Songs About Help and the Rock Doctors

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Songs About Help and the Rock Doctors

In these confusing and anxious times, we could all use the occasional helping hand. This week, Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot share their favorite songs about helping.

Greg’s Picks

  • The Four Tops, “Reach Out I’ll Be There”
  • Bob Marley & The Wailers, “No Woman, No Cry”
  • Sade, “By Your Side”
  • Alabama Shakes, “Hold On”

Jim’s Picks

  • The Jackson Five, “I’ll Be There”
  • Peter Gabriel, “Don’t Give Up”
  • Rise Against, “Help Is On the Way”
  • The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, “Help, I’m a Rock”

Then they don their Rock Doctor personas to help a listener named Hannah, who has been caring for her grandmother during the coronavirus pandemic. Her grandmother has Alzheimer’s disease and depends on a limited selection of music to soothe her nerves. Hannah would like to find anything other than the same Judy Collins album for both of them to enjoy.

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Featured Songs

Judy Collins, “Both Sides Now,” Wildflowers, Elektra, 1967
Whitney, “Valleys (My Love),” Forever Turned Around, Secretly Canadian, 2019
Moby, “Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad,” Play, V2, 1999
Moby, “Natural Blues,” Play, V2, 1999
The Jackson Five, “I’ll Be There,” Third Album, Motown, 1970
The Four Tops, “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” Reach Out, Motown, 1967
The Beatles, “Anytime At All,” A Hard Day’s Night, Parlophone, 1964
Peter Gabriel, “Don’t Give Up,” So, Virgin, 1986
Bob Marley & The Wailers, “No Woman, No Cry (Live at The Lyceum, London July 17, 1975),” Live!, Island, 1975
Sade, “By Your Side,” Lovers Rock, Sony, 2000
The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, “Help, I’m a Rock,” Part One, Reprise, 1967
Alabama Shakes, “Hold On,” Boys & Girls, ATO, 2012
Moby, “South Side,” Play, V2, 1999
Moby , “Run On,” Play, V2, 1999
Whitney, “Forever Turned Around,” Forever Turned Around, Secretly Canadian, 2019
Whitney, “Friend of Mine,” Forever Turned Around, Secretly Canadian, 2019
Curtis Mayfield, “Move On Up,” Curtis, Curtom, 1970
The Beatles, “You Know My Name (Look Up The Number),” Let It Be (B-side), Apple, 1970
Bill Withers, “Friend of Mine,” Live At Carnegie Hall, Sussex, 1973
The Teeth, “So Long,” Carry The Wood, Park the Van, 2005
The Spitfires, “Life Worth Living,” Life Worth Living, Acid Jazz, 2020
Naked Raygun, “Treason,” Understand?, Caroline, 1989