Readers' Poll: The 10 Best Peter Gabriel Songs

See what song managed to top "Shock The Monkey," "Sledgehammer" and even "In Your Eyes"

10. "Mercy Street"

When writing songs for his 1986 LP So, Peter Gabriel stumbled upon a book by Anne Sexton, an American poet who committed suicide in 1974. She began writing when the doctor at a mental hospital suggested it would be a nice form of therapy, and her work — which included the 1969 play Mercy Street — focused over and over on the search for some sort of father figure. "That search kept her alive longer than many others around her and gave her life meaning," Gabriel said. "And now her work gives hope to others."

Sexton was a major influence when Gabriel wrote "Mercy Street," a beautiful ballad on So that became a fan favorite even though it was never an official single. He's played it countless times in concert, always dedicating it to Anne Sexton.