10. The sound of silence (Simon and Garfunkel)

The sound of silence is the song that launched the career of Simon and Garfunkel (image credit). For me, this is the best song from the sixties, period. It started as a folk song on the 1964 album Wednesday 3 AM, with just a guitar as accompaniment. Two years later, a somewhat beefed up version was released as a single and it proved their commercial breakthrough. Immortal lines such as "silence like a cancer grows" still impress after almost 50 years, and the melody is just as beautiful.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: Kathy's song, Scarborough Fair/Canticle, For Emily (whenever I may find her), America.


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