Sung about it.
This affinity and affection for gold appears to be as natural as the sparkling, seductive substance itself. Here, we take a closer look at some of the more popular, memorable and quotable songs about gold over the years. Feel free to sing along…
“Heart of Gold” – Neil Young (1972)
Debuting on the legendary singer-songwriter’s 1972 album “Harvest”, this song stands tall as the lone No. 1 single released by the prolific Canadian during his 57-year career. Young was only 26 when he wrote the song, which came in at No. 297 on Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. Backing vocals were provided by James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt on the original studio recording, and Bob Dylan once claimed that he “hated” the song. It’s safe to say this song is memorable for many reasons. There’s even a 2006 Jonathan Demme documentary called “Neil Young: Heart of Gold.”
“Fields of Gold” – Sting (1993)
Originally appearing on 1993’s melodic, story-rich “Ten Summoner’s Tales”, this song was released as a single, and reached No. 23 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 — and made it all the way to No. 2 in Canada. Now recognized as one of the most famous songs of the former Police frontman’s 35-year solo career, the song has also been covered by several other artists. A compelling blend of haunting and soothing, the song features both a harmonica solo (Brendan Power) and the sounds of the less-than-common Northumbrian smallpipes (Kathryn Tickell). Paul McCartney once told a British interviewer that he wished he had written this song.
“Gold Dust Woman” – Fleetwood Mac (1977)
Part of the wildly popular 1977 album “Rumours”, this song was written and sung by Stevie Nicks. Legend has it that the album version of the song was recorded sometime around 4 a.m. — after the ethereal, elusive Nicks had wrapped her head with a black scarf, veiling her senses and tapping into deep-seeded memories and emotions. Nicks later stated the song was her “symbolic look at somebody going through a bad relationship…trying to live, trying to get through it.” The song also appeared as the theme for the 1998 film “Practical Magic”.
“Gold Lion” – Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2006)
Not nearly as famous nor well-known as some of the other songs on this list, the lead single from the edgy and energetic New York City band’s 2006’s follow-up album “Show Your Bones” is nonetheless fascinating in its own right. The song actually derives its title from the two Gold Lion awards claimed by the “Hello Tomorrow” Adidas TV commercial at the 2005 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. The band’s dynamic frontwoman, Karen O, had contributed vocals to the song in the ad, which was directed by her then-boyfriend Spike Jonze. Clearly, this song was made for (TV) commercial success, as its instrumentals were later incorporated into a 2010 ad for Apple iPad. It also completely rocks, in our humble opinion — and its own video is pretty cool, too.
“Silver and Gold” – Dolly Parton (1991)
Known more these days for her outspoken activism and success as an entrepreneur in several areas of business, Dolly Parton is first and foremost a singer. And during her sprawling and eclectic 53-year career, she’s established herself as a truly prolific and special singer. This song, from 1991’s “Eagle When She Flies” (her 31st solo studio album), touches on both gold and silver — but with a cautionary tale twist. Co-written by Sun Studio recording legend Carl Perkins, it reached No. 15 on the Billboard country music charts.
“Gold” — Prince (1995)
When hyper-talented, deeply-eccentric singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Prince released his 17th studio album, “The Gold Experience”, in 1995, he did so under his new “unpronounceable” moniker/symbol, which came to be known as “The Love Symbol”. On an album named “The Gold Experience”, it only makes sense that the lead single was called, well, “Gold”. The song proved less popular than album companion “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World”, but still reached No. 88 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (and No. 10 on the UK music charts). Prince himself was particularly proud of this song, comparing it to his iconic “Purple Rain” in a press junket before the album’s release.
“Goldfinger” — Shirley Bassey (1964)
The 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger” helped cement Sean Connery (and his portrayal of Bond) as a true film icon. It also worked wonders for the career of powerful British singer Shirley Bassey, whose unforgettable rendition of the film’s theme song still resonates today. Bassey launched her career as a steelworker and nightclub singer, but after she belted out “Goldfinger”, she became a much bigger draw in the United States, particularly in Las Vegas. The arrangement of the song makes heavy use of brass instrumentation, and actually features future Led Zeppelin “guitar god” Jimmy Page, who was working as a session musician at the time. The unforgettable, powerful and wildly popular song reached No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 21 on the UK charts. As for Bassey, in 2000, she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) for her lifelong services to the performing arts.
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