Best UK and US songs

David on the cover of the January 2009 edition of Guitar Player magazine

As you mentioned those contentious lists of Best American and/or British Songs recently, as voted by radio listeners or magazine readers, I wondered what you’d choose.

20 songs by UK acts and 20 from the USA, if you can, please. The more variety, the better, so do overlook the various members of Pink Floyd, if you so wish.

On this day in 1970, ‘Tears of a Clown’ by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles topped the US singles chart. It would also reach top spot in the UK.

And on this day in 1963, The Beatles had one of many UK Number Ones with ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’.

Would you include either of these fine tunes?

If you haven’t noticed, there are some new articles in the archives – like the one pictured. Click to have a read.

That’s all for this week, enjoy the weekend.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour’s official blog, The Blog (‘Features’ previously being its rather naff title), affectionately – or lazily – shortened to ‘FEd’.

69 thoughts on “Best UK and US songs”

  1. Hi everyone… just for fun, UK only at this time :

    Norwegian Wood – Beatles
    Tired Of Waiting -The Kinks
    The Last Time – Rolling Stones
    You’ll Never Walk Alone – Gerry and the Pacemakers
    Brothers in Arms – Dire Straits
    You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Dusty Springfield
    Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd
    The Man With the Child In His Eyes – Kate Bush
    Pride (In the Name of Love) U2
    Sweet Child In Time – Deep Purple
    Jealous Guy – John Lennon
    Guns of Brixton – The Clash
    Dazed and Confused – Led Zeppelin
    Love of My Life – Queen
    Dont Look Back in Anger – Oasis
    Things Behind the Sun – Nick Drake
    Heroes – David Bowie
    Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals
    Black Magic Woman – Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac
    Yesterday – The Beatles

    Season’s Greetings to you all.

    [The same to you, Martin. Love ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’. Good list, that. – FEd]

  2. That is an extremely attractive photograph of David and I mean that in the most hetero way possible…

  3. FEd,

    Will you be compiling the lists into a master list providing us with a top 100 list? Or do you want to see how things go first?



    [If my OCD kicks in, sure. – FEd]

  4. UK (excluding any Floyd related songs):

    Turn It On Again – Genesis
    Bad Company– Bad Company
    Shadow Play – Rory Gallagher
    Day Tripper – Beatles
    Bird of Paradise – Snowy White
    Teenage Kicks – The Undertones
    Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
    Patience – Take That
    I am the Resurrection – Stone Roses
    Champagne Supernova – Oasis
    Something – George Harrison
    Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits
    Higher Love – Steve Winwood
    I’m Not in Love – 10cc
    Solid Air – John Martyn
    Baker Street – Gerry Rafferty
    All Right Now – Free
    Need Your Love So Bad – Fleetwood Mac
    Rocket Man – Elton John
    How Long – Ace


    I Know a Little – Lynryd Skynryd
    Georgia – John Mayer
    Spooky – ARS
    Sweet Baby James – James Taylor
    Minute by Minute – Michael McDonald
    Country Boy – Albert Lee
    Josie – Steely Dan
    All For Self- Fun Lovin’ Criminals
    Open Arms – Journey
    I Wish I Knew How – Derek Trucks Band
    Right Next Door – Robert Cray
    Love Sneaking Up On You – Bonnie Raitt
    Wasted Time – The Eagles
    Heart Of The Matter – Don Henley
    Rocky Mountain Way – Joe Walsh
    Running Down a Dream – Tom Petty
    Sloe Gin – Joe Bonamassa
    See the Light – Jeff Healey
    Takin’ It to the Streets – Doobie Bros
    Daughters – John Mayer

    Have a nice weekend.


    [Love ‘Baker Street’, too. – FEd]

  5. Fed, some great new articles in the press section. I must admit I do not often visit that part of the web site, the blog being my first port of call, but today my lunch hour was spent catching up.

    Thank you again.

    [My pleasure, Graham. – FEd]

  6. I have always thought that a real rock version of “Tears Of a Clown” would be awesome, same goes with “Mama Told Me Not To Come” by 3 Dog Night…

    I could never accurately choose just 20 songs from UK and U.S. acts and deem them as “best”.

  7. Hello Fed!

    Thank you for this interesting article in the “Guitar Player“!

    Have a nice weekend! Have a nice 3. Sunday in Advent!

    With best wishes from Berlin

  8. Without spending too long thinking about them, limiting myself to just one song per artist, probably forgetting at least a dozen equally-great tracks in the process and deliberately excluding everything by David and Pink Floyd, here’s my UK (and Ireland) list:

    Animals – The House of the Rising Sun
    Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
    Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    Kate Bush – The Man with the Child in His Eyes
    Cream – Sunshine of Your Love
    Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing
    Gerry & The Pacemakers – You’ll Never Walk Alone
    Hollies – The Air that I Breathe
    Elton John – Your Song
    Kinks – Waterloo Sunset
    Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven
    John Lennon – Imagine
    Manic Street Preachers – A Design for Life
    Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
    Small Faces – Itchycoo Park
    Dusty Springfield – Son of a Preacher Man
    U2 – Sunday Bloody Sunday
    Van Morrison – Brown-Eyed Girl
    The Verve – Bittersweet Symphony
    The Who – My Generation

  9. Renaissance ~ Ashes Are Burning
    Kate Bush ~ Running Up That Hill
    The Strawbs ~ Autumn
    Sex Pistols ~ God Save The Queen
    Moody Blues ~ Story In Your Eyes
    Rolling Stones ~ Sway
    Beatles ~ Strawberry Fields Forever
    Elton John ~ Ticking
    Mott The Hoople ~ Hymn For The Dudes
    Led Zeppelin ~ The Rain Song
    The Who ~ I’m One
    Black Sabbath ~ Snowblind
    Genesis ~ Home by The Sea
    David Bowie ~ Lady Stardust
    ELP ~ Take A Pebble
    Jethro Tull ~ Wind Up
    Donovan ~ Atlantis
    Yes ~ Close To The Edge
    Queen ~ Doing Alright
    Sting ~ They Dance Alone

  10. Hey FED, I’m leaving for home (I’m at university if you’ll remember) for Christmas holiday for the next three weeks. This means I won’t have steady access to the internet and this cool blog you run (I’ll still manage to poke around sporadically though). So with that in mind I would like to wish you, the staff, David, Polly and the family, and everyone else here on the blog Merry Christmas and/or happy holidays or for others still a very nice solstice break. 🙂

    Oh and by the way… I’m such an audiophile that a list such as this is impossible for me, man it would take several weeks, colored markers, and graphs for me to figure this one out…..that sounds familiar…anyway good luck to anyone who feels confidant enough to produce such a list.

    Chat with ya in 2009.

    Thank you very much indeed, good night to you.

