Best Simon and Garfunkel Songs


The Top Ten

1 The 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!

Good thing it's still "the sound of silence" and not "the sounds of silence."

I don't like Simon and Garfunkel (when I'm writing this) but I do love this song.

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2 Bridge 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!

So so beautiful. - Britgirl

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3 The 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.

This is the very definition of a fight song. It's an anthem of perseverance through adversity, and it hits you harder than any song Simon & Garfunkel ever put out. The only one that tops it is "The Sound of Silence" because it had a way bigger impact on music, but this is one of the most powerful songs you will ever hear.

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.

This song is so good. Makes me so happy I heard this song.

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4 Mrs. 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! ").

How anyone could think that this is not Simon and Garfunkel's best song, I cannot imagine. It is easily in the top ten best (non-Classical) songs ever written, and goes beautifully with The Graduate (1967).

It's an upbeat, catchy, tune from a great film. - MontyPython


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5 I Am a Rock


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

I like how they did a song about seclusive people.

6 America

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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7 Scarborough 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

This song definitely deserve #1 rank

The melody and music is beautiful

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8 Homeward Bound

I almost think you could take the top four and put them in any order, then take the next four and do the same thing. In any case, I think Top Tens got the top eight spot on.

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.

9 Cecilia

The best "get up and get moving song"

10 For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her

I began listening to Simon and Garfunkel when I was 12. as I progressed into maturity this song repeatedly helped me to move through my frustrations as a young soul full of uncertain love. Without the poetry, melody and understanding given to me by Simon and Garfunkel, my ability to understand music, love and myself would not be as developed as it is today. I give my thanks to Simon and Garfunkel for this song and others that have become and will always be a part of me, a part of my love for the world!

Just simply beautiful gem!

The Contenders

11 April 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

Tells a short beautiful story. This is why I love S&G.

12 Kathy'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.

Some of the best guitar playing ever. Also, wonderful lyrics. There but for the grace of God go I

Classic love song that Paul Simon sings beautifully.

13 The 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.

14 A Hazy Shade of Winter

One of the best guitar riffs ever!

My third favorite after mrs robinson 1, and sound of silence 2nd, I voted for this so it could get higher.

How is this not on the top ten?

One of their best. 3rd best behind sounds of silence and I an a rock. Underrated for which I could could never understand. Folk rock at its best.

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15 The 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

Other worldly, hauntingly beautiful and lush melody. My absolute favorite...and that's saying a lot, given how excellent all their music is!

Beautiful music. Deserves to be in the top 5.

16 Silent Night/7 O'Clock News
17 El 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.

The song has a mystical feeling about it that immerses you in reflections of visions that you have never witnessed. It is eerily beautiful and simply the best work of the brothers.

18 Keep the Customer Satisfied

I hear words I never heard in the Bible

19 Bookends Theme

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

20 My 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.

21 Leaves that are Green

Such an upbeat, folky ditty that never fails to get me smiling while reminding me of Paul Simon's songwriting genius

22 Old Friends

The spirit of the duo is captured beautifully... One of their top 15 songs

23 Somewhere They Can't Find Me

Why is this in 23rd place? The song is beautiful.

24 At 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.

25 Baby Driver

Maybe I'm taking the lyrics too literally, but whatever... This song always makes me remember the days when I used to scoot down everywhere on my teenie weenie tricycle... And for the record I'm 28 now...


26 Song for the Asking
27 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
28 A Most Peculiar Man

Being an introverted guy, I completely relate to this song.

He is a peculiar man. Lonely living life.

29 The Dangling Conversation

Dangling Conversation wasn't on here? yes, it needs to be.

30 Bleecker Street

Why isn't this higher? It's calm, and the lyrics are very atmospheric and captures bleecker street well.

31 Flowers Never Bend With the Rainfall

The tune is astonishingly beautiful and so are the lyrics.

My mind dances and leaps in confusion as to why this song isn't number one!

32 Fakin' It
33 Richard Cory
34 We've Got a Groovy Thing Goin'
35 Cloudy
36 Bookends
37 Overs
38 Still Crazy After All These Years
39 American Tune
40 Anji

I love this song!

41 A Simple Desultory Philippic (Or How I Was Robert McNamara'd Into Submission)

One of their very best.

42 Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
43 Why Don't You Write Me
44 Hey, School Girl
45 Save the Life of My Child
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Top Remixes (16)

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

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