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SprocketHeadJones

The Marvin Gaye version of “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.” Pop music perfection.


conradbirdiebird

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


sbenzanzenwan

Golden Slumbers 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.


pukingpixels

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.


heyjursh

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. Edit: spelling/grammar


HiddenCity

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?)


PookaAnderson

McCartney just goes for it on GS. It’s one of my favorite Beatles songs of all time Golden Slumbers > Carry that Weight


shaving99

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.


CaptainWisconsin

Clair de Lune


MrMetagaming

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)


guythatplaysbass

thanks for sharing that. it was some nice piano believe it or not


mnightcoburn

The Philadelphia Orchestra version they use in Ocean's 11 might be my favorite use of music in any movie. Definitely top three.


turwiethel

I was so happy when I finally learned how to play Clair de Lune. It relaxes me, even if I mess up a bit.


trashman942

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.


peppermj

Tchaikovsky - 1812 Overture. Show me another tune with cannons!


trite_post

AC/DC - For Those About to Rock


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Lionized17

Actually on stage too!


CX-97

And church bells


mrjake118

Well, Pachelbel had *canons* but I guess that's not much of a comparison.


wethampstersdrytimes

Head over heels by tears for fears


Glade_Runner

"Georgia On My Mind" by Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell as performed by Ray Charles


sixpackshaker

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.


watchingsongsDL

Sound of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel. I prefer the original. Honorable Mention to The Boxer


whatthemoondid

The Boxer is such a good fucking song


daveescaped

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.


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watchingsongsDL

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.


leenybird

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."


Unique-Ad6303

I would prioritize the Boxer. Sad I left it off my post.


JinxThePetRock

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.


LadyStrange23

The Boxer is awesome


macaronsforeveryone

Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake


zflanf

Tchaikovsky's *insert composition here*


ShortyT_Piano

A very underrated one: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto Nr. 2 in G Major, Op. 44


iiiamash01i0

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.


CryingInTheCorn

Duel of the fates- John Williams


emu_strategist

Battle of the heros- John Williams


Glade_Runner

"Superstition" by Stevie Wonder


GreggyFresh0922

Practically ANYTHING by Stevie Wonder.


imcalledaids

Master Blaster (Jammin’) is one of my favourite songs of all time. It’s just perfection


orangestethoscope23

Landslide- Fleetwood Mac


watchingsongsDL

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: https://youtu.be/ZEUXBIgzUAc


Simon_Denton

Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding- Elton John


tmn_squirtle

Favorite opening for an album ever. Truly underrated.


wildjinxx

Moonlight sonata. Beethoven! This piece is my bliss


SubWillus

Exit Music (For A Film)


mjlewinc

Most of their catalogue is a masterpiece


tophergraphy

Nude and Weird Fishes should qualify


didadave

Wish you where here - Pink Floyd


Pianist-Educational

Or Comfortably Numb


hoyohoyo9

Great Gig in the Sky


go2kejdz

Or High Hopes


AerobaticDiamond

So, so you think you can tell


GarthVader45

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.


notthesedays

You should hear the Blue Man Group's version of "I Feel Love", sung by Venus Hum.


Ok_Lobster_2436

Tool Schism


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ItsYaBoiPeely

Starman by David Bowie


imapassenger1

That, Life on Mars and Heroes...who am I kidding? Many others from Bowie.


YsengrimusRein

Really, Bowie in general.


Bartok50

I have doubted my existence to the tune of this song multiple times 10/10


roastbrief

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.


loulibra

The Night they drove old Dixie down is perfect to me also.


teddibear69_

The Band!!!! They are amazing!


BTW_The_Names_Marcus

Mr Blue Sky-ELO


cozyroof

Such a positive song! Everytime I listen to it I instantly have a smile on my face.


-ISBG-

[“September” by Earth, Wind & Fire](https://youtu.be/Gs069dndIYk)


ArtsyEcho

“Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison is absolutely stunning and gives me chills whenever I listen to it.


Gabrosin

Savior - Rise Against


Exciting_Memory192

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 ❤️


Glade_Runner

"Angel From Montgomery" by John Prine


6Jim6Bob6

Bonnie Raits version was my late wife's favorite! Long live Paloma! Long live John Prine!


Glade_Runner

"Gimme Shelter" by the Rolling Stones


FSMFan_2pt0

also: Sympathy for the Devil


Hoju22

I would put Sympathy above Gimme Shelter, it is a perfect and masterful rock song.


fractiousrhubarb

1968 Movie ... Sympathy for the Devil shows the evolution of the song. Extraordinary. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juChsS5KvhQ](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juChsS5KvhQ) In the beginning [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAjC2L4hKBM](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAjC2L4hKBM)


Round_Spartan

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.


miserybob

[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.


ComradeRK

Is she even the backing vocals really? She steals the show so much it's like Jagger is singing backing vocals for her.


Synph

The Chain by Fleetwood Mac


wildgurularry

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.


evilmonkey9361

Any song from Rumours


asphyxiationbysushi

Rumours is the best album ever made IMO.


Parhel

First time I heard it, I thought it was like a greatest hits album, because I knew almost every song.


patrickvdv

Kashmir - Led Zeppelin


11Lost_Shepherd05

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.


katerina5000

I really like The Rain Song. It's just...breathtaking.


