Top 10 Songs That Tell a Story

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1Lovers - Jackie Evancho

From the movie "House of Flying Daggers", a tragic story.

Jackie first recorded this at the age of 11. Now 15, she has performed it at nearly every concert. Her rendition is nothing short of spectacular. - BobG

"I see the Light" tells the story of a girl trapped in a tower until she is old enough to escape and fall in love. Jackie and her brother, Jake sing it as a duet.

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2A Day In the Life - The Beatles

How is this not #1? It is simple, yet complex. It is slow, yet fast. It is quiet, yet loud. And overall tells one of the best stories in any song. - Doom

This song has a drug reference in it - jmepa1234

3The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

I saw Gordon Lightfoot perform this live once. The creepy thing was, right at the line "and later that night when his lights went out of sight came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" there was a flash of lightning over a lake nearby. Eerie. - PetSounds

Many performers would have incorporated that intentionally as part of the show, though Gordon does/did it without flash - Billyv

4Hurricane - Bob Dylan
5The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel

"... Every blow that laid him down and
Cut him til he cried out, in his anger, in his pain,
I am leaving, I am leaving,
But the Fighter still remains
Yes he still remains" - Billyv

6The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

Aka Rising Sun Blues. Origins, writers unknown. Many versions and covers. Most popular by The Animals. - Billyv

7To Where You Are - Jackie Evancho
8American Pie - Don Mclean
9Rocky Mountain High - John Denver

"He was born in the summer of his twenty-seventh year, going home to a place he'd never been before. He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again, you might say he found the key to every door..."
It tells a story indeed. And one which I never get tired of. - PetSounds

"... And they say that he went crazy once and he tried to touch the sun, and he lost his hand but kept the memory."

One of the reasons I was compelled to move to and live in Colorado for awhile, - the song, not the going "crazy" part. Haven't always had to look to far for that. - Billyv

10Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

The Newcomers

?Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho

Jackie's voice soars as she sings of loss and hope. - BobG

?Tangled Up in Blue - Bob Dylan

The Contenders

11Taxi - Harry Chapin

And continued to excellence in Sequel as well - Billyv

12America - Simon & Garfunkel
13In My Life - The Beatles
14One - Metallica

Wrong album cover, but you're right that this is a great song that tells a story. - Songsta41

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15Viva la Vida - Coldplay
16Sometime Around Midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event
17El Paso - Marty Robbins
18A Little Bit of Everything - Dawes
19There Only Was One Choice - Harry Chapin
20When She Loved Me - Sarah McLachlan
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1. Lovers - Jackie Evancho
2. To Where You Are - Jackie Evancho
3. Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho
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1. Winds of the Old Days - Joan Baez
2. The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel
3. There Only Was One Choice - Harry Chapin
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1. Sometime Around Midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event
2. A Little Bit of Everything - Dawes
3. American Pie - Don Mclean
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