poll of songs i have described as "the best song in the world"

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i say this a lot though imo i'm always correct in the moment. not exhaustive, obv, and in no particular order, basically listed them as they came to mind and stopped when i got to 50

Poll Results

OptionVotes
the blue nile: "the downtown lights" 10
fleetwood mac: "everywhere" 8
machine: "there but for the grace of god go i" 6
van halen: "panama" 5
soft cell: "say hello wave goodbye" 5
evelyn "champagne" king: "love come down" 5
the jets: "crush on you" 4
patrice rushen: "haven't you heard" 4
mariah carey: "always be my baby" 4
saint etienne: "he's on the phone" 4
john martyn: "small hours" 4
womack & womack: "teardrops" 4
luomo: "tessio" 4
tears for fears: "everybody wants to rule the world" 4
sade: "by your side" 4
underworld: "jumbo" 3
abba: "knowing me knowing you" 3
prefab sprout: "the sound of crying" 3
boz scaggs: "lowdown" 3
cyndi lauper: "time after time" 3
steely dan: "sign in stranger" 3
cameo: "candy" 2
scritti politti: "oh patti (don't feel sorry for loverboy)" 2
amy grant: "every heartbeat" 2
janet jackson: "escapade" 2
taylor swift: "treacherous" 1
kylie mingoue: "get out of my way" 1
prince: "mountains" 1
anita baker: "sweet love" 1
moloko: "forever more" 1
george michael: "one more try" 1
fall out boy: "disloyal order of water buffaloes" 1
maze: "back in stride" 1
maxwell: "pretty wings" 1
rickie lee jones: "we belong together" 1
luther vandross: "never too much" 1
little big town: "lost in california" 1
van morrison: "summertime in england" 1
michelle branch: "breathe" 1
orbital: "halcyon + on + on" 0
mama: "unmask me (ashley beedle vocal mix)" 0
sarah mclachlan: "sweet surrender" 0
jennifer paige: "crush" 0
force md's: "tender love" 0
aerosmith: "combination" 0
genesis: "keep it dark" 0
madonna: "take a bow" 0
debarge: "i like it" 0
annie lennox: "why" 0
tori amos: "raspberry swirl" 0


flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 8 January 2018 01:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

Jets, fool

calstars, Monday, 8 January 2018 01:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

maze: "back in stride"

this is the one

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Monday, 8 January 2018 01:37 (nine months ago) Permalink

There's a lot of good songs in there, but it's no accident that an ILXor prone to calling something
"best" has a penchant for songs with titles that begin with absolutes like "every," "always," "never."

"Everywhere," "Every Heartbeat," "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." Plus "Always Be my Baby" and "Never Too Much."

I love so many of these that it's hard to choose. "Sweet Love?" "Time After Time?" "Breathe?"

FWIW I voted "Time After Time," with "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" as runner-up.

failsun ra (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 8 January 2018 01:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

"lowdown" isn't even the best boz skaggs song!

no, wait, yes it is. voted that.

bob lefse (rushomancy), Monday, 8 January 2018 01:47 (nine months ago) Permalink

I would probably have to go with "Sign in Stranger", since at various times I've called it my favorite Steely Dan song, which is not too far from the thread title concept.

o. nate, Monday, 8 January 2018 01:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

What a list!

Candy, Never Too Much, Jumbo, Teardrops, Take A Bow, Oh Patti, Forever More, Say Hello Wave Goodbye, He's On The Phone, The Downtown Lights and Time After Time are the main contenders. I need time to think about this one.

kitchen person, Monday, 8 January 2018 01:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

impossible

The times they are a changing, perhaps (map), Monday, 8 January 2018 01:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

sending a vote to amy grant on a whim

The times they are a changing, perhaps (map), Monday, 8 January 2018 01:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

but i mean ysi?

The times they are a changing, perhaps (map), Monday, 8 January 2018 01:56 (nine months ago) Permalink

There's like 4 songs here in my top 50 of all time, including what I would call #1 most days: Tears For Fears. I MUST check out the songs on this list I don't know

PS: You have exquisite taste, Brad

Vinnie, Monday, 8 January 2018 01:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

There's a lot of good songs in there, but it's no accident that an ILXor prone to calling something
"best" has a penchant for songs with titles that begin with absolutes like "every," "always," "never."

lmao i didn't even think about this, thanks ymp

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 8 January 2018 01:59 (nine months ago) Permalink

Hoo boy. I like:

janet jackson: "escapade"
cameo: "candy"
george michael: "one more try"
madonna: "take a bow"
cyndi lauper: "time after time"
rickie lee jones: "we belong together"
abba: "knowing me knowing you"
tears for fears: "everybody wants to rule the world"
machine: "there but for the grace of god go i"

Voted Tears for Fears, but that may only be because I missed Machine the first time through.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Monday, 8 January 2018 01:59 (nine months ago) Permalink

Ah, the classic "Haven't You Heard" vs "Disloyal Order of Water Buffaloes" dilemma.

