"Incense and Peppermints" - The Strawberry Alarm Clock
For a modern tune I can't get out of my head nor do I want to..
"My One and Only Thrill" - Melody Gardot
"God Only Knows", written by Brian Wilson (music) and Tony Asher (lyrics), performed by The Beach Boys, vocals by Carl Wilson.
"What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted", written by William Weatherspoon, Paul Riser, and James Dean, performed by Jimmy Ruffin. Joan Osborne has also recorded a great version.
"The Weight", written by J.R. Robertson, performed by, of course, The Band.
"No Time To Cry", written and performed by Iris Dement. An incredible song also recorded by Merle Haggard, Kasey Chambers, and Joe Nichols. Iris’ version remains the best.
No Lennon & McCartney songs? They imo were a good writing team (not so good without each other), not a great one. Some disagree with that assessment ;-) .
Honey Bobby Goldsboro
Yesterday When I was Young Roy Clark
Lost in Space Lighthouse Family
Out of at least a thousand candidates these are the 3 that currently come to mind.
I don't consider myself as at all religious, but looking at this list I'm not so sure.
All 3 are beautiful reminders as to the preciousness of loved ones and time itself.
Wicked Game- Chris Isaacs
Madame George- Van Morrison
In My Time of Dying-Led Zep
I guess I like sad songs. One rock critic wrote that Madame George is the saddest rock song ever written. In My Time of Dying is about death but it isn't really sad because "its got to be my Jesus"! The last line of Wicked Game is heartbreaking: "Nobody loves no one."
***List subject to change***