Monday, January 24, 2011

Top Ten Favorite Songs

To see other top 10 picks, go to the great blog of Alex Cavinaugh

There is no way I can narrow my list to ten. I'd have trouble cutting it down to 100. I omitted Beatles songs, because they might take up the whole list. Except for the first song,  the rest are not in any kind of order.

Time to Say Goodbye – Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman  Link
This is the most beautiful song I've ever heard. I have NEVER made it through without my eyes welling up with tears.  They both did fantastic solo versions of this song. When they sang it together, it was pure magic. If you've ever seen the video it's pretty clear that when it is his turn to sing, Ms. Brightman stares at him like he's a pork chop.

Stairway to HeavenLed Zeppelin  Versus Taurus (you be the judge).

If you are a Led Zeppelin fan, you've got to listen to the link. I'll bet you never heard the background story about this song before.  Not onlyis it my favorite rock song, it was also inspired by my favorite group of all time “Spirit.” On one of Led Zep’s first tours they opened for Spirit, who at that time played a song called Taurus. While some folks accused Led Zeppelin of Plagiarism, the author of the song, Randy California, replied that he was honored that Taurus may have inspired Led Zeppelin.
This is the End – The Doors  Link
There had to be at least one song by the Doors on my list. Some say the lyrics are satanic in nature. It sounds like dark dar poetry to me.
Free Bird – Lynard Skynard  Link
Classic southern rock with one of the all-time best guitar solos.
Comfortably Numb – Pink Floyd  Link
Probably the most attractive description of heroin usage ever written. Still an amazing song. If I could pick 100 songs, Pink Floyd would have a few songs on the list I thing.
In My Room – Beach Boys  Link
Hands down, the best harmony ever! Brian Wilson is one of the all-time most creative musicians. EVER...
Layla – Derek and the Dominos  Link
Duane Allman and Eric Clapton.  To me, it’s the best guitar dominated song of all time.
White Room – Cream  Link
Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. I love this song not only because of the music, but because the music was created to encompass a poem by Pete Brown.   Every phrase is four syllables of Pure Genius...

In a white room with black curtains near the station.
Black-roof country, no gold pavements, tired starlings.
Silver horses run down moonbeams in your dark eyes.
Dawn-light smiles on you leaving, my contentment.
I'll wait in this place where the sun never shines;
Wait in this place where the shadows run from themselves.
You said no strings could secure you at the station.
Platform ticket, restless diesels, goodbye windows.
I walked into such a sad time at the station.
As I walked out, felt my own need just beginning.
I'll wait in the queue when the trains come back;
Lie with you where the shadows run from themselves.
At the party she was kindness in the hard crowd.
Consolation for the old wound now forgotten.
Yellow tigers crouched in jungles in her dark eyes.
She's just dressing, goodbye windows, tired starlings.
I'll sleep in this place with the lonely crowd;
Lie in the dark where the shadows run from themselves.



  1. Ooo... love your list! Couple of them are on mine too.

    Nice to meet you. :)

  2. Old time rocker! I like it.
    Thanks for participating today!

  3. you have great taste in music very awesome list

  4. Freebird!
    I am so much with you on this list. Thanks for adding the links, too.

    Can't wait to see your other TOP TEN lists!

  5. how could I have forgotten comfortably numb? great choices Pat

  6. totally floyd...
    what a great selection of music
    thanks for the melody's,

  7. I know what you mean about not being able to narrow down the list Pat: the "hot 100" playlist on my computer has 189 tracks, and that's restricting a given artist to just one track (well, apart from the Beatles, Dylan, Pink Floyd, Hendrix and Queen, who are allowed two...Comfortably Numb is one of the Floyd tracks).

  8. "Time to Say a Goodbye", yes, such memories that song brings back! And I do love The Doors, as well. Satanic? I don't think so. I agree with your assessment of "dark poetry" entirely, Pat!


  9. Oh my, my Dad said he know all of those songs. I suspose that's a good thing!

  10. Wow, I'd never heard that Zeppelin/Spirit comparison. Interesting. How I forgot that song on my list - who knows?

  11. Some really nice stuff there. I put Stairway to Heaven on the very top >:)

    Cold As Heaven

  12. Great classic list!! Takes me back in time....

  13. I've heard of quite a few of to look up the ones that I haven't. :)

  14. Some of them are my favourites too, especially the first one, but I hate goodbuys, but not the song:))
    Wishing you a nice week Patrick:)
    Hugs from north where it's raining a lot, and snow melts, and I like it:))

  15. You, my friend are of my generation. This is my music! And I'll never get tired of hearing Stairway to Heaven.

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  16. All your songs bring back memories. Great list.