    [Cheers, Josh. Have a great Christmas. See you in the New Year. – FEd]

  11. Here’s a list of great songs from the USA (again, limiting myself to just one song per artist, as difficult as that is in some cases):

    Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
    Booker T. and the MGs – Green Onions
    James Brown – It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World
    Nat King Cole – Smile
    Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come
    Doors – Riders on the Storm
    Bob Dylan – Blowin’ in the Wind
    Eagles – Hotel California
    Marvin Gaye – Mercy, Mercy Me
    Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe
    Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightning
    Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
    Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
    Roy Orbison – Crying
    Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds
    Otis Redding – Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay
    Frank Sinatra – My Way (it’s Frankie’s birthday today, as it happens)
    Dionne Warwick – Walk On By
    Jackie Wilson – (I Get the) Sweetest Feeling
    Stevie Wonder – Superstition

  12. Here’s my US top 20 in alphabetical order:

    Aerosmith – Living on the Edge
    America – Horse with No Name
    Boston – Party, More Than a Feeling
    CSN – Teach Your Children, Long Time Gone, Our House
    Eagles – Hotel California, Take it Easy
    38 Special – Hold on Loosely
    Heart – Crazy On You
    Joan Jett – I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll
    Journey – Feelin’ that Way
    Kansas – Carry On My Wayward Son
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Gimme Three Steps
    Pat Benatar – Hell is for Children
    Stevie Ray Vaughn – Tightrope
    Ted Nugent – Stranglehold
    Tom Petty – Running Down a Dream, Breakdown
    Youngbloods – Get Together

    OK, I can’t count or spell.

    [I think that’s 21. If you had to remove one, which would it be? – FEd]

  13. And the Americans…

    Alice Cooper ~ School’s Out
    The Doors ~ When the Music’s Over
    Joni Mitchell ~ Court and Spark
    Billy Joel ~ Captain Jack
    Aerosmith ~ Seasons of Wither
    The Eagles ~ Take It to the Limit
    Allman Brothers ~ Dreams
    Bruce Springsteen ~ Thunder Road
    Heart ~ Soul of The Sea
    Bob Dylan ~ The Times They are A Changin’
    Dan Fogelberg ~ Souvenirs
    Patti Smith ~ Land
    Tommy James ~ Crystal Blue Persuasion
    Creedence Clearwater Revival ~ Green River
    Grand Funk ~ I’m Your Captain
    The Innocence Mission ~ And Hiding Away
    Foghat ~ Terraplane Blues
    Marilyn Manson ~ The Beautiful People
    The Monkees ~ Pleasant Valley Sunday
    Lou Reed ~ Heroin

    Have a great weekend F*Ed..

    [The same to you. Joni Mitchell’s actually Canadian, but perhaps you were considering North America as a whole. (We really should do a separate list of songs by Canadian artists when you consider Leonard Cohen and Neil Young, to give two other prominent examples.) – FEd]

  14. Excluding Pink Floyd – as well as The Beatles – would make it a little easier for me, as they would certainly dominate my top 20! How about a future top 20 list of Floyd & solo Floyd member songs?

    I’ll start with the U.S., in no particular order…

    Stevie Wonder – Superstition
    Beach Boys – God Only Knows
    Creedence – Long as I Can See the Light
    Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
    Johnny Cash – San Quentin
    Booker T & the MGs – Hang ‘Em High
    Steppenwolf – Monster
    Spock’s Beard – At the End of the Day
    Glen Campbell – Wichita Lineman
    Otis Redding – Dock of the Bay
    Crosby, Stills & Nash – Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
    Sly & the Family Stone – Everyday People
    REM – It’s the End of the World As We Know It
    Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower
    Tommy James & the Shondells – Crimson and Clover
    Kansas – Song For America
    Chuck Berry – Nadine
    The Band – Chest Fever
    The Allman Brothers – In Memory of Elizabeth Reed
    Kevin Gilbert – The Tears of Audrey

    Have a great weekend!
    Bill C

    [Many of those also feature in my list, Bill. You obviously have great taste. – FEd]

  15. Here’s my non-Floyd/Gilmour top 20 UK. I do not apologize for being partial! I’m a Floydian, a Gilmourader, a BEATle and a Stone.

    In no particular order:

    Beatles: Let It Be; Hey Jude; Strawberry Fields; Come Together, With a Little Help from my Friends; Norwegian Wood

    G. Harrison: All Those Years Ago; Got my Mind Set on You

    R. Starr: It Don’t Come Easy; You’re Sixteen

    P. McCartney: Ebony and Ivory; Band on the Run

    J. Lennon: Imagine; Mind Games

    Rolling Stones: You Can’t Always Get What You Want; Get Off My Cloud; Beast of Burden; Angie; Tumbling Dice; It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll

    There are so many that should be in the top twenty that there doesn’t seem like enough room to put the top UK songs. I could easily put a top 100 together, FEd!

    Thanks, FEd, for the voting!

    [I’m sure I could compile a list of 100 songs, too. It would probably be easier, don’t you think? – FEd]

  16. [Joni Mitchell’s actually Canadian. – FEd]

    I was referencing “Laurel Canyon Joni” with that one. 🙂

    I just adore that entire record but the title track holds a special place in my heart for a lost friend.

    The Canadian artists idea is brilliant, let’s do it!

    Leonard! Neil! Jann Arden! The Guess Who!

    [‘American Woman’ is a great track (continuing with our Austin Powers theme, there). And don’t forget Bachman-Turner-Overdrive’s ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’, which is another classic. I don’t think I could come up with a list of 20 different Canadian acts, though. Sorry, Canada. (Weren’t Steppenwolf from Canada? If so, ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ takes us back to Austin Powers…) – FEd]

  17. This is a really tall order you’re asking Fed.

    There is so much class material out there, where would one start!

    When my brother and I went to see David and the lads at Manchester, and watching and listening to David and Rick play Echoes, I can honestly say when I think back to that peace of art being played I still choke up. What with the beauty of that track and skill I would have to put Echoes up in the hall of fame, and knowing we will never hear it played live again makes that track more monumental.

    May sound a bit OTT to some people but I really don’t care.


  18. [Weren’t Steppenwolf Canadian? – FEd]

    Initially, they came from Canada, but found their fame in L.A. (as did Joni Mitchell). John Kay, Steppenwolf’s lead vocalist, emigrated with his mother from East Germany, though. Would they still count as a USA artist?

    Bill C

    [Tricky. We had a similar discussion about CSN in the chatroom the other day: American or British? We decided American, although they’d have sounded very different without Graham Nash. – FEd]

  19. [‘Magic Carpet Ride’ takes us back to Austin Powers… – FEd]

    Oh Behave!

    Click my name.

