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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:

  • 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!

Slowhand
Slowhand
  • 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

August
August
Layla
Layla
Journeyman
Journeyman

  • 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

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