Steal your heart away

The song I took the title for the last post from — “Poncho and Lefty” — is one of those songs that, when I google it, I find people various people calling it the greatest song ever. This also happens with “Wichita Lineman”, “Aguas de Marco”, and “My Funny Valentine” and “Got To Give It Up”.

How about a thread on songs that are described as the greatest ever? Doesn’t have to be your favorite, though it could be.

The words “stairway” and “heaven” will both trip the spam filter for the rest of the afternoon.

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    craigie says:

    Mack the Knife
    God Save the Queen (Sex Pistols edition)
    I could do this all day…

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    🌷 Martin says:

    Rhapsody in Blue

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    DougJ says:


    Those are good choices.

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    seaboogie says:

    @🌷 Martin: as conducted by Leonard Bernstein. Yes!

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    Roger Moore says:

    An die Freude (Schiller/Beethoven/Toscanini)

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    Baud says:

    Anything by Nickelback.

    (Spam filter test complete.)

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    BGinCHI says:

    I agree with Wichita Lineman, for sure.

    Also, in that mode, “Sunday Morning Coming Down.”

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    southend says:


    Beat me to it! (Cash’s version)

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    Roger That says:

    Satan Gave Me a Taco.

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    palindrome says:

    Emmy Lou Harris’s version – not the Willie and Waylon remake.

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    gbear says:

    When I hopped in the car to go get a haircut this morning, Street Fighting Man by the Stones was playing on the radio and I’d forgotten just how much really great stuff there is going on in that song – Charlie’s drumming, Brian’s sitar, Nicky Hopkins on piano, Keith’s guitar intro recorded on a cheap cassette deck – just layer upon layer of cool. I’m willing to put this up as my greatest song ever for today. I won’t bother with posting a YouTube video of the song because the sound will probably suck.

    Next greatest song ever: When I Get To The Border by Richard Thompson.

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    PST says:


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    Alex S. says:

    The double A-side Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane
    Good Vibrations
    Bowie’s Heroes
    Pink Floyd’s Echoes

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    southend says:

    Girl From the North Country

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    DougJ says:


    Almost every song on Beggars Banquet/Let it Bleed/Exile is a legitimate contender IMHO.

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    BGinCHI says:

    “I Gave My Love a Chicken,” Animal House soundtrack.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Isn’t Street Fighting Man the one with Charlie playing on a portable practice kit, and no electric guitars at all?

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    Sticker says:

    Re :Mack the Knife – it’s very strange that the English version is almost campy, but the German original (Mackie Messer) is so much darker. How’d that happen?

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    MattF says:

    Hard to choose among the songs on this album:

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    Oscarbob says:

    The City of New Orleans. Kris Kirstoferson and John Prine described it as “the best damn train song ever”.

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    billgerat says:

    Just about anything by Jimi Hendrix. Especially his blues version of Red House.

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    efgoldman says:

    @BGinCHI: @DougJ

    I agree with Wichita Lineman, for sure


    Pinball Wizard (and 3 or 4 others from Tommy.)
    Good Vibrations
    My Funny Valentine
    Blue Moon – the greatest driving to work in the morning song EVAH!

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    Anton Sirius says:

    My vote for the greatest pop sing ever recorded always goes to Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.

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    JerryN says:

    Stagger Lee has to be up there. From the web page:

    There is a song that has been recorded by James Brown, Nick Cave and Neil Diamond. The Clash, Pat Boone, Fats Domino and Bob Dylan. Duke Ellington, The Grateful Dead, Woody Guthrie, The Ventures, Ike & Tina Turner, Ma Rainey and Jerry Lee Lewis. Tom Jones did it. So did Beck, Mississippi John Hurt, the Black Keys and Elvis Presley.

    Over 400 different artists have recorded this song since the first recording in 1923.

    Margaret Walker and James Baldwin wrote poems from the song. It’s been refashioned as a musical, two novels, a short story, an award-winning graphic novel, Ph.D. dissertations, a p*rn*graphic feature film and a hard cider.

    I admit that I was unaware of feature film.

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    I'mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet says:


    More seriously, …

    Jessica – Allman Brothers
    Solsbury Hill – Peter Gabriel
    Love Reign O’er Me – The Who


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    David Koch says:

    Baby Got Back
    Good Vibrations (The Funky Bunch version)
    Bust a Move
    Me So Horny

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    trollhattan says:

    Now don’t you go off without’splainin’ why Sticky Fingers is conspicuously missing.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Do You Hear The People Sing? from Les Misérables
    Into The Fire by Bruce
    After The Gold Rush by Neil Young
    Di Mana Kan Ku Cari Ganti by P. Ramlee — the most powerful evocation of bereavement I have ever heard

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    billgerat says:

    @David Koch: We’re talking about music here.

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    Tiny Tim says:

    Can we have a post-2000 (or whenever) version of this. Surely something written since I was 8 years old (1980) might make the list.

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    DougJ says:


    It’s not quite as good, IMHO. I Got The Blues For You and Sister Morphine are problematic.

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    gbear says:

    @Amir Khalid: I’m not sure what Charlie is pounding on, but it the biggest, whompingest tom-tom and bass drum sounds ever. The intro sounds like electric guitar, but it may just be a highly processed acoustic. Again, the song is so highly layered that there’s probably a little of everything. I’d have to go listen to it again on my stereo…

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    DougJ says:

    @Tiny Tim:

    Nope, nothing good since 1980. Same for movies.

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    the Conster says:

    Wichita Lineman totally yes, and the best karaoke song ever. Poor Glenn Campbell

    America – Simon & Garfunkel. That opening harmonizing hum gets me every.single.time. I want that song played for me at my memorial service.

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    MP says:

    Bring it on Home to Me (off Live at the Harlem Square Club)
    Tangled up in Blue
    Wish You Were Here

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    gbear says:

    Maybelline by Chuck Berry.

