“I’m going way out on a limb here, and I’m probably just asking for trouble, but I think I’ve found the most rockin’ song of all time. Not the best, not my favorite, not the most essential and not the most influential. I’m talking the most rockin’ ever. And I’m positive that if you give this song an honest listen, without prejudice or cynicism, you will see I’m right. At the very least you will agree the song is indeed quite rockin’ and deserving of a “most rockin’ song ever” nomination.
Before unveiling his choice, he lays out five criteria against which all candidates for such a superlative should be measured. Example:
Because rockin’ requires an utter lack of self-consciousness, and attempts at rockin’ in the past 25-plus years are inherently self-conscious and old fashioned, true rockin’ music died around the time Ronald Reagan was elected.
Personally, I laughed at the randomness of Hyden’s choice, especially after all the build up. But I have no doubt more people have listened to “Ramble Tamble” in the last 18 hours than in the last 18 years.