All week we have been counting down our list of the Top 10 Songs about Sound in celebration of the 2013 Juno Award winners. In the final part of our 5 part series we are covering the top 2 songs. Hopefully, we have also succeeded in raising awareness of hearing loss, especially in the music industry and encouraged more musicians to protect their hearing.
#2: I Heard It Through the Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
A song about gossip and infidelity, "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" is one of the finest recordings of the Motown era. A No. 1 hit on the Billboard charts, Marvin Gaye's version makes list after list of notable pop songs and is even in the Grammy Hall of Fame because of its historic and cultural significance.
"Best of all, 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' is easy to listen to and never grows old," says MJ DeSousa, our Director of Professional Practice.
Gaye's voice, like so many of Motown's artists, is mellifluous and ever-pleasant. It's one reason why "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" ranks so high on our chart.
# 1: The Sounds of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
One of the most horrendous and chaotic moments in American history inspired one of the most thoughtful and introspective songs of the turbulent 1960s.
John F. Kennedy's assassination caused many artists and writers to put their imagination to work. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel produced the haunting chords and lyrics to "The Sounds of Silence," meant to capture the mood of the nation following JFK's death.
Despite the title, the song isn't so much about silence as about the quiet moments after tragedy, when all many people can do is whisper and sigh, turning mute rather than slipping into hysterical crying. Its melodies and soft guitar strumming makes it a folk classic, and a favourite of audiologists everywhere.
"Beautiful music is a gift worth celebrating. Our list of the best songs about sounds is meant to point out how valuable the sounds we love are. Listening to songs like 'The Sounds of Silence' is a pleasure none of us should ever have to do without," says MJ . "That's why it's so important to take the necessary steps to maintain your hearing health."
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