This honky-tonk weeper, written by Glenn Sutton, was a Top 10 country hit for Jerry Lee Lewis in 1968. Stewart’s delivery nails the melancholy essence of MacColl’s lyrics, as does the bare-bones arrangement, starting with just an acoustic guitar and adding understated drums and soulful organ on its way to a bluesy harmonica solo with Stewart wailing vocal ad libs over top. 46 on Billboard’s Hot 100. 40 on the Billboard’s Hot 100. The "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal. This ranked list includes songs like "Two Face" by The Slackers, and "I've Just Seen a Face" by The Beatles. That aching rasp with which he underscores the pathos of Tim Hardin’s lyrics (“If I listen long enough to you, I’d find a way to believe that it’s all true/Knowing that you lied straight-faced while I cried”). It should be noted that Stewart was a famed peroxide blonde at that point, so he kind of gets a pass on the stereotypes he’s celebrating here. It may be Stewart’s finest hour as a rocker, and those gospel-flavored vocals on the coda, repeating the title, are a brilliant touch. It clearly suits him better than Sinatra songs. 42. 30 on the Hot 100. This list ranks the best songs with face in the name, regardless of their genre. You may not think of country when you think of Stewart, but maybe you should. But he was knifed or shot, I can’t remember which.” A highlight of 1976’s “A Night on the Town,” it peaked at No. We do the same for Kanye West and Jay-Z. But it brings chills regardless. Many of the tracks listed are songs about faces, but just because that word is in the title doesn't mean that the song's subject is exclusively about that. If you see comments in violation of our community guidelines, please report them. “When the weather’s better and the rails unfreeze and the wind don’t whistle ’round my knees,” he sings, “I’ll put on my wedding suit and catch the evening train/I’ll be home before the milk’s upon the door.” Written by Stewart and the Faces’ Ronnie Wood, the title track of 1970’s “Gasoline Alley,” Stewart’s second album, is a rustic country-rocker with plenty of mandolin. 62 on Billboard’s Hot 100 before the B-side overtook it on the charts. It's OK to disagree with someone's ideas, but personal attacks, insults, threats, hate speech, advocating violence and other violations can result in a ban. The highest-charting U.S. single from 1972’s “Never a Dull Moment,” this bittersweet mid-tempo rocker peaked at No. And it came on the radio often, hitting No. The ending may not be as poignant as it could have been if Georgie’s murder had resulted from a hate crime rather than a random act of violence in a mugging-gone-awry. Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Find Faces discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. 24 on Billboard’s Hot 100. And the vulnerability of the vocals helps, whether sighing his way through the scene-setting “I didn’t know what day it was when you walked into the room/I said ‘hello’ unnoticed/You said ‘goodbye’ too soon” or pledging his devotion in ways that could only have occurred to Stewart. “Diablo” - Faces (2014) This is Stewart’s most heartbreaking vocal, setting the tone with a vulnerable near-whispered rasp of “I can tell by your eyes that you probably been cryin’ forever” and somehow sounding even sadder on the chorus hook of “I don’t want to talk about it/How you broke my heart.” The undisputed highlight of 1975’s “Atlantic Crossing,” written by Crazy Horse guitarist Danny Whitten, it topped the U.K. pop charts two years later before its long-delayed Atlantic crossing in 1979 to peak at No. He was especially close to me and Mac. Are you the "music guy" on your trivia team? All rights reserved. Factor in the year of its release, 1976, and Stewart’s matter-of-fact acceptance of a man he says “was gay, I guess/nothin’ more or nothin’ less” amounts to something of a bold, progressive statement. Many of the tracks listed are songs about faces, but just because that word is in the title doesn't mean that the song's subject is exclusively about that. Stewart’s performance is flawless, making the most of one of rock and roll’s most underutilized falsetto. But as a relic of the days when rock-and-rollers from the Rolling Stones to Paul McCartney felt the need to meet this disco situation on the dance floor, it’s actually help up surprisingly well. Included on 1976’s “A Night on the Town,” it topped the U.K. charts and peaked at No. Stewart wrote this acoustic-guitar ballad himself, and it’s one of his best. The Yardbirds drummer explains how they created their sound and talks about working with their famous guitarists. Read or Share this story: https://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/music/2016/09/09/best-rod-stewart-songs/89868744/, Arizona's first Black-owned brewery launches this week, Arizona restaurants may lose the right to sell alcohol to-go, Hosting a holiday gathering? The orchestration is gorgeous, especially the French horn part. A lot of people hate this song, despite it being one of Stewart’s most successful singles ever, having spent four weeks at No. Welcome to our new and improved comments, which are for subscribers only. Reach the reporter at ed.masley@arizonarepublic.com or 602-444-4495.Twitter.com/EdMasley. Stewart’s version was featured on 1969’s “An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down” with d’Abo arranging and playing piano. The Jimi Hendrix original will always be the way to go, but Stewart definitely made this song his own — and took it to the pop charts in the process, hitting No. Lindsay Lohan has some lyrics from Billy Joel's "I Go To Extremes" tattooed on her ribcage: "Clear as a crystal, sharp as a knife I feel like I'm in the prime of my life.". Check out Faces on Amazon Music. It’s not the only Sam Cooke song he’s tackled, but it is the one that feels the most like a Rod Stewart song. A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. This one was one was written Manfred Mann vocalist Mike d’Abo and first recorded by Chris Farlowe. Written by Norman Whitfield, Edward Holland Jr. and Cornelius Grant, this song was an R&B chart-topper for Motown legends the Temptations, who released their version in November 1966. The bass groove does exactly what it has to do, the sax break is brilliant, and Stewart’s playful delivery is just what the lyrics require. In that same interview, Stewart said the single nearly got left off the album “Every Picture Tells a Story” because “the label said it didn’t have a melody.” That’s foolish. Please be polite. Hey MamaDavid Guetta. The best of several classic singles on 1977’s “Footloose & Fancy Free,” it charted even higher in the U.K., hitting No. 5. "Angie" was the only ballad by The Rolling Stones to hit #1 in America. Songs with face in the lyrics are fair game too. Johnny Cash's wife, June Carter, wrote "Ring Of Fire" about their relationship. