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WFUV Listeners List Their ‘Most Essential’ Songs

WFUV Listeners List Their 'Most Essential' Songs

What are your most essential songs? Here’s what listeners to WFUV at Fordham University in New York said. (For our part, we would like to have seen more Johnny Cash:)

1. Bruce Springsteen – “Thunder Road”
2. Bob Dylan – “Like a Rolling Stone”
3. Bruce Springsteen – “Born to Run”
4. Van Morrison – “Into the Mystic”
5. Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah”
6. The Beatles – “In My Life”
7. Bob Dylan – “Tangled Up in Blue”
8. The Beach Boys – “God Only Knows”
9. The Band – “The Weight”
10. Simon and Garfunkel – “America”
11. Van Morrison – “Moondance”
12. Richard Thompson – “1952 Vincent Black Lightning”
13. Derek & the Dominoes – “Layla”
14. Dire Straits – “Sultans of Swing”
15. Bruce Springsteen – “4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)”
16. Joni Mitchell – “A Case Of You”
17. Louis Armstrong – “What a Wonderful World”
18. John Lennon – “Imagine”
19. The Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”
20. The Beatles – “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
21. Joni Mitchell – “All I Want”
22. The Grateful Dead – “Eyes of the World”
23. Elvis Costello – “Alison”
24. Don McLean – “American Pie”
25. Bruce Springsteen – “Jungleland”
26. Bob Dylan – “Visions of Johanna”
27. The Grateful Dead – “Box Of Rain”
28. Janis Joplin – “Me & Bobby McGee”
29. Elvis Costello – “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding”
30. The Velvet Underground – “Sweet Jane”
31. The Beatles – “Hey Jude”
32. The Beatles – “A Day In The Life”
33. Simon & Garfunkel – “Bridge Over Troubled Water”
34. Neil Young – “Harvest Moon”
35. Joni Mitchell – “River”
36. Dar Williams – “When I Was a Boy”
37. Bob Dylan – “Positively 4th Street”
38. Van Morrison – “Tupelo Honey”
39. The Grateful Dead – “Uncle John’s Band”
40. The Beatles – “Here Comes The Sun”
41. Steve Goodman – “The Dutchman”
42. Robert Earl Kean – “Feels So Good Feelin’ Good Again”
43. Kirsty MacColl – “In These Shoes?”
44. John Prine – “Angel from Montgomery”
45. James Taylor – “Sweet Baby James”
46. Jackson Browne – “For a Dancer”
47. U2 – “One”
48. The Who – “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
49. The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy for the Devil”
50. The Kinks – “Waterloo Sunset”
51. The Beatles – “Here, There, and Everywhere”
52. The Beatles – “Blackbird”
53. Paul Simon – “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes”
54. Otis Redding – “Try A Little Tenderness”
55. Miles Davis – “So What?”
56. Jimi Hendrix – “All Along the Watchtower”
57. Indigo Girls – “Closer to Fine”
58. Crosby, Stills & Nash – “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”
59. Bob Dylan – “Mr. Tambourine Man”
60. Allman Brothers – “Melissa”
61. Allman Brothers – “Blue Skies”
62. Joni Mitchell – “Carey”
63. Van Morrison – “Brown Eyed Girl”
64. Traffic – “Low Spark of High Heel Boys”
65. The Talking Heads – “This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)”
66. The Grateful Dead – “Sugar Magnolia”
67. The Beatles – “Norwegian Wood”
68. The Beach Boys – “Good Vibrations”
69. The Band – “It Makes No Difference”
70. Paul McCartney – “Maybe I’m Amazed”
71. Neil Young – “After the Goldrush”
72. Michelle Shocked – “Come a Long Way”
73. Marvin Gaye – “What’s Goin’ On?”
74. Lucy Kaplansky – “Ten Year Night”
75. Lucinda Williams – “Sweet Old World”
76. Johnny Cash – “Folsom Prison Blues”
77. James Taylor – “Fire and Rain”
78. Frank Sinatra – “New York, New York”
79. Etta James – “At Last”
80. Bob Marley – “No Woman No Cry”
81. Bob Dylan – “The Times They Are A-Changin'”
82. Bob Dylan – “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”
83. Aretha Franklin – “Respect”
84. Ryan Adams – “New York, New York”
85. Ray Charles – “Georgia”
86. R.E.M. – Losing My Religion”
87. Wilco – “Jesus, Etc.”
88. The Clash – “London Calling”
89. Stevie Wonder – “As”
90. Patti Smith – “Gloria”

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