Battle to find the best song ever

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Postby ArchangelShrike » Mon Jul 09, 2007 6:46 pm UTC

Just commenting on the fact that people that post on xkcd forums listen to rock and enjoy it much more than say.... Down AKA Kilo "Lean Like a Cholo".

I drive younger siblings around, so I've listened to a bunch of stuff. When I don't have my ipod the radio's on classic rock though.

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Postby darry » Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:11 pm UTC

i'd say that if we're talking about the best song then classical music is left out...

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Postby Invisible_Insane » Mon Jul 09, 2007 7:51 pm UTC

Seconded: Oye Como Va, Summer Overture (Requiem)

Or:
Stream of Consciousness, A Change Of Seasons, In The Name Of God - Dream Theater
Dissolved Girl - Massive Attack
Duel of the Fates - John Williams
Ace of Spades - Motorhead
"You've Got A Killer Scene There, Man..." - Queens of The Stone Age
Calm Like A Bomb - Rage Against The Machine
And finally, due to the resounding success I have had with this song (guitar) and women:

Drive - Incubus
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Postby BoonieHat » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:10 pm UTC

I'm surprised Jessica by the Allman Brothers hasn't been said yet.

I'm also going to second Money for Nothing by the Dire Straits.

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Postby Ren » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:19 pm UTC

space_raptor wrote:And, of course, Eleanor Rigby, by the Beatles. In my opinion, that song is the original rock, punk, alternative, and heavy metal song. Awesome.


It's also in an ancient church mode. Dorian is so badass.
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Postby space_raptor » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:43 pm UTC

What or who is Dorian?
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Postby Bakemaster » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:47 pm UTC

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Postby space_raptor » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:49 pm UTC

Thanks.

Also done in Dorian mode: "Born to Be Wild" by Steppenwolf.

Which is also a pretty awesome song.
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Postby Graham's Number » Mon Jul 09, 2007 9:50 pm UTC

I submit 'Amarok' by Mike Oldfield. 60 minutes of pure musical awesomeness. Seriously, if you get a chance to listen to it, you should. You probably won't like it at first, but after listening to it 3 or 4 times (it's worth sticking in there) , I've yet to come across someone who doesn't.

Alternatively, for something a little more mainstream, I recommend 'Tubular Bells' by Mike Oldfield (again). Quite revolutionary for its time I think.

EDIT: Sorry, but I think I some of you may be slightly confused if I call Tubular Bells mainstream. In comparison to Amarok, it is, despite the 15/8 time signature at the beginning that's overlaid with a guitar part in 4/4 later (just try to work out the phasing on that...). Still, it's not quite as stupid as layering 62 guitars like he did on Ommadawn.
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Postby Froodulous » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:00 pm UTC

http://www.xkcd.com/c132.html

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I'm gunna throw Beer by Reel Big Fish :D into the ring.

Also, Black Night or Burn by Deep Purple.

I don't mind the Floyd, but I think their stuff can get pretty boring and depressing after a while.

Also adding Pure and Easy by the Who.

edit: wrong link :roll:
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Postby xooll » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:00 pm UTC

How could I have been so foolish as to forget Black Winter Day by Amorphis?
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Postby space_raptor » Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:44 pm UTC

Froodulous wrote:I'm gunna throw Beer by Reel Big Fish :D into the ring.

Ooh, strong addition!
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Postby EvanED » Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:22 pm UTC

space_raptor wrote:And, of course, Eleanor Rigby, by the Beatles. In my opinion, that song is the original rock, punk, alternative, and heavy metal song. Awesome.


I am willing to put aside your utterly blasphemous statement about Pink "Greatest Band Ever" Floyd to agree with you that this is a reasonable nomination. ;-)

(And "reasonable nomination" is about as much as I'll endorse any song for this title.)

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Nuclear Spoon wrote:I'm gonna have a pop through my playlist for some unmentioned ones off:
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Gladly ;-)

Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who
Baba O'Reilly (I have no idea how you spell it) - The Who
My Generation - The Who


Ah, another The Who fan. Excellent. I'd be happy with Won't Get Fooled Again, though I do think that they have other stuff that's better. I already nominated Behind Blue Eyes, and Who Are You might be worthy for consideration too.

