Signature Songs

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    Signature Songs

    Name a few songs that you consider the "signature song" of a particular band or solo artist.   This is just for fun, and from your own standpoint, but give it some thought.  

    One way to look at it would be, if the band were interviewed on a talk show, what song would be used as they walked onto the stage?   "Hail to the Chief" is for the President, so what song would be used  to introduce or accompany  .... ?  (you name it)

    There's bound to be more than one for many artists, as their catalogs are enormous, so this is just your quick take.  

    If you want to stick your neck out, in your estimation, do the Beatles have a signature song?  At this stage of his career, how would you even select a song for Paul McCartney?   Beatles, Wings, solo ...? 

     
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    In response to yogafriend's comment:
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    Name a few songs that you consider the "signature song" of a particular band or solo artist.   This is just for fun, and from your own standpoint, but give it some thought.  

    One way to look at it would be, if the band were interviewed on a talk show, what song would be used as they walked onto the stage?   "Hail to the Chief" is for the President, so what song would be used  to introduce or accompany  .... ?  (you name it)

    There's bound to be more than one for many artists, as their catalogs are enormous, so this is just your quick take.  

    If you want to stick your neck out, in your estimation, do the Beatles have a signature song?  At this stage of his career, how would you even select a song for Paul McCartney?   Beatles, Wings, solo ...? 

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    Queen - We Will Rock You

    The Who - Teenage Wasteland

    Elton John - Candle In The Wind

    Led Zepplin - Stairway to Heaven

    Kansas - Dust In The Wind

     
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    The Beatles might not have one, but just for fun I'll nominate 'A Day in the Life'.  It's the centrepiece song on what is arguably their most influential album.  The poignant social commentary.   The innovative sound of it, the discordant orchestra crescendos and the monster piano note.  Also, it is a genuine Lennon-McCartney composition - Lennon was the main writer but McCartney also contributed heavily to it. 

     
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    Billie Jean - Michael Jackson ... This video is goosebump material

    Rolling Stones - Angie

    Genesis - Mama

    Phil Collins - Another Day In Paradise

    Beach Boys - California Girls

    Ozzy Osbourne - No More Tears

    U2 - Even Better Than The Real Thing

    Pink Floyd - Us And Them

    Boston - A Man I'll Never Be ... Yeah I know it's supposed to be MTAF

    ZZ Top - Sharped Dressed Man 

    Billy Idol - Rebel Yell

    Van Halen - Panama

    Guns N' Roses - November Rain

    Metallica - Enter Sandman

    Def Leppard - Love Bites

    Radiohead - Karma Police

    The Police - Synchronicity 2

     

     
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    Queen - We Will Rock You

    The Who - Teenage Wasteland

    Elton John - Candle In The Wind

    Led Zepplin - Stairway to Heaven

    Kansas - Dust In The Wind

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    Interesting choices.  You nailed Queen, of course.

    Very disappoionted you didn't put up a song for Bob Dylan. 

     

     
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    The Beatles might not have one, but just for fun I'll nominate 'A Day in the Life'.  It's the centrepiece song on what is arguably their most influential album.  The poignant social commentary.   The innovative sound of it, the discordant orchestra crescendos and the monster piano note.  Also, it is a genuine Lennon-McCartney composition - Lennon was the main writer but McCartney also contributed heavily to it. 

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    Heavy.  Very interesting choice.   I'm inclined to agree there isn't one, although one of the more obvious options would be "Love Me Do" - but I just don't think it fits the bill. 

     
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    Name a few songs that you consider the "signature song" of a particular band or solo artist.   This is just for fun, and from your own standpoint, but give it some thought.  

    One way to look at it would be, if the band were interviewed on a talk show, what song would be used as they walked onto the stage?   "Hail to the Chief" is for the President, so what song would be used  to introduce or accompany  .... ?  (you name it)

    There's bound to be more than one for many artists, as their catalogs are enormous, so this is just your quick take.  

    If you want to stick your neck out, in your estimation, do the Beatles have a signature song?  At this stage of his career, how would you even select a song for Paul McCartney?   Beatles, Wings, solo ...? 

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    Queen - We Will Rock You

    The Who - Teenage Wasteland (You mean Baba O'Riley)

    Elton John - Candle In The Wind

    Led Zepplin - Stairway to Heaven

    Kansas - Dust In The Wind

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    or

    Queen -- Bohemian Rapsody

    The Who -- My Generation or Won't Get Fooled Again

    Elton John -- Funeral for a Friend

    Led Zeppelin -- Whole Lotta Love

    Kansas -- Carry On Wayward Son

     
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    For the Beatles, they have a ton of songs, but I'm inclined to pick an early song that's more of a group effort. Like ...

    "I Want to Hold Your Hand"

    Lynyrd Skynyrd -- Freebird.

     Eric Clapton -- "Layla"

     
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    Steppenwolf - Born to Be Wild

    Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear the Reaper

    Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet Home Alabama

     

     
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    Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M.

