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

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.

Beautiful. Not really that hard to play, either.

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.

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

4 Sundown

Such an all around talented and awesome guy. This is probably my favorite song of his. - Beatlesboy9

Best song

5 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

6 Song for a Winter's Night

Paints a beautiful picture. - beatles

7 Don Quixote
8 Carefree Highway

Wow, this is number 1

9 Bitter Green
10 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

The Contenders

11 The Watchman's Gone
12 Home From the Forest

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

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

14 Canadian Railroad Trilogy

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

15 Summertime Dream
16 Seven Island Suite
17 Now and Then
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

19 Rainy Day People

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

20 A Tree Too Weak to Stand
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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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