My Top Ten Favourite Songs of All Time, Including a Christmas Favourite πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ¦Œ

I haven’t posted in a while as I have been on an extended hiatus from the bloggersphere. Read on…

Fellow bloggers Patty and Janis post regularly regarding songs that mean something to them. I thought while I had a few minutes breathing space I would share my top ten favourite songs. The main criteria is that these are songs I play on the guitar regularly 😊

So, the list of songs in no particular order is:

Hotel California – The Eagles

The Eagles Farewell 1 Tour – Melbourne 2004 – Radio SEVAN

Hotel California was the first album I ever brought. It is one of the great albums, and the title track is one I play on a regular basis. I do play the opening bars (and through the song) on the seventh fret, as seen on the 12 string guitar in this video. What is even more awesome is that Hotel California is the favourite song of our fabulous couple in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Finally, a Marvel superhero movie that has it right. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a rating of 91%!).

Give A Little Bit – Supertramp

My Aunty and Uncle gave me Supertramp’s Paris Live Album as a Christmas present when it was released. It is a very collectable piece of vinyl and of course, I still have it to this very day. Anyway, I became an instant fan and Give a Little Bit is just so great to play on the guitar with its distinct voicing, and my lot seem to like listening to it at home 😊

Bright Side of The Road – Van Morrison

This is an all time Van Morrison favourite of mine. It is a great song to belt out on the guitar and it was a song that I would sing with relish. I still play it now, but the vocal chords are not what they once were.

Here are some of the lyrics:

From the dark end of the street To the bright side of the road
We’ll be lovers once again
On the bright side of the road

A snippet of the song itself, can be heard here:

https://open.spotify.com/track/4w4Shi3xjbZBDGuhLw5LsQ

And some further lyrics:

Little darlin’, come with me
Won’t you help me share my load
From the dark end of the street
To the bright side of the road
And into this life we’re born
Baby, sometimes, sometimes we don’t know why
And time seems to go by so fast
In the twinkling of an eye
Let’s enjoy it while we can (let’s enjoy it while we can)
Won’t you help me share my load (help me share my load)
From the dark end of the street
To the bright side of the road
Again

Forever Autumn – War of the Worlds

A fabulous instrumental remix covered by Simply Jocelyn (War of the Worlds: Goliath Tribute). The video by Joe Pearson is just marvellous

As with Paris Live, War of the Worlds was a Christmas present, but on this occassion, from my parents. As you can imagine I played it over and over again, everywhere. The haunting voice in the original song of Forever Autumn is by Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues). In fact, I might just dig out the vinyl copy this afernoon and give it a whirl! Enjoy this orchestral adaptation. The lyrics are here

Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles (George)

The Beatles - Here Comes The Sun (2019 Mix) - YouTube
THe Beatles Official YouTube page: The Beatles – Here Comes The Sun (2019 Mix)

Here Comes The Sun is one of those songs that I can recall listening to for as long as I can remember. Dad was a great Beatles fan and I remember as a kid having access to all these original Beatles albums which was so cool.

Many years ago, Big Dave and I were having a bit of a jam session, and his sister said “If I hear the introduction to Here Comes the Sun one more time, I am going to kill someone.” πŸ˜‚πŸ€£πŸ˜‚

Incommunicado – Jimmy Buffet

Footage by bolofski35. This was Jimmy at a recent concert, so a bit of fun and laughter before the song commences

This is one of my all time favourite Jimmy Buffet songs from his Coconut Telegraph album, which was huge when it came out. The song celebrates the impact John Wayne and his movies had including the importance of bravado and finding the right way home. We are great John Wayne fans and his passing did leave a hole in the world.

Of course, Jimmy on Coconut Telegraph also does a wonderful version of the great classic: Stars Fell On Alabama, which I like to play as well. In fact, I will be honest here, I strum the whole album when the mood takes me! (no where as good as Jimmy, but its a blast).

There She Goes – The La’s

There She Goes, The La’s, with pictures by rsll1986

This song was originally from the sound track of the motion picture: So I Married An Axe Murderer. It is a favourite Mike Myers comedy of mine, even though Rotten Tomatoes only gave it a score of 51%. It is an unusual rom-com, but Mike M and Nancy Travis do the movie proud, in my opinion. I also need to point out, it was a key song in the kdrama: Doctors. I personally liked this show. Where else are you going to see a drama about a high school delinquent that becomes a neurosurgeon πŸ˜‚ Kfangurl’s awesome review can be found right here (thefangirlverdict).

Harvest Moon – Neil Young

Neil Young - Harvest Moon [Official Music Video] - YouTube
NeilYoungChannel

Neil Young is one of the greatest, most influential and important musicians of all time. If you have ever seen the movie Rocketman regarding the life of Elton John, you will know that Elton reveres Neil very much. As a song, Harvest Moon from the Harvest Album, it is a song I just love to play endlessly, including the intro and the harmonics – truly beautiful. And they seem to like it when I play it at home too.

At my farewell dinner as the temporary CEO at the Shire of Sandstone, I played this song on my guitar after the awesome BBQ dinner we had with the whole town there. I was told it sounded awesome (I think they were being polite).

The official video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2MtEsrcTTs

Peace Train – Cat Stevens (Yusuf)

This version premiered 21 September 2021 – For World Peace Day

The world was lucky to experience Cat Stevens in the past and even more so today. I was fortunate that my daughter took me to see him in concert about four years ago. At the concert, I bumped into some of my former staff who had the super duper VIP passes. What was even more awesome was that they ended up giving me a set of plectrums (guitar picks) used by the great man himself. I actually use these picks to this very day, even though they are quite worn 😊

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas – Judy Garland (Meet Me in St Louis)

The delightful Judy Garland in one of my all time favourite movies – Meet Me In St Louis, singing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, the way it should be. The original and the best. Enjoy…

The song was written for this particular scene in the movie, representing the uncertainty of what might be around the corner in the year ahead

Of course, there are many more songs I like and play. Perhaps, I might do a post one day regarding the electronic music I like.

Have a very Merry and Happy Chiristmas everyone!

We are wearing masks from 6PM tonight until 6AM, 28 December 2021 – and rightly so. However, we don’t have to wear them in the home, so we can still enjoy Christmas very much.

21 Comments on “My Top Ten Favourite Songs of All Time, Including a Christmas Favourite πŸŽ„πŸŽ…πŸ¦Œ”

  1. Thanks for sharing Sean! I do have to say that I am also impressed with the War of the Worlds video. So well timed. Moondance is my favorite Van Morrison song.

    As for Cat Stevens – I cannot say enough good things about his music. I had someone recently share that same Peace Train video with me and honestly, Sean, It brought tears to my eyes.

    Such a beautiful list Sean – thank you again for sharing.

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    • My absolute pleasure, Rita. Yes, I marvel at the talent that goes into producing such a work as the War of the Worlds video. Moondance is a great song, and one I like to play as well. Cat Stevens is such a great humanitarian and I am so glad he made the decision to take up music again. If you had asked me when I was six years old, would I be playing such songs today, I would have said no 😊

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    • I am so glad you dropped by 😊 At least you know β€œHotel California.” Thank you for your supportive comments throughout the year and I look forward to our ongoing exchanges next year 😊😊😊

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