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Macca’s best 25 songs of the past 25 years

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Posted by Anthony B.

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      https://beatlefansomethingnew.wordpress.com/2018/06/21/maccas-25-best-of-the-past-25-years/

        First off, I haven't visited that link as I didn't want to be influenced by someone elses listing.

        Also, I couldn't come up with a 25 but 10 cuts came easily to mind so I'll go with them.

        So in no particular order, my top 10 faves are:

        Somedays

        Heaven On A Sunday

        You Tell Me

        Queenie Eye

        Hosanna

        Scared

        How Kind Of You

        Riding To Vanity Fair

        This Never Happened Before

        A Certain Softness.

        Ok,I'll post this up and then go and visit that top 25 list and see how many of mine are on it. 

         

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        Ok, there's a lot of lists on that site when I was only expecting one. 3 of my choices were on one persons top 25 but only 2 or 1 appeared in the other lists. At least one of my choices did appear on someone's top 25. 

          It's so difficult to choose just 25 favorites, there's so many to like... I guess my favorites are every song I happen to hear, at the time I'm listening to them, lol

          But these songs are the ones I enjoy listening to the most, that are "non-Beatle" songs (not necessarily in order of preference):

          1. Silly Love Songs2. Maybe I'm Amazed3. Mrs. Vanderbilt4. Band on the Run5. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five6. Let Me Roll It7. Temporary Secretary8. Cosmically Conscious9. Beautiful Night10. Calico Skies11. My Love12. Queenie Eye13. New14. Appreciate15. Jazz Street (unreleased jam session)16. Arrow Through Me17. Uncle Albert / Hands Across the Water18. Come on to Me19. This One20. My Brave Face21. Coming Up22. Don't Say Goodnight23. Lovely Linda, with the flowers in her hair24. Somedays25  No more lonely nights

            LadyLeslie wrote:

            It's so difficult to choose just 25 favorites, there's so many to like... I guess my favorites are every song I happen to hear, at the time I'm listening to them, lol

            But these songs are the ones I enjoy listening to the most, that are "non-Beatle" songs (not necessarily in order of preference):

            1. Silly Love Songs2. Maybe I'm Amazed3. Mrs. Vanderbilt4. Band on the Run5. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five6. Let Me Roll It7. Temporary Secretary8. Cosmically Conscious9. Beautiful Night10. Calico Skies11. My Love12. Queenie Eye13. New14. Appreciate15. Jazz Street (unreleased jam session)16. Arrow Through Me17. Uncle Albert / Hands Across the Water18. Come on to Me19. This One20. My Brave Face21. Coming Up22. Don't Say Goodnight23. Lovely Linda, with the flowers in her hair24. Somedays25  No more lonely nights

            The songs are only supposed to be from the past 25 years (since 1993) so that leaves out Maybe I’m Amazed and a lot of the others you listed. Back to the drawing board! Lol!

              In no particular order, mine are Calico Skies, Little Willow, Somedays, Heaven On A Sunday, Beautiful Night, Appreciate, I Can Bet, Save Us, New, Alligator, Only Mama Knows, Lonesome Town, Jenny Wren, Young Boy and Come On To Me. ( I know that’s not 25, but I don’t think I have that many favorites from the last 25 years. If we added 1970-1992, it would be easy!)

                Nancy R wrote:

                LadyLeslie wrote:

                It's so difficult to choose just 25 favorites, there's so many to like... I guess my favorites are every song I happen to hear, at the time I'm listening to them, lol

                But these songs are the ones I enjoy listening to the most, that are "non-Beatle" songs (not necessarily in order of preference):

                1. Silly Love Songs2. Maybe I'm Amazed3. Mrs. Vanderbilt4. Band on the Run5. Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five6. Let Me Roll It7. Temporary Secretary8. Cosmically Conscious9. Beautiful Night10. Calico Skies11. My Love12. Queenie Eye13. New14. Appreciate15. Jazz Street (unreleased jam session)16. Arrow Through Me17. Uncle Albert / Hands Across the Water18. Come on to Me19. This One20. My Brave Face21. Coming Up22. Don't Say Goodnight23. Lovely Linda, with the flowers in her hair24. Somedays25  No more lonely nights

                The songs are only supposed to be from the past 25 years (since 1993) so that leaves out Maybe I’m Amazed and a lot of the others you listed. Back to the drawing board! Lol!