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    Jacel says:

    Days by Ray Davies. No matter whether the Kinks or anybody else performs it, it sounds a message from the heart. It’s the song that is actually what many people expect Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah to be, until they look closely at Cohen’s lyrics.

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    Anoniminous says:

    Lotte Lenya – Moon of Alabama

    Brubeck – Take Five

    Squirrel Nut Zippers – Kraken

    and I’ve hit the FYWP limit otherwise I’d link to Jimmy Lunceford – Jazznocracy.

    (🌷 Martin beat me to Rhapsody in Blue, darn him.)

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    Tom Levenson says:

    In this outlaw Country vein…Guy Clarke: Dublin Blues.
    Poncho and Lefty as Townes VZ does it.
    Emmy Lou Harris doing Deeper Well
    Johnny Cash doing Hurt (and so much else)
    John Prine with Hello in There; Paradise, so many more….

    Been on a Mark Knopfler kick for a while, and I’d find it hard to choose between Romeo and Juliet, Sailing to Philadelphia and all…but Brothers in Arms just works every time.

    As above…could do this all day.

    PS, if, as Trollhattan suggests, we’re going to go all Sticky Fingers on y’all, tell me there’s a better song on that album than Wild Horses…(Dead Flowers?)

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    BGinCHI says:

    @efgoldman: Good Vibrations? Really?

    I admit to being the only person in the world who thinks the Beach Boys are hugely overrated. But you know, taste varies.

    The melancholy in Wichita Lineman is outta sight.

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    trollhattan says:

    Blue Bayou by either Roy or Linda.
    El Paso is grand story-telling.

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    Anoniminous says:


    And then I put in another link. (grrrr)

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    SteveM says:

    Dark End of the Street.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    Damn near anything off of My Aim Is True or Trust.

    “What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding?”

    Much of Leonhard Cohen’s work comes up in these discussions.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @trollhattan: That’s my fave too.

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    RobertDSC-Power Mac G5 Dual says:

    Orion by Metallica.
    Spanish Key by Miles Davis.
    Peace Walker main theme by Akihiro Honda for the game Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.

    My favorite of all time:
    Harvester Of Sorrow by Metallica.

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    DougJ says:

    @Tom Levenson:

    I really love Dead Flowers. It may be my favorite song ever.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Tom Levenson:

    PS, if, as Trollhattan suggests, we’re going to go all Sticky Fingers on y’all, tell me there’s a better song on that album than Wild Horses…(Dead Flowers?)

    Yes, “Dead Flowers.”

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    David Koch says:

    Oh shit, I forgot:

    California Love
    Gin and Juice (White House version)

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    DougJ says:

    That said, various live versions of Dead Flowers are much better than the one on Sticky Fingers.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @the Conster: Try the WL version by The Scud Mountain Boys.

    I also heard REM do it during sound check many years ago. Holy firjoles.

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    SteveM says:

    Since 1980, I’d probably go with Radiohead’s “Creep.”

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    Litlebritdifrnt says:

    When I was 14 I was driven to my Uncle’s pub every weekend to wait tables. He had an 8 track tape player in the pub and of course the tapes played on a loop. Glen Campbell’s greatest hits was one of the tapes that would be played continuously. It was a great pub in a tiny village called Lindale at the edge of the Lake District. There was a creek that fed down from the snow covered fells that cooled the beer cellar. There was an apartment out back that me and my mum (the cook) used to sleep in with our dog. Danny died up there one weekend and he is buried with my Uncle’s fat beagle Rex.

    Anyway, what I was trying to say is that I can sing every single word of Glen Campbell’s then 8 greatest hits including Witchita Line Man which I still love to this day. My second favorite is “Everyday Housewife” simply because it describes such a simpler time in life, when a wife stayed home, and wore a “house dress”.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @SteveM: “Fourth of July” by X.

    ETA: “Conversation on a Barstool” by Marianne Faithfull, which edges out her “Ballad of Lucy Jordan.”

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    the Conster says:


    Exactly. So much pining! It’s a perfect song.

    That’s why I love S&Gs America so much too – melancholy.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    I just checked the song’s Wikipedia entry:

    Recording on “Street Fighting Man” began at Olympic Sound Studios in March 1968 and continued into May and June later that year. With Jagger on lead vocals and both he and Richards on backing, Brian Jones performs the song’s distinctive sitar and also tamboura. Richards plays the song’s acoustic guitars as well as bass, the latter being the only electric instrument on the track.

    Watts said in 2003, “‘Street Fighting Man’ was recorded on Keith’s cassette with a 1930s toy drum kit called a London Jazz Kit Set, which I bought in an antiques shop, and which I’ve still got at home. It came in a little suitcase, and there were wire brackets you put the drums in; they were like small tambourines with no jangles… “

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    gbear says:

    @Tom Levenson:

    PS, if, as Trollhattan suggests, we’re going to go all Sticky Fingers on y’all, tell me there’s a better song on that album than Wild Horses…(Dead Flowers?)

    Sister Morphine with Ry Cooder on slide guitar. Killer.

    So many great songs listed here. Even a shoutout for my beloved Kinks.

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    efgoldman says:


    Good Vibrations? Really?

    I was in music school when it came out. Its departures and innovations from standard rock song harmonies and structure were startling and amazing at the time. Of course, now we’ve all heard it about a zillion times and it’s just another old song. Context is all.

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    John Revolta says:

    Five words,dude-


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    TG Chicago says:

    I think we need a thread about how the release of Bowe Bergdahl proves how weak Obama is.

    I imagine the wingers will be crowing about how Obama negotiated with terrorists! but anyway it’s good that Bergdahl is headed back to the States.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    Sister Morphine has that terrifying lyric:

    Why does the doctor have no face?

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    uila says:

    Divided Sky

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    Joel says:

    No Woman, No Cry

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    Okay, why is FYWP preventing me from replying to MikeJ?

    @ MikeJ: If we are doing Mercer, doesn’t “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” come into play?

