The definitive Simon & Garfunkel playlist (2023)

Together, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel put out just five studio albums. However, the work was truly magnificent and opened the door for folk music to be embraced by mainstream music fans. Here is our list of the legendary duo's 20 best songs.

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20. "El Condor Pasa (If I Could)"

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We kick off this list with one of the more unique offerings from the legendary duo. "El Cóndor Pasa" is a Peruvian piece created in the early 1900s and meant for an orchestra setting. In the1960s, Andean folk group Los Incas incorporated the piece during a performance in Paris, which reportedly enamored Paul Simon. Simon & Garfunkel covered its version of Los Incas take for the iconic and chart-topping Bridge Over Troubled Wateralbum from 1970. Perhaps it's an acquired listen for some of the duo's more pop-preferring fans, but worth the time, nonetheless.

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19. "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M."

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Simon & Garfunkel's debut album from 1964 was a commercial flop and even saw the two artists temporarily go their separate ways in its wake. However, as we'll see, the album aged better than it was initially received. Thistitle cut of the record is undeniably folksy but with a hint of pop, an indication that Simon & Garfunkel had a sound that was going to be more accessible beyond the prominent folk scene of New York City from the early 1960s.

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18. "Richard Cory"

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A deeper cut from the Sounds of Silence (1966) album. "Richard Cory" is based on the late 1890s poem by the same name from Edwin Arlington Robinson. The story of an envious factory worker toward his well-off and presumed happy boss (Cory) offers some dark subject matter for Paul Simon to tackle. This is a wonderful piece in terms of the song's structure, a Dylan-esque vibe, and those legendary Paul Simon/Art Garfunkel harmonies.

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17. "At the Zoo"

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By 1968, Simon & Garfunkel saw a rise in popularity and prominence, thanks to the release of albumsSounds of Silence,Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme,and the duo's presence on The Graduate soundtrack. The success continued with 1968's Bookendsrecord."At the Zoo"is the closing number on that album and a unique ode to Paul Simon's love for New York City. The track was slated to be included on TheGraduatesoundtrack but was never part of the album.

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16. "Old Friends"/"Bookends Theme" (reprise)

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Another offering Bookends. On the vinyl version of the album, the dreamy "Old Friends" segues into the "Bookends Theme,"which is the longer reprise of the record's 30-second "Bookends" opener. There's an almost orchestral, Rogers-and-Hammerstein feel to "Old Friends," while "Bookends Theme" has enjoyed a lasting legacy among the duo's catalog. Indeed, these are two of Simon & Garfunkel's most poignant songs, and together, the listening experience is more impactful.

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15. "Kathy's Song"

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When Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel split after the poor reception of their first album, the former released a collection of songs in the United Kingdom known as The Paul Simon Songbook (1965). "Kathy's Song" was part of the record and was later released on Sounds of Silences. It's undeniably folk but also beautiful, poignant, and inspired by Kathy Chitty, a woman Simon met in England and referred to in numerous S&G tracks. It proved that Simon's songwriting could branch out and display more depth.

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14. "America"

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Here we have a tale of young loves hitchhiking together in search of "America." The tune cracked the BillboardHot 100 for Simon & Garfunkel. However, it also produced many successful cover versions from artists like Yes and Josh Groban. There's a certain level of bombast to the tune, though nothing that would rattle the windows. Still, one of the duo's more boisterous tracks, off Bookends, has enjoyed quite the respectable legacy.

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13. "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her"

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No slight on the studio versionof "For Emily, Whenever I May Find Her," released as part of 1966's Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme.But thelive renditionfound on the duo's stellar greatest hits collection from 1972 is quite sterling. The acoustically prominent tune is Simon & Garfunkel at their folk best. Poignant lyrics from Paul Simon and a stellar vocal performance from Art Garfunkel. Perhaps his best musical moment during their time together?

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12. "The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)"

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The number of iconic musical moments within the Simon & Garfunkel legacy is just one reason the duo enjoys legendary status. Here is another obvious nod to New York City and the venerable Queensboro Bridge, aka "The 59th Street Bridge" song or "Feelin' Groovy." The tune from Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thymemight be the epitome of the 1960s folk scene in New York. It's also an example of how it can be marketable and appealing to mass audiences.

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11. "Keep the Customer Satisfied"

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"Keep the Customer Satisfied" is notable for the trumpet work that adds an obvious jazz element to the piece. While the tune was a top-40 hit for Gary Puckett & The Union Gap in 1971, it's considered an overlooked and underrated song from Bridge Over Troubled Water.With a catalog as popular and iconic as Simon & Garfunkel's, various songs might slip through the cracks regarding commercial accessibility. Consider this an example of that but still well worthy of celebration.

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10. "Homeward Bound"

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Another special Simon & Garfunkel moment, "Homeward Bound" first appeared on the United Kingdom version of Sounds of Silence. In the United States, it came out on Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thymeand became one of its more successful songs. "Homeward Bound," which includes more roundabout references to Kathy Chitty, was a top-10 hit in the U.K. and reached No. 5 on Billboard's Hot 100. A brilliant live version of the tune can be found on Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits.

