All-time Favourite Songs (sorted into tiers) - UPDATED:

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  • TOP TEN

  • Beatles - Let It Be - the most beautiful song ever ?
  • Free - Be My Friend (BBC Sessions version) - Paul Rodgers has the best-ever blues voice.
  • Velvet Underground - Pale Blue Eyes - almost as good as Let It Be
  • Cockney Rebel - Cavaliers (this is truly great) - from the album 'Psychomodo' (1975)
  • Procol Harem - A Whiter Shade of Pale (atmospheric)
  • T. Rex - Jeepster - great dance music from the seventies, this rocks !
  • Al Green - Tired Of Being Alone - is this the best soul song ever ?
  • The Who - Baba O’Reilly (teenage wasteland)
  • Rod Stewart - Maggie May/Reason To Believe (from my schooldays)
  • Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The UK (never did more energy permeate a song)
  • TIER 1

  • Beatles - All My Loving
  • Beatles – Help
  • Beatles - Hey Jude
  • Bob Dylan - Positively 4th Street
  • Bob Marley - Don't Rock The Boat (the anguish in his voice)
  • Buzzcocks - Love You More
  • Dave Edmonds - Girls Talk (written by Elvis Costello)
  • David Bowie - Five Years
  • David Bowie - Modern Love
  • Dead or Alive - You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
  • Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms
  • Echo & The Bunnymen - The Back Of Love
  • Elvis Costello - Miracle Man
  • Elvis Costello - No Action
  • Eric Clapton/Derek and the Dominos - Bell Bottom Blues (flip side to the single Layla) - brilliant
  • Freda Payne – Band Of Gold
  • Free - Guardian Of The Universe
  • Free - Moonshine (from the 'Free Live' album)
  • Free - Only My Soul
  • Free - Woman
  • Human League - Don’t You Want Me
  • Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A-Comin
  • Jimi Hendrix - Hey Joe
  • John Lennon – Imagine
  • Madonna - Borderline (great voice)
  • Magazine - The Light Pours Out Of Me (great title too)
  • MUSE - Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist
  • MUSE - Citezen Erased
  • MUSE - Time Is Running Out
  • Neil Young - After The Goldrush
  • Neil Young - Hurricane (the unplugged version)
  • Neil Young - Tell Me Why
  • New Order - Everything's Gone Green (this band redefined dance music)
  • New Order – Subculture
  • New Order - Temptation
  • Norman Greenbaum - Spirit In The Sky
  • Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness
  • Peter Hammill - In The End
  • Peter Hammill (with Van Der Graaf Generator) - La Rossa (from the Still life album)
  • Peter Hammill (with Van Der Graaf Generator) - Man-Erg (from the Pawn Hearts album)
  • Pulp - Common People
  • Rolling Stones - Angie (Jagger at his best)
  • Roy Wood – Forever
  • Stiff Little Fingers - Johnny Was
  • Stiff Little Fingers - Tin Soldiers
  • Television - Marquee Moon
  • The Clash - Death or Glory
  • The Cure - Catch
  • The Only Ones - Another Girl Another Planet
  • Velvet Underground - I’m Waiting For The Man
  • TIER 2

