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top 20 songs of all time
I actually thought that "Me and Bobby McGee" might be there too - it feels like one of those seminal, ground-breaking songs whether or not you like it! Janis's version. He's so good with words.
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
im in the mood for the nineth addition to my list....

yes, i think Ruby mentioned this one earlier in the thread, so well done girl you done good.
and this is the only song that is in the list as a personal favourite so sorry to disappoint you all on this occasion.


written in 1975 by Neil Young and his neighbour Taylor Phelps...
its not one of those songs that have been covered by a thousand artists but it is a great song nonetheless for me.
and on this occasion there is some prejudice involved because it is my favourite NY song and one of my personal faves of all time.
it has that melodic yet thumping rock sound of Crazy Horse but it overlayed with an almost dreamy vocal delivery by Young as he delivers a unique love song.
the song has been covered by numerous artists but i have only heard a couple of versions by Bryan Ferry, Jason Isbell and Jeff Healey along with acoustic guitar and organ versions by Young himself but the original version from 1977 by Crazy Horse is incredible IMO.

this live version is from the "live rust" concert movie:

They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.

now we reach the halfway mark of the list...


written in just 20 minutes by Buck Ram, The Platters' manager, whilst in a hotel washroom in 1955.
it makes the list because it is one of those seminal tracks of the pre-rock and roll era that everyone seems to know either by melody of lyrically.
i think i have heard four versions of the song, The Band, Roy Orbison, Freddie Mercury and obviously The Platters.
its just one of those iconic tracks that cannot be left off any list like this IMO.
as much as i love the phenomenal cover Freddie Mercury recorded in the late 1980s it is still The Platters that shines above all others with their ethereal original version.

They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.

into the second half of my top 20 list now (not that the tracks are ranked in order)

and now, the second songwriter to have multiple entries in here and no surprises really IMO


yup, Robert Zimmerman, the first of his three entries here...
i guess you could put a number of Dylan songs on a list like this all would be totally valid but these are my ones on this occasion...
written in 1975 or as Dylan himself has said previously, "two years to write but a decade to live"...
no one, i mean no one can tell an expansive captivating story quite like Bob Dylan...
twenty verses and zero chorus' of pure lyrical genius  IMO...
some absolutely memorable lines that only Dylan could conjure up in that incredible mind of his...
i dont know of any covers of this song but it doesnt matter...
a storytelling masterpiece by the best in the business at doing so...

They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.

and now for the oldest song on my list....


composed in 1930 by songwriters Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell.
Hoagy released the song later that same year.
it was not until 1960 that the song became a huge hit though when recorded by Georgia native Ray Charles...
the State of Georgia even named Charles' version as their State anthem/song.
looking at the lyrics they could easily be considered ambiguous in the way that the singer could either be singing about his or her undying love for Goergia (the state) or a person named Georgia and that is the beauty of this song you can really put your own spin on it as a listener or a singer...
i am familiar with only a handful of versions but countless others have been recorded and the song forms part of 'the great American songbook" and that just about says it all.
no matter who sings it Ray Charles' version is the greatest IMO

They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.

next one on the list and i think you all mentioned Paul McCartney so here it is...


written in 1966 by Paul Lennon/McCartney but all four Beatles supposedly contributed lines to the song...
this was a game changer to rock music as it was not your usual rock song at all,
it contained no rock instrumentations, just orchestrations and the theme centred around loneliness and despair  and not the usual "boppy" happy themes of the day...
it set the benchmark for not only future rock songs but to some degree what could be achieved in the studio.
BTW, for those who are musically inclined the chords for the song are Staccato chords.
not only was this a game changer but it signified a shift in popular music, it was IMO Paul McCartney's turning point as a writer.
there are literally several thousand cover versions of the song from Nana Mouskouri through Booker T & The MG's right to and including Count Bassie and John Denver, however, none come close to The Beatles IMO

They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.

and now its time for the one youve all been waiting for, the instrumental on my list....


from the get-go lets get this out there, overall i am not a fan of Fleetwood Mac but i do love some of their songs and this is my favourite of theirs bar none, an instumental masterpiece IMO
written by Peter Green in 1968 and released by Fleetwood Mac the same year...
the song itself was a reconstructed version of Chuck Berry's 1957 instrumental "deep feelings" which itself in return was a derivative version of Andy Kirk's 1939 "floyd's guitar blues", phew finally got that cleared up, but wait theres more...
John Lennon then tried to reconstruct "albatross" in 1969 on the track "sun king" which appears on the Abbey Road album...
its  slow burn of a guitar based instrumental that is brooding, occasionally mysterious and dark yet remains melodic until the end...
its just one of those iconic pieces of music that you always remember once you have heard it (well i did anyway).

18C/64F today...
had showers most of the morning with a few small showers mid afternoon...
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.

nice weather update

thanks LOL
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.

and now for the second Bob Dylan track to make the list with more to come after this (can you guess what it might be?)


written by Dylan and Jaques Levy in 1975 and released towards the end of that year as a single...
a protest song which narrates the arrest and conviction of Rubin 'hurricane' Carter for a murder he didnt commit..
in the song Dylam takes aim at the profiling of Carter by the NYPD, the crooked cops and lawyers ...
it is a miraculous and captivating eight and a half minutes of storytelling as told by probably the only writer who could tell it in all its glory without waffling on with meaningless drivel.

They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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