What are the Top 15 Paul Simon Songs?

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  1. Truly great list but really-the list just goes on and on and on. An amazing American treasure, Paul Simon. Kudos for 45 years of glorious tunes and poetry!

  2. I bought Hearts And Bones when it first came out and did not give it the attention it deserved. Then one day recently I hear this song on the radio and it blew my mind.

  3. A very bizarre list. Yes maybe five that I agree with but that’s not the point. This is is a very narrow reading of Paul Simon. His S & G songs I would argue are the tunes that inform the others. To not see a hint of Kathy’s song or America or hazy shade of winter or the boxer… Check please. Since you are a mag for songwriters I would love to see a list of other prominent songwriters favorite Paul Simon songs. would love to know what costello’s favorite PS song is.

  4. If you note the intro above, you’ll see that this list was only focused on the songs recorded after his split with Garfunkel.

  5. I mean there’s great stuff on here, but… really, no “Diamonds On the Soles of Her Shoes?” No “Obvious Child?” No “Cool, Cool River?” No “Peace Like a River?” “Hearts and Bones?” “Gone At Last?” “Dazzling Blue?” And if you’re going to insist on including something from Surprise, “Father and Daughter?” Anybody who could shoehorn “Darling Lorraine,” “Rewrite,” or “My Little Town” in there and somehow not find any room, anywhere, for any of these… I’m just scratching my head honestly.

  6. Tough choices, I admit. I will say that “Diamonds”, “Obvious Child”, “Peace Like A River”, and “Hearts And Bones” were near-misses.

  7. An odd list. His first few records are so much better than the rest. Like nearly all his peers he’s been firing blanks for years now. Awfully tired of lists that feel obligated to include recent material that’s not up to snuff. It’s dishonest. And why 15? Ten is plenty. Paul Simon is one of our greatest songwriters. But you can’t tell that by your strange list .

  8. I hate to rain on the Simon Parade, but as pleasant and memorable as a number of his songs were growing up in the 70s and 80s, none of them hold a candle to the more than two dozen or more classic Simon and Garfunkel songs that are some of the finest ever recorded in America, absolute classics.

    His solo stuff was pleasant, not spine-tingling the way his work with Artie was. Their break-up may well have deprived us of many more great tunes. It is just on a whole other level.

    To be honest, Simon became a kind of easy-listening popster who was nice, well-meaning and hyper-tuneful, but dull. He was exactly the kind of pop pabulum we were revolting against in the punk movement of the 1970s. I recall despising the tens of thousands who showed up for one of his free concerts, although I bet most came in hopes of some S&G tunes and a reunion with Artie. It was music for numbed people and numbed sensibilities.

    But we weren’t revolting against Simon and Garfunkel, no no no they were simply too great. Going through this list confirmed my sense that Simon never was as good, however successful and how much money he made. I think he knows it, too.

  9. 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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