25. Time in a bottle (Jim Croce)

The untimely death at the age of 30 of American singer/song writer Jim Croce (image credit) in a 1973 airplane accident robbed the world of a highly talented artist who was just making his breakthrough. Croce may be best remembered from upbeat songs like You don't mess around with Jim and especially Bad bad Leroy Brown, but his real strength was in his ballads. His best song comes from the 1972 album You don't mess around with Jim: the exquisite Time in a bottle, one of the most tender love ballads of all time. The lyrics are stunningly beautiful ("If i could save time in a bottle, the first thing that i'd like to do is to save everyday till eternity passes away, just to spend them with you") and in one passage resigned in a way that becomes even more sad given his fate ("But there never seems to be enough time to do the things you wanna do once you find them").

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: These dreams, Lover's cross.


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