Big fan of ... 19 ... of these and should really check out or refresh my memory on the rest.

etc, Monday, 8 January 2018 02:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

OMG, I can't vote. They truly are all the greatest song of all time!

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Monday, 8 January 2018 02:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

I should add that my shortlist above was limited the ones that I keep on my iPhone/hard drive at all times. There are numerous others there that I like well enough, but just not as much. This is a good list!

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Monday, 8 January 2018 02:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

omfg at this list. How do you choose between the best songs ever.

Tim F, Monday, 8 January 2018 02:47 (nine months ago) Permalink

...it's no accident that an ILXor prone to calling something
"best" has a penchant for songs with titles that begin with absolutes like "every," "always," "never."

lmao i didn't even think about this, thanks ymp

― flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, January 7, 2018 8:59 PM (forty-eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

So where are:

Everyday is Like Sunday

Never Say Never Again

I'll Never Fall in Love Again

All Things Must Pass

All the Young Dudes

Nowhere Man

?

and she could see an earmuff factory (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 8 January 2018 02:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

Never Surrender

All Through the Night

Never Gonna Give You Up

and she could see an earmuff factory (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 8 January 2018 02:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

one of these, a murderer's row

patrice rushen: "haven't you heard"
van halen: "panama"
luther vandross: "never too much"
evelyn "champagne" king: "love come down"
machine: "there but for the grace of god go i"
maxwell: "pretty wings"

porg and bess (voodoo chili), Monday, 8 January 2018 04:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

Jesus, can't believe I've never heard "The Downtown Lights" before. amazing song

Vinnie, Monday, 8 January 2018 04:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

Can't believe no one has said Tessio yet

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 8 January 2018 04:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

but yeah, so many amazing songs here. if anyone makes a spotify playlist out of them they will be a hero

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 8 January 2018 04:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

The Sound of Crying, best Prefab song

J. Sam, Monday, 8 January 2018 06:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

These actually are most of the best songs ever.

billstevejim, Monday, 8 January 2018 07:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

Probably would not choose "Jumbo" over about 10 of these but "Jumbo" is lit.

billstevejim, Monday, 8 January 2018 07:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

This isn't difficult at all - voted Tears For Fears. Runners up: Soft Cell and Fleetwood Mac. Nothing else was remotely in contention.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Monday, 8 January 2018 07:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

What a list of tunes!

I went with "Always Be My Baby" just based on my mood

bunny slopes, Monday, 8 January 2018 07:25 (nine months ago) Permalink

1. Machine 2. The Jets 3. Evelyn "Champagne" King

Josefa, Monday, 8 January 2018 08:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

went for Jets

FREEZE! FYI! (dog latin), Monday, 8 January 2018 08:55 (nine months ago) Permalink

Teardrops
Tessio
Everywhere
Escapade
The downtown lights
Mountains
Candy
Sweet love
Haven't you heard
Jumbo
Forever more
Everybody wants to rule the world
Love come down
Halcyon + on + on

^^^all of these are god tier and it's nigh on impossible to pick one. Tho if we're talking the FKEK mix of Forever more then it's game over
Crush

i know kore-eda (or something), Monday, 8 January 2018 09:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

Crush should be among the list and not below the line there obv

i know kore-eda (or something), Monday, 8 January 2018 09:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

"by your side" by sade is, at times, the best song in the world

"crush" comes close

niels, Monday, 8 January 2018 10:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

Every Heartbeat 4EVA!!!!!

kornrulez6969, Monday, 8 January 2018 15:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

v happy with myself for suggesting this poll, will vote later

Simon H., Monday, 8 January 2018 15:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

There are enough songs here I'm in agreement about that this is an effectively impossible poll.

Just listened to 'Time After Time' the other day with 'fresh ears' (i.e. in isolation after having not heard it in some time and not as either a popular single whose prior ubiquity causes it to skirt past my attention or one of a collection of fantastic songs on a fantastic album) and, yes, it's certainly among the greatest.

Bobby Buttrock (Old Lunch), Monday, 8 January 2018 15:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

No point in my scrolling past Soft Cell... I have definitely had moments where I thought that was the best song in the world.

enochroot, Monday, 8 January 2018 15:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

It ain't why it just is.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 8 January 2018 16:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

This is a list of many artists I love singing songs I don't care so much for!

