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Great songs deserve more attention than the short shrift that commercial radio and ratings charts give them. In all of the pre-packaged, over-produced garbage that comes out these days, fabulous songs can get lost in the musical shuffle. Add your lenses about one specific song here and tell people what you love about it! Please abide by those guidelines, as I'll delete any submissions that are not about a single song. Other than that one quibble, I welcome your feedback and your favorite songs.
Please add your lenses that focus on a particular song, rather than on a type of music or a band or musician. While you're at it, let me know what your favorite song is. I'll feature every song lens that I accept, so if you see a lens listed that isn't featured it's one of mine.
The genre sections are listed in the poll just below in the order they're shown. Don't forget to vote for your favorite, while you're looking! Please join with your own lenses and browse through songs that moved people enough to create a whole page about them.
I hate to be difficult, but please abide by the point of the group and submit only lenses that focus on a single song. I will be rejecting lenses that focus on a singer or group, and I'd hate to have to kick out anyone's hard work. If I booted your lens from the group, it's because your lens didn't focus on a single song, not because I didn't enjoy it or didn't like the music.
Blues and Jazz Songs - Standards and Improvisations, Delta or Chicago, Guitar or Combo
You'll find swing, big band, and crossovers as well as jazz and blues standards.
- Ain't Misbehavin'
Savin' all my love for you!
- Ain't Nobody's Business
Three great songs, one terrific theme.
- Caravan: A Jazz Standard
A swaying, sleek song that's played to this day.
- In the Mood
Another three-song set, three ways to say, "I'm in the mood for love."
- It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
A song that everyone knows and about a million people have played.
- I've Got You Under My Skin
Sinatra may be the best-known performer of this song but he's far from alone.
- The Lady Is a Tramp
The Rat Pack made this one famous.
- Mack the Knife
From operatic to big band swing
- Rock Me, Baby
A blues/rock crossover
- Stagger Lee
A blues standard that has made its way into half a dozen genres.
- Summertime: The Most-Covered Song Ever
The title says it all.
- Sweet Georgia Brown
Not just for the Globetrotters!
- Sweet Home Chicago
Not about Chicago, not nearly played enough.
- Wang Dang Doodle
Another great blues standard that rocks!
- 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
The Simon and Garfunkel Classic, including a list of more than 50 ways!
- American Pie
From Don McLean to Madonna
- Big Yellow Taxi
This environmental song is still loved today.
A strange little Paul Simon song.
- Frankie and Johnny
The Stagger Lee of the folk world, covered under many different names.
- I Fought the Law
And the law won.
John Lennon's iconic song, thoughtfully explored.
- Leader of the Pack
Learn the tragic story.
- Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
What on earth WERE they doing down there?
- Peter Gunn
A song that has inspired a lot of imitators
- (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66
Not just for Cars!
- Banana Puddin'
Southern Culture on the Skids goes foodie
- Camel Walk
Baby, would you eat that there snack cracker...maybe you should just have a listen
- I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
There's a reason they call him The Lonesome Whippoorwill
- Liquored Up and Lacquered Down
A hillbilly night on the town
- My House Has Wheels
Rockabilly SCOTS at their best
- Whole Lotta Things
Things they haven't done, yet
Which Genre Is Your Favorite? - Vote for the music you love best
While most of my favorite songs don't fit neatly in a single genre, I know that many people find most of the music that they love the best within a general genre. If you've got a favorite type of music, vote for it here! If I haven't considered the genre you love best, please let me know in the guestbook at the bottom of the page. Thank you!
In which genre of music do many of your favorite songs fit?
I'm going to throw in winter songs as well, as I don't really have a category for those. If I get enough "weather" or "season" songs I'll split them off into their own category.
- Baby It's Cold Outside
Creepy or Classic? Learn about this great song before you decide.
- The Christmas Song
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...what says "holiday season" more than this song?
- Feliz Navidad
You can't beat this upbeat, horn-filled song for sheer holiday cheer.
- I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Another swing standards celebrating the chill of winter.
- Mele Kalikimaka
Christmas in Hawaii? Yes, please!
- Santa Baby
A fun holiday song for those less-altruistic among us.
- White Christmas
Not JUST Bing Crosby, ALSO Bing Crosby!
- Diggin' Me
Martin Sexton goes old-school, until he mentions an ATM machine.
Diner, my shiny, shiny love! An ode to the chrome rail cars of yesteryear.
- Falling Down Trying
An Irish jig of a motivational song
- I Have to Laugh
Sometimes, all you can do is laugh
- Plead Insanity
I guess I have to plead insanity.
- William Howard Taft
Two guys, three instruments, and a great indie song.
If this category gets too big, I'll split it. For now, it'll feature lenses about songs that are not in English or originate in Asia, Africa, South America or the Carribean. Bonus points if your lens offers the lyrics in more than one language!
If you are a music lover dedicated to bringing attention to your favorite songs, drop note here and I'll be sure to add lenses dedicated to one single song each to my list. Please be sure to check whether you've already submitted it! This groups has been around for a very long time.