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Ethan’s Top 10 Songs

If you’ve already read my favorite albums list, you know that I found coming up with a list of top ten favorite albums pretty difficult. Yeah. It was much harder to come up with ten favorite tracks. There are simply too many good songs to choose from, and I love so many different genres. Well, despite that, here it is, some of my favorite songs of all time.

My criteria was that I could pick only one song per artist (if other tracks from that artist were close, I list them as “also considered”), and covers were definitely allowed, but only if they are not “standards,” such as material from The Great American Songbook, traditional hymns (my actual favorite composition of all time is “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” and both Eden’s Bridge and Enya have beautiful renditions of that), etc.

Format for listing songs: Artist, Title, Year Released, Genre, Runtime, Writer(s), Producer(s)

Top 10 Songs

10. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, “Seven Hillsides,” 1999, Progressive Bluegrass/Bluegrass Gospel, 5:18, Walt Wilkins and Ricky Skaggs, Ricky Skaggs
Also considered: “Halfway Home Cafe,” “Joshua Generation,” “My Father’s Son,” and “Soldier of the Cross”

9. Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” 1975, Progressive Rock, 5:57, Freddie Mercury, Queen and Roy Thomas Baker

8. Black Sabbath; “War Pigs/Luke’s Wall;” 1970; Heavy Metal; 7:58; Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward; Rodger Bain
Also considered: “After Forever”

7. Rush; “Freewill;” 1980; Progressive Rock; 5:23; Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, and Alex Lifeson; Rush and Terry Brown

6. Metallica; “Welcome Home (Sanitarium);” 1986; Heavy Metal/Thrash Metal; 6:27; James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and Kirk Hammett; Metallica and Flemming Rasmussen
Also considered: “…And Justice for All,” “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” “Leper Messiah,” “Master of Puppets,” “One,” and “The Unforgiven”

5. Frank Sinatra, “Ebb Tide,” 1958, Vocal Jazz/Traditional Pop, 3:18, Robert Maxwell and Carl Sigman, Dave Cavanaugh

4. Lynyrd Skynyrd, “Simple Man,” 1973, Southern Rock, 5:57, Ronnie Van Zant and Gary Rossington, Al Kooper

3. The Beach Boys, “Good Vibrations,” 1966, Psychedelic Pop, 3:35, Brian Wilson and Mike Love, Brian Wilson

2. Bob Dylan, “Tangled Up in Blue,” 1975, Folk Rock, 5:42, Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan
Also considered: “Slow Train”

1. Keith Green; “Your Love Broke Through;” 1977; Christian Contemporary Music/Folk Rock; 3:29; Keith Green, Randy Stonehill, and Todd Fishkind; Keith Green and Bill Maxwell

Top 5 Honorable Mentions

5. The White Stripes, “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do as You’re Told),” 2007, Blues Rock, 3:54, Jack White, Jack White
Also considered: “Ball and Biscuit” and “I Don’t Know What to Do with Myself”

4. The Who, “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” 1971, Hard Rock, 8:32, Pete Townshend, The Who and Glyn Johns

3. The Beatles, “Revolution,” 1968, Hard Rock, 3:25, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, George Martin
Also considered: “Blackbird,” “Eleanor Rigsby,” “Helter Skelter,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and “Hey Jude”

2. Led Zeppelin; “When the Levee Breaks;” 1971; Hard Rock/Blues Rock; 7:08; Memphis Minnie, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones; Jimmy Page
Also considered: “Immigrant Song”

1. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “All Along the Watchtower,” 1968, Psychedelic Rock/Blues Rock, 4:01, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix

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