Top 10 Songs That Tell a Story


The Top Ten

1 Lovers - Jackie Evancho

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

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. - BobG

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

2 A Day In the Life - The Beatles

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. - Doom

This song has a drug reference in it - jmepa1234

3 The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel

"... 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" - Billyv

4 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot

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. - PetSounds

Many performers would have incorporated that intentionally as part of the show, though Gordon does/did it without flash - Billyv

5 American Pie - Don McLean

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.

just yes

jUST yes

6 Shine on You Crazy Diamond - Pink Floyd

It sounds like opera

7 To Where You Are - Jackie Evancho
8 Hurricane - Bob Dylan


9 The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

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

10 Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho

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

The Contenders

11 Rocky Mountain High - John Denver

"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. - PetSounds

"... 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 to look to far for that. - Billyv

12 Stan - Eminem

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. - ChickenKing

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.

I'm speechless

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13 Stairway to Heaven - Led Zeppelin

One of the best

14 Taxi - Harry Chapin

And continued to excellence in Sequel as well - Billyv

15 Viva la Vida - Coldplay

It tells a story about the French Revolution

16 America - Simon & Garfunkel
17 In My Life - The Beatles
18 One - Metallica

Wrong album cover, but you're right that this is a great song that tells a story. - Songsta41

Fantastic song

cool song


19 Winds of the Old Days - Joan Baez

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

20 Sometime Around Midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event

Best song ever!

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Top Remixes (5)

1. Lovers - Jackie Evancho
2. To Where You Are - Jackie Evancho
3. Open Fields of Grace - Jackie Evancho
1. Winds of the Old Days - Joan Baez
2. The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel
3. There Only Was One Choice - Harry Chapin
1. Sometime Around Midnight - The Airborne Toxic Event
2. A Little Bit of Everything - Dawes
3. American Pie - Don McLean

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