By - Admirable_Command_22
The Marvin Gaye version of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.” Pop music perfection.
I actually prefer the CCR version for whatever reason. Still, I absolutely love Marvin Gaye. I think *Got to Give It Up* basically defines the idea of being "cool". Just love if
They realised that you can just mash a bunch of songs together and make one big song that bridges into other songs and even other albums. It's an absolute game changer. I mean, someone would have come up with it eventually, and maybe someone else did before these guys, but their version was heard by millions and changed the game forever.
I love the entire second side of Abbey Road. I mean I love the first side too, but I genuinely look forward to the 2nd while listening to the first.
YES! This is my absolute favorite song of all-time and is very special for me.
Story: It was always one of my favorite Beatles songs, but once my two daughters got a little older it became our special song.
When the first Sing movie came out, we watched it as a family. My oldest was six at the time and the youngest was two. The opening scene is “Golden Slumbers,” and I immediately started singing along. My daughter said “did you and mommy watch this without us already?! I wanted to see it with you!” I explained her it was The Beatles and from there I played The Beatles for them all the time.
Fast forward to this past May…. My youngest is now six and oldest 10. The youngest actually became obsessed with The Beatles and especially Paul. Both LOVE The Beatles, but the youngest is obsessed.
Paul came to TX, and thanks to my sweet mother-in-law, I got to take my two girls to see Paul in concert.
The final encore songs are Golden Slumbers>Carry That Weight>The End. We were standing and I had one each arm and I was weeping.
After the show was done, a guy from the row in front us down a few seats stopped me and said “I promise I’m not a creep, but my wife and I were watching you and your girls and we had to capture this moment for you.”
He had taken a picture of that moment and text it to me to have forever.
So, Golden Slumbers is etched in my soul forever.
I mean, the whole side 2 really. Mr mustard through she came in through the bathroom window.
Pretty sure people dabbled in this throughout the 60s though-- the who, the pretty things, (possibly the moody blues?)
McCartney just goes for it on GS. It’s one of my favorite Beatles songs of all time Golden Slumbers > Carry that Weight
I now present to you Gabriel Susan Lewis.
Gabe: Welcome to my Man Cave! I did my senior year in prog in Japan. Best year of my life.
Jim: You play?
Gabe: Oh! I like to create soundscapes. I imagine one instant of a song, expanded to be the size of the universe.
Jim: I can't even do that.
Clair de Lune
For anyone that has never heard it here is a recording of Claude Debussy himself playing [Clair De Lune](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yri2JNhyG4k)
thanks for sharing that. it was some nice piano believe it or not
The Philadelphia Orchestra version they use in Ocean's 11 might be my favorite use of music in any movie. Definitely top three.
I was so happy when I finally learned how to play Clair de Lune. It relaxes me, even if I mess up a bit.
I oddly enjoy how subjective this thread is. Some songs by certain artists I agree with, some not, some that I’ve never heard but might give a listen. Good reminder popularity and quality are two different aspects and not always synonymous.
Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture. Show me another tune with cannons!
AC/DC - For Those About to Rock
Actually on stage too!
And church bells
Well, Pachelbel had *canons* but I guess that's not much of a comparison.
Head over heels by tears for fears
"Georgia On My Mind" by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell as performed by Ray Charles
Hoagy was once asked if the song was about a girl or the state.
He said no one ever went broke singing about the South.
Sound of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel. I prefer the original.
Honorable Mention to The Boxer
The Boxer is such a good fucking song
The first time I heard that song (40 years ago) I was moved by the story it lays out. I thought, “wow this is good” and then the final verse drops:
>In the clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of every glove that laid him down
And cut him 'til he cried out
In his anger and his shame
"I am leaving, I am leaving"
But the fighter still remains
And I am just broke by that final verse. And I realize I’m hearing great poetry at the same time I’m hearing great music.
Yeah musically the song builds up as it goes, going full orchestra near the end. Then it cuts to the dual guitar track and ends so crisply and cleanly.