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    MikeJ says:


    I also heard REM do it during sound check many years ago

    I’ve got it on a bootleg. Look around for REM Covering Them. It’s all covers from soundchecks/encores.

    Another song on that album that hasn’t been mentioned, Roadrunner.

    Since somebody asked for a song since 1980 without actually mentioning any themselves, how about Whisper by Morphine.

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    DougJ says:

    I should also mention “For the Good Times”, especially the Al Green version.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    “Many Rivers to Cross.” Just as with Rob Gordon in High Fidelity, that song is to played at my funeral.

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    russell says:

    if you’re talking townes van zandt my vote is for “tecumseh valley”.
    if you’re talking john prine my vote is for “far from me” or “paradise”, maybe “christmas in prison”.

    and yeah, no electric guitars on street fighting man, my understanding is that it’s acoustic on some kind of crap cassette player, recorded in a hotel room.

    and yeah, wichita lineman is a great, great song. there’s no way it should work – seriously, a song about the existential love-angst of an electric utility lineman? – and it does.

    holy crap there are a lot of good songs. how about:

    zevon “accidentally like a martyr”, or maybe “my shit’s fucked up”
    elvis (not that one, the other one), “alison”
    graham parker “endless night” or “stupefaction”
    patti smith “dancing barefoot”
    p j harvey “victory”

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    JCJ says:

    Da da da ich lieb dich nicht du liebst mich nicht aha aha aha by Trio

    Engel by Rammstein

    Amerika by Herbert Grönemeyer

    Nie Wieder by Ulla Meinecke

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @Anoniminous: Yeah, 2nd place is a long way from that song in my view, probably because in my mind the song represents everything that is wonderful about New York City. It’s one of those songs that sounds like the place where it was born, it’s where I grew up and became exposed to jazz. Its a very grounding piece for me.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): I am a huge X fan.

    Johnny Hit and Run Pauline?

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    DougJ says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    I almost did a post about that the other day. Maybe my favorite part of the book!

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    BGinCHI says:

    @gbear: Was going to suggest something off “Village Green…” but couldn’t pick just one….

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    trollhattan says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    Terrifyingly is the perfect adjective.

    My Morphine by Gillian Welch is an ideal companion piece.

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    JerryN says:

    Wow, so far no Beatles or Motown. I’ll go with “A Day In The Life” and “My Girl”.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @russell: For GP it’s gotta be “Stick to Me” or “Discovering Japan.”

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:


    graham parker “endless night” or “stupefaction”

    The Up Escalator is a great album from start to finish.

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    janeform says:

    Danny Boy
    Angel From Montgomery

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): I love GP. He was my first Brit rock/pop hero. Before I ever heard Elvis C.

    I still love Stick to Me best, but I’m ecumenical.

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    trollhattan says:

    Hard to pick just one XTC piece, so I’ll go with Chalk Hills and Children.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @DougJ: You are a Clash and EC aficionado and a Nick Hornby fan as well? Get out of my head, man.

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    Amir Khalid says:

    (Trigger warning: grammar Nazism.)
    The adjective is “terrifying”. “Terrifyingly” is an adverb.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @janeform: Is this the first mention of Angel from Montgomery????

    That might be my top pick.

    Fuck, what a song.

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    gbear says:

    @russell: The TVZ song that always grabs me is ‘Highway Kind’. So many of his songs are haunting (especially given his personal history), but that one always stops me in my tracks.

    Now to change directions completely: I Can See For Miles by The Who.

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    trollhattan says:

    @JerryN: In My Life.

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    Ronnie Pudding says:

    Pancho and Lefty really is the greatest song ever. But does anyone really say that about Wichita Lineman?

    EDIT: apparently people do. Anyone remember that episode of News Radio?

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    Lynn Dee says:

    That’s Pancho and Lefty, not Poncho and Lefty. A poncho is a sleeveless wrap thing.

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    AMinNC says:

    Jessica – Allman Bos.
    I’ve Been Loving You Too Long – Otis Redding
    Song for My Father – Horace Silver
    Exile on Main St.(pick one) – Stones
    Russian Easter Festival Overture – Rimsky-Korsakov

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    MikeJ says:


    Wow, so far no Beatles or Motown.

    I always preferred Stax to Motown.

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    BGinCHI says:

    @Ronnie Pudding: Smart and handsome men have been doing it for almost an hour.

    Keep up.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @JerryN: I prefer Stax to Motown.

    Otis with “Try a Little Tenderness” for example.

    ETA: Or Hi Records. Ann Peebles with ” I Can’t Stand the Rain.”

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    poliwog says:

    Song to the Siren. Any version, though This Mortal Coil pretty much blasted it into the stratosphere.

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    trollhattan says:

    @Amir Khalid:
    What are you, Ukrainian?

    Will blame tablet auto-complete, and exit, stage right.

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    angelfoot says:

    @Jacel: Waterloo Sunset is a great one by the Kinks.

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    BGinCHI says:

    I wish I still had all my records/cds from the 80s Flying Nun label out of NZ.


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    gbear says:

    @BGinCHI: My fave on that album is Big Sky (by a mile). Someone posted Some Mother’s Son from the Arthur album last weekend as the best Memorial Day song. Was that you?

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    billgerat says:


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    trollhattan says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):
    Who does this treachery?
    I shout with bleeding hands.

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    angelfoot says:

    @trollhattan: Love on a Farmboy’s Wages always get stuck in my head, but too many good ones to mention.

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    janeform says:

    I’m “undefined” above

    Was ETAing some more of my favorites:

    Ombra Mai Fu (Lorraine Hunt Lieberson version)
    Say a Little Prayer (Aretha version)
    Thunder Road
    Codex (Radiohead)
    Separator (Radiohead)

    There are so many more.

