Ed's All-Time Favorite Songs
Last update and revision: June 15, 2016

Below is a list of my all-time favorite songs. It is sorted alphabetically, by song title.

I first began this list, in a non-electronic format, in the mid '70s !!

In order for a song to make this list, it has to be a favorite of mine for at least ten consecutive years.  (Now and them I make an exception.  Hey, it's my rule so I figure I can break it if I want to.)  This is why you see few songs, if any, from from 2006 to the present listed.

From time to time, I revise this list, removing songs I feel are no longer worthy of being included, and adding others I feel should now belong.

It is my goal to keep the number of songs on this list at 375 or less. (As of today there are exactly 365 songs listed.)  Believe me, there are literally thousands of other songs I enjoy listening to, but I don't consider them an "all-time favorite" and thus are not listed below.

Songs listed with an asterisk in the first column indicate this song is a top 50 favorite of mine.

The year listed on the fourth column indicates the year the song made the Billboard Charts and the number in the fifth column is the highest position this song reached on the Billboard Charts. Most of this information I've retrieved from the wonderful site Lyrics World.

An X in the final column indicates this artist is a "one hit wonder," meaning this was the only top 40 hit this artist ever had.

Corrections to this list, in regards to the actual song title, Billboard position, artist's name, etc., are gladly appreciated.




June 2016 Update:  Thanks to Jenna Lloyd of Irvine CA for pointing out that Janis Ian's At Seventeen was NOT a one hit wonder for her.  Society's Child, released in September of 1966, was a top 40 hit for her too.  It reached #14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

 

 

