Greatest songs of all time - by our fans
We asked our fans on Facebook, What is your all-time favorite song? Here are some of the responses we’ve received.
Pink Floyd — “Wish You Were Here”
Great suggestion, Olle. “Wish You Were Here” was the title track of Pink Floyd’s 1975 album. Lyrically encompassing Roger Waters’ feeling of alienation, he says, “Either the music comes first and the lyrics are added, or music and lyrics come together. Only once have the lyrics been written down first — ‘Wish You Were Here.' But this is unusual; it hasn't happened before.” Rolling Stone even selected this number as one of their 500 greatest songs of all time.
Aerosmith — “Back in the Saddle”
Written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, “Back in the Saddle” was the first song on Aerosmith’s album Rocks in 1976. This song has definitely been around. It was played as the kick-off song for the 2003 NFL season, served as ESPN’s theme music for NASCAR in 2007 and was heard in a few Hollywood motion pictures like The Fighter, Red and even License to Drive with the Coreys. Pumps you up, right?
Pixies — “Where is My Mind”
The seventh track on their 1988 album, Surfer Rosa, “Where is My Mind?” has a lengthy resume on IMDB. Most notable would be its feature during the final scene and ending credits of the 1999 film Fight Club. And if imitation is the form of flattery, the Pixes must be blushing. Many artists have chosen to cover this gem such as M.I.A., Kings of Leon and The Arcade Fire.
Gladys Knight & the Pips — “Midnight Train to Georgia”
Oh, the Empress of Soul. Gladys and the Pips took home a Grammy in 1976 for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo, Group or Chorus with this number and it became Gladys’ signature song. It’s always heartwarming to hear a song about how romantic love can conquer all differences. Pure Motown perfection.
Coldplay — “Yellow"
Released in 2000 on the album Parachutes, “Yellow” speaks to vocalist’s Chris Martin’s unanswered love. The opening strums and tight, complex cords on the guitar hit deep and raise the hair on your arms. Brian Hiatt of Rolling Stone magazine called “Yellow” a career-making record. Billboard’s review even said, “After one single and its accompanying album, Coldplay have already been anointed heir to the Brit-rock throne.”
What would you add to the list?