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    Joel says:

    The Battle Hymn of the Republic

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    Anoniminous says:

    @🌷 Martin:

    If you like Gershwin you should take a listen to Kurt Weil and Hanns Eisler (his non-political stuff.) Neither, IMO, is quite as good as Gershwin but they get there.

    We can thank Ross Gorman for the opening clarinet glissando in Rhapsody. He was goofing around during rehearsals and Gershwin heard it, fell in love with it, and told him to play it that way at the concert.

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    MikeJ says:

    @BGinCHI: I love the Chills.

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    SatanicPanic says:

    @BGinCHI: Good Vibrations is a good song but then production sucks- too obviously spliced together. Sloop John B or Wouldn’t It Be Nice or even I Get Around are better.

    Edit- or Don’t Worry Baby

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    recurvata says:

    This is an impossible and endless thread. Nevertheless, a few entries, by no means inclusive…or is that exclusive?
    Getting Mighty Crowded, Elvis Costello
    Rock Lobster, B-52s
    Pictures and Paintings, Charlie Rich
    Lie to Me, Dirty Looks
    Everchanging Moods, Style Council
    Blitzkrieg Bop, Ramones

    Could go on for a while

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    SatanicPanic says:

    Ballroom Blitz is the best rock and roll song I can think of

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    Honus says:

    Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog. Every second of that record is perfect. If you would hear it today for the first time your reaction would be “what the fuck was that”

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    JerryN says:

    @trollhattan: Yeah, it was hard to pick just one. We’re also missing anything from Stax. “Dock of the Bay” in particular. There have been so many mediocre covers that it’s easy to forget how good the original is. (and I see that I was beaten to the punch)

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    Jim says:

    52 Vincent Black Lightning by Richard Thompson. Actually, anything by Richard Thompson.

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    gbear says:

    @JerryN: For Motown, my fave is ‘Reach Out’ by the Four Tops. That whole album is good.

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    Higgs Boson's Mate says:

    “Mary hatte ein kleines Lamm”, as performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, Simon Rattle conducting.

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    scav says:

    @MikeJ: Oooh, I admit a Simon & Garf from that period would rank extremely high on my list, but which exact one? ow.

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    Jim says:

    52 Vincent Black Lightning by Richard Thompson.

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    gogol's wife says:


    Rhapsody in Blue is a song?

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    BGinCHI says:

    @gbear: Great cover of Big Sky by Yo La Tengo on “Fakebook.”

    That was not me, alas.

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    Craigie says:

    Tears of a Clown
    Venus (original, of course)

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    MikeJ says:


    Venus (original, of course)

    Shocking Blue or Frankie Avalon?

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    “Thirteen” by Big Star (it barely edges out “September Gurls” in my mind).

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    Honus says:

    Also, too I saw her standing there by the Beatles.

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    Honus says:

    And brown sugar.

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    trollhattan says:

    Four Tops definitely my favorite Motown act.

    Now, how about I Got You (I Feel Good)?

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    “Libertango” by Grace Jones – with Sly and Robbie as the rhythm section.

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    Wag says:

    Since 1980

    U2. One or anything from Under a Blood Red Sky

    REM. driver 8

    Heads. The Lady Don’t Mind or RiL

    New Order. True Faith

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    David Koch says:

    Hot in Herre
    Push It
    Walk This Way
    Funkee Ko Medina

    I swear suburbanites are boring

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    angelfoot says:

    Who knows Where the Time Goes is a timeless classic.

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    charles pierce says:

    1) Over The Rainbow
    2) Blind Willie McTell — Bob.
    3) Desperadoes Waiting For A Train — Guy Clark (Hi, Tom!)
    4) I Can See For Miles — The Who
    5) Kyrie — From the Missa Solemnis

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    annagranfors says:

    At the moment, though I’d argue bitterly with myself a few minutes from now:

    40s–I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry–Hank Williams
    50s–The Girl Can’t Help It–Little Richard
    60s–Waterloo Sunset–The Kinks (or Out In The Street–The Shangri-Las)
    70s–Teenage Kicks–The Undertones
    80’s–Gigantic–Pixies (and eff you, Frank, for selling it to AT&T) (or…and probably moreso…I Will Dare–The Replacements)
    90’s–Nothing Sacred–Jonatha Brooke
    00’s–Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)–Arcade Fire
    10’s–Piracy Funds Terrorism, Vol. 1–M.I.A. (yeah, it’s a mixtape. Whatevs.)

    Lots of great picks above, though…do this again next week and I’ll have a different song for every decade.

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    efgoldman says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    Rhapsody in Blue is a song?

    Well, t’ain’t a novel or a painting.
    Hardly fits the category of “pop song” but I decided way up yonder in the thread not to fight that battle.

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    gogol's wife says:

    testing — I’m not able to comment

    It won’t let me respond to MikeJ who read my mind about a great clip of Johnny Mercer and Evelyn Poe in Old Man Rhythm. I love you, Mike J!

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    trollhattan says:

    Wracking my brain for the best John Hyatt song, but can’t settle on one.
    Slow Turning will do.

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    jame says:

    Tangled Up in Blue

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    angelfoot says:

    @gbear: When I Get To The Border is y favorite song off one of my favorite albums ever.

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    angelfoot says:

    @trollhattan: Feels Like Rain.

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    🌷 Martin says:

    @efgoldman: OP says nothing about pop song, just songs.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    For some reason, addressing MikeJ doesn’t work for me. “Come the Revolution, You Belong to Me”! Greatest song ever!

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @David Koch: “Push It” is a candidate. I would call Run-DMC’s “Walk This Way” a cover. The other two? No. But “Straight out of Compton” and “Fight The Power” belong in the mix. As does “The Seed (2.0).”

    @gogol’s wife: The disappearing reply thing happened to me the other day. Adding my parenthetical seems to have cured it.