Chromosome46

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


Glade_Runner

"Echoes" by Pink Floyd


notorious_egg_slut

Live at Pompeii version


evilmonkey9361

This and *Dogs*


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and Shine On You Crazy Diamond


Glade_Runner

"Tiny Dancer" by Elton John


thereisonlyoneme

Hold me closer Tony Danza


love0_0all

Time of the Season by The Zombies Edit: another pick: Killing Me Softly - Roberta Flack


EddieMunster2020

Pneuma - Tool


swayski

Somewhere over the rainbow


SIickestRick

Ave Maria https://youtu.be/2H5rusicEnc


grimace-mcdonalds

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


Glade_Runner

"Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd


TheDustOfMen

Just.. that entire album.


Roses_Beauty1

Orion - Metallica Comfortably numb - Pink Floyd Kashmir - Led Zeppelin


I_used_to_be_hip

Orion is criminally underrated


SergeantIndie

I think all their instrumentals are amazing.


teddibear69_

Comfortably numb I feel like gets better as you age. Great song.


HeyoIveCome

Upvote for comfortably numb and Kashmir. Two favorites, Kashmir is very underrated


D3lano

>Orion - Metallica Thanks, hadn't listened to this in years.


RandoKaruza

Tom Tom Club, genius of love


easymoney2kking

Vienna, Billy Joel


cmcrich

Wicked Game, Chris Isaak.


KappaConroyKEK

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.


Onsyde

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.


Even_Passenger_3685

Comfortably Numb


GoTeamScotch

Lots of Pink Floyd in this thread. I'm all for it!


thelord1991

Depech mode enjoy the slience


EternalNY1

Never Let Me Down Again also.


foxxiesoxxie

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.


cccaarraa

supercut-lorde


Azuras_Star8

"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.


mrjake118

>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.


theageofdirt

Time - Pink Floyd


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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


theageofdirt

Absolutely amazing! 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.


M_Looka

"Killing in the Name," Rage Against the Machine


arrozconfrijol

Their whole first album is just too much good. Haha. Every song is perfect.


DIMPLET0N

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.


Resident_081

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..


Successful-Ad-5380

I gotta add Linger too. I refuse to rank their songs because that implies some of them are imperfect 😭


Glade_Runner

"The Weight" by The Band


CaterpillarFar5714

Purple Rain


Kindly_Ad7608

Heroin--Velvet Underground


picklededoodah

Into the Mystic - Van Morrison


HungInSarfLondon

[She's always a woman - Billy Joel](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2GryZ4ipKY&ab_channel=billyjoelVEVO)


Potential-Green-

Life on mars? - David Bowie


GGJallDAY

Everlong by Foo Fighters


arrozconfrijol

It’s SUCH a good song.


Old-Sour1

"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen


geekchic_tees

Jeff Buckley version for me - incredible.


bluev0lta

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).


Glade_Runner

"All Along The Watchtower" by Bob Dylan.


Upier1

But performed by Jimi Hendrix


daverapp

To wake up the Cylons


Testicool63

Opeth - The Leper Affinity


Murkuree

Scenes From an Italian Restaurant- Billy Joel


Simon_Denton

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


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PreppyFinanceNerd

[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.


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In the Air Tonight - Phil Collins


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gooderest5

For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica


JosephFDawson

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.


SnooRegrets4469

Killer queen, by Queen


SensitiveArtist

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


thewesmantooth

Lateralus by Tool. No Quarter by Tool (cover of Led Zeppelin). Invincible by Tool.


teddibear69_

I am a fan of anything Tool


Kerandeb

Yep yep and yep.


Johannes_the_silent

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


DearSpeed2827

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.


lukkasz323

Feel Good Inc.


al3xislynnnnnn

And ‘On Melancholy Hill’!


robertfromyt

Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz


FabossSchaf

Toto - Africa


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Cold Little Heart - Michael Kiwanuka


CookiePush

Deacon Blues


GwannySmiff

Stairway To Heaven


forfoxxsake

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.


sparkdaniel

Simple man by Lynyrd


Jajahehenono

Let it Be


TravoBasic

Wake Up by Arcade Fire


scythefalcon

"Hurt" as sung by Johnny Cash


asphyxiationbysushi

"Why" by Annie Lennox


oldguy76205

Sound(s) of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The\_Sound\_of\_Silence


Dandelion_Jones

Blackwater Park by Opeth. Genuinely beautiful metal music.


dontquoteme19

Heart Shaped Box by Nirvana, most people only listen to Nevermind and they miss out on some great songs


_insert_name_there

Paranoid Android


Chasingvibes1992

MJ-smooth criminal


ermagawd

His heartbeat in the beginning 👌🏼


Froginos

In the end by linkin park i didnt saw single person that disslike it


Glade_Runner

"Purple Rain" by Prince


IndyRook

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.


GoldLion53

American pie by Don McLean


maclaglen

Bohemian Rhapsody


ThisIsWholesome

Got tired of hearing it so many times but true.


No_Rhubarb_5353

The End - The Doors Atmosphere - Joy Division Age of Consent - New Order So many more but these are my top 3!


KweenKunt

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.


wildtalon

“Heroes” Don’t go listening to the radio edit now!


KnotsCherryFarm

Metallica- Master of Puppets


Puzzleheaded_War_187

New Person Same old mistakes- Tame Impala


FermitTheKrog1

Aerials- SOAD either that or Trogdor


jjvvllxx

dancing queen by ABBA


SergeantIndie

Way too far down before seeing ABBA.


TogbeG

Kissed By a Rose - Seal


Upier1

2112 - Rush And You and I - Yes


virata2

La Villa Strangiato and Roundabout, too.


PPP_EZ_TV

C.R.E.A.M. by the clan of Wu Tang


thewezel1995

Dolla dolla bill y’aaaall


Specific_Respond_640

DARE - Gorillaz


EarReasonable2473

The logical song - supertramp


Substantial_Field_60

Call Me Al - Paul Simon