# * SONG ARTIST YEAR # O
H
W
1   50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Paul Simon 1975 1  
2   867-5309 / Jenny Tommy Tutone 1982 4 X
3 * 99 Luftballoons / 99 Red Balloons Nena 1983 2 X
4   ABC Jackson Five 1970 1  
5   Addicted To Love  Robert Palmer 1986 1  
6   Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band 1976 1 X
7   Against All Odds Phil Collins 1984 1  
8   Against The Wind Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 1980 5  
9   All Out Of Love Air Supply 1980 2  
10   Almost Paradise (Love Theme from Footloose) Mike Reno & Ann Wilson  1984 7 X
11   Always On My Mind Willie Nelson 1982 5  
12   American Girl Tom Petty ? -  
13 * American Pie Don Mclean 1971 1  
14   Angel Of The Morning Juice Newton 1981 4  
15   Angie Baby Helen Reddy 1974 1  
16 * Another One Bites The Dust Queen 1980 1  
17   Another Saturday Night Cat Stevens 1974 6  
18   At Seventeen Janis Ian 1975 3  
19   Babe Styx 1979 1  
20   Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me Mac Davis 1972 1  
21   Bad Bad Leroy Brown Jim Croce 1973 1  
22   Bad Blood Neil Sedaka 1975 1  
23 * Bad Day Daniel Powter 2005 1 X
24   Bad Moon Rising Creedance Clearwater Revival 1969 2  
25   Ballroom Blitz Sweet 1975 5  
26   Band On The Run Paul McCartney and Wings 1974 1  
27   Bang Shang A Lang Archies 1968 22  
28   Believe Cher 1999 1  
29   Believe It Or Not (Greatest American Hero Theme) Joey Scarbury 1981 2 X
30 * Best Of My Love Eagles 1975 1  
31 * Beth Kiss 1976 7  
32 * Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes 1981 1  
33   Bitch Meredith Brooks  1997 2 X
34   Black Water Doobie Brothers 1974 1  
35 * Blinded By The Light Manfred Man's Earthband 1976 1  
36   Blowin' In The Wind Peter, Paul, and Mary 1963 2  
37   Born In The U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen 1984 9  
38   Born To Run Bruce Springsteen 1975 23  
39   Boulevard Jackson Browne 1980 19  
40 * Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) Looking Glass 1972 1  
41   Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 1967 10  
42   California Girls Beach Boys 1965 3  
43   Call Me Blondie 1980 1  
44   Calypso John Denver 1975 2  
45   Candle In The Wind Elton John 1987 6  
46   Can't Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon 1985 1  
47 * Cat's In The Cradle Harry Chapin 1974 1  
48   Centerfiield John Fogerty 1984 44  
49   Centerfold  J. Geils Band 1982 1  
50   Coat Of Many Colors Dolly Parton ? -  
51   Come Sail Away Styx 1977 8  
52   Convoy C. W. McCall 1975 1 X
53   Could've Been Tiffany 1987 1  
54   Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.) Glen Campbell 1976 11  
55 * Cover Of The Rolling Stone Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show 1973 6  
56   Coward Of The County Kenny Rogers 1979 3  
57   Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen 1980 1  
58   Cups (cover) Anna Kendrick 2012 1  
59   Da Doo Ron Ron Shaun Cassidy 1977 1  
60   Dancing Queen ABBA 1977 1  
61   Daniel Elton John 1973 2  
62   Danny's Song Anne Murray 1973 7  
63 * Daydream Believer Monkees 1967 1  
64   Dead Ringer For Love Meat Loaf / Cher ? -  
65   December 1963 (Oh What A Night) Four Seasons 1976 1  
66 * Delta Dawn Helen Reddy 1973 1  
67   Desperado Eagles ? -  
68   Devil Went Down To Georgia, The Charlie Daniel's Band 1979 3  
69   Diary Bread 1972 15  
70   Disco Duck  Rick Dees 1976 1 X
71   Do Wah Diddy Diddy Manfred Mann 1966 1  
72   Do Ya Think I'm Sexy Rod Stewart 1978 1  
73   Doctor My Eyes Jackson Browne 1972 8  
74   Does Your Mother Know ABBA 1979 19  
75 * Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John / Kiki Dee 1976 1  
76   Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue Cyrstal Gayle 1977 2  
77   Don't Stand So Close To Me Police 1981 10  
78   Don't Stop Believin' Journey 1981 9  
79   Don't Worry Be Happy Bobby McFerrin 1988 1 X
80   Don't You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds 1985 1  
81   Don't You Want Me Human League 1982 1  
82   Dream Weaver Gary Wright 1976 2  
83   Drift Away Dobie Gray 1973 5  
84   Dust In The Wind Kansas 1978 6  
85   Ebony and Ivory Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder 1982 1  
86   Endless Love Diana Ross / Lionel Richie 1981 1  
87 * Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes 1979 1  
88   Eve Of Destruction Barry McGuire  1965 1 X
89 * Every Rose Has Its Thorn Poison 1988 1  
90   Every Woman In The World Air Supply 1981 5  
91   Everything I Own Bread 1972 5  
92   Eye Of The Tiger Survivor 1982 1  
93   Faith George Michael 1987 1  
