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Pink Floyd

Dogs

One of the most progressive songs ever made by the band. This 17-minute long track has all the makings of an epic masterpiece: slow opening acoustic guitars, smooth yet crisp vocals by David Gilmour before it opens on a big note. The guitars are outstanding here — Dave Gilmour shows why he’s one of the greatest guitarists ever to have walked on this planet. Lots of complex time changes and instrumentation parts which gel together nicely and create an even flow. The middle part is the eeriest with some strange dog sounds and freakish keyboard/synthesiser parts.

Rush

Cygnus X-1: Book / Hemispheres

Rush, the Toronto-based rock band, hit the big time with the release of 2112 in 1976. The trio comprising of Geddy Lee, bass guitar, vocals, keyboards; Alex Lifeson, guitars; Neil Peart, drums still continue to amaze fans old and new alike. In this song, the band is its progressive best with stellar guitar work by Lifeson, lyrics inspired by science fiction and fantasy; the song holds itself as a complete piece of work throughout its 18-minute epic journey. Listening to this track is like a virtual joyride for it vividly paints a startling picture of self-discovery and imagination for the listener. A classic track, which one can never tire of.

Camel

Lady Fantasy

This is one band which has not got its due share of recognition unlike the other big progressive rock acts from the 1970s. Yet they do have a small but steady fan following. Camel, from London, England make beautiful, mystical, out of this world, ambient music. And that is clearly reflected in this song. It starts with a funky tune that is hard to get out of your head. And then later a stunning instrumental section after which the music mellows down and the beautiful voice of Andrew Latimer sets in.

Jethro Tull

Minstrel In The Gallery

Another creative and wacky Tull song from Ian Anderson & co. This one is significant in its own way: apart from the clever tongue-in-cheek lyrics, the acoustic guitar and flute work by the ever witty Anderson, and the awesome guitar playing by Martin Barre. This song is a great example of the many musical complexities and instrumental work that is present in the music of Tull. This may not be as popular as other Tull favourites such as Aqualung or Locomotive Breath but it stands out as a well-crafted piece of music with a jolly great feeling to it all along the way.

Black Sabbath

Heaven And Hell

After the departure of Ozzy Osbourne from Sabbath at the end of the 1970s, it looked like it was pretty much over for the band. But grit and fate proved otherwise with the release of Heaven and Hell in 1980. The band sounded more refreshed and energised, as if they had got a second lease of life. Ronnie James Dio proves why he’s one of the best vocalists in rock in this title track which is backed by killer guitar work from Tony Iommi, spell-binding bass guitar by Geezer “Terry” Butler and stupendous drumming by Bill Ward. The song basically dwells on the long-standing fight between good and evil with more of a science-fiction and fantasy feel to it.

Those that almost made it

Queensryche: Silent Lucidity

Megadeth: Trust

Deep Purple: Child in Time

R.E.M.: Losing My Religion

Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms

(Rohan Abraham is a journalism student at the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media, Bengaluru)

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My Five is a personal list of the five greatest tracks in popular music

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