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

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

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

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

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2 The 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.

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

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3 I'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

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4 Sundown

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. - Beatlesboy9

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5 Song for a Winter's Night

Paints a beautiful picture. - beatles

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6 Did 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

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9 Carefree Highway

One of my favourite songs

Wow, this is number 1

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The Contenders

11 Early 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

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12 Home From the Forest

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

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13 Beautiful

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

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15 Summertime Dream

Il give it a 10 out 10

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16 Canadian Railroad Trilogy

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

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18 The 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

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19 Rainy Day People

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

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20 A Tree Too Weak to Stand
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25 Race Among the Ruins

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

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26 Second Cup of Coffee

I love this song. A song of regret and guilt.

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27 Talking in Your Sleep

That hurts...

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28 Cotton Jenny
29 If Children Had Wings

One of Gordon's most heart wrenching songs - just gorgeous!

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31 Salute UListen to Sample
32 Romance UListen to Sample
33 Never Too Close UListen to Sample
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36 Looking at the Rain UListen to Sample
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List Stats

200 votes
37 listings
5 years, 198 days old

Top Remixes

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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