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    Emma says:

    Laura (with or without lyrics) from the movie of the same name
    Speak Low from A Touch of Venus
    Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
    Dancing in the Streets
    Honestly Now by Harry Connick Jr.
    Any part at all of Bethoven’s Missa Solemnis

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    Tommy says:

    @jame: Not saying the best song, but Tangled Up in Blues, well one I could listen to on a loop for days if not weeks.

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    MattF says:

    @gogol’s wife: Y’know, that happened to me a few days ago. I thought it was my DSL modem going haywire, but come to think of it, I was trying to reply to MikeJ.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    It won’t let me respond to him either. I wrote him five eager replies about “Come the Revolution.” Did you watch that clip? It’s mind-blowing.

    But if we’re being objective, Delvig’s Elegy is the greatest song ever written. I don’t even know who wrote the music.

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    NobodySpecial says:

    Gods, where would I start?

    “An American Tune” – Paul Simon.
    “One In Six” – Maggie’s Dream.
    “I’ll Be There” – Jackson 5.
    “Hong Kong” – Gorillaz.
    “Something About You” – Level 42.
    Seconded is “Every Little Thing She Does” by the Police.
    Sixth or seventhed is “Wichita Lineman”.
    “Poor Side Of Town” – Johnny Rivers.
    Tons more, if I was to ruminate on it.

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    🌷 Martin says:


    80′s–Gigantic–Pixies (and eff you, Frank, for selling it to AT&T)

    Actually, it was sold to Apple, who was cobranding with a number of the carriers. You know, Apple, the largest music retailer on earth and who now has two of the biggest music producers as executives. iTunes has about half the annual revenues of Google.

    If you’re going to sell out, at least sell out to the folks that move most of your music.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    Take the ‘A’ Train.

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    JerryN says:

    Tom Waits’ “San Diego Serenade”. Springsteen’s “Sandy”. For something current, Jason Isbell’s “Elephant” may be the saddest song I’ve heard lately.

    And how can we forget the John Prine / Steve Goodman collaboration on the “perfect country and western song”, “You Never Even Called Me by My Name”. :-)

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): “Straight outta Compton, ” not “Straight out of Compton,” you whitebread idiot.

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    LT says:

    Wichita Lineman? Fucking hell.

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    vtr says:

    The best version of “Poncho and Lefty” is Townes’ and it’s not even the best song he ever wrote.

    September – Shins
    Cinnamon Girl – Young with Crazy Horse
    I Want To Be Happy – Lester Young with the Nat Cole Trio.

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    gbear says:

    @angelfoot: My younger (54yo) sister recently died of what I can best describe as ‘death by lifestyle’. That song was the only song I could listen to that put her death into perspective, but I didn’t dare play it for my other sisters or her family. They would have been pissed.

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    LT says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): Pretty sure it’s “Strayht owta Komtn,” yo.

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    the Conster says:


    Norwegian Wood. My favorite, because melancholy and ennui.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): You and Mike J. were both having the Yutsano issue the other day. I tried a test reply to each of you several times, FYWP.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @efgoldman: There’s a version that’s done by an women’s a cappella (“barbershop”) group called Ambiance that is absolutely spectacular. First heard it on Ron della Chiesa’s defunst afternoon show called “Music America.” I will never forgive WGBH for pulling that program off the air.

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    Tommy says:

    @@NobodySpecial: For me here is one. Franklin’s Tower with the Dead. I’ve been to hundreds and hundreds of concerts in my life. My first was the Dead. Solider Field. 1988. Chicago. This song just seemed to play on repeat …

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    Joel Hanes says:

    Summertime, from Porgy and Bess.
    As covered by, well, nearly everyone.

    All You Need Is Love
    Because John Lennon

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    trollhattan says:

    Good one!

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @LT: I am going with what it says on the album.

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    Joel Hanes says:


    I like your ideas and wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

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    angelfoot says:

    @gbear: Wow, sorry about your sister, gbear.

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    Ripley says:

    The Books. ‘The Lemon of Pink’

    Post-1980 stuff, so turn down the volume on your hearing aids.

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    bg says:


    I agree w/ BGin CHI – Sunday Morning Coming Down

    Crazy – Patsy Cline or Willie Nelson version
    You Were Always on my Mind – Willie Nelson
    Walk the Line – Johnny Cash

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    trollhattan says:

    Unknown Legend, Neil Young (or a dozen others. )

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    xenos says:

    @BGinCHI: Agreed on Prine’s Angel from Montgomery. Sung by Prine, for some reason, beats all.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:

    ****** On the 7th Floor

    It’s a song, and it’s great…Well, a great pile of shit.

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    Dcrefugee says:

    Rare Earth’s live version of “Get Ready.”

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    Roger Moore says:

    In the Mood
    Master of Puppets
    London Calling

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    Tommy says:

    I recall being a kid. Early 70s. I used to steal away into my father’s study to listen to his 3-4 eights tracks on his headphones. I know to this day the three were Johnny Cash, Jim Croce, and John Denver. I’ve also thought many years as a youth, heck an adult, not a bad group of three to listen to as a kid. Heck my father and I have not a lot in common, but the “Man in Black” we exchange his music as often as we exchange anything. I mean Johnny “Fucking” Cash.

    Now off to listen to a little John Denver.

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    Nunca El Jefe says:

    Well, I am very out of touch with the general sensibilities on this music thread, but will still push my picks:

    Hurt – by either NIN or Cash
    Rusty cage – Soundgarden

    And my all time fave for ever and ever and ever and ever:

    Pushit – Tool

    No links, sorry, this is from my phone. As for nothing good since the 80’s: suck it hater. Metallica’s covers of Tuesday’s Gone and Astronomy are unbelievable.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @MikeJ: And while we’re talking about Old Man Rhythm, there’s this one, with the young, charming Betty Grable leading a lovely quartet (also including Evelyn Poe):

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    Commish says:

    Gimme Shelter.
    25 or 6 to Four.
    Sweet Jane (Alternate Outro).
    Me and Bobby McGee.

    but especially…
    Like a Rolling Stone, by Hendrix at Monterey.

