Lou Reed/Velvet Underground
Lou Reed was an experimental rock singer/songwriter born 3/2/1942 in Long Island, NY. He died 10/27/2013. He established himself as “The Godfather of Punk” with art-rock group The Velvet Underground (vocals/guitar: 1965-70). That group is considered the predecessor to alternative rock and punk and one of the most influential rock groups of all-time. The Velvet Underground also included John Cale (vocals/bass/viola: 1965-68), Sterling Morrison (guitar/backing vocals: 1965-70), Maureen Tucker (percussion: 1967-69), Nico (vocals: 1967), Doug Yule (bass/backing vox: 1969-70), and Billy Yule (drums: 70). Their album
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Top 50 Songs of Lou Reed & Velvet Underground
Dave’s Music Database lists are determined by song’s appearances on best-of lists as well as chart success, sales, radio airplay, streaming, and awards. This list includes songs by Velvet Underground and by Lou Reed as a solo artist. Some songs (such as “Satellite of Love”) are noted as Velvet Underground AND Lou Reed songs because they were initially recorded as demos by VU and later by Reed as full-fledged recordings.
DMDB Top 1%:
1. Walk on the Wild Side (Reed, 1972)
DMDB Top 5%:
2. I’m Waiting for the Man (VU & Nico, 1967)
DMDB Top 10%:
6. Rock and Roll (VU, 1970)
DMDB Top 20%:
9. All Tomorrow’s Parties (VU & Nico, 1967)
21. Lisa Says (VU/Reed, 1969/1972)
Beyond the DMDB Top 20%:
23. Sunday Morning (VU & Nico, 1967)
31. Rock and Roll Heart (Reed, 1976)
41. Temporary Thing (Reed, 1976)
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First posted 3/2/2020; last updated 9/28/2021.