They say there are certain controversial, sure-to-start-an-argument topics that one should never bring up at a dinner party: the host's garish necktie, if he left the casserole in the oven for too long, and when you can finally leave without seeming rude.
But possibly the most touchy subject of all, and one that must be approached with a 10-foot casserole fork? Your favorite song or album and whether it has yet received its Grammy Hall of Fame due.
We jest, of course, but truth: People are passionate about their beloved records, hit singles, deep cuts, and most adored singers. Which translates to this: When the Grammy Hall of Fame releases its lists of annual inductees, as it did on Tuesday, Dec. 3, you can bet that the following weekend's dinner parties'll have some lively conversation going.
Some 27 singles and albums were chosen. The full list is below.
Everyone can pretty much agree on their shared devotion of timeless wonders like Dolly Parton's "Jolene," which made the prestigious cut on Dec. 3. The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and a track by Chicago are on the roster, too.
There will always be a few ditties that seem as if they've been in the Grammy Hall of Fame, which is HQ'd at the Grammy Museum at LA Live, for years and years. Like The Drifters' "Under the Boardwalk" and U2's "The Joshua Tree," two new additions.
But many gems are already well-ensconced within that hallowed hall, which is marking its 40th anniversary. How many? The number of songs and albums -- inductees can fall in either category -- is fast approaching a thousand.
Hmm. What will be the thousandth song inducted? That's a prime dinner party conversation starter, believe it. The thousandth inductee will likely happen over the next couple of years.
Until then, sit back, drop the needle on the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Woman" -- a fresh inductee -- and plan your next social supper. Surely you'll invite all of your music-obsessed pals for some boisterous, opinion-drenched discussion on what is and isn't in the Grammy Hall of Fame?
We applaud all the new entries, but "Under the Boardwalk" will likely remain with us for the rest of the day. It's in your head now, surely? Ours, too. Clearly any song so great that it immediately enters your ether deserves the shiniest honor in all of Recordinglandia.
Oh gosh. "Wonderful World" by Sam Cooke is on the list, too, and "Low Rider," and, and, and...
The 2014 inductees:
AFTER THE GOLD RUSH, Neil Young
Reprise (1970), Album
ALL THINGS MUST PASS, George Harrison
Apple (1970), Album
THE CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY, Chicago
Columbia (1969), Album
COSMO'S FACTORY, Creedence Clearwater Revival
Fantasy (1970), Album
DOC WATSON, Doc Watson
Vanguard (1964), Album
"FORTUNATE SON", Creedence Clearwater Revival (John Fogerty)
Fantasy (1969), Single
"GEORGIA (ON MY MIND)", Hoagy Carmichael And His Orchestra (Hoagy Carmichael, Stuart Gorrell), Victor (1930), Single
"GET UP — I FEEL LIKE BEING LIKE A SEX MACHINE", James Brown (James Brown)
King (1970), Single
"HONKY TONK WOMEN", The Rolling Stones, (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards)
London (1969), Single
"JOLENE", Dolly Parton, (Dolly Parton)
RCA (1973), Single
THE JOSHUA TREE, U2
Island (1987), Album
KRISTOFFERSON, Kris Kristofferson
Monuent (1970), Album
"LOW RIDER", War (Allen, Brown, Dickerson, Goldstein, Jordan, Miller, Oskar & Scott)
United Artists (1975), Single
MARY POPPINS — ORIGINAL CAST SOUNDTRACK, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke & Various Artists, Buena Vista (1964), Album
"NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I'VE SEEN", Louis Armstrong And The All Stars
(Spiritual Arranged by Henry "Harry" Thacker Burleigh), Decca (1938), Single
"RAINDROPS KEEP FALLIN' ON MY HEAD", B.J. Thomas
(Burt Bacharach, Hal David), Scepter (1969), Single
"RAPPER'S DELIGHT", Sugarhill Gang (Bernard Edwards, Nile Rogers)
Sugar Hill (1979), Single
RELAXIN' WITH THE MILES DAVIS QUINTET, Miles Davis
Prestige (1958), Album
"THE REVOLUTION WILL NOT BE TELEVISED", Gil Scott-Heron (Gil Scott-Heron)
Flying Dutchman (1970), Single
"STRANGE THINGS HAPPENING EVERY DAY", Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Rosetta Tharpe)
Decca (1945), Single
"SWEET HOME CHICAGO", Robert Johnson (Robert Johnson)
Vocalion (1937), Single
"3 O'CLOCK BLUES", B.B. King (Lowell Fulson, B.B. King)
RPM (1952), Single
"UNDER THE BOARDWALK", The Drifters (Artie Resnick, Kenny Young)
Atlantic (1964), Single
"WALK THIS WAY", Run-D.M.C. (Joe Perry, Steven Tyler)
Profile (1986), Single
"WONDERFUL WORLD", Sam Cooke (Sam Cook, Herb Albert & Lou Adler)
Keen (1960), Single
WOODSTOCK — MUSIC FROM THE ORGINAL SOUND TRACK AND MORE
Various Artists, Cotillion (1970), Album
"YARDBIRD SUITE", Charlie Parker Septet (Charlie Parker)
Dial (1946), Single
For the all-time list of honored songs and albums, click.