Gordon Lightfoot’s 20 Best Songs

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Today marks the 79th birthday of Canadian icon, Gordon Lightfoot.

The singer-songwriter has had his songs covered by the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Barbara Streisand, and more. Bob Dylan famously said that when he heard a Lightfoot song, he wished “it would last forever”.

Lightfoot has received plenty of accolades over his long career including:

  • The Companion of the Order of Canada (Canada’s highest civilian honour)
  • The Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, Canada’s highest honour in the performing arts
  • The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario
  • Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame
  • To honour Lightfoot on his birthday, we’re counting down 20 of his best songs.

    20. “That Same Old Obsession”

    19. “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues”

    18. “I’m Not Sayin'”

    17. “A Painter Passing Through”

    16. “Baby Step Back”

    15. “If You Need Me”

    14. “Dream Street Rose”

    13. “Beautiful”

    12. “Talking in Your Sleep”

    11. “Summer Side of Life”

    10. “Rainy Day People”

    9. “Carefree Highway”

    8. “Me and Bobby McGee”

    7. “Spin Spin”

    6. “The Circle Is Small (I Can See It in Your Eyes)”

    5. “(Remember Me) I’m the One”

    4. “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”

    3. “Sundown”

    2. “You Are What I Am”

    1. “If You Could Read My Mind”

    Which Gordon Lightfoot song is your favourite? Let us know in the comments below!

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