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The Best Simon and Garfunkel Songs - Top 5 And Why

1) "The Sound of Silence" from Sounds of Silence (1965)
One of the group's most iconic works (and indeed one of the iconic songs from the 60's), The Sound of Silence is a haunting song about the end of art. The song and reverby vocals sound like they are being played in an open field on a moonlit night. The song features Simon on the acoustic guitar and both Simon and Garfunkel singing. Depending on which version you listen to you'll also hear an electric bass and drums. Any list of the best Simon & Garfunkel songs without this song is not to be trusted!
2) "The Boxer" from Bridge Over Troubled Water (1969)
This folk rock ballad is a story about a boxer trying to make it in New York City and adopts a theme of perseverance in the face of adversity. Maybe the most memorable part of the song is the chorus, which doesn't have any lyrics and is just Paul Simon singing "lie-lie-lie". The folk style guitar in this song is the antithesis of the genre. This is one of those songs that will get stuck in your head and won't leave!
3) "Homeward Bound" from Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme (1966)
Paul Simon wrote this song while he was sitting at a railway station in Liverpool. The song is about the experience he was having at the time. The lyrics start out, "I'm sitting at a railway station, got a ticket for my destination. On a tour of one night stands, my suitcase and guitar in hand... " Like most good folk music, the song tells a story of a travelers longing for home.
4) "Cloudy" from Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme (1966)
This is a bright and happy song about watching the clouds. The song makes clouds feel like sun and will put a smile on your face with a money-back guarantee. "Cloudy, my thoughts are scattered and they're cloudy. They have no borders, no boundaries."
5) "Scarborough Fair/Canticle" from Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme (1966)
At the risk of being accused of favoritism, I'm including a third track from Simon & Garfunkel's 1966 album. Scarborough Fair/Canticle is the title track for the album and the album name comes from the second line of the song. This song is based on an English folk song from the 16th century, but the duo added a modern swing to it. The harmonies that define Simon & Garfunkel's enduring style are readily evident in this song.
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