r/Music 1d ago Silver 1 Crab Rave 1

Best Song Ever Written (in your opinion)? discussion

What song would you consider the best written that you've heard. Whether it be technical, emotional or just the thing you think when you hear it.

Mine is probably Avalanche by Leonard Cohen.

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u/audioword 1d ago Gold

oof. i refuse to answer this question on account of having to mull it over for the rest of my life

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u/klemnodd 1d ago

Seconded.

It's more of an "at the moment" question. I like getting new gems/jams from people so I ask "what's your gem of the week? The song you want to play when you get in your car?"

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u/sturgill_homme 1d ago

Real ones know this is the only correct response.

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u/Spartanjaws 1d ago Wholesome

God Only Knows - Brian Wilson

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u/slip_this_in 1d ago

Ya, great song. I was going to say Don't Worry Baby.

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u/Educational-Quote794 1d ago

Paul McCartney agrees

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u/Zaphod_042 1d ago

For me, God Only Knows by The Beach Boys. First it’s just gorgeous. Everything sounds great in the mix. Second it’s emotionally resonant. Third, it’s an extremely well constructed piece of music. It’s a snappy pop song with an unforgettable refrain. Fourth, it absolutely subverts every single conception of a love song and functional harmony while still being all 3 of the above. It’s a work of absolute genius.

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u/pikaboo8 1d ago

there's a light that never goes out - the smiths

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u/copperdomebodhi 1d ago Helpful

Ode to Joy by Beethoven. Still slaps after 200 years. Here's the choral part: https://youtu.be/-kcOpyM9cBg?t=435

A Day In the Life by the Beatles is pretty great, too.

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u/__scan__ 1d ago

This is like the first huge drop for me. It’s like, imagine being in the crowd for the 9th and it’s all building up to that fourth movement and boom, huge fuckin’ drop into ode to joy, the antecedent of choral symphony itself. Would be sick.

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u/MetatronIX_2049 1d ago

The whole Beethoven's 9th is one of the greatest artistic accomplishments of humanity

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u/my-coffee-needs-me 1d ago

When CDs were first introduced, their maximum was 74 minutes, 33 seconds of music. This was done specifically so that a recording of Beethoven's 9th in its entirety would fit on a single disc.

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u/ThorstenSchmorsten 1d ago

Damn, now I gotta change my vote. Good call.

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u/dotskee 1d ago edited 1d ago

Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding.

I do have a sentimental attachment to this song, but its themes of leaving home, loneliness, seeking peace and a better life, and the gorgeous music itself (including Steve Cropper’s flawless guitar work)…. It’s just a perfect and iconic song about starting over.

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u/putoopin 1d ago

And it wasn’t even finished!

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u/ibentmyworkie 1d ago

Yes I love the fact that that iconic whistling at the end was a placeholder for another set of lyrics that never got written or recorded

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u/BlitheringEediot 1d ago

The Boxer by Simon and Garfunkel

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u/MrSaturnboink 1d ago

American tune by Paul Simon

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u/dusktilhon 1d ago

I feel like that drum hit in The Boxer might be one of the most recognizable single "notes" in all of American music history

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u/Mynamewasmagill 1d ago

“A man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest” explains so much human behavior. Combine that kind of wisdom with the biting loneliness and quiet desperation of the rest of the song and it’s just a masterpiece about life.

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u/guanwho 1d ago

If that was never set to music it would still be recognized as a masterpiece of American poetry.

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u/acmercer 1d ago

I feel like we could say that about a lot of Paul Simon's music.

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u/vegoku92 1d ago

I am a normie and would have said Sound of Silence.

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u/SquidMind 1d ago

Bridge Over Troubled Water S&G great

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u/rdotrdot7789 1d ago

Only Living Boy in New York checking in.

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u/Defiant-Ad5932 1d ago Gold

Into the mystic - Van Morrison

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u/PowerlineTyler 1d ago

Really incredible how many tracks Van Morrison wrote, successfully performed, then someone else successfully performed as well.

