Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mojo's The 50 Greatest Neil Young Songs

Mojo #207 has a big feature about Neil Young: 25 pages of articles, interviews, anecdotes, stories. Plus: a playlist of the 50 greatest Neil Young songs according to an all-star panel including Paul McCartney, David Crosby, Chrissie Hynde, Metallica, Midlake, MGMT, Cardigans, Pixies, Giant Sand, Swans, R.E.M and many more. Here you find the spotiplaylist. To know who picked individual songs and why, go and buy the magazine. Enjoy! 

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(49 songs out of 50, 98%, about 4 hours)

50. Music Arcade (Broken Arrow, 1996)
49. I Am a Child (Live Rust, 1979)
48. Ambulance Blues (On the Beach, 1974)
47. Old King (Harvest Moon, 1992)
46. Winterlong (Decade, 1977)
45. Thrasher (Rust Never Sleeps. 1979)
44. Here We Are in the Years (Neil Young, 1968)
43. It's a Dream (Prairie Wind, 2005)
42. Sleeps With Angels (Sleeps With Angels, 1994)
41. Broken Arrow (Buffalo Springfield Again, 1967 / greatest hits version)
40. See the Sky About To Rain (On the Beach, 1974)
39. Will To Love (American Stars 'n Bars, 1977)
38. Goin' Back (Comes A Time, 1978)
37. Transformer Man (Trans, 1982)
36. F*!#in' Up (Ragged Glory, 1990)
35. Don't Let It Bring You Down (After the Gold Rush, 1970)
34. Don't Be Denied (Times Fades Away, 1973)
33. Revolution Blues (On the Beach, 1974)
32. Words (Between the Lines of Age) (Harvest, 1972)
31. Rockin' in the Free World (Freedom, 1989)
30. I Believe In You (After the Gold Rush, 1970)
29. Mellow My Mind (Tonight's the Night, 1975)
28. For the Turnstiles (On the Beach, 1974)
27. Cowgirl in the Sand (CSNY - 4 Way Street, 1971... on Spotify I found this live version from Neil Young Archives; originally the track is from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969)
26. Sugar Mountain (single, 1968)
25. Pocahontas (Rust Never Sleeps, 1979)
24. Harvest Moon (Harvest Moon, 1992)
23. Philadelphia (Philadelphia OST, 1993)
22. On the Beach (On the Beach, 1974)
21. Tired Eyes (Tonight's the Night, 1975)
20. A Man Needs a Maid (Live at Massey Hall 1971, 2007; originally from Harvest, 1972)
19. Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) (Rust Never Sleeps, 1979)
18. Old Man (Harvest, 1972)
17. Expecting To Fly (Buffalo Springfield Again, 1967)
16. Tell Me Why (After the Gold Rush, 1970)
15. Southern Man (After the Gold Rush, 1970)
14. Cortez the Killer (Zuma, 1975)
13. Ohio (Decade, 1977)
12. Powderfinger (Rust Never Sleeps, 1979)
11. Tonight's the Night (Tonight's the Night, 1975)
10. Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969)
9. The Needle and the Damage Done (Harvest, 1972)
8. Mr. Soul (Buffalo Springfield Again, 1967)
7. Down By The River (Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969)
6. Helpless (Live at Massey Hall 1971, 2007)
5. Like a Hurricane (Weld, 1991)
4. Only Love Can Break Your Heart (After the Gold Rush, 1970)
3. Heart of Gold (Harvest, 1972)
2. Cinnamon Girl (Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, 1969)
1. After the Gold Rush (After the Gold Rush, 1970)

Albums chart:
6 songs from After the Gold Rush
5 songs from Harvest and On the Beach
4 songs from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere and Rust Never Sleeps
3 songs from Tonight's The Night


  1. There are actually 5 tracks from Harvest: Heart of Gold, Needle and the Damage Done, Old Man, A Man Needs a Maid, and Words.

  2. Actually, I just noticed there are 4 songs from the Everybody Knows album as well:
    title track, Down by the River, Cinnamon Girl, and Cowgirl in the Sand

  3. You're right. I assigned "Cowgirl in the Sand" to "4 Way Street" and "A Man Needs a Maid" to "Live at Massey Hall" because that was the choice of the artists who picked them in the Mojo chart. Katherine Blamire (Smoke Fairies) says the first time she heard "Cowgirl", it was on the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young live album. Danny Wilson (Danny and the Champions of the World) writes "Ultimately, though, I think the Massey Hall version is the version". Anyway, I updated the albums chart. :o)

  4. Sorry about this, you go to the trouble and all you get is people pointing out mistakes but.... No.50 'Music Arrow' should be 'Music Arcade'. On the subject though you could pick another 50 songs, maybe not as immediate but equally as good in the long run, so prolific was and is the man.

  5. My top 20 neil cuts: a hurricane, 2.cortez the killer, 3.cowgirl in the sand, 4.revolution blues, 5.on the beach, 6.after the gold rush, 7.down by the river, 8.pocahontas, my hey hey (into the blue), 10.rockin' in the free world (rock version), 11.powderfinger, 12.captain kennedy, 13.the needle and the damage done, 14.change your mind, and only love, 16.road of plenty, 17.helpless (live version from the Band's "last waltz"), 18.time fades away, 19.scenery (with Pearl Jam), 20.borrowed tune.

  6. A few others that should be on this list IMO

    Barstool Blues
    The Last Trip to Tulsa
    Out on the Weekend

  7. I largely disagree with this list, but with someone like Neil, that's not too surprising. While I certainly like the song "After the Goldrush", it wouldn't be in my top 20. 6 of the top 10 songs wouldn't be top 10, or mostly top 20 for me. I would certainly have "Tonight's the Night" more represented for example. "Alburqurque", "New Mama" and "Borrowed Tune" would be in my top 50.

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