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...






+ 1 Hurdy Gurdy Man.

The backing musicians on that track are the core of Led Zeppelin (Page - Jones & Bonham), plus Alan Holdsworth. Not too shaby! Rumor has it that Page played the guitar riff to Season of The Witch at the soundcheck for every Zeppelin show.

@shtinkydog  *G*  Thanks, it reminds me that gull is good when braised...

Tasty, I like Lord Of Chaos...👍  Hypnotic in its' way, but danceable... ;)

Anymore favs? J


'Charming'....in its' own very odd way...*hmm*able, almost a mantra.... ;)

@larsman - Per Wikipedia: There is dispute as to the musicians that played on this track The booklet from the 1992 double CD "Troubadour - Definitive Collection 64 - 76" lists Jimmy Page and Alan Holdsworth as the guitar players.

However, Wikipedia goes on to mention Alan Parker as well. 

@mitchagain - yeah, I'd just looked at the same Wiki article that you did! 😀 I didn't know that John Bonham was on that session - I like learning things like that! From reading the article, I got the impression that it was Parker, not Holdsworth. In fact, I just looked at the Allen Holdsworth Wiki, and it says:

There has been an urban myth, propagated in part by the singer Donovan, that Holdsworth played the fuzztone solo on Donovan's 1968 hit "Hurdy Gurdy Man", but the solo was actually played by Alan Parker.[22][23]

“Moon River” - Mancini/Mercer

“Duchess” - Scott Walker

”Rubberband Man” - Bell/Creed

”Forget Me Nots” - Washington/Rushen/McFaddin

”Tecumsah Valley” - Van Zandt

”Two for the Road” - Mancini (I prefer the stunning instrumental version on the RCA ‘Legenday Performer Series’ LP - the one with the circular cut-out sleeve cover where he’s smiling and pointing at the camera in an avuncular way - to the vocal version with lyrics by Mercer)

I think everyone has a different idea of perfect, but "Morgen" by Richard Strauss is one of my very favorites. Here are two recordings by two singers who really embody the perfection of this piece:


It was easier to list "the good songs" before I got my system to where it is today. Now, almost everything I stream, spin or put in a CD tray sounds at least very interesting, if not incredible. I never thought I'd be in revery over any country song, but there I am breaking down to Kris Kristofferson's "Why Me?".  And, that I, a hard bop jazz enthusiast and classic R&B guy, would be swept away by Lucinda Williams.  Her 2018 album, "Vanished Gardens" with Charles Lloyd have several songs on it that leave me transformed.   So, more and more I'm grateful for this hobby.  Having decent reproduction equipment allows me to explore music I would never have considered before.  

I'm really loving the suggestions here. 

Mine is Stevie Ray Vaughn's Little Wing.  I love the lyrics, but Stevie's cover of this is perfect. 

I also love Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong doing Summertime.

Both of these songs just seem to transport me to a different place every time I hear them. 

JIMI HENDRIX EXPERENCE Side three of ELECTRIC LADYLAND . I could not pick just one song ,sorry

Jane's Addiction Three Days, Then She Did...

Joni Mitchell Edith and The Kingpin, Song For Sharon, Hejira

Steely Dan Aja, Josie

Fleetwood Mac Dreams, Sara

I could go on but I won't.

Those songs get a lot of play and, as well and being outstanding songs in their own right, they have associated memories attached that make them even more special to me.

Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", Leonard Cohen's "Anthem"', Elton John "Live Like Horses", You've Lost That Loving Feeling "Righteous Brothers, Emmylou Harris "Calling My Children Home"

"Manic Monday" The Bangles

"Behind Blue Eyes" The Who

"The Road to Moscow" Al Stewart

"Trouble Comin' Everyday" Mothers of Invention

"Crazy" Patsy Cline

"Paint It Black" The Rolling Stones

”Tangled Up In Blue” Bob Dylan

"Diamonds And Rust" Joan Baez

etc. etc. etc......

Several have said the "perfect song" is one you never get tired of hearing


Spanish Moon--Little Feat

Asking Around For You--Joe Bonamassa

That's How Much I Feel:  Ambrosia  What?  How the Heck did this sneak in here?

