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Best Song Ever?

  1. Dec 28, 2003 #1
    Hey all, in your opinion what is the best song ever written? I would like to know the song, who wrote it and why its the best (in your opinion).

    I think Sweet Child O'mine by Guns N' Roses is the best song ever, because of the beautiful lyrics, amazing vocals, brilliant guitar solo and that intro-riff.
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  3. Dec 28, 2003 #2
    Hotel california by the Eagles or beethoven's 5th symphony, I don't know if you would call that a song or not.
  4. Dec 28, 2003 #3

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    "The Space..." by Marillion. IMO it is a deep song about 'the quiet pain and pleasure of loneliness, and the weight of responsibility for pain inflicted unintentionally'. It is atmospherical, with powerful lyrics. The vocal and instrumental parts are majestic and moving, and when i listen to the song, i stop everything and just sit back, enjoy and reflect.
  5. Dec 29, 2003 #4


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    "Echoes" by Pink Floyd. Somehow I think the best word to describe it is 'existential'-- maybe 'exisentially epic.' It's hard to describe, but everytime I listen to it I get the chills. I just feel like it captures or encapsulates raw existence, for some reason. The lyrics are also incredible and, if stripped of the musical accompaniment, would stand on their own to make a good poem-- contrast with the vast majority of songs, even those with good lyrics, where the lyrics sans the music usually seem to lose too much. Roger Waters is easily the best rock lyricist to have lived in my opinion.

    Also, it's not nearly as widely known as the Dark Side of the Moon/Wizard of Oz synch, but if you play Echoes in tune with the last scene of 2001: A Space Odyssey it fits eerily well. (The song is supposed to be started exactly when the title for the last scene appears on the screen.) Seriously, try it out-- it blows the Wizard of Oz thing out of the water. It's really really hard to argue that it wasn't done purposely. It's just-- ahh! too good.
  6. Dec 29, 2003 #5

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    I don't know about "the greatest" but...

    ....the first that comes to mind is "Let It Be".
  7. Dec 29, 2003 #6
    Two old songs popped up to my mind.

    1. The Painter (Singer and Composer: Paul Anka)
    2. The Sound of Silence, sung by Simon and Garfunkel

    I think the lyrics of these 2 songs are thought provoking and meaningful.
  8. Dec 30, 2003 #7

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    All of the suggestions made are favorites of mine.

    Edit: well, almost all suggestions...The Space..." by Marillion?

    I can't pick one, but I would add any number of favorites from Simon and Garfunkel, everything by Elton John, Moody Blues, Eagles, Supertramp, one or two at least from Jethro Tull...everything by Floyd...

    Am I showing my age?

    OK darnit: American Pie by Don MClean
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  9. Dec 30, 2003 #8
    The all time best: It's My Life by Jon Bon Jovi in his "This Left Feels Right" album.

    It sounds soooo damn nice.
  10. Dec 30, 2003 #9


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    The final movement of Tchaikowsky's fifth symphony.

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    A lot of my favorites are in there too

    Unchained Melody - the Rightious Brothers
    Purple Rain - Prince
    For the Love of You - The Isley Brothers
    Its Been a Long Time - New Birth
    Can't remember the name but its on the Meteora album by - Lincoln Park
    Little Child - White Lion
    Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson

    I can't decide on a single 'best' song...
  12. Dec 30, 2003 #11

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    Have you not heard "The Space..." by Marillion? if not then download it NOW!! and then download "The Great Escape" by Marillion. quality tracks by an awesome if under-rated band. They arent mainstream, i would have to say that to me, they are the modern day Pink Floyd, under-rated in their genious.
  13. Dec 30, 2003 #12
    Circle game - Joni Mitchell
    The impossible dream - Jack Jones
    Streets of London - Ralph McTell
    Both sides now - Judy Collins
    Anak(child) - Freddie Augilar
    Love Story - Andy Williams
    Vincent - Don McLean
    Top of the world - Carpenters
    If - Bread
    Cavatina (from The Deer Hunter) - John Williams
    Dust in the Wind

    Simon and Garfunkel
    - The boxer
    - Bridge over troubled water
    - Scarborough Fair

    Every song by Enya

    Well, am I showing my age ?
  14. Dec 31, 2003 #13
    I could never pick a best song, but there are certain songs which are nearly perfect for their category [no more than one/artist, though in some cases there probably should be]:

