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My Top 10 Favorite Songs

I'll be extending this to a Top 25 soon. This Top 10 was really fucking tough to make though; obviously some amazing choices had to be cut, but that's why I'm going to extend the list later. Anyway, enjoy :]
1Billy Joel
The Stranger

She's Always a Woman: Whatever I say here just won't do this song justice... but
what I will say is that this is the perfect piano ballad. This is the ballad to end all
ballads, a song so beautifully composed and lyrically powerful that I'm actually sorta
jealous that I didn't write it. Expanding upon the strengths of his previous piano
ballads and even adding some folky touches akin to Nick Drake and Joni Mitchell,
Billy Joel crafted my favorite song ever and one of the quintessential rock ballads.
2Joe Hisaishi
Spirited Away

One Summer's Day: It may seem cliche to add the Joe Hisaishi song that so many
people have on their lists, but I can't help it. This is, to me, one of the most well-
written film compositions ever. With one half comprised of a beautiful piano ballad
and the second half dominated by bombastic orchestral strings, the tune manages
to find a great balance between these two contrasts perfectly. Plus, the piano
climax near the middle is one of the very few moments in music that's actually
made me cry.
3X Japan
Art of Life

A glorious mix of power metal, speed metal, progressive rock, classical, and a bunch
of other things, Art of Life is a near-30-minute epic that never manages to be
boring despite that length. Toshi's singing is top-notch as his voice soars over
harmonized guitar leads and Yoshiki's charismatic performance on the drums.
Speaking of Yoshiki, his tremendous piano solo in the middle of the song seals the
deal as it switches between a simple sorrowful melody and crazy discordant stabs
at the keys, a fantastic contrast. Overall, an amazing song.
Jade Cocoon OST

Moth Forest: Well, here's a hidden gem. Jade Cocoon is an old RPG for the
Playstation 1, and it was basically a mix of Final Fantasy combat and the Pokemon
monster-breeding system. The graphics were very good for the time, but the music
was some of the most remarkable stuff I'd ever heard. You'd get music that's
influenced by different sides of new age, including the Celtic music of Enya and the
more oriental sounds of Kitaro. Moth Forest remains the best composition in the
entire game; it's a deeply meditative tune with flute work over the top to add to its
folky vibe. It's one of those songs that's transcendental; it simply doesn't sound
like it was from this earth, and that's a big part of its beauty. It's one of a kind,
and if you're into folk or new age, please listen to it... and the soundtrack in

Joga: A song that simply never gets old. Between the bold string instrumentation,
Bjork's ridiculously good vocal performance, and the sweet trip-hop beat backing
the whole thing, Joga is one of the best songs out there. Homogenic is already an
amazing album in its own right, but I think we were all a little surprised when Joga
immediately followed the musically bleak opener "Hunter" with such beauty and such
a lush atmosphere. It was a cool dynamic shift, and makes for possibly Bjork's finest
Blackwater Park

The Leper Affinity: My favorite metal song alongside Art of Life, The Leper Affinity
is an amazing mix of brutality, beauty, atmosphere, and anything else that makes
the best Opeth tracks what they are. Leper Affinity, however, wins because of how
well it's structured. Not a single moment feels out of place, and the acoustic
section in the middle is one of Opeth's finest soft moments.
7Nick Drake
Five Leaves Left

Fruit Tree: Nick Drake's output was nothing short of amazing, consisting of three
astounding folk records that would all become known as classics of the genre. Five
Leaves Left still remains my favorite (hence my namesake), and Fruit Tree remains
my favorite song by the singer-songwriter. Alternating frequently between
melancholy and glimmers of positivity, Nick Drake is accompanied by flute and string
work to illustrate the former perfectly. Drake's vocals are soft and grave, and his
acoustic guitar playing is as strong as ever. Such a damn shame that he died so
young :/
8Alice in Chains

Them Bones: THE quintessential 90s rock opener, Them Bones doesn't even manage
to make it to 3 minutes in length, but does so much in its short running time. A
powerful 7/8-time rhythm is combined with an ascending riff from Jerry Cantrell as
Layne Staley's powerful vocal wails contributes to a haunting and brutal
experience. Despite being labelled grunge, this song has elements of sludge metal
and - primarily in the chorus and solo - blues music. Either way, this song is fucking
9Alice in Chains
Black Gives Way to Blue

Black Gives Way to Blue: A truly heartfelt ballad that features Elton John on the
piano, Black Gives Way to Blue is a fantastic way to pay tribute to a fallen musician
and friend. You can tell that Jerry and Layne were close, and this song exemplifies
that bond. R.I.P. Layne, you're still missed by us all
The Sound of Perseverance

Flesh and the Power it Holds: To me, this is the pinnacle of Death's work and one of
the best extreme metal songs ever made. With a great melodic intro and fast speed
metal vibe in the verses, the band start on a great note; however, it's during the
technical bridge between the verse and the chorus - as well as Chuck's solo which
features strikingly minimal accompaniment - that push it over the edge. This is still
Death's longest song, and probably one of the most progressive; to me, the
progressive stuff is what the band did best, and it shows here.
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