Day 17: The Coronavirus Countdown – 100 Days of Great Music

The staff of the College Football America Yearbook is on the road every weekend of the college football season, shooting games and gathering information for the following year’s book. That means a lot of driving and listening to a lot of music.

Earlier this year our College Football America Yearbook publisher Kendall Webb and our director of editorial content Chuck Cox put together ‘The Coronavirus Countdown – 100 Days of Great Music.’ Each of them sat down and compiled a list of 100 great albums. Their goal was not to select the ‘100 greatest albums of all time.’ It was simply to select 100 great albums to write about as they passed the time during quarantine and shelter-at-home orders.

This 2020 college football season will be unprecedented in so many ways. It’s very likely none of us will be on the road for games because, like most people, we’re trying to stay healthy. And we hope you are too.

So, for the next 100 days, we’re going to publish their countdown here at CollegeFootballAmericaPR.com (the list was originally published on Webb’s personal site, kendallwebb.net). Consider it the ultimate playlist for the ultimate college road trip — music for every taste, from every genre and from every decade of the modern era of music. When the staff of the College Football America Yearbook is back on the road, you can bet these will be some of the tunes we’re listening to.

And, if you missed the previous installments of our series, just click here to head to the Coronavirus Countdown — 100 Days of Great Music home page.

Here’s Day 17. It was another day with another musical artist revealing their coronavirus diagnosis. Then, we dig into two musical legends.

The artist P!nk has made a series of acclaimed albums since her 2000 debut, but most recently, she’s been one of the artists recovering from the coronavirus.

The superstar revealed her positive diagnosis back on April 3 which also affected her 3-year-old son. Both mother and son have recovered, and like all the artists who have been hit by this mysterious bug, we wish them the best.

Our bonus pick of the day takes you back to 2001 for P!nk’s “Missundaztood,” her sophomore set that sold more than five million copies in the U.S. and 15 million worldwide.

— Chuck Cox and Kendall Webb

CHUCK’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

The Rolling Stones

Forty Licks (2002)

Why I Love It

The Stones have some absolute classic albums, including Exile on Main Street, Sticky Fingers and Let it Bleed, but I felt like I need a massive greatest hits compilation to encapsulate their remarkable career. Making your way through these 40 songs is like listening to the soundtrack of rock and roll. The consistency this band maintained putting out quality music is astounding and, really, nearly on par with the Beatles.

Album Highlights

“You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Honky Tonk Women”

Kendall on Chuck’s Album of the Day

Chuck mentions some of the classic individual albums that you should explore, but for a career retrospective, it doesn’t get much better than this. This covers a period when rock music was still rock and roll, and nobody did classic rock and roll better than the Stones.

KENDALL’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

Patsy Cline

The Patsy Cline Collection (1991)

Why I Love It

Patsy Cline’s career was brief, and it came before albums were really the main vehicle for delivering music to country fans. She only released three albums before her untimely death in a plane crash in 1963 at the age of 30.

One of those — “Showcase” — is the definitive Patsy album of her lifetime released, ironically, in the aftermath of a near-fatal car crash. It produced the hits “I Fall To Pieces” and “Crazy,” and it would serve as a nice introduction to her music.

But if any artist was ever deserving of the box set treatment, it is Patsy Cline. And the Patsy Cline Collection from 1991 is the definitive retrospective of her career containing virtually all of the studio recordings she ever made in chronological order. It’ll take a little while to get through the 104 recordings here, but it’s an exhilarating journey worth every minute.

Album Highlights

“Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall To Pieces” and “Crazy”

Chuck on Kendall’s Album of the Day

You get two greatest hits collections from us today. And this is a great one, too. Patsy Cline has one of the greatest voices in music history. This is a great way to remember her music or get acquainted with it.

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