Eric Clapton Reveals His Top 15 Songs Of All-Time
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Blues-rock is associated with Eric Clapton’s name. His passion for blues stemmed from his adoration to the genre during his childhood days and remained cemented inside his heart throughout his adult life. Being the dynamic guitarist for his supergroup Cream, he blew the world with his guitar playing and made a name as one of the greatest rock stars in the world of music. He is indeed a true rock and roll royalty, inspiring millions of people to pick up a guitar and play their hearts out.
As a young kid, Clapton adores R&Bs and would try and buy every R&B record he could find to study its form. Using only his ear, with no formal education whatsoever, the young Clapton would then excel on his lessons, a mere proof that this guy is a child prodigy in the guitar instrument.
Having collaborated with some of the well-known artists in the music industry, Clapton sure knows how to pick his favorite songs. And while his heart screams for blues, some of his picks are quite the variants that still belong to such category. Still have the soulful vibes, the passionate music chops, and the genuine embracement of the hues of the blues.
With regards to his pick of the top 15 songs, Clapton shares his thoughts from a 2005 interview from Uncut, naming every song he took inspiration from, every artist he calls a hero. Below, is the full playlist of his stunning picks. Enjoy!
- Freddy King – “I Love The Woman”
- Robert Johnson – “Kindhearted Woman Blues”
- John Lee Hooker – “Hobo Blues”
- Bukka White – “Special StreamLine”
- Elmore James – “Hand in Hand”
- Wes Montgomery – “For Heaven’s Sake”
- Blind Willie McTell – “Statesboro Blues”
- Thelonious Monk – “Crepuscule With Nellie”
- Leroy Carr – “Alabama Woman Blues”
- Luciano Pavarotti – “Che Gelida Manina”
- Blind Lemon Jefferson – “Chock House Blues”
- Louis Armstrong & The Hot Five – “Struttin’ With Some Barbecue”
- Chocur De L’Orchestre Symphonique De Montreal – “Pavane, op 50”
- Pat Metheny Group – “Another Life”
- Mississippi John Hurt – “Frankie & Albert”