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Name your top 15 favorite songs!

Discussion in 'A Song For You: The Carpenters Forum' started by Kristopher, Jun 19, 2018.

  1. cam89

    cam89 Active Member

    I am looking over other people's lists and realized the quandary I am in, in that there are more songs I could choose, so I am going to take it on myself and add a Second List of 15 songs which could be merged with the one I just gave...

    16. All You Get From Love is a Love Song
    17. Those Good Old Dreams
    18. The Uninvited Guest
    19. Road Ode
    20. Maybe It's You
    21. Mr. Guder
    22. Happy
    23. You
    24. Want You Back In My Life Again
    25. Another Song
    26. Sailing on the Tide
    27. Two Lives
    28. Two Sides
    29. I Just Fall In Love Again (RPO version with instrumental segueing before it)
    30. Ave Maria
  2. Brian

    Brian Well-Known Member

    It’s interesting that a quieter album track such as ‘Crescent Noon’ appears on about one third of the Top 15 lists on this thread. ‘Crescent Noon’ is one of my old favourites, so I shouldn’t be surprised.
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  3. Jarred

    Jarred Active Member

    It's the harmonies and the harp, the lush strings, and the way it's structurally moves. It just reminds me of a 50s big band arrangement and I love it.
  4. Jarred

    Jarred Active Member

    It's very classy, and doesn't have a whiff of the early 80s because it's so classy. Does it fit in with the pop scene then? Of course not. But it sounds better and more timeless today and that's what matters most. The 80s as a whole is largely hit and miss for me, it's the most "tacky" and dated era of popular music even when I do love individual songs from that decade. MIA is demonstrative that the duo were woefully out of touch with the times, but even if they weren't, would the album really have soared on the charts? I think that's why I'm forgiving of them continuing on with their more timeless 70s sound, because it makes the better tracks on MIA sound much better today as a result.
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  5. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    I’m going to try for 15:
    1. Yesterday Once More
    2. Close To You
    3. A Song For You
    4. Rainy Days and Monday’s
    5. We’ve Only Just Begun
    6. For All We Know
    7. Superstar
    8, Top Of The World
    9. Hurting Each Other
    10. Love Me For What I Am
    11. Bacharach Medley
    12. Where Do I Go From Here
    13. I Won’t Last A Day Without You
    14. I Can Dream, Can’t I
    15. Bless The Beasts and the Children

    Wow, I did not think I could actually pick only 15. These may probably change tomorrow for there are so many favorites that don’t fit into 15. Ever time I make a list of favorites it grows. I think each song chosen by others are also great songs-especially Somebody’s Been Lyin. Just listen to Karen’s vocals alone-they are exquisite! (It’s the pompous orchestration that weakens it, because it was not necessary.) which brings up the subject of the magic found in the earlier songs. I used to think as a youth, that it was a talent to choose certain instruments to accompany the songs for it was just enough, not too much, yet classic. Little did I know it was because of a lack of tracks. However, as I age, I like it all. It’s just harder to keep it at a high quality level. Maybe that’s why I like the RPO in the songs. It raises the bar! One thing funny, I can’t believe I left off Please Mr. Postman, for I played that song so many times as a youngster that the black colored groves became light gray to almost white. (I love all the layered vocals to the end of the song-plus Karen was in great voice). That’s why I said, tomorrow the list could have adjustments.
  6. Jorge

    Jorge New Member

    1.- Yesterday Once More
    2.- Superstar
    3.- Trying to get the feeling again
    4.- Prime Time Love
    5.- All you get from Love is a Love Song
    6.- Want you back in my life again
    7.- If I had you
    8.- Slow Dance
    9.- If We Try
    10.- Top of The World
    11.- Touch Me When We're Dancing
    12.- Kiss me the way you did last night
    13.- Rainy days and Mondays
    14.- There's a Kind of Hush
    15.- B'Wana She no Home
  7. tomswift2002

    tomswift2002 Well-Known Member

    I still don’t hear it.
  8. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    YEAH! for Mr Guder!! Love the album version, but I agree with you that seeing Karen sing it live is always a delight!!:)
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  9. Jarred

    Jarred Active Member

    You cray then!
  10. CraigGA

    CraigGA Well-Known Member

    I can’t help it...must include 5 more for 20 favorites.
    Ordinary Fool, From This Moment On, Ella/Karen Medley, Caught Between Goodbye and I Love You, I Just Fall In Love Again.

  11. AnnaSock

    AnnaSock Active Member

    Great question...very difficult to answer! Haha.

    My favourites change regularly, but I’ve tried to narrow it down to my current top 15 (in no particular order).