  17. I agree, there is no way to get through Time To Say Goodbye dry-eyed. I might tear up just thinking about it!

  18. Nice list. I wouldn't put any of them in my top ten but I love almost all of those songs. Especially Layla.

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  20. I completely agree with you about "Time to Say Goodbye." It is a beautiful song. I've been queuing every fave song I'm finding on these lists. Everyone out there is creating my soundtrack right now. Thank you!

  21. Love your list! I never knew that about White Room. Some of these artist would have been on my list if it had been our top twenty!

  22. I went through a Doors phase. Something mezmerising about them. Aww, and "In My Room" brings back memories. I loved that song when I was a kid. What do you mean like a Pork Chop? Is it good to be looked at that way or very, very bad?

  23. Great list. I know almost all of them.

  24. Great list, Pat. I am going to listen to some of those songs you linked.

  25. I've never been able to decide on any top 10 or even 20 - it changes so often that the last time I tried - I cringed a few days later. Though I must admit Dark Side is always in my top 10 and the wall in my top somewhere as well. Some great tunes here Patrick, some great tunes indeed.

  26. Now we're talking about stuff I've heard of. Great list. I left the Beatles off my list for the same reason.

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  27. Love the classic rock songs. My hubby is a huge Doors fan and who doesn't love Led Zeppelin?!

  28. I like a lot of these myself! Great list!

  29. Fabulous, fabulous list! I love them all.....pity we could only choose ten!

  30. You are brave or crazy to attempt a top 10, so congratulations! I would have melted down. I didn't know White Room was from a poem, so thanks for that and for printing it. It's totally brilliant. I saw a video of Cream in concert a couple months ago, and despite the terrible sound quality, all of the dynamic brilliance came flooding back. Haven't we lived in an amazing era for great music? I guess everyone THINKS they have, but I KNOW we have :) Cheers. Fun list. Maybe after I retire sometime this decade (?) I'll try my own list.

  31. Pk - thanks so much!

    Alex - I love a lot of new music, but I'm not sure why none of it showed up on my list.

    becca - Thanks! I needed 100

    Brenda - thanks! I'm holding up my lighter as I type...

    baygirl - I know! It's impossible.

    iZombie - thanks so much!

    dennis - Hey Dennis! I'm glad to hear that. It's an awesome song.

    Nevine - I don't think it's satanic either, but when it came out there was some parents/media rumbling going on. thanks!

    Clarissa - Thanks Clarissa

    Brian - that just means I'm old...

    Tara - After I've read a bunch of the lists, mine might look different if I did it now...

    Cold as Heaven - thanks! To me, it's the best of all time.

    Bossy Betty - Yeah, me too...unfortunately, way back!

    Baby Sister - I hope you like them.

    Berit - Thanks! I'm glad to hear it's warming up a little!

    Nikki - I'm right there with you! Thanks...

    Oilfield Trash - Thanks so much! I needed to do at least 100 though.

    M Pax - Thanks! They also do that to me.

    stickynote - I may have to play the album (the whole thing is good)

    Tim - If I made the list right now, I might not either...

    Budd - Thanks Budd!

    Cake Betch - Thanks! I just left there! That was very nice of you.

    Hannah - I'm doing the same thing. This is going to take all day!

    Jamie - thanks so much! Yep, 10 is pretty tough.

    Nicki - LOL...I'm thinking it had nothing to do with food! Thanks!

    Wendy - Thanks so much! I was much fonder of music back then. I still like new stuff alot, but....

    Robyn - Thanks Robyn! Hope you like them...

    Jhon - It's impossible! Hard to go wrong with PF, that's for sure. thanks Jhon!

    Arlee - thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

    Kelly - Me too! Lot's of good stuff "back in the day."

    Lydia - Thanks so much!

    Margo - It was so hard! Thanks for the nice words.

  32. I love that amidst The Doors, Zepplin, Skynard, you snuck in an Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman duet.

  33. tapirgal - I agree! I was lucky enough to see Cream. They were amazing! Of course we were all in an altered state back then...

    Marlene - Oh yeah!

    Jennie - My tastes run to everything but Polka.... LOL!

