It is no secret that I love music. Every couple of weeks I write another post in which I refer to song lyrics or list the last dozen songs that graced my stereo. Music is passion. Music is feeling. Music is emotion. Music touches you in places that are hard to reach. Music is a snapshot in time. Turn on certain songs and the memory parade makes an immediate appearance.
It is a universal experience. One of the most popular posts I have written is: What Are Your Favorite Song Lyrics? Not a day goes by in which it doesn’t receive traffic. Music has that kind of power and influence. To me it is not a surprise that there are some songs that you just have to sing along with.
Initially when I was writing this post I thought that I would share five or six songs with you and that these would represent the songs that I have to sing along with. But the more I thought about it the more I realized that I cannot limit it to so few. There are too many good songs that catch my ear and hold me.
Instead I am going to try and come up with a slightly different angle. Here is an incomplete list of songs that are virtually guaranteed to make an appearance at campfires, parties and random gathering of people.
Hmm… I wonder if this is going to date me.
Your Song– Elton John
Rocket Man– Elton John
You Have Got a Friend– James Taylor or Carole King
Great Balls of Fire– Jerry Lee Lewis (If there is a piano this is a gimme)
Pinball Wizard– The Who
Cat’s In the Cradle– Harry Chapin
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling– The Righteous Brothers (Thanks Top Gun for killing this tune)
The End– The Doors (Obviously this is an end of the night, slightly inebriated tune)
Brown Eyed Girl– Van Morrison
Wonderful Tonight– Clapton (How many times have you seen some guy try to sing this to his date. It can be painful to watch.)
Piano Man– Billy Joel
Forever Young– Alphaville (I included this because of one of my little sisters. How many times did she and her friends cry listening to this song. Oy.)
In My Life– The Beatles
Down On The Corner– CCR
Bridge Over Troubled Water– Simon and Garfunkel
Do Wah Diddy– Manfred Mann
Thank God I am A Country Boy– John Denver
Annie’s Song– John Denver
Hotel California– The Eagles
My Way– Frank Sinatra
American Pie– Don Mclean
As I said this is incomplete. What am I missing?