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top 20 songs of all time
#41
only five tracks left now...

"WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN"

written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright in 1966 and presented to Percy Sledge just at the time when Sledge had broken up with his girlriend.
Sledge sang his broken heart out on this one as he let his lovelorn grief flow through his vocals.
rumour has it that Sledge changed a line here of there as he made it relevant to his own experience...
ive heard several versions of the song including Joe Cocker and Jimmy Barnes both of whom put their emotions into the song too but this heartbreaker of a song belongs to Mr Percy Sledge IMO
it absolutely conveys the message of heartbreak to a tee IMO



"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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#42
and then there were four....


"SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME"

written by Doc Pumus and Mort Shuman in early 1960 and recorded the same year by U.S r+b vocal group The Drifters...
according to the writers, the underlying story is about a disabled WWII vet who tells his woman that she is free to dance with other men at the saturday dance but must save the last dance of the evening for him...
The original version by Drifters features Ben E King on vocals and was one of the last vocal performances he gave to the group before venturing on a solo career...
its just one of those iconic songs from the early rock and roll days that embelishes everything that was a part of not only rock and roll but also that of 50s and 60s R+B.
the song itself has been recorded by countless artists and all versions i have heard are good but none come close to The drifters and the silky smooth vocals of Ben E King IMO



"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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#43
the eighteenth song on my list...


"AFRICA"

this one may shock some of you, or maybe not???


written by David Paich and Jeff Porcaro and released by american rock band Toto in 1982...
not exactly an anthem with fist pumping chorus lines, no real memorable guitar riffs or pounding drums but this one makes the cut
for the imagery it manages to paint with the lyrics, i mean you can feel the heat from the Serengeti, the wind as it rips down the slopes of Kilimanjaro and the humidity from the rains.
an absolute masterclass of songwriting on a level matched by few IMO



"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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#44
That's a surprise. Did not expect that one at all. One of my favourite tracks, along with Rosanna.
Somewhere between right and wrong there is a garden. I will meet you there - Rumi
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#45
down to the last two songs that make my top 20 list...


"ALWAYS ON MY MIND"

written in 1972 by Wayne Carson, Johnny Christopher and Mark James...
the perfect song of regret over a relationship that ended due to one's own fault....
originally recorded by Brenda Lee but her version wasnt the first to be released, that statistic goes to Gwen McRae and incidently, the track was the b-side of her "he's not you"....
Lee's version ended up being released shortly after but was only a minor hit, it was Presley's version that became a huge international hit and later Willie Nelson scored a big hit but the biggest hit version of all was a surprise version by UK synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys.
the song just has a beautiful tune and melody which at times hides the sad lyrics to the song, i know a lot of people that that think the song is actually a love song, and yes, it does sound like one (like "every breath you take") but the truth is the complete opposite and that is the reason the song makes the list...

i think Willie Nelson made the best version of the song



"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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#46
Should have anticipated the Bobskidoodle one - two hurricanes in one short list. Who'da thought?? Toto also makes it onto mine which is up to 114 now. LOL! Need to stop and start whittling it down one of these days. Will still never get to 20 though - that's for sure.
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
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#47
(27-04-2023, 16:25)Ruby Wrote: Should have anticipated the Bobskidoodle one - two hurricanes in one short list. Who'da thought?? Toto also makes it onto mine which is up to 114 now. LOL! Need to stop and start whittling it down one of these days. Will still never get to 20 though - that's for sure.

^^
looking forward to seeing some sort of list from you Ruby, should be interesting to say the least!

anyway,
the 20th song on my list, and the artist who has three entries,
no explanations for this one as i think we should all know the the relevance and influence this one had on the history of rock and roll and love or loathe Mr Zimmerman he is the greatest lyricist of all time bar none and arguably the most influential artiste in the music industry.





Once upon a time you dressed so fine
You threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People'd call, say, "Beware doll, you're bound to fall"
You thought they were all kiddin' you
You used to laugh about
Everybody that was hangin' out
Now you don't talk so loud
Now you don't seem so proud
About having to be scrounging for your next meal

How does it feel?
How does it feel
To be without a home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You've gone to the finest school all right, Miss Lonely
But you know you only used to get juiced in it
And nobody's ever taught you how to live out on the street
And now you're gonna have to get used to it
You said you'd never compromise
With the mystery tramp, but now you realize
He's not selling any alibis
As you stare into the vacuum of his eyes
And say do you want to make a deal?

How does it feel?
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
A complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

You never turned around to see the frowns on the jugglers and the clowns
When they all did tricks for you
You never understood that it ain't no good
You shouldn't let other people get your kicks for you
You used to ride on the chrome horse with your diplomat
Who carried on his shoulder a Siamese cat
Ain't it hard when you discover that
He really wasn't where it's at
After he took from you everything he could steal

How does it feel?
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?

Princess on the steeple and all the pretty people
They're all drinkin', thinkin' that they got it made
Exchanging all precious gifts
But you'd better take your diamond ring, you'd better pawn it babe
You used to be so amused
At Napoleon in rags and the language that he used
Go to him now, he calls you, you can't refuse
When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose
You're invisible now, you got no secrets to conceal

How does it feel
How does it feel
To be on your own
With no direction home
Like a complete unknown
Like a rolling stone?
"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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#48
Well done CH. Takes a while to weed them out! 

I'll do one, for fun, but be advised - it will not be objective - not even a tiny bit. Big Grin
"The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us." ~ Bill Watterson
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#49
looking forward to it Ruby...

im sure if i made a similar list this weekend it would be decidedly different in places.
"BTO....Bachman,Turner,Overweight
They were big in the 70s....for five minutes,on a Saturday,after lunch..."  -  Me 2014.


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#50
"When you ain't got nothing, you got nothing to lose" - always loved that line
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