Songwriters reveal top 10 tracks.

Fellow musicians young and old have spoken.  I mean, we all have our favorite Beatle tracks, but this time the musicians have spoken.  It seems that they are voting, once again on their personal favorite tracks, and once again The Beatles make it out on top.  Who would have expected anything less.

In a surprising vote, Strawberry Fields Forever, tops the list of musicians favorite tunes of all-time.  I know we get these lists almost on a weekly basis, but they always are fun.

  • What are some of your all-time favorite tracks?  We don’t have to keep it to the Fab Four strictly. 
    Let us know in the comments below 

Here’s what we’ve read.

The Beatles’ Strawberry Fields and Jeff Buckley’s cover of the Leonard Cohen classic Hallelujah feature in a poll to find the 10 greatest tracks.

Fifty songwriters, including Coldplay’s Chris Martin and John Legend, took part in the vote for Q Magazine.

“Hallelujah is as near perfect as you can get. It transcends your mood. I can listen to it anywhere,” said Legend.

The songwriters were asked to name their top three and from there the list was whittled down to the final top 10.

“You can play Strawberry Fields Forever on an acoustic guitar and it sounds beautiful,” said Serge Pizzorno, of Kasabian.

“But the Beatles took the song to its furthest point, and the results are mind-bending.”

Other classic tracks on the list include David Bowie’s Life on Mars, The Rolling Stones’ Sympathy For The Devil and Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run.

“It makes me feel like I’m being dragged away by this euphoric moment that could any moment tip into being corny, but doesn’t,” said Manic Street Preachers’ star James Dean Bradfield of the Springsteen hit.

Coldplay singer Martin picked The Verve’s Bitter Sweet Symphony.

“Bitter Sweet Symphony is as perfect a song as there is. And I say that as somebody who believes perfection is the enemy of imperfection,” said Martin.

Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ In The Wind, Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit, God Only Knows by The Beach Boys and Lou Reed classic Perfect Day complete the list.


Bitter Sweet Symphony – The Verve
Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan
Born To Run – Bruce Springsteen
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
Life On Mars – David Bowie
Perfect Day – Lou Reed
Strange Fruit – Billie Holiday
Strawberry Fields Forever – Beatles
Sympathy For The Devil – Rolling Stones
Source: Q Magazine

Source: BBC 


3 Responses

  1. While I’m definitely not a songwriter, “Strawberry Fields Forever” has long been my favorite Beatles’ song. I was seven when it was released and I have always loved the song, even though for the longest time I had no real idea what it was about. To me, the record is just simply amazing from the opening mellotron/flute notes to the raucous ending and odd fade. The demos and alternate takes simply add to the mystique of the finished product. I concur with the choice of “God Only Knows” by the Beach Boys – Carl Wilson’s vocal is perfection. For what it’s worth, I would include Kate Bush’s “Wuthering Heights” and The Clash’s “London Calling” in that list.

  2. have to agree with buckley’s “hallelujah” – you hear that song a lot on TV shows, and it never fails to deliver. it’s just a gorgeous song. overall, i definitely agree with the top ten list. it’s true they come out with a list like this pretty much every week, but each time a new list comes out, there’s new discussions to be made about the validity of the artists, songs, and albums that win out. though i don’t think i can agree about the verve. it’s nice, sure, but other songs below it are better.


    Excellent Point. Great Post.

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