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What's your vote for the perfect song?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Low8, May 26, 2020.

  1. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Just like the title suggests, what gets your vote for the perfect song?

    Feel free to list as many as you think are worthy.

    I'll start -- Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning". It's just superb. I think it's the vivid lyrics and storytelling... but the melody and structure is quite nice as well. No matter how many people cover it, it's still great.

    I'm hoping this thread gets folks introduced to new music, songwriters, etc.
    Last edited: May 27, 2020
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  2. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    You've set a pretty high bar to begin with...tough to argue against pretty much anything that Thompson has written and performed over the past 50+ years. I couldn't pick a favourite myself.

    The perfect song? "For No One"...one of McCartney's last serious songs. It will be played at my funeral.

    Off the top of my head, right now...

    Soft Machine - "Moon In June"

    Uriah Heep - "Sweet Freedom"

    Magazine - "Permafrost"

    Sandy Denny - "Late November"

    Neil Young - "On The Way Home"

    Vanilla Fudge - "The Sky Cried/When I Was A boy"

    Joy Division - "Passover"

    Jefferson Airplane - "Lather"

    Free - "Mourning Sad Morning"
    Last edited: May 27, 2020
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  3. Louie , Louie or 96 Tears

    Actually , Hot Fun In The Summertime is the perfect pop song.
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  4. Lagado

    Lagado Inactive Suspended

    Jan 6, 2020
    Goldfrapp - Utopia.
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  5. lyonaudio


    Apr 16, 2019
    Careless Whisper by George Michael/Wham

    Annie's Song by John Denver

    Rebel Yell by Billy Idol

    The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby & The Range

    Good Times by Chic

    Naturally by Huey Lewis & The News

    Steppin' Out by Joe Jackson

    L'hymne À L'Amour as sung by Johnny Hallyday

    What's Going On by Marvin Gaye

    You Get What You Give by The New Radicals

    Groovin' by The Rascals

    God Save The Queen by The Sex Pistols

    Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears For Fears
  6. Dabndug

    Dabndug Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Oz
    Just sticking with The Beatles:

    Please Please Me
    All My Loving
    Can't Buy Me Love
    You Can't Do That
    Drive My Car
    We Can Work it Out
    You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
    Paperback Writer
    With A Little Help from My Friends
    Strawberry Fields Forever
    Penny Lane
    Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite
    Lovely Rita
    A Day in the Life
    Helter Skelter
    Get Back
    Hey Jude
    Come Together
    Her Comes the Sun
    Sun King
    You Never Give Me Your Money

    I can think of so many perfect songs by so many other acts that it's doing my head in... gotta stop there for the time being!
  7. Great thread! Impossible to answer, too. :roflmao: Let's see... Some of my favorites but not a complete list. Each has it's own appeal.

    This Could Be The Worst - Randall Bramblett (Sea Level covered it when he joined.)
    Asso-Kam - Joe Sample (on Blue Mitchell's 'Graffiti Blues'.)
    What You Won't Do For Love - Bobby Caldwell
    All Hashed Out - The Guess Who (on 'Artificial Paradise'.)
    Credit - Tower Of Power
    Empty Pages - Traffic
    Focus II - Focus
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Canon In D Major by Johann Pachelbel

    That thing is everywhere.

    Yes, I played it for my piano recital in college.
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  9. Dabndug

    Dabndug Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Oz
    Head is working again working again. Avoiding obvious hits:

    Fleet Foxes: Oliver James
    The Angels: Marseille
    Midnight Oil: Section 5 (Bus to Bondi)
    Massive Attack : Paradise Circus
    Talking Heads: Heaven (live version from Stop Making Sense - totally different to the studio cut)
    OMD: She's Leaving
    REM: Drive
    Bowie: Soul Love
    Nat King Cole: It's Only a Paper Moon
    Paul Kelly: Before Too Long
    King Crimson: Exiles
    Gorillaz: Don't Get Lost in Heaven
    Third Eye Blind: God of Wine
    The Police: Next to You
    Elvis Costello: The Angels Want to Wear My Red Shoes
    U2: Red Hill Mining Town
    Bonnie Rait: Everybody's Crying Mercy

    Just scratching the surface, so many songs out thete that are perfect in their own way.
  10. Nev375


    Nov 2, 2010
    Carnival - Natalie Merchant. Jennifer Turner's tasteful guitar playing on that album is underrated as heck.
    Jackson Browne - The Pretender
    U2 - Where the Streets Have No Name
    Paul Simon - Graceland. He may have written more popular songs, but this one speaks to me.
    Ray Wylie Hubbard - Resurrection
    Elbow - Powder Blue
    Radiohead - Paranoid Android
    Pink Floyd - Comfortably Numb
    John Prine - Sam Stone
    Pearl Jam - Yellow Ledbetter
    The Cars - Drive
    Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen

    Hmmm. Most of them that come to mind are especially sad. Wonder if I have depression?
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  11. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    William Bell - I Forgot To Be Your Lover

    I can’t think of anything to add or subtract that could deliver the message better. Concise, simple, and sublime.
  12. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    ah, so many! First one that comes to mind for me is "Killer Queen" by Queen.
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  13. 9Thumbs


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Either "Dixie Chicken" from Waiting for Columbus...Little Feat, or this one:
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  14. White Christmas.
  15. dalkowski

    dalkowski Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Been waiting a long time to be asked this question and "Please Please Me" is my at-the-ready, no-doubt answer. A perfect pop confection.
    Last edited: May 27, 2020
  16. Del McCoury does the best cover of that that song, IMHO.
  17. bolophonic

    bolophonic Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
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  18. 210superair


    Sep 10, 2019
    Depends how you define 'perfect song' I suppose. Genre is always going to dictate obviously, but as far as a really good story, well written song and arrangement, it's hard to go wrong with Willy Dear by the Tillers...
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  19. I don't know if it is perfect, but this is the greatest song ever made.

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