I have read a number of articles online recently asking people what their favourite Neil Diamond song is, this becomes quite difficult, as I don’t think there is another artist with such an extensive catalogue of consistently high quality material, hits or otherwise, covering a whole spectrum of genres.

Peruse any album of Neil Diamond’s, and you can guarantee there is at least one bona-fide gem contained on it. A song that instantly grabs you, and doesn’t leave you, and remains ingrained for all time, a perfect example of this was found on Neil’s ‘Home Before Dark’ album, with the song, ‘Pretty Amazing Grace’, a song, albeit new at the time, seeped into the listeners’ consciousness, and stayed there, and could now be regarded as a Neil Diamond standard, and as such, has since become a concert staple. This proves that a good song will always be well received.  

What I would be interested in, is to invite fans of Neil Diamond, and of this website, to tell us, What is your favourite Neil Diamond song? Please include reasons why the named song is particularly special, any song, it could be an obvious standard, or a little known one, as I believe all of Neil Diamond’s songs have great merit.

 

Let us celebrate Neil Diamond, and not forget what he has bestowed upon us. A man who has dedicated his life to his craft, and has touched us with a rich tapestry of meaningful and heartfelt music.

Your choices will be added to this page. Between us, we can create a whole new page. So come on, as Neil would say....

”This is your chance”....  - Dave Radstock

DOUG VYNER - PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
'I AM... I SAID'
This has to be my absolute favourite Neil Diamond song. Heard this song on the radio a couple of times back in 1971, and I was hooked. I listened intently for the name of the singer and the song, and then headed out to my nearest music store. On arrival at the store, I discovered that this, to me then, unknown singer, had two albums (LPs). One was 'Sweet Caroline' and the other was 'Stones'. I then did something that I had never done before... I purchased not one, but both albums, my purchase being made solely on having heard only one song from this singer. This song so moved me...
"... I got an emptiness deep inside and I've tried but it won't let me go..." 
The pain, the tortured cries. This was even more evident in 'I Am... I Said (Reprise)'. Neil's voice, his sincerity and pain, tugged at my heartstrings; he touched my soul.
I felt his loss, his pain, for I too, was experiencing those emotions (The story's the same one). I was hooked... a fan for life.
 
Two years later, this incredible singer blew us Aussies (and the world) away with his 'Hot August Night' live double album. 29 weeks at #1 and 239 weeks in the charts in Australia! Sales, per capita, the highest in the world, which led Neil to remark...
"I think probably Australians have just a little more taste than most people."

"... I'm lost between two shores..."

 
DAVE RADSTOCK - MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM
'BROOKLYN ROADS'
Of all Neil Diamond’s songs, the one that has resonated with me the most is ‘Brooklyn Roads’. The story of innocence, and childhood, and steeped in nostalgia, and a yearning for those simpler times. In the mind’s eye, one conjures up images of times we can all identify with, running into the arms of a loving father, and of thinking what our lives would bestow upon us, and the dreams and aspirations we all have when young. ‘Brooklyn Roads’ is a fabulous story of reminiscence also, where I can remember the vibrancy, and noise of a busy home. The song certainly takes me back to my own childhood.
 
MAY GÓMEZ DE PAZ - MADRID, SPAIN
'PLAY ME'
It is difficult, very difficult to choose only one of Neil's songs, not even one album. There are so many, so beautiful.... However, if I had to have a favourite that would be ‘Play Me’.
It was the first song of Neil that I heard and I still remember the feelings it evoked in me. It was a kind of illumination. I felt as if a ray of light had touched my soul.
Obviously my first album was ‘Moods’ and then I knew that I was in love with Neil and his music forever. He has never let me down! 
My love for him has continued to grow and I am sure that my life would never have been the same if Neil hadn't existed.
I love all his songs, but each time I listen to ‘Play Me’, I feel a special emotion in my heart. It is like the first kiss of a beautiful love story.
 
MELINDA MONTANO  - TUCSON, ARIZONA, USA
'SOOLAIMON'
All of his music and lyrics are inspirational and positive mood altering. They say music is therapeutic, I believe it can be life changing as well... it has been for me and I'm pretty sure I can speak on behalf of millions of other people. Some artists, however, have that ability to reach right into another's soul as though they were singing and playing that song just for them, as if it were personal.  It’s as though he, "the performer“ knows that audience needs what he has to offer, something perhaps he needed at one time, but doesn't anymore and it shows on stage as he holds one hand to his heart and the other to his beloved listeners!  

Neil Diamond has many beautiful songs, it’s difficult to have to choose just one as a favourite, though one definitely stands out as truly inspirational and absolutely beautiful to me is 'Soolaimon.' This particular song affects me in the ways I've described. It lifts me when I'm down and lights me up when things seem dark and helps me put things into perspective, if only for a while. In fact I can say that about all of his music, he's one of those few  gifted people who can do that!  

I'll always be a fan and admirer of this man and his music!

Thank you Neil Diamond, for your talents and sharing them with us!

