James Taylor, who was born on 12 March 1948, has recorded some of the greatest confessional singer-songwriter songs in the history of popular music, and his classic 70s albums have stood the test of time. Confirming his place among the greatest songwriters of all time, here is our pick of the ten best James Taylor songs.
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10: Shower The People (from ‘In The Pocket’, 1976)
James Taylor once said that he believed musicians “have a duty, a responsibility to reach out, to share your love or pain with others”. He certainly spread his positivity with the beautiful ballad Shower The People, which urged everyone to “Shower the people you love with love/Show them the way that you feel/Things are gonna be much better/If you only will”.
The song, the opening track on his 1976 album, In The Pocket, stayed in the Top 40 in the US charts for eight weeks. Taylor’s then wife, Carly Simon, who had a monster hit with You’re So Vain, sang harmony vocals on the track, only adding to its status as one of the best James Taylor songs.