    [Oh, there you are. (You have to imagine the turn and pointing finger.) – FEd]

  20. Could I suggest that those who think this cannot be done just write down the first 20 that come into their heads? The result will be just as interesting I’m sure.

    I’m going for sing-a-long (ish) UK of course.

    1. Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You
    2. Elton John – Rocket Man
    3. Radiohead – Lucky
    4. Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever (just one!)
    5. Deep Purple – Child in Time
    6. Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now
    7. U2 – Pride (In the Name of Love)
    8. Stereophonics – The Bartender & the Thief
    9. Muse – Plug in Baby
    10. Oasis – Wonderwall
    11. Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
    12. Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast
    13. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    14. Elvis Costello – Shipbuilding
    15. Genesis – Afterglow
    16. The Who – Pinball Wizard
    17. Dire Straits – Romeo & Juliet
    18. The Undertones – Teenage Kicks
    19. Gerry & The Pacemakers – You’ll Never Walk Alone
    20. David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust

  21. The Beatles – Yesterday
    Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar
    The Who – Who Are You?
    Simple Minds – Don’t You (Forget About Me)
    U2 – I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For
    Travis – Why Does It Always Rain On Me
    Echo And The Bunny Men – Bring On The Dancing Horses
    Kate Bush – The Man With The Child In His Eyes
    Dusty Springfield – You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
    Renaissance – Northern Lights
    Genesis – The Carpet Crawlers
    Stereophonics – A Thousand Trees*
    Stereophonics – It Means Nothing*
    Stereophonics – Local Boy In The Photograph*
    David Bowie – Heroes
    Coldplay – Fix You**
    George Harrison – My Sweet Lord
    The Kinks – Sunny Afternoon
    Led Zeppelin – Going To California
    Stranglers – Golden Brown
    Peter Gabriel – Mercy Street

    * mid-life crisis, saw them last week, still haven’t recovered
    ** saw them last week too, good but not a patch on The Stereophonics

    [Stereophonics over Coldplay for me, too. I’ll add ‘Traffic’ and ‘Is Yesterday Tomorrow Today’ to your choices. I can’t believe I left out ‘My Sweet Lord’… and what a great shout ‘Golden Brown’ is (although now I think of Gordon Brown whenever I hear it, so it’s not quite the same). – FEd]

  22. Well, for Canadian artists don’t forget Alanis Morrisette and Shania Twain as well as Rush.



  23. UK and Ireland – No Pink Floyd/related:

    – John Lennon – Imagine
    – Beatles – Let It Be
    – Deep Purple – Child In Time
    – Rolling Stones – Wild Horses
    – The Who – My Generation
    – The Who – Behind Blue Eyes
    – Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
    – Dire Straits – Private Investigations
    – Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
    – Fleetwood Mac – Sara
    – Led Zeppelin – Kashmir
    – Supertramp – School
    – Genesis – Mama
    – Black Sabbath – Paranoid
    – Simple Minds – Belfast Child
    – David Bowie – Heroes
    – King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King
    – The Cure – Pictures Of You
    – The Cure – Lullaby
    – Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U

    USA list later (maybe).


    [Great list (well, except for Queen and The Cure). Love ‘Wild Horses’. – FEd]

  24. Albums are easy but songs are a pain to pick. Here is the UK list:

    Dogs – Pink Floyd
    A Day in the Life – The Beatles
    Fool’s Overture – Supertramp
    Eleventh Earl of Mar – Genesis
    The Prophet’s Song – Queen
    Rime of the Ancient Mariner – Iron Maiden
    Beyond the Realms of Death – Judas Priest
    Heaven and Hell – Black Sabbath
    The Killing of Georgie – Rod Stewart
    Love Reign O’er Me – The Who
    Let it Bleed – Rolling Stones
    Karn Evil 9 First Impression – ELP
    Around the Dial – The Kinks
    Tea For One – Led Zeppelin
    Secret Journey – The Police
    Close to the Edge – Yes
    Stargazer – Rainbow
    Funeral For a Friend/Love Lies Bleeding – Elton John
    Ashes to Ashes – David Bowie
    Black Sunday – Jethro Tull
    Telegraph Road – Dire Straits

    I figure I’ll add Canada here:

    Xanadu – Rush
    Like a Hurricane – Neil Young
    Fight the Good Fight – Triumph
    Up On Cripple Creek – The Band
    You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet – BTO

  25. Now (in my G W Bush accent) my fellow Americans:

    The Last Resort – The Eagles
    Roads to Madness – Queensryche
    Jungleland – Bruce Springsteen
    The Famous Final Scene – Bob Seger
    Castle Walls – Styx
    A Man I’ll Never Be – Boston
    Hopelessly Human – Kansas
    Mean Streets – Van Halen
    Fade to Black – Metallica
    Goodnight Saigon – Billy Joel
    Detroit Rock City – KISS
    Raining Blood – Slayer
    Unfinished Sweet – Alice Cooper
    Wild Child – The Doors
    Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – Jimi Hendrix
    Cop Killer – Body Count (rapper Ice T’s speed metal band)
    Pastime Paradise – Stevie Wonder
    F*ck the Police – NWA (best rap song ever made)
    Jail House Rap – The Fat Boys (another classic old school rap)
    Return to Sender – Elvis

  26. I’ll do U.S. first:

    Jimi Hendrix-Red House
    Chicago-Only The Beginning
    Roy Orbison-Just Running Scared
    Booker T and the MGs-Time Is Tight
    Fleetwood Mac- Rhianna (both genres here Fed)
    The Eagles-Take It Easy
    CCR-Proud Mary
    Tom Petty-Running Down A Dream
    Jerry Lee Lewis- Great Balls of Fire
    Elvis-Return to Sender

    To Be Continued!

  27. Hello FEd,

    my UK songs, excluding Pink Floyd:

    Rolling Stones – Paint It Black
    Deep Purple – Smoke On The Water
    Genesis – Carpet Crawlers
    Jethro Tull – Aqualung
    Led Zeppelin – Good Times Bad Times
    The Who – Pinball Wizard
    The Beatles – Strawberry Fields Forever
    Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms
    Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
    Iron Maiden – Fear Of The Dark
    Black Sabbath – Planet Caravan
    Donovan – Three King Fishers
    David Bowie – Space Oddity
    Joy Division – New Dawn Fades
    Massive Attack – Teardrop
    Portishead – Mysterons
    Sex Pistols – God Save The Queen
    King Crimson – The Court Of The Crimson King
    Cranberries – Empty
    Eric Clapton – Tears In Heaven

    I’ll be here later for the other list.