  34. tapirgal - I agree! I was lucky enough to see Cream. They were amazing! Of course we were all in an altered state back then...

    Marlene - Oh yeah!

    Jennie - My tastes run to everything but Polka.... LOL!

  35. The Doors! Why didn't I include them on my list?! Some awesome songs on your list. Thanks for sharing.

    My Top Ten Songs

  36. So many good ones here. Stairway to Heaven is on just about every other list I've seen. That one brings back some great memories.

    Nice to meet you, Pat!

  37. Ahhh .... I haven't heard Free Bird in a Long Long time. Man, gonna have to go download it. Thanks for reminding of an awesome song I'd long forgotten!

  38. I totally adore The Beach Boys In My Room. It is a great song to sing-a-long to. :)The Doors track is a keeper too.

  39. Brian Wilson was a genius. Loved his songs. Haven't heard White Room in ages, I clicked on the link just to hear it again. Thanks!

  40. Ellie - I'm thinking the same thing about several groups! thanks!

    Liz - thanks so much! Nice meeting you as well...

    ali - I've hit my own link on that song a few times already! thanks!

    Elaine - I agree on both songs. Thanks!

    Gregg - He sure was a genius! My pleasure! thanks for commenting.

  41. Nice to meet and greet! I love your choices. Most of them could be on my list if i could have fitted them in!

  42. L'Aussie - Thanks so much! I know what you mean, ten just isn't enough.

  43. Nice mix. I'm happy when I recognize the band...but I've heard several of these!

  44. Hi, Patrick. Thanks for the "Stairway" link. I think I had heard some talk of that before; I've read a few of the books about Zeppelin.
    I thought about adding The Doors to my list, but they just missed the cut.
    Very cool,


  45. Would you beat me to a senseless pulp if I told you my favorite EC song was Pretending? Seriously, would ya?

  46. Vicki - Thanks! I'm glad you like them.

    James - Yep, the beginning of the song is almost exactly the same. Thanks for the comment!

    Jesse - Of course I would! Not really, if he played on it, then it must be good, right?

  47. Ohhh, Time to Say Goodbye is a great choice!!!! Never would have considered that one, but definitely worthy of being selected!

  48. THE BEACH BOYS - Right on!

    While "In My Room" didn't make my list, The Boys did make mine with a different tune.

    And on my blog, there's an installment about my all-time favorite bars and saloons, therein I mention "In My Room" and tell the story about how I once chased out everyone in a Reno bar with that song except for the bartender and me!

    Well, it was still better than shooting a man in Reno "just to watch him die", right? Right?

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  49. Cream!! I put "Tales of Brave Ulysses" on one of my earlier music lists. I started a couple of days ago at number 30 and counted down from there. If I hadn't picked "Brave Ulysses", I would have picked "White Room."

  50. I've been working with simple stuff for the past couple of months. One inspiration:

  51. I love so many of these!! Wonderful songs and artists! :)

  52. These could easily be my list. But that doesn't surprise me. I like you at, would have a hard time with top 100, or top 100 Movies too!

    Great Job!!


  53. Takes me back to my youth...what I remember of it.

    Gee, no Justin Timberlack, Usher, JayZ or Justin Bieber?

  54. A very good list. One or two of yours were definitely contenders for mine, thought they ultimately didn't make it.

    There is just so much good music out there!

  55. I love this list. You've got the only other list I've come across so far where I know every single song. Thanks for explaining Stairway to Heaven. Didn't know that.

  56. Nice tunes! you've reminded me of a few I'd forgotten! Cheers!

  57. I didn't know about the Led Zeppelin origins.

    A top 10 is really hard indeed, wouldn't know where to start.

  58. NO way I could get my list down to ten. Not surprisingly we do share interest in some of the same artists.

  59. Most of the songs on your list are favorites of mine!

  60. I'm with you on Floyd. Comfortably Numb is my #1 all time favorite song, but Wish You Were Here and probably others would be in my top 100 too.

  61. Paul - thanks so much!

    Stephen - In my top 100 the BB's would have a couple at least. I'll check your blog out. thanks!

    Haleine - That song could have easily made my list as well. thanks!

    altadenahiker - I'll check it out! thanks...

    Jemi - Thanks for commenting!

    John - thanks! I'm not surprised that our lists would be similiar.

    #1nana - No way! none of those!

    Karen - Thanks so much! It's very hard.

    patricia - Thanks so much! Not too many folks do know about that.

