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The Avenger


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Mine are all from the 70s or late 60s. How about you?

Here are mine. These are the songs that make me stop and listen, and almost make me want to genuflect.

Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the Devil (1968)
https://youtu.be/GgnClrx8N2k

Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven (1971)
https://youtu.be/QkF3oxziUI4

Rush - 2112 (1976)
https://youtu.be/AZm1_jtY1SQ

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird (1973)
https://youtu.be/CqnU_sJ8V-E

Yes - Roundabout (1971)
https://youtu.be/DwPWGUhEtP0



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Ancient One 

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This is a near impossible task. So many truly great songs out there. My list would change from day to day. But here are five that would always be somewhere in my top 20.

The Beatles - Across the Universe (1969).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90M60PzmxEE

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (1975).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJ9rUzIMcZQ

Eagles - Hotel California (1976).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BciS5krYL80

Fairport Convention - Who Knows Where the Time Goes? (1968).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkOB57UcYk8

Prince - Purple Rain (1984).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvnYmWpD_T8


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Zelandoni

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I could name a few hundred songs here, but here are five I always enjoy.

Bauhaus - She's in Parties (1983)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qxqq5vahHKk

Joy Division - Transmission (1979)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dBt3mJtgJc

Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'bout Love (1978)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-IUB62zDlA

Heart - Magic Man (1975)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vlAdMeZSfw

Rare Earth - Get Ready (Long Version - 21 min) (1969)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-Rg9xwZoo8&t=455s


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atrimus


Location: Saint Louis, MO
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Tintinnabulum by Adiemus:
https://youtu.be/sa0CdbcAUR4

Rhythm Of The Wilderness by Cusco:
https://youtu.be/qqm1zx5pX8Q

edit

Don’t Disturb This Groove by The System:
https://youtu.be/NGrMPpGDVSg
Can’t believe I forgot this one! Probably my favorite song as a kid. Definitely makes the top five.

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Those two would definitely feature in my top five. Other than that, it’s kinda hard for me to narrow down the remaining three, as I have quite a few all time favorite songs, across a broad range of genres …

Orinoco Flow by Enya
Solid Wall Of Sound by A Tribe Called Quest
Check the Rhime by A Tribe Called Quest
Award Tour by A Tribe Called Quest
Chorale VI (Sol-Fa) by Adiemus
Kayama by Adiemus
Bluster by Salt
The Day I Tried To Live by Soundgarden
Down In A Hole by Alice In Chains
Grind by Alice In Chains
Here and Now by Letters to Cleo
Kashmir by Led Zeppelin
Simple Life by Elton John
Crazy by Seal
Bennie and the Jets by Elton John
Cradle to the Grave by 2Pac/Thug Life
Let’s Dance by David Bowie
For Those About To Rock by AC/DC
December by Collective Soul
Medicine Man by Cusco
The Crusades by Cusco

There are definitely a ton more that I’m forgetting





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The Avenger


Location: New Jersey
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This is a Beatles song that (to me) sounds a lot like John Lennon's later solo work. Beautiful.





I love the whole story around this song: how the recording tape was about to break if they added any more layers in.





This one was totally new to me!



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The Avenger


Location: New Jersey
Member Since: Thu Dec 02, 2021





This is one of my favorite Bauhaus songs.





Nice to see early Heart get some love.





I was totally unaware of this song and even of this band! This is the kind of music I like to buy on vinyl and I may do just that.



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The Avenger


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Member Since: Thu Dec 02, 2021









    Quote:
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    Quote:
    Don’t Disturb This Groove by The System:
    https://youtu.be/NGrMPpGDVSg
    Can’t believe I forgot this one! Probably my favorite song as a kid. Definitely makes the top five.



All three of those are totally new to me!



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Zelandoni

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Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008






    Quote:
    This is one of my favorite Bauhaus songs.


Still my all-time favorite, with The Passion of Lovers a close second.





    Quote:
    Nice to see early Heart get some love.


From their debut album, Dreamboat Annie. Awesome record! I'm not a big fan of 80's Heart.





    Quote:
    I was totally unaware of this song and even of this band! This is the kind of music I like to buy on vinyl and I may do just that.