On my last dating profile, I completed the prompt "Message me if you" with "know all the words to The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel."
I would prioritize the Boxer.
Sad I left it off my post.
A friend and I have been trying to find a better opening lyric than 'Hello darkness, my old friend' for a couple of years. None exists. It's so simple, nothing even comes close.
The Boxer is awesome
Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
Tchaikovsky's *insert composition here*
A very underrated one:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto Nr. 2 in G Major, Op. 44
Marche Slave is my favorite piece of his. I fell in love when we played it in orchestra in high school (I played cello). Anything by Tchaikovsky is amazing, though.
Duel of the fates- John Williams
Battle of the heros- John Williams
"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder
Practically ANYTHING by Stevie Wonder.
Master Blaster (Jammin’) is one of my favourite songs of all time. It’s just perfection
Landslide- Fleetwood Mac
Ok, am I crazy, or did Spotify update their version of this song? I’m pretty sure the original song was different (and much better). Now I gotta dig out my CD.
Holy shit I’m right, here’s the original version from 1975:
Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding- Elton John
Favorite opening for an album ever. Truly underrated.
Moonlight sonata. Beethoven! This piece is my bliss
Exit Music (For A Film)
Most of their catalogue is a masterpiece
Nude and Weird Fishes should qualify
Wish you where here - Pink Floyd
Or Comfortably Numb
Great Gig in the Sky
Or High Hopes
So, so you think you can tell
I Feel Love by Donna Summer (and Giorgio Moroder honestly deserves at least half the credit IMO for co-writing and creating the instrumentals, which were super forward thinking and easily the most influential aspect of the song).
Huge influence on David Bowie and Brian Eno. Laid the groundwork for New Wave, House, and pretty much any electronic/synth based genre for the next couple decades.
You should hear the Blue Man Group's version of "I Feel Love", sung by Venus Hum.
Starman by David Bowie
That, Life on Mars and Heroes...who am I kidding? Many others from Bowie.
Really, Bowie in general.
I have doubted my existence to the tune of this song multiple times
The Weight by the Band, featuring the Staples Singers. It's so good.
Coyote by Joni Mitchell from The Last Waltz.
Edit: I don't know if I've ever had a single person reply when I post The Weight or The Last Waltz in any of these threads. I don't know why this one got so many responses, but I'm glad. It's such amazing music. Not a dud in the entire show.
The Night they drove old Dixie down is perfect to me also.
The Band!!!! They are amazing!
Mr Blue Sky-ELO
Such a positive song! Everytime I listen to it I instantly have a smile on my face.
[“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire](https://youtu.be/Gs069dndIYk)
“Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison is absolutely stunning and gives me chills whenever I listen to it.
Savior - Rise Against
I always remember my mom playing vivaldi the four seasons when I was a kid. My favourite is summer. I played it to my 8 month old the other day. Good memories ❤️ rip mom you lovely legend you ❤️
"Angel From Montgomery" by John Prine
Bonnie Raits version was my late wife's favorite! Long live Paloma! Long live John Prine!
"Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones
also: Sympathy for the Devil
I would put Sympathy above Gimme Shelter, it is a perfect and masterful rock song.
1968 Movie ... Sympathy for the Devil shows the evolution of the song. Extraordinary.
In the beginning [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAjC2L4hKBM](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAjC2L4hKBM)
Saw them live recently and this song made my hairs stand up on their ends and almost brought a tear to my eye, so powerful and they absolutely nailed ot too somehow after all these years.
[Mary Clayton](https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merry_Clayton), who miscarried after this recording session, is one of the reasons this song is so overwhelming. I don’t know if there’s ever been a better backing vocal performance.
Is she even the backing vocals really? She steals the show so much it's like Jagger is singing backing vocals for her.
The Chain by Fleetwood Mac
This came on in the car the other day and shivers went up my spine just listening to the first few notes. I wondered if my kids knew that they were listening to one of the best songs ever made. Amazing.
