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 Number Ones,” (Chuck); Tracy Chapman, “Tracy Chapman,” (Kendall)

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

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