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    angelfoot says:

    Tom Wait’s “Take it with Me” should be a standard.

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    MikeJ says:

    @gogol’s wife: Did you catch it when it was on the other day?

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    gogol's wife says:

    @MikeJ: Yes, that was the subject of my five impassioned messages to you that didn’t work because I can’t reply to you. It was fabulous! Johnny Mercer is a god.

    The film in general was fabulous — I love the art deco dorm rooms with balconies.

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    Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again) says:


    “This time in life I’m fakin’ it”. Truly bad stuff.

    But, seriously:

    Louis Armstrong Stardust


    Johnny Mercer On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe

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    gbear says:

    @angelfoot: I vented a lot about it on BJ. In hindsight, it just seems so stupid.

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    Tommy says:

    @Commish: Huge Hendrix fan. I know this might raise many flags, but my favorite song by him:

    Machine Gun …..

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    Jay C says:

    Good news and bad news today: the good part:

    SGT Bowe Bergdahl, the last (only) US military POW held in Afghanistan was freed today .
    Bergdahl, of Hailey, ID had been held prisoner since June, 2009/ He was exchanged for five Taliban high-rankers who had been held at Guantanamo Bay: they were turned over to officials in Qatar (who had helped broker the deal).

    The bad news? In among all the outpouring of support and gratitude for Sgt Bergdahl’s release: who, do you think, has decided to piss on the parade by griping about the President’s negotiations? Well, if you guessed “Republican lawmakers”, you’d be correct! Oh, and the alternative answer of “John McCain” would also be right.

    ETA: Ooops, wrong thread, sorry.

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    gogol's wife says:

    @Jay C:

    It’s got a nice beat, you can dance to it. :)

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    efgoldman says:

    @Gin & Tonic:

    I will never forgive WGBH for pulling that program off the air.

    Well, Ronnie’s much older than I am, and I’m almost 70.
    As I’ve said many times, he is one of the nicest people that ever lived.
    Also, a repeated story: He was program director at ‘BCN when it was still a classical station. He offered me a job (which I didn’t take) six weeks before the station was sold and became the WBCN we knew for 40+ years. I coulda’ been Charles Laquidera, but probably not.

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    barbequebob says:

    agree, they are not in same class as rest of that album.
    But, look at Exile, except for “Happy” rest of side 3 (original vinyl double LP), is equally weak (Just wanna see his face, let it loose, )

    I’d say all four of those Stones Golden era albums belong in same category.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Laura is on TCM again tomorrow at 2:15 p.m. EDT.

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    Gin & Tonic says:

    @efgoldman: Yeah, but they pulled that program when he was barely into his 50’s. You could just hear his love for that genre of music in his announcing/narration, in a way that didn’t come through (at least to me) when he was doing Tanglewood or opera. I bought lots of CD’s because of that show.

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    A Ghost To Most says:

    Dixie Chicken (live) – Little Feat
    Into the Mystic – Van Morrison
    Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who

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    Steeplejack says:


    A (hopefully temporary) fix is to change their name slightly in the “reply” link in your message (as I’ve done here with your name to illustrate).

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    annagranfors says:


    Thanks for the correction, Martin. I don’t watch US television so much, so my personal most-hated corporation erroneously sprang to mind.

    But I’m *done* with the Pixies anyway. Their seemingly eternal “reunion tour” was awful when I caught it at the Greek Theatre in LA a few years back–the band were playing the hits half-heartedly, and seemingly every audience member was drowning out the vocals by singing themselves (~75% out of tune). I can’t blame…in fact applaud…Kim Deal’s defenestration from the band.

    But once upon a time, I saw ’em playing the Roxy in ’88 (?), and they were godlike. Gods all die, though.

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    debbie says:

    Wow, 187 posts and not a single Muddy Waters song. As much as I like lots that’s been mentioned here, no one’s come close to feeling the music as Muddy did.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @annagranfors: I was nervous about seeing Strummer with the Mescaleros in the late 90s for fear of being disappointed. Joe, however, did not disappoint. I am iffy about seeing the Replacements this fall for the same reason.

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    Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name) says:

    @debbie: How much of it was the song and how much was Muddy? The thread is about the songs themselves. Not that Willie Dixon didn’t write some good ones.

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    Thoughtful David says:

    As a big fan of someone as obscure as Townes Van Zandt, I’m sometimes surprised to see that there actually are others of us out there. Glad to see ya!

    So, my vote for top No. 1 has to be Pancho and Lefty, the TVZ version. The Emmylou Harris is ok, but the Willie Nelson is an atrocity.

    For No.2 I’ve got a shout-out for another one already mentioned (non-TVZ): City of New Orleans. Incredibly evocative song.

    Some others, including some oddballs:
    Just My Imagination (Cranberries)
    Just What I Needed (Cars)
    Someday Soon (Judy Collins)
    Resurrection Fern (Iron and Wine)
    Sugarcane (Missy Higgins)

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    EL says:

    @I’mNotSureWhoIWantToBeYet: extra votes for Solsbury Hill.

    Also for One.

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    Kris Collins says:

    For jazz tunes, I think the consessus would be “Lush Life” by Billy Strayhorn (not Duke Ellington, as many people believe.) My choice for best version is without question Johnny Hartman singing the tune accompanied byJohn Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Elvin Jones. It is sublime! A close second, in my opinion, but not mentioned as often as “a greatest ever” is “Angel Eyes,” especially the 1958 Sinatra version, also sublime.

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    PopeRatzy says:

    Mannish Boy – Muddy Waters

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    PopeRatzy says:

    @debbie: I was shocked, shocked I tells ya!

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    Steeplejack says:

    There is no one greatest song. There are a bunch that come pretty damn close.

    Roy Orbison, “Oh, Pretty Woman.”

    Jazz: Oliver Nelson, “Stolen Moments.”

    By proxy for Little Boots.