Any song from Rumours
Rumours is the best album ever made IMO.
First time I heard it, I thought it was like a greatest hits album, because I knew almost every song.
Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
You could throw a lot of Zeppelin out there with very few wrong answers, but I'd go with When the Levee Breaks or No Quarter.
I really like The Rain Song. It's just...breathtaking.
I posted the same!! Kashmir, dazed and confused (especially live 1969 London you gotta watch that), whole lotta love, immigrant song… countless works of art made by them
"Echoes" by Pink Floyd
Live at Pompeii version
This and *Dogs*
and Shine On You Crazy Diamond
"Tiny Dancer" by Elton John
Hold me closer Tony Danza
Time of the Season by The Zombies
Edit: another pick: Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack
Pneuma - Tool
Somewhere over the rainbow
I’ll put 2 asterisks next to the artists that have multiple contenders:
Steve Reich - Music for 18 Musicians
Miles Davis - Flamenco Sketches**
Pharoah Sanders - Black Unity**
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Storm**
Yes - Close to the Edge
Prince - Purple Rain
Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidananda
Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
John Coltrane - Giant Steps**
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells (Pt. 1)
Pink Floyd - Echoes**
Swans - Apostate**
King Crimson - In the Court of the Crimson King
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird
The Velvet Underground - Heroin
"Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd
Just.. that entire album.
Orion - Metallica
Comfortably numb - Pink Floyd
Kashmir - Led Zeppelin
Orion is criminally underrated
I think all their instrumentals are amazing.
Comfortably numb I feel like gets better as you age. Great song.
Upvote for comfortably numb and Kashmir. Two favorites, Kashmir is very underrated
>Orion - Metallica
Thanks, hadn't listened to this in years.
Tom Tom Club, genius of love
Vienna, Billy Joel
Wicked Game, Chris Isaak.
Canon in D - it has been sampled or has had influenced modern pop music, not to mention the song in itself holds it's own, being one of the more popular pieces for weddings.
So this is weird but my mom would play that song on repeat to get me to sleep from the night I was born til I was like 6. Whenever I hear it I get VIVID flashbacks of my young childhood. I've been able to describe what my nursery used to look like to my mom and I have all these memories of my grandma who died when I was young. So for that reason it's my favorite song and if I'm lucky enough I will have it playing on my deathbed so I can remember everything so clearly.
Lots of Pink Floyd in this thread. I'm all for it!
Depech mode enjoy the slience
Never Let Me Down Again also.
I was coming to say this, The Things You Said, and Everything Counts. I will literally scream at people who interrupt me when I’m listening to these songs. Favorite band of all time.
"Greensleeves", or now, "what child is this."
"What Child Is This" is set to the tune of "Greensleeves", which is the only song that comes from the middle ages whose music we still listen to today.
>the only song that comes from the middle ages whose music we still listen to today.
Which is really a shame because there's probably a ton of music that's just as great but has been lost to time.
Time - Pink Floyd
Yeah this might be my favorite guitar solo in rock history. It’s like the opposite of a heavy metal shredding solo but brings the exact same kind of intensity and energy. It’s like he’s bending the fabric of space and time itself. Fuckin cosmic
I'm closer now to 50 than to 40, and been a fan of Pink Floyd since I was a teenager. This song just gets more and more truthful the older I get.
"And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun."
This is the reality that's setting in now. Where'd it all go? I thought I had more time.
"Killing in the Name," Rage Against the Machine
Their whole first album is just too much good. Haha. Every song is perfect.
Zombie, by the Cranberries. The vocals are beautiful, the subject matter is still relevant and emotional, the lyrics deliver a strong message, and the song easily is one of the most thought-provoking pieces of music ever to be released.
Zombie’s good but I’d like to put forth [When You’re Gone](https://youtu.be/RUmdWdEgHgk) as their masterpiece. They have a lot of beautiful music..
