What are my all-time Top 40 favorite tracks?
It's a separate discussion from my usual ranting on behalf of my long-threatened book The Greatest Record Ever Made! (Volume 1). The book at least attempts a long view, albeit still a long view shaped by my own taste. The tracks listed here today are tracks I just really, really like. A lot.
The only restriction I placed on this list was a limit of just one track per artist. And I excluded the Beatles; my favorite song is pretty much everything the Beatles released from 1964 through '66, A Hard Day's Night through Revolver. If I tried to pick one Beatles selection, it might be the American mix of "Thank You, Girl," or it might be "No Reply," or "Rain," or "The Night Before," or...see, this is why I'm not pickin' one. The Fab Four exist outside the parameters of this exercise.
And I'm not ranking my picks; they're arranged alphabetically by artist. My all-time # 1 is probably Badfinger's "Baby Blue," but everything's listed here as equals. Ladies and gentlemen...my all-time Top 40 favorite tracks.
EMERITUS STATUS: THE BEATLES: [1964-1966]