Greatest Rufus Wainwright Songs

The songs that best display Rufus Wainwright's incredible voice and breath-taking talent at songwriting. Unfortunately my 'favourites' list covered 24 songs so these are the 10 I selected.
The Top Ten
1 Dinner at Eight
2 Go or Go Ahead

This song just gives me shivers every time I listen to it. I put in my headphones, close my eyes, and just get swept away in the music. Just listening to the builds and falls of this song is beautiful.

Powerful and heart-wrenching. This song really gets to me every time. It's so sad.

Close your eyes and let this song take you on a journey.

3 The One You Love

I chose this one because it is my third favourite song from Rufus. Memphis Skyline is a masterpiece and doesn't even show on this list. The same goes for April Fools!

4 California

When Rufus sings, you can tell he loves doing it. He leaves his contemporaries in the dust. Bublé and Grogan are boring amateurs in comparison to Rufus's innate ability to write tongue-in-cheek lyrics with music that compels one to dance and sing along. And his voice is like a rainstorm that runs the gamut from gentle to bold and weaves them daringly and gloriously.

5 Natasha

The greatest love song ever written. Makes me cry. It's so beautiful.

So delightful to the ears. Such a beautiful song.

6 Going to a Town
7 Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk
8 Hallelujah

A song about sadness. This song is a true work of art.

9 The Art Teacher
10 Beauty Mark

On the first beats of that drum, I was hooked on this song. Pure genius.

The Contenders
11 Poses

It's like a beautiful golden afternoon, lost in memories.

12 Coeur de Parisienne

Amazing, improvisational piano and the melody with the French lyrics send shivers down my spine.

13 Little Sister

This has the most amazing orchestral part ever written for a modern song, in my opinion.

14 Nobody's Off the Hook

The string quartet has the most beautiful harmonies, and Rufus's voice and choice of lyrics are simply stunning.

15 14th Street
16 One Man Guy

I love this song so much. Everyone should listen to it.

17 Memphis Skyline

No one in modern music understands composition the way Rufus does. It's an incisive opinion, but he is the only contemporary musician I've heard (and I'm counting the likes of Dylan and the Beatles) that comes close to the classical greats. This song (and Little Sister) proves that.

This song is an incredible piece of passion. It's a song for the much-missed Jeff Buckley. Having his way with the piano, Rufus puts us into an emotion that few would want to ever leave.

18 In a Graveyard

So slow, sad, and meaningful. Rufus does sorrow so beautifully.

19 Release the Stars

One of his most incredible, big songs. It was really amazing live as well.

20 April Fools

Such a fun song that everyone can learn to sing along to. One that should never go unmentioned.

21 Foolish Love

It's just good. The song seems slightly detuned, which makes me feel sad but in a good way, like in Radiohead's "No Surprises".

22 Bitter Tears

Why is this not on anyone's top ten list of his songs? I love it!

23 Beautiful Child
24 Vibrate
25 Rebel Prince
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