Day 23: 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 23.

Chuck’s got an album from 1990 below that was one of the records we bonded over as friends that fall when we met in college.

So it’s a good day to reflect back on another artist that brought us together. We’ve both been Garth Brooks fans since the beginning, and right about the time I started college that fall he released his second album “No Fences.”

At the time, though, I had been wearing out his eponymous debut album that got everything rolling the previous year. Your bonus pick of the day is “Garth Brooks” which featured hits like “Much Too Young (To Feel This Damn Old),” “Not Counting You,” “If Tomorrow Never Comes” and “The Dance.”

— Kendall Webb

CHUCK’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

Poison

Flesh & Blood (1990)

Why I Love It

When Poison broke onto the hair metal scene in 1986, I was immediately a fan of the band’s good-time rock and roll. But it was a more polished and mature version of Poison on this fantastic third album that I didn’t expect to hear. Frankly, I was blown away. I firmly believe it’s one of the greatest albums of the era and still holds up. Plus, the cover art is of drummer Rikki Rockett’s arm right after he got a tattoo of the band’s logo and the album title. How rock and roll is that?

Album Highlights

“Life Goes On,” “Ride the Wind” and “Something to Believe In”

Kendall on Chuck’s Album of the Day

I met Chuck in the fall of 1990, just a couple of months after this album was released. He had a Poison logo across the back of his denim jacket, long hair and an ear ring. I wore Wranglers and a cowboy hat. Somehow it worked, although I think my mom was scared to death the first time I brought him by the house. He was the one who introduced me to this album, and if you go back and listen to their first two albums released prior to this, it’s also the sound of a band finally taking themselves seriously. That’s not to say there aren’t some party anthems (remember “Unskinny Bop”?), but by and large, this is a surprisingly sturdy album thanks to the songwriting. If it’s not the best album by a hair metal band, it’s in the running.

KENDALL’S ALBUM OF THE DAY

John Denver

Windsong (1975)

Why I Love It

John Denver recorded several great albums that are considered all-time classics. I settled on this one because it had a few of my favorite songs including “Looking For Space,” I’m Sorry,” “Fly Away” and the epic “Calypso.”

Denver was already an international pop star by the time this album was released, but the album helped him increase his profile in country music, taking home the CMA Entertainer of the Year that fall. Of course, not everybody in country music agreed. An inebriated Charlie Rich announced John Denver as the winner at that year’s awards ceremony, but only after he had set fire to the paper containing Denver’s name. You won’t get any complaints from me, though. John Denver’s music was country music. It just happened to appeal to fans everywhere.

Album Highlights

“Looking For Space,” “I’m Sorry” and “Calypso”

Chuck on Kendall’s Album of the Day

Like Elvis Presley, John Denver was a mainstay of my childhood music landscape. My parents were big fans, and so was I. This album is nothing short of beautiful. Each song sounds effortless and feels like home. I wish Elvis and John had not left us so soon, but I’m glad they gave us so much tremendous music before they died.

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