THAT song that the legendary musicians we still have shall be remembered for.

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  1. Blazer

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    "Well, thank you, now I know what it will say on my grave stone 'Doot-tee-doot-doot-doot-tee-doot-doot-tee-doot-doot'" - Lou Reed to David Bowie after recording "Walk on the wild side"

    Well, it's impossible not to have noticed but in the last five years have been losing more and more legendary musicians and the ones that are still around are getting longer in the tooth.

    Now a trend with the musicians who already left us, is to have one song with which they shall always be associated, even though they catalog was way more vast than that. For Example, with Prince that would be "Purple Rain" with David Bowie that would be "Space Oddity" and with Leonard Cohen it was "Hallelujah" So it's almost always a ballad and an epic one at that.

    Although not always, Lemmy from Motorhead will always be remembered for "Ace of Spades"

    So it got me thinking, what songs will the ones that the most likely to fall legends be remembered for?
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    With somebody like Paul Simon, it probably will not be any of his solo work, it would always be of his Simon and Garfunkel period. And if this trend of remembering legendary musicians by their epic ballads continues, it will not be songs like "the sound of silence" or "Mrs. Robinson" no the song he will be remembered for ironically enough is one where he didn't even do the lead vocal for.

    But I'm sure that Simon himself has no problem with that at all.

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    With Elton John, the song he shall forever be associated with won't be "Saturday's alright for fighting", "Goodbye Yellow brick road", "I'm still standing" or "Crocodile rock" with him it will be THIS one in this particular version...
     
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    The artist doesn't get to pick the song they will be remembered by ... The fans do ... And the artist may not like their choice ... I bet Billy Joel believes he has written dozens of songs that are better than "Piano Man" ... So it goes ...
     
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    Joe Walsh and Life's been Good.
    Is Joe 'legendary' enough?

    Mostly the biggest songs are far from my favorites by ANY artist.
     
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    Mick and The Stones ???
    Satisfaction ...
    Springsteen ... Born to Run ...
    As stated above ... Not their best work, but they have no say in the matter ...
     
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    I’d argue that either Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Tiny Dancer or Rocket Man has withstood the test of time much better than Candle... either version. Tiny Dancer gets my vote for Elton.

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    Unfortunately, all that many people know about Louis Armstrong is "What a Wonderful World."

    The great genius of jazz, reduced to a sentimental Top 40 novelty record. It's a nice song and no one sings it like Louis, but c'mon; listen to one of his old trumpet solos unfold, he was more than a singer and larger-than-life personality, he was an historic innovator.
     
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    Nope, "Rocky Mountain Way".
     
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    The Stones—Start Me Up

    ZZ Top—La Grange

    Willie Nelson—On The Road Again

    George Strait—All My Exes

    Beck—Loser

    Joan Jett—I Love Rock-n-Roll

    Ringo Starr—Octopus’s Garden

    Eric Clapton—Layla
     
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    The thread title semi-clearly states we’re talking about living musicians.
     
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    Legends never die ... That why they are legends ...
     
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    Sorry for misreading the OP.
     
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    Garth Brooks just might be remembered most for his rendition of Billy Joel's song Shameless.
     
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    I dunno about "Bridge" for Paul Simon... so many incredible pieces of songwriting in his catalog to choose from (check out a fabulous collection called "Songwriter" that came out around the time he was given some sort of White House honor if you need a refresher). But I understand the o.p. is talking about a sort of Popularity Contest signature tune (for better or worse), so some of the one's I admire the most as songwriting might not make the cut ('Hearts and Bones', 'Still Crazy After All These Years', 'Tenderness', or 'American Tune' fer crissakes). But maybe 'Graceland' or 'Kodachrome' are better Pure Simon memorials of his craft?
     
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    Townshend—Baba O’Riley probably...though there are arguably better.

    Stevie Wonder—Superstition.
     
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    Pete Townsends gotta be My Generation - surely??? But as with all the greats, they have many.

    My vote for Mark Knopfler has to be Sultans. It was his whole introduction to the world.
     
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    Joe Elliott from def Leppard advised that if you didn’t want the responsibility of a hit song, don’t write one.

    And Rupert Hine of ‘escape (the pina colada song) has said that if he singlehandedly saves every orphan from a burning building the only thing the press would say is that he wrote that song.

    Van Morrison - brown eyed girl


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    The only Garth Brooks song that comes to my mind is Friends in Low Places.....probably NOT what you want on a gravestone.
     
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