Ed's All-Time Favorite Songs
Last update and revision: June 8, 2019   (10:07 pm)

Below is a list of my 506 all-time favorite songs.  It is sorted alphabetically by song title.

I'm very proud of this list.  I've been compiling it off and on, for a long time.  In fact, you could say I've been working on it over a period of almost 45 years! 

I first began the list, in the early to mid 1970s!  (Back then I kept track of the songs I liked on paper, of course.)  For years, every time I heard a song I really liked on the radio or television or wherever, I would make a mental note to add it to my list, assuming it wasn't already there.

In order for a song to make this list, and be considered an all-time favorite, one of my "rules" is the song has to be a favorite of mine for at least ten consecutive years.  This is why you see no songs (or very few) from 2009 to the present listed.  (Now and then I do make an exception.  Hey, it's my rule so I figure I can break it if I want to.  Currently there are seven such exceptions.)

However, you probably won't see very many songs from the last 20 or so years EVER listed here, because for the most part, most everything from 1995 onward is crap.

From time to time, I revise the list, removing songs that are no longer an all-time favorite, either because my taste has changed a bit, or because I simply need to make room on the list for the recent songs that are now eligible that I wish to include.  (It is my goal to try to keep the number of songs on this list at, or very near, 500.  The list contained exactly 500 songs for a very long time, but I recently added a few more, and I haven't yet decided which ones, if any, should be removed.)

Believe me, there are literally thousands of other songs I enjoy listening to.  My personal MP3 collection, that I've been adding to and editing and working on for more than 20 years, includes more than 1,600 songs, and every single one of them I enjoy.  So yes, for a song to make this all-time favorite list, it really has to be special. 

Note that only one song of each title may be listed!!  (That's another "Ed Rule.")  For example, I really like the song Son Of A Preacher Man, by Dusty Springfield.  And yet I also like Nancy Sinatra's version, Tanya Tucker's version, and Sarah Connor's version!  But under the rules for this list, I can only list the song one time.  (Dusty's version gets the nod... but just barely.  I like the others too.)  My actual MP3 collection of  songs has no such limitation, and thus I have a copy of all four of the above versions mentioned.

Songs listed with an asterisk (*) in the second column indicate this song is a Top 100 Favorite! 

Songs listed with a double asterisk (**) in the second column indicate this song is a Top 25 Favorite!  (Note:  Currently 28, not 25 songs have a double asterisk.)   For a song to be given two asterisks, out of a total 1,600+ songs in my collection, that's high praise indeed!

The year listed in the fifth column indicates the year the song made the Billboard Hot 100 list.

The number in the sixth column is the highest position this song reached in the Billboard Hot 100.

If there is a year listed in the seventh column, it means this song was the Billboard Number 1 Song (Pop Chart) for that entire year.

Finally, a "Yes" in the final column indicates this song by this artist is a One Hit Wonder!   (A One Hit Wonder means this song is the only Billboard Top 40 Hit this artist EVER had.)


The breakdown of songs by decade looks like this:

  1950s 2 songs .3.94%
  1960s 61 songs 12.03%
  1970s 285 songs 56.21%
  1980s 128 songs 25.26%
  1990s 14 songs 2.76%
  2000s 9 songs 1.97%
  2010s 7 songs 1.38%
    506 songs  

It should be no surprise that more than 80% of my all-time favorite songs are from the greatest era in music... the '70s and '80s!

Enjoy the list!




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 way back in September of 1966, was also a top 40 hit for her!  (It reached #14 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.)

