It has been a long while since my last blog post and so much has happened in this unintentional 10 month hiatus but rather than jump straight into it and pulling a blog hamstring by dumping all my musings from the last little while in one post, I thought I’d ease in with something a little different. Those of you who grew up in the late 90’s/early 00’s will have belted this Tenacious D classic many a time as you tried to copy Jack Blacks “Rig-a-goo-goo’s” word perfect, sadly the focus of this blog is not the content of the song tribute but rather about what it is alluding to… The greatest song in the world.
Over the last 6 months I have been attempting to compile a list of my all time favourite songs so I thought it’d be fun to put these down on paper and say a little bit about why I think they deserve to be called a classic and in some cases I will attempt to justify what may seem like insane choices. Here goes in no particular order;
- U2 – With or Withour You / Absolute classic! Simple chord progression with a sweet electric ringing out and the belter at the end, you know the one that goes “Woooooaaahhhhh Wooooooaaahhhh Woooooaaaahhh Oh!” and that’s not even mentioning the intricate lyrics that mean something different every time you listen to them.
- Toto – Africa / This one is not your typical classic but hear me out. It’s just so damn good! I challenge you to listen to it without having the intro of “do dodo do do do doooo” stuck in your head for roughly a millennium afterwards.
- Elton John – Your Song / No explanation needed, if you don’t consider this a classic your wrong or deaf… or both.
- Tracy Chapman – Fast Car / Solid and beautiful guitar throughout coupled with raw authentic lyrics is a sure fire recipe for a classic.
- The Beatles – Let It Be / Lennon/McCartney only produce classics and this is them at their best. Its amazing how they can make something so anthemic sound so personal.
- Johnny Cash & June Carter – Jackson / Another non-typical for this type of list but a classic nonetheless. For me the twangy riff personified classic country as does June’s southern drawl, mix all of that with the powerhouse that is Johnny’s voice and you can see why it can be argued into this list.
- Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight / Moody, heavy/crunchy guitar and a signature drum fill… nuff said.
- Billy Joel – She’s Always a Woman / One of the most beautiful love songs written. Something just really resonates about the fact that he can see that his SO is flawed greatly but being aware that he is completely blinded to all the imperfections.
- John Denver – Take Me Home, Country Roads / Another classic, very few songs paint a picture using lyrics in such a way as this. The vividness of the lyrics and passion of voice almost transports you to West Virginia.
- Elvis Presley – Cant Help Falling in Love / Often included in these lists but pegged as a bit of a cliche. When you think about it there is no way this is a cliche as this was one of the first to use all the beautiful phrases and lines that are now so overused.
That’s all for now but don’t worry I’ll be back and working my way to 100 shortly.