Really cool songs are usually not big commercial successes or chart toppers. There has to be something with the melody and/or lyrics that makes it special.
First on my list has to be Lou Reed, his drug laced, brash lyrics and mind numbing bass line and melody make this in a class of its own.
Just to prove that punk bands also can come up with gems, The Stranglers shine here.
How to be sexy, breathy and lyrics that are suggestive but goes nowhere with soaring vocals. Chris Isaak at his best.
Listen first and see how compact and loud this band is, and there are only 3 of them The highly under rated Rush from Canada with their biggest hit.
The brilliant, enigmatic, in your face performer Annie Lennox ... in all her glory and talent, powerful lyrics to boot.
For all of Pink Floyd's brilliance, this song somehow stays with us for the longest time. Its the title I guess. So cool.
If The Beatles never existed, we'd be talking about The Beach Boys. Not many of us appreciate the musical genius of the band, in particular with Brian Wilson. This song can be broken up into 3 songs, thats how good their composition can be and what about their harmonies.
Roy Orbison, under rated, this song revived in a duet with kd lang only accentuated his musical brilliance and unique voice.
Santana at his best, this song makes love to you at the start, caresses you then brings you to musical orgasm with his riveting solo.