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What are the top 10 narrative songs in pop history?

Asked by Strong (103points) July 3rd, 2008
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PupnTaco's avatar

The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
A Day in the Life

Strong's avatar

“Tweeter and the Monkey Man” by The Traveling Wilburys

tinyfaery's avatar

NIck Cave and The Bad Seeds: (I’ll love you) Till The End Of the World
The Cure: How Beautiful You Are
Charlie Daniel’s Band: Devil Went Down to Georgia

El_Cadejo's avatar

Im going to have to second tinyfaery wiht devil went down to georgia

whatthefluther's avatar

“Devil” has to be #1 and “Tweeter” is a definite top ten, maybe top 3. You guys nailed those two.

whatthefluther's avatar

“Cats in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin might be #2.

whatthefluther's avatar

What was Chapins other big hit, “Taxi” something?

sndfreQ's avatar

Some off the top (though some are more poetry than narrative):

Thriller (Micheal Jackson/Quincy Jones)
Sympathy for the Devil (The Roling Stones)
Hotel California (The Eagles)
Horse With No Name (America)
The Boxer (Simon & Garfunkel)
The Hurricane (Bob Dylan)
Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin)
Paul Revere (The Beastie Boys)
A Day in the Life (The Beatles)
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (Paul Simon)
Jet Airliner (Steve Miler Band)
Fast Car (Tracy Chapman)

sndfreQ's avatar

Edit: Sorry I listed more than 10-iPhone sucks for proofing.

whatthefluther's avatar

@sndfreQ: excellent list!

“Me and Bobbie McGee” Janis Joplin

Jim Croce had some good ones, perhaps “Operator”

tinyfaery's avatar

The Boxer definitely. My fave S&G song.

susanc's avatar

Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton
You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Lucille – Kenny Rogers
Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town – Kenny Rogers
Patches (I’m Dependin on You, Son) – Clarence Carter
Ode to Billy Joe – Bobbie Gentry
Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts – Bob Dylan
The Boxer – Paul Simon
Only a Dream in Rio – James Taylor
Miss Otis Regrets – Libby Titus
America – Paul Simon

ebenezer's avatar

“Roland the Headless Thompson gunner” or “Excitable boy” by Warren Zevon

“Into the Great Wide Open” by Tom Petty

breedmitch's avatar

Oh, susan! My first thought was Miss Otis Regrets—and you beat me to it!

sndfreQ's avatar

Okay, don’t think me weird but these two ‘Mellow Gold’ hits are also in my mind:

Leader of the Band
Same Old Lang Syne
both by Dan Fogelberg (what a loss :( RIP Dan)...

ebenezer's avatar

also “1952 vincent black lightning” by Richard Thompson.

SuperMouse's avatar

I would have to agree that The Boxer is number one. Maybe The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald by Gordon Lightfoot is somewhere up there?

The only other songs I can think of are cheesy; One Tin Soldier (Billy Jack is one my favorite movies EVER) by Skeeter Davis and Indiana Wants Me by R. Dean Taylor.

SuperMouse's avatar

Here are a couple other great ones, Lodi by Credence Clearwater Revival, It Never Rains in Southern California by Albert Hammond, Maxwell Silver Hammer by The Beatles, Mack the Knife by Bobby Darrin.

Sueanne_Tremendous's avatar

Did I miss it or has no one mentioned “Bye Bye Miss American Pie?”

shrubbery's avatar

La Mar by The Beautiful Girls

ezraglenn's avatar

@Sueanne: I was about to. American Pie by Don McLean.

Also: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen. does this count?

shrubbery's avatar

oops, mine’s not exactly pop, sorry. I knew there was a reason I hadn’t answered this question yet…

gailcalled's avatar

Alice’s Restaurant; Arlo Guthrie.

zarnold's avatar

how about R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet?

zepoman's avatar

Harry Chapin’s “30,000 pounds of bananas” is kinda fun. Don Mclean’s “The Grave”.

breedmitch's avatar

“Smackwater Jack” by Carole King

rebeldemania1004's avatar

What about Taylor Swift
what are some of her songs?

catamoron's avatar

Marty Robbins – El Paso.

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