    Trisha - Thanks! I'm happy to be of service.

    Arjan - I'm a fountain of useless info! Thanks!

    Francisca - I'm not surprised either! Thanks...

    Ted - Glad to hear that! Thanks for commenting.

    Cheeseboy - my top 100 would have a few of their songs on it!

  62. Good list - five of those are on my ipod, in fact! (The middle songs.) Thank you so much for reminding me about In My Room - I haven't listened to that for ages but totally agree about that harmony.

  63. Jayne - Thanks! The Beachboys were unchallanged in their harmony!

  64. Well I vote for Leonard Cohen and, if you can vote up to ten have to return.

  65. I'm not sure if I could limit myself to ten but if I did many of these would be on it.

    This is the End satanic, nope just very dark. A lot of the music was way back when.

  66. Thank God you never chose Brittney or Justin!!!!!
    Love your picks!

  67. I grow up listened to Pink Lloyd, and they are my favorite! A great list, Pat!

  68. I had the pleasure of seeing Brian Wilson perform "Smile" a few years back. It was amazing. Great list!

  69. Leovi - Your vote is recorded!

    SQ - Thanks! It is indeed hard to limit it to 10.

    Dawn - If I had chosen those folks, I'd just have to close up shop here...

    Icy BC - Ye[, they are one of my all time favorites also.

    Anon - That must have really been good! I saw them also, but many years ago! thanks!

  70. I would add Free Bird and Comfortably Numb to my list if it was allowed to be longer. Nice tunage.

  71. PTM - thanks! I know what you mean. I saw so many songs I hadn't thought about during this thing, that I don't know if I could fit them into a list of 100...

  72. Ah youre such a baby boomer.. lol..
    I did a video to Comfortably Numb some years back.. edited to 70's & 80's movies...

  73. Anthony - Yes, I am! the best part about that is witnessing the 60's and 70's. Nice video!

  74. Such a great mix! I wish it was playing right now...

  75. Deniz Bevan - thanks so much! I wish I was also.

  76. Mmmmmm . . . . So many songs and so hard to decide. You've definitely picked an awesome list here. How absolutely delightful. I read your list and went back to revisit. Thanks for the ticket on a memory flight.

    And thanks for always stopping by to visit. Take care.

  77. OWT - Thanks so much! very hard to limit the list to just 10, or 100... My pleasure!

  78. "The End" is a retelling of the Oedipal legend.

    There's a great story, you may have heard, about the Doors performing it early in their career. While they cleaned it up for the album, in concert, Jim sang "Father, I want to kill you. Mother, I want to f**k you!"

    They were told by the club owner that if he sang it again, they'd never perform there again. Of course, Morrison sang it again, and they were fired, but once they became big, the guy begged them to come back. They allude to this incident in Oliver Stones move "The Doors," which loved.

    I was just posting a couple of Beach Boys songs on my Facebook recently, "Warmth of the Sun," which I hadn't known until recently was about JFK's assassination, and "Don't Worry Baby," my two favorite songs of theirs, though "In My Room" is up there.

    Layla is an amazing song! It was put to great use in that scene in Goodfellas. It's one of my father's favorite songs.

    I grew up listening to my father's copy of Cream's "Disraeli Gears" (he's 72 to give you a frame of reference.) My faves of theirs are "Tales of Brave Ulysses" and "Badge."

  79. Johhny - First off, thanks for commenting. It's been a while. I remember that about the "End." What an amazing genius Morrison was. He sure did it all his way.

    I love you Beachboy picks. They have so many great ones. that's for sure. Goodfellas, what a great movie. A good soundtrack for sure. Tales of Brave Ulysess could have easily been in my top 10. This was much too hard to do! But fun!

  80. Pat, thought I'd let you know that I've been coming back here every now and then to listen to all the songs. I am a dorkhead when it comes to song titles, or names in general... so although each artist name was familiar, I didn't know every song on reading the title and didn't have the time when you posted to go through them. Long-winded, hey? Whew! Anyhooooo.... All brilliant picks, loved to listen, some may not have been my first choice of song for the artist (I could never tire hearing the piano solo in Riders on the Storm), but who cares. But no, I am NOT going to try this... my tastes are too eclectic!

  81. Francisca - Riders on the Storm! You are right, that piano solo was amazing! If I had an expanded list, it would have been in it for sure! I spent a lot of time listening to the picks of others also!


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