                Oops! lol   Well, I guess I can just say, every song in "Flaming Pie," and "New" and the two latest singles "Come on to Me," and "I Don't Know." but I do like "Kisses on the Bottom " as well... I'm sure that all adds up to more than 25, lol

                  Oooh fab to see mention of Golden Earth Girl! It's such an underated song! I don't agree that it brings Wanderlust to mind; it's closer to Warm and Beautiful, well, the piano intro is anyway! Glad New is there although I would have swapped Save Us with Queenie Eye.

                    "From a Lover to a Friend" is beautiful

                      Here's my list in chronological order. I stuck to songs from solo studio albums (nothing from side projects like "Electric Arguments", or "Ecce Cor Meum"), and no covers, only songs that he's written. 

                       

                      Off the Ground (1993)

                      1. Hope of Deliverance

                      2. Mistress and Maid

                      3. Golden Earth Girl

                      4. The Lovers That Never Were

                      Flaming Pie (1997)

                      5. The Song We Were Singing

                      6. Somedays

                      7. Calico Skies

                      8. Little Willow

                      9. Beautiful Night

                      Run Devil Run (1999)

                      10. Run Devil Run

                      Driving Rain (2001)

                      11. Lonely Road

                      12. About You

                      Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005)

                      13. Jenny Wren

                      14. At The Mercy

                      15. Too Much Rain

                      16. This Never Happened Before

                      Memory Almost Full (2007)

                      17. Ever Present Past

                      18. Only Mama Knows

                      19. You Tell Me

                      20. Mr. Bellamy

                      21. The End of the End

                      Kisses on the Bottom (2012)

                      22. Only Our Hearts

                      NEW (2013)

                      23. Alligator

                      24. Queenie Eye

                      25. New

                        Appreciate

                        Calico Skies

                        Early Days

                        English Tea

                        Fine Line

                        Follow Me

                        Friends to Go

                        Great Day

                        I Do

                        Jenny Wren

                        Little Willow

                        Mr. Bellamy

                        My Valentine

                        New

                        Promise to You Girl

                        Road

                        Sing the Changes

                        Somedays

                        The Song We Were Singing

                        This Never Happened Before

                        Vanilla Sky

                        Vintage Clothes/That Was Me/Feet in the Clouds

                        What It Is

                        Why So Blue?

                        Young Boy

                          Anthony B. wrote:

                          Here's my list in chronological order. I stuck to songs from solo studio albums (nothing from side projects like "Electric Arguments", or "Ecce Cor Meum"), and no covers, only songs that he's written. 

                           

                          Off the Ground (1993)

                          1. Hope of Deliverance

                          2. Mistress and Maid

                          3. Golden Earth Girl

                          4. The Lovers That Never Were

                          Flaming Pie (1997)

                          5. The Song We Were Singing

                          6. Somedays

                          7. Calico Skies

                          8. Little Willow

                          9. Beautiful Night

                          Run Devil Run (1999)

                          10. Run Devil Run

                          Driving Rain (2001)

                          11. Lonely Road

                          12. About You

                          Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005)

                          13. Jenny Wren

                          14. At The Mercy

                          15. Too Much Rain

                          16. This Never Happened Before

                          Memory Almost Full (2007)

                          17. Ever Present Past

                          18. Only Mama Knows

                          19. You Tell Me

                          20. Mr. Bellamy

                          21. The End of the End

                          Kisses on the Bottom (2012)

                          22. Only Our Hearts

                          NEW (2013)

                          23. Alligator

                          24. Queenie Eye

                          25. New

                          Good list!

                            Anthony B. wrote:

                            Here's my list in chronological order. I stuck to songs from solo studio albums (nothing from side projects like "Electric Arguments", or "Ecce Cor Meum"), and no covers, only songs that he's written. 