Signs of a well written song when it can be a hit multiple times by different voices/styles

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u/Tossed_Away_1776 1d ago Bravo!

"Hurt", and both famous renditions are amazing.

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u/Candycayne84 1d ago

I love how they feel like 2 completely different songs. I'm a huge NIN fan. Hurt gave me chills. But Johnny Cash doing hurt is such a different vibe. That one hits all the feels and leaves me in tears every time... and bawling if I watch the video.

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u/FadeToBlackSun 1d ago

One is about alienation and desensitisation, and the other is depression and regret.

It’s amazing that the same song can have two different meanings by singing it differently and changing one word.

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u/liveguy2112 1d ago

Wichita Lineman by Glenn Campbell.

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u/fritobugger 1d ago

Gentle On My Mind sung by Glenn Campbell and written by John Harford

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u/alexsolo25 1d ago

Just listened to it for the first time after this comment. I can for sure see where you are coming from

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u/SirCressem 1d ago

Jimmy Webb wrote some great songs. Love this one. "I Need you more than want you , and I want you for all time" maybe the best line in any song ever.

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u/walletsworth616 1d ago

“This Must Be The Place(Naive Melody) by Talking Heads. It’s just the best.

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u/Zealousideal-One-818 1d ago

The stop making sense version is one of my favorite songs of all time

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u/36058 1d ago

Tangled Up in Blue by Bob Dylan is way up there for me.

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u/katoman1532 1d ago

Man, we about collided getting there. Early one morning the sun was shining, I was lying in bed. wondering if she changed at all, if her hair was still red...

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u/House_Coats 1d ago Silver Platinum Wholesome Starry

Time- Pink Floyd. Crushing, existential lyrics, the slow build up with an incredible payoff, and Gilmore’s solo in the song has an argument to be the greatest guitar solo of all time.

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u/Flaggstaff 1d ago

Came here to post this. Greatest summation of the human condition ever put to a song.

"And you run and you run to catch up with the sun as it's sinking. Racing around to come up behind you again. The sun is the same in a relative way but you're older. Shorter of breath, one day closer to death.

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u/finallysawstarwars 1d ago

The absolute best verse ever written

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u/DonRicardo1958 1d ago

“The time is gone, the song is over, thought I’d something more to say.“

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u/DopamineDealer2 1d ago

Dark side of the moon is one giant song

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u/eddiewachowski 1d ago

The lyrics are pure poetry and speak directly to ME. It's hard to believe they were written years before I was born.

I saw Roger Waters in concert a few years back and got unexpectedly emotional. I had no idea how much the song meant to me.

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u/PussyMassage 1d ago edited 1d ago

And written by a 25-year-old. It's allowed me to conclude that however smart I think I am, and however extraordinarily cranky Roger Waters can be these days ("these days" being every day between 1944 and this moment), I'm not as smart or as wise as Roger Waters was at 25. I think even he marvels at how observant and true the whole of DSotM really is. I know that it has grown with me from my teens into my forties.

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u/Smirkly 1d ago

A Change is Going to Come by Sam Cooke.

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u/IrishUnknown 1d ago

Nutshell by Alice in Chains.

Resonates deeply with me.

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u/Talkalot23 1d ago

An especially heartbreaking song considering how Layne died.

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u/Equal-Sale 1d ago

Great song. Great band.

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u/Alamander81 1d ago

Unchained Melody

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u/Masagmarod 1d ago Silver Gold Platinum Helpful Bravo! Starstruck I'll Drink to That

Tribute by Tenacoius D. Might not be the greatest song in the world, it's just the tribute.

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u/klophidian 1d ago

You've gotta believe us

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u/garrettj100 1d ago

Just a matter of opinion

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u/Due-Ad-4176 1d ago

And I wish you were there

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u/tarion_914 1d ago

And the peculiar thing is this my friends,

The song we sang on that fateful night,

It didn't actually sound anything like this song!

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u/PrototypeXt3 soundcloud.com/laughwhileyoucan 1d ago

It’s just a matter of opinion..

