What are the Top 15 Paul Simon Songs?

7. “Mother And Child Reunion”- The very first track on his first solo album following his separation from Garfunkel, “Mother And Child Reunion” immediately establishes the musical adventurousness that would distinguish Simon’s subsequent career. Recorded in Jamaica, it’s one of the first pop songs to incorporate reggae rhythms. That it does so without sacrificing any of Simon’s innate melodic touch is the real triumph.

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3. “American Tune”- This beauty from There Goes Rhymin’ Simon seems at first like a throwback to the folk confessionals that Simon wrote with regularity in the 60’s. Yet with the help of Del Newman’s stirring score, “American Tune” slowly expands its scope. As the “I” becomes “we,” Simon paints a melancholy picture of an entire nation tired, lost, and dream-deprived, scrambling to find the ideals it lost somewhere along the way.

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  1. It’s really hard to name a top 15. This does well but depending on the day my top 15 change. Pity no mention of songs from Stranger to Stranger – I find Wristband and many others strong. Who am I kidding? I LOVE all his work

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