You should! I have it in my collection as well and still play it frequently. An original copy of this album in good condition isn't hard to find and not too expensive.
I remember the first time I heard this version of the song. It was years ago and I heard it from afar. Someone was playing it really loud in the distance.
I couldn't quite make out which song it was and I thought it was In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida playing at first. The two songs are very comparable, only this one is better IMHO ;\-\)
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was first though.




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Superman's Pal

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I've heard many a case made for Billy Joel as the greatest American songwriter of the 20th Century and Scenes From An Italian Restaurant as his best song or "the best story song ever" and I can't really disagree with its quality. As much as I like to listen to it I might like The Downeaster Alexa or Allentown better. They all tell good stories.

Growing up my favorite bands were Guns N Roses, AC/DC, Alice In Chains, Metallica, Megadeth. Favorite songs are harder.

GNR - November Rain or You Could Be Mine
ACDC - It's A Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock and Roll) BAGPIPE SOLO!
Alice In Chains - maybe I Stay Away
Metallica - For Whom The Bell Tolls, One, or The Unforgiven
Megadeth - In My Darkest Hour, Peace Sells, Hangar 18, Trust

Now it's more Billy Joel, Queen. Radio Ga-Ga or anything Highlander. Or Bohemian Rhapsody.

By the way my favorite Rolling Stones is probably Gimme Shelter. Merry Clayton is a large part of the reason.

I had a Johnny Cash phase, a disco phase. It's hard to narrow. I kind of like everything now. Well, not so much modern country or rap.




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Very difficult to narrow my favorites down to five....even 10. So many great songs I'm in love with lol.

But here are just a few off the top of my head (just scratching the surface and I do mean the very tip of the iceberg) that I can never stop listening to until death does us part. ;\)

Barry White - Put Me In Your Mix https://youtu.be/0LSlrVsC-RE

Bell Biv Devoe - When Will I See You Smile Again? https://youtu.be/ozQtBqDzW0c

Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight https://youtu.be/IeDMnyQzS88

Sade - Nothing Can Come Between Us - https://youtu.be/xcJ-VHG090o

Boys to Men - End of the Road - https://youtu.be/zDKO6XYXioc

NF - I'm READY - https://youtu.be/xkZk8d-Tsm0

Teddy Pendegrass - The More I Get the More I Want! https://youtu.be/l43zf7dlzZo









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Dakota


Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008


Since I was 3, I always preferred up-tempo songs, and that hasn't changed much as I got older although I am a little more flexible now.

So my top 5 songs are all up-tempo, with the exception of the last one which has a more emotional meaning to me as it came out when my daughters were still little, so the lyrics really resonated with me.

Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lncr2g9XJHU

Authority Song - John Mellencamp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wsEwK69LXjQ

It's a Long way to the Top (If you want to Rock and Roll) - AC/DC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vj_rvLVpqg8

Running Down a Dream - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1D3a5eDJIs


I Could not ask for More - Edwin McCain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxUd76Q27LM
(This is actually the first time I've watched the official video - kind of strange, they could have made a much better video to match the lyrics)


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atrimus


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In the mid-to-late 90s I was mad into comic books, anime, fantasy novels and sci-fi, plus I had a deep need to be away from my (often violent) neighborhood. All of this became a confluence that triggered a desire to create and write my own stories. After buying Pure Moods on a friend’s recommendation, as well as Instrumental Moods (one of its tracks was Cusco’s Montezuma, which I’d heard a few years earlier in a beer commercial), I found that music served as a good catalyst for imagination. I’ve been listening to various world-music, new-age, and downtempo groups ever since.

The System is just one of many R&B groups I grew up with. Michael Jackson, New Edition, Prince, Aaliyah, Troop, Guy, TLC, Mint Condition, Jodeci, Tony Toni Tone, Boyz II Men, Brandy, Silk, were pretty much mainstays in my Walkman on bus rides in Jr and Sr High.



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Unstable Molecule


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Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
Posts: 3,108


I'm going to list my five favorites (as they are now, because it changes often). I admit they are not the greatest of all time, but they're the ones I enjoy.