The only two songs on this list I've myself once called "the best ever" are "Escapade" and the Tears For Fears song

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 8 January 2018 16:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

Voted "Escapade" fwiw

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 8 January 2018 16:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

small hours seems out of place on this list but i voted for it, although halcyon + on + on prob the only one on here that has felt like mb the best song ever

ogmor, Monday, 8 January 2018 16:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

brad pls add the missing trax to yr spotify playlist!

Simon H., Monday, 8 January 2018 16:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

Lots of amazing stuff here but it's between this pair for me:

tears for fears: "everybody wants to rule the world"
evelyn "champagne" king: "love come down"

Gavin, Leeds, Monday, 8 January 2018 16:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

will consider other songs while temporarily pretending that "tessio" refers to the present lover version

sophistipop 2 (stritram), Monday, 8 January 2018 16:21 (nine months ago) Permalink

Get back to me with MBeat's 'Sweet Love' and we'll talk.

chap, Monday, 8 January 2018 16:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

hi Brad

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 8 January 2018 16:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

No point in my scrolling past Soft Cell... I have definitely had moments where I thought that was the best song in the world.

― enochroot, Monday, January 8, 2018 3:50 PM (forty-eight minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It's a classic, but it's not even the best Soft Cell song, IMO.

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Monday, 8 January 2018 16:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

wrong

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 8 January 2018 16:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

No point in my scrolling past Soft Cell... I have definitely had moments where I thought that was the best song in the world.

― enochroot, Monday, January 8, 2018 10:50 AM (fifty-two minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Same.

Benson and the Jets (ENBB), Monday, 8 January 2018 16:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://imgur.com/rz6zN8o

... (Eazy), Monday, 8 January 2018 16:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

i'd do one of these except half the list would be the entirety of The Cars and Candy-O

(the blues version in his Broadway show) (crüt), Monday, 8 January 2018 20:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

surely a very enjoyable playlist, thanks!

niels, Monday, 8 January 2018 20:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

Of the tracks I've heard, I wouldn't describe a single one of them as you have but I'll go with 'Tessio' for now ('Synkro' is way better, though).

pomenitul, Monday, 8 January 2018 20:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

though I was quick to vote Sade I don't know half the song on the list, so far Take a Bow is a beautiful surprise

niels, Monday, 8 January 2018 20:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

ty for the playlist Brad, also you are one of my fave ilm'ers and this poll is a testament to that <3

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 8 January 2018 20:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

Going to listen to this whole playlist tomorrow and then vote for the FKEK Mix of Forever more

i know kore-eda (or something), Monday, 8 January 2018 20:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

the heart says Downtown Lights, but the heart's heart knows it's Teardrops

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 8 January 2018 20:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

gut instinct was rickie, but everywhere takes it

kolakube (Ross), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:00 (nine months ago) Permalink

My write-in vote is for Neiked's "Sexual".

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:20 (nine months ago) Permalink

I can get behind that.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

i like nearly all the unfamiliar tracks i've heard so far, so thanks for that brad, but the only ones that come close to approaching the ones i cited earlier in the thread are the Amy Grant song and the Forever More remix

porg and bess (voodoo chili), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:24 (nine months ago) Permalink

also i was unknowingly familiar with "candy" for years as 2pac's "all about u"

porg and bess (voodoo chili), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

spotify playlist lacks rickie lee jones' "we belong together" and womack & womack's "teardrops" so i'll just put them here in case anyone hasn't heard them and specifically wants to

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RjiuJjJdFM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C0MSa7SXE8

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:35 (nine months ago) Permalink

"We Belong Together" is on Spotify! I listened to that album a bunch of times on there when you polled it a couple months back.

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:59 (nine months ago) Permalink

re: "I'm In Love" I have always had a real soft spot for this reggae cover, hits that blissful sweet spot in a different way

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srK1TlIT82c

poll is too hard sorry

boxedjoy, Monday, 8 January 2018 22:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

"We Belong Together" is on Spotify! I listened to that album a bunch of times on there when you polled it a couple months back.

― iCloudius (cryptosicko), Monday, January 8, 2018 4:59 PM (ten minutes ago)

ilx needs to get to the bottom of this -- I also cannot find this album on spotify but iirc alfred told me it worked for him at the time

k3vin k., Monday, 8 January 2018 22:11 (nine months ago) Permalink

i have not been able to find pirates on spotify at all recently

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Monday, 8 January 2018 22:13 (nine months ago) Permalink

that jennifer lara cover of i'm in love is gorgeous

ogmor, Monday, 8 January 2018 23:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

sarah mclachlan "sweet surrender" but ONLY THE TIËSTO REMIX (jk altho it's actually really good)

i actually voted for "pretty wings"

dyl, Monday, 8 January 2018 23:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