94   Fast Car Tracy Chapman 1988 6  
95   Fat Bottomed Girls Queen 1978 24  
96   Father Figure George Michael 1988 1  
97   Flashdance - What A Feeling Irene Cara 1983 1  
98   Fly Away John Denver / Olivia Newton-John 1976 13  
99   Footloose Kenny Loggins 1984 1  
100   For Your Eyes Only Sheena Easton 1981 4  
101   Forever Young Rod Stewart 1988 12  
102   Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades Timbuk 3 1986 19 X
103 * Gambler, The Kenny Rogers 1978 16  
104   Games People Play Spinners 1975 5  
105   Ghostbusters Ray Parker, Jr. 1984 1  
106   Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper 1983 2  
107   God Bless The U.S.A. Lee Greenwood 1991 30  
108   God Blessed Texas Little Texas ? -  
109 * Good Girls Don't Knack 1979 11  
110   Goodbye Stranger Supertramp 1979 15  
111   Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John 1973 2  
112   Got My Mind Set On You George Harrison 1987 1  
113   Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves Cher 1971 1  
114 * Have You Never Been Mellow Olivia Newton-John 1975 1  
115   He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) Tony Orlando and Dawn 1975 1  
116   He Thinks He'll Keep Her Mary Chapin Carpenter ? -  
117   Heart Of Glass Blondie 1979 1  
118   Heart Of Rock & Roll, The Huey Lewis & The News 1984 6  
119   Heartache Tonight Eagles 1979 1  
120   Heat Wave Linda Ronstadt 1975 5  
121   Hey Jude Beatles 1968 1  
122   Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar 1980 9  
123   Holding Out For A Hero Bonnie Tyler 1984 34  
124 * Hollywood Nights Bob Seger 1978 12  
125   Homeward Bound Simon and Garfunkel 1966 5  
126   Hot Blooded Foreigner 1978 3  
127 * Hot Child In The City Nick Gilder 1978 1 X
128   Hotel California Eagles 1977 1  
129   How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You James Taylor 1975 5  
130   I Am A Rock Simon and Garfunkel 1966 3  
131   I Am Woman Helen Reddy 1972 1  
132   I Believe In Music B. J. Thomas ? -  
133   I Don't Know How To Love Him Helen Reddy 1971 13  
134   I Got A Name Jim Croce 1973 10  
135   I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher 1965 1  
136 * I Honestly Love You Olivia Newton-John 1974 1  
137   I Love A Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt 1980 1  
138 * I Love L.A. Randy Newman 1983 -  
139   I Only Want To Be With You Bay City Rollers 1976 12  
140   I Saw Her Standing There Beatles 1964 14  
141   I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For U2 1987 1  
142   I Think I Love You Partridge Family 1970 1  
143   I Think We're Alone Now Tiffany 1987 1  
144   I Want You To Want Me Cheap Trick 1979 7  
145 * I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart 1968 8  
146   I Write The Songs Barry Manilow 1976 1  
147 * I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) Meat Loaf 1993 1  
148   I'd Really Love To See You Tonight England Dan & John Ford Coley 1976 2  
149   If I Could Turn Back Time Cher 1989 3  
150   If I Had A Hammer Peter, Paul, and Mary 1962 10  
151   If You Could Read My Mind Love Gordon Lightfoot 1970 5  
152   I'll Be There Jackson Five 1970 1  
153   I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song Jim Croce 1974 9  
154   I'll Play For You Seals & Croft 1975 18  
155 * I'm A Believer Monkees 1966 1  
156   I'm Comin' Home Cindy Trini Lopez 1966 39  
157   I'm Not In Love 10cc 1975 2  
158   I'm Not Lisa Jessi Colter 1975 4 X
159   Imagine John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 1971 3  
160   Immigrant, The Neil Sedaka 1975 22  
161   In The Ghetto Elvis Presley 1969 3  
162   Indian Reservation Raiders 1971 1  
163   Is She Really Going Out With Him Joe Jackson 1979 21  
164   It's A Long Road Dan Hill 1982 -  
165 * It's Still Rock & Roll To Me Billy Joel 1980 1  
166   I've Done Everything For You Rick Springfield 1981 8  
167 * I've Never Been To Me Charlene 1982 3 X
168   Jack & Diane John Cougar 1982 1  
169   Jesse Carly Simon 1980 11  
170   Jessie's Girl Rick Springfield 1981 1  
171   Jet Paul McCartney and Wings 1974 7  
172   Jingle Jangle Archies 1970 10  
173   Just The Way You Are Billy Joel 1977 3  
174   Just What I Needed  Cars 1978 27  
175   Karma Chameleon Culture Club 1984 1  
176   Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon 1981 1  
177   Kentucky Rain Elvis Presley 1970 16  
178   Kiss You All Over Exile 1978 1  
179   Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn 1971 1  
180   Kodachrome Paul Simon 1973 2  
181   Kokomo Beach Boys 1987 1  
182   Lady Little River Band 1979 10  
