• Mon, Feb 15 2010

Rock And Roll Heaven: The Pope’s Playlist

ThrillerWhat do the Holy Father and Philippine prisoners have in common? A mutual love of “Thriller”! The Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has released Pope Benedict XVI‘s list of top songs he’d like to have with him on the desert island. And it doesn’t contain songs you’d necessarily expect. The list includes:

The Beatles’ “Revolver”
Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of The Moon” (which, fun fact, is still considered “Satan’s music” on an amazing variety of Web sites)
Oasis’s “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?”
U2’s “Achtung Baby”
Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”
Donald Fagen’s “The Nightfly”
Carlos Santana’s “Supernatural”
Paul Simon’s “Graceland”
David Crosby’s “If I Could Only Remember My Name”

Don’t look for Bob Dylan on there, though. Article authors Giuseppe Fiorentino and Gaetano Vallini noted that he had to be excluded because of the numerous singer/songwriters he’d inspired who have “harshly tested the ears and patience of listeners.”

The Pontiff’s Fave Albums [Sky News]

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