technicality, and will make Dalton respect my royal authority. (I also could say that it’s a regal matter, baby—you know, if I spent my time coming up with underwhelming Who puns.)

But enough about our predictions—which fist-jacking anthem do you think will be named the Greatest Hard Rock Song? Better yet, which one should be? Which hard rock staples must be included somewhere on the countdown? Which song by the Who most deserves to be on this list? And, of course, which Poison tune will make the cut (and you know that one will, given that Mr. Unskinny Bop is serving as emcee)?

More on rock music:
Stephen King’s list of the 25 best rock songs of all time
Your list of the 25 songs Stephen King missed!
Warning: This song may be hazardous to your health!

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The Top 5 'View' Feuds of 2008: Pick Your Favorite!

AOL TV has compiled a list/video compilation of the top 5 View feuds of the year, and, not surprisingly in this "Yes We Can" year, most of the tongue lashings centered around politics. Also not shocking? Righty Elizabeth Hasselbeck was often at the receiving end. After you’ve viewed the contenders, cast your vote for the best smackdown in the comments section (or nominate another View dust-up). I’ve embedded my favorite clip below: Whoopi asking John McCain if she should worry about being someone’s slave was both ridiculous and ingenious.

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Who's your 2008 Person of the Year? (Don't say Seacrest. Do say Slezak!)

Timeobamapersonyear_lTime Magazine has released its 2008 Person of the Year package and surprise! It’s soaring eagle Barack Obama! Personally, I’m shocked — SHOCKED — that in light of crippled duck Pres. Bush’s recent heroic dodging of hurled shoes and subsequent philosophical quandary — "So what if he threw a shoe at me?" — he’s not the Person of the Year instead. Oh look! I’m over it.

The Runners-Up pool features Henry Paulson, Zhang Yimou, Nicolas Sarkozy and his phone pal Sarah Palin, while the pop culture figures included in the group — Tina Fey, Robert Downey Jr., Stephenie Meyer, and Michael Phelps (all named Entertainers of the Year by EW as well) — are relegated to the Miss Congeniality-ish category of People Who Mattered.

Tell us: Is your Person of the Year the same as your Entertainer of the Year? And even if you’re not into Obama, doesn’t he kind of deserve Person of the Year PURELY based on his powerful reach and ability to palm a b-ball? Come on.

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Are these really the seven worst guitar solos ever?

I pity the poor writers at Spike.com. Just think of the hours of awful music they must have subjected themselves to before compiling their new list of the "Top 7 Worst Guitar Solos of All Time" — not the "baddest," mind you, but actually the worst. And it’s a complicated question: What does it mean to be the worst guitar solo of all time, anyway? Are we talking about the most boring? The most off-key? The most bloated and indulgent?

All those and more ended up on Spike.com’s list. They made some good calls, like singling out Lil Wayne’s inexplicable belief that he can play guitar, which is an ongoing embarassment to humanity. They’re also way off-base at times: I’m sorry, but there is nothing wrong with the solo from "Smells Like Teen Spirit." And their list is far from complete. My personal least-favorite solo of the past few years comes from Vampire Weekend, a band so wildly overrated that I almost feel bad pointing out how overrated they are. (Almost.) The limp little "solo" in their single "Oxford Comma" (below, at about 2:00) typifies everything that’s wrong with those smug, lazy prepsters.

But that’s just me! What are your least favorite guitar solos of all time? Post ‘em up below. And no, fake shredding doesn’t count, sadly.

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What’s worse: Michael Bolton or the lash?
Acknowledging Heidi Montag’s new "music" video
EW picked the Worst Albums of 2007 (Worst of ’08, coming soon!)

Leona Lewis' 'Bleeding Love': The song of 2008?

Leonalewis_lRegular PopWatch readers may recall that earlier this year we engaged in a not-so-harmonious debate over whose single would take the title of "Song of Summer 2008." And while names like Katy, Rihanna, Estelle, and Duffy lit up our comment board, many readers weren’t sure whether "Bleeding Love" by Leona Lewis (pictured) had the staying power to make it through Labor Day weekend. Well, if iTunes downloads are any indication, the songstress’ soulful ballad might actually be the most popular song of the year. "Bleeding Love" topped iTunes’ 2008 best-selling singles list while Lewis’ UK brethren Coldplay scored the top-selling album spot with Viva La Vida.

