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    The Writing Forums Top 100 songs of all time.

    And here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for (well about maybe a dozen of you anyway ), The most popular songs in all of WF land. There were a lot of tiebreakers and the top two choices were no exception. Both American Pie and Spider’s Web made it on two tops tens with an equal number of points. American Pie won out because it ranked higher in its year survey (1971) than Spider’s Web (2006) did. Simon and Garfunkel did well on this survey and almost had the number one song until somebody changed his vote on me . As it is, they were very well represented as were The Beatles. Other artists with multiple songs in the top 100 include Queen with three as well as Judas Priest, The Hollies, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, The Carpenters, Nazareth, and Radiohead with two each.

    So without further adieu, here is the list…

    1. American Pie- Don McLean
    2. Spider’s Web- Katie Melua
    3. The Boxer- Simon and Garfunkel
    4. Memory- Elaine Page (From Cats)
    5. Strawberry Fields Forever-The Beatles
    6. Get Back- The Beatles
    7. Albatross- Fleetwood Mac
    8. Girl-The Beatles
    9. Painkiller- Judas Priest
    10. Summertime- Billie Holiday
    11. Don’t Stop Me Now- Queen
    12. Tower of Strength- The Mission UK
    13. The Sound of Silence- Disturbed
    14. Mr. Bad Example- Warren Zevon
    15. America the Beautiful- Ray Charles
    16. Farewell to Tarwaithe- Judy Collins
    17. Haeden- A Hill To Die Upon
    18. The Weight- The Band
    19. Sunshine Superman- Donovan
    20. Eloise- Barry Ryan
    21. Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress- The Hollies
    22. If You Could Read My Mind- Gordon Lightfoot
    23. I Heard It Through the Grapevine- Creedence Clearwater Revival
    24. Worlock- Skinny Puppy
    25. Blue Ain’t Your Color- Keith Urban
    26. Southern Cross- Crosby Stills and Nash
    27. Left Hand Path- Entombed
    28. Gethsemane(I Only Want To Say)- From Jesus Christ Superstar
    29. Trouser Minnow- Rapeman
    30. Star Pilot- Saint
    31. Where Dead Angels Lie- Dissection
    32. All Along the Watchtower- Jimi Hendrix
    33. Lullabye- The Cure
    34. Roundabout- Yes
    35. Amsterdam- Jacques Brel
    36. I Got You Babe- Sonny and Cher
    37. Imagine- John Lennon
    38. Tennessee Whiskey- Chris Stapleton
    39. Green Tambourine- Lemon Pipers
    40. A Fine Time To Die- Bathory
    41. Kentucky Avenue- Tom Waits
    42. Where Roses Grow- Rez Band
    43. So Beautiful- Simply Red
    44. So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)- REM
    45. Yesterday- The Beatles
    46. Nightcrawler- Judas Priest
    47. Me and Bobby McGee- Janis Joplin
    48. Goodbye To Love- Carpenters
    49. Someone Saved My Life Tonight- Elton John
    50. Caroline- Concrete Blonde
    51. Hair of the Dog- Nazareth
    52. We’ve Only Just Begun- Carpenters
    53. Jesamine- The Casuals
    54. House of the Rising Sun- Nina Simone
    55. Whateryadoin- Qui
    56. Dead By Dawn- Decide
    57. Fade To Black- Metallica
    58. All the Young Dudes- Mott the Hoople
    59. Green River- Creedence Clearwater Revival
    60. Frozen-Madonna
    61. The Air That I Breathe- Hollies
    62. The Rake’s Song- The Decemberists
    63. Beth- Kiss
    64. Living in a Box- Living in a Box
    65. Kandi- One Eskimo
    66. Here Comes the Sun- The Beatles
    67. Stargazer- Rainbow
    68. Navajo Rug- Ian Tyson
    69. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence- Tim Bushong
    70. Tangled Up In Blue- Bob Dylan
    71. Fake Plastic Trees- Radiohead
    72. Search and Destroy- Iggy and the Stooges
    73. Night in White Satin- Moody Blues
    74. Schism- Tool
    75. Money- Barrett Strong
    76. You Really Got a Hold On Me- Miracles
    77. More Than a Feeling- Boston
    78. You’re My Best Friend- Queen
    79. My Love- Paul McCartney and Wings
    80. Secret Garden- Bruce Springsteen
    81. Shine On You Crazy Diamond- Pink Floyd
    82. The Parable of the Singing Ringing Tree- The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus
    83. Lonely Street- Willie Nelson
    84. Who Wants To Live Forever- Queen
    85. Do You Realize- Flaming Lips
    86. Baker Street- Gerry Rafferty
    87. Lady Marmalade- LaBelle
    88. Color My World- Chicago
    89. Love Hurts- Nazareth
    90. Sunshine On My Shoulders- John Denver
    91. Red House- Jimi Hendrix
    92. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning- Richard Thompson
    93. Bergtrollets Hevn-Gogoroth
    94. Stories I Tell- Toad the Wet Sprocket
    95. Sketches- Dan Fogelberg
    96. Divine Darkness- Crimson Moonlight
    97. Karma Police- Radiohead
    98. My Girl- The Temptations
    99. That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore- Smiths
    100. In the Air Tonight- Phil Collins