but who are you
just a-no-ther scur-vy bro-ther

porg and bess (voodoo chili), Monday, 8 January 2018 23:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

scrolled down thinking "well where's the ACTUAL best song in the world, 'he's on the phone' " and boom there it is, good work

kinder, Monday, 8 January 2018 23:34 (nine months ago) Permalink

Lots of my faves here. The ones that get my pulse going just reading the titles would be Everywhere, Escapade, Sweet Love, Take A Bow, at first glance. Even allowing for the songs I don't know or don't care about, the list captures a certain overcome-by-music *wow* feeling that I'm very familiar with (and that makes me go quiet and ignore people when I hear them in company). Hope no one mistakes the poll name for hyperbole.

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

Voted “Escapade,” because “MINNEAPOLIS!”

Fred Klinkenberg (Eric H.), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 23:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

Womack & Womack

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 23:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

Womack & Womack

✖✖✖ (Moka), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 23:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

RLJ's debut and Pirates have mysteriously been off (US, at least) Spotify for a handful of weeks.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:34 (nine months ago) Permalink

Jumbo.

You know..

Mark G, Wednesday, 10 January 2018 00:45 (nine months ago) Permalink

i say this a lot though imo i'm always correct in the moment. not exhaustive, obv, and in no particular order, basically listed them as they came to mind and stopped when i got to 50

the blue nile: "the downtown lights"
annie lennox: "why"

Vote
― flamenco drop (BradNelson), Sunday, January 7, 2018 8:29 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Funny enough I checked out The Blue Nile after really liking the Annie Lennox cover song of "The Downtown Lights" back in the day.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

brad yr love of spacy country and Sarah MacLachlan makes me wonder if you've listned to Blue Rodeo's Five Days in July which features some of both and an incredibly distended last couple tracks

Simon H., Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:50 (nine months ago) Permalink

This is the book I never read
These are the words I never said
This is the path I'll never tread
These are the dreams I'll dream instead
This is the joy that's seldom spread
These are the tears
The tears we shed
This is the fear
This is the dread
These are the contents of my head
And these are the years that we have spent
And this is what they represent
And this is how I feel
Do you know how I feel?

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 01:57 (nine months ago) Permalink

Great list! I would have put lots of these on any "best ever" list, too. It's Love Come Down for me, but Sweet Love and tears for fears are close behind

Dan I., Wednesday, 10 January 2018 02:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

regardless of how good it is i hope i don't have to endure Teardrops ever again. put Teardrops in a locked box with several of the most famous chic songs and bury them in an unknown location.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 03:00 (nine months ago) Permalink

Aaaallllll the way down

porg and bess (voodoo chili), Wednesday, 10 January 2018 04:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 19 January 2018 00:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

voted for Tessio

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 19 January 2018 00:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

voted Mariah Carey. there was a time when i saw that music video every morning before school. to this day the wordless "do-do-do dum do-do-do-da-do-da-dum" bit randomly pops into my mind, especially around moments of wordless joy

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 19 January 2018 00:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:01 (nine months ago) Permalink

great results

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

Thank fuck this self-indulgent nonsense is over.

Full of bile and Blue Nile denial (Turrican), Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

<3 love u boo

flamenco drop (BradNelson), Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

I've always been in love with you

trife's rich padgett (rip van wanko), Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

the blue nile: "the downtown lights"	10

Never heard of it.

Tarr Yang Preminger Argento Carpenter (Eric H.), Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

Didn't vote for it (Tessio 4 lyfe <3) but glad to see the ilx blue nile fan club coming in full force here

josh az (2011nostalgia), Saturday, 20 January 2018 01:16 (nine months ago) Permalink

Best poll ever.

I ended up voting for Patrice Rushen but could have easily gone for The Blue Nile, Fleetwood Mac, Saint Etienne, Evelyn King, Womack & Womack, Luomo, John Martyn, Underworld or about half a dozen others.

Tim F, Saturday, 20 January 2018 01:20 (nine months ago) Permalink

I tried to change my vote to sade but it said I’d already voted

k3vin k., Saturday, 20 January 2018 02:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

Brad, what did you vote for?

hoooyaaargh it's me satan (voodoo chili), Saturday, 20 January 2018 03:18 (nine months ago) Permalink

the first four songs listed with zero votes were all robbed tbh

boxedjoy, Saturday, 20 January 2018 10:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

In a way I’m glad I missed this poll because so much of it lines up with my tastes too closely to pick

You're all losing so many points on your progress bars (Champiness), Saturday, 20 January 2018 10:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

Solitary vote for Summertime in England! Some people shouldn't be allowed to have ears.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Saturday, 20 January 2018 10:55 (nine months ago) Permalink


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