Patti Smith’s 8 Best Songs according to UachateC

We review the Patti Smith’s 8 best songs.

Patti Smith turns 70 today. She is a poet, journalist, singer, feminist … she is a benchmark in rock music, a unique woman who has earned her own merits to be the “godmother of punk”.

The list is subjective and takes into account the experiences of those who make it and as always we highlight some of the phrases of each song that have remained in our minds for a long time.

Are we missing a song? Don’t you agree with our choice? leave your opinion in the comments.



8. Everybody Hurts

We start with a song that is not by Patti but borrows the verses of Michael Stipe and the rest of R.E.M. to add melancholy to the already melancholic original work and create one of the best (perhaps the best) version of this work.

♫ Everybody hurts. You are not alone ♪


7. Rock ‘N’ Roll Nigger

Always controversial, create in this song one of the anti-racist anthems par excellence in the United States music scene and as always, her courage is appreciated.

♫ Outside of society, they’re waitin’ for me.
Outside of society, that’s where I want to be. ♪


6. April Fool

On his last album to date (Banga 2012). An intimate album full of human experiences, lovers and death, the nostalgic April Fool is born, where Smith shows that she is still the same as always.

♫ We’ll tramp through the mire
When our souls feel dead
With laughter we’ll inspire
Then back to life again ♪

Patti Smith’s 8 Best Songs


5. Pissing in a river.

In our lists there is always a very subjective place that penetrates us on a personal level, in this case it is this song, one of the great songs of unrequited love in history (although without the recognition it deserves), written and performed. in a masterful way by this immense artist.

♫ Everything I’ve done, I’ve done for you
Oh I give my life for you.
Every move I made I move to you,
And I came like a magnet for you now.

What about it, you’re gonna leave me,
What about it, you don’t need me,
What about it, I can’t live without you,
What about it, I never doubted you
What about it? What about it?
What about it? What about it? ♪


4. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall (Nobel ceremony 2016)

A mistake and instantly becomes an immortal performance, Patti Smith made a mistake live and direct and (as I read in a publication) she overshadowed Dylan’s Nobel with her humanity, of course this is not a song written by her but that day she made it a classic in his repertoire, because it is not normal to see an artist make mistakes that way in such an important place, but Patti Smith can be forgiven for anything, she has earned it.

♫ Oh, what did you meet my blue-eyed son ?
Who did you meet, my darling young one? ♪

Patti Smith’s 8 Best Songs



3. Because the Night

Bruce Springsteen and Patti Smith composed the best known and most successful song of their career, of course true heavyweights of the time come together to create a timeless song a thousand times covered.

♫ Because tonight there are two lovers
If we believe in the night we trust
Because tonight there are two lovers ♪


2. Piss Factory

It belongs to the B-sides of Hey Joe (1974). A poem transformed into an eternal dialogue accompanied by a piano, based on a poem by Smith after his experience working in a baby carriage factory. In the song she boasts that she will leave there, take the first train and become a star. She was not wrong.

♫ I’m gonna get out of here, I’m gonna get on that train,
I’m gonna go on that train and go to New York City
I’m gonna be somebody, I’m gonna get on that train, go to New York City,
I’m gonna be so bad I’m gonna be a big star and I will never return, ♪

Patti Smith’s 8 Best Songs


1. Gloria

A song by Van Morrison serves as the inspiration for this song that opens the punk-rock creator’s most recognized album and contains one of her most iconic phrases of her career:

♫ Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine ♪




Patti Smith's 8 Best Songs
Patti Smith’s 8 Best Songs

Do you agree with our list? Didn’t find your favorite song? Leave your opinion in the comments:

Alberto Pérez Velázquez

CEO and Co-founder of UachateC inc.
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