 
LINDA MORSS  - KELSO, WASHINGTON STATE, USA
'HELL YEAH'
My most precious Neil Diamond song is not necessarily my favourite, but it is my most emotional song, it is, 'Hell Yeah'. I played it at my husband's memorial service. It encapsulates everything in my husband's life.
 
PHILIP DE SAUSMAREZ * - CAVERSHAM, BERKSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM

'STONES'

As a long-time devoted listener there are so many songs that I could go for.  I would have liked to nominate one from his more recent albums, ’Hell Yeah’,
‘Another Day (That Time Forgot)’, ‘The Art Of Love’, or show some less well publicised like ‘Midnight Dream', ‘That Kind’, ‘I’m Glad You’re Here With Me Tonight’
(an underrated album, in my view), or 'Talking Optimist Blues'. 

But this is why 'Stones'. By very good fortune (a story in itself), I had a Row 2 ticket for the concert at the O2 in London that turned out to be Neil’s last stadium show, ever.  I had a wonderful time as you would expect, but when he started singing ‘Stones’ which is not a regular song in his shows, he looked right at where I was sitting. You may know what I mean when I say it felt like he was singing it for me. Intellectually, I know it is stagecraft… but the experience was very powerful. 

He looked rather sadly at us again on his way off stage. In retrospect, I wonder if he suspected he was near the end of his touring days.

 

For weeks afterwards, ‘Stones’ played inside my head. And then he announced his retirement, for the sentiment I expressed, above, ‘Stones’ now has a place at the top of my favourite Neil Diamond songs.

Des is my nickname, people who have met me at Neil Diamond concerts will know me as Des.

MIKE CLEWS  - BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
'IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN'
So many to choose from, but my favourite is ‘If You Know What I Mean’. It is all about how life goes around, how we remember things, good and bad, how we all have dreams. And without doubt a great piece of musicianship. Neil Diamond, the man, the legend. 
 
ANDRO PAUL LUCICH - RENO, NEVADA, USA
'I AM... I SAID'
My favourite Neil Diamond song is ‘I Am… I Said’. My reason for selecting this song is that Neil Diamond believed in himself when he first started out. It was his destiny song. My prayers go out to Neil for a quick recovery.
 
SANDY BYRNE - COLUMBUS, OHIO, USA
'SWEET CAROLINE'
My favourite Neil Diamond song is 'Sweet Caroline', in honor of our handicapped daughter, Carolyn.
 
JACQUELINE PERRON - ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND
'BEAUTIFUL NOISE'
Beautiful Noise. When I heard it the first time in 1977, I fell in love with the beautiful voice of Neil and his lyrics.  NEIL FOREVER.  
 
TOM BOWYER - KINGMAN, ARIZONA, USA
'I AM... I SAID'
It's not easy to choose just one favourite Neil Diamond song from so many great songs that he has written, but I will have to go with my long time favourite,
‘I Am... I Said’. It took him four years to write this song. He was going through a very difficult period in his life; a period of doubt and deep introspection. Rather than turning to drugs or alcohol like so many do, he chose to bear his heart and soul and do what he does best, write a great song to reflect his feelings! When I saw him sing it at the 1972 ‘Hot August Night’ (Greek Theatre) concert. I was hooked and have remained a loyal fan ever since!  A Neil Diamond concert without ‘I Am… I Said', would not be complete... 
 
DONITA BELL - PORT ST. LUCIE, USA
'LONELY LOOKING SKY'
After much thought and soul searching, I finally came across a Neil Diamond song that can be considered a favourite that affected me during my lifetime. It is from the original motion picture soundtrack album, Jonathan Livingston Seagull. The song which speaks to my inner self and to Jonathan's Heart is 'Lonely Looking Sky'. It started before JLS was born, when I stayed home from school one day looking up at the sky with the puffy white cloud formations and the bluest backdrop on that New England day. Contemplating life and always bringing it full circle with other star-studded night time skies with harvest moons or blood red eclipses. I try to stay busy, even though loneliness may settle in at times. We've all been there. Now, however, with my first few months of retirement, I set new short term and long term goals to ward off these feelings, and so, “Dream, we dream, for we may wake, one more day… one more day…”
 
LINDA VOIGHT - NORTH ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, USA
'MARRY ME'
This songs says all a marriage should be. 
 
DEBBIE FOX - MT. JULIET, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, USA
'I AM... I SAID'
‘I Am… I Said’ is just one of my favourites. I even have it tattooed on my arm! A king frog playing a guitar and ‘I Am… I Said’ right next to him! I love
'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' as well. I have seagulls in flight on my other arm! Neil’s songs bring joy to my heart and soul!! Love our Diamond man and his Queen!
 
LIZ MEACHAM - FAIRPORT HARBOR, OHIO, USA
'LONELY LOOKING SKY'
‘Lonely Looking Sky’... My absolute favourite from ‘Jonathan Livingston Seagull’. I have been alone for most of my life, even with people around. The words, the music, just resonate with me. It’s gotten me through some pretty rough times.
I go to the beach a lot just to watch the “sky-birds”, and JLS music runs through my head every time. Thank you Neil, your music is wonderful, beautiful noise, and has such meaning to me. It makes me feel less lonely, like you, are singing just for me. You are such a blessing...
 
