James Taylor is one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Many current singer-songwriters have probably been influenced by his guitar playing and songwriting, to some degree. There are also plenty of people out there who like some James Taylor songs, but don’t even know who he is! I like to listen to him when I need to clear my mind before I board one of my assigned flights.
The thing about James Taylor’s music is that it’s timeless – it’s just as good today as it was back then. There are a lot of songs by James Taylor that most people have heard, like the ones on his greatest hits volumes 1 and 2. While he has many songs that most people have heard, he has plenty of other works that aren’t as popular but are just as good.
Whether you’re an avid James Taylor fan or a first-time listener, I think you should know what the best James Taylor Songs are.
Carolina In My Mind
Without a doubt, this is definitely one of his best songs. If you’ve never heard it, you should give it a listen. Taylor sings about his home in North Carolina, and even if you’ve never been to the state, you’ll feel some nostalgia for your own hometown. Plus, if you know how the guitar, this is a very fun song to play.
You’ve Got A Friend
Carole King actually wrote You’ve Got a Friend in response to a line in Taylor’s song Fire and Rain. It’s another one of his best songs and was actually featured in the film Remember the Titans. So, it was appropriate for Taylor to cover You’ve Got a Friend. His version appears on the first volume of his Greatest Hits collection.
Fire And Rain
Fire and Rain is one of Taylor’s most popular songs, though it’s not necessarily my favorite. It’s still one of his biggest hits, and like I mentioned before, it was featured in Remember the Titans. It played during the scene where Gary gets hit by the truck and has to go to the hospital. Fire and Rain focuses on social commentary, especially when he sings about “sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.”
As a guitar player, this is one of my favorite James Taylor songs to play. It’s very catchy, and he sings about his ability to soothe the hearts of hurting ladies. He does come off as a bit of a womanizer but this song is quite soothing. This one’s on volume two of his Greatest Hits.
Something In The Way She Moves
This is the first track on Taylor’s first Greatest Hits volume. Like the rest of his songs, it features creative, melodic guitar-picking and great lyrics. Another wonderful song to listen to if you’re a James Taylor fan.
Copperline makes me feel homesick every time I listen to it. Taylor sings about his home in North Carolina and how it’s changed since he’s been gone. When I find myself missing home, it’s a bit of a tearjerker.
If you like classic rock or modern indie music, you’ll probably like James Taylor. Do yourself a favor and try out some of his greatest hits, if you haven’t already. You’ll be glad you did.