                             

                            Off the Ground (1993)

                            1. Hope of Deliverance

                            2. Mistress and Maid

                            3. Golden Earth Girl

                            4. The Lovers That Never Were

                            Flaming Pie (1997)

                            5. The Song We Were Singing

                            6. Somedays

                            7. Calico Skies

                            8. Little Willow

                            9. Beautiful Night

                            Run Devil Run (1999)

                            10. Run Devil Run

                            Driving Rain (2001)

                            11. Lonely Road

                            12. About You

                            Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005)

                            13. Jenny Wren

                            14. At The Mercy

                            15. Too Much Rain

                            16. This Never Happened Before

                            Memory Almost Full (2007)

                            17. Ever Present Past

                            18. Only Mama Knows

                            19. You Tell Me

                            20. Mr. Bellamy

                            21. The End of the End

                            Kisses on the Bottom (2012)

                            22. Only Our Hearts

                            NEW (2013)

                            23. Alligator

                            24. Queenie Eye

                            25. New

                            Anthony,

                            Good to see you back here.  Like your list a lot.  "Only Our Hearts" is a really good "forgotten" one so I'm glad you included it.  One addition I would have to make is "Early Days" which I love.

                            PS As always, I love your version of "Put It There".  

                              Kevin wrote:

                              Appreciate

                              Calico Skies

                              Early Days

                              English Tea

                              Fine Line

                              Follow Me

                              Friends to Go

                              Great Day

                              I Do

                              Jenny Wren

                              Little Willow

                              Mr. Bellamy

                              My Valentine

                              New

                              Promise to You Girl

                              Road

                              Sing the Changes

                              Somedays

                              The Song We Were Singing

                              This Never Happened Before

                              Vanilla Sky

                              Vintage Clothes/That Was Me/Feet in the Clouds

                              What It Is

                              Why So Blue?

                              Young Boy

                              Kevin,

                              Another good list.  I see you went as far as to do it in alphabetical order.  I love "Why So Blue" that didn't even make the final cut for Chaos and Creation.

                              These lists just show how many good to great songs Macca has written since the early 90's.  And we haven't touched the surface if you include more B-sides, Unreleased songs like "Why So Blue".

                                B J Conlee wrote:

                                Anthony B. wrote:

                                Here's my list in chronological order. I stuck to songs from solo studio albums (nothing from side projects like "Electric Arguments", or "Ecce Cor Meum"), and no covers, only songs that he's written. 

                                 

                                Off the Ground (1993)

                                1. Hope of Deliverance

                                2. Mistress and Maid

                                3. Golden Earth Girl

                                4. The Lovers That Never Were

                                Flaming Pie (1997)

                                5. The Song We Were Singing

                                6. Somedays

                                7. Calico Skies

                                8. Little Willow

                                9. Beautiful Night

                                Run Devil Run (1999)

                                10. Run Devil Run

                                Driving Rain (2001)

                                11. Lonely Road

                                12. About You

                                Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (2005)

                                13. Jenny Wren

                                14. At The Mercy

                                15. Too Much Rain

                                16. This Never Happened Before

                                Memory Almost Full (2007)

                                17. Ever Present Past

                                18. Only Mama Knows

                                19. You Tell Me

                                20. Mr. Bellamy

                                21. The End of the End

                                Kisses on the Bottom (2012)

                                22. Only Our Hearts

                                NEW (2013)

                                23. Alligator

                                24. Queenie Eye

                                25. New

                                Anthony,

                                Good to see you back here.  Like your list a lot.  "Only Our Hearts" is a really good "forgotten" one so I'm glad you included it.  One addition I would have to make is "Early Days" which I love.

                                PS As always, I love your version of "Put It There".  

                                BJ,

                                Thanks! Yeah, I always felt "Only Our Hearts" was an overlooked gem, I love that song. "Early Days" is a great one too, although I always felt that he should have gone with his initial thoughts in regards to going back and recording a "proper", more polished vocal for it - the song deserved it. Thanks again for the kind words, very much appreciated!