183   Lady In Red Chris DeBurgh 1987 3  
184   Last Dance Donna Summer 1978 3  
185   Last Farewell, The Roger Whittaker 1975 19 X
186 * Last Kiss J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers 1964 2 X
187   Laughter In The Rain Neil Sedaka 1974 1  
188   Lazy Song, The Bruno Mars 2011 4  
189   Leader Of The Band, The Dan Fogelberg 1982 9  
190 * Leather And Lace Stevie Nicks / Don Henley 1982 6  
191   Leaving On A Jet Plane Peter, Paul, and Mary 1969 1  
192   Lemon Tree Trini Lopez ? ?  
193   Let It Be Beatles 1970 1  
194   Let Your Love Flow Bellamy Brothers 1975 1  
195   Let's Hear It For The Boy Deniece Williams 1984 1 X
196   Listen To What The Man Said Paul McCartney and Wings 1975 1  
197 * Lizzie And The Rainman Tanya Tucker 1975 37  
198   Loco-Motion, The Kylie Minogue 1988 3  
199   Lonesome Loser Little River Band 1979 6  
200   Look In My Eyes, Pretty Woman Tony Orlando and Dawn 1975 11  
201   Love Will Keep Us Together Captain and Tennile 1975 1  
202   Luka Suzanne Vega 1987 3  
203   Lyin' Eyes Eagles 1975 2  
204   Mad About You Belinda Carlisle  1986 3  
205 * Maggie May Rod Stewart 1971 1  
206   Make It With You Bread 1970 1  
207   Make Me Lose Control Eric Carmen 1988 3  
208 * Mandy Barry Manilow 1975 1  
209   Manic Monday Bangles 1986 2  
210   Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett 1977 8  
211   Midnight Special, The Creedance Clearwater Revival ? -  
212   Money For Nothing Dire Straits 1985 1  
213   Monster Mash Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers 1973 10  
214   More Than A Feeling Boston 1976 5  
215   Morning After, The Maureen McGovern 1973 1  
216   My Best Friends Girl Cars 1978 35  
217   My Eyes Adored You Franki Valli and the Four Seasons 1975 1  
218   My Sharona Knack 1979 1  
219   Never Can Say Goodbye Jackson Five 1971 2  
220   Night Moves Bob Seger 1976 4  
221 * Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia, The Vicki Lawrence 1973 1 X
222   Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Joan Baez 1971 3  
223   Nights Are Forever Without You England Dan & John Ford Coley 1976 10  
224   No No Song, The Ringo Starr 1975 3  
225   No One Is To Blame Howard Jones 1986 4  
226 * Nobody Sylvia 1982 15  
227 * Nobody Does It Better Carly Simon 1977 2  
228   Old Time Rock & Roll Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 1979 28  
229   One Man Woman / One Woman Man Paul Anka / Odia Coates 1975 7  
230   One Of These Nights Eagles 1975 1  
231 * One Tin Soldier (The Legend Of Billy Jack) Coven 1971 26 X
232   One Way Or Another Blondie 1979 24  
233   Only Sixteen Dr. Hook 1976 6  
234 * Only Yesterday Carpenters 1975 4  
235   Our Last Song Together Neil Sedaka ? -  
236   Paradise By The Dashboard Light Meat Loaf 1978 39  
237   Peaceful Easy Feeling Eagles 1973 22  
238   Philadelphia Freedom Elton John 1975 1  
239   Photograph Ringo Starr 1973 1  
240   Physical Olivia Newton-John 1981 1  
241   Piano Man Billy Joel 1974 25  
242 * Picture Kid Rock / Sheryl Crow 2002 4  
243 * Please Come To Boston Dave Loggins 1974 5  
244   Pretty Woman Roy Orbison 1964 1  
245   Proud Mary Creedance Clearwater Revival 1969 2  
246   Puff The Magic Dragon Peter, Paul, and Mary 1963 2  
247   Queen Of Hearts Juice Newton 1981 2  
248   Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head B.J. Thomas 1970 1  
249   Rainy Day People Gordon Lightfoot 1975 26  
250   Rainy Days And Mondays Carpenters 1971 2  
251   Reminicing Little River Band 1978 3  
252   Rhinestone Cowboy Glen Campbell 1975 1  
253 * Rock & Roll (I Gave You The Best Years Of My Life) Mac Davis 1975 15  
254   Rock & Roll All Nite Kiss 1975 12  
255   Rock Me Gently Andy Kim 1974 1  
256   Rock n Me Steve Miller Band 1976 1  
257 * Rocky (Your Love Is Safe With Me) Austin Roberts 1975 9  
258   Rocky Mountain High John Denver 1973 9  
259 * Rose, The Bette Midler 1980 3  
260   Royals Lorde 2013 1  
261   Run For The Roses Dan Fogelberg 1982 18  
262 * Running on Empty Jackson Browne 1978 11  
263 * Same Old Lang Syne Dan Fogelberg 1981 9  
264   Saturday Night Bay City Rollers 1976 1  
265   Science Fiction Double Feature Richard O'Brian 1975 -  
266   Seasons In The Sun Terry Jacks 1974 1 X
267   She Works Hard For The Money Donna Summer 1983 3  
268   She's Always A Woman Billy Joel 1978 17  
269   She's So Selfish Knack ? -  
270   Shilo  Neil Diamond 1970 24  
271   Shop Around Captain and Tennile 1976 4  
272   Short People  Randy Newman 1977 2 X
273   Signs Five Man Electrical Band 1971 3  
274   Silly Love Songs Paul McCartney and Wings 1976 1  