NADIA PASCUCCI - MILAN, ITALY
'I AM... I SAID'
This is my favourite song because is so close to feelings I well know.
SHERRI OWENBY - MARION, NORTH CAROLINA, USA
'PLAY ME'
Several songs come to mind, but the one that brings me to tears is 'Play Me'. For some reason it just speaks to my soul. It is a beautiful love song about two people who share a true love and desire to complete each other. It is filled with yearning, desire and fulfillment!
 
PAMELA WHEELIS - MILTON, FLORIDA, USA
'STONES'
"And she would ache for love and get but stones..." I met Neil Diamond after losing my father in 1970 and my brother in 1973. I was a young, lonely girl desperate for love. His music was one of the few constants in my life for many years as I struggled to find myself. I owe him for ultimately saving my life and giving me hope.
 
CYNTHIA ROSS - ANDOVER, MASSACHUSETTS, USA  
'HELLO AGAIN'
My favourite Neil Diamond song is ‘Hello Again’. Although I’ve enjoyed everything Neil has written/sung over the years, ‘Hello Again’ touches my heart. 
Here’s my story... Many years ago, my husband, Don and I were dating, but at some point we split up and went our separate ways. Then about 23 years later, after searching for me and finally finding me, he called. We must have talked at least 2+ hours, catching up. I said to him, “This is like, ‘Hello Again’!” He asked, “What’s that?” I had to explain to him what I meant.
Since he was away on a business trip and in his hotel room, he called a radio station that took requests. They played ‘Hello Again’ and he said it brought tears to his eyes. At the same time, my husband also became a fan! Since then, ‘Hello Again’ has been “our song.” Thank you, Neil. 
 
JOY HANCOCK - PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
'SONG SUNG BLUE'
I love the tune and his voice.  I enjoy all of his songs.  A wonderful singer/songwriter who gives so much love to his fans.
 
THEA BIARD - BREDA, THE NETHERLANDS
'CANTA LIBRE'
This song makes me feel the spirit of my late sister. She passed away at the age of 38. She was also a big fan and she would cry whenever she heard this song.
It touched her soul and it touches mine.
 
UWE HÖLTER- NRW BOCHUM, GERMANY
'HELL YEAH'
I heard this song for the first time at its world premiere in Rotterdam, I have never heard that intensity in his voice in any other performance with this song.
 
CAROLE BETH DREYFUS - PENNSYLVANIA, USA  
'ELIJAH'S SONG'
I love this song about your grandson, Elijah who was born in May. 
Thank you very much, Neil.
 
MILLARD THOMPSON - CLAWSON, MICHIGAN, USA
'I AM... I SAID'
Beautiful, meaningful words and very nice beat. Done very well; sung very well. Great.
 
ANITA HUIE - HOT SPRINGS, ARKANSAS, USA
'LADY MAGDALENE'
I love this song because it is beautiful and eye opening to see the beauty of love.
 
PATTI NELSON - NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS, USA
'BROOKLYN ROADS'
Such a beautiful song about his family and his childhood. I can see it. I can feel it. The emotions are just so powerful.
I love this song because it is beautiful and eye opening to see the beauty of love.
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LINDA FRAILE - CHESAPEAKE, VIRGINIA, USA
'AMERICA'

'America' says so much of why so many immigrants came to America, including both sides of my family!

Freedom's Light Burning Warm

Sweet Land of Liberty

 
JENNY LEA - NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA
'DESIRÉE'
I'm now 51 years old but my dad got me hooked on Neil and his music when I was just a little girl.
'Desirée' was the song that was always on REAL LOUD at my place. Dad couldn't get enough of it. I didn't understand what the song meant at that age, but it made me sing and dance. Dad finally sat me down and told me all about the amazing man and singer/songwriter who is Neil Diamond. As I grew up, I not only became an even bigger fan of his music but "those sexy bedroom eyes" of his. WOW! All these years later, Dad still has 'Desirée' playing regularly, and so do I.

ALL NEIL'S SONGS ARE GREAT, HIS LEGACY WILL LIVE FOREVER

 

TIM SMITH - BAMPTON, DEVON, UNITED KINGDOM

'I'VE BEEN THIS WAY BEFORE'

The spirituality of the song would be one of the reasons. I just think it’s brilliantly written with a quite beautiful melody.

 
GABRIELA RIEBETZ-MONKOWIUS, BERLIN, GERMANY
'I AM... I SAID'
I did not know the story behind it. What I could always feel and feel every time I hear the song is the pain, being lost, not knowing where I belong. I feel this deep pain in my heart; I resonate with it because it is also my pain. In June 1977, I saw and heard Neil Diamond the first time live in Berlin in the Deutschlandhalle. Later again in the Waldbühne in Berlin and 2016 in the Köln-Arena in Cologne. I am so thankful that I was able to see, hear and experience the magical mastery of Neil Diamond. The experience is unforgettable. I bow deeply to Neil Diamond and say thank you.
NDC Comment: Hi Gabriela, please click on this link for information on this song - 
LONELY LOOKING SKY - NEIL DIAMOND - JLS
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