Best Simon and Garfunkel Songs


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1The Sound of Silence

The guy who said "The guy who said "Not a single word chosen by chance" was damn right" was damn right!

Not a single word chosen by chance.

The guy who said "Not a single word chosen by chance" was damn right!

Tell me a better song than this there is none right?

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2Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simply the best. When you look at their overall level of songs, Bridge is not only "smart", it is poetic and has the instrumentals that make it work as well.

It's touching, it may be one of the most important songs that has ever been written, created or sung. Simply the best... Maybe ever.

I think this song needs to be #1, not just because it was their most successful song (six weeks at #1 in March and April of 1970 and also the #1 song of 1970), but also because it's one of the most emotional songs they ever put out.

Well this is the first song I heard of them & that's the best I can ever think of! Its got meaning, emotion the sense of belonging-- to a friend-- can't put it in words- for me its the very BEST!

Just excellent

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3The Boxer

When I first heard this song, I couldn't get it out of my head. It went directly to my heart. I love simon and garfunkel and I feel like this is their best song. But at the same time, I simply cannot choose between the boxer and sound of silence. All in all, I love their music and it'll stay with me forever.

Like a lot of people said, it is hard to choose between The Sound of Silence or The Boxer. Both amazing songs with great lyrics and emotion. The Sound of Silence with it's mysterious sound and The Boxer with its emotion and story. I love both these songs.

It's mostly a hard decision between Sound of silence (with amazing lyrics), and The Boxer (with amazing emotion). Mrs Robinson, with a cheerful, slightly sarcastic tone, is the obvious number 3.

I agree it should be between The Boxer and Sound of Silence as their best

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4Mrs. Robinson

This song was from the 1967 movie The Graduate. The Mrs. Robinson of the title was a middle-aged married woman who seduced the movie's hero, a recent college graduate (who was advised, in a famous scene, to go into "Plastics! ").

It manages to be both catchy and reflective, and the tight harmonies are a joy to hear.
"Here's to you, Mrs. Robinson, heaven holds a place for those who pray. Hey, hey, hey..." - beatles

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5Scarborough Fair / Canticle

I think of this as the "parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme" song. Beautiful traditional melody, and beautiful harmonies by S & G.

Best song ever. Such an easy and heavy melody, and brilliant lyrics, mixed in a really nice ballad. #1 in my opinion

I got to know about this song only through the book "The perks of being a walfflower". Thanks Charlie for giving me such wonderful songs to listen to!

No. One always in my heart

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This song has a haunting, delicate melody.

It's so hard to pick a favorite. But this one is mine.

America and Sounds are my two favourite among others. All classics

This song is why I'm leaving home to become a stewardess.

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7Homeward Bound

I love this song, surprised to see it at number 6 as it has always seemed kind of underrated to me. Love the beginning guitar riff.

8I Am a Rock


The depth of this song surpasses the best lyrics anyone could ever write...


The best "get up and get moving song"

10Kathy's Song

This song is one of the most inspired composition of Paul Simon, with touching lyrics about his feelings towards his girlfriend and his life. His perfect mastery of singing and a great guitar playing contribute to make this song one of the most beautiful that I know.

Listen to the live version of 1969, this is a masterpiece.

The song gives such a feeling of quietness. Every time I listen to it I feel light and happy. Paul Simon's vocals are at a high point here. This is easily my favorite Simon and Garfunkel song.

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11The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)

An anthem to youthful good spirits and to being carefree, from a bygone era when "groovy" was a word that people really used.

12Silent Night/7 O'Clock News
13The Only Living Boy in New York

Surprised to see this so low, this is one of there best tracks, for me it's up there with sound of silence and bridge over troubled water, this song really should be given a listen if you haven't already

This song is just so beautiful. It manages to pull off a feeling of isolation extremely well, through its emotional lyrics and the calming backing track. - ArchAces

14April Come She Will

Just loved how when I was little my dad used to play the guitar and sing this song. It is a beautiful piece of music, and I still like to hear this song. - westofohio

15A Hazy Shade of Winter

One of the best guitar riffs ever!

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16For Emily, Whenever I May Find HerV1 Comment
17El Condor Pasa (If I Could)

Although the words sound as if they come from an ancient traditional folk song, Paul Simon actually wrote them himself to accompany the melody from a Peruvian song.

18Bookends Theme

It's a minute and 15 seconds of pure beauty. The melancholy voice, the nostalgic lyrics... It makes me melt on the insides.

19My Little Town

A great song from the greatest duo of all time after their break-up. It's no surprise that Paul put it on still crazy after all these years.

20At the Zoo

I love this songs progression, and just everything about it. I love just about every Simon and Garfunkel song but this is just a cut above.

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2. The Only Living Boy in New York
3. My Little Town
1. Bridge Over Troubled Water
2. Kathy's Song
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