Thursday 19 May 2022

My 100 Favourite Songs - Part 5: The Top Twenty

  It's Top 20 time!

Welcome to the final part of My 100 Favourite Songs - it was so difficult to decide on my Top 20.  Some I thought were in it turned out not to be when I listened to them again, and vice versa.  I've also managed to narrow down my Top 10 - I would have liked to do a proper top twenty countdown but the order would have changed from week to week.  

I hope you have enjoyed listening to some of my favourites, and perhaps they've brought back some memories of your own, too.


Part 1 HERE

Part 2 HERE

Part 3 HERE

Part 4 HERE

Street Fighting ManThe Stones (1968)

  Chiquita - Aerosmith (1979)

Blowin' Free - Wishbone Ash (1972)

 Public ImagePublic Image Ltd (1978)

Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

Heroes - David Bowie (1977)

Wait Until Tomorrow - Jimi Hendrix (1967)

This was the best I could find - stacks of cover versions on YouTube; this was the only actual one with Hendrix singing!

Sweet Home Alabama  by Lynyrd Skynyrd (1974)

Found A Job - Talking Heads (1978)

I remember having this album on a lot when my then-boyfriend bought it, and I kept thinking, oh, there's that really good one again, before I worked out which one it was. You know how certain tracks kind of steal into your brain almost before you know you love them.

Movin' Out - Aerosmith (1973)

The Top Ten

In no particular order....  

Freebird - Lynyrd Skynyrd (1973)

Was my number one favourite song for ages - still love the musical outro soo-oo much.

Family Affair - Sly and the Family Stone (1971)

(I'm A) Road Runner - Junior Walker & The AllStars (1966)

My Old School - Steely Dan (1973)

Civilian - Wye Oak (2011)

I discovered this beautiful song when it was featured on The Walking Dead; I like this acoustic version of it best. I never tire of listening to it.  Walking Dead  below!

Hangman Jury - Aerosmith (1987)

One Way Street - Aerosmith (1973)

How do you pick your favourite song from your favourite band?  It's a toss up between this and Hangman Jury.  This was from a set they did on the MTV Unplugged series in about 1989.  Hangman Jury featured too, but I couldn't find a decent video of it.


 Gimme Shelter - The Stones (1969)

Just a shot away...

No one Came - Deep Purple (1971)

Just brilliant.  The instrumental bits are sublime. 

Black Water - The Doobie Brothers (1974)

If I had to choose one favourite song ever, it would probably be this one.  Loved it since I bought the album in the late 70s.  I'd like to live in it.  That violin.  


  1. Well done, Terry, thanks for all of these. You won't be surprised to know that some of yours also feature on mine. I am listening to your last one now, which I never knew. I'll do mine when I can, I'm up to my ears with work. I've really enjoyed these videos.

    1. I'm guessing Chiquita, Sweet Home Alabama... never heard of Black Water before? But it's the single most popular cheese in the world lol!!!

  2. Brilliant, TT. I haven't had a chance to watch the vids yet, but I smiled hugely at the Lynyrd Skynyrd pair, not to mention Steely Dan, Aerosmith and the Stones' Gimme Shelter. Lots of others here I need to listen to, but I have a feeling our musical tastes are quite similar!

  3. Yes, much of my top 20 is fairly predictable to those who know me!!! I love that I can now just listen to them all whilst Twittering :)