So what did you think of the all new top ten in the Alfie Boe Best Ever Song poll? Any surprises? Did your favourite make the cut? Don’t worry if not – I’m already planning the third annual poll!
Now, down to business. The song in at number 10 is Je Crois Entendre Encore which made it to number 4 in 2014: click here to read more.
Number 9 is the first of our two entries from Trust, Forever Young. Written and recorded by Bob Dylan for his 1974 album, Planet Waves, it has been recorded and performed by countless others down the years; my favourite version is that by Joan Baez:
Alfie is a Dylan fan, so much so that he bunked off Cosi Fan Tutte rehearsals in Strasbourg in order to take Sarah to a concert. That being so, and only for Alfie would I do this, here is Bob Dylan singing:
Sorry Alfie, I know Dylan’s a genius but I just can’t listen to him sing! Much prefer your version, sung at the Royal Festival Hall in 2013. I’ll let Alfie tell you the story about the recording:
Number 8 in the top ten is another survivor from 2014 and the only representative from Storyteller, Rank Strangers. Click here to read more about this lovely song before we move swiftly on to number 7 in our countdown.
Number 7 is in fact the first song from Serenata to feature and Alfie’s first song as a lyricist. My Heart is Yours puts Alfie’s beautiful lyrics (I think we can all agree that he’s a talented lyricist which can only bode well for the future) to the music from the Italian film Il Postino and the result is this magic:
In the many interviews Alfie gave around the release of Serenata, he said that the lyrics were for his daughter, Grace but the lyrics work just as a well as a love song.
The next instalment in the countdown will be next week!
Trust (click here) and Serenata are both available here:
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