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What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 23, 2020 01:18PM
I will say:

• While My Guitar Gently Weeps
• Wichita Lineman
• All Along the Watchtower
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: CJsNvrUrly
Date: August 23, 2020 01:37PM
Happy Birthday
I have to sing it twice, numerous times per day.




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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: August 23, 2020 02:30PM
Hard to distinguish out my personal favorites from "grown in stature". That said....

Hallelujah, probably more than any other

Classical Gas
Boots of Spanish Leather
City of New Orleans
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: wowzer
Date: August 23, 2020 02:33PM
For the Love of Money; [m.youtube.com]



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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: steve...
Date: August 23, 2020 03:06PM
Stand My Me





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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 23, 2020 03:58PM
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anonymouse1
Hard to distinguish out my personal favorites from "grown in stature". That said....

Hallelujah, probably more than any other

Classical Gas
Boots of Spanish Leather
City of New Orleans

Yeah, Boots of Spanish Leather. I played it for a friend and they didn't get it. I had to explain it to them.

That brings up Tangled Up In Blue.
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 23, 2020 04:03PM
Jolene.
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 23, 2020 05:19PM
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anonymouse1
Hard to distinguish out my personal favorites from "grown in stature". That said....

Hallelujah, probably more than any other

Classical Gas
Boots of Spanish Leather
City of New Orleans

I think everything after “Hallejujah” falls into the personal favorites category. smiling smiley



It is what it is.
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 23, 2020 05:19PM
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Dennis S
Jolene.

Perfect example.



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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: August 23, 2020 07:03PM
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Dennis S
Jolene.

Have you heard this version? Still great.
[www.youtube.com]
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: August 23, 2020 07:55PM
A few, in no particular order...

Take Five

Bridge of Sighs

I Walk The Line

Miserlou

Johnny Be Good

Immigrant Song

Pipeline

Crazy Train

(I could waste lots of time adding more.)
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 23, 2020 08:08PM
Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody..... Head Banging required....
The Muppet version holds a close second in my heart... MAMMA MAMMA MAMMA MAMMA !
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 23, 2020 08:25PM
Gimme Shelter

Into the Mystic



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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: rz
Date: August 23, 2020 08:55PM
Bohemian Rhapsody was somewhat of a hit when it came out. Wayne's World definitely helped put it back in the spotlight. The recent movie also helped. Some music magazine recently named it as the greatest Rock and Roll song of all time. I like it, but it probably wouldn't crack my Top 100. It's not even my favorite song by the band.

And not song, but a band that grew in stature a while back would be AC-DC. My older brother used to have a book that rated albums... might have been by Rolling Stone. Anyway, at the time this book was published, AC-DC had just released "Back in Black". The book rated albums from 1 to 5 stars. They also had a rating of a "bullet", which essentially meant it was so bad, it wouldn't even get one star. Every single AC-DC album was rated with a bullet. A few years later, I got an updated copy of the book. Now, the albums rated like 3 or 4 stars.
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Markintosh
Date: August 23, 2020 09:11PM
I have to say Crazy Train has been my theme song this year.

I've grown partial to the cover done by Liliac...a family group of kids from 12 to 22.



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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: August 23, 2020 10:08PM
"The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"



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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: August 23, 2020 10:46PM
Stravinsky’s “Le Sacre du printemps“ seems to be much better received lately than when it first was performed.

Several old songs that were featured in movies and -re-introduced to new audiences have done rather well. “Dueling Banjos” from “Delivernace” and “The Entertainer” from “The Sting” come to mind. Whitney Houston’s “Always” from “The Bodyguard” took the world by storm.

I’m appreciating Frank Sinatra a lot more than I used to.

John Lennon made the case that Yoko Ono’s singing was ahead of its time. Not sure if that has actually come to pass.

Todd’s nostalgia board
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 23, 2020 11:13PM
"I’m appreciating Frank Sinatra a lot more than I used to."

I used to hate Frank Sinatra. A cowboy friend of mine loaned my one of his CDs and I bought 22 CDs in the next week.
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 23, 2020 11:27PM
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cbelt3
Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody

Another perfect example. This one got a double boost, one from Wayne’s World and one from the eponymously titled film.