I'm still coming across other small errors.  For example, they are the Jackson 5, not the Jackson Five Wings sang Silly Love Songs, not Paul McCartney & Wings.  The name of the group is Barenaked Ladies, not Bare Naked Ladies.  I recently fixed all of these errors and with a list of this size, I suspect there may be a few more.  Any such errors pointed out to me will be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

 
 
# * SONG ARTIST YEAR BILLBOARD
TOP 100
PEAK
BILLBOARD
YEAR-END
POP CHART
ONE
HIT
WONDER
1   1234 Feist 2007 8   Yes
2   (I've Had) The Time Of My Life Bill Medley / Jennifer Warnes 1987 1   Yes
3   (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear Elvis Presley 1957 1    
4   21 Jump Street Holly Robinson 1987 -   n/a
5   50 Ways To Leave Your Lover Paul Simon 1975 1    
6   867-5309 / Jenny Tommy Tutone 1982 4   Yes
7   88 Lines About 44 Women Nails 1984 -   n/a
8   9 To 5 Dolly Parton 1981 1    
9 ** 99 Red Balloons Nena 1983 2   Yes
10   ABC Jackson Five 1970 1    
11   Addicted To Love  Robert Palmer 1986 1    
12 * Afternoon Delight Starland Vocal Band 1976 1   Yes
13   Against All Odds Phil Collins 1984 1    
14   Against The Wind Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 1980 5    
15   All About That Bass Meghan Trainor 2014 1    
16   All By Myself Eric Carmen 1975 2    
17   All I Wanna Do Sheryl Crow 1994 2    
18   All Out Of Love Air Supply 1980 2    
19   Almost Paradise (Love Theme from Footloose) Mike Reno / Ann Wilson  1984 7   Yes
20   Already Gone Eagles 1974 32    
21   Always On My Mind Willie Nelson 1982 5    
22   American Girl Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 1976 -   n/a
23 ** American Pie Don Mclean 1971 1    
24   Angel Of The Morning Juice Newton 1981 4    
25   Angie Rolling Stones 1973 1    
26   Angie Baby Helen Reddy 1974 1    
27 * Another One Bites The Dust Queen 1980 1    
28   Another Saturday Night Sam Cooke 1963 10    
29   As Long As We Got Each Other B. J. Thomas / Jennifer Warnes 1989 7    
30   At Seventeen Janis Ian 1975 3    
31   Babe Styx 1979 1    
32 * Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me Mac Davis 1972 1    
33   Baby Makes Her Blue Jeans Talk Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show 1982 25    
34   Bad Bad Leroy Brown Jim Croce 1973 1    
35   Bad Blood Neil Sedaka 1975 1    
36 * Bad Day Daniel Powter 2005 1 2006 Yes
37   Bad Moon Rising Creedance Clearwater Revival 1969 2    
38   Bad Things Jace Everett 2005 -   n/a
39   Ballroom Blitz Sweet 1975 5    
40   Band On The Run Paul McCartney and Wings 1974 1    
41   Bang Shang A Lang Archies 1968 22    
42   Bat Out Hell Meat Loaf 1993 1    
43   Believe Cher 1999 1 1999  
44   Believe It Or Not (Greatest American Hero Theme) Joey Scarbury 1981 2   Yes
45 ** Best Of My Love Eagles 1975 1    
46 ** Beth Kiss 1976 7    
47 ** Bette Davis Eyes Kim Carnes 1981 1 1981  
48   Big Bad John Jimmy Dean 1961 1   n/a
49   Big Bang Theory Theme Barenaked Lades 2007 -   n/a
50   Bitch Meredith Brooks  1997 2   Yes
51   Black Water Doobie Brothers 1974 1    
52 * Blinded By The Light Manfred Man's Earth Band 1976 1    
53   Blowin' In The Wind Peter, Paul and Mary 1963 2    
54   Born In The U.S.A. Bruce Springsteen 1984 9    
55   Born To Run Bruce Springsteen 1975 23    
56   Boulevard Jackson Browne 1980 19    
57   Boxer, The Simon & Garfunkel 1969 7    
