THE 50 BEST SONGS OF MY GENERATION

I have been working on “The 50 Best” for the past year or so, and it remains fluid, for the simple reason that I keep remembering other songs I’ve loved over the years, and have to make adjustments. I purposely decided to limit the list to only one song per artist or group, since it would have been overrun by the likes of the Beatles, Stones, Billy Joel, and a generous handful of others. My other caveats were that there had to be a certain level of musical sophistication to the selections, and I tried not to include one-hit-wonders (though there have been several that I’ve liked, in spite of myself). It is only as I’ve gotten older, that I’ve come to realize the extent to which music has shaped, enriched, described and defined my life. This, then, is the soundtrack of my life, to this point in time. Let me know if there are any songs you think I may have overlooked, or others that really have no right being on “The 50 Best Songs of My Generation,” for whatever reason.

  1. Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones)
  2. Like A Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan)
  3. Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles)
  4. Stairway To Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
  5. God Only Knows (The Beach Boys)
  6. Imagine (John Lennon)
  7. Baba O’Riley (The Who)
  8. Billy Jean (Michael Jackson)
  9. Hotel California (The Eagles)
  10. Suite Judy Blue Eyes (Crosby, Stills and Nash)
  11. Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry)
  12. Born To Run (Bruce Springsteen)
  13. Can’t Find My Way Home (Blind Faith)
  14. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John)
  15. Light My Fire (The Doors)
  16. Cowgirl In The Sand (Neil Young)
  17. Scenes From An Italian Restaurant (Billy Joel)
  18. Fire And Rain (James Taylor)
  19. You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling (The Righteous Brothers)
  20. Can’t Stop Believing (Journey)
  21. Respect (Aretha Franklin)
  22. American Pie (Don McLean)
  23. The Prayer (Andrea Bocelli & Celine Dion)
  24. Follow (Richie Havens)
  25. Turn, Turn, Turn (The Byrds)
  26. Losing My Religion (REM)
  27. Every Breath You Take (The Police)
  28. Be My Baby (The Ronettes)
  29. Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
  30. Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
  31. Up On The Roof (The Drifters)
  32. Georgia (Ray Charles)
  33. Superstition (Stevie Wonder)
  34. California Dreamin’ (The Mamas And The Papas)
  35. Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)
  36. House Of The Rising Son (The Animals)
  37. Born To Be Wild (Steppenwolf)
  38. Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell)
  39. That’ll Be The Day (Buddy Holly & The Crickets)
  40. Bye Bye Love (The Everly Brothers)
  41. Earth Angel (The Penguins)
  42. Come Go With Me (Del Vikings)
  43. Will You Love Me Tomorrow (The Shirelles)
  44. Oh What A Night (The Four Seasons)
  45. Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple)
  46. The Way It Is (Bruce Hornsby)
  47. Don’t Be Cruel (Elvis Presley)
  48. I Can’t Make You Love Me (Bonnie Raitt)
  49. Don’t Know Much (Aaron Neville & Linda Ronstadt)
  50. The Barricades Of Heaven (Jackson Browne)
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