    The Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy

    A Tribe Called Quest - Check the Rhime

    2Pac - Keep Ya Head Up

    Metallica - Enter Sandman

    Radiohead - Creep

    Sam Cooke - A Change is Gonna Come

    Eminem - The Real Slim Shady

    Nas - If I Ruled the World

    The Pixies - Where Is My Mind?

    Sly and the Family Stone - Everyday People

     
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    In response to RogerTaylor's comment:
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    In response to yogafriend's comment:
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    Name a few songs that you consider the "signature song" of a particular band or solo artist.   This is just for fun, and from your own standpoint, but give it some thought.  

    One way to look at it would be, if the band were interviewed on a talk show, what song would be used as they walked onto the stage?   "Hail to the Chief" is for the President, so what song would be used  to introduce or accompany  .... ?  (you name it)

    There's bound to be more than one for many artists, as their catalogs are enormous, so this is just your quick take.  

    If you want to stick your neck out, in your estimation, do the Beatles have a signature song?  At this stage of his career, how would you even select a song for Paul McCartney?   Beatles, Wings, solo ...? 

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    Queen - We Will Rock You

    The Who - Teenage Wasteland (You mean Baba O'Riley)

    Elton John - Candle In The Wind

    Led Zepplin - Stairway to Heaven

    Kansas - Dust In The Wind

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    or

    Queen -- Bohemian Rapsody

    The Who -- My Generation or Won't Get Fooled Again

    Elton John -- Funeral for a Friend

    Led Zeppelin -- Whole Lotta Love

    Kansas -- Carry On Wayward Son

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    I have to go with some of Roy's choices; nice job.

    In thinking this through, I should have given a baseline list of artists to see how we differ in opinion.  The only one I gave was the Beatles.  

    Led Zeppelin seems to be one where there's going to many different opinions, and they're all good.  

    My choice for Led Zepplin: "Black Dog."

     

     
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    Billie Jean - Michael Jackson ... This video is goosebump material

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    Man, you took on some bands with huge catalogs.   Some I'm not sure of; some I have a different opinion about, but the *only* Michael Jackson song I've ever liked and his best signature song is "Billie Jean"; never would have thought to mention it. 

     
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    Neil Young: "Rockin in the Free World"

    Bob Dylan: "Mr Tambourine Man" 

    Rolling Stones:  "Satisfaction"

    Joni Mitchell: "River"

    The Who: "Tommy"

    Pet Shop Boys: "West End Girls"

    Beastie Boys:  "Hey Ladies"

    Pretenders: "Brass in Pocket"

    Coldplay: "Clocks"

     

     
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    Warren Zevon- Werewolves of London

    Jackson Browne- The Pretender

    Joni Mitchell- Big Yellow Taxi

    James Gang - Walk Away

    Jimi Hendrix- Purple Haze

    Deep Purple- Smoke On The Water

    Elvis Costello- Allison

    The Ramones- I Want To Be Sedated

    Joe Jackson- Steppin' Out

    The Rolling Stones- Satisfaction

    Bruce Springsteen- Born To Run

    U2- Sunday, Bloody, Sunday

    Wall Of Voodoo- Mexican Radio

    Sex Pistols- God Save The Queen

    Ted Nugent- Cat Scratch Fever

    Bob Seger- Night Moves

    Fleetwood Mac- Go Your Own Way

    Black Sabbath- Paranoid

    Led Zeppelin- Stairway To Heaven

    Bad Compnay- Can't Get Enough

    Foghat- Slow Ride

    ZZTop- Tush

    Cream- White Room

    Eric Clapton- Let It Rain

    Allman Brothers- Ramblin' Man

    The Byrds- Turn, Turn, Turn

    Patti Smith- Because The Night

    Talking Heads- Burning Down The House

    Devo-Whip It

    The Cars- My Best Friend's Girl

    Arlo Guthrie- Alice's Restaurant

    AC/DC- Highway To Hell

    Ten Years After- I'd Love To Change The World

    Santana- Black Magic Woman

    Jefferson Airplane- Somebody To Love

    Steve Miller Band- Jet Airliner

    Tom Petty - Refugee

    Rod Stewart- Maggie May

    The Who- My Generation

    The Kinks- You Really Got Me

    David Bowie- Changes

    Alice Cooper- I'm Eighteen

    ....that's it, I'm done, my fingers are getting sore.

     

    Not my favorites, just the most recognized tune by each artist.

     

     
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    Nick Lowe - Cruel to be Kind

    Bob Dylan - Like a Rolling Stone

    The Cars - Just What I Needed

    Billy Joel - Piano Man

    Ozzy Osborne - Crazy Train

    Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley

    Chuck Berry - Johnny B. Goode

    Little Richard - Tutti Frutti

    Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire

    Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill

    Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues

    Lou Reed - Walk on the Wild Side

     

     
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    Re: Signature Songs

    In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:

    The Beatles might not have one, but just for fun I'll nominate 'A Day in the Life'.  It's the centrepiece song on what is arguably their most influential album.  The poignant social commentary.   The innovative sound of it, the discordant orchestra crescendos and the monster piano note.  Also, it is a genuine Lennon-McCartney composition - Lennon was the main writer but McCartney also contributed heavily to it. 