58 ** Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) Looking Glass 1972 1    
59   Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 1967 10    
60   California Girls Beach Boys 1965 3    
61   Call Me Blondie 1980 1 1980  
62   Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen 2012 1    
63   Calling Occupants of Interplanatary Craft Carpenters 1977 32    
64   Calypso John Denver 1975 2    
65   Candle In The Wind Elton John 1987 6 1997  
66   Can't Put A Price On Love Knack 1980 62   n/a
67 * Cat's In The Cradle Harry Chapin 1974 1    
68 ** Centerfield John Fogerty 1984 44   n/a
69 * Centerfold  J. Geils Band 1982 1    
70   Chevy Van Sammy Johns 1973 5    
71   City Of New Orleans Arlo Guthrie 1971 18    
72   Coat Of Many Colors Dolly Parton 1971 -   n/a
73   Come Sail Away Styx 1977 8    
74   Coming To America Neil Diamond 1980 8    
75   Convoy C. W. McCall 1975 1   Yes
76   Could've Been Tiffany 1987 1    
77   Country Boy (You Got Your Feet In L.A.) Glen Campbell 1976 11    
78 ** Cover Of The Rolling Stone Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show 1973 6    
79   Coward Of The County Kenny Rogers 1979 3    
80   Cracklin Rosie Neil Diamond 1970 1    
81   Crazy Little Thing Called Love Queen 1980 1    
82   Crimson & Clover Tommy James & The Shondells 1968 1    
83   Da Doo Ron Ron Shaun Cassidy 1977 1    
84 * Dancing Queen ABBA 1977 1    
85   Danger Zone Kenny Loggins 1986 2    
86   Daniel Elton John 1973 2    
87   Danny's Song Anne Murray 1973 7    
88 * Daydream Believer Monkees 1967 1    
89   Dead Ringer For Love Meat Loaf / Cher 1981 -   n/a
90 ** December 1963 (Oh What A Night) Franki Valli and the Four Seasons 1976 1    
91 * Delta Dawn Helen Reddy 1973 1    
92   Desperado Eagles 1973 -   n/a
93   Devil Went Down To Georgia, The Charlie Daniel's Band 1979 3    
94   Diary Bread 1972 15    
95   Disco Duck  Rick Dees 1976 1   Yes
96   Disney Girls Captain and Tennille 1975 -   n/a
97   Do Wah Diddy Diddy Manfred Mann 1966 1    
98   Do Ya Think I'm Sexy Rod Stewart 1978 1    
99   Do You Really Want To Hurt Me Culture Club 1982 2    
100   Doctor My Eyes Jackson Browne 1972 8    
101 * Does Your Mother Know ABBA 1979 19    
102 * Don't Go Breaking My Heart Elton John / Kiki Dee 1976 1    
103   Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue Cyrstal Gayle 1977 2    
104   Don't Stand So Close To Me Police 1981 10    
105   Don't Stop Believin' Journey 1981 9    
106   Don't Worry Be Happy Bobby McFerrin 1988 1   Yes
107 * Don't You (Forget About Me) Simple Minds 1985 1    
108   Don't You Want Me Human League 1982 1    
109   Double Vision Foreigner 1978 2    
110   Dream Weaver Gary Wright 1976 2    
111   Drift Away Dobie Gray 1973 5    
112   Dust In The Wind Kansas 1978 6    
113   Ebony and Ivory Paul McCartney / Stevie Wonder 1982 1    
114   Edge Of Seventeen Stevie Nicks 1981 11    
115   Endless Love Diana Ross / Lionel Richie 1981 1    
116 * Escape (The Pina Colada Song) Rupert Holmes 1979 1    
117 * Eve Of Destruction Barry McGuire  1965 1   Yes
118 * Every Rose Has Its Thorn Poison 1988 1    
119   Every Woman In The World Air Supply 1981 5    
120   Everything I Own Bread 1972 5    
121   Eye Of The Tiger Survivor 1982 1    
122   Faith George Michael 1987 1 1988  
123 * Fast Car Tracy Chapman 1988 6    
124 ** Fat Bottomed Girls Queen 1978 24    
125   Father Figure George Michael 1988 1    
126   Fernando ABBA 1976 13    
