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Looks like I have the same taste in music as petesglo. But if the criteria is that these songs will still be sung to in 100 years, they need to be the type of songs that have universal appeal. Based on that, I choose:
1)Yesterday-the Beatles. The most covered song of all time! Who could disagree with that. One of the first to convince naysayers that rock and roll is here to stay.
2)Nights in White Satin-Moody Blues. One of the first to join rock and classical music. And the rest is history.
3) Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong. Universal theme. And that voice!
4)Blowin in the Wind- Peter, Paul and Mary's harmonious cover of Bob Dylan. Are the answers any more clear today?
5) Drift Away- Dobie Gray. A song about music's power to take us out of reality into our comfort zone. Is there anyone who can't relate to that?
Interestingly, there seem to be two very similar "best song" forums on AARP - the other one has 34 posts so far.
I like naddabb's choices. For one thing, I'm a fan of the underappreciated Dobie Gray.
One can choose a category of music. A category that I like could be called "transformational" or "apocalyptic". Here are a few of those, in no particular order:
* Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
* Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
* All Along the Watchtower - Bob Dylan
* I Shall Be Released - The Band (comp. Bob Dylan)
* Chest Fever - The Band
* After the Goldrush - Neil Young
* The Old Laughing Lady - Neil Young
* The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
* The Boy In the Bubble - Paul Simon
* Question - The Moody Blues
* Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
* San Jacinto - Peter Gabriel
* Signal To Noise - Peter Gabriel
* Chicago - Sufjan Stevens
* Saeglopur - Sigur Ros