I don't like lists that rank things. But they sure are a quick way to piss people off and start heated debate (two of my favorite pastimes). My list of best songs ever probably would change depending on when I wrote this and what kind of mood I'm in (as I'm writing this I'm wondering if I should include "Brown-Eyed Girl" or not). So, I may not argue vehemently for this list since I'm not 100% sold myself but I am willing to argue nonetheless.
5. "Life in the Fast Lane"-- The Eagles. Try not to sing along to this song. I dare you. If you know even some of the words it's impossible. This song just rocks. Nothing else to say.
4. "Hey Jude"-- The Beatles. You can't have a top 5 list without a Beatles song. There may be other songs of theirs you'd put here but for me, this is the one. This song gets me every time. It's about taking a chance on love and the effect it has on you. How can you not like that?
3. "All Along the Watchtower"--Jimi Hendrix. Yes, I know this was originally a Bob Dylan song but 99% of America didn't. So while technically this is a cover it is one of the most bad ass songs ever. I'd be lying if I told you I knew what it was about but that just doesn't matter when you're listening to it. And for those of you who think you don't like Jimi Hendrix then you must not like songs with guitar playing in it because everyone that came after Jimi was influenced by Jimi.
2. "Stairway to Heaven"--Led Zeppelin. I tried not to put this on the list because it makes you seem like a poser. This song is on every one's list. But it's there for a reason. It's just plain awesome. I've heard people say there is a hidden Satanic message if you play this song backwards. If that's true then this song is even more awesome because they wrote a great song forward that really has a backwards message. How hard is that?
1. "American Pie"--Don McLean. You're asking yourself why. This is the only song on the list that I would defend to the last word. This song is like an epic poem put to music. I don't even like Buddy Holly(that's who the song is about) and yet it makes me feel. If you think this song doesn't belong you really need to lock yourself in a room and listen a few times. Seriously....
There are many bands I love that wouldn't make this list ever (Rush, Yes, Soundgarden) because this list is about individual songs that transcend time and genre. And no you can't put anything on this list less than 10 years old. If anybody tries to argue that someone like Nickelback should be on here, you're an idiot.