The Coronavirus Countdown – 100 Days of Great Music

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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 in 2020 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 (the list was originally published on Webb’s personal site, 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.

If you’ve found this page, you’ve found the master page for the countdown. Below, you’ll find links to each day of the countdown. Plus feel free to continue to explore our site for our great College Football America Yearbook content. We’ve always felt that music and college football make a great combination.

Day 1: The Zombies, “Odessey and Oracle” (Chuck); Ryan Adams, “Heartbreaker” (Kendall)

Day 2: The Who, “Who’s Next” (Chuck); Arcade Fire, “Funeral” (Kendall)

Day 3: Kanye West, “The College Dropout” (Chuck); LaVern Baker, “Soul on Fire — The Best of LaVern Baker” (Kendall)

Day 4: Weezer, “Weezer” (Chuck); Band of Horses, “Cease to Begin” (Kendall)

Day 5: Warrant, “Dog Eat Dog” (Chuck); Matraca Berg, “Sunday Morning to Saturday Night” (Kendall)

Day 6: Various Artists, “Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack” (Chuck); The Black Crowes, “Shake Your Money Maker” (Kendall)

Day 7: Various Artists, “Hamilton: An American Musical” (Chuck); Blue Rodeo “Casino” (Kendall)

Day 8: Van Halen, “Van Halen” (Chuck); Brinsley Schwarz “Nervous on the Road” (Kendall)

Day 9: U2, “The Joshua Tree” (Chuck); The Byrds, “Sweethearts of the Rodeo” (Kendall)

Day 10: Frank Turner, “England Keep My Bones” (Chuck); Colbie Caillat, “Breakthrough” (Kendall)

Day 11: They Might Be Giants, “Flood” (Chuck); Camper Van Beethoven, “Telephone Free Landslide Victory” (Kendall)

Day 12: James Taylor, “Greatest Hits” (Chuck); Rosanne Cash, “King’s Record Shop” (Kendall)

Day 13: George Strait, “50 No. 1’s” (Chuck); Tracy Champan, “Tracy Chapman” (Kendall)

Day 14: Doug Stone, “Doug Stone” (Chuck); Ray Charles, “Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music” (Kendall)

Day 15: Bruce Springsteen, “Nebraska” (Chuck); Guy Clark, “Old No. 1” (Kendall)

Day 16: Simon & Garfunkel, “Bridge Over Trouble Water” (Chuck); The Clash, “London Calling” (Kendall)

Day 17: The Rolling Stones, “40 Licks” (Chuck); Patsy Cline, “The Patsy Cline Collection” (Kendall)

Day 18: REO Speedwagon, “Hi Infidelity” (Chuck); David Allan Coe, “Penitentiary Blues” (Kendall)

Day 19: Radiohead, “The Bends” (Chuck); The Coors, “Forgiven, Not Forgotten” (Kendall)

Day 20: Queen, “The Game” (Chuck); Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits” (Kendall)

Day 21: Prince and The Revolution, “The Purple Rain Soundtrack” (Chuck); Mary Cutrufello, “When the Night is Through” (Kendall)

Day 22: Elvis Presley: Elv1s: 30 No. 1 Hits (Chuck); The Decemberists, Castaways & Cutouts (Kendall)

Day 23: Poison: Flesh and Blood (Chuck); John Denver, Windsong (Kendall)

Day 24: Pink Floyd, The Wall (Chuck); The Desert Rose Band, The Desert Rose Band (Kendall)

Day 25: Tom Petty, Anthology: Through the Years (Chuck); The Chicks, Home (Kendall)

Day 26: Pearl Jam, No Code (Chuck); Donovan, What’s Been Did and What’s Been Hid (Kendall)

Day 27: Dolly Parton, Ultimate Dolly Parton (Chuck); Nick Drake, Five Leaves Left (Kendall)

Day 28: Oasis, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory (Chuck); Bob Dylan, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (Kendall)

Day 29: Nirvana, MTV Unplugged in New York (Chuck); Steve Earle & The Dukes, The Hard Way (Kendall)

Day 30: Nine Inch Nails, Pretty Hate Machine (Chuck); Enya, Shepherd Moods (Kendall)