Love Will Keep Us Together, Captain & Tennille
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QNEf9oGw8o

Don't Fear the Reaper, Blue Oyster Cult
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dy4HA3vUv2c

Dashboard, Modest Mouse
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=penvn9VL32Y

One Way or Another, Blondie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zBwRDEFMRY

Don't Stop Me Now, Queen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgzGwKwLmgM





"It is not our abilities that show what we truly are. It is our choices." – Albus Dumbledore
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Ragnarok


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I've always leaned towards the lyrics and great songwriters.

Tangled Up In Blue, Bob Dylan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKcNyMBw818&ab_channel=BobDylanVEVO

Papa Won't Leave You Henry, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ARYwxDEKYOE&ab_channel=NickCave%26TheBadSeeds-Topic

Take This Waltz, Leonard Cohen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytdjYjM-cLg&ab_channel=JoyMilonguero

Sympathy For the Devil, Rolling Stones
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgnClrx8N2k&ab_channel=ABKCOVEVO

Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LpdEyGhNxM&ab_channel=BruceSpringsteen-Topic

Honorable Mention, because sometimes music is just for fun.

Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6M89iDabwM&ab_channel=RHINO


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zvelf


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Five is completely impossible. Fifty wouldn’t be enough. I’m just going to toss out some favorite songs, keep it to one song per artist (or two if splitting between a band and solo act), and keep it to basically pop/rock/R&B (no classical, old standards, or show tunes or this list would easily double) and I'm sure I'm still forgetting plenty:

Anita Mui – Don't Ask For Life
B-52's - Love Shack
The Beach Boys - California Girls
The Beatles - the long Abbey Road medley
Black Sabbath – Iron Man
Bob Dylan – Tangled Up in Blue
Cat Power – Sea of Love
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
The Cranberries - Dreams
Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
David Bowie – Life on Mars
The Decemberists – Sixteen Military Wives
Earth, Wind & Fire - September
Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky
Elton John – Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Gnarls Barkley – Crazy
The Go-Go’s – We Got the Beat
Ike and Tina Turner – Proud Mary
In Flagranti – Pick a Trick
Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower
Joanna Newsom – Sprout and the Bean
John Lennon – Watching the Wheels
Journey – Open Arms
The Kinks – 20th Century Man
Kon-Kan – I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden)
The La’s – There She Goes
Led Zepplin – Stairway to Heaven
Lizzo – Truth Hurts
Lou Reed – Perfect Day
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
Madonna – Like a Prayer
The Mamas and the Papas – California Dreamin’
Nancy Sinatra – These Boots Were Made for Walking
OOIOO – Hewa Hewa
Outkast – B.O.B. (Bombs Over Baghdad)
Paul McCartney – Maybe I’m Amazed
Paul Simon – You Can Call Me Al
Pink Floyd – Comfortably Numb
Prince – Purple Rain
Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
Rahul Dev Burman – Mehbooba Mehbooba
The Rolling Stones – (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Sally Yeh – Qian Zui Yi Sheng
The Spinners – The Rubberband Man
Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Sukhwinder Singh & Sapna Awasthi - Chaiyya Chiayya
Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
Van Halen - Jump
Velvet Underground – Sister Ray
The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army





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swmcbf


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This is one of those threads I would love to answer but like Incriptus there is simply no way I can narrow it down. Even a top fifty is difficult and that is keeping it to one song per performer. I will say without that stipulation my list would be Springsteen heavy. Here is a short list of songs that have a special significance because they are attached to some particular point in my life. I am going to run over the limit by a bit. A couple are from the same artist.

The Rising-Springsteen- most need no reason why.
Jungle Land-Springsteen- a song of being lost in a world where time and mistakes are always repeating. My interpretation anyway. Fit in well for me as a young boy.
All along the Watchtower-Hendrix. A bit before my time but blew me away when I listened to his rendition. It evokes a feeling like Jungle Land with a thunder storm added.
Scarecrow- Mellencamp- growing up in a rural setting I had family and friends who lost their homes during that time because of issues they could not control.
Oh Mickey-Toni Basil-Ha I missed April Fool day this will have to do. This one is on nobodies favorite list. Not even on her own list.
We Are The World-pretty much everybody they could cram onto the recording- no explanation needed.
A small sampling.





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