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u/JunkieBravo 1d ago

If We Were Vampires by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit.

Probably the best written song about growing old with the one you love.

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u/realteamme 1d ago

Alabama Pines would be up there for me. Just such great storytelling and a sense of place in that.

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u/DamonLazer 1d ago

That and "Cover Me Up" are both amazing songs about being in love.

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u/JunkieBravo 1d ago

Totally agree, he’s such and amazing song writer.

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u/-OccamsLaser 1d ago

This would be my choice

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u/nanananabatman88 1d ago

Jason Isbell is the best songwriter out right now, hands down.

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u/fridaygirl7 1d ago

And it feels impossible to say which one is his best. My top choice is constantly changing.

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u/nanananabatman88 1d ago

Same. Last of my kind is such a relatable song, but they're all written so damn well.

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u/kbergstr 1d ago

No one ever seems to mention speed trap town but that song captures an entire life of frustration in just a couple minutes.

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u/konosyn 1d ago

Got chills just seeing this mentioned. It’s truly beautiful.

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u/colirado 1d ago Wholesome

The Weight by The Band

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u/stitchbones 1d ago

The whole Brown Album is superlative, but this song is really the tops.

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u/LazloDaLlama 1d ago

Superstition by Stevie Wonder. The one song that never gets a skip and right from the start has my head bobbing.

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u/damp_paper_towel 1d ago

That song was created with a cool strut in mind

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u/LazloDaLlama 1d ago

Couldn't have said it better myself.

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u/domesticatedprimate 1d ago

A lot of Steve's repertoire from that era would be contenders.

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u/El-Viking 1d ago

All it takes is 5 seconds of that song to make you say, "damn that's funky!"

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u/gschmidt34 1d ago

And when the horns kick in, it’s next level.

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u/green-d20 1d ago

Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Pink Floyd.

That shit gets me in the feels, dude.

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u/TrespassersWilliamTW 1d ago

the entire album of wish you were here.

i want it played at my funeral. like if my funeral is just folks sitting around listening to that album i'll be good. I once made my prom date listen to that album as he was trying to kiss me. I should have let him kiss me, im an asshole.

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u/green-d20 1d ago

If wish you were here doesn't play at my funeral, i'm not dying.

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u/DevinBelow 1d ago

Positively 4th Street - Bob Dylan

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u/martyface 1d ago

You’ve got a lot of nerve.

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u/Tranesblues 1d ago Wholesome

Waitin around to die by Townes Van Zandt is lyrically brilliant.

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u/Smooth_Figure9945 1d ago

Ah, but now, I'm out of prison, I got me a friend at last He don't drink or steal or cheat or lie Ah his name is Codeine, he's the nicest thing I've seen Well, together, we're gonna wait around and die

I got shivers just cutting and pasting that. Excellent choice.

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u/Jezzyrulescoco 1d ago

The Killing Moon by Echo and the Bunnymen. Ian McCulloch also said it was the greatest song ever, so there you go. My husband and I bought the signed lyrics to the song (the chorus) and it’s hanging in our house. It’s one of our prized possessions. I love everything about the song.

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u/rumpleforeskins 1d ago

One of the best songs ever. I can't imagine bands like Radiohead ever happening without songs like this existing.

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u/sully9088 1d ago

Woah I never heard this song before but it's pretty amazing! I just watched the music video. It gives me slight Depeche Mode vibes. I'm going to explore this band's other songs. Very cool, thank you!

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u/RadioBoy93 1d ago

If you’re looking for other songs by them, I highly recommend “Bring on the Dancing Horses.” Absolutely amazing song.

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u/Mazcal 1d ago

Grandma’s Hands by Bill Withers

I could never dare to pick one and so many amazing songs are already up there, but this one’s relevant for me, and fuck if I don’t miss my grandmas every single day. If your grandma’s still around give her a call and tell her you love her.

