Best Gordon Lightfoot Songs

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

The Top Ten

1 If You Could Read My Mind If You Could Read My Mind Cover Art

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."

I enjoy Gordon Lightfoot music, especially this song his voice is easy on the ears...2 thumps up.

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

Happy 80th birthday (17 November 2018) Gordon Lightfoot!

2 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Cover Art

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

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.

This has to be the best song by Gordon Lightfoot ever. Defintely better than most of Lightfoot's music; beats the Beatles hands down.

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

3 I'm Not Supposed to Care I'm Not Supposed to Care Cover Art

"... 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...

Great comment Britgirl, and thanks for starting this list Beatles

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..."

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

4 Sundown Sundown Cover Art

I used to huff so much gasoline to this song but I never found out what the words in the sand meant

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

Best song

5 Song for a Winter's Night Song for a Winter's Night Cover Art

Paints a beautiful picture.

6 Did She Mention My Name? Did She Mention My Name? Cover Art

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

7 Don Quixote Don Quixote Cover Art

Very well done with sardonic lyrics

8 The Watchman's Gone
9 Carefree Highway Carefree Highway Cover Art

One of my favourite songs

Wow, this is number 1

10 Bitter Green Bitter Green Cover Art

The Contenders

11 Early Mornin' Rain Early Mornin' Rain Cover Art

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

12 Home From the Forest Home From the Forest Cover Art

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

13 Beautiful Beautiful Cover Art

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.

Gordon is amazing. We saw him 2 years ago in Detroit. So many great tunes and a brilliant lyracist

14 Seven Island Suite
15 Summertime Dream Summertime Dream Cover Art

Happy and quick

Il give it a 10 out 10

16 Canadian Railroad Trilogy Canadian Railroad Trilogy Cover Art

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

17 Now and Then Now and Then Cover Art
18 Rainy Day People Rainy Day People Cover Art

Love the description of Rainy day people, and I think I know several.

19 The House You Live In The House You Live In Cover Art

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.

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

Great lyrics

20 A Tree Too Weak to Stand

Lyrical beat great match to theme

21 Race Among the Ruins Race Among the Ruins Cover Art

Very cheerful sounding song with a dark message. Love the contrast, should be higher...

22 Daylight Katy Daylight Katy Cover Art

Ethereal and dreamy

23 The Last Time I Saw Her The Last Time I Saw Her Cover Art
24 Affair On 8th Avenue Affair On 8th Avenue Cover Art
25 Too Late for Prayin'
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