I love the genre, particularly the time between 1969 and 1976. Some truly amazing songs were written during this period.
I love all types of rock songs from hard driving, guitar laden rockers like American Woman and Up Around the Bend, to the acoustic ballads, like A Horse With No Name and High Flying Bird.
I also really enjoy songs, that I think, are best described as beautiful. They capture your heart and give you pause. They spark your imagination and rekindle fond (sometimes, painful) memories. Many are love songs and others are simply beautiful ballads.
The beauty, I think, is mostly in the melody and the lyrics, but fitting instrumentation also helps set them apart. Perhaps it’s a tender piano piece, a gentle drum line or a soothing guitar riff.
The first beautiful song that really caught my attention was The Beatles’ Let It Be. Written by Paul McCartney, it combines poignant lyrics, McCartney’s wonderful performance on the piano, a striking guitar solo and a beautiful melody. It’s got it all.
Other songs that for me fall under the classification of beautiful, include Imagine, by John Lennon, Lost Together, by Blue Rodeo, Pretty Lady, by Lighthouse, Sounds of Silence, by Simon & Garfunkel, My Eyes Adored You, by Frankie Valli, God Only Knows, by The Beach Boys, Can’t Get It Out Of My Head, by the Electric Light Orchestra, If You Could Read My Mind, by Gordon Lightfoot, As Tears Go By, by The Rolling Stones, I Need You, by America, Daniel, by Elton John, Have I Told You Lately That I Love You, by Van Morrison, In My Place, by Coldplay and Someone Like You, by Adele. (I know Adele isn’t considered a rocker, but the song could certainly be considered a rock ballad.)
I really like all of these songs.
But for the most beautiful rock song ever written we need to go all the way back to 1967. It was the year of the summer of love when Gary Brooker, Keith Reid and Matthew Fisher teamed up to write Procul Harem’s debut song, A Whiter Shade of Pale. Wikipedia described it as having a ‘haunting, Bach-derived instrumental melody, soulful vocals, and unusual lyrics.’ For me, it is simply a masterpiece!
What for you is the most beautiful rock song?
Have an awesomely beautiful day!