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    debbie says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name):

    Hmm. Not sure I can separate the musician from the music. If there’s a song that life is put on hold to let me listen to it, then it’s that specific version. Hearing someone else singing it is always a letdown.

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    jake the anti-soshal soshalist says:

    Rank Stranger The Stanley Brothers

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    Jeffro says:

    Banged and Blown Through – Saul Williams
    Ordinary – The Alternate Routes
    Spring and By Summer Fall – Blonde Redhead
    More Than This – Roxy Music
    Low Lying Dreams – Deathfix

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    AkaDad says:

    The first thought that popped into my head was, “Nobody thinks Wichita Lineman is the greatest song ever.” Apparently I was wrong.

    I’m surprised that nobody mentioned “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen. Most everyone knows it and likes it, and I’m also surprised how many people chose “Tangled Up In Blue.”

    The comments seem to be more of a my favorite song(s) than a greatest song(s) list.

    I think it would interesting to see a list of people’s perfect albums, where they believe every song on it is good.

    There’s a reason why the 4th song on Led Zeppelin’s 4th album is considered one of the greatest songs ever. It’s a great song. Fact.

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    Wally Ballou says:

    Hoagy Carmichael for the win.


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    PopeRatzy says:

    Boom Boom – John Lee Hooker
    Juke – Little Walter
    Dust My Broom – Elmore James
    St. James Infirmary – Just about anyone
    Born Under A Bad Sign – Albert King
    Call It Stormy Monday – T-Bone Walker
    How Blue Can You Get – B.B. King (Live At Cook County Jail)

    There is NO greatest song. Just awesome sauce poured over the the sonic joy of music you like.

    Although the Mark Knopfler solo in Sultans of Swing on Live Alchemy may be the closest to perfection there has ever been.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    @MP: @Oscarbob: For me it’s between Ripple and City of New Orleans

    A couple of years ago my daughter (then 7 was in the car with me late one beautiful fall afternoon, and Ripple came on the radio. After the song was over, she said “I like that song – it sounds like they were singing about today”

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steeplejack: Grrrr! :-)

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    gogiggs says:

    @John Revolta: wait a minute, that sounds like rock and/or roll.

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    Steeplejack says:


    Which song are you talking about?

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    Steeplejack says:


    Hey, you’re a “grrrl power” type!

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    debbie says:


    The very song I was thinking of. As an underager in 1971 (maybe 1972), I sat at a front row table at Paul’s Mall in Boston and heard this and many other songs. But Mannish Boy is the only one I still remember.

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    PopeRatzy says:

    @JerryN: Amongst all those versions of Stagger Lee the one that always stood out for me was New Orlean’s Cousin Joe. He rather embellishes the story even further and makes it his own. (Playing Now)

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    debbie says:


    Neil Young’s Heart of Gold is one, Beastie Boys’s Fight for Your Right is another. So is Lou Reed’s live version of Sweet Jane with the Intro. If they come on the radio, I stop working and grab the headphones. If I’m driving, I roll up the windows and bellow along. I should probably pull over.

    Then life returns.

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Steeplejack: I was just being silly. Plus, it was fun to say grrrr!

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    Rex Everything says:

    Greatest song ever? That’s EASY: “Sugar Babe” by the Youngbloods.

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    Steeplejack says:


    I mean which Muddy Waters song, but I see it appears to be “Mannish Boy.”

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    PopeRatzy says:

    @debbie: I cannot think of any riff that more defines a musical genre than the simple line of Mannish Boy.

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    Shane in Utah says:

    “Cee Cee Rider Blues” (aka CC Rider, See See Rider, Easy Rider)
    “Devil Got My Woman”
    “Strange Fruit”
    “Long Black Veil”
    “Folsom Prison Blues”
    “Rock and Roll” (Velvet Underground)
    “Rebel Rebel”
    “Sympathy for the Devil”
    The entirety of Shoot Out the Lights and Fox Confessor Brings the Flood

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    Steeplejack says:


    I know.

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    Rex Everything says:

    @Kris Collins: HELL YES to that recording of Lush Life. How about Joe Williams’ recording of Come Rain or Come Shine with Count Basie WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    shelley says:

    I’ll Be Seeing You.

    “Cathedral bells were tolling, and our hearts sang on…
    Was it the spell of Paris, or the April dawn?”

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    There is no greatest song ever. That being said, “Motel Matches”, or Lee Fields’ “I’ll Go To Jail”. Or “Hold On Tight” by T-Bone Burnett.

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    Thoughtful David says:

    I think a great song has to be evocative, like good poetry. It has to make you *feel* that you’re there, and it has to say something about the human condition. That’s only one part: the performance has to be great too.
    That’s why one of my nominations is “Someday Soon.” I grew up in West Texas, and if you’re not aware of it (;-), rodeo is a Thing out there. The song evokes that very well–the people, the young man just out of the service, looking for his fun, the young woman’s conflicted feelings, her pa’s reaction. I know those people, they were all around me growing up.
    Then there’s the performance. Collins’ voice is so clean. The key shifts are amazing, into minor key and back. And then when she skips up a register at the end…amazing.
    And that song isn’t even be my top pick.

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    Lymie says:

    Joan armatrading Love and Affection
    Linda ronstadt Different Drum
    Doors Light My Fire

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    MikeJ says:


    Linda ronstadt Different Drum

    That’s a great cover. I’m a big fan of Nesmith’s solo stuff.

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    gogol's wife says:

    Carlos Gardel, Por una cabeza.

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    mainmata says:

    “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles. Many other songs also qualify but as a particular young’un it had a profound impact on my sensibility.

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    Lymie says:

    Ripple, also a contender

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    WaterGirl says:

    @Mike J: This cover of Different Drum by Susanna Hoffs and Matthew Sweet is even better. Omnes posted it a few weeks ago.

