Best Songs on The Byrds' Turn! Turn! Turn!

Their second album, Turn! Turn! Turn! is similar in nature to the first record but has some important advancements in their sound. For instance, it has the first use of acoustic guitar (He Was a Friend of Mine), the first use of harmonica (Satisfied Mind), and their first attempt to cover a country song (also Satisfied Mind). If I left off your favorite song on the album, feel free to add it.

The Top Ten

1 Turn! Turn! Turn!

Their second hit single. It's a classic. - Gg2000

Arguably the best "Folk Rock" song of all time. Sorry S&G, but TSOS is just plain "Folk".

2 He Was a Friend of Mine

An acoustic song. Originally, the song was a traditional folk ballad; Roger McGuinn rewrote the words on the night that John F. Kennedy was assassinated. - Gg2000

3 Lay Down Your Weary Tune

A Bob Dylan song; the original Dylan version wasn't released until 20 years later. Roger doesn't like it, but I don't see what's wrong with it. I love the harmonies. - Gg2000

4 It Won't Be Wrong

Written by Roger McGuinn and Harvey Gerst (a close friend of his). It has a clever guitar intro; I also like how there's a change in the rhythmic feel when it goes into the chorus. - Gg2000

5 The World Turns All Around Her

Another Gene Clark original. It's very short but well written. - Gg2000

6 Set You Free This Time

One of the slower songs on the album. Gene Clark wrote a good one here. - Gg2000

7 Satisfied Mind

A country song that had been recorded by Porter Wagner, Johnny Cash, and many others. Bassist Chris Hillman (who was originally in several bluegrass bands as a mandolin player) suggested they record it; their association with country music would grow over the next few years. - Gg2000

8 The Times They Are A-Changin'

Most people probably know that this is a Dylan cover. However, while the original version is an anthem for change, the Byrds version is more uptempo and sounds kinda snarky. - Gg2000

9 If You're Gone

Gene Clark wrote this about his emotional insecurities. The backup vocals provide a constant drone throughout the song. - Gg2000

10 Wait and See

Written by Roger McGuinn and David Crosby. It's the most romance oriented thing they've written; ironic, considering that they mocked Gene Clark for writing romance themed songs. Oh well, I guess everyone has to start somewhere. - Gg2000

The Contenders

11 She Don't Care About Time

On 1996 re-issue.

12 Oh! Susannah
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