127   First Cut Is The Deepest, The Sheryl Crow 2004 14    
128   Flashdance - What A Feeling Irene Cara 1983 1    
129   Fly Away John Denver / Olivia Newton-John 1976 13    
130   Footloose Kenny Loggins 1984 1    
131   For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield 1967 7    
132   For Your Eyes Only Sheena Easton 1981 4    
133 * Forever Young Rod Stewart 1988 12    
134   Fox On The Run Sweet 1974 5    
135   Free Fallin' Tom Petty 1989 7    
136   Freeze Frame J. Geils Band 1982 4    
137 * Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades Timbuk 3 1986 19   Yes
138 * Gambler, The Kenny Rogers 1978 16    
139   Games People Play Spinners 1975 5    
140   Ghostbusters Ray Parker, Jr. 1984 1    
141   Girls Just Want To Have Fun Cyndi Lauper 1983 2    
142   God Bless The U.S.A. Lee Greenwood 1991 16   Yes
143   God Blessed Texas Little Texas 1993 55   n/a
144 ** Good Girls Don't Knack 1979 11    
145 * Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) Green Day 1997 -   n/a
146   Good Times Roll Cars 1978 41   n/a
147   Goodbye Stranger Supertramp 1979 15    
148   Goodbye Yellow Brick Road Elton John 1973 2    
149   Got My Mind Set On You George Harrison 1987 1    
150   Grease Franki Valli and the Four Seasons 1978 1    
151   Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves Cher 1971 1    
152   Harper Valley P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley 1968 1    
153   Have You Never Been Mellow Olivia Newton-John 1975 1    
154   He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) Tony Orlando and Dawn 1975 1    
155 * He Thinks He'll Keep Her Mary Chapin Carpenter 1993 -   n/a
156   Heart Of Glass Blondie 1979 1    
157   Heart Of Rock & Roll, The Huey Lewis & The News 1984 6    
158   Heartache Tonight Eagles 1979 1    
159   Heartbreaker Pat Benatar 1979 23    
160   Heat Wave Linda Ronstadt 1975 5    
161   Heaven Is A Place On Earth Belinda Carlisle  1987 1    
162   Help Me Rhonda Beach Boys 1965 1    
163   Hey Jude Beatles 1968 1 1968  
164   Hit Me With Your Best Shot Pat Benatar 1980 9    
165   Holding Out For A Hero Bonnie Tyler 1984 34    
166 ** Hollywood Nights Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 1978 12    
167   Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel 1966 5    
168   Hot Blooded Foreigner 1978 3    
169 ** Hot Child In The City Nick Gilder 1978 1   Yes
170   Hotel California Eagles 1977 1    
171   How Deep Is Your Love Bee Gees 1977 20    
172   How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You James Taylor 1975 5    
173   I Am A Rock Simon & Garfunkel 1966 3    
174   I Am Woman Helen Reddy 1972 1    
175   I Believe In Music Mac Davis 1972 -   n/a
176   I Can't Fight This Feeling REO Speedwagon 1985 1    
177   I Don't Know How To Love Him Helen Reddy 1971 13    
178   I Got A Name Jim Croce 1973 10    
179   I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher 1965 1    
180 ** I Honestly Love You Olivia Newton-John 1974 1    
181   I Love A Rainy Night Eddie Rabbitt 1980 1    
182 ** I Love L.A. Randy Newman 1983 -   n/a
183   I Only Want To Be With You Bay City Rollers 1976 12    
184   I Saw Her Standing There Beatles 1964 14    
185   I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For U2 1987 1    
186   I Think I Love You Partridge Family 1970 1    
187   I Think We're Alone Now Tiffany 1987 1    
188   I Want You To Want Me Cheap Trick 1979 7    
