MR. TAMBOURINE MAN -BOB DYLAN
One of the eternal favorites, the sweet melody of this song is what got me, Dylan’s effortless delivery makes this song an eternal soother. Never mind the references to pot. Knocking on heavens doors and like a rolling stones come a close second and third. The best thing about Dylan’s folk sound is its simplicity.
ALL APOLOGIES(UNPLUGGED VERSION) – NIRVANA
Nirvana was one of the best things to hit mother earth. The raw power and energy of this song is felt not described. One of my favorite past times as a kid was to turn up the stereo full blast and listen to Nirvana’s Nevermind, which contained powerhouses like lithium, in bloom and drain you not to forget “come as you are” other than the obvious “smells like teen spirit”. All apologies originally featured in “in utero” Kurt cobain later played the song in unarguably the best unplugged performance ever for MTV. I had to try hard to choose just one Nirvana song since I like their music a whole whole lot.
HERE COMES THE SUN – THE BEATLES
The quite Beatle GEORGE HARRISON didn’t quite get the recognition he deserved as a songwriter. While McCartney and Lennon hogged most of the limelight he was happy plugging away and writing brilliant songs such as this one. One of the ultimate feel good songs this along with the “Radha Krsna Temple” that he produced is part of the vast work done by Harrison. The beautiful guitar strains tuned to closely resemble the sound of a sitar weave their magic. ”the smiles returning to the faces……”
SATISFACTION – THE ROLLING STONES
I really can’t enough satisfaction listening to this song; this song really charges me up for more. The steady beat, the uppity strains, this song just nudges out the cover of “like a rolling stone” that the stones did as a reflection of their own rock and roll lifestyles, bloody good cover that was (the song features twice in this list) ”that what I say…….I cant get enough satisfaction”
NO WOMAN NO CRY –THE FUGEES FEAT JIGGY MARLEYanother cover that features in this list The Fugees took a great classic and made it fantastic. Marley’s nostalgic lyrics were done justice by his son. I heard this song when I was about 11 and its one of my favorites since then. Needless to mention this song too has great sounding guitar which hold the song and the beat together.
STREETS OF PHILADELPHIA –BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN
One of the common features of most of these songs is that I have been fond of them since I was a kid and this song is no exception. The beats and the haunting sound ensured that this song stuck in my mind, the way the boss sung it ensured I loved it. The wonderful lyrics and the backing vocals ensure that this is a great song.
WHERE DO I BEGIN –THE CHEMICAL BROTHERSa deviation from the pattern of this list this IS a great song. I absolutely love the music that the chemical brothers churn out from their labs this song has an amazing folksy sound coupled with a really really amazing melody and great vocals. The timing of this song is breathtaking. The transition from the slow to fast is executed so well. The pleasure derived from this song is way better than sex.
SCORPIO RISING – DEATH IN VEGAS
i love death in vegas and their monster hit Scorpio rising, this song has great sound and some very “different” lyrics …including the line that forms my email signature”…I want to go to heaven never been there before, I want to go to heaven so you kill me some more….” A call by a lover while making love …and getting transported to heaven…fantastic!. The song was accompanied by a very stunning video featuring Japanese warrior ninja’s….simply amazing.
NAME(ACOUSTIC VERSION)-GOO GOO DOLLS
Resnik and his band create this amazing song, which sounds better in its acoustic form, the song has lovely lyrics and touches more than a cord with me, as is the case with nearly all songs on this list this too features lovely guitarwork.
WHAT IS LOVE – HADDAWAY
Haddaway’s only major success I heard this song as a kid and fell instantly in love with it.
WONDERWALL – OASIS
I loved this song but didn’t find out who had written it till about 5 years it after came out.
I have sung this song to more than one girlfriend, coz I love this song. the Gallagher brothers in best form…ever!
HURT –JOHNNY CASH
Few people can give covers a new identity. you expect young bands to do covers of big oldies, but here was cash on his last album before his death ,took Trent reznors song and made it his own. Somewhat autobiographical….chillingly real ….painfully good. Amazing song!
GOOD RIDDANCE- GREEN DAYanother one of the acoustic guitar songs…this one is special, I am a green day fan and this is in my opinion their best song …barring maybe “when I come around”
This single from the mega album “rush of blood to the head” is simply breath taking all of the songs could have been here….this song is here since its about love and messing it up… I identify with this song. And it’s beautiful.
FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU –ELVIS PRESLEY
I am not much of an Elvis fan . there are only some songs of his I can listen to without demanding pay. This one is different….it is amazingly simple and true…making it a classic.
WHISKEY IN THE JAR –METTALICA
Mettalica’s song about pirates and cons has amazing tempo, excellent guitar and that zing which makes you jump up and take notice. The guitar riffs in the middle section make you wish you could play like that.
“In my dreams I am drowning all the time…” enough said.
WISH YOU WERE HERE – INCUBUS
The ultimate call, this song about diamond like oceans and happiness …makes you wish you were there. The poetic descriptions are the icing on the cake of the excellent guitar melody.
BLITZKREING BOP-THE RAMONES
The ramones has lyrics so stupid they were intelligent. Even my 5 year old brother knows ‘hi ho lets go……” that the tune is catchy is an understatement…its addictive!
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU –U2
U2 is an eternal favorite, they’ve yet to release a bad album and choosing just one song out of their big back catalogue is almost sacrilege, so i nominate “I still haven’t found to this list”
WICKED GAMES – CHRIS ISSAC
I was tempted to put its cover by HIM in the list but this list has enough solid covers to protect the white house, so the original forces its way in and stays there…brilliant song!
SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE – AUDIOLAVE
Its official audioslave are a superband…the output of rage against the machine and soundgarden, you cannot go wrong with this combo. They’ve proved already that this song wasn’t just a flash in the pan with their second album. This song is fucking brilliant!
“a nail in my hand from my creator…..you gave me a life now show me how to live….”
My apologies to kernkraft, blink182, linkin park ,and others for leaving them out of the list