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Nobody tagged me for the Nathan's Top Five game, so here's my take on a list of top five songs that were the first track on side one of the album on which they were originally released.


I'd probably start my list with One More Time from Joe Jackson, Look Sharp. It's a fantastic opening song to a great album. And London Calling from The Clash, London Calling might also be on the list, but... Like Sean, I would find it impossible to stick to just five. At least half of the tracks on Sean's list would also be on mine.


So, in order to cut down the list, and because I'm a little late getting into this game, I've decided to put a couple of new twists on Nathan's challenge. First, I'm going to pick songs that aren't on any of the lists I've seen so far. One More Time and London Calling would both pass that filter, but here's the second constraint: I'm going to pick only really long opening tracks.


Here's the list:


  • Alice's Restaurant Masacree (18:36) from Arlo Guthrie, Alice's Restaurant.

  • Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V) (13:32) from Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here

  • Funeral For A Friend/Love Lies Bleeding (11:07) from Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

  • Telegraph Road (14:22) from Dire Straits, Love Over Gold

  • Ramble Tamble (7:10) from Credence Clearwater Revival, Cosmos Factory


So, that's my official five... but even staying within the constraint of listing only very long songs, several other tracks could very easily replace any of them:


  • Bat Out Of Hell (9:48) from Meatloaf, Bat Out Of Hell

  • I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That (12:00) from Meatloaf, Bat Out Of Hell II

  • American Pie (8:27) from Don McLean, American Pie


Now, if I drop the constraint of very long songs, but still stick to songs I haven't seen on other people's lists, there would still be enough choices available for the list to get way out of control. But exercising just a little bit of self-control, here are only a few additional runners up: White Room from Cream, Wheels of Fire; Imagine from John Lennon, Imagine; Sweet Home Alabama from Lynynrd Skynyrd, Second Helping; Cocaine from Eric Clapton, Slowhand; I Feel The Earth Move from Carole King, Tapestry; Refugee from Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Damn The Torpedoes; The Voice from The Moody Blues, Long Distance Voyager.


I could easily go on.

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