Best song ever?

Now we have the worst song thread, how 'bout the best song.

I nominate:

Away From the Sun: 3 Doors Down

Smells Like Teen Spirit: Nirvana

Call Me When You’re Sober: Evansecence

Another One Bites The Dust: Queen

Ave Maria

It’s a tie:

Panis Angelicus


Tantum ergo.

I also have a fondness for “Stabat Mater” during Lent.

Runner up is Mozart’s “Ave Verum Corpus”.

Honorable Mention to “Halleluia Chorus” from Handel.

“Allelua” by Ralph Vaughn Williams.

Quatre Motets sur les themes Gregoriens by Durefle.

I’d probably go for Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen, much as I love Another One Bites the Dust as well.

Smells Like Teen Spirit is up there as well

Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis of course)

Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)

Let it Be (Beatles)

Several AC/DC contenders in there (have to fly the Aussie flag) - ‘Long Way to the Top’, ‘Thunderstruck’, ‘Highway to Hell’

The Foggy Dew


The Fields of Athenry by Dropkick Murphys no matter where they play it people love it. This is the best version that is on youtube.


The State of Massachusetts also by the Murphys

Of course I will venture a guess that most people would disagree with me.:slight_smile:

Ok, silly me, I was doing more hymns and sacred songs.

There are lots of great secular songs. . .some would argue "Greensleeves’ (which was known in Shakespeare’s times and is mentioned in one of his plays actually). . .

I’ve always been partial to “Sumer is acumin in, ludhe sing cuckoo” (a great Medieval ronde).

And opera. Nessin Dormi, for example, anything from Mozart.

Operetta too: It’s hard not to be nearly breathless at the wit and musicality of Gilbert and Sullivan’s work.

Broadway: Lerner and Lowe, Rogers and Hart, Rogers and Hammerstein.

Gershwin’s "Porgy and Bess’ --not just Summertime, gorgeous as it is, but the swingy “It Ain’t necessarily so”. . .

Cole Porter at his peak. . .

Can’t get into Andrew Lloyd Weber that much but Stephen Sondheim can be quite mysterious and deep.

Gospel and early American music, vocal and instrumental.

Irving Berlin–a prodigy.

Of the pop tunes, the earliest work of Lennon/McCartney I prefer to the more ‘self-absorbed’ and experimental (not to mention drug-addled) later works. . .

Love to play Marvin Hamlishes’ “The Entertainer”. For that matter, ragtime works from the period as well.

Arlo Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land”. . .

Lots of great stuff. . .

I have to do this by genre:
Rock: Steppenwolf: Born to be Wild
Classic Rock: Buddy Holly: Peggy Sue
Surf: The Beach Boys: Barbara Ann
Bossa Nova: Astrud Gilberto: The Girl from Ipanema
Pop Vocal (female): Peggy Lee: Fever
Pop Vocal (male): Sinatra: I’ve Got You Under My Skin
Pop Instrumental: The Theme from Peter Gunn
Big Band: Benny Goodman: Sing, Sing, Sing
Cajun: Beausoleil: Sophie
Motown: Otis Reading: Sitting on the Dock of the Bay
Musical: (from Porgy and Bess) Summertime
Jazz: (any version): St. Louis Blues or Take Five (a tie!)
One Hit Wonder: The Standells: Dirty Water
Rhythm & Blues: Ray Charles: What’d I Say?
Country: Walkin’ After Midnight

Teen spirit is my ring tone. Deffinatly one of the best songs of the past 20 years. We havn’t seen one like this in a while now it seems. I also like Through the fire and the flames. Karma Police is a good one. Wonderwall is also great.

Teen Spirit


Through the fire and the flames

Karma Police

Even Flow

Sweet Home Alabama

Like PoliSciProf, by genre…
Blues: Little Milton - The Blues Is Alright!
Calypso: David Rudder - High Mas
Country: Johnny Cash - One Piece at a Time
Electronic: Ladytron - Evil
Goth: Sisters of Mercy - First And Last And Always and Siouxsie and the Banshees - Turn To Stone
Funk: Parliament - Dr Funkenstein
Hip-hop: Blue Scholars - Ordinary Guy and Sir Mixalot - Bremelo
Industrial: Eisbrecher - Vergissmeinnicht
Irishpunk: The Pogues - I’m a Man You Don’t Meet Every Day
Jazzpop: Herbie Hancock - Rockit
Madchester: James - Johnny Yen
Metal: GWAR - Nitro Burning Funny Bong
Mittelalterrock: Subway to Sally - Unentdecktes Land
New Wave: Blondie - Atomic and Talking Heads - Heaven
No Wave: Lydia Lunch - Spooky
Postmodern Honky Blasphemy: John R. Butler - The Hand of the Almighty (runner-up: She Came On to Me, same arteest)
Protopunk: Iggy Pop - The Passenger
Punk: The Ramones - Poison Heart and The World/Inferno Friendship Society - Heart Attack '64
Rock: Elvis Costello - Radio Radio and David Bowie - The Man Who Sold The World
Shoegaze: The Jesus and Mary Chain - Between Planets

Dream Theater - A Change of Seasons

23 minutes and 5 seconds of pure musical genius. :slight_smile:

Ok, “secular” in no particular order…

“Questions” The Moody Blues

“Early Morning Rain”, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and “Carefree Highway” by Gordon Lightfoot

“Hotel California” and “Take it Easy” by The Eagles

“Like a Rock” and “Strut” Bob Seeger

“Legs” ZZ Top

“That’s Be the Day” Buddy Holly and the Crickets

“La Bamba” Richie Valens(uela)

“Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones (the bayonet-charge song of the British Invasion)

“Folsom Prison Blues” and “Ring of Fire” Johnny Cash

“Here Comes the Sun” The Beatles

“One” U2

“We Won’t Get Fooled Again” The Who

Mirdath, are you just making up some of those genres? C’mon! Shoegaze? :stuck_out_tongue: :wink: :smiley:

Look it up :slight_smile:

And Postmodern Honky Blasphemy is in fact what John R. Butler (the man hisself) claims to play.

Happy Birthday.

At least until you turn 50.

Postmodern Honky Blasphemy :rotfl: :rotfl:

Gosh, Cat, I look at it in an opposite way.

AFTER 50, if you DON’T hear “Happy Birthday”–what’s the alternative?



I’ll cheerfully take all the Happy Birthdays the Good Lord sees fit to send me.

Sweet Chil o’ Mine/Gun’s n’ Roses
Enter Sandman/Metallica
Links 234/Rammstein
Hier Kommt Alex/Die Toten Hosen
Heirate Mich/Rammstein
Battle Without Honor or Humanity
Stranglehold/Ted Nugent
Ain’t no love in the heart of the city/Bobby Blue Bland
Rock you like a hurrican/Scorpions
Bullet the blue sky/U2
Sad but true/Metallica
Don’t let me be misunderstood/Santa Esmiralda

“A Love Supreme” by the John Coltrane Quartet


Would that be the long version, the very long version or the extremely long version? :slight_smile:

Savoy Truffle - The Beatles

:harp: :heaven:

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