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9. "A Hazy Shade of Winter"

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Two years before it was part of Bookends, "A Hazy Shade of Winter" was released as a single. It was a top-15 hit for Simon & Garfunkel and one of the duo's more "fast-paced" tunes. Though, plenty of folk sensibility still catered to all fans, regardless of musical preference. Fast forward more than 20 years, and Gen-X listeners massively embraced an even more up-tempo and somewhat edgier version from all-girl rockers The Bangles. That version, from the Less Than Zero soundtrack, reached No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100.

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8. "Scarborough Fair/Canticle"

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It's always a good time when artists include the title of an album within the lyrics of a song with a different name. Here we go with "Scarborough Fair/Canticle," a traditional English ballad that was made relevant in the modern day because of Simon & Garfunkel. The "Canticle" portion of this listening experience was built out of a Paul Simon anti-war song, "The Side of a Hill," from 1963. Together as one, the piece reached No. 11 on the Hot 100.

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7. "April Come She Will"

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Originally part of The Paul Simon Songbook, "April Come She Will" later found a home on Sounds of Silence,even as the B-side to "Scarborough/Canticle." It became one of Simon & Garfunkel's most beloved songs, though perhaps lagging in popularity within the confines of the duo's musical arsenal. It's another example of how Simon's songwriting expanded — notably from the point of creativity. The song uses the changing seasons to chronicle the changing moods of a girl.

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6. "I Am a Rock"

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Another piece from The Paul Simon Songbook,"I Am a Rock" was initially released as an acoustic track, but the spruced-up, electric version from Sounds of Silence is perhaps the way most casual folk/pop rock fans relate to this tune. This is one of Simon & Garfunkel's most recognizable songs yet tends to be overshadowed by some of their more popular tunes. A song of emotional isolation, "I Am a Rock" can stand toe-to-toe with anything else in the duo's legendary catalog.

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5. "Cecilia"

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The easiest way to describe "Cecilia" is fun. Reportedly, the song's genesis happened at a party, so the entire vibe of the tune makes sense. It's a rollicking good time for the ears and one of the band's most upbeat and well-known songs. It's managed to span generations. Another special moment from Bridge over Trouble Water, "Cecilia" peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100.

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4. "Mrs. Robinson"

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"Mrs. Robinson" can be found on various Simon & Garfunkel releases, notably Bookendsand an EP by the same name. However, it's probably best known for its inclusion in TheGraduate. Paul Simon wrote it for the film, and shorter versions of the song appear in the iconic Mike Nichols film that helped bring the duo's music to the masses on a more significant level. "Mrs. Robinson" was the second Simon & Garfunkel song to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 and won the Grammy for Record of the Year in 1968. Meanwhile, Frank Sinatraand The Lemonheads each put out successful versions of the classic.

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3. "Bridge Over Troubled Water"

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At this point in our list, the top five Simon & Garfunkel songs are relatively interchangeable. This five-time Grammy-winning song is considered one of the greatest pop offerings of all time. Though, there is a gospel vibe to this beautifully composed and executed track. With Art Garfunkel on lead vocals, thetitle trackto the duo's fifth and final studio album sat atop the BillboardHot 100 for a six weeks.

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2. "The Boxer"

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Sticking with the Bridge Over Troubled Waterrecord, "The Boxer" is one of Simon & Garfunkel's most iconic tunes — a top-10 hit. However, in some ways, it's overshadowed by the title cut when picking the best song on the album. "The Boxer" has plenty of autobiographical undertones for Simon, whose career seemed to generate as much criticism as it did praise. The track was a metaphor for the famed artist.

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1. "The Sound of Silence"

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The journey "The Sound of Silence" took to becoming one of the great folk-rock songs in music history is quite interesting. It was the song that got the duo a record deal in the first place and released, in its original acoustic form, on its unsuccessful debut Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.Then, in 1965, the track was redubbed, unknown to the pair, with a more plugged-in punch and reached the top of the BillboardHot 100. Thus, bringing Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel back together to build on the success of the remix, record their 1966 follow-up album Sounds of Silence,and go forth on what would be a relatively brief but Hall of Fame career together.

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What was the biggest hit of Simon and Garfunkel? ›

"The Sound of Silence" (1964), "Mrs. Robinson" (1968), and "Bridge over Troubled Water" (1970) reached number one in the U.S. singles charts. In 2003, the album was ranked number 293 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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What is the biggest musical hit of all time? ›

According to Guinness World Records, Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" (1942) as performed by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single worldwide, with estimated sales of over 50 million copies.

What is Elviss best-selling song? ›

1. Hound Dog (1956) Controversial in its day, “Hound Dog” is now considered one of the biggest influences on the rock 'n' roll genre, and was Presley's biggest selling single, spending a recording-setting 11 weeks at number one in 1956 – a record which stood for 36 years.

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What is the best-selling Simon and Garfunkel song? ›

The Sound of Silence” – Wednesday Morning, 3AM, 1964

The song that provided Simon & Garfunkel's big breakthrough in 1966 when an electrified version of the original 1964 acoustic track topped the charts in America, this is two-man harmony at its best.

