Oh, man.... tough call. I share Gerbil's admiration of Stan Rogers
. I think Northwest Passage
tops The Mary Ellen Carter
, personally, but it is sooo hard to choose. Bluenose
is a classic... Struggle against loss was always central to Stan's music, hard-won victories against odds of man and nature. (BTW, the Canadian iTMS has zero Stan tunes sung by himself, but there is one hit on a search, Adam Miller
doing Tiny Fish For Japan
which, I gotta say, really creeped me out...)
is in the top ten, of course, particularly No Woman, No Cry
and Get Up, Stand Up
, among others.
Curtis Mayfield's People, Get Ready
always moves me....
Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms
Genesis] Land of Confusion
... (wish they had the Genesis version of the video in the iTMS instead of that crappy cover by some no-name metal band.... the Spitting Image
puppet of Reagan always makes me laugh...)
John Fogerty's Fortunate Son
- that's one angry man...
One you guys have probably not heard of: Mana
: Justicia, Tierra y Libertad
("Justice, Land and Liberty" - check out the UNESCO
page on this tune, which Maná performs along with Carlos Santana)
Another Latin American tune: Molotov
[i]Solsbury Hill[i] (mislabled as Salisbury Hill
on iTMS!), the duet with Kate Bush Don't Give Up
and the so, so heartbreaking Biko
One of my favourite Cuban singers, Polo Montañez
did a fabulous love-salsa, Un Montón de Estrellas
("A Mountain of Stars")... (oddly, Polo's debut album, "Guajiro Natural" isn't on iTunes, but his posthumous 2nd album is. And "Un Montón de Estrellas" is only available as a cover by another Cuban band, and it is nowhere near as good
Since we're on Cuba... Silvio Rodriguez' Playa Girón
about the battle at the Bay of Pigs, when Cuba kicked Kennedy's a** is fabulous.
Tracy Chapman's At This Point In My Life
...jeez... I better stop, or I'll have my entire music library listed.... :p