  • 10 cc - I’m Not In Love
  • 10 cc - The FIlm Of My Love
  • Andrew Gold - Never Let Her Slip Away (I love this)
  • Bad Company - Shooting Star
  • Barry Manilow - Magic
  • Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There
  • Black Eyed Peas - Where Is The Love
  • Bob Dylan – Blowin’ In The Wind
  • Bob Dylan - He Was A Friend Of Mine
  • Bob Dylan - Jack Of Hearts
  • Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone
  • Cream - Badge
  • Culture Club - Karma Chameleon
  • David Bowie - China Girl
  • Deep Purple - Child In Time
  • Dion - Born To Be With You
  • Edgar Broughton Band - Evenings Over Rooftops
  • Elvis Costello - Accidents Will Happen (the live version released as a single).
  • Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds
  • Elvis Presley - Until It's Time For You To Go
  • Eminem - Stan
  • Eric Clapton/Derek and the Dominos - Layla
  • Free - Mourning Sad Morning
  • Free - My Brother Jake
  • Free - Oh I Wept
  • George Harrison - My Sweet Lord
  • Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive
  • Hot Chocolate - Emma
  • Jimi Hendrix - Come On (let the good times roll), from the 'electric ladyland' album.
  • Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - Coma Girl
  • Joy Division - Sound Of Music
  • Kinks - Lola
  • Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Haven
  • Madonna - La Isla Bonita
  • Oasis - Wonderwall
  • P.M. Dawn - Looking Through Patient Eyes
  • Paul Rodgers - Heart Of Fire (from the album "Now")
  • Peter Hammill - (No More) The Sub-Mariner
  • Peter Hammill - Ophelia (Live version from 'Typical')
  • Peter Hammill (with Van Der Graaf Generator) - Lost
  • Peter Hammill (with Van Der Graaf Generator) - Pilgrims (from the Still life album)
  • Queen - Who Wants To Live Forever
  • Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (this rocks)
  • Rolling Stones - Heart Of Stone
  • Rolling Stones - Rocks Off
  • Rolling Stones - Sitting On A Fence
  • Seal - Crazy
  • Seal/Adamski - Killer (great dance music from the eighties)
  • Smokey Robinson - The Tears Of A Clown
  • Snoop Doggy Dogg - For All My Niggaz & Bitches
  • Soft Cell - Bedsitter
  • Stan Webb's Chicken Shack - Poor Boy, from the 1973 album 'Imagination Lady' - still gigging.
  • Steely Dan - Do It Again
  • Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra
  • The Clash - Bankrobber (the best punk pop ?)
  • The Clash - Clampdown
  • The Clash - Complete Control
  • The Clash - Rudie Can't Fail
  • The Flaming Lips - Do You Realise ?
  • The Only Ones - Lovers Of Today (great band-name)
  • The Rezillos - Flying Saucer Attack
  • The Who – Bargain
  • The Who – See Me Feel Me
  • The Who - Won’t Get Fooled Again
  • Todd Rundgren - Hello It's Me
  • Uriah Heep - July Morning
  • Van Morrison - Spanish Rose
  • TIER 3

  • Al Green - For The Good Times
  • Bad Company - Can’t Get Enough
  • Beatles - I’ll Get You (I love this)
  • Billie Ray Martin - Your Loving Arms
  • Bob Dylan - A Hard Rains A-Gonna Fall
  • Bone Thugs-‘n-Harmony - Tha’ Crossroads
  • Boomtown Rats - I Don’t Like Mondays
  • Chicken Shack - Daughter of The Hillside
  • Coolio - Gangsta’s Paradise
  • Creedence Clearwater Revivial - Have You Ever Seen The Rain ?
  • Dr. Hook - Sylvia's Mother
  • Echo & The Bunnymen - The Cutter
  • Elvis Presley - Don’t Be Cruel
  • Elvis Presley - Rags To Riches
  • Family – Burlesque (this rocks)
  • Flaming Groovies - Shake Some Action
  • Fleetwood Mac - Man Of The World
  • Fleetwood Mac - Oh Well
  • Fleetwood Mac - The Green Manalishi (With The Two Pronged Crown)
  • Grand Funk Railroad - Inside Looking Out
  • Human League - Seconds
  • Iggy Pop – Passenger
  • James Taylor - You’ve Got A Friend
  • Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
  • Jonathan Richman - Angels Watching Over Me (truly unique)
  • Limahl - Never Ending Story
  • Lou Reed – Walk On The Wild Side
  • Magazine - Touch and Go
  • Melanie Safka - Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)
  • Mick Jagger (solo) - Memo From Turner
  • Moody Blues - Nights In White Satin
  • M-People - Search For The Hero
  • Nazareth - Broken Down Angel
  • Paul McCartney - Maybe I'm Amazed
  • Peter Hammill (with Van Der Graaf Generator) – Afterwards
  • Peter Hammill (with VDGG) - Childlike Faith In Childhood's End (from the Still life album)
  • Pink Floyd - Astronomy Domine
  • Prince - 1999
  • Radiohead - No Surprises
  • Radiohead - Paranoid Android
  • Roberta Flack - First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  • Sex Pistols - Somethin’ Else
  • Simon & Garfunkel - Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • Sinead O’Connor - Nothing Compares To You (written by Prince)
  • Status Quo - Paper Plane
  • Stevie Wonder – Lately
  • Stevie Wonder - Stay Gold (theme from the film ‘The Outsiders’)
  • Stiff Little Fingers - Suspect Device
  • The Smiths - How Soon Is Now
  • The Smiths - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out
  • This Mortal Coil - Song To The Siren
  • Velvet Underground - Heroin
  • Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You
  • X-Ray Spex - The Day The World Turned Day-Glo
Author Comments: 