Brain Damage - Pink Floyd


Another excellent choice. I almost put this down instead of my "something else by Floyd", but I think I might be biased. Brain Damage/Eclipse, more than any other song, is responsible for me listening to more than classical music and movie soundtracks. I went to a few a cappella concerts by a group at college because I wanted to hang out with a girl I was pursuing (my at-the-time-future-ex-girlfriend; I found out later that she was simultaneously going after me, so it worked out well) while I was entirely disinterested in hearing the music. But they did that, and I was like "that's a cool song", and looked up more Floyd, and discovered more winnitude, and looked up more artists after that, and it just sorta spiraled.

So I'm probably also biased towards favoring Floyd for these nominations, but they are in all honesty my favorite band. There are not many groups I'd pay more than, say, 50 bucks to go see; they are one.

Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
November Rain - Guns 'n' Roses (pushing it)


Again, good choices. November Rain is another favorite of mine, though I do agree with the pushing it.

I did that song karaoke once. I expected it to be cut. It wasn't.

Lola - The Kinks


I would vote Celluloid Heroes above that.


And finally, I would like to reiterate my nomination for U2's Kite. Beautiful song.

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Postby Thunderbird4! » Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:37 pm UTC

Best song ever you say? The obvious winner is "Aquaman's Lament" by Mark Aaron James, I can't find a link to the song right now but find it, listen to it, love it.
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Postby darry » Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:44 pm UTC

another floyd nomination - echoes - 20 odd minutes of sheer bliss, especially when coupled with a bed and a dark room.

edit: 23:28 - just came on shuffle on my ipod!
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Postby __Kit » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:11 am UTC

We forgot Paul Simon
And Bob Dylan

What about Hurricane, that was pretty awesome.

Yeah, I'm not a fan of Pink Floyd either, even though I' a Classic Rock Junkie. Some of their songs are really cool, some aren't
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Postby darry » Tue Jul 10, 2007 12:19 am UTC

i'll second hurricane, i always liked changing of the guards as well.

simon and garfunkel - bridge over troubled water ?

edit: we should get some van morrison in there too - brown eyed girl, perhaps? moondance?
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Postby Bakemaster » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:38 am UTC

When I was in junior high school my sister and I used to put There Goes Rhymin' Simon on my mom's turntable, play "American Tune" and keep pushing the button to change speeds so his voice would go up all high and squeeky and then come back down again. It was totally worth getting smacked upside the head.
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Postby __Kit » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:43 am UTC

BoonieHat wrote:I'm surprised Jessica by the Allman Brothers hasn't been said yet.

I'm also going to second Money for Nothing by the Dire Straits.


I was gonna post that, but for best song Rapsody would be it, me thinks.
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Postby jasCONTRAjas » Tue Jul 10, 2007 3:43 am UTC

Eleanor Ribgy - The Beatles wins it for me.

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Postby thefiddler » Tue Jul 10, 2007 4:57 am UTC

Barbie Girl - Aqua!!!!!

...All joking aside, I think that there are a few other pretty good songs worth mentioning:
Jack Straw - The Grateful Dead
Alice's Restaurant - Arlo Guthrie
Rise Against - Ready to Fall (beautiful message)

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Postby Mister_Penguin » Tue Jul 10, 2007 6:01 am UTC

I can't comment on best songs ever, but my current favorites include:
Bob Dylan - Visions of Johanna.
David Bowie - Young Americans (Ziggy Stardust rules, too)
Rolling Stones - Sway (Sister Morphine and Gimme Shelter are close. Hell, pretty much anything from Sticky Fingers, Exile on Main Street, and Let it Bleed rules.)
Neil Young - Hey, Hey, My My (Into the Black)
Jethro Tull - Locomotive Breath
Tom Waits - Cold Cold Ground
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Effigy


Also, heck yes at Mezzanine. That is a FANTASTIC album.
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Postby darry » Tue Jul 10, 2007 10:30 am UTC

tom waits = win! old shoes and picture postcards.
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Postby Sprocket » Tue Jul 10, 2007 4:19 pm UTC

Trust me this is all futile. songs just don't work this way. If I had to vote I'd say - probably something that's with-stood the test of time, like Amazing Grace on bag pipes. ;-)

Maybe more like something by the Beatles...or Ella Fitzgerald. Probably something by Cole Porter. (or Bach...are we doing Pop only?)

darry wrote:tom waits = win! old shoes and picture postcards.

