Best Neil Diamond Songs

The Top Ten
1 Sweet Caroline

I agree about the singing, but few came up to the magic of the lyrics in his songs.

Very good song. I Am, I Said and Play Me are right there for great songs.

I heard it the first time in Glee, and I think it's awesome. Neil Diamond was, is, and will always be a legend.

2 Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon
3 Holly Holy

There is so much emotion in this song, definitely his best.

4 Cracklin' Rosie

I was just reminded of it while watching a taped performance and had to come vote. Fun, catchy, inspired, rocking tune - with the under-appreciated line "Find us a Dream that doesn't ask no questions."

Cracklin' Rosie was my favorite. I'm not sure why, but maybe because of the lyrics, plus it was happy and his voice got so low!

Of course all his songs will be vastly overshadowed by Sweet Caroline, but this is very good too.

5 America

I feel that the song "America" should have been rated number two because it really is a song of freedom and has an incredible outburst of Neil Diamond's striking singing skills.

6 Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show
7 Song Sung Blue
8 I Am...I Said

The lyrics don't quite have the intended Dylanesque effect, but no one (not even the chair) can deny their power, along with the music. When I first heard this song as a kid, it gave me chills. All these years later, it still does. Just a beautiful ode to the one-hand-clapping realities of life.

This is a very touching song which could reach deeply into the soul and express the feeling of loneliness.

Stephen Crane: "A man said to the universe: 'Sir, I exist!' 'However,' replied the universe, 'the fact has not created in me a sense of obligation.'"

9 Solitary Man
10 Shilo

Favorite Song of Neil Diamond, Shilo. Since the 1970s and on.

The Contenders
11 Play Me

You can't listen to Neil Diamond's songs and not have this song in his top ten.

Really, number 27? No way. This should not be in his top 10.

12 Forever In Blue Jeans

I love this song so much. I'm not going to say my age, but let's just say I'm an older millennial. Everyone these days is listening to rap and pop songs (though I still like those kinds of songs). This is what I'd prefer to listen to. It always brings me into a good mood, even at the worst of times.

13 September Morn
14 If You Know What I Mean

This is both his greatest and his most underrated song. Flawless songwriting that goes straight to the heart.

15 I'm a Believer
16 Longfellow Serenade

Best Neil Diamond song. Pure pop bliss. Great instrumentation.

17 Heartlight
18 Soolaimoon
19 Stones

This is one of the most beautiful songs ever written... Think Forrest Gump's ode to Jenny if Forrest had the eloquence to express himself.

20 Beautiful Noise

This is his greatest song. The music is perfect. The lyrics are perfect. It should make a whole generation cry.

21 Cherry, Cherry

Are you kidding me? This is one of the few Neil Diamond songs that they play on the radio, and that's because it is great. It is undoubtedly in his top three. DISGUSTING.

22 Hello Again
23 Yes I Will
24 Love On the Rocks
25 Kentucky Woman

Neil sings this with such feeling. Beautifully done. My favorite by him.

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