Ten Best Paul Simon Songs of All Time
I like every Paul Simon Album, from the first songs of Simon and Garfunkel to the recent albums that will have made less of an impact on the public consciousness.
Paul Simon is my favourite singer-songwriter, and my vote for the best songwriter of all time.
Every album is worth listening to again and again, and many of the lesser known songs will be beloved by fans more than the well-known hits.
Where to begin with Paul Simon?
I have cheated, because it was impossible to get anywhere near a level of contentedness without doing ten songs for Simon and Garfunkel and for Paul Simon solo. There are too many great songs, great lines, great melodies; he is the finest poet and philosopher of our time and taken as a whole his catalogue of songs is in my view the greatest collection ever put out.
If you haven’t listened to his songs in depth or if you have only listened to the greatest hits, I sincerely urge you to listen to the full albums! (This may be done very cost effectively at first, as I think every album is uploaded to YouTube.)
So without any further ado, here are the two top tens:
Simon and Garfunkel Top Ten
The Sound of Silence
Old Friends (leads into Bookends Theme)
Bridge Over Troubled Water
I Am A Rock
Most honourable mentions: The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy), The Only Living Boy in New York, A Hazy Shade of Winter, Leaves That Are Green, April Come She Will, Cecilia, Cloudy, and my second favourite love song (after Kathy’s Song), For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her
Paul Simon solo Top Ten
Mother and Child Reunion
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
Still Crazy After All These Years
Slip Slidin’ Away
Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes
You Can Call Me Al
Most honourable mentions: Kodachrome, Hearts and Bones, Gone At Last, The Boy in the Bubble, The Obvious Child, Born At the Right Time