    Good weekend to everyone,

    [‘Tears In Heaven’ is both one of the most beautiful, and saddest, songs ever written, isn’t it? – FEd]

  28. Less Than 20 From (if I’m not mistaken) the UK:

    Yes – “Roundabout”
    ELP – “Fanfare for the Common Man”
    The Who – “Tommy” (in its entirety)
    Elton John – “The Greatest Discovery”
    Led Zeppelin – “Dazed and Confused” (a song about me)
    The Beatles – “I’m Looking Through You”
    King Crimson – “Frame by Frame”
    Soft Machine – “Moon in June”

    Less Than 20 From (if I’m not mistaken) the US of A:

    R.E.M. – “Pretty Persuasion”
    Eagles – “No More Walks in the Woods”
    Talking Heads – “Once in a Lifetime”
    B-52s – “Rock Lobster” (so bad, it’s wonderful)
    Chicago – “25 or 6-to-4”
    Ritchie Havens – “Freedom”
    Buddy Holly – “Peggy Sue Got Married”
    Crosby Stills Nash – “Judy Blue Eyes”
    Cheryl Crow – “Santa Monica Blvd.”
    Lou Reed – “Dirty Blvd.”
    Creeedence Clearwater Revival – “Rollin’ on the River”
    Bob Dylan – “The Times They Are A’Changin”

  29. If you are interested in music industry matters then click my name to listen to ‘The EMI Story’ which was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 earlier today.

    Pink Floyd got a single mention and they obviously couldn’t quite get through the half hour without playing a bit of ‘Money’. 🙂

    [Oh, that’s original. – FEd]

  30. Hi Fed, hope you and those closest to you have a fab Xmas and groovy New Year. Can’t be around here as much as I’d like. However I do like these list things you put together… (can’t believe there’s no Bowie on all of these lists).

    Best of the UK (i.e therefore the world, LOL):

    1 – Life On Mars? – David Bowie
    2 – Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles
    3 – Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
    4 – Echoes – Pink Floyd
    5 – Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones
    6 – Vienna – Ultravox
    7 – Virginia Plain – Roxy Music
    8 – God Save the Queen – Sex Pistols
    9 – Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
    10 – Imagine – Lennon
    11 – Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
    12 – Get it On – Marc Bolan
    13 – I Don’t Like Mondays – Boomtown Rats
    14 – Will you – Hazel O’ Connor
    15 – Baggy Trousers – Madness
    16 – Fade to Grey – Visage
    17 – Still Life – Suede
    18 – Station to Station – David Bowie
    19 – My Generation – The Who
    20 – Lola – The Kinks
    21 – Teenage Kick – The Undertones (I’m cheating and being cheeky)

    The US:

    1 – Over the Rainbow – Judy Garland
    2 – My Way – Frank Sinatra
    3 – Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts – Bob Dylan
    4 – Otis Redding – Dock of the Bay
    5 – Walk on the Wild side – Lou Reed
    6 – The Passenger – Iggy Pop
    7 – Heard It Through the Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
    8 – Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
    9 – The End – The Doors
    10 – Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
    11 – Mack the Knife – Frank Sinatra
    12 – American Trilogy – Elvis
    13 – Drive – Cars
    14 – Hurt – Nine Inch Nails
    15 – Roy Orbison – Crying
    16 – I Walk the Line – Jonny Cash
    17 – Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe
    18 – Hummingbird – B.B. King
    19 – Superstition – Stevie Wonder
    20 – Tutti Fruiti – Little Richard

    [A very Merry Christmas to you and yours, Rob. Thanks for the lists. – FEd]

  31. I have an extremely difficult time with these lists. I love reading them, but can’t seem to get my head cleared enough to compile a list of my own.

    Does anyone have any Ritalin?

    I’m trying.

  32. Another seemingly “easy” question to answer, but when you get the pen and paper out, the question suddenly becomes so much more difficult! So far, I’ve only attempted a UK list, but had I allowed Pink Floyd to have 10 songs and Led Zeppelin to have the other 10, this would have been much easier!

    Locomotive Breath (Jethro Tull)
    Nights In White Satin (The Moody Blues)
    Rock On (David Essex)
    Bang A Gong (T. Rex)
    Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin)
    Sultans Of Swing (Dire Straits)
    Dead Flowers (The Rolling Stones)
    London Calling (The Clash)
    Baba O’Riley (The Who)
    Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
    Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne)
    Run To The Hills (Iron Maiden)
    Ace Of Spades (Motorhead)
    A Day In The Life (The Beatles)
    Lola (The Kinks)
    Whiter Shade Of Pale (Procol Harum) — apologies to FEd
    Space Oddity (David Bowie)
    Roundabout (YES)
    From The Beginning (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)
    Pour Some Sugar On Me (Def Leppard)

    Thanks FEd — this was fun!

  33. Phew – Fed, this one was really hard for me to complete! Had to use internet, ex to find out who are from UK and from US, and I hope I got it more or less right. But here is the result from the Danish jury:


    Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
    Pink Floyd – High Hopes/Wish You Were Here
    Beatles – She’s a Woman
    Roxy Music – Jealous Guy
    Madness – Our House
    Ian Dury – Hit Me With Your Rythmstick (Because of the Baseline)
    Eric Clapton – Layla
    Proclaimers – I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)
    The Clash – London Calling
    Queen – Bohemian Rapsody
    Fleetwood Mac – You Make Loving Fun
    Dire Straits – Money for Nothing
    Jethro Tull – Aqualung
    Sting – All this Time
    Joe Cocker – With a Little Help From My Friends (the version with the scream!)
    Sex Pistols – God Save the Queen
    Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
    The Who – My Generation

    [Thank you, Copenhagen. God nat. (Ah, ‘Layla’… Good to see Joe Cocker mentioned.) – FEd]

  34. …and the US-list:

    Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Give it Away
    Muddy Waters – Good Morning Little School Girl
    Blues Brothers – Green Onions
    Janis Joplin – Cry Baby
    Johnny Cash – In My Life
    Eagles – Hotel California
    The Doors – Light My Fire
    BB King/Clapton – No Worry Blues
    Bob Dylan – Like a Rolling Stone
    Aretha Franklin – Respect
    Talking Heads – And She Was
    Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
    Frank Zappa – Bobby Brown is Going Down
    Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe
    Norah Jones – Cold Cold Heart
    Billie Holiday – Lover Man
    Jackson Browne – Cocaine
    Macy Gray – Why Didn’t You Call Me
    Fitzgerald/Armstrong – Oops

    Crash Test Dummies – Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm (Canada)
    Neil Young – Hey Hey, My My (Canada)

  35. And now for the US:

    Light My Fire (The Doors)
    Surfin’ Safari (The Beach Boys)
    Dream On (Aerosmith)
    Freebird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
    Planet Caravan (Pantera… kudos to Black Sabbath, though!)
    Enter Sandman (Metallica)
    Piece Of My Heart (Janis Joplin)
    White Rabbit (Jefferson Airplane)
    Do It Again (Steely Dan)
    The Joker (Steve Miller)
    More Than A Feeling (Boston)
    Truckin’ (The Grateful Dead)
    Louie Louie (The Kingsmen)
    Takin’ Care of Business (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
    Holy Diver (Dio)
    California Dreamin’ (The Mamas & The Papas)
    City of New Orleans (Arlo Guthrie)
    Summer Wind (Frank Sinatra… Happy Birthday, Frank!)
    Take It Easy (The Eagles)
    Life’s Been Good To Me (Joe Walsh)

    [‘Louie Louie’ is a top track, isn’t it? Thanks for reminding me, Lynn. Did you ever hear Jackie Wilson’s version of ‘Light My Fire’, by the way? For me, as much as I love Jim Morrison’s unmistakeable voice, that’s the ultimate version. Have a listen, I’m sure you can find it online. – FEd]

  36. I’ve tried, but I can’t do it! I have to leave out so many good ones!

    I enjoyed reading everyone else’s.