Day 31: N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton (Chuck); The Flatlanders, More a Legend than a Band (Kendall)

Day 32: My Chemical Romance, The Black Parade (Chuck); Flying Burrito Brothers, The Gilded Palace of Sin (Kendall)

Day 33: Kacey Musgraves, Same Trailer Different Park (Chuck); Foster and Lloyd, Foster and Lloyd (Kendall)

Day 34: Motley Crue, Shout at the Devil (Chuck); Frightened Rabbit, Painting of a Panic Attack (Kendall)

Day 35: George Michael, Faith (Chuck); Bobbie Gentry, Ode to Billie Joe (Kendall)

Day 36: Metallica, Metallica (Chuck); The Greencards, Viridian (Kendall)

Day 37: John Mellencamp, Words and Music: John Mellencamp’s Greatest Hits (Chuck); Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Ballads (Kendall)

Day 38: Madonna, The Immaculate Collection (Chuck); Emmylou Harris, Pieces of the Sky (Kendall)

Day 39: Live, Throwing Copper (Chuck); The Innocence Mission, Glow (Kendall)

Day 40: Huey Lewis and The News, Fore! (Chuck); The International Submarine Band, The International Submarine Band (Kendall)

Day 41: Led Zeppelin, Led Zepellin IV (Chuck); The Jayhawks, Tomorrow The Green Grass (Kendall)

Day 42: Miranda Lambert, The Weight Of These Wings (Chuck); Robert Johnson, The Complete Recordings (Kendall)

Day 43: Chris Knight, A Pretty Good Guy (Chuck); Norah Jones, Come Away With Me (Kendall)

Day 44: Kiss, Destroyer (Chuck); Chris Knight, Chris Knight (Kendall)

Day 45: Kings of Leon, Only By The Night (Chuck); Chantal Kreviazuk, Colour Moving and Still (Kendall)

Day 46: Carole King, Tapestry (Chuck); Kris Kristofferson, Kristofferson (Kendall)

Day 47: Journey, Greatest Hits (Chuck); Miranda Lambert, Revolution (Kendall)

Day 48: Billy Joel, The Stranger (Chuck); Jerry Lee Lewis, Another Place Another Time (Kendall)

Day 49: Jewel, Pieces of You (Chuck); Lost Dogs, Scenic Routes (Kendall)

Day 50: Michael Jackson, Thriller (Chuck); Loretta Lynn, Van Lear Rose (Kendall)

Day 51: Janet Jackson, Rhythm Nation 1814 (Chuck); Mazzy Star, So Tonight That I Might See (Kendall)

Day 52: Billy Idol, Vital Idol (Chuck); The McCarters, The Gift (Kendall)

Day 53: INXS, Kick (Chuck); The Del McCoury Band, Del and the Boys (Kendall)

Day 54: Hootie and The Blowfish, Cracked Rear View (Chuck); Natalie Merchant, Ophelia (Kendall)

Day 55: Buddy Holly, Greatest Hits (Chuck); Buddy Miller, Poison Love (Kendall)

Day 56: Guns N’ Roses, Appetite for Destruction (Chuck); Ronnie Milsap, It Was Almost Like a Song (Kendall)

Day 57: Glasvegas, Glasvegas (Chuck); Joni Mitchell, Blue (Kendall)

Day 58: Frightened Rabbit, The Midnight Organ Fight (Chuck); Moby Grape, Moby Grape (Kendall)

Day 59: Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (Chuck); Van Morrison, Astral Weeks (Kendall)

Day 60: Faster Pussycat, Wake Me When It’s Over (Chuck); Kacey Musgraves, Golden Hour (Kendall)

Day 61: Family of the Year, Loma Vista (Chuck); My Morning Jacket, Z, (Kendall)

Day 62: Elton John, The Greatest Hits: 1970-2002 (Chuck); Willie Nelson, And Then I Wrote (Kendall)

Day 63: Steve Earle, Train A Comin’ (Chuck); Nico, Chelsea Girl (Kendall)

Day 64: Eagles of Death Metal, Peace, Love and Death Metal (Chuck); The O’Kanes, The O’Kanes (Kendall)

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