The Doors were an iconic American rock band who gave a new definition to intensity in music through their brilliant live acts. The band is sometimes overshadowed by one of rock music’s most controversial and brilliant icons, Jim Morrison, who died in his late twenties in 1971. The Doors was formed in 1965 and since then they have put out some of psychedelic rock’s most memorable tunes. Their songs are still selling around the world as new listeners of rock music pick up on their blend of blues and psychedelic rock. Old listeners – and believe me there are many of them out there – have their own stack of favorites. Picking up a top ten list therefore becomes very difficult and somewhat subjective. Regardless of that we will look at the top 10 songs of The Doors.
10. The Crystal Ship:
Off their first and self titled album, The Crystal Ship is in all respects a love lyric written by Jim. The song was released with the album in 1967 and is a two minute thirty seconds in length. The interpretations for this song have been done in different ways as the true origins of the reference to the Crystal Ship is found in age old Celtic Legend, however the song feels like its talking about some form of affliction. One point to be noted is that Jim Morrison was a poet and wrote many obscure and off beat lyrics. One of the must listen songs of The Doors.
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9. When the Music’s Over:
When the Music’s Over is an eleven minute song on the second album of The Doors which was titled Strange Days. The song features solos by the instrumentalists and has many slow sections. When the Music’s Over was the tenth track on the album and was one of The Doors’ most well known hits. It stands third on the list of the longest songs of The Doors. A must listen to song by the band for all rock music and especially psychedelic rock bands.
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8. LA Woman:
LA Woman is the title track for The Doors 1971 album. It was the last album that the band made before the death of Jim Morrison. This song was the fifth song on the album and a well received song that was also covered by more than one well known artist. It was around 7 minutes forty nine seconds long but a later version was released that was ten seconds longer than the original version. An interesting piece of trivia related to this song is that the piece of paper on which the first lyrics to LA Woman were penned down was sold at an auction for 13000 pounds.
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7. Roadhouse Blues:
The Roadhouse Blues was a prominent of the songs of The Doors live-on-set list and was among their biggest hits. The single that was released in March 1970 was on the posthumous album known was Morrison Hotel has sold copies on a grand scale on a worldwide level. The fact that it took only two days to record the song is proof that this band was a force to reckon with. The perfect song for a live set, this blues rock song has been a part of playlists that transcend generations.
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6. Break on Through:
Break on Through was released in 1967 on the first day of the year and did not do well initially. It was off the band’s self titled album, The Doors. The fact that the song was not high on the charts did not however deter fans and the band as the song was frequently played live. The song became a hit many years after it was released on the charts. It is two minutes twenty six seconds in length and is one of the much loved songs of The Doors.
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5. Love me two times:
Love me two times featured in the Strange Days album and was the second of the two early releases from that album. The song is three minutes and sixteen seconds long and was written by guitarist Robbie Krieger. Love me two times was also played by the band in shows after the death of Jim Morrison as a tribute to their front man who died at the age of 27.
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4. Riders on the Storm:
Riders on the Storm is a hit from the songs of The Doors and it was a part of the 1971 album, LA Woman. This song has done exceptionally well on many international charts outside of the US. It was also a regularly played live song by the band and exists in two different versions. The one on the album was a lot longer than the single version. The specialty of this song is that it appeals to even those who do not like any other songs of The Doors.
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3. People are strange:
People are strange was also a peaking hit by The Doors and a Morrison and Krieger combination. This song is two minutes and twelve seconds in length and featured on their 1967 album but was released as a single. People are strange is often interpreted to have come from the front man’s experiences with psychedelics such as LSD. Despite it all, this is a wonderful song and deserves a listen.
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2. Light My Fire:
Light My Fire is one of the Doors biggest hits and also one of their earliest releases. The song has many versions of different lengths. The first version was recorded in August 1966 and released in the first week of January, the following year. This song broke records even back in the day when it claimed as a gold selling single. Light My Fire was one of the many hits from their self titled first album, now even more so as compared to 1967.
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1. The End:
The song is twelve minutes of very psychedelic composition and a great lyric to boot. The End was written by Jim Morrison and featured on their first album. One of many successes of the rock band from this first album, this solo played by Robbie Krieger in the song is also ranked highly. Without a doubt one of the best songs from a band that has so many great songs that it is really hard to choose.
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