    [Coward. – FEd]

  37. My US list:

    Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe
    The Doors – The End
    Patti Smith – Dancing Barefoot
    Jefferson Airplane – Two Heads
    CSNY – Teach Your Children
    Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
    Lou Reed – There Is No Time
    Tracy Chapman – Crossroads
    Bob Dylan – Mr. Tambourine Man
    Grateful Dead – Mountains of the Moon
    Frank Zappa – Hungry Freaks, Daddy
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
    Pearl Jam – Black
    Metallica – One
    Tori Amos – Past The Mission
    Guns ‘n’ Roses – Civil War
    Ben Harper – Ground on Down
    Nirvana – Heart Shaped Box
    R.E.M. – Nightswimming
    Faith No More – King for a Day


  38. These lists are never easy to compile, even with the exclusion of David’s & Pink Floyd’s material.

    It’s even an effort to add some variety, but here’s some of my personal best songs…


    Beach Boys – Sloop John B
    Carpenters – Goodbye To Love
    Johnny Cash – Hurt
    Bob Dylan – Lay Lady Lay
    Eagles – Lyin’ Eyes
    Marvin Gaye – Abraham, Martin & John
    Buddy Holly & The Crickets – Everyday
    Carole King – So Far Away
    Mamas & Papas – Dedicated To The One I Love
    Barry Manilow – Mandy
    Scott McKenzie – San Francisco
    Harry Nilsson – Without You
    Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman
    Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling
    Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – The Tracks Of My Tears
    Diana Ross & The Supremes – Reflections
    Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound Of Silence
    James Taylor – You’ve Got A Friend
    Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep Mountain High
    Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amour

    [Love that list, Ken. – FEd]

  39. And my U.K. list is…

    Amen Corner – Bend Me, Shape Me
    Beatles – Something
    Coldplay – Fix You (A great gig on Friday night)
    Deep Purple – Black Night
    Fleetwood Mac – Oh Well
    Genesis – I Know What I Like
    Hollies – Bus Stop
    Kinks – Days
    Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You
    Lulu – The Man Who Sold The World
    Manfred Mann – Pretty Flamingo
    Moody Blues – Go Now
    Queen – Now I’m Here
    Cliff Richard – Throw Down A Line
    Roxy Music – All I Want Is You
    T. Rex – Hot Love
    Tremeloes – Silence Is Golden
    Bonnie Tyler – Total Eclipse Of The Heart
    Yardbirds – For Your Love
    10cc – I’m Mandy, Fly Me

    Message to Lorraine: I took a bag to the show, but I wasn’t in the right area to be able to use it… 🙁

  40. U.S. (Part 2):

    CCR- Ramble Tamble
    Steely Dan-Reeling In The Years
    Mamas and the Papas-California Dreamin’
    SRV-Texas Flood
    BB King-The Thrill Is Gone
    ZZ Top-Well Dressed Man
    Alice Cooper-School’s Out
    Vince Gill-Go Rest High
    Lynyrd Skynyrd-Sweet Home Alabama

  41. Here’s 10 to tickle your taste buds:

    Eagles – Hotel California
    Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
    The Who – Baba O’Reilly
    Beatles – Let It Be
    Manic Street Preachers – If You Tolerate This…
    Dire Straits – Money for Nothing
    Supertramp – Breakfast in America
    Kiss – God Gave Rock and Roll To You
    Gnarls Barkley – Crazy

    And finally…

    Various – Happy Days theme!

  42. Here is my UK list.

    I stayed away from anything Floyd related and tried to make the list versatile but it wasn´t easy – sorry for some artists appearing more than one times.

    It´s all in alphabetical order.

    Alan Parsons Project: Some Other Time
    Animals: House of the Rising Sun
    The Beatles: Yesterday
    Black Sabbath: Children of the Sea
    Kate Bush: Wuthering Heights
    Coldplay: Violet Hill
    Deep Purple: Child in Time
    Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms
    Enya: Orinoco Flow
    Genesis: Home by the Sea/Second Home by the Sea
    Elton John: Crocodile Rock
    Iron Maiden: Running Free
    Led Zeppelin: Kashmir
    Led Zeppelin: Stairway to Heaven
    Mark Knopfler: Sailing to Philadelphia
    Marillion: Kayleigh
    Muse: Knights of Cydonia
    Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody
    Uriah Heep: Lady in Black
    Yardbirds: For Your Love

    [Very nice, Irene. It was hard for me to leave out ‘Yesterday’. What a song that is. – FEd]

  43. Thank you all very much for your lists – keep them coming.

    They won’t appear here until Tuesday, as I’m taking the day off tomorrow, so don’t be worried.

    Back Tuesday… with a chat from 12:00 (UK), if you can make it.

  44. And here is my list for the USA:

    Chuck Berry: Johnny B. Goode
    Blondie: Heart of Glass
    Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bad Moon Rising
    Dream Theater: Peruvian Skies
    The Doors: Riders on the Storm
    Bob Dylan: All Slong the Watchtower
    The Eagles: Hotel California
    The Eagles: Long Road Out of Eden
    The Eagles: Journey of the Sorcerer
    Foreigner: Cold as Ice
    Bill Haley: Rock Around the Clock
    Journey: Wheel in the Sky
    Iron Butterfly: In-a-gadda-da-vida
    Kiss: Detroit Rock City
    Meatlove: Paradise by the Dashboard Lights
    The Monkees: Daydream Believer
    Elvis Presley: Jailhouse Rock
    Queensryche: Revolution Calling
    Queensryche: Silent Lucidity
    Ike and Tina Turner: River Deep, Mountain High

    This list was much harder than the first one. I never noticed before that I hear so much more often music from the UK. And there are some songs I love dearly but which are from neither one of these countries…so maybe…could we…pleeeaaase!

