Things I Think | The Greatest Songs Ever Written, Recorded, and Performed
Welcome to another editions of "Things I Think" In this TITs post you'll get to participate!
If you follow me over on Twitter than this is old hat for you, but I wanted to put it in here for later use. This morning Amy spinning the album "Thriller" has me thinking about a new series about my top ten (or more albums). Look for that soon over on the platform the prez is destroying.
So, since limitations exist on character limits over there here are #DansTopSongs with a bit more explanation as to why they made MY list.
What are your top songs? Why?
The 10 greatest songs ever written, recorded, and performed according to me are. 1. Tiny Dancer - Elton John
- I had heard this song a number of times as a younger person, but it wasn't until I saw and heard it in "Almost Famous" that it connected with me in some magical way I still can't explain. Every time I hear it in any format I kinda lose it, I don't know why. That is the power of music.
2. Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd
- Just sensational song writing. The simplicity of this song is perfect. The music, the lyrics, that opening solo just pops. Easily my favorite PF song, and one that has had many meanings for me throughout my life.
3. All Along the Watchtower - Bob Dylan (but give me the Hendrix or even DMB versions)
- Dylan is the best songwriter ever, and perhaps the worst singer. I can't listen to him at all but I first learned of him in 8th grade Social Studies class with just the words on paper by a pretty hip teacher who used music to teach history. It's always stuck with me, but when I heard Jimi Hendrix play it a year or two later it all made sense. This song has a epic quality to it that I love. It's a never skip track for me.
4. Imagine - John Lennon
- My dad is the biggest Beatles fan I know, and I grew up hearing all of it. I didn't really get it though. Good singalong stuff, but it wasn't until I was an adult that I understood how important they were to music history. This song is as relevant today as it was the day John wrote it. It's a timeless piece that is always appropriate, always worth reflection. Often covered, but no version matches the original.
5. Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin
- I got shit for this one, primarily from the overplayed, overdone crowd. These people are the ones that don't like a band after they made it big. Well...fuck them. This song is perfection from end to end, and I don't give a shit that you can't play it in guitar stores, or that many of my generation awkwardly danced to it in 8th grade or similar. I hear something new in this song whenever I listen. Led Zeppelin, another band introduced to me by my Dad. He has great taste in tunes.
6. Thriller - Michael Jackson
- Ground breaking in every possible way, this song could be made today and would be ginormous. From the Vincent Price piece, to the dance, the video, everything about this is fun as hell and the album of the same name is a masterpiece and (spoiler alert) will surely make my top albums list.
7. Baba O’Riley - The Who
- Fuck yeah, amirite? This song romps! I love the intro, that build. This is a band that I didn't get into later, and this song actually really hit me during a Pearl Jam performance in the early 2000's. I actually caught Eddie's tambourine he frisbeed into the crowd. You can watch that video here. I always think of that moment when I hear this song regardless of who (see what I did there?) is playing it.
8. The Chain - Fleetwood Mac
- Listening to "Rumours" now, and TBH could have chosen "Go Your Own Way" with this spot as well but "The Chain" just has all of the things that make this band so great. Stevie's voice is what I imagine great drugs must be like. I'm probably wrong, but that is what I'm going with. LB rips on guitar as always, totally underrated.
9. Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
- Another "hey thanks for liking awesome music" to my pops on this one. I will always remember his handwritten cassette tapes, drawer after drawer lined with classic rock and this was one I just loved hearing than and still do now. Everything about this says legendary. Only as an adult did I learn about the Stones, the Beatles and the British rock scene proper and it only makes the tune better.
10. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana
- If this list was "TITs | Most Important Songs to Dan" it's quite possible this would land number one as it likely would for many of my nineties high school peeps. I was entering that phase when you really don't know wtf you are doing in adolescence. I was coming out of the pop phase, and moving into weirder time that would include dabbling in Dr. Dre, Cypress Hill, and Boys 2 Men. Along with "Headbangers Ball" I wasn't really sure what I was supposed to like. When I heard Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and others it all really made sense for that rebellious teen anger I felt. I found my niche. This song is so simple, but so perfect. It was one of the earliest songs I remember learning on guitar, we played it in a jam session and the rest is history.
I'll probably continue this list through to 20 at some point, so keep an eye out for that but first up will be my top ten albums.
Would love to know what your favorites are, post them on here or over on twitter. I'm @metallidan