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Jeff Buckley's best songs - My top 10

Updated on December 9, 2011

My top 10 Jeff Buckley songs

Jeff Buckley is remembered as one of the most gifted musicians and singers of his age. Here I have listed what I believe are his best 10 songs.

Top 10 Jeff Buckley songs:

1. Forget Her: A brooding song of despair, love lost and a cheating love. Despite pleas from Columbia Records Buckley explicitly asked for this song not to be included on Grace as it held too mny painful memories. Unknown who Buckley is singing about speculation centres on Buckley’s long time girlfriend Joanne Moore. It starts off in a dark sad tone then builds into haunting guitar solo with Buckley’s trademark soaring vocals.

2. Lover you should ‘ve come over: My favourite song on Grace, the lyrics trascend many of his songs and continue to be quoted by many a boy trying to win over a girl.

3. Morning theft: The beauty of this song is Buckley’s vocals laid bare. You can feel the intensity of the words in his vocals and whilst the lyrics may be a little left of centre the song itself is completely endearing and almost breathless.

4. Jewel Box: A simple but haunting tune made up of a simple guitar strum and piercing lyrics.

5. Grace: the title of the critically acclaimed album Grace, this song's beauty is in its guitar work and lifting vocals. Buckley gets his voice to heights that are the envy of many great singers.

6. Last Goodbye: Jeff Buckley’s signature song and a hapless romantic’s favourite even though it is essentially a sad song. It is short but sweet, and has a killer sliding guitar opening.

7. Everybody Here Wants You: Very unlike other Jeff Buckley songs 'Everybody here wants you' fits more into the mainstream music than a lot of his other songs. The video clip depicts a girl waiting for Jeff at an airport but he never arrives, symbolic of his death which occurred during the making of the album the song features on: Sketches for my Sweetheart the Drunk.

8. Be your husband: A variation on Nina Simone's Be my Husband and featuring on Live at Sine’ double CD this is raw Buckley using is hands and feet to keep the rhythm and beat and let his unique voice do tricks that any singer only dreams of. Try keeping the beat the way Buckley does and see how hard it is.

9. What will you say: Although Buckley stated this wasn’t about his relationship with his father it is hard not to draw parallels with lyrics such as “Father, do you see me, do you even know me, did you even care…” Again Buckley’s voice is taken to tremendous heights and the guitar work goes along with it in one of his more edgier, harder songs.

10. I woke up in a strange place: A rock and roll tale of hard nights and harder mornings, boozing up and not knowing where the hell you end up. Jeff loved a Guinness and I’m sure he woke up with many sore head after lengthy exhausting performances.

You will notice I have left out Hallejuah. It’s a great song, no question and Buckley sings it like no other (KD Lang goes close).

Unfortunately it has been over done which has meant some criticism of Buckley and those who continue to sing it. It’s shine, it seems has been lost by too many people trying to cash in.

Now the songs above are just my opinion. Grace continues to be revered adding to the popularity of Jeff Buckley and rare songs continue to emerge from the Jeff Buckley estate. One wonders what is left to come out but his mother Mary Guibert releases new material every few years, We look forward to the next instalment.

***UPDATE: I am going to include another song in the mix. The song is If You Knew. Probably the most romantic song you are ever likely to hear....and featured on Live at Sine' Legacy Edition

Here's some more pages of Jeff Buckley and his music:


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      2 years ago

      I truly think Vancouver is such an underrated song.. The tones, his passion and the beat.. So good

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      4 years ago


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      Tina Siuagan 

      6 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      The great thing about Jeff Buckley is his vocal prowess. Even though some of his songs were laid on simple chords, the songs still come out spectacularly because he has a mesmerizing way of delivering them. One of my favorite vocalists! :D

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      6 years ago

      Really enjoyed your hub! I've been a Jeff Buckley fan for some time now. Grace has to be my favorite of his tracks. Great list!

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      6 years ago from Queensland

      Dream Brother is a highly unusual song compared to the rest of Jeff Buckley's works. However this doesn't detract from it's beauty in rhythm and lyrics. Haunting and mysterious.

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      7 years ago from USA

      Grace was one of the top albums of the 90s and one of my personal favorites. Great list. If I had it my way, I would include "Dream Brother" on the list as well!!

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      7 years ago from Couch

      Love this and the selections!

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      7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Yep, Halleluia is my favorite and always moves me- especially the version I inserted into my Jeff Buckley hub. But his raw presentation was brilliant and I am happy listening to any of the above! Thanks for the hub.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for this top10. Am new to the works of Jeff Buckley and I completely agree with your description of the songs I know of. The other songs I'm about to discover. Such a wonderful journey.

      btw new year's prayer is thrilling and entrancing. is this buckley's own or a cover?

    • Storytellersrus profile image


      8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      I am discovering JB and what a find! For me, his Hallelujah is fresh and new and I can't hear it enough. Thanks for all the information! I cited this on my hub.

    • HarryMcG profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Queensland

      Yes Billy those 3 songs are great too. The great thing about Jeff Buckley's music is that it is enduring. Fans still crave it and new fans still embrace it. I think this will be the case for considerable time yet.

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      8 years ago

      Grace has to be one of the most brilliant albums out there - I even wrote a hub about it :) I cited my top three in my hub as Eternal Life, Hallelujah and Last Goodbye. Enjoyed your Hub very much.

    • HarryMcG profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Queensland

      It is a shame that his talents have only really been appreciated since his death. His guitar work was unbelievable as well. I hope the Buckley estate does still have some material to release.

    • askjanbrass profile image


      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I actually really enjoed Jeff Buckley's music. He had such an entrancing quality to his voice and was a fantastic lyricist.


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