Top 10 Big Star Songs

Big Star Songs

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Our Top 10 Big Star songs list looks back at a band that captivated a large loyal cult following while only releasing less than handful of albums in the 1970s. The band arrived on the music scene in 1972 with an album entitled #1 RecordThe record featured musicians Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Andy Hummel and Jody Stephens. The group instantly found an audience and was lauded by both critics and fans. The band released two more albums in the 1970s and one in 2005 that featured only two original members in Chilton and Stephens. Big Star never became a huge mainstream band for various reasons. One was the simple fact they could never get wide record distribution. Still, their legacy has grown over time.

# 10 – Feel

We open up our top 10 Big Star songs with the great rock piece entitled “Feel.” This song’s guitar riff that pounds away at you is completely captivating. It just grinds away into the break and then explodes into a brilliant guitar sols as the horns wrap around its with that saxophone wailing in the background and the piano keys twinkling in between, There is so much going on and it sounds oh so wonderful. This is a rock and roll roller coaster of a song and its a perfect way to open up our top 10 Big Star songs list. The song Feel was released on the band’s first album entitled #1 Record. The album was released in 1972. The song “Feel,” was the album’s opening track. Chris Bell sang lead vocals on the track.

# 9 – When My Baby’s Beside Me

Continuing with our top 10 Big Star songs list we present this very modern style song entitled “When My Baby’s Besides Me,” that was a bit ahead of its time. One can tell Nick Lowe was listening to this one. This one has a great guitar riff that is assailed by some great guitar solos that surround it. It’s guitar heaven packed in a perfect pop song. That’s Big Star and that’s why we love this band so much. “When My Baby’s Besides Me,” was also released on the band’s debut album #1 Record in 1972. The song opened up side two on the album. Alex Chilton sang lead vocals on “When My Baby’s Besides Me.”

# 8 – Daisy Glaze

Big Star’s “Daisy Glaze,” open with such a soft and endearing touch that the listener drops everything their doing instantly to follow where this one is going. “Daisy Glaze,” just continues to build slowly with intensity and the songs continues onward. There is a beauty shining here that transcends into a rock and roll experience at about the two minute mark. No one sounded like this. “Daisy Glaze,” is simply a majestic piece of music.

# 7 – I’m In Love With a Girl

Big Star’s “I’m In Love With A Girl,” was released in 1974. The song was issued on the band’s second album titled Radio City. The song “I’m In Love With A Girl,”  was placed as the closing song on the album. The song “I’m In Love With A Girl,” was written by Alex Chilton. The song never became as big as it should have. The same goes for the album simply because the record was never widely distributed to record stores when it was first released..

# 6 – Nightime

At number six on this top 10 Big Star songs list is Alex Chilton’s harrowing ballad “Nightime.” The song was released on Big Star’s third album. The simplicity of the song that starts out with just an acoustic guitar and the chilling voice of Alex Chilton reaches out to the listener and holds them captive until the last note is played. Don’t miss this one.

# 5 – The Ballad of El Goodo

As we enter the second half of our top 10 Big Star songs list we present one of the best tracks the band ever recorded. The song “The Ballad Of El Goodo,” was released on the band’s debut album entitled #1 Record released in 1972. The song was written by Alex Chilton. “The Ballad Of El Goodo,” was placed as the second song on side one of the album.

# 4 – Take Care

The strings sound so sweet as they dance around that strumming guitar setting the listeners up for a song of sheer beauty. “Take Care,” was the closing song on Big Star’s third album appropriately titled Third. The album was released in 1974. All the songs on the album were composed and sung by Alex Chilton. There are many fans who will actually argue that Big Star’s third album is more of a solo Alex Chilton album than a Big Star record. Nonetheless, there is no arguing that this isn’t a great song. Its a beauty!

# 3 – Kanga Roo

This cool Big Star songs has a certain airiness to it that just makes you want to kick back, close your eyes and chill to the music. “Kanga Roo,” takes the listener on a rides that never ends even after the song is over. That’s when you know a song is quite magical. It’s probably why they also placed the song as the last track on the record.

# 2 – Thirteen

This is such an amazingly beautiful song. This one goes straight to the heart. “Thirteen,” was released on the band’s first album entitled #1 Record. This just may be the most loved Big Star song of all time. The song was written by Alex Chilton and Chris Bell.

# 1 – September Gurls

At number one is our favorite Big Star song of all time. The song swing and swaying groove just sounds so good and stands as that perfect late summer early fall song. It’s one of those songs you just can’t get out of your head. The song was released on the band’s second album entitled Radio City. “September Gurls,” was written by Alex Chilton.  The song has been covered by many other artists over the years including a great version recorded and released by The Bangles.


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