    -Tomorrow Never Knows: The Beatles
    -Road: Nick Drake
    -Sitting on the Dock of the Bay: Otis Redding
    -Girl From the North Country: Bob Dylan
    -Celebrated Summer: Hüsker Dü
    -Poor Places: Wilco
    -Holland, 1945: Neutral Milk Hotel
    -Johnny Cash Cover of I See a Darkness: Song by Will Oldham.
    -Mary Ellen Carter: Stan Rogers
    -Singapore: Tom Waits
    -Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix
  15. Dec 31, 2003 #14
    Down In The Park
    Gary Numan


    Down in the park
    Where the Machmen meet
    The machines are playing `kill-by-numbers'
    Down in the park with a friend called `Five'

    I was in a car crash
    Or was it the war?
    Well, I've never been quite the same
    Little white lies like "I was there"

    Come to "Zom-Zom's", a place to eat
    Like it was built in one day
    You can watch the humans
    Try to run

    Oh, look, there's a rape machine
    I'd go outside if it looks the other way
    You wouldn't believe
    The things they do

    Down in the park
    Where the chant is "Death, death, death"
    Until the sun cries morning
    Down in the park with friends of mine

    "We are not lovers
    We are not romantics
    We are here to serve you"
    A different face but the words never change
  16. Dec 31, 2003 #15
    Gary Jules - Mad World


    All around me are familiar faces
    Worn out places – worn out faces
    Bright and early for their daily races
    Going nowhere – going nowhere
    Their tears are filling up their glasses
    No expression – no expression
    Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
    No tomorrow – no tomorrow

    And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad
    The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
    I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take
    When people run in circles it’s a very very
    mad world mad world

    Children waiting for the day they feel good
    Happy birthday – happy birthday
    Made to feel the way that every child should
    Sit and listen – sit and listen
    Went to school and I was very nervous
    No one knew me – no one knew me
    Hello teacher tell me what’s my lesson
    Look right through me – look right through me

    And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad
    The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
    I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take
    When people run in circles it’s a very very
    Mad world . . . world
    Enlarge your world
    Mad world
  17. Dec 31, 2003 #16
    Red Right Hand
    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds


    Take a litle walk to the edge of town
    Go across the tracks
    Where the viaduct looms,
    like a bird of doom
    As it shifts and cracks
    Where secrets lie in the border fires,
    in the humming wires
    Hey man, you know
    you're never coming back
    Past the square, past the bridge,
    past the mills, past the stacks
    On a gathering storm comes
    a tall handsome man
    In a dusty black coat with
    a red right hand

    He'll wrap you in his arms,
    tell you that you've been a good boy
    He'll rekindle all the dreams
    it took you a lifetime to destroy
    He'll reach deep into the hole,
    heal your shrinking soul
    Hey buddy, you know you're
    never ever coming back
    He's a god, he's a man,
    he's a ghost, he's a guru
    They're whispering his name
    through this disappearing land
    But hidden in his coat
    is a red right hand

    You ain't got no money?
    He'll get you some
    You ain't got no car? He'll get you one
    You ain't got no self-respect,
    you feel like an insect
    Well don't you worry buddy,
    cause here he comes
    Through the ghettos and the barrio
    and the bowery and the slum
    A shadow is cast wherever he stands
    Stacks of green paper in his
    red right hand

    (Organ solo)

    You'll see him in your nightmares,
    you'll see him in your dreams
    He'll appear out of nowhere but
    he ain't what he seems
    You'll see him in your head,
    on the TV screen
    And hey buddy, I'm warning
    you to turn it off
    He's a ghost, he's a god,
    he's a man, he's a guru
    You're one microscopic cog
    in his catastrophic plan
    Designed and directed by
    his red right hand

    (Organ solo)

    Extra verse from DJ Spooky Remix (From Scream 2 Soundtrack):
    He'll extend his hand, real slowly for a shake
    You'll see it coming toward you, real slowly for a shake
    (Grabbing at your peril buddy?) cause you know you ain't
    getting near much as he will take.

    He's a...

