My Top 100 Songs

For the pure joy of it, I decided to make a list of the top 100 songs that I could listen to every day (if I wanted) and not tire of them. I have messed with the list for over a week now and may well mess with it again today or in the future. This is a fun exercise, so why should the fun ever come to an end?

In contemplating inclusion of a song, I focused both on the music and the lyrics. Lyrics are perhaps more important in my world, for a good song is as much poetry as it is music. Dylan doesn’t dominate as many lists as he does just because of a catchy tune. His lyrics are poetry as his Nobel prize proves. I have written before of music and poetry on this blog.

If artists are listed after a title, I consider their version of a song to be superlative, but I will listen to anyone’s version of the same song – at least once.

You might well disagree with my list. In fact, if you don’t, I will wonder whether you even bothered to read this post. There is no harm in disagreement as each of us has our own tastes. In fact, disagreement will engender yet more fun for both of us should we meet face to face to compare our lists. I am always ready to meet and defend my musical tastes, but only if you do your homework and make your own list first. Each of us might even learn something from the exercise.

This is a list as of this instant. Tomorrow it might well change. This is due to my lifelong love of music and an abiding interest in new releases and rediscoveries of old favorites. Where is Doc Pomus (“and Marie’s the name of his latest flame”) to be found on this list? Or Amy Speace? Or______ (fill in the blank)?Damn it all!

The list is alphabetical, not hierarchical. Numbers are for ease of reference.

My list is mostly post-1960 with exceptions for Dion. He just keeps going and going like the Energizer Bunny. He’s still at it today at age 80 something. Tom Jones is a close second. There may be others, but, hey, this is my list.

So, here it is:

  1. A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall – Bob Dylan
  2. A Soft Place To Fall – Allison Moorer
  3. A Wall In Washington – Iris DeMent
  4. After The Gold Rush –Neil Young
  5. Against The Wind – Bob Seeger
  6. Ain’t No Cure For Love – Leonard Cohen, Jennifer Warnes
  7. All Over Ohio – Over The Rhine
  8. American Tune – Paul Simon
  9. An Italian Restaurant – Billy Joel
  10. And So It Goes – Billy Joel and many others
  11. And The Night Stood Still – Dion
  12. Any Day Now – Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Jimmy LaFave
  13. Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary
  14. Box Of Visions – Tom Russell
  15. Bridge Over Troubled Waters – Simon and Garfunkel, John Legend
  16. Bright Blue Rose – Mary Black
  17. Bus To St Cloud – Gretchen Peters
  18. California Dreaming – Mammas and Pappas
  19. California Saga – The Beach Boys
  20. Candle In The Wind – Elton John
  21. Carrickfergus – Allison Moorer and others (mostly Irish)
  22. Darling Be Home Soon – Lovin’ Spoonful
  23. Desperado – Linda Ronstadt, The Eagles
  24. Drift Away – Dobie Gray
  25. Eve Of Destruction – Barry McGuire
  26. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield, Del McCoury Band
  27. Forever Young – Bob Dylan
  28. Fortunate Son – Credence Clearwater
  29. Four Strong Winds – Ian and Sylvia
  30. Garden Party – Rick Nelson
  31. Glory Days – Bruce Springsteen
  32. God Only Knows – Beach Boys
  33. Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
  34. Got My Mind Set On You – George Harrison
  35. Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen and millions
  36. Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
  37. Harvest Moon – Neil Young
  38. Have You Ever Seen The Rain – Credence Clearwater
  39. Heart of Gold – Neil Young
  40. Helpless – Neil Young
  41. Helplessly Hoping – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  42. Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles
  43. Hey Jude – The Beatles
  44. I Won’t Crumble With You If You Fall – Tom Jones
  45. If I Fall Behind – Bruce Springsteen, Dion
  46. If I Had A Boat – Lyle Lovett
  47. Imagine – John Lennon
  48. In My Room – The. Beach Boys
  49. Into The Mystic – Van Morrison
  50. It’s Not Over Yet – Rodney Crowell
  51. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door – Eric Clapton
  52. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac, The Chicks
  53. Let It Be – The Beatles
  54. Little Glass Of Wine – Jesse Winchester
  55. Looking For Blue Eyes – Allison Moorer and others
  56. Love Hurts – Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris & Mark Knopfler
  57. Lullaby – Billy Joel
  58. Make You Feel My Love – Bob Dylan, Garth Brooks, Adele
  59. Michele – The Beatles
  60. Monday Monday – Mommas and Poppas, Foxes and Fossils
  61. My Little Town – Paul Simon
  62. My Town – Iris DeMent
  63. Not Dark Yet – Bob Dylan at his best. The best versions are by Dylan, Shelby Lynne & Allison Moorer, and Jimmy LaFave.
  64. Ohio – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  65. Old Man – Neil Young
  66. Our House – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  67. Paradise – John Prine
  68. Penny Lane – The Beatles
  69. Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
  70. Proud Mary – Credence Clearwater Revival, Tina Turner
  71. Rock Around The Clock – Bill Haley
  72. Roll Over Beethoven – Chick Berry
  73. Runaround Sue – Dion
  74. Sail On Sailor – The Beach Boys, Foxes and Fossils
  75. Sea of Heartbreak – Don Gibson, Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash.
  76. Shame On The Moon – Bob Seeger,, Rodney Crowell
  77. The Cape – Guy Clark, Eric Bibb
  78. The Color Of A Cloudy Day – Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer
  79. The Dark End Of The Street – James Carr, Dan Penn
  80. The Devil’s Radio – George Harrison
  81. The Dimming Of The Day – Richard Thompson, Mary Black, Bonnie Raitt and others
  82. The Eye – Brandi Carlile
  83. The Joke – Brandi Carlile
  84. The Long And Winding Road – The Beatles
  85. The Moon And St Christopher – Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mary Black
  86. The Sound Of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel, Disturbed, and others
  87. The Times They Are A-Changing – Bob Dylan, Peter Paul and Mary
  88. The Wanderer – Dion
  89. The Weight – The Band and others
  90. This Land Is Your Land – Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and thousands
  91. Too Old To Die Young – Kevin Welch, The Trishas
  92. Tower of Song – Leonard Cohen, Tom Jones
  93. Turn, Turn, Turn – Pete Seeger, The Byrds, and a host of Others
  94. Vincent – Don McLean and many others
  95. Who’ll Stop The Rain – Credence Clearwater
  96. Why Worry – Everly Brothers, Mark Knopfler
  97. Wildflowers – Tom Petty, Wailin’ Jennys
  98. Will I See You In Heaven – Eric Clapton
  99. You Never Can Tell – Chuck Berry
  100. You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King, James Taylor and many others

About Gavin Stevens

Humptulips County is the wholly fictional on-line residence of Stephen Ellis, a would-be writer, an avid fan of William Faulkner and his Yoknapatawpha County, and a retired lawyer.
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