275   Sister Golden Hair America 1975 1  
276   Slip Slidin' Away Paul Simon 1977 5  
277   Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song B. J. Thomas 1975 1  
278   Somebody That I Used to Know Kimbra 2011 1  
279   Somebody's Baby Jackson Browne 1982 7  
280   Someone Saved My Life Tonight Elton John 1975 4  
281   Sometimes When We Touch Dan Hill 1978 9  
282   Sounds Of Silence, The Simon and Garfunkel 1965 1  
283   Special To Me Jessica Harper ? -  
284   Spiders And Snakes Jim Stafford 1973 3  
285   Stairway To Heaven Led Zeppelin 1971 -  
286   Steppin' Stone Monkees 1967 20  
287   Still The Same Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 1978 4  
288   Stumbin' In Suzi Quatro 1979 4 X
289 * Sugar, Sugar Archies 1969 1  
290   Summer Nights Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 1978 5  
291   Sundown Gordon Lightfoot 1974 1  
292   Sunshine On My Shoulders John Denver 1975 1  
293   Superstar Carpenters 1971 2  
294   Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley 1969 1  
295   Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond 1969 4  
296   Sweet City Woman Stampeders 1971 8  
297   Sweet Pea Tommy Roe 1966 8  
298   Take A Chance On Me ABBA 1978 3  
299   Take It On The Run REO Speedwagon 1981 5  
300   Take It To The Limit Eagles 1976 4  
301 * Take Me Home, Country Roads John Denver 1971 2  
302   Take The Long Way Home Supertramp 1979 10  
303   Take The Money and Run Steve Miller Band 1976 11  
304   Taxi Harry Chapin 1972 24  
305   Thank God I'm A Country Boy John Denver 1975 1  
306 * That Girl Could Sing Jackson Browne 1980 22  
307   That's Rock & Roll Shaun Cassidy 1977 3  
308   The Power Of Love Huey Lewis and the News 1985 1  
309   Then He Kissed Me Crystals 1963 6  
310   These Boots Are Made For Walkin' Nancy Sinatra 1966 1  
311   Things We Do For Love, The 10cc 1977 5  
312   Three Times A Lady Commodores 1978 1  
313   Thunder Island Jay Ferguson 1978 9  
314   Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree Tony Orlando and Dawn 1973 1  
315   Time After Time Cyndi Lauper 1984 1  
316   Time In A Bottle Jim Croce 1973 1  
317 * Tonight's the Night Rod Stewart 1976 1  
318   Top Of The World Carpenters 1973 1  
319   Torn Between Two Lovers Mary MacGregor 1976 1  
320   Total Eclipse of the Heart Bonnie Tyler 1983 2  
321   Tracks Of My Tears Linda Ronstadt 1976 25  
322   True Colors Cyndi Lauper 1986 1  
323 * Two Out Of Three 'Aint Bad Meat Loaf 1978 11  
324   Two Tickets To Paradise Eddie Money 1978 22  
325   Under The Boardwalk Drifters 1964 4  
326   Undercover Angel Alan O'Day 1977 1 X
327   Up Where We Belong Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes 1982 1  
328   Uptown Girl Billy Joel 1983 3  
329   Video Killed the Radio Star Buggles 1979 40 X
330   Viva Las Vegas Elvis Presley 1964 29  
331   Walk Like An Egyptian Bangles 1986 1  
332   Walk Of Life Dire Straits 1986 7  
333   Walking On Sunshine Katrina and the Waves 1985 9  
334   Way I Want To Touch You, The Captain and Tennile 1975 4  
335   We Are The Champions Queen 1977 4  
336   We Are The World USA for Africa 1985 1  
337   We Didn't Start The Fire Billy Joel 1989 1  
338   We Got The Beat Go-Go's 1982 2  
339   We Will Rock You Queen 1977 -  
340   Welcome Back John Sebastian 1976 1 X
341 * Werewolves of London Warren Zevon 1978 21 X
342   We've Got Tonight Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 1978 13  
343   We've Only Just Begun Carpenters 1970 2  
344   What A Wonderful World Garfunkel / Taylor / Simon 1978 17  
345   When He Shines Sheena Easton 1982 30  
346   When Will I Be Loved Linda Ronstadt 1975 2  
347   When You're In Love With A Beautiful Woman Dr. Hook 1979 6  
348   Where Have All The Cowboys Gone Paula Cole 1997 8 X
349   Where Have All The Flowers Gone Peter, Paul, and Mary 1962 -  
350   Whip It Devo 1980 14 X
351   Who Are You Who 1978 14  
352   Wild One Faith Hill 1993 ?  
353   With A Little Luck Paul McCartney and Wings 1978 1  
354   Woman John Lennon 1981 2  
355   Xanadu Newton-John / Electric Light Orchestra 1980 8  
356   Yesterday Beatles 1965 1  
357   You Don't Bring Me Flowers Barbra Streisand / Neil Diamond 1978 1  
358   You Light Up My Life Debby Boone 1977 1 X
359   You May Be Right Billy Joel 1980 7  
360   You Might Think Cars 1984 7  
361   You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth Meat Loaf 1978 39  
362 * Your Song Elton John 1971 8  
363 * You're In My Heart Rod Stewart 1977 4  
364   You're So Vain Carly Simon 1973 1  
365   You're The One That I Want Olivia Newton-John / John Travolta 1978 1