    [Seeing as you asked so nicely, let’s see what you’ve got and from where we all got it. Is that the first time anyone’s included Blondie? They put out some brilliant tunes. I liked that first-single-released-in-about-a-decade from the mid-Nineties, too (‘Maria’). ‘Peruvian Skies’ is lovely, and if ‘Long Road Out of Eden’ doesn’t win four Grammys… Good stuff again, Irene. Thanks. – FEd]

  45. Lucy Jordan – Janis Joplin
    Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
    Anthem – Leonard Cohen*
    God Only Knows – Beach Boys
    Little Old Wine Drinker Me – Dean Martin
    Hotel California – Eagles
    Because The Night – Patti Smith
    Ain’t No-body’s Business – Billie Holiday
    We Have All The Time In The World – Louis Armstrong
    American Girl – Tom Petty
    Godless – Dandy Warhols
    School’s Out – Alice Cooper
    Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell*
    Danni California – Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Monday Monday – Mamas and Papas
    Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
    All Of Me – Frank Sinatra
    Psycho Killer – Talking Heads
    Walk On The Wild side – Lou Reed
    Master Of Puppets – Metallica


  46. No Pink Floyd or related:

    UK songs (I could have picked many songs by those listed):

    Yes – Time and a Word
    Moody Blues – Your Song
    Beatles – A Day in the Life
    Kinks – Lola
    Small Faces – All or Nothing
    Porcupine Tree – Small Fish
    The Pineapple Thief – Snowdrops
    Indian Summer – Another Tree Will Grow
    King Crimson – I Talk to the Wind
    Cat Stevens – Wild World
    George Harrison – My Sweet Lord
    John Lennon – Working Class Hero
    Caravan – Winter Wine
    Spooky Tooth – Societys Child
    Sandy Denny – Who Knows Where the Time Goes
    Fairport Convention – Meet on the Ledge
    David Bowie – Cygnet Committee
    Nick Drake – River Song
    The Who – Behind Blue Eyes
    Rolling Stones – You Cant Always Get What You Want
    Terry Dactyl and the Dinosaurs – Seaside Shuffle (I know this is number 21 but I just love it)

    US songs (I could have picked many songs by those listed also):

    Beach Boys – Good Vibrations (Dennis Wilson’s solo album is one of the best albums I have bought this year)
    Bob Dylan – Hurricane
    Simon and Garfunkel – The Boxer
    Love – Talking in Your Sleep
    Ben E King – Stand By Me
    Screaming Jay Hawkins – I Put a Spell on You
    Eddie Cochran – Summertime Blues
    The Eagles – Hotel California
    Scott Mackenzie – San Fransisco
    Al Green – Lets Stay Together
    The Four Tops – Reach Out
    Bill Withers – Lean on Me
    The Shirelles – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
    Crosby Stills and Nash – Our House
    Lou Reed – Perfect Day
    Ray Charles – What I Say
    Canned Heat – On the Road Again
    Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down on the Corner
    The Supremes – Reflections
    Stevie Wonder – Superstition

    [‘Stand By Me’… What a song. – FEd]

  47. Hell FEd,

    Sorry if this is the incorrect place to ask — but can we all look forward to seeing David on the Grammy Awards show in February performing his nominated song?

    Last night I saw the first TV ad for the Grammys and it made me wonder if David would make an appearance.

    Thanks, from ice-coated Maine. We’re just recovering from the worst ice storm in New England history; days without power.


    [It’s too early to say, Lola. – FEd]

  48. USA + Canada:

    – Leonard Cohen – The Partisan
    – Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
    – Metallica – One
    – Metallica – Nothing Else Matters
    – Bob Dylan – One More Cup Of Coffee
    – Bob Dylan – Forever Young
    – Aerosmith – Dream On
    – Guns ‘N’ Roses – November Rain
    – Nirvana – Lithium
    – Janis Joplin – Summertime
    – Patti Smith – Frederick
    – The Doors – Riders On The Storm
    – Kansas – Dust In The Wind
    – Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
    – Neil Young – Heart Of Gold
    – Green Day – Give Me Novocaine
    – Green Day – Boulevard Of Broken Dreams
    – Jeff Buckley (or Leonard Cohen, I hesitate…) – Hallelujah
    – Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
    – The Eagles – The Last Resort (for the lyrics)

    Ouch! It was a difficult, but very interesting topic. Good for brain health! Bravo.


    [You meant Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, I’m sure. – FEd]

  49. Hi Fed, this is interesting. SO this is my list excluding Pink Floyd’s songs of course.

    List from the UK :

    1. The Beatles : A Day In The Life
    2. George Harrison : All Things Must Pass
    3. Blind Faith : Can’t Find My Way Home / Well Alright
    4. The Shadow : Move It
    5. Cream : Sunshine Of Your Love / Crossroads / White Room
    6. Spencer Davis Group : Keep On Running
    7. The Yardbirds : The Train Kept A Rollin’
    8. Derek And Dominos : Layla / Got To Get Better
    9. Deep Purple : Lazy / Fireball
    10. Led Zeppelin : Stairway To Heaven
    11. Rolling Stones : Paint It Black / Honky Tonk Woman
    12. Traffic : Freedom Rider / Dear Mr Fantasy / Gimme Some Of Lovin’
    13. The Who : Won’t Get Fooled Again
    14. David Bowie : Heroes
    15. Black Sabbath : Paranoid
    16. Queen : Bohemian Rhapsody
    17. Dire Straits : Sultan Of Swing
    18. The Police : Message In The Bottle / Roxanne
    19. The Animals : House Of The Rising Sun
    20. The Clash : London Calling

    To be continued…

  50. And now, here is my US list :

    1. Eagles : Hotel California/New Kid In Town
    2. CSNY : Woodstock / Deja Vu / Teach Your Children
    3. Beach Boys : Good Vibrations / Surfin’ USA / I Get Around
    4. The Doors : Riders On The Storm / Light My Fire
    5. The Temptations : Papa Was a Rolling Stone
    6. Jerry Lee Lewis : Great Balls Of Fire
    7. Chicago : 25 or 6 to 4
    8. Jimmi Hendrix : Purple Haze / Hey Joe
    9. Stevie Ray Vaughan : Crossfire / Pride and Joy
    10. Lynyrd Skynyrd : Freebird
    11. Aerosmith : Dream On
    12. Bob Dylan : Like A Rolling Stone
    13. Sly & The Family Stone : Family Affair
    14. Gene Kelly : Singing In The Rain
    15. Tom Petty : Free Falling
    16. Hank Williams : Long Gone Lonesome Blues
    17. Elvis Presley : Hound Dog
    18. Johnny B. Goode : Chuck Berry
    19. Bobby Darin : Mack The Knife
    20. John Mayer : Georgia / Vultures

    But I guess there are others, such as The Band and Steppenwolf (which now only I know are a Canadian band). Not to forget, the USA always have the legendary Rat Pack!