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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 23, 2020 11:30PM
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rz
And not song, but a band that grew in stature a while back would be AC-DC. My older brother used to have a book that rated albums... might have been by Rolling Stone. Anyway, at the time this book was published, AC-DC had just released "Back in Black". The book rated albums from 1 to 5 stars. They also had a rating of a "bullet", which essentially meant it was so bad, it wouldn't even get one star. Every single AC-DC album was rated with a bullet. A few years later, I got an updated copy of the book. Now, the albums rated like 3 or 4 stars.

Classics sometimes take time to become classics. Back in Black is definitely a classic.



It is what it is.



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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 23, 2020 11:33PM
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Markintosh
I have to say Crazy Train has been my theme song this year.

This has been one of my favorites from the moment it was released. It’s one of only a few songs that still gets my blood racing the way it did when I was a teen.



It is what it is.
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Schpark
Date: August 24, 2020 07:33AM
The Sound of Silence



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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 24, 2020 08:57AM
Stand By Me

White Rabbit
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 24, 2020 10:36AM
If I can guess what you were after with this question, it's a song(s) that already had substance, but is now recognized as somehow unique...?

I would agree with nearly all of the songs mentioned above, although some were great upon release. That's different I think than what I thought you originally asked.
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: August 24, 2020 12:00PM
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Schpark
The Sound of Silence


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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 24, 2020 12:39PM
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mrbigstuff
If I can guess what you were after with this question, it's a song(s) that already had substance, but is now recognized as somehow unique...?

I took it to refer to songs that have increased significantly in popularity or importance with the passage of time. Sorry, but most of the songs listed here so far do not fall into this category, with three exceptions:
  • "Jolene": Relatively unknown when it came out, it has steadily increased in popularity with general audiences since Miley Cirus released her cover.
  • "Hallelujah": Again, Cohen's version was relatively unknown among non-Cohen fans. This song really took off for two reasons: 1) it's use in the movie Shrek, and 2) the popularity of Jeff Buckley's cover.
  • "Bohemian Rhapsody": For reasons stated earlier in the thread.
One could probably add Parton's "I Will Always Love You" to the list -- Whitney Houston's cover took it to new heights of popularity.

For anyone who's interested, a number of essays have been written about the how and why of the absolute explosion in popularity of Cohen's "Hallelujah" --- here are links to a few:

[www.theatlantic.com]
[www.usatoday.com]
[www.independent.co.uk]
[www.nytimes.com]



It is what it is.



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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Rolando
Date: August 24, 2020 11:19PM
Dolly Parton in general has grown in stature, "Jolene" is part of that for sure.

Pretty obscure within 5 years of release, but started coming back

"Hallelujah" is there as well.


10 years ago I described "Stand By Me" as a towering mountain of a song. But it started as a huge hit and became a golden oldie. I like John Lennon's cover. And it has continued to grow.

I think a song is great if it can survive being abused on those Karaoke TV shows and "Glee" and the like.



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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 25, 2020 12:02AM
Dolly’s stature grew YEARS ago — she became a bona fide pop star all the way back in 1977, after all, and remained one until at least the mid-‘80s.

“Jolene”’s stature has grown much more recently, however. Until Miley’s cover, the average person was unlikely to know the song. It didn’t hurt that Miley knocked it out of the park with her version.



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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Bo
Date: August 25, 2020 12:31AM
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N-OS X-tasy!
“Jolene”’s stature has grown much more recently, however. Until Miley’s cover, the average person was unlikely to know the song. It didn’t hurt that Miley knocked it out of the park with her version.

Definitely agree that Miley has kicked it up quite a bit but would also argue that the White Stripes cover in 2000 also ushered in a whole new audience to the song.
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: August 25, 2020 01:50AM
I was playing music in Nashville through the 90's and "Jolene" was getting more and more popular with bands and singer/songwriter types. They were always on the lookout for good overlooked songs for albums and live shows. It was dawning on them just how powerful the lyrics were. This realization that was spreading was why Mollie Cyrus and Jack White did the song. Sure, they kicked it up several notches, but they did it because of the groundswell with regular musicians.
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Re: What songs have grown steadily in stature over the decades?
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 25, 2020 08:53AM
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Bo
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N-OS X-tasy!
“Jolene”’s stature has grown much more recently, however. Until Miley’s cover, the average person was unlikely to know the song. It didn’t hurt that Miley knocked it out of the park with her version.

Definitely agree that Miley has kicked it up quite a bit but would also argue that the White Stripes cover in 2000 also ushered in a whole new audience to the song.

That’s true — I forgot all about that version. It definitely contributed to the song’s increase in stature.



It is what it is.
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