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u/elithemoonwalker 1d ago edited 1d ago

“Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right” (to me) is the greatest love song/ breakup song of all time. The harmonica playing is chefs kiss and the delivery is beautifully subtle but still has SO much emotional weight. It’s also super fun to play on guitar and strikes a beautiful balance between complexity and simplicity

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u/mostlygroovy 1d ago

I ain’t saying you treated me unkind

You coulda done better, but I don’t mind

You just kinda wasted my precious time

But don’t think twice, it’s alright

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u/Suspicious_Eye_4973 1d ago

Beautiful finger picking style song .any tips on how to play this on the guitar . I've been wanting to learn this

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u/TheOneHundredEmoji 1d ago

I wanted to submit Dylan's Sara as a contender. The imagery and the music and yearning in his voice is just top notch.

I also love Cohen, Avalanche was a great pick.

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u/omgitsbillyfrick 1d ago

Angel from Montgomery - John Prine

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u/mggray1981 1d ago

His first album is one the best of all time. What a guy!

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u/D0fus 1d ago

Every track on that album is a candidate for best song ever.

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u/ThreesKompany 1d ago

Came to say this! I’m partial to Bonnie Raitt’s performance of it but it is just a beautifully tragic masterpiece. The older I get the harder it hits.

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u/zmax532 1d ago

Susan Tedeschi's version is just beautiful

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u/cool_sex_falcon 1d ago

Watermelon in Easter Hay - Frank Zappa

Peak emotional conclusion to the story on Joe’s Garage, and the best guitar solo ever written.

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u/platypus_tuxedo 1d ago

I feel like everyone is putting their favourite tracks rather than objectively discussing best song ever written..?

For me, it’s Somewhere Over The Rainbow. The song is a lesson in musical theory that you could analyse for years. On top of that, it’s instantly recognisable all over the world.

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u/CynicalCharmer 1d ago

I actually think this is a wonderful suggestion. It was my best friend's favourite song, and she agreed with it being the best ever written even if not a genre she'd usually gravitate towards.

The question was definitely more a matter of personal taste, as I can't imagine ever objectively finding the best song ever written, it's an impossible spectrum for certain.

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u/mynewnameonhere 1d ago

That’s every thread in this sub. It doesn’t matter what the question is. Everyone just interprets it as what’s your favorite song or artist and every thread just becomes list of the most liked songs/artists of the predominant demographic of this sub. They’re all the same.

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u/TheOilGallery 1d ago

What a wonderful world.

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u/Mosbelu 1d ago Silver

In terms of lyrics, i would say Sultans of Swing - for it's self-awareness, the message, and absolutely unparalleled storytelling

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u/JimHeuer40 1d ago

Great call…I’d add Romeo and Juliet if one were looking into Dire Straits for emotion and storytelling

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u/oictyvm 1d ago

one of the greatest love songs of all time imho.

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u/stitchbones 1d ago

Knopfler is a master storyteller. Good call!

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u/islandsimian 1d ago

Personally I'd pick telegraph road, but both create fascinating imagery

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u/prdunham1993 1d ago

Vienna by Billy Joel is my personal favorite.

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u/fired_spenser 1d ago

Billy is one of the great American song writers. Surprised I had to come this far down to find hi name...

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u/Richard7666 1d ago

Stairway to Heaven

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u/Falcon3492 1d ago

Sounds of Silence- Simon and Garfunkel

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u/Supermannyfraker 1d ago

If You Could Read My Mind - Gordon Lightfoot

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u/dotto48_ 1d ago

Landslide.

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u/Oldslim 1d ago

Enjoy the Silence- Depeche Mode.

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u/crazyacct101 1d ago

I’m so lonesome I could cry by Hank Williams

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u/Solid_Solid724 1d ago

Shipbuilding by Elvis Costello But the song that plays in my head constantly is "The rhythm of the night" by Debarge

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u/Stuck-Togetherness 1d ago

Song to the Siren by Tim Buckley.

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u/eti_erik 1d ago

Song to the Siren. In all versions, but the best is This Mortal Coil's version.

