A perfect song? What are your choices?

Can there be such a thing as a perfect song? I have a suggestion, what are yours? Here is a thought...






Soldier’s Joy

The Beatles’ Michelle

Final Movement of Mozart’s Symphony #39.

I Wanted Everything, by the Ramones

O Tannenbaum

A good third of the tunes I’ve tried in my O'Neill’s fiddle book.

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Elton John - "I Feel Like a Bullet"

Love, betrayal, loss, historical reference, Elton, Bernie. What else do you need?

Nessun Dorma from Turandot by Puccini. 3 minutes of shear beauty - you never forget it and you never tire of it.  

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The one I'm listening to right now. In a few minutes, it'll also be the one I am listening to right now.

I second @dadork and I’ll add

Rush 2112

More relevant today than ever !

Who knew Neil Peart could tell the future back in 1976

Just a line

" We've taken care of everything, from the words you read to the songs you sing, the pictures that give pleasure to your eyes."

Not sure if one would consider it the perfect song but go listen to a Britain's Got Talent recent You Tube where Loren Allred sings Never Enough from the Greatest Showman. She is just incredible. She actually sang it for the actress that lip-synced .


What makes this a perfect song for you? 

It would be great to hear peoples perspectives on why a song resonates with them.  Is it the lyrics, the music, the set of instrumentation chosen, the fidelity...?


The first several I thought of:


In Dreams by Roy Orbison

Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen

If I Loved You by Rogers and Hammerstein

On The Street Where You Live by Lerner and Loewe

Somewhere by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim


Interestingly, they all share the theme of young love/lust/yearning!

“I scare myself” Dan Hicks

”Song for Sharon” Joni Mitchel

”Come on Home” Lambert Hendricks & Ross

”I love you for sentimental  reasons” Kurt Elling


Maria - original B'way cast. Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim

Fill 'er up - Sting (several wonderful transitions)

Jackson Browne "For A Dancer"

Joni Mitchell "Both Sides Now"

Bob Dylan "Just Like A Woman"

Jimi Hendrix "Axis: Bold As Love"

The Beatles "I Saw Her Standing There"

Rolling Stones "Wild Horses"

Paul Simon "Sounds Of Silence"

Smokey Robinson "My Girl"

The Who "Won't Be Fooled Again"

The Doors "Light My Fire"

Yeah...HS Class of "69 and it shows...

Ripple - Grateful Dead

Wasted on the Way - Crosby, Stills, & Nash

Baba O'riley - The Who

Running on Empty - Jackson Browne

Time - Pink Floyd

In My Life - Beatles

My definition of a perfect song is one that is written and performed so well that it is impossible to grow tired of it, no matter how much it gets overplayed. A few examples that immediately come to mind are:

I'll Be the One - Badfinger

The Morning Fog - Kate Bush

Tired of Waiting - The Kinks

All I Want - Toad the Wet Sprocket

Woman to Woman - Joe Cocker

Nothing But a Heartache - The Flirtations

Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd

I'll Take You There - Staple Singers

Gimme Shelter- Rolling Stones

Be My Baby- The Ronettes

What’s Going On- Marvin Gaye

Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Judy Garland

Layla- Derek and the Dominoes (Eric Clapton, Duane Allman)

Somewhere (There’s a Place for Us)- From the Original West Side Story-

You Really Got Me- The Kinks

Angel- Aretha Franklin

Thin Line Between Love and Hate- The Pretenders

Wrecking Ball- Emmylou Harris

Anarchy in the UK- Sex Pistols

I Fall to Pieces- Patsy Cline

Vogue- Madonna

A perfect song would be akin to pure musical pleasure.

You’d never get tired of it, and it would never fail to resonate with you.

I agree with what @kb54 said earlier.

For me also the theme of young love/ lust / yearning never loses its charm and never gets old.

It’s the stuff of life itself.



Bobby Goldsboro - Summer (the first time)

The Clash - Stay Free

CSN - Guinnevere

CSN - Wooden Ships

Glen Campbell/Jimmy Webb - Witchita Lineman

Smog - To Be of Use

Prefab Sprout - Bonny

REM -,Driver 8

Pixies - Monkey Gone to Heaven

Lucy Pearl- Dance Tonight

John Mayer - Gravity

BB King - 3 O Clock Blues

Norah Jones - Those sweet words

Eduard Khil. Trololo song on YouTube .

Though that Dark Eyed Cossack was pretty darn good.



Still is one of my 'test selects'....and my Walsh Love pianos.... *s* ;)

...and just for fun and the collision of meme and motions....

(...and starts and ends with a record and player.....) :


@atp001 I think the Decemberists song is "perfect" for many reasons. It has a nostalgic quality with its reference to naivete at 17, driving your parent’s car and at the lake with a girl you admire but don’t know quite what to do. The fleeting nature of the relationship and at the end the song becomes almost melancholy. Then there is the style of the song (forgive me, I’m no musician) where the intensity builds and then subsides which is analogous to ’breathing". Of course there are the brilliant lyrics of Colin Meloy...

And on this station wagon window
Set the ghost of your two footprints
That they might haunt me when you’re gone
And when the light broke dawn
You were forever gone

There is also great guitar work that supports the lyrics and establishes the overall "feel" of the song. Sure there is much music that I like but this one is really sticking in my brain. I guess that’s another thing that makes it "perfect" is the fact that I don’t mind hearing it over and over. I try to temper myself however because just like any really savory food, you don’t want to eat it too often or it will become boring. How is that for an explanation?



@lancer705 The Gregory Alan Isakov tune was great. I really like the lyrics and vocals. The videography was amazing!

Natalie Merchant - Where I go, also Kind and Generous    

Van Morrison - Tupelo Honey

Chris Stapelton - Tennessee Wiskey

Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing.

They just never seem to get old.  If your having a bad day, play them.

they will get you in a much better place. 😎


I'm Looking Through You - The Beatles

Out of Time - Rolling Stones

Be My Baby - The Ronettes (+1)

Hallelujah - Prefab Sprout

("I seek to express my belief, that sweet talk like candy rots teeth")



Thanks for posting "Dark-Eyed Cossack Girl".

I was going to skip listening to it but I'm glad that I didn't.

That is simply a brilliantly uplifting song, and what a classic rendition!


there used to be a lot of real art - 21st century - humanity is flying into the abyss