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The Top Bee Gees Songs: Sung by Robin Gibb
My list of the ten best Bee Gees songs sung by the late Robin Gibb
In honour of Robin Gibb, the late singer of the iconic pop group the Bee Gees, I have decided to compile a (rather biased) list of my ten top Bee Gees songs with Robin on lead vocals. These songs are brilliant not only for Robin's ethereal warble but also for their profound lyrics and memorable tunes. The casual listener of the Bee Gees will probably not recognize most of these titles as they appear on lesser known albums and singles. However, I do believe it is more useful to compile a list of hidden gems than to rehash the old list comprised of inflated hits such as Jive Talkin' and You Should Be Dancing as many journalists tend to do.On this note, it is my great pleasure to introduce to you my favourite Bee Gees songs sung by Robin Gibb. At the end of this page, please vote to let me know which one is your personal favourite and why!
10. Tokyo Nights
Tokyo Nights from the album One - The 10 Top Bee Gees Songs sung by Robin Gibb
This is actually the song that inspired the username I have used ever since I was 12 years old, and is even the username I have here on Squidoo - tokyonights7! Tokyo Nights is a gorgeous song about two lovers who live at opposite ends of the world - one in New York and the other in Tokyo. The singer speaks of his dreams to "cross the water" to visit his "Eastern delight." The lyrics, already poetic, are rendered all the more heartfelt and tearful by Robin's tender vibrato. You can clearly perceive the pain the singer is going through due to the distance between him and his sweetheart.
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9. The Longest Night
The Longest Night from the album E.S.P. - The 10 Top Bee Gees Songs sung by Robin Gibb
The Longest Night is a sad song about losing in love, and facing the world on one's own after a long and hard relationship. Despite the fact that the singer and his love have broken up, the singer goes on to say that he will always be there for her, even in her darkest hour and on her "longest night." If you are looking for a truly romantic song sung by Robin Gibb, this is definitely one of those rare gems.
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8. Country Lanes
Country Lanes from the album Main Course - The 10 Top Bee Gees Songs sung by Robin Gibb
I was introduced to Country Lanes quite late in my Bee Gee-loving 'career' as I was always more enthusiastic about their material from the '80s and '90s. It was one of my mum's personal favourites when she was a teenager, so I decided to give it a good listen despite its age. It turns out that Country Lanes is one of the most beautiful songs ever written by the Bee Gees. As with many songs sung by Robin, it deals with love, loss, and remaining faithful, even after love is gone. It is backed by a simple piano forte, giving Robin's haunting vibrato precedence.
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7. A Heart Like Mine
A Heart Like Mine from the album Size Isn't Everything - The 10 Top Bee Gees Songs sung by Robin Gibb
A Heart Like Mine is a lesser known ballad from the early 1990s. It speaks of the desire each and every one of us has to find our other half. Though the song has a melancholy overtone, it is woven with words of unfailing hope and faith in the possibility of finding true love. This song was chosen by Barry Gibb when he created a YouTube-bound tribute video for Robin a few days after his death.
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6. Another Lonely Night In New York
Another Lonely Night in New York from the album How Old Are You - The 10 Top Bee Gees Songs sung by Robin Gibb
This song is actually from Robin Gibb's solo album How Old Are You. I chose to include it as Maurice Gibb worked very closely with Robin on this album. Another Lonely Night in New York is a song that speaks of the loneliness a single individual might experience in a large and unfriendly city such as New York City. As with many of Robin's songs, it has a sorrowful undercurrent that is realized with touching and poetic lyrics such as "in the dark of the cold light of day, you will find me here." I am surprised that this song did not have more commercial success in the '80s.
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Toys from the album Walls Have Eyes - The 10 Top Bee Gees Songs sung by Robin Gibb
Toys is a track from Robin Gibb's solo album Walls Have Eyes, meaning that, like Another Lonely Night In New York, it isn't exactly a Bee Gees song. However, we can clearly hear Barry's vocals in the chorus, making it a valid choice for this list. This is an unusually sensual song for Robin Gibb. While he usually speaks of love on a sentimental level, this song has some very passionate undertones. Even the chorus draws a cheeky and subtle comparison between the childish concepts of "playing with toys" and "being a special friend to someone" to adult sexual relations. This is definitely a tune that will have goosebumps running up and down your arms!
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4. Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel from the album Size Isn't Everything - The 10 Top Bee Gees Songs sung by Robin Gibb
Believe me when I say that not every one of my favourite Robin songs is a ballad! Fallen Angel is a good example of an upbeat Bee Gees dance track with Robin on lead vocals. It deals with a number of social issues, in particular that of young girls who feel they have no place to go and as such, turn to prostitution. The girl in this song, Caroline, is most likely a young woman who has sold her soul to the streets, even though all she wishes for is a home and someone to love.
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3. I Will
I Will from the album Still Waters - The 10 Top Bee Gees Songs sung by Robin Gibb
If this romantic song doesn't bring tears to your eyes, especially after Robin's passing, I don't know what will. I Will speaks of a man's everlasting love and devotion for a woman, even after she decides to break off the relationship and leave him for another man. It is also about the noble acceptance that a relationship has reached its end. The song, with its beautiful lyrics and heavenly melody, will push you to feel some extremely strong emotions, even if you have never been though a similar experience.
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2. Rings Around The Moon
Rings Around the Moon from Alone Single - The 10 Top Bee Gees Songs sung by Robin Gibb
This elusive song appeared on the Alone single of 1997. I am actually very surprised the Bee Gees did not include this masterpiece on the actual album, Still Waters. Rings Around The Moon is a romantic ballad about the positive effect a woman has had on the life of the singer. It speaks of the singer's dedication to her, and his thankfulness for her presence in his life. As with every other song on this list, you will be sobbing by the end of it. That's the effect Robin's voice has on us, I'm afraid!
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1. For Whom The Bell Tolls
For Whom The Bell Tolls from Size Isn't Everything - The 10 Top Bee Gees Songs sung by Robin Gibb
Robin actually only sings the chorus on For Whom The Bell Tolls, but the chorus makes the song. This epic ballad is, for me, the most extraordinary Bee Gees song of all time. It deals with the theme of love and loss as with the other songs, but in this case, the singer is unable to face the reality that his love has left him forever. The words "for whom the bell tolls" allow you to interpret the song in two different ways - either the singer's lover has left him, or she has passed away, implying that some greater force stole her away. If you are a lover of the Bee Gees music, you would do well to listen to this incredible tune.