ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Eric Clapton: 10 Best Songs For Your iPod

Updated on September 9, 2009
Behind The Sun
Behind The Sun

I have had a crush on Eric Clapton since infancy. I love him. Let me repeat – I LOVE HIM. Lots. Just so we’re clear. In other words, he’s mine, biatch! Even at 90, or however old he is today. Why do I love him? Because he’s got a whole lotta soul for a white boy. Not only can you hear it when he plays that strat, you can see it in his face when he performs. I can recall being riveted the first time I saw his Royal Albert Hall performance – the 24 nights DVD. I was 15 at the time, and oh my God.. crush just isn’t the right word. Why should you love him? Well, amongst other things, you just have respect the man’s longevity. He’s been making records since the 60’s and they always sell well.

From the Yardbirds, to Cream, to Blind Faith, to Derek and the Dominoes, to his very, very prolific and lucrative solo career. The man has staying power. (And you know he still does.. how do else you do wind up marrying a chick 1/3 your age?) I know his music inside and out – I only need to hear one note to know it’s him playing. Really. I’d win the bet, so don’t go there! Personally I’m the biggest fan of what he’s put out over the last decade and a half, so you may be surprised at this list. But this is THE list – if you only have 10 of his songs on your iPod, make it these. Note: These are all from his solo career. In no particular order:

Buy Clapton Albums!

  • Forever Man

This is the video I’ve included, the song is from Behind the Sun. I love this song. It’s about a man trying to convince his woman that he’s really in love with her – but she’s not listening. Very 80’s video, but I love it!

  • She’s Waiting

Also from Behind the Sun. This is the anthem for all women in crap relationships. The song’s being sung to the man treating her badly, implying that he’s going to take the woman away from the no-gooder. Very romantic, really, and a fantastic beat.

  • It’s In The Way That You Use It

From the August album, this song rocks. If you’ve seen The Color Of Money, you’ll recognize it. The video for this track was Paul Newman and Couch Jumper Cruise shooting pool. The lyrics are basically an older man telling a younger one how not to screw up. 80’s rock at its best!

  • Bell Bottom Blues

From the Layla album. Some will argue this isn’t a solo career record – horse hockey. Derek and the Dominoes was him, even if Duane Allman was on it! This song makes me tear up every time I hear it. It’s a man bearing his soul to a woman who doesn’t want him any more. “Do you wanna see me crawl across the floor to you?” Uh!! Can you get more anguished??

  • No Alibis

From the Journeyman album. I love the lyrics to this song. It’s a man telling an irate woman to settle down and act like a grownup. Ok, it’s not quite put that way. But it is, if you read between the lines. It’s kind of sexy really, hearing a man put his foot down!

  • Cocaine

From his Slowhand album. One of several J.J. Cale songs Clapton recorded. I’m not a big fan of the lyrics, it’s the music itself that makes this song fantastic. He could be singing The Shaker Hymn and this would still sound sexy.

  • Wonderful Tonight

This is the one everyone really knows, isn’t it. You hear it everywhere, country bars, rock bars, roadside cafes, etc. Also from his Slowhand album. I hate to include something so radio-ready, but this is a good song, regardless.

Eric Clapton: Bad Love


  • Anything For Your Love

From his Journeyman album. This song is just too romantic not to have in your music library. The melody is sweet and relaxing as opposed to rock ballad. I love it, gives me chills more often than not.

  • Pretending

This was a very popular video back in the day. Very cool, really, everyone getting drenched in the rain. Bet they were miserable the entire shoot! From the Journeyman album, this song has a great beat. I love turning this up in the car, makes you feel like a badass, somehow.

  • Running On Faith

Also from the Journeyman album. This song captures that classic sadness you hear in so many of Clapton’s songs. The ones that really make you feel like he’s telling you all about his pain. Not many singers can pull that off – especially those who aren’t even really “singers” but are more or less guitarists who happen to be able to sing well enough. I love this song, I jumped up and down when he played it live in concert.

There are tons of Eric Clapton songs, the man has recorded a million albums. Which means most readers are bound to have a top ten not entirely covered by this list. That’s fine – believe me, there are tons of songs that almost made this list. I tried to stay away from the overly commercialized ones I got sick of hearing. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t great songs. If you’re totally new to Clapton, however, this list is great place to start!

xx Isabella


Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)