What makes this a perfect song for you?
It would be great to hear peoples perspectives on why a song resonates with them. Is it the lyrics, the music, the set of instrumentation chosen, the fidelity...?
The first several I thought of:
In Dreams by Roy Orbison
Thunder Road by Bruce Springsteen
If I Loved You by Rogers and Hammerstein
On The Street Where You Live by Lerner and Loewe
Somewhere by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim
Interestingly, they all share the theme of young love/lust/yearning!
Jackson Browne "For A Dancer"
Joni Mitchell "Both Sides Now"
Bob Dylan "Just Like A Woman"
Jimi Hendrix "Axis: Bold As Love"
The Beatles "I Saw Her Standing There"
Rolling Stones "Wild Horses"
Paul Simon "Sounds Of Silence"
Smokey Robinson "My Girl"
The Who "Won't Be Fooled Again"
The Doors "Light My Fire"
Yeah...HS Class of "69 and it shows...
My definition of a perfect song is one that is written and performed so well that it is impossible to grow tired of it, no matter how much it gets overplayed. A few examples that immediately come to mind are:
I'll Be the One - Badfinger
The Morning Fog - Kate Bush
Tired of Waiting - The Kinks
All I Want - Toad the Wet Sprocket
Gimme Shelter- Rolling Stones
Be My Baby- The Ronettes
What’s Going On- Marvin Gaye
Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Judy Garland
Layla- Derek and the Dominoes (Eric Clapton, Duane Allman)
Somewhere (There’s a Place for Us)- From the Original West Side Story-
You Really Got Me- The Kinks
Angel- Aretha Franklin
Thin Line Between Love and Hate- The Pretenders
Wrecking Ball- Emmylou Harris
Anarchy in the UK- Sex Pistols
I Fall to Pieces- Patsy Cline
A perfect song would be akin to pure musical pleasure.
You’d never get tired of it, and it would never fail to resonate with you.
I agree with what @kb54 said earlier.
For me also the theme of young love/ lust / yearning never loses its charm and never gets old.
It’s the stuff of life itself.
@atp001 I think the Decemberists song is "perfect" for many reasons. It has a nostalgic quality with its reference to naivete at 17, driving your parent’s car and at the lake with a girl you admire but don’t know quite what to do. The fleeting nature of the relationship and at the end the song becomes almost melancholy. Then there is the style of the song (forgive me, I’m no musician) where the intensity builds and then subsides which is analogous to ’breathing". Of course there are the brilliant lyrics of Colin Meloy...
And on this station wagon window
There is also great guitar work that supports the lyrics and establishes the overall "feel" of the song. Sure there is much music that I like but this one is really sticking in my brain. I guess that’s another thing that makes it "perfect" is the fact that I don’t mind hearing it over and over. I try to temper myself however because just like any really savory food, you don’t want to eat it too often or it will become boring. How is that for an explanation?
@lancer705 The Gregory Alan Isakov tune was great. I really like the lyrics and vocals. The videography was amazing!
Thanks for posting "Dark-Eyed Cossack Girl".
I was going to skip listening to it but I'm glad that I didn't.
That is simply a brilliantly uplifting song, and what a classic rendition!