Neil Young’s 20 best songs, from wicked to freakin’ awesome

By Steve Newton

Please note: this list doesn’t include any of the songs Neil wrote and recorded with groups like Buffalo Springfield, CSNY, or the Stills-Young Band, so don’t come cryin’ to me that “Long May You Run” isn’t on there.

20. “Walk On” (On the Beach, 1974)

19. “I Believe in You” (After the Gold Rush, 1970)

18. “Mansion on the Hill” (Ragged Glory, 1990)

17. “Cinnamon Girl” (Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, 1969)

16. “Throw Your Hatred Down” (Mirror Ball, 1995)

15. “After the Gold Rush” (After the Gold Rush, 1970)

14. “Heart of Gold” (Harvest, 1972)

13. “Down by the River” (Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, 1969)

12. “The Needle and the Damage Done” (Harvest, 1972)

11. “Love and Only Love” (Ragged Glory, 1990)

10. “My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue)” (Rust Never Sleeps, 1977)

9. “Old Man” (Harvest, 1972)

8. “Cowgirl in the Sand” (Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, 1969)

7. “Campaigner” (Decade, 1977)

6. “I’m the Ocean” (Mirror Ball, 1995)

5. “Cortez the Killer” (Zuma, 1975)

4. “Southern Man” (After the Gold Rush, 1970)

3. “Like a Hurricane” (American Stars ‘n Bars, 1977)

2. “Powderfinger” (Rust Never Sleeps, 1979)

1. “Rockin’ in the Free World” (Freedom, 1989)


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