I was among a group of people who was recently asked their top 10 favourite songs of all time. My first thought is how can I do a top 10 when there have been so many songs that have impacted me over my life. For a start I could list just about any song from U2, such has been the inspiration of so much of their music. Then there are at least 10 from John Mellencamp that could be considered worthy of making a top 10 of all time according to me, as could a mtriad of songs frmo Midnight Oil. One band that didn’t make it was Queen, with a few of their songs that have certainly hit the spot. But in the end there can be only 10. So hereĀ is the list, with apologies to the many who did not make it:

  1. All I Want is You – U2
  2. Window in the Skies – U2 (a song I would like played at my funeral)
  3. For the Children – John Mellencamp
  4. The Real Life – John Mellencamp
  5. The Long and Winding Road – The Beatles
  6. In My Life – The Beatles
  7. In the Valley – Midnight Oil
  8. The Special Two – Missy Higgins
  9. Secret Garden – Bruce Springsteen
  10. Blow up the Pokies – The Whitlams

And for the best live performance of all time, can anyone go past U2’s Where the Streets Have No Name? One of their many anthems, I have never seen a peformer have 50,000 screaming fans in the palm of his hand like Bono does when this song is performed live. It sends shivers down my spine and makes me want to get up out of my chair and jump around the room. Check it out:

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