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u/lionize13ace 1d ago

Across the universe the Beatles.

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u/Cominginbladey 1d ago

Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan is probably my favorite song of all time. Close second is Redemption Song by Marley.

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u/swany5 1d ago edited 1d ago

As a Dad whose kids are growing up way too fast... Cats in the Cradle.

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u/Fresh_Grapes 1d ago

Rainbow Connection by Jim Henson or Moon River by Henry Mancini

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u/crabbypants2022 1d ago

Best song ever sung by a frog!

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u/benadrylpill 1d ago

In My Life by The Beatles

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u/MajorStrain 1d ago

Bold as Love by Jimi Hendrix.

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u/escudonbk 1d ago

The Wind Cries Mary

Castles made of sand

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u/Heisse_Scheisse 1d ago

Nice. That's my favorite from Jimi Hendrix. That guitar solo is fucking majestic . I rarely see it mentioned in any capacity.

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u/maraheinze 1d ago

Chariots of Fire - Vangelis. On of the most recognizable motifs in music. The emotion it conveys is undeniable. It transcends language and culture.

Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd. It's an epic, beautiful message. It's a journey from beginning to end.

Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah. A song that shows the connection between spirituality and music. Amazing poetry. Artist K.D. Lang does an unreal rendition of this song.

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u/Shenanigans80h 1d ago

Lyrically Modest Mouse has some brilliant works that people should check out. Almost everything on Lonesome Crowded West

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u/TicklerVikingPilot 1d ago

Talking lyrically?

Time - Pink Floyd

Illegal Smile - John Prine

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u/Sherlockstopstealing 1d ago

Pink Floyd’s Time is transcendental.

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u/I_Fart_Cum_Bubbles 1d ago

Taking a poop break from my annual thanksgiving jam session where we literally just played a bunch of JP! Brings tears to my eyes knowing how happy he would be that so many people still enjoy his music. (:

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u/edgor123 1d ago

Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac. Lindsay Buckingham absolutely kills it on this one.

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u/bboobbear 1d ago

Also love him on Never Going Back Again

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u/zyygh 1d ago

Shine On You Crazy Diamond

The chord progressions, guitar solos, dynamics and lyrics in that song are otherworldly.

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u/dogtaxi812 1d ago

Time, Gimme shelter, Comfortably numb, Brothers in Arms, Funeral for a friend/Love lies bleeding.

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u/dukesinatra 1d ago

The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

Wicked Game - Chris Isaak

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u/SpamOJavelin 1d ago

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned O Fortuna from Camina Burana by Carl Orff. Instantly recognizable and perhaps the most dramatic introduction ever.

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u/DNAwesome 1d ago

Impossible Soul by Sufjan Stevens

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u/FUCKBOY_JIHAD 1d ago

War Pigs by Black Sabbath

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u/soleon_x 1d ago

Into my arms - Nick Cave 🫶

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u/Judetheuno 1d ago

Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads

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u/blrsutherland 1d ago

How do I make a robot to scan these reply’s and make a Spotify playlist

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u/Ok-Impress-2222 1d ago

CCR - Have You Ever Seen the Rain

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Derek & the Dominos - Layla.

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u/guaip 1d ago

Every time that last instrumental part of Layla starts I let everyone know I'll be unavailable for a few minutes. Not my favorite band, not my favorite song, but man that is as good as music gets...

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u/damp_paper_towel 1d ago

Don't Fear (The Reaper) - Blue Oyster Cult

A song about love transcending death, while also reminding us of our mortality. And don't forget that sweet yet terrifying guitar solo that always catches you off guard

Polyphonic on YouTube has a great video about it

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u/CynicalCharmer 1d ago

Man what an absolute track. It's on a three song playlist with Nights in White Satin and Starless by King Crimson XD

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u/cannedmustard 1d ago edited 1d ago

oh hell yeahh! this song gives me chills every time but needs more cowbell

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u/MBDf_Doc 1d ago

Love BoC. My dad was the biggest BoC fan ever. We saw them live every year pre covid for like 10 straight years. Always put on an amazing show and I highly recommend them live.

