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I've been posting randomly to the other thread so I decided to collect my thoughts. This isn't a top five yet, I'll deliver that later on.


"Bridge over Troubled water"

Simon and Garfunkel

Bridge Over Troubled Water

Their best song ever probably. Great opener on a great album, their best too. Definate top five candidate.


"Sounds of Silence"

Simon and Garfunkel

Sounds of Silence

Really good, probably will just miss.


"Baba O'Reilly"

The Who

Who's Next

Great song. Candidate.


"Back in the USSR"

The Beatles

White Album

Good opener, though there are better songs.


"Come Together"

The Beatles

Come Together

One of the Beatles strongest albums as a lot of their experimenting came together and a lot of singles all came together. Everyone really contributed, but to me it's somewhat overshadowed by the backside of the album. Still a candidate.




Automatic for the People

Doesn't hold up as well with the rest. I like this album a lot though. Still really good.


"Radio Song"


Out of Time

This song took a long time to grow on me, as did the album as a whole. I bought it mainly for "Losing My Religion", put it away, listened to it again and realized how good this was. Still, will fall short.


"Radio Free Europe"



I didn't go with Drive, so this gets the shaft.


"Singing Winds, Crying Beasts"



One of the greatest albums of all time deserves a mention, though this song is probably not even top five on this album. Unfortunate, really good instrumental, but even at that it's bested by"Samba Pa Ti". Peter Green and Santana made this album.


"Where the Streets Have No Name"


Joshua Tree

Great opener, great lead in. Definate candidate.


"Sunday, Bloody Sunday"



U2's best song, will definately be in contention. Better shot than any of their other work.


"What's Going On"

Marvin Gaye

What's Going On

Great protest song, great protest album, Marvin at his finest. This will most likely make top five.


"Wouldn't It Be Nice"

Beach Boys

Pet Sounds

Might make it. Amazing album.


"Like a Rolling Stone"

Bob Dylan

Highway 61 Revisited

One of my favorite and most influential songs ever. Definately up there.


"Smells Like Teen Spirit"



Living in Seattle, something has soured me about this osng and some of Nirvana's work over the years, like Jimi's. Still could make it, but I just don't view it being up there with the rest.


"London Calling"

The Clash

London Calling

Very, very good chance of getting in.


"David Watts"

The Kinks

Something Else by the Kinks

Probably won't make it. Damn good though. Kinks rule, you need to hear more of these guys if you haven't. Every bit as good, if not better, than the Stones.


"Party Line"

The Kinks

Face to Face

Very good. Will fall short.



The Kinks


Great Kinks song. Candidate.


"Mr. Tambourine Man"

The Byrds

Can't remember which album, probably self-titled. One of the great covers. Maybe a candidate.


"Turn! Turn! Turn!"

The Byrds

Turn! Turn! Turn!

Good, maybe even great, but won't make it.


"Let the Good Times Roll"

The Cars

The Cars

Better songs on this album IMO. Falls way short.


"Blinded by the Light"

Mannfred Mann

The Roaring Silence

Pretty much the only reason to have heard of these guys. Greatest cover ever, maybe "All Around the WatchTower" beats it. Worth hearing, probably won't make it.


"Handle With Care"

Traveling Wilburys

Handle With Care

Very, very good but will end up falling short. Wilburys were good for their short time period together but their individual work eclipses this.


"Hanging on the Telephon"


Parrallel Lines

Very good chance of making the cut. Whatta song, whatta album.


"Break on Through"

The Doors

Lost on which album, has a good chance.


"Free Fallin'"

Tom Petty

Full Moon rising

Another one with a good chance but it will be tough. Very good album.


"Welcome to the Working Week"

Elvis Costello and the Attractions

My Aim is True

Does a great job opening the album. Could be in there.


"Accidents will happen"

Elvis Costello

Armed Forces

Very good shot.


"Psycho Killer"

Talking Heads

Stop Making Sense

Very goos shot. My favorite Talking Heads song.


"Moving Out"

Billy Joel

The Stranger

Great album, good lead in. Definate Candidacy.





I'll edit in some more stuff later.

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Guest Brian

It was a long post that would have gotten lost in there and I'm sure I have more to do. This just will have more order.

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Guest LooseCannon

I'm not sure that the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer" should count as a true album opener. I don't know the track list for Stop Making Sense, but I don't think there's any new material on it, and "Psycho killer" is one of the last tracks on the album for which it was originally recorded, Talking Heads: 77. It doesn't seem quite right to me to call it an album opener, just because it happens to open the soundtrack to the documentary of the same name.

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Guest Kinetic

I was thinking the same thing, LC. If it's the actual version of "Psycho Killer" that appears on Stop Making Sense that's his favorite, however, I think it could slide on a technicality.

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Guest Brian

Ehh, scratch it off. New add-onns:


"Born to Run"

Bruce Springsteen

Born to Run



Bruce Sprinsteen

Darkness on the Edge of Town

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