    Nice Day all!

    [‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’ is superb. Love the dancing, too. – FEd]

  51. Here are my top US 20 songs:

    Eagles – One Of These Nights
    Del Shannon – Runaway
    Bob Seger – Turn The Page
    The Doors – Riders On The Storm
    Blue Oyster Cult – Astronomy
    Marvin Gaye – Heard It Through The Grapevine
    Buddy Holly – That’ll Be The Day
    Eagles – Hotel California
    Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks – Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around
    Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper
    Heart – Barracuda
    Styx – Come Sail Away
    Roy Orbison – Pretty Woman
    Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
    Bob Seger – Like A Rock
    Grand Funk – We’re An American Band
    Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On
    The Drifters – Under The Boardwalk
    Johnny Cash – Ring Of Fire
    Elvis Presley – American Trilogy

    I will have to think about my UK picks. Will be a little bit harder.

    Hope everyone is staying warm,

    [Terrific list, Hoss. Good to see Bob Seger on there, and what wonderful songs you’ve chosen by The Drifters and Buddy Holly. – FEd]

  52. USA list:

    B-52s – Rock Lobster
    Frank Zappa – Black Napkins
    Boston – Foreplay Long Time
    Buckcherry – Lit Up
    Cheap Trick – Surrender
    Chicago Transit Authority – I’m A Man
    Lou Reed – Sweet Jane (LIVE version)
    Guns N Roses – Sweet Child O’ Mine
    Heart – Magic Man
    James Gang – Funk No.49
    Janis Joplin – Me and Bobby McGee
    Jimi Hendrix – Red House
    Pat Benatar – Hell is for Children
    Primus – John the Fisherman
    Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun
    Staind – It’s Been Awhile
    Ted Nugent – Stranglehold
    Metallica – One
    Billy Idol – Cradle of Love
    Johnny Cash – In My Life

    Now for my U.K. list…



    [Great choice, ‘Black Hole Sun’. Haven’t listened to Staind in ages, but I do like ‘Outside’. – FEd]

  53. Time for a delayed US List … and I confess that U2 should not have been in my UK list.

    OK – right off the top of my head, y’all:

    1. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
    2. Jimi Hendrix – Voodoo Chile
    3. Eagles – Hotel California
    4. Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’
    5. Guns ‘n’ Roses – Sweet Chile o’ Mine
    6. Elvis Presley – I Can’t Help Falling in Love
    7. The Monkees – I’m a Believer
    8. Lynard Skynard – Freebird
    9. Lou Reed – Perfect Day
    10. Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
    11. The Doors – Light My Fire
    12. Stevie Wonder – Livin’ For the City
    13. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean
    14. ZZ Top – Gimme All Your Lovin’
    15. Roberta Flack – The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
    16. Rage Against the Machine – Bombtrack
    17. Red Hot Chilli Peppers – By the Way
    18. R.E.M. – Everybody Hurts
    19. Johnny Cash – The Man Comes Around
    20. Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode

  54. U.K. List as long as you are OK with including Ireland and Scotland:

    Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
    Led Zeppelin – Black Dog
    David Bowie – Heroes
    Peter Frampton – Do You Feel Like We Do
    Black Sabbath – Into the Void
    Cream – Badge
    Rainbow – Stone Cold
    The Clash – I Fought The Law
    Bad Company – Feel Like Makin’ Love
    Sweet – Ballroom Blitz
    Thin Lizzy – Emerald
    Traffic – The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
    Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey
    The Who – The Real Me
    The Hollies – Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
    Donovan – Season of the Witch
    Elton John – Empty Garden
    Queen – Hammer to Fall
    The Police – Roxanne
    Judas Priest – Green Manalishi (With the Two-Pronged Crown)



  55. U.K. List:

    Deep Purple-Highway Star
    Elton John-Funeral For A Friend
    Led Zeppelin-Kashmir
    Beatles-Rock And Roll Music
    Jethro Tull-Aqualung
    The Police-Synchronicity
    King Crimson-Court of the Crimson King
    Genesis-Watchers Of The Sky
    Kate Bush-Rolling The Ball
    Deep Purple-Burn
    The Animals-House Of The Rising Sun
    Yes-Round About
    Led Zeppelin-The Rain Song
    Genesis-Selling England By The Pound
    Fleetwood Mac-You Can Go Your Own Way
    Gerry And The Pacemakers-Do You Love Me
    The Who-Love Reign O`er Me
    Eric Clapton-Bell Bottom Blues
    Eric Clapton-River Of Tears

    This is difficult Fed! Thanx.

    [Love ‘Bell Bottom Blues’. – FEd]

  56. [Great choice, ‘Black Hole Sun’. Haven’t listened to Staind in ages, but I do like ‘Outside’. – FEd]

    Are Stain’d any good ?

    I am going to see them with my daughter in January.

    Never heard them I don’t think but she wanted company.

    PS: Missed Otis Redding – Dock of the Bay off my U.S. list……..criminal.

    [Not bad. A bit depressing, I always thought, but I don’t know more than a handful of songs. – FEd]

  57. Can’t believe I forgot to include Elvis Costello on my U.K. list. But hard to choose which song, Watching the Detectives, Alison, Radio Radio??

    In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen this Elvis on anyone’s lists.



  58. FEd,

    Thanks for the musical exercise on US bests.

    Here goes:

    Santana — Oye Come Va
    CSNY — Carry On/Marrakesh Express
    Bonnie Raitt — Angel from Montgomery
    Pretenders — Chain Gang
    Bruce Springsteen — Tunnel of Love
    Patti Smith — Because the Night
    Sly and the Family Stone — Thank You
    Marvin Gaye — What’s Going On
    Staple Singers — I’ll Take You There
    Isley Brothers — Fight the Power
    Earth, Wind and Fire — Shining Star
    Stevie Ray Vaughan — Look at Little Sister
    The Byrds — Eight Miles High
    Talking Heads — Burning Down the House
    Bonnie & Delaney (and all their friends) — Poor Elijah
    Dr. John — Such a Night
    Linda Ronstadt — The Waiting
    Taj Mahal — Going Up to the Country
    Janis Joplin — Me & Bobby McGee
    Tina Turner — Proud Mary
    Emmy Lou Harris — Poncho & Lefty

    [Thanks for putting your (21?) songs forward, I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s choices. – FEd]

  59. Roy Orbison ~ Running Scared
    Otis Redding ~ I’ve Been Lovin’ You Too Long
    Sam Cooke ~ A Change Is Gonna Come
    Billie Holiday ~ Strange Fruit
    Willie Nelson ~ You Were Always On My Mind
    Emmylou Harris ~ Boulder To Birmingham
    Simon and Garfunkel ~ The Dangling Conversation
    Warren Zevon ~ Mutineer
    The Eagles ~ Hotel California
    Aretha Franklin ~ I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You)
    Crosby, Stills & Nash ~ Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
    Judy (Blue Eyes) Collins ~ Suzanne
    Stevie Wonder ~ I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
    Nina Simone ~ House of the Rising Sun
    Jeff Buckley ~ Hallelujah
    Jimi Hendrix ~ Voodoo Chile (slight return)
    Bonnie Raitt ~ Angel From Montgomery
    Jackson Browne ~ After The Deluge
    Pearl Jam ~ Man Of The Hour
    Dr. John ~ I Walk On Gilded Splinters

    Tough one, FEd. It’s like trying to choose a favorite child. I think most of us could have come up with 20 songs/artists for each decade!

