Originally Posted by oldschool4life
When I think of a "beautiful" song, I think of something easy on the nerves (such as a slow jam/love song, new-age, jazz, etc...
...I sure as hell would NOT include Nena in that group.
I'd include the particular Nena song I listed in that group. Its pop beats roll very easily through the ears without harshness, and in either language it's *almost* a love song (by a girl with a lovely voice) in addition to its political theme. Of course for the young, politics and love often go together, both being extreme passions... 99 Luftballons/99 Red Balloons would be very far down on my list of most beautiful songs, but it would still be there. Perhaps it's a reflection of the fact that I grew up in the 80's, when the possibility of nuclear annihilation seemed very real to a youngster--even sitcoms of the era played up the possibility, and every newsmagazine treated it very seriously. As a kid, we did those stupid "get under your desk in case of nuclear war" drills in school, and I remember the deep impression certain depictions of devastation on TV and film (and music) made. So the image of civilization ending capriciously, and at the end of the song a beautiful woman letting go a balloon in a ruined city, was very powerful and beautiful to my young self. My tastes have certainly matured, but that song will always seem beautiful to me because of where and when it was a product. It's an example of a very nervous time and place making the best of things and producing good popular music about it. But admittedly, it would be far down on my list. At least you and I share a fondness for the same Norah Jones tunes.
BTW, this site
is good for showing the difference between the original and the English version for those who can't read German. I like both versions, and usually play them back to back.
Originally Posted by Alan G.
Would absolutely second "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael. The '30s were really the start of the golden era of beautiful pop music, and that song is mesmerizing.
For those who think they can still write songs like that - you need to broaden your scope. Very few venues for older music, but do some research. It's really rewarding.
I love quite a bit of music from the '20s-'40s, jazz and blues. I'd add these to my list of most beautiful songs:
Love in Vain--Robert Johnson
Moonglow--Benny Goodman Quartet
Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me - The Duke Ellington Orchestra
Parker's Mood--Charlie Parker/Dizzy Gillespie
West End Blues--performed by Lois Armstrong and Earl Hines