I have placed the top ten in (approximate) order of favouritabilitythinginousness, but the remainder I can only sort into tiers.
Hopefuly, this willl eventually lead to a full sorting in sequence.

These are all favourites that I absolutely love, and not just songs that I happen to like.
I love music, so there are so many, and I shall add more as they occur to me.

UPDATED: 10-March-2007 &nbsp
The top ten remain in order, but I've re-sequenced the other tiers into alphabetical order (by Artist) to make it more readable.
I've also added some additional songs from my current obsesssion - MUSE. &nbsp
Recent additions are highlighted in yellow.

UPDATED: 06-August 2006

UPDATED: 24-February-2005

UPDATED: 02-April-2005

Everytime I listen to Derek & The Domino's Greatest Hits, I think of how great Bellbottom Blues is. Nice work with getting some new wave bands in there also!

You might want to toss a note in there that Hey Joe was done greatly, although not written by Jimi Hendrix. I've heard other bands sing it, and they are all really bland versions.


Jimi had a greatly underrated . . . voice.


Fans of 'Hey Joe' might like to check out songs by Free such as 'Be My Friend', 'Woman', and 'Oh I Wept'. Similar to Hey Joe in pace and atmosphere, with similar restrained (great) guitar work from Paul Kossoff, but also with the fantastic vocals of Paul Rodgers added.

A great list. There are three songs I really like:
1. I will survive
2. Let It Be
3. Imagine

How Soon is Now by the Smiths is a great song..one of the best of the 80's!!

No argument from me - it's on my list.


I went to see &nbsp Peter Hammill &nbsp last night in London, solo, unaccompanied, on guitar and piano, which is how I prefer him.
He encored with "In The End", which he admitted is the first time he has played it live in many, many years (how is this not in my top ten?).

He also played the title track from my favourite "Still Life" album - I could easily have listed this song here as a favourite, but I have already listed three other songs from this five-song album ('La Rossa' - on my CD player now as I write, 'Pilgrims', and 'Childlike Faith In Childhood's End'). Again he rarely plays this live - it's not included on any of his live albums or listed on any of his bootlegs. A regular theme of the songs he played on the night (including these two) was death and mortality, which is a common subject amongst his fifty albums to date (so there was plenty to chose from), understandable given that this was his first concert performance since a heart attack late last year.

Unbelievably - a Van Der Graaf Generator reunion concert has been arranged for 6th May 2005 at the Royal Festival Hall in London - I have tickets. I only saw them once before - in 1971 at the Weeley festival - but I remember nothing of it (I very nearly went instead to the Isle of Wight festival, but Weeley was closer - what a near-miss).

It turns out that the Isle of Wight festival was the year before Weeley - it's funny how memory plays tricks on you.

Incredibly, Cream have arranged some reunion dates in the UK (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker).

I'd heard a month or so back that they might reunite. Also heard it was just going to be in the UK. I suspect (hope) they're just seeing how everything works out between themselves before committing to what would be the most profitable concert tour of all time in the US. ~ I'm already in line.

I've got tickets for:

Nazareth - Tuesday 22nd February (at The Stables)
Stan Webb's Chicken Shack - Sunday 13th March (at The Stables)
The Buzzcocks - Sunday 3rd April (at the Milton Keynes Woughton Centre)
Van Der Graaf Generator - Friday 6th May (the Royal Festival Hall, London)

I've also ordered tickets for &nbsp Paul Rodgers + Queen &nbsp at Hyde Park (London), outdoors, Friday 8th July.
I've been to open-air concerts there before, (Queen included), and the capacity is 50,000 plus.