Top 10 Songs That Tell a Story

The Top Ten
1 Lovers - Jackie Evancho Lovers - Jackie Evancho Cover Art

Jackie first recorded this at the age of 11. Now 15, she has performed it at nearly every concert. Her rendition is nothing short of spectacular.

From the movie "House of Flying Daggers", a tragic story.

Final acapella line: "Your voice still echoes... In my heart".

2 A Day In the Life - The Beatles A Day In the Life - The Beatles Cover Art

How is this not #1? It is simple, yet complex. It is slow, yet fast. It is quiet, yet loud. And overall tells one of the best stories in any song.

This song has a drug reference in it

Meh, not really a story. the lyrics are great but there is no distinctive storyline.

3 American Pie - Don McLean American Pie - Don McLean Cover Art

It tells the story a defining blow to the world of music where the loss of those three musicians had a huge impact on American culture.

One of the best songs ever written with a good story

A great song about a sad topic

jUST yes

4 The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel Cover Art

"... Every blow that laid him down and
Cut him til he cried out, in his anger, in his pain,
I am leaving, I am leaving,
But the Fighter still remains
Yes he still remains"

5 Viva la Vida - Coldplay Viva la Vida - Coldplay Cover Art

This is a awesome song! I did not know it told a story

It tells a story about the French Revolution

I love this song

great song, and just an amazing story behind it.

6 Stan - Eminem Stan - Eminem Cover Art

I personally would say the sequel Bad Guy is actually better quality lyrically because of the metaphorical meaning behind it as well as the literal lyrics that give off clearer imagery but nonetheless Stan is a masterful example of imagery, suspense, creativity and a great meaning as well and also it had a huge impact on hip hop, Eminem’s career personally and on everyone listening to the song

How is this only number 40? It should be number one without a question! Stan also is a creative song in that it is written using growingly aggressive letters from Stan, to Eminem. It tells a story good enough to turn into a movie.

There are few songs of any genre that have the deep and complex emotions. If you are really looking for a good version look for the live version it gives even more feeling.

Why in hell is this #35 this is storytelling at its finest and these people here fail to recognize it.

7 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot Cover Art

I saw Gordon Lightfoot perform this live once. The creepy thing was, right at the line "and later that night when his lights went out of sight came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" there was a flash of lightning over a lake nearby. Eerie.

One of the most well written and "feeling" songs ever written.

I consider this haunting song the best story song ever.

This is number 1!

8 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd Cover Art

It sounds like opera

9 Hurricane - Bob Dylan Hurricane - Bob Dylan Cover Art
10 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin Cover Art

One of the best songs ever

One of the best

The Newcomers

? It Was a Very Good Year - Frank Sinatra It Was a Very Good Year - Frank Sinatra Cover Art
? August 7 - Jon Bon Jovi August 7 - Jon Bon Jovi Cover Art

This "story" is actually pretty messed up. It's about the mysterious death of Katherine Korzillius.

The Contenders
11 The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals Cover Art

Aka Rising Sun Blues. Origins, writers unknown. Many versions and covers. Most popular by The Animals.

12 Taxi - Harry Chapin Taxi - Harry Chapin Cover Art

"You see, she was gonna be an actress
And I was gonna learn to fly
She took off to find the footlights
And I took off to find the sky."
-- Life takes some subtle turns and Taxi captures the melancholy.

And continued to excellence in Sequel as well

13 Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen Cover Art

Whoever tf said this ain't a story, listen to the lyrics better lmao. This song is fantastic, and (personally) a great example of a song that tells a story.

Not really a story.

14 America - Simon & Garfunkel America - Simon & Garfunkel Cover Art
15 Rocky Mountain High - John Denver Rocky Mountain High - John Denver Cover Art

"... And they say that he went crazy once and he tried to touch the sun, and he lost his hand but kept the memory."

One of the reasons I was compelled to move to and live in Colorado for awhile, - the song, not the going "crazy" part. Haven't always had too look to far for that.

"He was born in the summer of his twenty-seventh year, going home to a place he'd never been before. He left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born again, you might say he found the key to every door..."
It tells a story indeed. And one which I never get tired of.

16 To Where You Are - Jackie Evancho
17 In My Life - The Beatles In My Life - The Beatles Cover Art
18 One - Metallica One - Metallica Cover Art

Wrong album cover, but you're right that this is a great song that tells a story.

Fantastic song

19 When She Loved Me - Sarah McLachlan When She Loved Me - Sarah McLachlan Cover Art
20 Livin On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Livin On a Prayer - Bon Jovi Cover Art

One of the best songs I have ever heard in my whole life!

A great song!

21 Winds of the Old Days - Joan Baez Winds of the Old Days - Joan Baez Cover Art

To Bob Dylan; about him, about the two of them, about all of Us

22 Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho Cover Art

Jackie's voice soars as she sings of loss and hope.

23 Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne Sk8er Boi - Avril Lavigne Cover Art
24 A Quick One, While He's Away - The Who A Quick One, While He's Away - The Who Cover Art
25 Sometime Around Midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event Sometime Around Midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event Cover Art

Best song ever!

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