In celebration of the Juno Awards this past weekend we are counting down the top 10 songs about sound while also trying to raise awareness of hearing loss, especially in musicians. Following are numbers 8 and 7 in the countdown...
#8: Careless Whisper by George Michael
The first single of what would be a sensational solo career, "Careless Whisper" rocketed Wham! lead singer George Michael to even greater heights than he enjoyed with the British super group. Michael sings about the guilt of infidelity on this chart-topping single that also describes the desire to want to escape sound:
"Tonight the music seems so loud
I wish that we could lose this crowd
Maybe it's better this way
We'd hurt each other with the things we want to say"
Michael's admission of sexual deviance back in 1984 may have hinted at things to come. He's had several run-ins with the law because of his public misbehaviour.
#7: Can't You Hear Me Knocking by The Rolling Stones
How great was "Sticky Fingers," the 1971 album by The Rolling Stones?
The song "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" is only the third-most popular single on the disc, after "Brown Sugar" and "Wild Horses." But "Can't You Hear Me Knocking" does have recognition as one of the most unique songs in the Stones' lengthy oeuvre. Clocking in at 7 minutes and 14 seconds, the classic that's focused on the stylistic rifts of Keith Richards landed at No. 25 in a Rolling Stone Magazine list of the "100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time."
Lyrically, the song isn't so distinct. It primarily features Mick Jagger repeating the title, but, well, if you were in a position where you were trying to get someone's attention, you might repeat yourself incessantly too.
"Who doesn't love the Rolling Stones?" asks MJ DeSousa, our Director of Professional Practice. "A dose of Jagger and Richards can definitely cure the blues on most days. Listening to them while protecting your hearing from excessive noise will ensure you can hear when someone is knocking or calling for you."
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