Big Yellow Taxi (3:46)

Cover of Hard Candy

From Hard Candy and 38 other releases

“Big Yellow Taxi” is a song written and originally performed by Joni Mitchell in 1970. It was a big hit in her native Canada (#14) as well as Australia (#6) and the UK (#11). It only reached #67 in the US in 1970, but was later a bigger hit there for her in a live version released in 1975, which peaked at #24.

Charting versions have also been recorded by The Neighborhood (who had the original top US 40 hit with the track in 1970, peaking at #29), Maire Brennan, Amy Grant, and Counting Crows.

Counting Crows featuring Vanessa Carlton (on back-up vocals) cover of the song is featured on the soundtrack to the movie Two Weeks Notice and is the most successful version to date (U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40). Originally the song was a hidden track on the band’s 2002 album Hard Candy and did not include Vanessa Carlton until it was to be featured in the movie. New releases of the album included it as a track with her added, as with her in the video, although Counting Crows and Vanessa Carlton did not appear in the video together or record together. This song became the band’s only Top 20 single in the UK, peaking at #13. This version slightly changed Mitchell’s original lyrics to describe when the eponymous taxi took “my girl” away, instead of Mitchell’s “my old man”.


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  • jembf


    13 May 2014 Reply
  • ladycaroledowns

    Nice ;-)

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • MCPopnHop

    Always thought the lyrics to this song was as true as they come,especially "You Don't Know What You've Got Til' It's Gone".

    25 Feb 2014 Reply
  • AnarchoDinosaur

    This was probably the first song that got men thinking along environmental lines as a kid.

    2 Dec 2013 Reply
  • vidoxi

    They paved paradise and put up a fucking lot.

    30 Jul 2013 Reply
  • markjoyce62

    Great song...

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • abunono

    Excrucies animal est nunquam a iocus, quia poterat restitui potest.

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • remfam

    So easy

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • xrvolume

    Love it!

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • lzcool

    Bom ouvir a qualquer hora. Adoro esse som.

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • flynnie86

    100TH listen to COUNTING CROWS!!!

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • goooder

    I love this song - it's just like to be back home after a year

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • milo-milo123

    Got to agree with Caromba, this is my Counting Crows radio! I would have like something better but hey videls_10 has a point too!

    20 Sep 2011 Reply
  • caromba

    This is my least-favourite Counting Crows single. Mostly because it's so literal and obvious compared to the rest of their stuff. (And yes, I know that's because it's a cover, not an original song.)

    3 Sep 2011 Reply
  • intenso5

    Big Yellow Taxi (feat. Vanessa Carlton)

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • mike762011

    I love the counting crows

    2 Aug 2011 Reply
  • TschanFarang


    16 Jul 2011 Reply
  • boscopud

    I love this song!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (And you know that my Gertski buddy!!! :-DDDDDDD You're wonderful!!!)

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Pauliethedog

    Dig This Song!

    2 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Mactele52

    and now to press the skip track button

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
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