Readers' Poll: 10 Best Solo Paul Simon Songs

See what tune managed to top "You Can Call Me Al," "Graceland" and "Still Crazy After All These Years"

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1. "Kodachrome"

Paul Simon has written a lot of great first lines to his songs, but nothing compares to "When I think back on all the crap I learned in high school it's a wonder I can think at all" from 1973's "Kodachrome." It's a song about looking back at the past with more than a hint of bitterness, and realizing that pictures don't quite capture the reality of days gone by. It was the first single from There Goes Rhymin' Simon and it shot to Number Two on the charts, firmly cementing him as a superstar even without that other guy by his side. It was a regular part of his setlist for many years, though he hasn't touched it since 2012. 

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