8. Vincent (Don McLean)

American singer/songwriter Don McLean (image credit) is best remembered for his stunning epic American Pie, but I like this song even better. Vincent, a track from the 1971 album American Pie, is a beautiful ballad about the life and death of Vincent van Gogh. The lyrics may very well be the most poetic ever penned for a rock/pop song, evoking several of van Gogh's masterpieces: "Starry, starry night, flaming flowers that brightly blaze, swirling clouds in violet haze reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue - Colors changing hue, morning fields of amber grain, weathered faces lined in pain are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand". If memory serves me correctly, this song made the number one spot the very first time I made an all-time favourites list back in 1973.

Other songs by this act that would have qualified: American Pie, Empty chairs.


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