Top 5 Favorite Songs of All Time
Finally. Let’s move away from politics and go to something more fun.
I listen in the evenings while going to bed with my headphones, blasting it while in the car, using my wireless speaker while in the shower, on my iPad while cleaning the kitchen, on my phone while exercising, while putting on my makeup, and even while I’m working. These are all times when I am either alone, shut off from the world around me, or even trying to focus/concentrate on the task at hand. There is only the music and my mind. Even while working the music helps the stream of consciousness becomes a professional presentation, project schedule, or a communication plan.
For me, more than film or TV, my favorite bands are a mixture of what I’ve loved since as far as I can remember to a few that I’ve only grown to love in the recent few years. With so many great recording artists and music across the generations, it’s difficult to say what my favorite of all time are now. I know this is about what’s my favorite in 2016 but were these my favorite in 2010? In 2005? Maybe. Sort of. Yes? No? I don’t know.
Picking favorite songs was very much like picking your favorite child. For some, it was instant and easy while for others it was excruciatingly painful to narrow down to just five. I have allowed a few extra “special mentions” in this category otherwise this post would never get written.
Make sure YOU comment with your top 5 favorite songs below!!
Tony (Fonseca Brother)
- Rock With You – Michael Jackson
- Never get tired of this song.
- Gods America – Bob Odenkirk
- The singing and dancing kill me every time I watch it.
- Rock It – Herbie Hancock
- This is one of the silliest jazz songs of all time.
- On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
- The first song I ever sang when I was a kid.
- There’s a Tear in My Beer – Hank Williams
- My grandma would play the 45 of this song on her record player when we were little.
Eileen (Fonseca Mom)
- Louie Louie – The Kingsman
- It was so naughty back in the day.
- She Loves You – Beatles
- One of the first Beatles songs.
- As Time Goes by – (Dooley Wilson)
- Casablanca – what more needs to be said?
- Amarillo By Morning – George Strait
- You can feel the fiddle
- The Way We Were – Barbara Streisand
- Barbara at her best.
Jesse Jr (Fonseca Brother)
- Cups by Anna Kendrick
- Midnight Rider – Willie Nelson
- Jeep’s Blues – Duke Ellington
- When The Levee Breaks – Led Zeppelin
- Anna (Go To Him) – The Beatles
Linda (Family Friend)
- The End – Lincoln Park
- Star – Gary Clark Jr
- Thunder Rolls – Garth Brooks
- Love the Way You Lie – Eminem
- Breathe – Faith Hill
Molly (Fonseca Sister)
- Album of the Year – The Good Life
- Just Breathe – Willie Nelson
- Suspicious Minds – Elvis
- We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
- I Just Wanna Dance With Somebody – Whitney Houston
***Honorable Mention – Gringo Honeymoon (live version exclusively) by Robert Earl Keen
Patrick (Molly’s Husband)
- Boy in the Bubble – Paul Simon
- Between the Bars – Elliott Smith
- Microphone Fiend by Eric B. & Rakim
- Amarillo by Morning – George Strait
- Purple Rain – Prince
Jesse (Fonseca Dad)
- Colour My World – Chicago (1970)
- They you play this song at every wedding for newly weds.
- You are so Beautiful – Joe Cocker (1974)
- I danced to this song with my daughter on her wedding day. Powerful Words.
- Doctor My Eyes – Jackson Browne (1974)
- “Doctor, my eyes have seen the years and the slow parade of fears without crying. Now I want to understand I have done all that I could to see the evil and the good without hiding. You must help me if you can. Doctor, my eyes. Tell me what is wrong. Was I unwise to leave them open so long.”
- Old Friends/Bookends – Simon and Garfunkel (1968)
- No so much the first half of the this song but the second half – “A time of innocence….” – Memories.
- Intimacy – Ramsey Lewis from Tequila Mockingbird (1977)
- No words. Just a very powerful and moving song to hear. I really LOVE this song.
Nic (Tianna’s Husband)
My selection all come from various times in my life when music played an important role or signified a special event.
- American Pie – Don McLean
- I went through a massive oldies phase as a teenager, and this was my absolute favorite song from that time. We would drive around just waiting for it to play on the radio. If it came on, we couldn’t leave the car until it was done. There was one time when my best friend dropped me off at home, and the song came on as I was walking in the door; he ran back to get me so we could listen to it.
- Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
- I was auditioning for a show in my teens and we were asked to sing on the spot. This was during my country phase, and this was the first song that popped in my head. I’d always been nervous about singing in public, especially at that time but I gave it all I had. Too bad Garth Brooks is such a goober now.
- Maps – Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- I cannot emphasize enough how important the game Rock Band is/was to me. At a time in my life when I was still adjusting to Nashville, Rock Band was a reason to bring people together to celebrate music. This is the quintessential song from the first game. Plus, I have a Rain-Man like ability when it comes to singing in that game.
- First Day of My LIfe – Bright Eyes
- My wife and I chose to walk down the aisle to this song for a reason. It is beautiful and simple.
- Shakin’ – Hozier
- This was one of the first bands that I discovered when they were small, so it felt like they were “mine”. Moppy hair/blazers – this is a good look for any guy. I can’t tell you how many times I saw them live over a few summers in my 20s.
Tianna (Wife and former Roe)
- Moonage Daydream – David Bowie
- I LOVE this song. I’m a huge Bowie fan and especially since this track was on the soundtrack for Guardians of the Galaxy, I have to sing it about once a day.
- Taper Jean Girl – Kings Of Leon
- Kings of Leon is in my top 5 favorite so if I were to introduce someone to their music, it would definitely be some of their earlier work like this song.
- First Day of My Life – Bright Eyes
- Pretty obvious. See Nic’s comments. 🙂
- Crystal Ship – The Doors
- There was definitely a year in high school where I only listened to The Doors. And Smashing Pumpkins. lol.
- Combat Baby – Metric
- This is a song always gets me smiling and singing. Plus it’s a favorite on Rock Band.
Honorable mention – David Bowie’s – Man Who Sold The World. Most people think this was an original Nirvana song – but nope, this was a Bowie song. Also – Carry on My Wayward Son by Kansas – shout out to all Supernatural fans out there. 🙂
Barbara (Roe Mom)
- Scheherazade OP 35. Composed by Russian composers Rimsky-Korsakov in 1888.
- Honorable mention Flight of the Bumble Bee – same composer. I had to do this one as a Solo Viola for my final grade in orchestra my senior year in high school.
- Suzanne – Judy Collins, written by Leonard Cohen (1966)
- Honorable mention Who Knows Where the Time Goes, same singer and songwriter. She was his muse and was instrumental in Cohen becoming a singer. He may not of ever become a become well-known if not for her.
- Sunday Morning Sidewalk – Johnny Cash written by Kris Kristofferson (1970)
- Honorable mention Nine Inch Nails song Hurt sang by Johnny Cash. Take The Ribbons From My Hair sang by Sammi Smith, another Kristofferson song, and anything by Johnny Cash and/or Kristofferson,
- In My Life – The Beatles released in 1965 on the Rubber Soul album.
- Honorable mention-just about every other song by The Beatles.
- At Last recorded by Etta James in 1960
- Honorable mention Good Morning Heartache-Billie Holiday 1946. Honorable mention everything sang by these 2 women.
Because my mom can’t play by the rules lol.
- Master of Puppets – Metallica 1986
- The definitive metal song. Honorable mention For Whom the Bell Tolls, Creeping Death (Exodus – 12:29), Nothing Else Matters and just about anything else by Metallica.
- Sounds of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel 1964.
- Honorable mention-anything else by them. Also the cover of this song done by Disturbed in 2015.
Brian (Fonseca Brother)
- Fucking Hostile – Pantera
- My old favorite from my hoop it up days!
- Don’t Let Me Down – The Beatles
- I could listen to this song every time.
- Maggot Brain – Funkadelic
- Many bands have wisely borrowed the awesome groove and melodies from this incredible song.
- Oh Me – Nirvana
- Awesome Song!
- Lucky – Radiohead
- My favorite Song!
Make sure YOU comment with your top 5 favorite songs below!!
- Mostly male artists and that sad we have so few women. It’s making us really evaluate the topics discussed in earlier posts about how we see women in art – regardless of type – TV, Movie, Music, etc.
- I think we can say the family loves The Beatles.
- Wondering….how many of us chose favorite songs from our top 5 favorite bands?