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In honor of this Labor Day 2009, local rock radio station 101.9 WRXP will be playing the 1,109 greatest rock songs of all time, with the help of their fans, listeners, fellow disc jockeys, and special guests artists (like Patrick Wilson from Weezer and Moby) who all submitted their personal 20 favorite rock songs of all time. The songs could be from any time period and any phase of rock, with the only rule being that the same artist cannot be selected twice. The countdown begins with Matt Pinfield and Leslie Fram’s “The Rock Show,” Friday morning, September 4th, at 6 AM, and will run until Monday, September 7th.

Me and my guitar (Paul Reed Smith)

Me and my guitar (Paul Reed Smith)

I started my career as an electric guitarist specializing in rock and funk, and my musical roots go back to the great rock guitarists of the 60’s- Duane Allman, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore, Eric Clapton, not to mention jazz greats like my absolute favorite George Benson AND my beloved guitar teacher, the late Linc Chamberland. Before I discovered soul and funk in the late 70’s, I was heavily influenced by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Yes, The Who, Pink Floyd and countless other innovative and rockin’ bands. (My journey to and through the Soul world came later, and is a story for another day.) Today I am going to submit my own list, the Valerie Romanoff Top 20 Rock Songs Of All Time. If you are so inspired, why don’t you post your own Top 20 list at the bottom of the page? Who knows, you may give me some good ideas of material I can add to the Starlight repertoire. Happy Labor Day and remember, “It’s All About The Party!”

Valerie Romanoff’s Top 20 Rock Songs of All Time (in no particular order)

1. Welcome To The Jungle- Guns and Roses
2. Sweet Emotion- Aerosmith
3. Smoke On The Water- Deep Purple
4. Won’t Get Fooled Again- The Who
5. School’s Out- Alice Cooper
6. Carry On My Wayward Son- Kansas
7. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
8. Frankenstein- Edgar Winter
9. Come Together- The Beatles
10. Running With The Devil- Van Halen
11. My Sharona- The Knack
12. Layla- Derek and the Dominos
13. Roundabout- Yes
14. Black Dog- Led Zepelin
15. Dark Side Of The Moon- Pink Floyd
16. Piece of My Heart- Janis Joplin
17. Life In the Fast Lane- The Eagles
18. Reeling In The Years- Steely Dan
19. One Way Out- The Allman Brothers
20. Last but not least, this is a song I wrote with my friend Alex Salzman, called “I Got It Bad,” and was recorded by my originals band, The Lovebots. Soon I will have links to all of my original music for you to hear.