    He's mumbling words you can't understand
    He's mumbling word behind his red right hand.
  18. Dec 31, 2003 #17
    Sympathy For The Devil
    Rolling Stones


    Please allow me to introduce myself
    I'm a man of wealth and taste
    I've been around for a long, long year
    Stole many a man's soul and faith

    And I was 'round when Jesus Christ
    Had his moment of doubt and pain
    Made damn sure that Pilate
    Washed his hands and sealed his fate

    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guess my name
    But what's puzzling you
    Is the nature of my game

    I stuck around St. Petersburg
    When I saw it was a time for a change
    Killed the czar and his ministers
    Anastasia screamed in vain

    I rode a tank
    Held a general's rank
    When the blitzkrieg raged
    And the bodies stank

    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guess my name, oh yeah
    Ah, what's puzzling you
    Is the nature of my game, oh yeah
    (woo woo, woo woo)

    I watched with glee
    While your kings and queens
    Fought for ten decades
    For the gods they made
    (woo woo, woo woo)

    I shouted out,
    "Who killed the Kennedys?"
    When after all
    It was you and me
    (who who, who who)

    Let me please introduce myself
    I'm a man of wealth and taste
    And I laid traps for troubadours
    Who get killed before they reached Bombay
    (woo woo, who who)

    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
    (who who)
    But what's puzzling you
    Is the nature of my game, oh yeah, get down, baby
    (who who, who who)

    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guessed my name, oh yeah
    But what's confusing you
    Is just the nature of my game
    (woo woo, who who)

    Just as every cop is a criminal
    And all the sinners saints
    As heads is tails
    Just call me Lucifer
    'Cause I'm in need of some restraint
    (who who, who who)

    So if you meet me
    Have some courtesy
    Have some sympathy, and some taste
    (woo woo)
    Use all your well-learned politesse
    Or I'll lay your soul to waste, um yeah
    (woo woo, woo woo)

    Pleased to meet you
    Hope you guessed my name, um yeah
    (who who)
    But what's puzzling you
    Is the nature of my game, um mean it, get down
    (woo woo, woo woo)

    Woo, who
    Oh yeah, get on down
    Oh yeah
    Oh yeah!
    (woo woo)

    Tell me baby, what's my name
    Tell me honey, can ya guess my name
    Tell me baby, what's my name
    I tell you one time, you're to blame

    Oh, who
    woo, woo
    Woo, who
    Woo, woo
    Woo, who, who
    Woo, who, who
    Oh, yeah

    What's my name
    Tell me, baby, what's my name
    Tell me, sweetie, what's my name

    Woo, who, who
    Woo, who, who
    Woo, who, who
    Woo, who, who
    Woo, who, who
    Woo, who, who
    Oh, yeah
    Woo woo
    Woo woo
  19. Dec 31, 2003 #18
    But those are just a few pop songs. As for music, you can't beat Albinoni's Adagio. The Winter Allegro of the Four Seasons kicks arse too.
  20. Jan 1, 2004 #19
    Sympathy for the Devil is a classic, along with satisfaction, jumping jack flash, gimme shelter, you cant always get what you want, etc.

    I could go on all nite listing Brilliant Rolling Stones songs, the best band in the world ever.
  21. Jan 1, 2004 #20
    Ditto Tom. Close second is James Taylor's You've got a Friend. Two songs for the world, one for me and one for you.
  22. Jan 1, 2004 #21
    Harvestor of Sorrow - Metallica
  23. Jan 2, 2004 #22
    Dead Man's Handle - Richard Thompson
    My Back Pages - (Bob Dylan) The Byrds, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty
    Slug Line - (John Hiatt) with Ry Cooder on guitar
    Go Ahead And Rain - J. D. Souther
    The Road - Jackson Browne
    No Woman, No Cry - (Bob Marley) Graham Parker's solo live version
    Sutter's Mill - Fogelberg
    Steam Powered Aero Plane - New Grass Revival
    Water of Love, Tunnel of Love - (Mark Knofler) Dire Straits
    Memories of Mozart - Dan Crary, from Mozart's Piano Sonata #11 in A major, Third Movement: Rondo "Alla Turka"
    Hello Trouble - (Buck Owens) Desert Rose Band, John Jorgenson (guitar)
    Thrasher - Neil Young (Rust Never Sleeps)
    Another Nail in my Heart - Squeeze
    Little Wing - Hendrix
    Never Take The Place Of You - Al Anderson, nrbq, Dave Edmunds, nice chromatic piano and guitar fills with interesting chord structure
    Pet Sounds - Beach Boys
    Rubber Soul, Abbey Road - Beatles
    All You Need Is Cash, Archaeology - The Rutles
    Soul Drifter from Out of the Cradle - Lindsey Buckingham
    Georgia - Ray Charles, Tony Rice
    Road To Hell - Chris Rea (my favorite environmental song)
    Church Street Blues - Tony Rice
    Gun Sale at The Church - The Beat Farmers
    How Did You Find Me Here - David Wilcox
    Home Of The Blues - Johnny Cash
    Highway Patrol - Junior Brown
    Across The Great Divide - Kate Wolf
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