Obviously digital sales are only one piece of the "it song" puzzle, so tell us, PopWatchers, what is your ditty of 2008? Did Perry’s "I Kissed a Girl" (which also made iTunes’ top 10 singles list) leave you craving the taste of cherry Chapstick all year long? Or did Rihanna (who made the list twice) and her "Disturbia" grab you like a thief in the night? And while you’re at it, what album (if you still listen to entire records) was your most-played of the year?

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Behold! 2008's top Yahoo! searches

Fergiewrestling_lHappy year-in-review day, P-Dubs. Yahoo! just released its Top Searches lists for 2008 — there are plenty of repeats from last year’s list (Britney Spears, WWE, Lindsay Lohan), but poor Fergie (pictured, smacked down) and a few others have been demoted to the vast wasteland of No. 11 and beyond. I’m disappointed that my top search, "nachos platter stretchy cheese," did not ooze its way onto the list, but I’ll live. The most intriguing repeat ranker? Naruto. "WTF is Naruto?" asked low life form Michael Slezak in an IM just now. "I thought maybe Naruto was like a pan-flute octet from Peru." Hell no. Naruto is obviously an ongoing Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto with an anime adaptation. Get it right.

Other notable winners: Hurricanes (News), "It’s Miley!!!!" (Celebrity Brat Pack), Heath Ledger (Farewells), and my personal favorite, IRS Stimulus Checks (Economy). Thanks to TechCrunch for the tip.

Compare this year’s list with last year’s after the jump. Is your top pop culture-related search on the list? If so, congratulations! You are "normal."

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Rolling Stone's 100 greatest singers list: Who's missing?

Arethafranklin_lAny "Best Whatever of All Time" list is certain to — perhaps is actually designed to — rile people up. Why is so-and-so ranked above such-and-such? How could you leave off [INSERT PERSONAL FAVORITE]? What idiots would pick so-and-so as the No. 1 of all-time? Rolling Stone’s greatest 100 singers is no different, of course, though given that initial caveat that these lists are all impossible to do without receiving criticism, really, they did a pretty solid job.

First off, the list was compiled based on votes from artists, journalists, and "industry insiders," so the Stone staff has sort of passed the buck on any gripes. But methodology aside, it’s hard to argue with Aretha Franklin at No. 1. (You really want to tussle with the Queen of Soul?) Also, merely defining the "Greatest Singers" is from the outset a subject of great debate (even here at EW.com). Do you mean vocal ability? If so, Mariah Carey (No. 79) should be up higher and Bob Dylan (No. 7) much lower. Are we talking about emotion and lyrical interpretation? If so, the Dylan-Carey ranking is pretty spot on. Performance? Then Prince (No. 30) and Michael Jackson (No. 25) need to be up higher. (Somewhere, John Lennon is smiling that he was placed above Paul McCartney.)

All that said, off the top of my head, I think leaving off Paul Simon is a mistake, and I would’ve liked to have seen Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, or Eddie Vedder join Kurt Cobain (No. 45) in representing the fine vocal work from Seattle’s early-1990s hard rock scene. Women also seem to be underrepresented. Yes, Aretha was No. 1, but Tina Turner is the only other female in the top 20. And where’s Sarah McLaughlin? P.J. Harvey? Ann Wilson? Joan Jett? Given that votes determined the outcome here, perhaps that is indicative of an unfortunate male-centric prevailing attitude in today’s music biz.

What do you think of the list, PopWatchers? Who was left off? And what are the criteria that make a "great singer?"

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Pop culture's best bath/hot tub moments!

Antmbath_lIn honor of America’s Next Top Model‘s Marjorie receiving a drunken marriage proposal in the bath tub during last night’s episode (pictured), let’s all rattle off our favorite bath/hot tub moments from TV and film. I’ll start. I still remember episode 2 of NBC’s reality show Age of Love, when bachelor Mark Philippoussis and his bikini’d 20-something "kittens" sat in painfully awkward silence as he looked like he wanted to kill himself. And, of course, there’s that little sex scene in Bull Durham. And, ooh, that controversial beer helmet scene with David Boreanaz on Bones.

Your turn.

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