Sad bit here..... But my dad was dieing of cancer and was spending a lot of time in the hospital and being during covid made it even harder on everyone. One morning my mom called me and said the hospital told her dad was getting worse and that day could be his last. So we gather up our stuff and got in my uncles car and drove to the hospital. About half way to the hospital the radio flips on Don't Fear the Reaper and my uncle and I sat there and sang the fuck out of that song for my dad. Miss his so much.

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u/Uranus_Hz 1d ago

Bridge Over Troubled Water

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u/Yawbyss 1d ago

Motion Picture Soundtrack by Radiohead. I have never heard a more beautiful/emotionally devastating song in my life. Every little detail is so perfect.

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u/lenfantsuave 1d ago edited 19h ago

Lover, You Should’ve Come Over by Jeff Buckley

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u/slipkid092 1d ago

Baba O’Riley - The Who. A perfect song, even without a chorus.

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u/melskymob 1d ago

Thank you for reminding me of this.

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u/Different_Papaya_413 1d ago

I upvoted without even clicking the link because I knew what it was

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u/rightjason 1d ago

I don't know if that's supposed to be comedy but I find it kind of heartwarming. Thanks for posting it.

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u/melskymob 1d ago

The show is called "Joe Pera talks with you" on HBO max. It is extremely heartwarming to say the least.

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u/IMDonkeyBrained 1d ago

Joe Pera is an absolute national treasure. So sad they cancelled the show but thankful for the seasons we got. Plus, the coffee table book about not pooping

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u/megalodon777hs 1d ago

Terrapin Station - Grateful Dead

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u/matteb18 1d ago

Inspiration move me brightly!

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u/TheCrowsonator4ever 1d ago Gold

Led Zeppelin - ten years gone or Pink Floyd- wish you were here

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u/oddmetre 1d ago

That guitar solo in ten years gone, am i right?

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u/kimchiplantain 1d ago

alone, together by the strokes

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u/boneman429 1d ago

Mr Bojangles

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u/efefia 1d ago

Here comes the sun. Beautiful, optimistic and as catchy as they come

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u/kapachow 1d ago

Soul Meets Body - Death Cab For Cutie

Just listen to it from a songwriters point of view and tell me it's not a masterpiece

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u/PurpleDolphinLover 1d ago

Completely agree, Plans is filled with some of the best song writing I've ever seen, Brothers on an Hotel Bed and What Sarah Said are also incredibly well written

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u/Frankfeld 1d ago

I was in High School when I got into Death Cab. Transatlanticism came out and changed my world. Like most kids, High School was when my musical taste really evolved and it was exciting.

Then I went to college all those new bands that I got real into in High School starting releasing new stuff that didn’t really live up to the hype I had for them. Plans was new; and therefore unfamiliar; and therefore not as good as “we have all the facts…” or “Something About Airplanes” and definitely not TA.

But then years go by, and that “new” Death Cab album isn’t new anymore. You hear a song like “Soul Meets Body” and constantly mistake it for a TA song. Or “Ill Follow You Into the Dark” will come on the radio and you never thought a song could be so good. Then you’re absolutely devastated by “Brothers in a Hotel Bed”, or constantly have “Crooked Teeth” stuck in your head.

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u/notjosemanuel 1d ago

I actually think what sarah said is the greatest song ever written

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u/VicariousWolf 1d ago

Lateralus by Tool. Lyrically, emotionally, and musically masterful. Its message and underlying math (fibonacci sequence) involved is just the cherry on top of the song.

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u/danosmanca 1d ago

Don't get me wrong, Lateralus is my favourite song of all time easily. That being said, I think Reflection's lyrics are the best.

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u/JoelyRavioli 1d ago

“Ripped Pants” by SpongeBob Squarepants

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u/ImminentReddits 1d ago

Unironically, probably one of the biggest bangers that had survived the longest has to be the 1812 Overture. That finale is absolutely fire hundreds of years later.

