(As appears in today's issue of the New School Free Press)
#5. “Never Say Goodbye” by Bob Dylan and The Band
This is not a perfect Dylan love song like “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” because the lyrics are a tad corny (“Time is all I have to give/You can have it if you choose”), but the way he sings makes it sound like he really means it. And with Bobby, that can be a rare quality to come by.
#4. “Say Goodbye” by Dave Matthews Band
One of the best songs on one of DMB’s best album, Crash, “Say Goodbye” shows why they’re so popular amongst the 18-25 crowd: “So, here we are tonight, you and me together/The storm outside, the fire is bright/And in your eyes, I see what’s on my mind.”
#3. “Goodbye to You” by Michelle Branch
If you watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you’ll know why this is here. If you don’t, watch Buffy.
#2. “Never Can Say Goodbye” by The Jackson Five
Everyone knows “I Want You Back” and “ABC,” but it’s the lesser hits like “Goodbye” that make the best band from Gary, Indiana still worth a listen to over 30 years later
#1. “Hello, Goodbye” by The Beatles
You say goodbye, I say hello...to a new column! It’ll appear in the next issue of the New School Free Press
(Don't worry, this only affects people who read Five Best in the newspaper. They'll be getting a new column, which I'll post here once it comes out.)