Paul Simon Birthday

Happy Birthday Paul Simon! His 20 Best Songs

Happy birthday, Paul Simon! The legendary singer-songwriter turns 76 today.

As one-half of Simon & Garfunkel, the singer contributed to legendary songs like “Cecilia”, “My Little Town” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

But he also carved a path on his own after the duo dissolved, most notably his 1986 album Graceland, which sold 16 million copies worldwide.

Most recently, Paul Simon released Stranger to Stranger last year, and performed last month with Billy Joel and Miley Cyrus at Joel’s Madison Square Garden concert.

To celebrate his legacy, we’re counting down Paul Simon’s 20 best songs–both with Garfunkel and on his solo endeavours.

20. Simon & Garfunkel – “At the Zoo”

19. Paul Simon – “Slip Slidin’ Away”

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Tom Petty 20 Best Songs

Tom Petty’s 20 Best Songs

His sudden and cruelly early passing gives a sad finality to our playlist of 20 of the best Tom Petty songs on record, but the selection only underscores what a huge loss he is. It covers his 38-year span of studio albums with his beloved Heartbreakers, the best of his solo work and of course his time as a member of perhaps the most impromptu supergroup of them all, the Traveling Wilburys.

The introduction of Petty’s incisive songwriting, sharp-tongued lyrics, and distinctive vocals came when he and the Heartbreakers debuted on disc in 1976, but it was in the UK that they received their first chart placings. They had minor British top 40 hits from that LP with both ‘Anything That’s Rock ‘n’ Roll’ and ‘American Girl’ that new wave-fuelled summer, well before ‘Breakdown,’ from the same disc, hit the Hot 100 in November. To this day, it’s hard to believe that the anthemic ‘American Girl’ never showed on that US chart.

After that high-octane start to their singles life, our playlist continues with many of the classic Heartbreakers songs that helped turn them into one of America’s prime exponents of urgent, intelligent contemporary rock ‘n’ roll. ‘Don’t Do Me Like That’ and ‘Refugee’ were both part of 1979’s memorable third album, before the band made a superb cameo on ‘Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around,’ from Stevie Nicks’ 1981 solo album Bella Donna.

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The Verve

The Verve’s 20 Best Songs

Today is The Verve singer Richard Ashcroft’s 46th birthday!

The band experienced a breakthrough 20 years ago with the release of its 1997 album, Urban Hymns, one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history.

Hit single “Bitter Sweet Symphony” peaked at #2 on the UK singles charts and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, but was marred by controversy: the string section is based on an Andrew Loog Oldham orchestral version of The Rolling Stones‘ song “The Last Time.” There was a plagiarism charge as a result, The Verve gave up all royalties for the song, and Keith Richards and Mick Jagger were added as songwriters.

Despite this, The Verve soldiered on, and produced many excellent singles until their breakup in 2009.

Here are 20 of the band’s best tracks:

20. Sonnet

19. Shoeshine Girl

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Barry White

Remembering Barry White With 20 Of His Essential Classics

On July 4, 2003, we lost Barry White on his 29th wedding anniversary.

While undergoing dialysis and awaiting a kidney transplant in May 2003, White had suffered a severe stroke, leaving the public eye. Two months later, at the age of 58, the world lost the legend.

White’s career accomplishments are nothing short of incredible: 106 gold albums worldwide, 41 of which also attained platinum status. He also had 20 gold and 10 platinum singles, plus his worldwide record sales have surpassed 100 million.

On the anniversary of his death, we’re taking a look at 20 essential Barry White songs:

20. “Put Me In Your Mix”

19. “Playing Your Game Baby”

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