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What is your favorite song and how did you decide it was?

Asked by Pandora (27864points) April 17th, 2010

I was recently asked what was my favorite song of all time. I can’t think of one song. I have many favorites and all for different reasons. I know people who can name just one song.
If you have a favorite song, how did you decide that was the best of all time? What is your favorite song and what criterias had to be met for it to be your favorite song?

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mcbealer's avatar

Yeah, I’m with you on this… I actually have a hard time picking a favorite anything, because variety is the spice of life.

kenmc's avatar

My favorite song of all time is (probably) Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. This is because of its pure epicness.

TexasDude's avatar

It’s a tie between This Celluloid Dream or Veronica Sawyer Smokes, both by AFI, or Molly, 16 candles down the drain by Sponge.

I know it’s cliche’, but This Celluloid Dream has always spoken to me in a weird way. The lyrics sort of strike a certain nerve in my heart. Same goes for Veronica Sawyer. I’ve only recently heard Molly, but I can’t stop listening to it. I think it’s the weird nostalgic feel it carries.

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

I love many songs,but this one could be the made me cry the first time I heard it

cyn's avatar

I have a lot of favourite songs.
These are the just a few of the ones I love to listen to anytime:
When in Rome- The Promise, Arcade Fire-Wake Up, and of course, The Temper Trap- Sweet Disposition
Other artists include but are not limited to: Postal Service, U2, The Killers, Coldplay, The Cure, The Beatles, Tegan and Sara, The Police, Men at Work, Modest Mouse, and Metric…..

Blackberry's avatar

Solar Ascension (the chilled and lush version) by Al-pha-X. I realized it was my favorite song when it had been two years and it still made me feel good. It has been 3 years and it still has the same affect on me.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Pandora and @mcbealer I’m with both of you. I don’t really have one favorite song or one favorite book or one favorite movie, or one favorite food or one favorite much of anything. There are all sorts of songs and books and movies and foods and anythings that I like and am always hard pressed to pick a favorite when someone asks.

Pandora's avatar

@lillycoyote Yeah, as for novels though, I could definitely pick one. I absolutely love the Pride and the Prejudice. I’ve read it countless of times and seen every movie ever made of it. I just love the story, but more than that I love how the words make it come to life off the page. It was the first book that taught me to love reading. But songs for me are like perfumes and colognes. So many can bring up a memory or a feeling of a time period. Each memory so very different and special that I could never choose one over another.

slick44's avatar

Missy eliot, work it

lillycoyote's avatar

@Pandora I still couldn’t pick a favorite book but I think at one point I decided that if anyone ever put a gun to my head and said they would shoot me if I didn’t say what my favorite book was that I would tell them it was Cannery Row, but I’m not saying that’s my favorite book, it’s just what I would tell someone if my life depended on it. :)

Pandora's avatar

@lillycoyote :D I promise the gun has blanks. Hmm. Never read it. I may have to get it one day.
I might be shot dead for being indecisive in choosing one song.

plethora's avatar

I really can’t pick a favorite either. It depends on my mood. Right now I’m listening to “Never On Sunday” for about the tenth time in a row…:) mmmm…time for a change.

lawlipop's avatar

It’s hard for me to choose an all time favorite, but one of them would definitely be Brothers On A Hotel Bed by Death Cab For Cutie . It’s a beautiful song with a lot of meaning, and it really makes me think.

Pandora's avatar

@plethora, Switch your song choice to this. I think this one my choices for best soundtrack song with movie combined link

lawlipop's avatar

@Pandora If you want to talk about best soundtrack songs, listen to this.

lfino's avatar

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) – Green Day. I hope at the end of my life I can say that I spent many, many years having the time of my life.

filmfann's avatar

If you ask my friends and family what my favorite song was, they would tell you different answers, from I am the Walrus to La Vie En Rose. I really like Thelonious Monk’s Round Midnight, and I love As Time Goes By.
It really depends on the day you ask me, and my mood.
Today, right now, it’s probably Aretha Franklin’s Until You Come Back To Me.

Pandora's avatar

@lfino Wow, that song just gave me a thought. Would be great to play at my wake and then have spring put on my body to pop me up with my arms spread apart. Then everyone can say I gave them all something unpredictable an possibly gave them the time of their life. LOL
Unfortunately, I think the human body is too stiff for that but I got time to plan something out.
That song is now on my favorite lists. Thanks. :D

lfino's avatar

@Pandora – After rigor mortis, doesn’t the body go back again to being un-stiff? I thought I read that somewhere.

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

I’m with you on this one. Each time I am asked what my favourite song is, I choose one of the myriad that I like, and often tailor it to whoever is asking. For example, I would never say that a metal song is my favourite to my friends at university, because none of them listen to music any heavier than Coldplay.

Today, for Fluther, I will say my favourite song is High Hopes, originally by Pink Floyd, but I only know the Nightwish cover.

Pandora's avatar

@lfino, I believe your right, it loosens after 72 hours but I don’t know if embalming changes that.

lfino's avatar

@Pandora so you still might have your chance with your surprise party:)

Pandora's avatar

@lfino Yep! To bad I can’t hang back and watch. Of course my spouse and kids would have to have a head up, but it would be awesome.
Well good night all. Continue on. I’ll read anything else anyone has to add tomorrow. Thank you all for your answers. At least now I know, I am not alone in not being able to pick. Everyone I know seems to know exactly what song is their absolute favorite. Was beginning to think I was odd.

jazmina88's avatar

Runnin to Stand Still u2

It all moves your soul.
“Music answers questions we havent learned to ask yet.” me

FireMadeFlesh's avatar

I’ve just watched the video for the Pink Floyd version on YouTube, and its brilliant too.

Vunessuh's avatar

It’s impossible to pick just one favorite song, but Closer by Nine Inch Nails is definitely in my top 10 list.
I enjoy a lot of music by Johnny Cash, Muse, Evanescence, Sia, Adele, OneRepublic, Nine Inch Nails and the list goes on.
I’m currently in love with 9 Crimes by Damien Rice and Knives at the Wall by Liz Durrett.

OpryLeigh's avatar

No One by Alicia Keys

It makes me feel positive and like all is well in my world. There are many songs that make me feel calm and positive but none as much as this one.

ucme's avatar

Happy Birthday to me, yay pressies.Indulgent but true.

john65pennington's avatar

I was a disc jockey for many years and making this decision for just one song is almost impossible. i have played the gambit of music for people on AM and FM radio stations. but, i read a liner somehwere, that stated the true beat for rock and roll music, came from one song. this song was recorded in Memphis, Tn. in 1962, by an unknown artist at that time. he came to Memphis with his instrument and needed other musicians in order to record his music. this group of musicians became known as the MG’s.(Memphis Group). Booker T. Jones and Stax Records.

Booker T. and The MG’s became the background musicians for other blues recording artists like Sam and Dave(remember Soul Man?).

The artist was Booker T. and The MG’s and their beat that really started it all was heard in their big hit instrumental….....................

G R E E N O N I O N S.

Aethelwine's avatar

This is very hard to pick just one. When I fall in love with a song, it’s usually because of the music. Very rarely do I fall in love with the lyrics first.

I’m a sucker for bluesy music, so I would probably choose Blue Veins by The Raconteurs.

fullOFuselessINFO's avatar

In My Life, by the Beatles.
best song ever.
it deals with past, present, and future….
love. love. loveit.

mcbealer's avatar

@fullOFuselessINFO ~ that is a really great song :)

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