    The Honorable Mentions

    Those that received votes but didn’t make the top 100

    Mamma Mia- ABBA (Harper J Cole)
    Rolling in the Deep-Adele (Ma’am)
    (Antichrist Television Blues)- Arcade Fire (Badhouses)
    Shores in Flames- Bathory (Arrow in the Bow of the Lord)
    Wonderful Life- Black (Biro)
    Don’t Fear the Reaper- Blue Oyster Cult (Pelwrath)
    Life On Mars- David Bowie (Musty)
    The Last Cowboy Song- Ed Bruce (midnightpoet)
    Blue- Patsy Cline (Ma’am)
    Amazing Grace- Judy Collins (Trollheart)
    La Marseillaise- Claude de Lisle (Harper J. Cole)
    Cracklin Rosie- Neil Diamond (Pelwrath)
    The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face- Roberta Flack (midnightpoet)
    Ripple- The Grateful Dead (Irwin)
    Little Wing- Jimi Hendrix (Irwin)
    Don’t Stop Believing- Journey (Trollheart)
    Carry On Wayward Son- Kansas (Pelwrath)
    Time (Time 1 Complitation)- Phil Keaggy (Arrow in the Bow of the Lord)
    This Road Goes On Forever- Robert Earl Keen (midnightpoet)
    The Invisible Guests- King Diamond (Born For Burning)
    Castles in the Air- Don McLean (Jen the Pen)
    Bad Woman- Motorhead (Born For Burning)
    Iron Sky- Paolo Nutini (Jen the Pen)
    Wish You Were Here- Pink Floyd (Ditchweed)
    Fairytale of New York- Pogues and Kirsty MacColl (Harper J Cole)
    Pandora’s Box- Procol Harum (Badhouses)
    Go With the Flow- Queens of the Stone Age (Badhouses)
    Tumblin Dice- The Rolling Stones (Irwin)
    Witch Hunt- Rush (Ditchweed)
    The Sounds of Silence (1964)- Simon and Garfunkel (PiP)
    Hold On- Peter Skellern (Biro)
    Total Eclipse of the Heart- Bonnie Tyler (Ma’am)
    La Bamba- Richie Valens (PiP)
    She’s Not There- The Zombies (Musty)
    Show No Mercy- Zyklon B Warfare (Born For Burning)

    (in no particular order)

    Forever Autumn/Thunderchild (Justin Hayward) The War of the Worlds in Concert- Jeff Wayne
    That’ll Be the Day- Buddy Holly and the Crickets
    Peggy Sue- Buddy Holly
    Copperhead Road- Steve Earle
    Tonight We Ride- Tom Russell
    My Hometown- Charles Robison
    Walking in Memphis- Marc Cohn
    See the Elephant- James McMurty
    Roll Over Beethoven- Chuck Berry
    Island in the Sun- Harry Belafonte
    Bad Moon Rising- Credence Clearwater Revival
    Midnight Special- Leadbelly
    Church- Lyle Lovett
    Runaway- Del Shannon

    So there are all the songs that were mentioned this year. Hope everyone had a good 2019 and wishes to all for a great 2020.
    Last edited by mrmustard615; January 1st, 2020 at 10:03 PM. Reason: extra comma
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    I find my taste is remarkably in sync.


    My Top 10 'writing inspirations.'

    The Queen catalogue
    Most Jazz
    J M Jarre
    Isao Tomita
    Some of Yes
    Some of Rick Wakeman
    Deep Purple
    Parody/comedy numbers
    Tarkus ELP
    Year of The Cat album

    I have not numbered them as their popularity changes with my mood.

    I also recommend Latino Hip Hop.

    I have a PSA. Do not listen to the single version of 'I want it all' by Queen loudly while driving. Just don't...

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    Goodness, Musty. That's quite a list to work through and a lot of work. It's interesting to see Katie Melua at #2 . ... and I love Albatross so pleased the track made it to the top ten. Not sure about American Pie as the winner (but then I'm not an american so the meaning of the words are lost on me )
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    American Pie was a huge hit in the US in late 1971,early 1972. It was something like eight minutes long so it was split on both sides of the single. It was essentially a primer of the history of rock up to that point mentioning references to the Beatles and Stones in particular, but the essence of the main theme, The Day the Music Died, was centered around the Buddy Holly plane crash. I'm not sure but I think it was the top selling single of 1972 in the States.
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    Needs more Quo.

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    Jefferson Airplane didn't even make it? Wow...
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    Well, if some people had supplied their top tens when they had the chance...
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