Best Gordon Lightfoot Songs

The top ten songs from one of the biggest Canadian names in popular music.

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1If You Could Read My Mind

I've always liked this song, but it's the title and first line that speaks volumes... - Britgirl

So many great allusions, heartfelt lyrics. A bulls-eye hit on reality of heartbreak, a deep romantic love that just can't workout to a happy ending.
"... You won't read that book again because the ending's just too hard to take." - Billyv

Beautiful. Not really that hard to play, either.

2The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

The story of a haunting event with an electric yet ethereal sound. This song stands above the typical beautiful Gordon Lightfoot songs.

I love songs that tell stories. This is one of the best. - beatles

My wife and I love to vacation on Lake Superior, so this song always haunts me. I remember the night it happened: November 10, 1975.

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3I'm Not Supposed to Care

"... You've got places to go and people to see, still I'm gonna miss you..."

The first time I heard the first two lines, I cried my eyes out. A beautiful song of friendship and is so personal to me.

Beautiful list, Beatles... - Britgirl

Great comment Britgirl, and thanks for starting this list Beatles - Billyv

There is nothing and I mean nothing that this man doesn't embody... Love... Empathy and compassion... Enough said

"I think you have somebody waiting outside in the rain to take you away..." - beatles

Great choice and glad you quoted the opening lines. Thanks for the list - Billyv

4Did She Mention My Name?

Tells the story of a young man far away from his hometown. It manages to be joyful and reminiscent at the same time. - beatles

5Song for a Winter's Night

Paints a beautiful picture. - beatles


Such an all around talented and awesome guy. This is probably my favorite song of his. - Beatlesboy9

7Don Quixote
8Bitter Green
9Early Mornin' Rain

When you can write a song that is covered by so many artists, including Elvis Presley, you know you've got a gem. - beatles

10Carefree Highway

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11The Watchman's Gone
12Canadian Railroad Trilogy

Just one problem, Mr. Lightfoot! Americans call them railroads. Canadians call them railways! - beatles

13Home From the Forest

Another story song, and one that makes you stop and think. - beatles


One of the best love songs ever written, in my opinion. I saw him in Minneapolis a few years back and it was one of the quietest concerts I had ever been to. You could talk to the person next to you, no problem! Even while the music was going on! Great voice, great songwriter, I think Lightfoot might be the most underrated songwriter of all time.

15Seven Island Suite
16Summertime Dream
17Now and Then
18The House You Live In

Being The b side to The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, this of course is one of his more underrated songs. Personally one of my favorites. - Beatlesboy9

Like the Golden Rule or Boy Scout Laws this is a great example of how to live your life

19A Tree Too Weak to Stand
20Too Late for Prayin'
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List StatsUpdated 4 Dec 2016

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1. If You Could Read My Mind
2. Don Quixote
3. The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
1. Did She Mention My Name?
2. Song for a Winter's Night
3. I'm Not Supposed to Care



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