• Top 40 Patti Smith Songs

    12 Sep 2008, 01:27 by RyanPC

    This was probably the most difficult list I've compiled thus far. I spent a few hours mulling over Patti Smith's discography, trying to decide the order in which to place my favorite tracks, and it was nearly impossible. God didn't help me, I can tell you that. Of all the artists I am obsessed with, Patti Smith is probably the most consistent as far as the quality of her work in her early period (1974-1979) versus her later period (1988-present). My top ten is mostly comprised of tracks from her early period (except for a brilliant cover of R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" that is far better than the original), but that doesn't mean her current work isn't just as great. In fact, her voice has matured over the years, and the raspy quality it has now is so soothing. I like to consider Patti Smith the white rocker equivalent of Nina Simone -- she is a poet and a goddess, and she can take any song and make it her own (check out her cover album, Twelve, for proof of that!). …