List Your Top 10 Songs
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It’s a simple question that is often asked but always leaves me stuck, to narrow down my music list to a number of ten, but I have finally done it.
There is no particular order, as it will change from day to day as I decide I like one more than the other.
So here is my highly time-consuming and thought-out top ten music list, and why I have chosen them.
1: Blowin' In The Wind by Bob Dylan
The reason I have to include this song is because I just love the many meanings behind it. It was released in 1963 on the album The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan. It has since become an iconic statement song covered by many musicians from all genres. This proves that Bob Dylan is a musician that can charm many types of musical artists. To me this is one of those songs that truly capture the talent that is Bob Dylan.
2: Black Velvet by Alannah Myles
The rock eighties beat and smooth sound, to me, does make the song feel like velvet. It also makes me feel part of that era and place. I feel like I should be in an old fashioned Western style saloon, not thinking about anything else but this song. The song itself is an ode to Elvis, another great musical legend. It was released in 1989 and became a number one hit for two weeks.
3: Piano Man by Billy Joel
Billy Joel is one of my biggest loves. There is not a song of his I do not like, and there are many I can name as my favourite, but Piano Man has the most emotion and shows just how talented this pianist, singer, songwriter and storyteller really is. No matter what he sings, I feel like he takes me into the scene. Piano Man was released in 1973 on the album of the same name. It has been sung several times including on his gigs and on several albums, and is now classed as his signature song.
4: Dear Mr. President by Pink
I am one of Pink's biggest fans. It was hard for me to narrow down all her songs to just one. It was a close call between Don’t Let Me Get Me and Dear Mr. President. But I chose Dear Mr. President because it’s not just a song. It’s a song to make a point and challenge political views. This proves that she is not just making music to be famous; she wants to make a difference and becoming influential. The song was released in 2006 on her I’m Not Dead album. She did not release it as a single, however, for fears it would be seen as a publicity stunt.
5: War by Poets Of The Fall
POTF are a Finnish band from Helsinki that I have known for just under a year. Despite being a band I have known for a very short amount of time, I find their way with words and lyrics to be poetry in its best form. Each line and piece of music captures both the beauty and dark side of life, and perhaps the little pieces we miss and forget about. I love a lot of their other songs, but War will always be the one I play the most. The song found recognition on the psychological thriller game, Alan Wake. It was recorded for the album Twilight Theatre.
6: To Make You Feel My Love by Garth Brooks (Bob Dylan cover)
Despite the song originally being written and recorded for Bob Dylan’s 1997 album Time Out Of Mind, my favourite version is by Garth Brooks. I personally find his voice suits the song better as he has a soft gritty voice that puts a lump in my throat. It is a powerful love song that has also found chart success with Billy Joel and Adele.
7: Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright (Leonard Cohen cover)
Despite initially recieving little success, the song was covered by John Cale which brought many artists to do thier own version of this superbly written song. The best known version of the song is by Jeff Buckley, and one of the recent chart topping covers was by Alexandra Burke, winner of The X Factor 2008. However, this song could be sung by anyone and I would still love it. The beautiful, poetic writing and music means I cannot fault it in any way. However, Rufus' version was the first version I heard and is still my favourite.
8: Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns 'N' Roses
If I were completely honest, I'm not a huge Guns 'N' Roses fan, but this song will always have a place in my heart. This is the song I share with my fiancÚ and it is our chosen song for when we have our first dance. The song was written for their 1987 debut studio album, Appetite For Destruction. It became the band's first and only number one single in the US. However, it only reached number six over here. Despite never being confirmed, the song is believed to be about Erin Everly, Axl Rose's girlfriend at the time.
9: Grow Old With You by Adam Sandler
The song was written by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler, who also performed the song for his movie part as Robbie Hart in the movie 1998 movie, The Wedding Singer. Both the film and the song are wonderfully written, with a comical theme that matches the talented workings of both Adam Sandler and the film's writer, Tim Herlihy. It’s one of my favourites because the song is just amazingly romantic and the sort every romantic girl would want to hear at some point in her life.
10: Fairytale Of New York by The Pouges & Kirsty McColl
It's a Christmas song, I know, but everyone has a favourite Christmas song. For me, however, this is so much better than a Christmas song. It's about real life; real couples who, at the time, can't stand to look at each other and constantly fall out and get back together, but somehow need each other. The theme of Christmas just helps the message. It is the time of year which brings people together no matter what hardships we face in our lives.
So I'll finish this list with a question. What's your top ten favourite songs, and why? Please comment below!