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u/Significant-Button48 1d ago

Something by The Beatles

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u/pagethirtyfour 1d ago Helpful

I’ll Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie. I can’t listen to it without getting emotional.

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u/murked2312 1d ago Gold

“Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden is amazing on every listen. No one sings like Cornell anymore

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u/AussiePete51 1d ago

"We Gotta Get Out of This Place", by Eric Burdon and the Animals - then "I Was Only 19" by Redgum - for a romantic winner "The Anniversary Song" by Al Jolson

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u/donna363 1d ago

Black by Pearl Jam

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u/Ianm9 1d ago

“I know you’ll be a star in someone else’s sky but why, why, why can’t it be mine.”

honestly one of the most beautiful lyrics ever written and the way Eddie sings just makes it that much more perfect. So much raw emotion.

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u/BrandoApocalypse 1d ago

Pure Imagination (Gene Wilder)

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u/seydisehir1 1d ago

Can’t Find My Way Home - Steve Winwood… no contest!

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u/Olathoe 1d ago

Diagonals - Stereolab

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u/LoveCats- 1d ago

I feel this is a very under appreciated band.

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u/Olathoe 1d ago

A friend of mine recommended them a few years ago. Dots and Loops blew me away. They are a diamond in the rough

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u/daviddoil 1d ago

My Hero - Foo Fighters

The drums, guitar riff, the chorus, just an absolute masterpiece. The video is no slouch either

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u/GTK09 1d ago

Everlong - Foo Fighters

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u/fblinders13 1d ago

Famous Blue Raincoat by Leonard Cohen. Everything about that song is a masterpiece. I don't understand how a human being can come up with something like that

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u/wizard_hat_and_staff 1d ago edited 1d ago

I’ve always defined, for better or worst, a perfect song feeling as though the artist has conveyed their message/emotion exactly how they wanted to. I feel like I could pick the best song for a perfect feeling but couldn’t compare them, because frankly Daft Punk and Leonard Cohen are not trying to one up each other or play in the same field. Here are some I haven’t heard people bring up, might be a weird bunch.

Caring is Creepy - The Shins

Giorgio by Moroder - Daft Punk

Fade Into You - Mazzy Star

Doo Wop - Ms. Lauryn Hill

Crawling Back To You - Tom Petty

Golden Years - David Bowie

Pepper - Butthole Surfers

I Feel The Earth Move - Carole King

Drain You - Nirvana

She’s Lost Control - Joy Division

Paprika - Japanese Breakfast

That being said, a hot take for sure, from the menacing strings, extended boom of the kick when it appears, the perfect verbal technique, a tasteful switch up in the second half, m.A.A.d. city by Kendrick Lamar tells a story so fucking visceral and poetically masterful that I still can’t get over it nearly 10 years later. Possibly the greatest single verse I’ve ever heard.

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u/duckthor531 1d ago

Brown eyed girl or Stand by me, both timeless.

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u/guanwho 1d ago

Your song by Elton John is achingly beautiful. I get choked up listening to it.

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u/Bryn79 1d ago

The River — Bruce Springsteen

Tells a story and a part of history intertwined. Not a wasted word or note throughout.

It’s not sappy or sentimental, it’s haunting and beautiful and has stood the test of time.

I’d give honourable mention to Johnny Cash’s version of NiN’s Hurt. Not as lyrical but for imagery, for digging into a song, nothing compares.

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u/re10pect 1d ago

If we’re going Bruce, my money is on Thunder Road. Just a beautiful song, great lyrics, great melody, builds up until a glorious release at the end. I’m not even some huge Springsteen fan, but I think that song is so close to perfect that it deserves to be in conversations like this (even if these conversations are by default kinda silly).

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u/Capital-Drawing-5711 1d ago

Superstar by Beach House

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u/merakibret 1d ago

Any Major Dude Tell You by Steely Dan. So much to say about that one.

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u/artourfangay 1d ago

2112 or Toccata