I probably have a more "traditional" taste in music than most of the crowd from this site (and judging by most of the tracks submitted so far, I'm pretty much completely right on that assumption). My picks probably don't stand a chance because of that, but here goes nonetheless:
The Beatles - A Day in the Life
I see this as John Lennon and Paul McCartney's true masterpiece, at least when they worked together. This song is a perfect blend of experimentation, melody, emotion, and surprisingly captivating lyrics, even despite how nonsensical they are. The song ends in an incredibly unique way too.
Don McLean - American Pie
I actually thought someone would've nominated this already. Despite what I said about my previous choice, I consider this to be one of the few songs I've listened to where I think that the lyrics *really* matter. The poetry here is utterly brilliant with some incredibly evocative imagery, assuming you understand what events the lines are meant to be metaphors for at least. And of course, it's just a classic in general.
Bruce Hornsby - The Way It Is
A much lesser known song than my other picks, which is surprising considering it was a number one hit in the US. The words here are more about social justice, and in truth I don't care too much for the lyrics - I just think that the melody and instrumentation are incredibly beautiful, and still get stuck in my head all the time. I love that piano work (as well as on his other song, Mandolin Rain).
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