Best Leon Russell Songs


The Top Ten

1 Back to the Island
2 A Song for You
3 Stranger in a Strange Land
4 Lady Blue
5 Roll Away the Stone
6 Delta Lady
7 Hummingbird
8 Out in the Woods
9 Bluebird
10 Tight Rope

The Contenders

11 Superstar

A simply Fantastic, transcendent song, written by Bonnie Bramlett and Leon Russell and first recorded by Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (including Eric Clapton & Russell).
Many have covered it with the first real popularity (& in my humble opinion the definitive version) being Rita Coolidge's lead vocals backed by Leon & his band, and the most popular success probably by The Carpenters. Doesn't get much better than this one, folks! - Billyv

12 Shootout On the Plantation
13 This Masquerade
14 Laying Right Here In Heaven
15 Little Hideaway
16 The Ballad of Mad Dogs and Englishmen
17 Stay Away from Sad Songs
18 If It Wasn't for Bad
19 Beware of Darkness

Though I didn't state it, I intended this to be songs he wrote or co-wrote and not some of the great covers he's done or his great accompaniment. I haven't heard this one done primarily by him but it was great when he did it with George Harrison in The Concert for Bangladesh.
Among other great covers, I love several of his interpretations of Dylan songs as well as the great performance of Jumpin Jack Flash/Youngblood medley also on "Bangladesh" - Billyv

Leon does do a version of this very well by himself, but as noted the version on Bangladesh becomes something else on a higher plane.
There is actually a demo version by "The Beatles" on one of the "Anthology" discs, but Leon and George really are the best, and its saying something when someone can improve a Beatle version of one of their own.

Great. Thanks I'll look for it. I really appreciate his talent & stylings - Billyv

20 Rainbow in Your Eyes
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