500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Van Morrison, 'Moondance'
Released: Feb. '70, Warner Bros.
4 weeks; No. 92
The title song of Morrison's first self-produced album started "as a saxophone solo," he said. "I used to play this sax number over and over, anytime I picked up my horn." He played the sax solo on this recording, which combined the bucolic charm of his life in Woodstock, New York ("the cover of October skies"), with his love of the sophisticated jazz and R&B of Mose Allison and Ray Charles.
Appears on: Moondance (Warner Bros.)