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Simple topic: what is the greatest song of all time? Only pick one song, not multiple - let me rephrase the question as: what is the single greatest song of all time? It can be your favourite, or simply one that you feel is great for another reason.

My pick: A Change of Seasons By Dream Theater. I'm going to skip over the two obvious choices (Stairway to Heaven and Bohemian Rhapsody.) A Change of Seasons is simply one of the most well done 20+ minute songs ever. They avoid the "long for the sake of being long" issue a lot of bands fall into with longer songs, and also avoid the "stick 5 songs together in one track" that too many bands do. A Change of Seasons changes enough to keep it interesting throughout, but has beautiful transitions so it never feels like one song ends and another beings (one of the major downfalls of Rush's 2112). The instrumentals are strong, the song is never boring, and it is one of the most underrated pieces of music ever composed in my opinion.

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Guest Hangar18

My All-Time favorite is Iron Maiden's "Hallowed Be Thy Name". It's an amazing song and even better live. ;) Stryper's "Honestly" is an honorable mention.

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For me it's probably Ghost Love Score by Nightwish. The most complete song done by the group so far (The Poet and the Pendulum not far behind) and the instrumental parts are crazy ! The voice of Tarja too, I consider it a masterpiece !

@Graeme

A change of seasons is a great great song !

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***** by Devin Townsend

Because it's through Townsend's music that I really started to love music and developed my own tastes (I probably listened to only his stuff and Strapping Young Lad for about 2 years xD), and ***** is probably one of his best song, if not THE best (according to the fans' vote on the different polls on the message board).

It's a kind of quiet, humble epic, if that makes sense. 10 minutes long, with a great atmosphere of looking around you, at the grey sky, grey people (as the lyrics say). Then the atmosphere in the second part of the song brings a little bit of hope, like a ray of sun finally coming through the clouds, but still lets you in a "neutral mood".

Also, along with Funeral (8minutes) and The Death Of Music (12 minutes), it makes a holy trinity that closes such a good album as Ocean Machine, full of soundscape and pictures of ocean and rain and water, and a great feeling, I like to call this album some humble metal.

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I like that song Boom by P.O.D

Just.. because. :lol: I've listened to it so many times, I'm still not bored of it.

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Only One? Ok:

Bad Religion: American Jesus.

Greatest punk rock song. Ever. And one of the best damned songs, period.

But you have to let me give out my Honorable Mentions to

Pink Floyd: Dogs

The Who: Behind Blue Eyes

The Clash: Janie Jones

Bob Dylan: Desolation Row

John Denver: Annies Song (YES, i mentioned Bad Religion & John Denver in the same post)

John Lennon: God

Xtc: Ballet For a Rainy Day

The Police: So Lonely

and of course:

The Beatles...well anything from about 1966-1969

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The Clash: Janie Jones

I always hear London Calling as one of the great Clash songs but IMO Janie Jones blows it and "Should I stay or Should I go?" out of the water.

Greatest Song of All Time? Machine Gun by Jimi Hendrix (Live at the Fillmore East Disc 1 Track 5)

I've always liked this performance of Machine Gun. It's hailed as having the greatest guitar solo of all time and after you hear it you will know why. This is one of the most raw performances Hendrix ever did and yet it has so many layers. The whole song slowly builds and builds until the solo. Once he hits those first notes it's as if someone reached down and turned the volume up on the guitar from 2 to 10.

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Freebird by Lynyrd Skynyrd
I can get behind that. Another is Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash
Jessys girl. Bruce Springfield
Think you meant Rick Springfield ;)
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Guest muskeg

Forgetting obvious things like the great Johann Sebastian Bach...

I am going with "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath from the album Black Sabbath because the bell and the rain started the album that began heavy metal.

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Forgetting obvious things like the great Johann Sebastian Bach...

I am going with "Black Sabbath" by Black Sabbath from the album Black Sabbath because the bell and the rain started the album that began heavy metal.

truly one of the greatest openings of all time. :D IMO an over looked song in the Sabbath song book.

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Guest otherdemon

Motorpsycho - The Golden Core (13 minutes of the best progressive rock ever)

Other honorable mentions:

Led Zeppelin - No Quarter and Achilles Last Stand (a bit overlooked compared to the "hits")

King Crimson - Starless (that coda... otherworldly)

Pink Floyd - Dogs

The Clash - Spanish Bombs and Up In Heaven (Not Only Here)

Tool - Eulogy (Ænima the album is a classic)

The Doors - When The Music's Over, The End and Riders On The Storm

I could've mentioned so many more, but I'll leave it as it is.

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Guest HabSuperStar

noooooo I CAN'T DO THIS... this is too hard...

classic, i'd go with Stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin, the PERFECT song, great solo, great riffs, great lyrics, everything is perfect in this song

recent, id go with Stan - eminem this song is so well written, Eminem will always be one of the greatest writters ever

BUUUUUT, honorable mentions to classics like :

Master of Puppet -Metallica

Sympathy for the devil - Rolling stones

Folsom prison blues - Johnny cash

Paranoid - Black sabbath

Run to the hills - Iron maiden

Is this love and No Woman No Cry - Bob marley

Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze

and honorable mentions to more recent songs :

Silent night, Bodom Night - Children of bodom

Hurt - Nine inch nails version AND johnny cash's version

Killing in the name of - Rage against the machine

Du Hast - Rammstein

Standing in the rain - Billy talent

numb - linkin park

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Guest Dintrox12

Some of my favourites:

Stone Free - Jimi Hendrix

Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin

Welcome Home (Sanitarium) - Metallica

Cannonball - The Breeders

Redemption Song - Bob Marley

Waterfall - The Stone Roses

I am the Law - Anthrax

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