189 * I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart 1968 8    
190   I Write The Songs Barry Manilow 1976 1    
191 * I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) Meat Loaf 1993 1    
192   I'd Lie For You And That's The Truth Meat Loaf 1995 13    
193   I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing New Seekers 1971 7    
194   I'd Really Love To See You Tonight England Dan & John Ford Coley 1976 2    
195   If I Could Turn Back Time Cher 1989 3    
196   If I Had A Hammer Trini Lopez 1965 3    
197   If You Could Read My Mind Love Gordon Lightfoot 1970 5    
198   If You Leave Me Now Chicago 1976 1    
199   I'll Be There Jackson Five 1970 1    
200   I'll Follow You Into The Dark Death Cab For Cutie 2005 -   n/a
201   I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song Jim Croce 1974 9    
202   I'll Play For You Seals & Croft 1975 18    
203 ** I'm A Believer Monkees 1966 1    
204   I'm Comin' Home Cindy Trini Lopez 1966 39    
205   I'm Henry The VII I Am Herman's Hermits 1965 1    
206   I'm Into Something Good Herman's Hermits 1964 38    
207   I'm Not In Love 10cc 1975 2    
208   I'm Not Lisa Jessi Colter 1975 4   Yes
209   Imagine John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 1971 3    
210   Immigrant, The Neil Sedaka 1975 22    
211 * In The Ghetto Elvis Presley 1969 3    
212   In The Year 2525 Zager & Evans 1968 1    
213   Indian Reservation Paul Revere & the Raiders 1971 1    
214 * Is She Really Going Out With Him Joe Jackson 1979 21    
215   It's A Long Road Dan Hill 1982 -   n/a
216   It's A Miracle Barry Manilow 1974 12    
217 * It's Still Rock & Roll To Me Billy Joel 1980 1    
218   I've Done Everything For You Rick Springfield 1981 8    
219 * I've Never Been To Me Charlene 1982 3   Yes
220   Jack & Diane John Cougar Mellencamp 1982 1    
221   Jesse Carly Simon 1980 11    
222   Jessie's Girl Rick Springfield 1981 1    
223   Jet Paul McCartney and Wings 1974 7    
224   Jingle Jangle Archies 1970 10    
225 * Jive Talkin' Bee Gees 1975 1    
226   Johnny Angel Shelley Fabares 1961 1    
227   Joy To The World Three Dog Night 1971 1 1971  
228   Just The Way You Are Billy Joel 1977 3    
229   Just What I Needed  Cars 1978 27    
230 * Karma Chameleon Culture Club 1984 1    
231 ** Keep On Loving You REO Speedwagon 1981 1    
232   Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow Sammy Davis Jr. 1976 20    
233   Kentucky Rain Elvis Presley 1970 16    
234   King Tut Steve Martin 1978 17    
235   Kiss You All Over Exile 1978 1    
236   Knock Three Times Tony Orlando and Dawn 1971 1    
237 * Kodachrome Paul Simon 1973 2    
238   Kokomo Beach Boys 1987 1    
239   Lady Styx 1973 6    
240   Lady In Red Chris De Burgh 1987 3    
241   Last Dance Donna Summer 1978 3    
242 * Last Farewell, The Roger Whittaker 1975 19   Yes
243 * Last Kiss J. Frank Wilson and The Cavaliers 1964 2   Yes
244   Last Train To Clarksville Monkees 1966 1    
245   Laughter In The Rain Neil Sedaka 1974 1    
246   Lazy Song, The Bruno Mars 2011 4    
247   Leader Of The Band, The Dan Fogelberg 1982 9    
248 * Leather And Lace Stevie Nicks / Don Henley 1982 6    
249   Leaving On A Jet Plane Peter, Paul and Mary 1969 1    
250   Lemon Tree Trini Lopez 1965 20    
251   Let It Be Beatles 1970 1    
252   Let Your Love Flow Bellamy Brothers 1975 1    
253   Let's Hear It For The Boy Deniece Williams 1984 1   Yes
