Our Top 10 Melanie songs list takes a look at some of the most memorable Melanie songs of this fabulous artist’s career. Melanie was born in Queens, New York. Her birth name was Melanie Anne Safka. Melanie’s rise to musical fame began in the late 1960s when one of her first songs entitled “Bobo’s Party,” hit number one in France in 1969. That same year, Melanie would perform at New York’s Woodstock Festival which would jettison her musical career.
Melanie was known as a passionate singer songwriter. She recorded mostly her own songs, but did record various cover songs throughout her career. Once again, her emotional, passionate singing would transform songs by the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jim Croce and others into her own magical versions. Her commercial peak occurred in 1972 when her own composition and recording for the song “Brand New Key,” hit number one in the United States, and many other countries. It was one of the most popular songs of the decade.
Melanie has released a massive body of work. She has released music in every decade since the 1960s. She has continued to perform and inspire countless musicians. She is truly a musical legend. Our top 10 Melanie songs list is just a small sampling of some of her great songs. We hope this list inspires you to check out all the wonderful Melanie albums this brilliant artist has released over the years.
# 10 – Momma Momma
We open up our top 10 Melanie songs list with the great track “Momma Momma.” The song was released on Melanie’s first album entitled Born to Be. The album was released in 1968. The title of the album was later changed to My First Album. The lyric “Sometimes I feel like my life has come and gone,” is one that many of us can really relate too. Listen to Melanie sing this song with such passion. Her vocal performances would be the reason we fell in love with her so many years ago,
# 9 – Save Me
Continuing with our top 10 Melanie songs we turn to the album Ballroom Streets. The album was released in 1978. It was originally released as a two record set fueled with live performances of old and new songs recorded in front of a small studio audience. The CD contained bonus tracks not originally on the 1978 album. “Save Me,” was the second track on the CD. Its amazing how great this sounds as a live recording. One of our favorite Melanie albums.
# 8 -Love to Lose Again
This wonderful Melanie song “Love To Lose Again,” was released on the album entitled Madrugada. The album was released in 1974. “Love To Lose Again,” was the opening track on the album. The song was written by Melanie. It was one of two singles released from the album. The album’s second single was a great version of Jim Croce’s “Lovers Cross.”
# 7 – Beautiful People
“Beautiful People,” has always been on of our favorite Melanie songs. This wonderful track was released on the album entitled Melanie. The album was released in 1969. It was Melanie’s second album and was also released under the name originally as Affectionately Melanie in the UK. “Beautiful People,” was one of the songs Melanie performed at Woodstock in 1969. This song stands as one of the most important songs in Melanie’s career because of the Woodstock performance and how it catapulted her to fame like Woodstock did for so many others such as Richie Havens, Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin and so many more.
# 6 – Bobo’s Party
Melanie’s “Bobo’s Party,” was one of her fist hit singles. The song was released on her first album entitled Born to Be. The song was written by Melanie. In fact all the songs on her first album were written by herself with the exception of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man. Bobo’s Party was actually Melanie’ first successful hit as it became a number one single in France in 1968.
# 5 – Bitter Bad
As we enter the second half of our top 10 Melanie songs list we turn to some of her most successful singles. The song “Bitter Bad,” was released in 1972. The song is fueled by that same uptempo groove behind the biggest single of her career called “Brand New Key.”
# 4 – Ruby Tuesday
Melanie made this great Rolling Stones song her own with her passionate cover of the Mick Jagger/ Keith Richards penned song. It’s not easy to take a classic song from a legendary band and apply you own twist on it that rock fans will accept. However, Melanie made it work with her strong emotional vocal performance on the Rolling Stones “Ruby Tuesday.”
# 3 – Look What They’ve Done To My Song, Ma
This is just one of those songs you can’t stop singing once you hear it. The song has a certain cabaret feel to it that just gets in your blood. The song was written by Melanie. It was released in 1970 and appeared on her Candles in the Rain album. The song was a top forty hit in multiple countries including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.
# 2 – Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)
As we close in on the number one spot on our top 10 Melanie songs list we turn to one of the biggest hits of her career. “Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)” was also Melanie’s first big time hit. The song was inspired by her performance at Woodstock in 1969. One year later, in 1970 she released the song on her Candles in the Rain album. The song peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100.
# 1 -Brand New Key
Well there really was no way we could have had any other song at number one on our top 10 Melanie Songs list. This was easily the most successful song of Melanie’s career. You don’t get much bigger than a number one record. “Brand New Key,” hit number one in 1971 on both the United States Billboard and Cashbox’s Top 100 lists. It also hit number one in four other countries including Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.