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    Lymie says:

    Our hospital just started a fund raising campaign called IMAGINE and every time they discuss it I am stuck with the John Lennon ear worm. Gah

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    Porco Rosso says:

    Louis Armstrong singing How Long Has This Been Going On.

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    No one song for me, and many I like have been mentioned, so I’ll just throw these out there:

    Rally Round – Steel Pulse
    Mister Magic – Grover Washington Jr.
    Headin’ Home – Joshua Redman Quartet
    Boomerang – Marcus Miller

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    Anoniminous says:

    @gogol’s wife:

    Rhapsody, “a free instrumental composition in one extended movement, typically one that is emotional or exuberant in character.”

    Song, “a musical composition suggestive of music meant to be sung.”

    So … why not? Granted it is a long song at 15 -17 minutes; Iron Butterfly’s “Ina goda davida” is considered a song and it’s 17 minutes plus.

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    Digital Amish says:

    Well this thread was pretty much done with ‘Mack the Knife’ on comment #2.

    ‘Stand By Me’ Ben E. King

    It’s all about context. Today was warm and sultry. Late in the afternoon I was sitting on the porch drinking a beer. The neighborhood kids dinking around out on the road. The iPod spits out Springsteen’s ‘Girls in Their Summer Clothes’. Best song ever at that moment.

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    FLURDMAN says:

    thunder road Bruce
    hurt done by johnny cash not nine inch nails

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    stinger says:

    Songs that get me choked up, no matter how many times I hear them — I call that great:

    Abraham, Martin, and John – Dion
    A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
    Danny Boy — pretty much anyone

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    Mack says:

    “Tattooed Love Boys” Of course, I’m a HUGE Pretenders fan.

    Also, too, anything by DaDa. Seen them live twice, I’d pay big bucks to see them again.

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    Digital Amish says:

    @stinger: Leaving on a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul and Mary. Every time.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    Hmm, I sing and play for giggles, and Pancho and Lefty is one I’ve been tempted to work up but wondered if only I loved it; guess not. I do a version of Blame it on Cain that always gets applause – love Elvis C.

    Votes from me for:
    Romeo and Juliette – Dire Straits

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    Sandia Blanca says:

    “I scare myself” by Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks.

    “Moondance” by Van Morrison.

    Any song by Gordon Lightfoot.

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    Joel says:

    This is still a “favorite” song thread, to be honest.

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    MvR says:

    @BGinCHI: You’re not the only one who knows the Beach Boys are overrated.
    I know it too.

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    bago says:

    I was always fond of dracul, myself.

    It’s songs like this that make you want to put on silly clothes and dance.

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    texasdem says:

    @seaboogie: Love Rhapsody in Blue, but if you want a Gershwin song, I’d go with Summertime, from Porgy and Bess.

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    sxjames says:

    Well, if we are talking American songbook classic pre R’nR…

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Listen to Eva Casidy’s version, and be sure to have a hanky handy).
    Summertime from Porgy & Bess

    Post 1955….

    A Day in the Life
    Bridge Over Troubled Waters (the last of the ‘spoon-moon-june’ tin pan alley songs)
    Desperado – Eagles

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    MvR says:

    @Omnes Omnibus (the first of his name): One band I missed that I’ll always regret is the Clash, but I never got a chance before they kicked out Mick Jones, and then it wasn’t the Clash anymore.

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    Rex Everything says:

    @texasdem: But Not For Me, for me.

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    PhilbertDesanex says:

    Yea, favorite songs
    Joan Armatrading ‘Barefoot and Pregnant’
    John Phillip, Me And My Uncle (kills his uncle for the gold – how American)
    Best Title: ‘Hold On I’m Coming” – Sam n Dave

    Final: Over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

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    Tehanu says:

    “Georgia on my MInd” Ray Charles. Nothing else comes close, but …

    “Your Mother Should Know”
    “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking”
    “Delirio” by Cesar Portillo de la Luz
    “Meeting Across the River”
    “Begin the Beguine”

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    Annamal says:

    Perfect day to chase tornadoes-Jim White (or Corvette, or Handcuffed to a Fence in Missisippi or Bluebird)
    Singapore-Tom Waits
    This year- The Mountain Goats
    In Liverpool-Suzanne Vega

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    J R in WV says:

    Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash
    anything by Duke Ellington
    just too many good ones…

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    cleek says:

    Beatles – Something

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    Cephalus Max says:

    @DougJ: Ditto here. Sticky Fingers overall is not in the league of Let it Bleed/Exile, but Dead Flowers and Wild Horses still knock me on my ass with every listening, and I’d probably pick Dead Flowers as my all time fav song too. Not sure I’d call it the ‘greatest song’ though–just my personal favorite.

    I’m surprised to see no Band love here… The Weight? Dixie? Stage Fright?

    I can think of a few from London Calling that ought to be in the running too.

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    Ken T says:

    To me, “Greatest Song” has to refer to something that can be and has been covered by a lot of different artists, not just a single version. So my list would include:

    “Feels Like Rain” by John Hiatt
    “When I Go” by Dave Carter
    as well as seconds to “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”, “Rhapsody In Blue” and “The Weight”.

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    Digital Amish says:

    Well waddayaknow. Woke up this morning and hit ‘Play’ on the ipod and came to the realization that “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by the Platters was the best song ever.

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    brantl says:

    John Lennon’s Imagine

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    Peter VE says:

    @Jim: 52 Vincent Black Lightning: red hair and black leather…. After the first song at an RT solo show, the person behind asks her companion: “Where’s the other guitarist?”.

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    LittlePig says:

    Funny. “Wichita Lineman” led me right to “Gentle On My Mind”, for which I could make an argument.

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    Rufus T Firefly says:

    Pancho and Lefty, Angel From Montgomery, Desperadoes Waiting for a Train and Ripple are all worthy contenders. There are lots of great records, but those are great songs.

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    beejeez says:

    Whoa, whoa, whoa. We got this far without “Tangled Up in Blue” coming up?

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