    Good choices everyone! 🙂


    [Maybe we could all list another 20 in the New Year and see what we come up with. – FEd]

  60. [Maybe we could all list another 20 in the New Year and see what we come up with. – FEd]

    I think for the New Year it would be cool to have a list of 20 for artists from all other parts of the world excluding the U.S. and U.K. Although some have cheated a bit already by including Canada and Ireland.

    What do you think?



    [Definitely. – FEd]

  61. [In fact, I don’t think I’ve seen this Elvis on anyone’s lists. – Andrew]

    I got “shipbuilding” into mine, old boy.

    Kicking myself over conspicuous absence of Green Day, Metallica, etc.

  62. Good thing you don’t ask difficult questions, FEd.

    U.K. (iffy because some of these are Irish and I had to leave out the Aussies and the Canadians):

    She Loves You – The Beatles
    Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
    My Ever Changing Moods – Style Council
    Wild Nights – Van Morrison
    In A Big Country – Big Country
    The Whole of the Moon – The Waterboys
    Hush – Deep Purple
    Tumblin’ Dice – The Stones
    Everyday I Write The Book – Elvis Costello
    Break Out – Swing Out Sister
    Time – Culture Club
    Young Americans – Bowie
    Join Together – The Who
    Layla – Derek and the Dominoes (multinational)
    Viva La Vida – Coldplay
    Wonderwall – Oasis
    Freedom – George Michael
    You Really Got Me – The Kinks
    Gimme Some Lovin’ – Spencer Davis Group


    Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan (if this was a schoolyard throw-down that’d be my ‘in yo’ face’ record)
    Don’t Worry Baby – The Beach Boys
    Good Lovin’ – The Rascals
    Bawitdaba – Kid Rock
    Little Red Corvette – Prince
    Epic – Faith No More
    I Want You Back – the Jackson 5
    You Only Get What You Give – New Radicals
    Double Shot of My Baby’s Love – Swinging Medallions
    Sugar Pie Honey Bunch – The Four Tops
    Rockin’ Chair – Gwen McCrae
    This Old Heart of Mine – The Isley Brothers
    Up On the Roof – The Drifters
    No Particular Place to Go – Chuck Berry
    Get Ready – The Temptations
    Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
    The Last Dance – Donna Summer
    Do You Wanna Dance – Bette Midler
    What’s Goin’ On – Marvin Gaye
    One on One – Hall and Oates

    I’m practically bleeding internally over the ones I had to leave off the list. I love you, Smokey Robinson and I’m sorry.

    [I love ‘Sugar Pie Honey Bunch’. In fact, it saved my Monday, because I was about to lose my temper with the next idiot shopper to stop me dead in my tracks (by being a dawdling, dithering, directionless dim-wit with more bags than they could carry sensibly) when, lo and behold, what was that I heard faintly coming from Gilesport? Three minutes spent feigning interest in basketballs later, I could calmly make my way back to the (badly signposted) Park and Ride without the need for breathing exercises, a police escort or gin. – FEd]

  63. [Kicking myself over conspicuous absence of Green Day, Metallica, etc. – Tim]

    Don’t fret, we’ve all probably missed a few here and there. In this world of iPods where we have the ability to have over 10,000 songs at our fingertips we are quite spoiled. It certainly isn’t like the old days where you sat by the radio waiting for your favorite song to be played. And when you finally heard it, your day just got so much more special.

    Now I find pleasure in finding songs from years ago that don’t get played on the radio anymore. For example, remember Lou Gramm of Foreigner and his solo hit – Midnight Blue? Back then it was played a lot, today you don’t hear. But it is kinda fun to put that track back on and think back.

    And actually how generous of FEd to request 20 songs each from the US and UK instead of just saying list your top 5 songs.



  64. Further to my last post:

    In fact growing up I can tell you that my record collection consisted of:

    Pink Floyd – DSOTM
    Eagles – Hotel California
    Steve Miller – Book of Dreams
    Led Zeppelin – IV
    The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
    Black Sabbath – Master of Reality (by the way I never had the jacket for this one, just found it in a thrift store for 45 cents)
    Kiss – Destroyer & Rock and Roll Over

    That was pretty much it for a long time aside from a handful of 45s such as Chubby Checker’s The Twist and Boris Pickett’s Monster Mash and a bunch of other ones I can’t remember now.

    Sure I wanted more but I really appreciated what I had plus it was fun listening to the radio under the covers when you were suppose to be sleeping. Or sneaking into your big brother’s room to listen to some of his stuff.

    Now it is millions of songs at your fingertips and people still get upset when one song is not included on a new release.



    [So true, Andrew. That’s one hell of a collection. I’d take that over several hundred others any day of the week. (No, I won’t list them, but I’m thinking Abba. Maybe next year.) – FEd]

  65. [Seeing as you asked so nicely, let’s see what you’ve got and from where we all got it. – FEd]

    Most of my choices (beside the UK and USA ones) would come from continental Europe but a little bit from the rest of the world, too. So I would love doing a “best of the rest of the world” list.

    I´m hoping, too that the Eagles will win one or another Grammy (and hoping even more that David will win!). Is it only me or are the Grammy nominations this time really more interesting than usually?

    I have finally heard the radio show where David played Syd´s “Here I go”. Beautiful song. Rather untypical for David but he was sounding absolutely great. Loving it!


    [We’ll save that for the New Year, and maybe do another 20 from the UK and US, if anyone wants to add to their lists. – FEd]

  66. [I love ‘Sugar Pie Honey Bunch’. In fact, it saved my Monday, because I was about to lose my temper with the next idiot shopper to stop me dead in my tracks (by being a dawdling, dithering, directionless dim-wit with more bags than they could carry sensibly) when, lo and behold, what was that I heard faintly coming from Gilesport? Three minutes spent feigning interest in basketballs later, I could calmly make my way back to the (badly signposted) Park and Ride without the need for breathing exercises, a police escort or gin. – FEd]

    I will and do dance in shops if the overhead music is good unless the aisles are crowded. In this life you dance when you can.

    I hate shopping. 🙂

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