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When you think of a "perfect" song, which one comes to mind?

Asked by zensky (13280 points ) January 29th, 2013

It could be any genre. For example, Stand By Me just came on and it seems just, well, perfect.

Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway to Heaven… classic “perfect” rock ballads, eh?

What do you think?

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chyna's avatar

Stairway to Heaven is my choice.

Wait… I want to add one more: Bye Bye Miss American Pie

zenvelo's avatar

“Box of Rain” – Grateful Dead
“Girl” – Beatles
“Happy Together” – Turtles

tinyfaery's avatar

One Sweet World by DMB

gailcalled's avatar

“I’m Still Here” – Stephen Sondheim

Pachy's avatar

I’ve Got You Under My Skin — Sinatra at the tip-top of his game, circa 1954. Perfect voice, perfect lyrics, perfect orchestra, perfect arangement (by Nelson Riddle). I’ve listened to it hundreds and hundreds of times over the years and never gotten tired of it.

dxs's avatar

@chyna American Pie came on the radio today! which unfortunately doesn’t happen much since it’s a relatively long song.

chyna's avatar

@dxs I haven’t heard it in ages!

zensky's avatar

For my darling @gailcalledHere’s a nice version by Babs.

Edit: @Pachywhatshisface… agree – great standard. Also My Way.

dxs's avatar

@chyna I’m working on memorizing all of the lyrics. I have it down except for the second to last verse and I’m shaky on the verse before that about helter skelter and all.

Pachy's avatar

Probably this choice will appear only to the jellies of my prehistoric generation. It’s
Toyland because it’s so damned lovely and so damned true. Never fails to move me.

bookish1's avatar

Does the medley on the second side of Abbey Road count as a song???
Because that shit is perfect.

If the answer is no, then I pick While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

zensky's avatar

I’m gonna add – anything by Streisand.

You may now check out my older question Am I Gay?

JK Gay police, JK. ~

Edit: Every single fucking Pink Floyd album is perfecto. Also most Beatles/Simon & Garfield songs.

Bellatrix's avatar

The first time ever I saw your face

Let’s stay together

Enter Sandman

Even when you’re sleeping

I can’t pick one. I could go on all afternoon and especially when I start thinking about classical music and different genres.

bookish1's avatar

@zensky : You might be… Even I’m not gay enough to like Streisand.
And I couldn’t even pick a perfect Pink Floyd song. I agree about the albums.

zensky's avatar

@bookish1 It was a great thread – check it out Here

Pachy's avatar

You knew I meant “appeal” rather than “appea,” right?

Brian1946's avatar

Who Put the Bomp by Barry Mann is the pinnacle of perfection.

The lyrics were a collaborative effort by Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. IIRC, the music was done by Led Zep when they were a studio band at Mo Howard Sound Productions in Reseda, CA. ;-D

gailcalled's avatar

“The Earl King,” by Schubert.

CWOTUS's avatar

“Ode to Joy” and the chorale finish to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. Heavenly.

nofurbelowsbatgirl's avatar

This because I was right about there almost in that very spot and he is a legend now.

lookingglassx3's avatar

Most definitely the following
The Gravel Road
Fairy Dance
The music from A Countess from Hong Kong.
And definitely this piece of music.

Sound of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel, Plastic Man by Seether, and Sally’s Song by Amy Lee are all also perfect in my opinion.

wundayatta's avatar

A perfect song has no words.

Bellatrix's avatar

@bookish1. I was going to include something from Pink Floyd – but which track… so yes, whole albums would be necessary.

chyna's avatar

^Yes!

Imadethisupwithnoforethought's avatar

@zensky agreed. I was having trouble deciding between the amazing Creedance tunes

gondwanalon's avatar

The Friends of Distinction – Grazing in the Grass (1969). That song takes me away to a warm and happy place. It is funk at it’s finest! Yea I can dig it baby!

Pachy's avatar

@WillWorkForChocolate, I love Gymnopédie, too. Did you know Blood, Sweat & Tears had a really nice jazzed up version?

glacial's avatar

People, a song needs to have words, by definition. If it doesn’t have words, it is as far from “a perfect song” as you can get.

Pachy's avatar

@bookish1, I love “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” too. Ever heard the late and still lamented by me Kenny Rankin cover? So lovely.

zenvelo's avatar

@gondwanalon “Grazing in the Grass” is a gas! Can you dig it?
There is something about Spirit in the Sky that just blows my mind.

And there are too many Crosby, Stills, and Nash (with or without Neil Young) that just talk to me.

And of course Joni Mitchell sings to one’s soul…

zensky's avatar

@wildpotato I love the whole Court and Spark Joni Mitchell album – from beginning to end. But especially Free Man in Paris… a little money riding on the maple leafs… la la la

Pachy's avatar

This one by the Andrews Sisters (the last of whom, Patty, just died at 94) may not be perfect, but for anyone who loves Big Band music as much as I do, it comes darned close.

gailcalled's avatar

^^^: Wonderful choice. Up there in the pantheon.

zenvelo's avatar

Heard this one by Jackson Browne last night. Beautiful song, although sad.

zensky's avatar

@zenvelo One of my fave JB songs is Roadies/Stay.

zenvelo's avatar

@zensky one of mine, too.

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