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Simon's musical career has spanned over six decades. He is widely regarded as one of the best songwriters in popular music history. He formed the duo, Simon & Garfunkel, with his school friend Art Garfunkel in 1956.
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What is the #1 most played song? ›

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What song did they play at Elvis funeral? ›

Sumner and the Stamps, sang and played some of Presley's favorite hymns. Particularly featured was “Heavenly Father.” Later, The King's body was transferred to the Forest Hill Cemetery.

What was Elvis Presley's personal favorite song? ›

The song in question was “Halfway to Paradise” by Tony Orlando. Orlando discussed how much Elvis liked the song. “As a matter of fact, I got a letter from Elvis,” he said. “I think I was 16.

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1. “The Bodyguard” (1992): This film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner holds the title of greatest selling soundtrack album of all time, with 17 millions copies sold in the US and over 42 million copies sold worldwide.

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So if you're comparing each of them singing alone, Art Garfunkel comes out the better of the two. However his singing itself is inferior to the combination of his voice with Paul Simon's. What makes Simon and Garfunkel really great is the magic combination of their voices.

Did Simon and Garfunkel have any number one hits? ›

"Mrs. Robinson" topped the chart aided by its appearance in Mike Nichols' hit movie The Graduate. "The Sound of Silence" and "Bridge over Troubled Water" also peaked at No. 1 as singles in their studio versions, and "The Boxer" peaked as a single at No.

What broke up Simon and Garfunkel? ›

While still signed to Big Records as a duo, Simon released a solo single, 'True or False' under the moniker 'True Taylor'. This, it transpired, upset Garfunkel who believed it to be a betrayal. This would be the start of the build-up of emotional tension that would end the duo in 1970.

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I never forget, and I never really forgive," he said, adding the subtle dig: "Paul won the writer's royalties. I got the girls". After the success of The Graduate, director Mike Nichols cast both Simon and Garfunkel as actors in his next film in 1970, Catch 22.

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Simon & Garfunkel's reunions over the years

After the release of Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel cut ties. They only spoke a few times a year from then on. However, they did reunite for a handful of performances — most notably, a 1981 free concert in Central Park.

Can James Garfunkel sing? ›

As of 2021, James Garfunkel is also a singer. He adopted the stage name Art Garfunkel Jr and released a German-language tribute album with Simon & Garfunkel's greatest hits.

What is the best selling Simon and Garfunkel song? ›

The Sound of Silence” – Wednesday Morning, 3AM, 1964

The song that provided Simon & Garfunkel's big breakthrough in 1966 when an electrified version of the original 1964 acoustic track topped the charts in America, this is two-man harmony at its best.

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What was Simon and Garfunkel's first number one hit? ›

Simon & Garfunkel hit #1 with the single “Mrs. Robinson.” The song makes its pop chart debut in April 1968 after being featured on the soundtrack to “The Graduate,” and is also included on the album “Bookends.”

Did Simon & Garfunkel have any number one hits? ›

"The Sound of Silence" and "Bridge over Troubled Water" also peaked at No. 1 as singles in their studio versions, and "The Boxer" peaked as a single at No.

What is the most famous song called? ›

For some people, it's “God Save The Queen,” while for others it's “The Star-Spangled Banner.” There are also those who would say that the song “Happy Birthday to You” is the most famous of all time (not without reason as it netted its creator the most money ever in the history of humankind). Drumbeat please!

Who is the most popular song in the world? ›

As of October 2022, only two songs have reached 3 billion streams - Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" and The Weeknd's "Blinding Lights", and a total of 20 songs have reached 2 billion streams.

What song has been #1 the longest? ›

"Old Town Road" holds the record for the longest stretch at No. 1 with 19 weeks. It also became the fastest song in history to be certified diamond.

Who has the most #1 song? ›

The Beatles have the most No. 1 hits of all time: 20. Though unclear for how long, the Beatles still reign supreme as the artist with the most No. 1 songs of all time.

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Which Beatles song stayed at number 1 the longest? ›

"Hey Jude" was The Beatles' number one hit that spent the longest on the charts. "Hey Jude" reached No. 1 on September 28, 1968, and spent 19 weeks on the charts.

What song has been number 1 the longest in the UK? ›

The longest unbroken run at number one is "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You" by Bryan Adams, which spent 16 consecutive weeks in 1991. Ed Sheeran is the only artist to ever have multiple songs spend 10 or more weeks at the top of the charts, achieving the feat with both "Shape of You" in 2017 and "Bad Habits" in 2021.

Which singer have never had a number one hit? ›

James Brown had dozens of songs make it to the Hot 100, but none ever reached No. 1. Brown is another legend who shockingly never reached the top spot on the Hot 100. He came close more than a few times with songs like "Living in America" (peaked at No.

What artist had 7 consecutive number one hits? ›

Music historians cite Whitney's record-setting achievements: the only artist to have seven consecutive number one Billboard Hot 100 hits ("Saving All My Love for You," "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love of All," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional" and "Where Do ...

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Eminem breaks RIAA record for most gold and platinum singles
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