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon. The stories behind the biggest hit songs about trucking. There’s also something to be said for having rhymed the line “They catch a cab to his high-rise apartment” with “At last he can tell her exactly what his heart meant.” Stewart co-wrote “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” with drummer Carmine Appice — which may explain the groove — and Duane Hitchings. Of course, you’ll have that when you make a B-side out of “Maggie May.”. 1 here in the States. A classic soul song first recorded by the legendary Etta James in 1967, “I’d Rather Go Blind” was one of many emotional highlights of 1972’s “Never a Dull Moment.” It’s brilliantly phrased for maximum impact, from the way he sets the scene with “Something told me it was over when I saw you and him talking” to the repetition in “I would rather, I would rather go blind, girl.” And the arrangement features all the perfect signifers of the golden age of soul, from the Memphis horns to the melancholy organ fills by Ian McLagan of the Faces. Here’s a look back at the greatest songs performed by one of rock and roll's most soulful voices, Rod Stewart. And the singer’s heart has rarely been more in the right place. “Her ad lib lines were well-rehearsed, but my heart cried out for you.”. You do not need a Facebook profile to participate. Stewart’s version was recorded in 1971 with the Faces and Ray Jackson, managing to rock a good deal harder while also seeming somewhat funkier. And Stewart really rises to the challenge of scolding a young girl for not fully appreciating “the handbags and the gladrags that your grandad had to sweat so you could buy” without coming across as too preachy. The lead guitar is even looser than the vocal (also in the best way possible). You will need to register before adding a comment. Stewart’s soulful rasp sounds right at home on this wistful acoustic-guitar-driven ballad by Cat Stevens, telling a new girl his heart’s still too broken to give her all his love but “if you want, I’ll try to love again” with a bittersweet shrug. 1 here in the States. But he’s clearly committed himself to capturing the carefree essence of his raucous youth here, gleefully announcing, “I wanna girl that’s semi intelligent/Gimme a blonde that’s six-feet-two, boy” and ending the song with a series of dog-like yelps. When “a big-bosomed lady with the Dutch accent” tried to change his point of view? The final track on Stewart’s first solo release, 1969’s “An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down,” “Dirty Old Town” is a folk ballad written by Ewan MacColl about the effect the industrial revolution had on the town in the title. This is the single that heralded Stewart’s arrival as one of the decade’s most distinctive voices when it topped the Hot 100 and the U.K. pop charts. And those Python Lee Jackson recordings with Stewart on vocals are great. Find Faces bio, music, credits, awards, & streaming links on AllMusic - Boozy and bluesy rock & roll band of the '70s,… In an interview with Q magazine in 2007, Stewart said, “‘Maggie May’ was more or less a true story, about the first woman I had sex with, at the Beaulieu Jazz Festival.” Her name was changed, though, to protect the not-so-innocent, taking the name of a British folk song (as featured on the Beatles’ album “Let It Be”) about a sailor-robbing prostitute. A spirited shot of old-school rock and roll, this one features some brilliant Chuck Berry-inspired guitar work that wouldn’t have sounded even slightly out of place on something by the New York Dolls. To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs. The melody is undeniable, from “Wake up Maggie, I think I’ve got something to say to you” to “You led me away from home just to save you from being alone,” as is the mandolin riff at the end. What experts recommend, How the 2020 election made Katie Hobbs a media star, Lil Jon doesn't appreciate Rep. Paul Gosar's tweet, Cindy McCain tells 'The View' she 'loved' Biden's speech, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Jay-Z's "Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)" is based on the song "It's A Hard Knock Life" from the Broadway play Annie. And the phrasing is brilliant throughout, from the way he sings “about the sweet love between the moon and the deep blue sea” to “She said she’s goin’ now, come back tomorrow.”. 28 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Richie talks about the impact of "Amazed," and how his 4-year-old son inspired another Lonestar hit. In 1995, Stewart told Mojo, “That was a true story about a gay friend of the Faces. These songs capture Stewart in his misspent youth, when he took one of rock and roll’s most soulful voices and applied to classics as timeless as Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe” and “Maggie May.”. 1 on its way to becoming the singer’s first platinum single. Bob Marley's backup singers, The I Threes, claim they are the "Three Little Birds" in his famous song. So, that’s a little weird. Ronnie’s first group was a West London R&B outfit that he co-founded as a 16-year-old. And Stewart had a No. It sounds like Stewart and assorted Faces breaking curfew in a rock club in the best way possible. Don't play "I Will Always Love You" at your wedding - Dolly Parton wrote it about leaving someone behind to strike out on her own. Lyrically, it finds the narrator reflecting fondly on a former flame in verses as evocative as “Remember them basement parties/Your brothers karate/The all day rock and roll shows/Them homesick blues and radical views/Haven’t left a mark on you.”.