Going to California--Zeppelin

Old Love--Clapton 

Once and Future Carpenter--Avett Brothers

Four Strong Winds--Neil Young

That's How i Got to Memphis--Tom T. Hall

I Was Young When I Left Home--Marcus Mumford's version

Free (Including violin intro)  Zac Brown Band

Lot of good music above. Thanks.
Music can be very moving.

  • Bruce Cockburn, Silver Wheels **
  • Robert Palmer, Every Kind of People
  • Sea Level, Living in a Dream **
  • Lowell George, 20 Million Things
  • Peter Gabriel, Come Talk to Me
  • Alexi Murdoch, Orange Sky
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dosed
  • Spirit, Natures Way
  • Meg Hutchinson, Travel In **
  • Gillian Welch, Black Star
  • James McMurtry, I Only Wanna Talk To You
  • Steely Dan, King of the World
  • also, I can get very moved by Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars album,
@wyoboy Going to California +1


Concierto de Aranjuez - Jim Hall = 19+ minutes of pure bliss and getting lost in total beauty


Over 20 years ago I asked a friend and jazz guitarist for a recommendation of a jazz recording he really likes, as I was beginning to dip my toes into the genre.

He pointed me to Jim Hall’s Concierto. Little did I know that this would become and remain one of my all-time favorite pieces of music of any genre. At the time, I had no idea who the accompanying players were either, apart from maybe Chet Baker. His solo at 9:15 is out of this world gorgeous - and frankly so are the others by Paul Desmond and Roland Hanna. Also on deck were Ron Carter (bass) and Steve Gadd (drums) and recorded was the whole affair in 1975 by RVG.

@nkphoto --While I don't listen to a lot of jazz apart from Art Tatum, thanks for pointing us to this piece--I first heard it when i bought a trumpet for my son and a Sketches of Spain CD came with it, but after listening to this version i prefer it over Miles' version.  Truly beautiful and Chet Baker's solo is sublime...

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I've been to Korea (North and South) - a beautiful country ... unfortunately, I almost don't know their music ... I like this song. ( and this audio system )


Bob Dylan-Tangled Up In Blue

Stones/Robert Johnson-Love In Vain

Allman Brothers-In Memory of Elizabeth Reed

Maurice Ravel-Pavane For a Dead Princess; LA Valse

Beethoven-Symphony No. 9

Miles Davis-Pharaoh's Dance

Hiromi Uehara-11:49 PM

Bowie: RocknRoll Suicide, Golden Years 

Iggy Pop:  Dum Dum Boys, Seek and Destroy 

Beatles: Tax Man, Savoy Shuffle 

I'm gonna assert that if you can listen to any of these, without singing along, that 

you can  downsize and repurpose your listening space.











Good Bowie choices. I would add Panic in Detroit. Oh, and I think that you meant Savoy Truffle. Good song, supposedly about Eric Clapton's sweet tooth.

@vonharaland - ... and that's 'Search and Destroy'....

"I'm a street-walking cheetah with a heart full of napalm...." - Classic....

And one from a slightly different genre (depends what you are in the mood for listening to):  


Hello it’s me- Todd Rundgren

Whats Going On- Marvin Gaye

Brown Eyed Girl- Van Morrison

In My Life- Beatles

Love Reign Over Me- The Who



the heading is called "ideal song" ... the lifestyle and moral character of this guy left much to be desired, but he apparently felt that this was the end - he gathered his last strength and squeezed out a bestseller (as if atonement) ...
... I regret one thing - 2 cups of cola on the piano got into the video ...


another guy who can be forgiven a lot ... (15-17 years ago I exchanged a couple of phrases with him)


While my guitar gently weeps.    ---      The Beatles  (George Harrison)

Ha! Stephen Colbert asks in his silly Colbert Questionnaire "You can only listen to one song for the rest of your life; what is it?" Ringo Starr immediately said "Come Together;" John Batiste stopped himself after naming 3 or 4. I think perfect songs stand up to listening and interpretation by different artists. There are also songs that are perfect at different times because you are tuned in to the energy of that genre, but that don't stand up to time. I love this kind of post as it opens up my playlists to new great—if not perfect—music. Thanks for all the suggestions everyone! I'll ante up: Love Song by Elton John. I recently heard it by Melody Gardot and have not stopped playing it.