I NEED more Tom Waits. :P

More on parr with the other suggestions-

Bohemian Rhapsody
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Postby darry » Tue Jul 10, 2007 4:44 pm UTC

CatProximity wrote:Trust me this is all futile. songs just don't work this way.


heh, i don't think we're honestly trying to come to a final decision (are we?!).
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Postby EvanED » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:07 am UTC

CatProximity wrote:Trust me this is all futile. songs just don't work this way. If I had to vote I'd say - probably something that's with-stood the test of time, like Amazing Grace on bag pipes. ;-)


If anything involving bag pipes wins, I'm killing myself. ;-)

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Postby Nuclear Spoon » Wed Jul 11, 2007 12:18 am UTC

Unless we really are making a very long list of nominations, I reckon the thread should be retitled "Songs which are feckin' awesome".
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Postby mrcheesypants » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:07 am UTC

Hell's march from Red Alert. That was the only song on my play list for years. The only reason why I added other songs to my playlist was to delude it's badassnes so my face wouldn't melt after all those years listening to it.

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Postby darry » Thu Jul 12, 2007 7:15 pm UTC

i just had to.
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Postby Kawa » Fri Jul 13, 2007 3:19 am UTC

Oh, I forgot to mention Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah. How could I forget?

Though my favorite version is the Jeff Buckley...
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Postby curious and questioning » Fri Jul 13, 2007 6:26 am UTC

darry wrote:simon and garfunkel - bridge over troubled water ?

I've seen it credited to just Paul Simon. We sang it in chorus last year.

I already mentioned Birdhouse In Your Soul, and for me that is the only song worth mentioning. So I have nothing else to say.
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Postby Dr.Robert » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:03 am UTC

darry wrote:i just had to.


Excellent!

Simon and Garfunkel is great. My personal favorite, and probably an all time favorite, is "For Emily, Wherever I May Find Her," simply because it is so beautiful, lyrically and musically. The lyrics are breathtaking, seriously!

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Postby parkaboy » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:19 am UTC

Jeff Buckley's cover of Hallelujah.
Leonard Cohen- Suzanne

(funny how that works, eh)

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Postby __Kit » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:19 am UTC

I remember hearing a song on the radio first time I'd heard, it was written by (I think) Plague (Better to burn), after typing the lyrics into google.

I tried to download it later but I couldn't and it wasn't on youtube either :( It was such a good song too.
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Postby George Orr » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:29 am UTC

I'll give another shout for Simon and Garfunkel. My personal favorite of theirs is probably The Boxer, but Sounds of Silence appeals the nerd in me.

Also, yeah, Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen is one of my all-time favorite songs. I haven't heard any of the other versions though, is there somewhere you could link me to?
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Postby parkaboy » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:33 am UTC

i really wish i could, but i'm at work. i cant get so much as flash to work on this computer.

Jeff Buckley had a VERY unique and amazing voice. You'll either love it or you hate it, but try listening to songs from different albums before you pass final judgement. "Jewel box of Sadness" is also really good.
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Postby Aoeniac » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:42 am UTC

So who's winning?

If I had to vote for my favorite it would definitely be Twilight by ELO.

But if I had to vote for one that I felt was the "ultimate" song ever based on more than just my personal preferences, I would probably have to go with BOSTON'S MORE THAN A FEELING!

Well, actually I want to change that to Time Stand Still by Rush.

You know what? I think Queen is pretty much the best. Let's go with No One But You. Final answer.

(Count that as a vote for Bohemian Rhapsody though, because I honestly think we won't get ANYWHERE with the greatest song, and we PROBABLY won't accomplish anything with the ultimate band, but it's better than song.)
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Postby __Kit » Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:45 am UTC

I used to have a massive collection of Simon.

Now I don't have any.

*downloads Paul Simon/Simon and Garfunkel*
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Postby Patteroast » Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:09 am UTC

I don't have a real contribution to this thread, but I did want to mention that it reminds me of something I've been doing for about a month... I made a playlist on iTunes and threw everything on my computer in there. Every time I want to skip a song, it gets deleted. The goal is to have a suparplaylist of doom (and awesome). I suppose if I played it long enough, I'd get an ultimate song! However, after a month it still has 579 songs.

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Postby niko7865 » Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:04 am UTC

The Wall by Pink Floyd (It's just one big song really)
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