M.A.B., based in Broomall, PA, cautioned, however, that its top-ten list is "sure to be the subject of great debate."
"At M.A.B. we realize that music has always played a big role in painting," said Jim Renshaw, the company's general manager. "You would be hard pressed to find a contractor that doesn't tote a paint-spattered radio to every job. As the painting season kicks off, we thought this would be a fun way to highlight the music of painting and start some great debates about people's all-time favorites."
Right behind Back in Black in the polling was the Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil," at No. 2. Then, in order from Nos. 3 to 5 are Bruce Springsteen's "Born to Run," "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin, and Aerosmith's "Dream On." In a departure from classic rock tunes is Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville," at No. 6, and another exception to the rock theme is Frank Sinatra's "My Way," at No. 10. Completing the top ten in positions 7-9 are "Sweet Home Alabama," by Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Beatles' groundbreaking "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "Sweet Child O' Mine," by Guns 'N Roses.
M.A.B. said it planned to post the list on its website, located at www.mabpaints.com. The list will be updated regularly, and the company is inviting consumers and painters to visit the site and vote for their favorite painting song.
Other songs receiving votes for tunes to paint by are the following: Alive, Pearl Jam; American Pie, Don McClean; Another Brick in the Wall, Pink Floyd; Aqualung, Jethro Tull; California Girls, The Beach Boys, Crazy Train, Ozzy Osbourne; Ironman, Black Sabbath; Jump, Van Halen; Mrs. Robinson, Simon and Garfunkel; My Girl, The Temptations; Roadhouse Blues, The Doors; and Smells Like Teen Spirit, Nirvana.
M.A.B. Paints is a major regional paint manufacturer and retailer, and sells products through more than 250 stores and dealers in the East and Midwest.