This is a new type of post I’m going to be starting. Every week or so I’ll post what consider to be a legendary song. You readers can suggest one if you feel like it, but no promise it will make it.
Today’s legendary song is the Dixie Chicks “Top of the World”. The song was written by singer/songwriter Patty Griffin and recorded for an album that never ended up getting released. The Chicks version was released mid-2003, but unfortunately it failed to chart anywhere. This is most likely due to fact that it was released after the “incident”. Even though it failed miserably commercially doesn’t mean it isn’t an amazing song and probably the Dixie Chick’s greatest.
I consider this a legendary song,because it is one of the most haunting songs I have ever heard. The lyrics are just….spine-tingling. They are the that amazing. The song is from the view of a man who has just past away. He is reflecting his life and realizes the negative effect he’s had on his loved one’s life. He also speaks how he wished he were a better person.
Vocally, lead-singer Natalie Maines is flawless. The other members of the band do the instruments which are equally as amazing. Then we get to the video. I’ll admit that I didn’t understand the video entirely at first, but no worries now I understand it perfectly. The video reflects three stages of the man in the songs life, as a child, as an adult, and as an elderly man. The video is complicated, but even if you don’t get it at first you feel that it’s something important. The video is a great addition to the song.
- Despite commercial failure it won the 2005 Grammy for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
For those who want to see the video click here.