Take a look at the below list of Van Morrison Top 10 Songs and Albums of All Time till 2017 with new and upcoming songs 2017. Born in 1945 as George Ivan Morrison, Van Morrison is a Northern Irish songwriter and singer. He is one of the musicians of the 60’s and 70’s, who is still alive to date. Morrison started his professional music career as a teenager, where he played instruments such as the guitar, harmonica, saxophones and keyboards for Irish bands. In the mid 60’s he became famous as the lead singer of the band called Them. In that group, he recorded ‘Gloria’, an internationally accepted classic. Bert Berns then discovered him, and his solo career began. Van Morrison still continues to record and perform his music.
List of Top 10 songs by Van Morrison of all time Till 2017
10. Madame George- 1968
‘Madame George’ is from the classic album Astral Weeks, which is simply a collection of beautiful music. The song will stir up the feeling of nostalgia, and its lyrics will leave you with ecstatic longing. It is a long song, about 10 minutes, that captures the street world of those times. Bert Berns attempts to produce the song proved futile, but in the hands of New York producer, Lewis Merenstein, the song became a masterpiece. It is about “Say goodbye” to time, place, people, and innocence.
9. Jackie Wilson Said-1972
Van Morrison started his career as a soul artist. His idol was Jackie Wilson. So, ‘Jackie Wilson Said’ is a tribute to one of his early influences as a musician. A line in one of Wilson’s song, ‘Reet Petite’, inspired this song. The song is about the joy one feels when they listen to their favorite song. It is a three-minute song full of joy. You will definitely smile after listening to the song.
8. Wild Night- 1971
Like most other songs from the same album, Tupelo Honey, ‘Wild Night’ is a song about marital bliss and the joy of country living. At the time of the release of the song, Morrison was living with the then wife, Janet Rigsbee in Woodstock. What makes the song great is the collaboration he had with the iconic guitarist Ronnie Montrose. Montrose opens the song with a memorable guitar lick. The song has elements of soul, rock, R&B, country and jazz, woven together to perfection. The song reached No.23 in Billboard Charts.
7. Listen To The Lion- 1972
This song is from one underrated, but classic album Morrison has ever made Saint Dominic’s Preview. ‘Listen to the Lion’ is one of Morrison’s best shows of vocals. It is a soul that puts you on a journey of a man trying to find an inner voice. The song is highly instrumental; it has spells of crushing piano, bursts of an acoustic guitar and a mandolin in the hands of an expert. Somewhere in the middle of the 11-minutes song, Morrison decides words are not enough and start growling, roaring, wailing and howling. It is as if he is wrestling with the ‘lion inside’. The song is a unique classic.
6. Domino- 1970
‘Domino’ is another tribute to one of the great musicians of the 50’s and 60’s. Fats Domino was an iconic pianist and R&B musician. He is remembered for his catchy and short hit songs like ‘Blueberry Hill’. ‘Domino’ came at a time when Morrison’s vocals were great. The song greatness is increased by the punchy horn arrangement. ‘Domino’ is Morrison’s highest ranking single in charts, it picked at No.9 in US Charts. This is one of the Van Morrison Top 10 Songs of All Time till 2017.
5. Astral Weeks- 1968
‘Astral Weeks’ is from a top selling album by Van Morrison with the same name. It is hard to explain the lyrics, but it seems Morrison was talking about a mystical or mysterious journey (common themes in his songs). Morrison only said it is about ‘seeing the light at the end of the tunnel’ and never shed more light on the meaning of the song. Anyone can acknowledge that his voice sounds great even with the guitar strings, flutes and strings of the bass guitar almost drenching it. The opening line will linger in your mind for quite some time: “If I ventured in the slipstream, between the viaducts of your dream. Where immobile steel rims crack, and the ditch in the back road stops, Could you find me?”
4. Moondance- 1970
From the album ‘Moondance’, this track is probably the first hit song you heard from Van Morrison if you were around at that time. It was his first attempt in Jazz, and he really nailed it. The song is about the autumn season, which apparently is Morrison’s favorite season. Apart from his voice, the bass sounds by John Klingberg, the saxophone, piano, and flute were also great. You will find it easy to dance to this classic jazz.
3. Caravan- 1970
‘Caravan’ is the fourth track in the album ‘Moondance’. Morrison, back then, was renowned for his ability to produce great music in the studio. But this song proved he could produce music for the concert. Listen to him perform this song in a concert hall, and you will agree he is one of the best musicians of all times. The song is about his fascination with a gypsy’s lifestyle as well as his experiences growing up in the country. There are a few musical elements about New York. His expressive voice did justice to the incredible lyrics.
2. Brown Eyed Girl- 1967
Are you a brown-eyed girl? Then you are familiar with the awkward moment when your blue-eyed friend gets all the attention from boys. Listen to the song, and you sure will feel good about your brown eyes or dating a brown-eyed girl. This song is probably the most popular by Van Morrison, all credit to the message. It was recorded when he was with Bert Berns and Bang Records. It is a song from deep down and very danceable. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.
1. Into The Mystic- 1970
‘Into The Mystic’ is one of the greatest hit in the history of rock music, which is why it tops our list. The song’s intro is a strumming of an acoustic guitar climaxed by a string slap, an incredible burst of an amplified bass guitar follows, before Van’s vibrant voice a strike of a cymbal. The lyric “I want to rock your gypsy soul” is the epitome of the song. The song talks about being part of the universe. It was released in the Moondance album. You may have heard this song over Classic Rock radio severally, or you first experienced it the American Wedding, the movie, either way, it is a great song that rocks any gypsy soul out there.
Van Morrison Latest Recordings New Song 2016-2017
1. Duets: Re-working the Catalog
Duets: Re-working the Catalogue, Van Morrison’s 35th studio Album, was released on 13th March 2015 under the record label RCA Records. The album was produced in collaboration with Bob Rock and Don Was. It is a collection of songs he sang as duets. The album picked at No.23 in Billboard 200 and sold 21,000 copies in its first week.
2. Keep Me Singing
Keep Me Singing, Van Morrison’s 36th studio album was released 30th September 2016, under the record label, Caroline Records. The album is a collection of a few originals and a few covers of blues classics such as ‘Share My Love’ by Aretha Franklin. He is no longer the angry youth in ‘Gloria’, he now sings with a sustained longing. In ‘Every Time I see a River’, he says “Simple things like the sight of a river or the sound of a stream, trigger memories of a love long lost.”
Van Morrison still performs in concerts and records new music. He turned 70 in 2015. It is incredible that a man his age can come up with new music. From his latest recordings, it is evident that age is slowly introducing grit in his voice and he can’t reach the high pitch he once did in records such as ‘Caravan’. ‘Van the Man’, a nickname he earned long ago, has 6 Grammy Awards and a BRIT Award in 1994. He was introduced into the ‘Irish Music Hall of Fame’ in 1996, ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’ in 2003 and ‘Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’ in 1993.