    I'm inclined to agree that 'A Day in the Life' is the Beatles top song. Were Lennon still alive and they all sang this song at the Super Bowl half-time, it would bring the whole house down and then some.

     
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    In response to yogafriend's comment:
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    In response to RogerTaylor's comment:
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    Queen - We Will Rock You

    The Who - Teenage Wasteland

    Elton John - Candle In The Wind

    Led Zepplin - Stairway to Heaven

    Kansas - Dust In The Wind

    [/QUOTE]
    Interesting choices.  You nailed Queen, of course.

    Very disappoionted you didn't put up a song for Bob Dylan. 

     

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    Of course.............Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone (a great and listenable song!)

    "We Will Rock You" Has a life of its own. It's going on 3 or 4 generations now, and while many know the hand clap stomp interaction I'd be shocked if many teens today know who wrote the song. I'd love to know how many times that song has been played at sporting events.....that would be an interesting worthless piece of information.....

     
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    Allman Brothers - Whipping Post

    Sisters Of Mercy - This Corrosion

    ELO - Do Ya

    Joni Mitchell - River

    Ritchie Havens - Freedom

    Parliament - Give Up The Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)

    Chicago - Saturday In The Park

     

     
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    Never been a big fan of the term. I always felt it was relegated more for crappier artists or bands that had short careers or were one hit wonder types.

    No offense to your thread, Yogie. lol

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    Hey, I'm not offended in the least.  There are times when a word or phrase has a connotation to one person, and not to another, as in this case. 

    To me, the premise of having a "signature  (anything), is a little offputting but not for the reason you state, but more because it's confining.  Also, in music, we've discussed many times that the major hits (perhaps some would call signature songs) are not always the best songs, or works, of an artist.  

    I don't wear perfume, but I think it's absurd that women have a "signature scent" -- makes me cringe.   Signature look?   Signature haircut?   Awful.  :)   It is a very trendy word,  now that you mention it  (but not nearly as bad as 'iconic' ... the absolute worst). 

    Overall, taking a pass on a thread is not a bad thing. 

     

     
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    Beach Boys - good vibrations

    Metallica - Seek and Destroy

    Black Sabbath - Iron Man

    Judas Priest - Breaking the law

    Iron Maiden - 2 minutes to midnight

    AC / DC : B.S. -  Highway to Hell.......... B.J. - you shook me all night long

    GNR - welcome to the jungle

    Nirviana - smells like teen spirit

    Captain and Tennille - love will keep us together

    Peter Framptom - do you feel like we do

    Quite Riot - come on feel the noise

    Bruce Springsteen - born to run

    Alice in Chains - Rooster

    Soundgarden - Black hole sun

    Rush - Tom Sawyer 

    INXS - Need you tonight

    The Cure - lovesong

    The Mamas and the Papas - California dreaming

    The Band - The night they drove old dixie down

    The Eagles - Hotel California

    Devo - Whip it

     
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    The ultimate signature song is, of course, The Fabulous Go Nuts Theme! by, IMO, what is both the best and the worst band in the world, the Go Nuts.  It's so good there are 4 versions on their classic "Dunk and Cover" album.  :-)

     
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    Re: Signature Songs

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    Never been a big fan of the term. I always felt it was relegated more for crappier artists or bands that had careers or were one hit wonder types.

    No offense to your thread, Yogie. lol

     


    Hey, I'm not offended in the least.  There are times when a word or phrase has a connotation to one person, and not to another, as in this case. 

     

    To me, the premise of having a "signature  (anything), is a little offputting but not for the reason you state, but more because it's confining.  Also, in music, we've discussed many times that the major hits (perhaps some would call signature songs) are not always the best songs, or works, of an artist.  

    I don't wear perfume, but I think it's absurd that women have a "signature scent" -- makes me cringe.   Signature look?   Signature haircut?   Awful.  :)   It is a very trendy word,  now that you mention it  (but not nearly as bad as 'iconic' ... the absolute worst). 

    Overall, taking a pass on a thread is not a bad thing. 

     

     



    I really feel for musicians sometimes.  To me, the only thing worse than "We're gonna slow it down now" is "We're gonna play some songs off our new record (assuming it's a bad record, of course)".  Case in point:  saw the Vibrators in Berlin last week....everyone was going mental....then all were immobilised with boredom for 2-3 new songs....then all went mental again.

     

    As a fan, I want to hear my favourite songs....but these poor people have to play them constantly, how boring for them!

    I was pretty pleased with myself a few years ago when one of my favourite bands - and friends - decided to take a break from their "signature" song....so I sent a death threat i.e. "Play X or the drummer is a dead man". And they did.  xx

     
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