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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2. “Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard”- We may never know what Mama Pajama saw or what went down between the narrator and Julio on that fateful day. Nor does it really matter, since Simon was choosing his words more for their impact as sounds than for any message they might convey. With Paul’s insanely catchy acoustic playing and Airto Moreira’s impossibly melodic percussion, “Me And Julio” is the kind of song that gets stuck in your head and you’re grateful when it does.

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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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