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PortFolio Weekly
December 14, 2004

One for My Baby, 19 for the Road

by Jim Newsom

Inspired by a Rolling Stone feature listing the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time," we were asked to come up with a list of our picks for the Top 20 songs of all time. I put mine together considering the quality of the song.

Here it is, listing the artist who gave the quintessential performance and, if different, the composer(s):

1. "Moondance," Van Morrison
2. "One For My Baby (and One More For the Road)," Frank Sinatra (Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer)
3. "God Bless the Child," Lou Rawls (Billie Holiday/Arthur Herzog)
4. “My Girl,” The Temptations (Smokey Robinson/Ronald White)
5. "Get Together," The Youngbloods (Chet Powers)
6. "A Day in the Life," The Beatles
7. "Night and Day," Frank Sinatra (Cole Porter)
8. ”Only a Hobo,” Rod Stewart (Bob Dylan)
9. "Pastures of Plenty," Odetta (Woody Guthrie)
10. "Fire and Rain," James Taylor
11. "Love is Here to Stay," Nat King Cole (George & Ira Gershwin)
12. "The Sound of Silence," Simon & Garfunkel
13. “The Wedding Song (There is Love),” Noel Paul Stookey
14. "Summertime," Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong (George Gershwin/Dubose Heyward)
15. "Save the Country," Laura Nyro
16. "The Times They Are A-Changin," Bob Dylan
17. "Waltz For Debby," Tony Bennett & Bill Evans (Bill Evans/Gene Lees)
18. "Celluloid Heroes," The Kinks
19. “Wave,” Johnny Hartman (Antonio Carlos Jobim)
20. "I Got it Bad (and That Ain’t Good),” Ella Fitzgerald (Duke Ellington/Paul Francis Webster)

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