Doing the Steely Dan poll (inspired by Record Show rookie, Scott B., who attempted to buy every Steely Dan LP he could lay hands on), and enjoying many of your comments, I gathered that, like me, many of you had a defining song that you felt was the band’s best. At least, the song chosen was your favorite.

For Steely Dan, as previously stated, I think “Reeling In The Years” was the band’s best overall achievement. I even enjoy “Do It Again” better than anything that came after it. Many of you went elsewhere.

Of course, we can debate this all day (and I really wish life allowed those pleasures), but I thought we could expand a bit and tell each other which song by any band best represents that band.

It’s an anything goes kind of discussion. It might get really interesting if one attempted an ambitious route by choosing the suggested best song by, say, The Rolling Stones, which I’ll do in a bit. But even should you choose a Beatles (“Hey Jude”), a Who (“Baba O’Riley”) a Led Zeppelin (“Black Dog”), a Wishbone Ash (“Ballad Of The Beacon”), or even an Aerosmith (“Train Kept A Rollin'”), it should be quite fun to read the chosen song(s).

Do as many as you want to do.

As for my all-time favorite Rolling Stones song, it’s “Tumbling Dice” from Exile On Main Street.

And yours is/are?

By MARowe

12 thoughts on “The Best Songs”
  1. “Tumbling Dice” is hard to beat but for the Stones I’d go with “Gimme Shelter”
    Heres the rest of my selections:
    Beatles “A Day In The Life”
    Who “Won’t Get Folled Again”
    Zeppelin “Rock N Roll”
    AC/DC “Back in Black”
    Rush “Limelight”
    U2 “Bad”
    Queen “Don’t Stop Me Now”
    Pink Floyd “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”
    The Cure “Fascination Street”
    Siouxsie and the Banshees “The Killing Jar”
    Bauhaus “She’s In Parties”

  2. OK, I’m not going to over-think this one…

    The Beatles – I Am the Walrus
    The Rolling Stones – Sympathy for the Devil
    The Who – Won’t Get Fooled Again
    The Kinks – You Really Got Me
    The Beach Boys – I Get Around
    The Byrds – Eight Miles High
    Jethro Tull – Bouree
    Pink Floyd – One of These Days
    Steely Dan – Show Biz Kids
    Led Zeppelin – Rock and Roll
    Neil Young – Powderfinger
    The Mamas and the Papas – Monday Monday
    Traffic – The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
    Cream – Badge
    U2 – When Love Comes to Town
    I’m just trying to fill up the Internet here…

  3. Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
    A somewhat atypical song from the Stones who’s title relates a philosophy that seems to ring true throughout one’s entire life.

    Beatles – “Penny Lane”
    The Doors – “L.A. Woman”
    The Who – “Can You See The Real Me”
    Bob Seger – “Mainstreet”
    Echo amp; The Bunnymen – “All That Jazz”
    The Clash – “The Magnificent Seven”

  4. I don’t think I could do this – any band that I could think of to list would have multiple songs that I think of as their best. Couldn’t pick just one….

    1. I knew someone would come to the defense of Argus (which I love, throughout). I’m surprised that no one has knee’d me for the exclusion of “Phoenix”.

  5. For now:

    Alan Parsons – Turn of a Friendly Card
    Alanis Morissette – Nothing in Return
    Animals – We Gotta Get Out of This Place
    Beach Boys – California Girls
    Beatles – Hey Jude
    Billy Joel – An Innocent Man
    Bob Seger – Like a Rock
    Cars – Touch and Go
    Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4
    Doobie Brothers – Black Water
    Eagles – Hotel California
    Eric Burdon amp; the Animals – Anything
    Eric Clapton – Layla
    Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon
    George Harrison – My Sweet Lord
    Guess Who – American Woman
    Heart – Dog amp; Butterfly
    Joe Walsh – Rocky Mountain Way
    John Lennon – Imagine
    Kinks – Rock and Roll Fantasy
    Led Zeppelin – The Rain Song
    Moody Blues – Question
    Neil Young – Harvest Moon
    Paul McCartney – Tug of War
    Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
    Queen – Somebody to Love
    Ringo Starr – I Don’t Come Easy
    Rolling Stones – Start Me Up
    Shakira – Something
    Styx – Crystal Ball
    Supertramp – It’s Raining Again
    Van Halen – Jamie’s Crying
    Who – Love, Rein O’er Me
    Yes – Tempus Fugit
    Z.Z. Top – I Thank You

  6. Stones 60’s – “It’s All Over Now”
    Stones 70’s – “Miss You”
    Beatles – “Nowhere Man”
    Beach Boys – “The Little Girl I Once Knew” (the single that should have told you something was up)

  7. No way I can even get my mind around this exercise. On any given day I could make a case for a dozen songs from any of these supergroups depending on my mood.
    I’ll mention a few though….
    Hendrix – All Along The Watchtower
    Boston – Hitch A Ride
    AC/DC – Night Prowler
    The Doors – The End
    U2 – Bad
    Judas Priest – Victim Of Changes (unleashed in the east version)
    Supertramp – Oh Darling
    Eagles – The Last Resort

    I will stop there.

  8. Interesting topic…
    Elton John – Belfast
    Rolling Stones – Dead Flowers
    Beatles – While my guitar gently weeps
    Hendrix – Angel
    Eagles – Desperado
    Dylan – Love Minus Zero/No Limit
    Alison Krauss – Gravity
    Janis Ian – I am the One
    Allman Brothers – In memory of Elizabeth Reed
    The Band – 4% Pantomime
    Beach Boys – Surfer Girl
    Billy Joel – Scenes from an Italian Movie
    Dire Straits – Brothers in Arms
    Bon Jovi – Dry Country
    Porcupine Tree – Open Car
    Tom Waits – Ruby’s Arms

    And boy, do I have a ton more… this is just too wide a subject. I have 1710 tracks on my Favourites playlist on my Rock iPod!

  9. U2: Where the Streets Have No Name (the best song ever recorded in the history of Man)
    The Beatles: A Day in the Life
    Coldplay: Clocks
    Prince: It
    Radiohead: Fake Plastic Trees
    Nine Inch Nails: Closer
    Duran Duran: The Reflex
    Kings of Leon: Sex on Fire
    Led Zeppelin: Kashmir
    Billy Joel: Pressure
    The Police: Synchronicity II
    Aerosmith: Sweet Emotion
    Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A.
    Elton John: Rocket Man
    The Doors: Break on Through
    The Rolling Stones: Sympathy for the Devil
    Jesus Jones: Who? Where? Why?
    Nirvana: Come as You Are
    Pearl Jam: Corduroy
    R.E.M.: Losing My Religion (ask me tomorrow, though, and I might say “It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)’)
    The Who: Baba O’Riley
    Van Halen: Panama
    Queen: One Vision
    Fleetwood Mac: Sara
    AC/DC: Thunderstruck
    Billy Idol: Rebel Yell
    INXS: New Sensation
    Kenny Loggins: Meet Me Halfway
    Men at Work: Overkill
    Smashing Pumpkins: 1979

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