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FUV Essential Songs

We asked our listeners for their all-time essential songs, and you sent 'em! Tons of them. Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer that question - it's a tough one. [2006 poll]

Our DJs have listed their Essentials, and some of our musician friends named theirs, and here are yours. Yes, it was close!

  1. Bruce Springsteen - "Thunder Road"
  2. Bob Dylan - "Like a Rolling Stone"
  3. Bruce Springsteen - "Born to Run"
  4. Van Morrison - "Into the Mystic"
  5. Jeff Buckley - "Hallelujah"
  6. The Beatles - "In My Life"
  7. Bob Dylan - "Tangled Up in Blue"
  8. The Beach Boys - "God Only Knows"
  9. The Band - "The Weight"
  10. Simon and Garfunkel - "America"
  11. Van Morrison - "Moondance"
  12. Richard Thompson - "1952 Vincent Black Lightning"
  13. Derek & the Dominoes - "Layla"
  14. Dire Straits - "Sultans of Swing"
  15. Bruce Springsteen - "4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)"
  16. Joni Mitchell - "A Case Of You"
  17. Louis Armstrong - "What a Wonderful World"
  18. John Lennon - "Imagine"
  19. The Rolling Stones - "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
  20. The Beatles - "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
  21. Joni Mitchell - "All I Want"
  22. The Grateful Dead - "Eyes of the World"
  23. Elvis Costello - "Alison"
  24. Don McLean - "American Pie"
  25. Bruce Springsteen - "Jungleland"
  26. Bob Dylan - "Visions of Johanna"
  27. The Grateful Dead - "Box Of Rain"
  28. Janis Joplin - "Me & Bobby McGee"
  29. Elvis Costello - "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding"
  30. The Velvet Underground - "Sweet Jane"
  31. The Beatles - "Hey Jude"
  32. The Beatles - "A Day In The Life"
  33. Simon & Garfunkel - "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
  34. Neil Young - "Harvest Moon"
  35. Joni Mitchell - "River"
  36. Dar Williams - "When I Was a Boy"
  37. Bob Dylan - "Positively 4th Street"
  38. Van Morrison - "Tupelo Honey"
  39. The Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"
  40. The Beatles - "Here Comes The Sun"
  41. Steve Goodman - "The Dutchman"
  42. Robert Earl Kean - "Feels So Good Feelin' Good Again"
  43. Kirsty MacColl - "In These Shoes?"
  44. John Prine - "Angel from Montgomery"
  45. James Taylor - "Sweet Baby James"
  46. Jackson Browne - "For a Dancer"
  47. U2 - "One"
  48. The Who - "Won't Get Fooled Again"
  49. The Rolling Stones - "Sympathy for the Devil"
  50. The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset"
  51. The Beatles - "Here, There, and Everywhere"
  52. The Beatles - "Blackbird"
  53. Paul Simon - "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes"
  54. Otis Redding - "Try A Little Tenderness"
  55. Miles Davis - "So What?"
  56. Jimi Hendrix - "All Along the Watchtower"
  57. Indigo Girls - "Closer to Fine"
  58. Crosby, Stills & Nash - "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes"
  59. Bob Dylan - "Mr. Tambourine Man"
  60. Allman Brothers - "Melissa"
  61. Allman Brothers - "Blue Skies"
  62. Joni Mitchell - "Carey"
  63. Van Morrison - "Brown Eyed Girl"
  64. Traffic - "Low Spark of High Heel Boys"
  65. The Talking Heads - "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)"
  66. The Grateful Dead - "Sugar Magnolia"
  67. The Beatles - "Norwegian Wood"
  68. The Beach Boys - "Good Vibrations"
  69. The Band - "It Makes No Difference"
  70. Paul McCartney - "Maybe I'm Amazed"
  71. Neil Young - "After the Goldrush"
  72. Michelle Shocked - "Come a Long Way"
  73. Marvin Gaye - "What's Goin' On?"
  74. Lucy Kaplansky - "Ten Year Night"
  75. Lucinda Williams - "Sweet Old World"
  76. Johnny Cash - "Folsom Prison Blues"
  77. James Taylor - "Fire and Rain"
  78. Frank Sinatra - "New York, New York"
  79. Etta James - "At Last"
  80. Bob Marley - "No Woman No Cry"
  81. Bob Dylan - "The Times They Are A-Changin'"
  82. Bob Dylan - "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"
  83. Aretha Franklin - "Respect"
  84. Ryan Adams - "New York, New York"
  85. Ray Charles - "Georgia"
  86. R.E.M. - Losing My Religion"
  87. Wilco - "Jesus, Etc."
  88. The Clash - "London Calling"
  89. Stevie Wonder - "As"
  90. Patti Smith - "Gloria"