I listen to a lot of music. Everything from America to Gwen Stefani to Frank Zappa.
There are a lot of great songs, many of which are mentioned here.
But what are those special songs that cause you to pause, to listen intently to the lyrics, to embrace the composition? These are the songs that bring a tear to your eye, not because of sadness, but because of the strong emotional resonance they evoke.
Hands down, these are the Top 15:
15. "Superman (It's Not Easy)" - Five for Fighting
Got major airplay during 9/11 timeframe, so it just stuck in my head and provided comfort.
14. "Ab's Song" - Marshall Tucker Band
"If I die at 23, will you bury me in the sunshine" says it all.
13. "Sugar Mountain" - Neil Young
"You can't be 20 on Sugar Mountain" is relevant whether you're 20 or 40.
12. "Dust in the Wind" - Kansas
Steve Walsh, in his prime, was one of rock's finest singers. This was his signature song and the soundtrack to junior and senior year.
11. "Alone" - Heart
Anne Wilson may just be the best rock singer to ever grace the planet. When she sings this live, glass truly shatters. Top country singer Carrie Underwood did this justice.
10. "Time of Your Life" - Green Day
Perfect song choice for "Seinfeld" finale. "It's something unpredictable, but in the end it's right, I hope you had the time of your life."
9. "True Colors" - Cyndi Lauper
First song that brought a smile to my newborn's face as I rocked her in my arms. And just a great song.
8. "Crystal Ball" - Styx
Underrated band and my first concert. "I wonder what tomorrow has in mind for me, or am I even in its mind at all."
7. "Helplessly Hoping" - Crosby, Stills & Nash
No one sings better three-part harmony. No one. They are one person, they are two alone, they are three together, they are for each other."
6. "Friends" - Elton John
Lost 45. "It seems to me a crime that we should age. These fragile times should never slip us by."
5. "Can't Find My Way Home"- Blind Faith
Steve Winwood in fine form and music soundtrack for classic Johnny Depp "21 Jump Street" episode.
4. "Jungleland" - Bruce Springsteen
"Barefoot girl sitting on the hood of a Dodge drinking warm beer in the soft summer rain" may be the greatest lyrical phrase ever written.
3. "The Sound of Silence" - Simon & Garfunkel
Paul Simon's lyrics are as good or better than Bob Dylan's. "Because a vision softly creeping, left its seeds while I was sleeping."
2. "Thank You" - Led Zeppelin
My friend Sam sang this at our wedding at the foot of the mountains. "If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you. When mountains crumble to the sea, there will still be you and me."
1. "Landslide" - Fleetwood Mac
Stevie Nicks' finest moment. Beautiful melody and lyrics. "Well, I've been afraid of changing 'cause I've built my life around you. But time makes you bolder, children get older and I'm getting older too." There is nothing more listenable and this is always relevant.