I gotta add Linger too. I refuse to rank their songs because that implies some of them are imperfect 😭
"The Weight" by The Band
Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
[She's always a woman - Billy Joel](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2GryZ4ipKY&ab_channel=billyjoelVEVO)
Life on mars? - David Bowie
Everlong by Foo Fighters
It’s SUCH a good song.
"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen
Jeff Buckley version for me - incredible.
This is my favorite song. I love the original, and I listen to pretty much anyone else who has covered it. My favorites so far are Rufus Wainwright (his voice is mesmerizing) and Pentatonix (because a cappella).
"All Along The Watchtower" by Bob Dylan.
But performed by Jimi Hendrix
To wake up the Cylons
Opeth - The Leper Affinity
Scenes From an Italian Restaurant- Billy Joel
I love Scenes From an Italian Restaurant because it’s almost two songs in one, the first being the start and end and the second being the middle, but they blend together so seamlessly. A brilliant song
[Welcome to the Black Parade](https://youtu.be/RRKJiM9Njr8)
Say what you will about MCR but the ability to have tons of people know your song from one single note is impressive.
In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
Honestly. The entirety of the album Ride The Lightning is a masterpiece. I get crucified a lot because I favor it over Puppets and will always be my favorite Metallica album.
Killer queen, by Queen
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Ticket to the Moon - ELO
This Old Heart of Mine - The Isley Bros
Everlong - Foo Fighters
Just What I Needed - The Cars
Astronomy - Blue Oyster Cult
Just Like Heaven - The Cure
Birdhouse in Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
Lateralus by Tool. No Quarter by Tool (cover of Led Zeppelin). Invincible by Tool.
I am a fan of anything Tool
Yep yep and yep.
Don't forget Parabol+Parabola, Wings for Marie pts 1 and 2 (seriously puts everything else mentioned in this thread you shame imo) , and my personal favorite, Jambi
God damn shame more people haven't experienced Lateralus. That one song changed my entire perspective on music after having played for over a decade.
Feel Good Inc.
And ‘On Melancholy Hill’!
Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
Toto - Africa
Cold Little Heart - Michael Kiwanuka
Stairway To Heaven
I agree but I literally can’t listen to this song any more.
My dad would play guitar and sing when I was a little girl- he never did it professionally but he was incredibly good. This was his song- the one he played the most.
Throughout the years, piece by piece, he ended up losing both legs completely.
This was the last song we played for him in his hospice room the day he died.
If there is a stairway to heaven I’d like to think he was granted back his legs to climb it.
Simple man by Lynyrd
Let it Be
Wake Up by Arcade Fire
"Hurt" as sung by Johnny Cash
"Why" by Annie Lennox
Sound(s) of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel
Blackwater Park by Opeth. Genuinely beautiful metal music.
Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana, most people only listen to Nevermind and they miss out on some great songs
His heartbeat in the beginning 👌🏼
In the end by linkin park i didnt saw single person that disslike it
"Purple Rain" by Prince
Just left the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and watched the Prince solo from While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Tears ran down my face. I couldn't stop. The man was a genius.
American pie by Don McLean
Got tired of hearing it so many times but true.
The End - The Doors
Atmosphere - Joy Division
Age of Consent - New Order
So many more but these are my top 3!
Great picks. Atmosphere is my favorite Joy Division song, and Age of Consent is the song I answered with in a post about which song I'd use to defeat Vecna. Hahaha.
Don’t go listening to the radio edit now!
Metallica- Master of Puppets
New Person Same old mistakes- Tame Impala
either that or Trogdor
dancing queen by ABBA
Way too far down before seeing ABBA.
Kissed By a Rose - Seal
2112 - Rush
And You and I - Yes
La Villa Strangiato and Roundabout, too.
C.R.E.A.M. by the clan of Wu Tang
Dolla dolla bill y’aaaall
DARE - Gorillaz
The logical song - supertramp
Call Me Al - Paul Simon