    1. We’ve Only Just Begun
    2. I Need to be in Love
    3. Goodbye To Love
    4. All You Get From Love is a Love Song
    5. Sweet, Sweet Smile
    6. Two Sides
    7. Love Me For What I Am
    8. Calling Occupants
    9. California Dreaming
    10. Baby, It’s You
    11. Superstar
    12. Leave Yesterday Behind
    13. Please Mr. Postman
    14. Rainy Days and Mondays
    15. Happy
  12. Mark-T

    Mark-T Well-Known Member

    SO hard- and it always changes. But for now, and by album (and like all of you, I cut out many songs I love):

    We’ve Only Just Begun
    Baby It’s You

    Rainy Days and Mondays

    Hurting Each Other
    A Song for You

    This Masquerade

    Only Yesterday

    I Need to Be in Love
    Boat to Sail

    All You Get From Love is a Love Song

    Strength of a Woman

    Ordinary Fool
    Your Baby Doesn’t Love You Anymore

    When I Fall in Love
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  13. GaryAlan

    GaryAlan Well-Known Member

    An impossible exercise, but currently:
    Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1974)
    Please Mr. Postman (Single)
    Solitaire (Single)
    We've Only Just Begun
    A Song For You
    Bless The Beasts And Children (soundtrack)
    Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (long)
    One More Time
    Trying To Get The Feeling Again
    Goodbye To Love (original)
    Yesterday Once More (single)
    Top Of The World (1972)
    At The End Of A Song
    Love Me For What I Am
    Merry Christmas Darling (1970)
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  14. Mike Blakesley

    Mike Blakesley Well-Known Member Moderator

    It's amazing how people's lists differ. GaryAlan's list has only four songs that appear on my list, and there are 12 songs on my list that don't appear on his!
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  15. AnnaSock

    AnnaSock Active Member

    I was just thinking the same!

    When looking at other people’s lists, I’ve also been seeing songs I’d overlooked. I’ll likely revisit my own list again soon.
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  16. Jamesj75

    Jamesj75 Well-Known Member

    My Top 15 (in order, as of this date):
    1. Solitaire
    2. I Need to Be in Love
    3. Only Yesterday
    4. Superstar
    5. You're the One
    6. Rainy Days and Mondays
    7. We've Only Just Begun
    8. There's a Kind of Hush
    9. All You Get From Love Is a Love Song
    10. I Won't Last a Day Without You
    11. You
    12. I Can Dream Can't I
    13. Two Sides
    14. Yesterday Once More
    15. Please Mr. Postman
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  17. Harry

    Harry Charter A&M Corner Member Moderator

    I don't generally list favorites or non-favorites, but at some point in time I assembled a playlist of favorite Carpenters songs. They all sound good to me:

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  18. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights

    Here are mine:

    1. You’re The One
    2. Happy
    3. Sweet Sweet Smile
    4. When It’s Gone (It’s Just Gone)
    5. Rainy Days And Mondays
    6. I Need To Be In Love
    7. Goodbye To Love
    8. B’wana She No Home
    9. Goofus
    10. At The End Of A Song
    11. From This Moment On
    12. Tryin’ To Get The Feeling Again
    13. The Rainbow Connection
    14. Baby It’s You (RPO Version)
    15. Look To Your Dreams
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  19. Carpe diem

    Carpe diem Well-Known Member

    It is a testimony to the depth and greatness of the Carpenter's catalog that such a variety of songs exist on member's top 15 lists.
  20. Rick-An Ordinary Fool

    Rick-An Ordinary Fool Honolulu City Lights

    When Richard and Karen recorded “album cuts”, I wonder if they realized just how much they would affect some listeners, like me. I believe it’s what kept me coming back to them and buying their albums.
  21. ThaFunkyFakeTation

    ThaFunkyFakeTation Ah am so steel een luv weeth yoo

    I don't hear any 50's thing either. I hear a decent Paul Riser MOR arrangement that's one of his sleepier renderings. He's done far better for others (think Teena Marie's "Casanova Brown" for where he really flexes his muscles). Karen sounds wonderful on it but it was doomed to fail, IMHO, and it did.

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  22. no1kandrfan

    no1kandrfan Active Member

    In no particular order:

    1. All You Get From Love Is A Love Song
    2. Rainy Days and Mondays
    3. Road Ode
    4. You're The One
    5. Kiss Me The Way You Did Last Night
    6. Crescent Noon
    7. Another Song
    8. Bacharach-David Medley
    9. Let Me Be The One
    10. B'wana She No Home
    11. Eve
    12. When It's Gone, It's Just Gone
    13. Love Me For What I Am
    14. I Won't Last A Day Without You
    15. Ordinary Fool
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2019
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  23. Top Of The World (Favorite)
    Crystal Lullaby
    For All We Know
    I Won't Last A Day Without You
    Leave Yesterday Behind
    Only Yesterday
    Sweet Sweet Smile
    Those Good Old Dreams
    Yesterday Once More
    Love Is Surrender
    Dont' Be Afraid To Love
  24. John Tkacik

    John Tkacik Active Member

    Back in March 2016, there was a thread called "Carpenters In 20 Songs". I took my list from that thread, removed 5 items, and changed 1. It was as hard as having teeth pulled.

    1) Eve
    2) (They Long To Be) Close To You (Extended Album Version)
    4) A Song For You
    5) This Masquerade
    6) Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1974 Single)
    7) Bacharach/David Medley (1974 Extended, Live Version; Anthology Album)
    8) Solitaire (1975 Single)
    9) I Can Dream Can't I
    10) You
    11) Don't Cry For Me Argentina
    12) Where Do I Go From Here
    13) Merry Christmas Darling (1978 Version)
    14) Now
    15) I Just Fall In Love Again (RPO Version)
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  25. AnnaSock

    AnnaSock Active Member

    Great choices! Karen sings Don’t Cry For Me Argentina excellently. Also, the RPO version of I Just Fall In Love Again is one of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard.

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