254   Life's Been Good To Me So Far Joe Walsh 1978 12    
255   Lion Sleeps Tonight, The Robert John 1971 3    
256   Listen To The Band Monkees 1969 63   n/a
257   Listen To What The Man Said Paul McCartney and Wings 1975 1    
258   Little Red Corvette Prince 1983 6    
259   Livin' On A Prayer Bon Jovi 1986 1    
260 * Lizzie And The Rainman Tanya Tucker 1975 37    
261   Loco-Motion, The Grand Funk Railroad 1974 1    
262   Logical Song, The Supertramp 1979 6    
263   Lonesome Loser Little River Band 1979 6    
264   Look In My Eyes, Pretty Woman Tony Orlando and Dawn 1975 11    
265   Look of Love, The ABC 1982 18    
266   Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma New Seekers 1970 -   n/a
267   Lost In Love Air Supply 1980 3    
268   Love American Style Charlie Fox Singers 1972 -   n/a
269   Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes Edison Lighthouse 1969 5   Yes
270   Love Is Like A Butterfly Dolly Parton 1974 -   n/a
271   Love Will Keep Us Together Captain and Tennille 1975 1 1975  
272   Luka Suzanne Vega 1987 3    
273   Lyin' Eyes Eagles 1975 2    
274   Mad About You Belinda Carlisle  1986 3    
275 ** Maggie May Rod Stewart 1971 1    
276   Make It With You Bread 1970 1    
277   Make Me Lose Control Eric Carmen 1988 3    
278   Mamma Mia ABBA 1975 32    
279 * Mandy Barry Manilow 1975 1    
280   Manic Monday Bangles 1986 2    
281   Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett 1977 8    
282   Material Girl Madonna 1984 2    
283   Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard Paul Simon 1972 22    
284   Midnight Special, The Creedance Clearwater Revival 1969 -   n/a
285 * Money For Nothing Dire Straits 1985 1    
286   Monster Mash Bobby "Boris" Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers 1973 10    
287   More Than A Feeling Boston 1976 5    
288   Morning After, The Maureen McGovern 1973 1    
289   Morning Side Of The Mountain Donny & Marie Osmond 1974 8    
290   Mother & Child Reunion Paul Simon 1972 4    
291 * My Best Friends Girl Cars 1978 35    
292 * My Eyes Adored You Franki Valli and the Four Seasons 1975 1    
293   My Girl Bill Jim Stafford 1974 12    
294   My Little Town Simon & Garfunkel 1975 9    
295 * My Sharona Knack 1979 1 1979  
296   Never Can Say Goodbye Jackson Five 1971 2    
297   Nice To Be With You Gallery 1972 4    
298   Night Chicago Died, The Paper Lace 1974 1    
299   Night Fever Bee Gees 1978 1    
300   Night Moves Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 1976 4    
301 * Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia, The Vicki Lawrence 1973 1   Yes
302   Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Joan Baez 1971 3    
303   Nights Are Forever Without You England Dan & John Ford Coley 1976 10    
304   No No Song, The Ringo Starr 1975 3    
305   No One Is To Blame Howard Jones 1986 4    
306 * Nobody Sylvia 1982 15   Yes
307 * Nobody Does It Better Carly Simon 1977 2    
308   Ode To Billie Joe Bobby Gentry 1967 1    
309   Old Time Rock & Roll Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 1979 28    
310   One Bad Apple Osmonds 1970 1    
311   One Man Woman / One Woman Man Paul Anka / Odia Coates 1975 7    
312   One Of These Nights Eagles 1975 1    
313 ** One Tin Soldier (The Legend Of Billy Jack) Coven 1971 26   Yes
314   One Way Or Another Blondie 1979 24    
315   Online Brad Paisley 2007