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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.
4Soundtrack
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 general.
5Bjork
Homogenic


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 tune.
6Opeth
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
Dirt


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 amazing.
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
10Death
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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