Top 10 Songs That Tell a Story

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The Top Ten

1 Lovers - Jackie Evancho Lovers - 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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2 A Day In the Life - The Beatles A 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

3 The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel The 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

4 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot The 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

5 Hurricane - Bob Dylan Hurricane - Bob Dylan
6 American Pie - Don McLean American Pie - Don McLean
7 To Where You Are - Jackie Evancho
8 The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

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

9 Rocky Mountain High - John Denver Rocky 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

10 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

The Newcomers

? Lazarus - David Bowie Lazarus - David Bowie

The Contenders

11 Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho

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

12 Taxi - Harry Chapin Taxi - Harry Chapin

And continued to excellence in Sequel as well - Billyv

13 In My Life - The Beatles In My Life - The Beatles
14 America - Simon & Garfunkel America - Simon & Garfunkel
15 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin V 1 Comment
16 Viva la Vida - Coldplay Viva la Vida - Coldplay
17 One - Metallica One - Metallica

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

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18 El Paso - Marty Robbins El Paso - Marty Robbins
19 There Only Was One Choice - Harry Chapin There Only Was One Choice - Harry Chapin
20 Winds of the Old Days - Joan Baez Winds of the Old Days - Joan Baez

To Bob Dylan; about him, about the two of them, about all of Us - Billyv

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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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