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Neil Diamond Songs: 20 Best Neil Diamond Songs of All Time

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Ray has been an online music writer for over two years. Having sung in multiple competitions as a youth, he has a passion for the art.

Neil Diamond is an American multi-awarded singer-songwriter and is one of the best-selling musicians of all time—with more than 100 million records sold worldwide. He popularized a lot of adult contemporary and pop-rock music that ranked on different charts worldwide. Some of his awards were Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011, Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award in 200, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018. Below is the list of the best Neil Diamond songs of all time.

Best Neil Diamond Songs of All Time

Best Neil Diamond Songs of All Time

1. "Sweet Caroline"

Album: Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show

Genres: Soft Rock and Adult Contemporary

Year Released: 1969

"Sweet Caroline" Song Facts

  • Neil Diamond revealed that he originally wrote this song for his wife, Marcia Murphey, whom he married the same year the song was released.
  • Diamond revealed that as he was writing this song in Tennessee, he needed a three-syllable name. Marcia didn't fit the song, so he tried the name Caroline, which perfectly suited it.
  • "Sweet Caroline" was arranged by the American singer-composer Charles Calello.

2. "Love On The Rocks"

Album: Jazz Singer Soundtrack

Genre: Adult Contemporary Music

Year Released: 1980

"Love On The Rocks" Song Facts

  • Neil Diamond composed "Love On the Rocks" for the 1980 movie The Jazz Singer, which he starred in.
  • Gilbert Becaud, a French singer-songwriter, helped Neil Diamond in writing this powerful ballad.
  • The song has a mix of reggae and ballad vibe that makes the song unique.
  • They featured this song in the movie Donnie Brasco.
  • One of the song's nominations is the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.
  • They released this song as a single in 1981 and reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #3 on Billboard's U.S. Adult Contemporary Chart.
  • Some of the hit covers of this was that of Millie Jackson and Gladys Knight in 1981.

3. "Hello Again"

Album: The Jazz Singer

Genre: Pop Music

Year Released: 1980

"Hello Again" Song Facts

  • Alan Lindgren helped out Neil Diamond in composing this slow tender ballad.
  • The song appeared in the hit 1980 movie The Jazz Singer.
  • The song hit the 70th spot on the U.S. Billboard Top Pop Singles.
  • Bob Gaudio released this song as a single and hit No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
  • Some of the famous renditions of this song are Donny Osmond, Steve Cherelle, and Celtic Thunder.

4. "I Am I Said"

Album: Stones

Genre: Pop-Rock Music and Adult Contemporary Music

Year Released: 1971

“I Am I Said” Song Facts

  • “I Am I Said” is one of the most successful and influential singles of Neil Diamond.
  • The song hit #4 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart in 1971, and #4 on the U.K. Pop Singles Chart.
  • According to Neil Diamond, the song took four months to compose.
  • Neil Diamond shared that he composed this song when he spent his therapy in Los Angeles in 2008.
  • The song is about Diamond’s dreams and aspirations in life.
  • The song gave Neil Diamond the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance in the Grammy Awards.
  • The song peaked within the top 10 in different countries such as Australia, Belgium, United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, etc.
  • The 1999 film Holy Smoke featured this song in their movie.

5. "I'm A Believer"

Album: Just for You

Genre: Adult Contemporary Music

Year Released: 1967

“I’m A Believer” Song Facts

  • Neil Diamond composed “I’m A Believer” and signed a contract with Uni Records.
  • The Monkees recorded “I’m A Believer” in 1966 with the lead vocals of Micky Dolenz, a famous American vocalist, and drummer of the 1960s.
  • Jeff Barry produced this single and hit the #1 spot on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart in December 1966.
  • The song became the biggest-selling record for the year 1967, where it sold more than 10 million copies and went gold within two days of release.
  • The song became #1 on the U.K. Singles Chart in January and February in 1967.
  • Some of the notable renditions of this song are that of Smash Mouth and Eddie Murphy in 2001.

6. "Cracklin' Rose"

Album: Tap Root Manuscript

Genre: Pop Music

Year Released: 1970

"Cracklin' Rosie" Song Facts

  • Neil Diamond composed and recorded "Cracklin' Rosie" in 1970 with the instrumental backing of the Wrecking Crew, a group of Los Angeles session musicians.
  • Neil Diamond shared that he got inspiration from an Indian tribe in Northern Canada who had more men than women. He narrated that every guy gets a girl; the guys without girls get a bottle of Cracklin' Rosie.
  • "Cracklin' Rosie" became Neil Diamond's first American song that hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • The song was Diamond's third song to sell a million copies in 1970.
  • Diamond's most successful song, "Cracklin' Rosie" was on the U.K. Singles Chart, peaking at #3 for four consecutive weeks.
  • The song became popular in Australia, Ireland, and New Zealand, staying within the top 10 music charts.
  • The song has a catchy and dynamic melody making it one of Diamond's most successful singles.

7. "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon"

Album: Just for You

Genre: Pop Music

Year Released: 1967

“Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” Song Facts

  • “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” is a slow, seductive, and sensitive song made by Diamond to his fan base, especially ladies.
  • “Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon” peaked at #10 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart in 1967.
  • Other notable versions of this song were Cliff Richard in 1968, Jackie Edwards in 1968, Biddu Orchestra in 1978, and 16 Volt in 1998.
  • The song became the song that solidified the bond between Neil Diamond and his female supporters, comprising mostly teenagers.
  • Diamond dedicated this song to all of his girl supporters who would show up at his tours and have been cheering and supporting him.
  • Some of the movies that used this song were Pulp Fiction, War Dogs in 2016, The Upside of Anger in 2005, and Sorority Boys in 2002.

8. "Red Red Wine"

Album: Just for You

Genre: Pop Music

Year Released: 1967

“Red Red Wine” Song Facts

  • Neil Diamond dedicates this song to all who considered drinking red wine is the only way to forget grief in life. The person in the song trying to ignore the girl on his mind subconsciously remembers her even more.
  • “Red Red Wine” reached #62 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1968.
  • Some of the few artists who covered this song were Peter Tetteroo, UB40, Jimmy James, and Tony Tribe.
  • “Red Red Wine” peaked at #7 in Vancouver, Canada’s music charts.

9. "Play Me"

Album: Love Songs

Genre: Pop Music

Year Released: 1972

“Play Me” Song Facts

  • “Play Me” is a piece of pop-rock music with a medium-tempo waltz.
  • They recorded “Play Me” in February 1972 in Los Angeles.
  • The song was one of Neil Diamond’s songs that make the girl audience members flutter.
  • Aside from “Love on the Rocks” and “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “Play Me” is a baritone ballad as well.
  • David Wild admitted that “Play Me” is among his top ten favorite songs of an American writer.
  • The song describes Neil Diamond’s relationship with a new lover from its inception through its adulthood.

10. "Forever In Blue Jeans"

Album: You Don’t Bring Me Flowers

Genre: Adult Contemporary

Year Released: 1978

“Forever in Blue Jeans” Song Facts

  • Neil Diamond and Richard Bennett composed this up-tempo track in 1979.
  • The song teaches listeners to remember that the simple things in life are essential.
  • “Forever in Blue Jeans” peaked at #20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on the Easy Listening Chart in 1979.
  • The song serves as a promotion of the blue jeans brand.

11. "You Don't Bring Me Flowers"

Album: I’m Glad You’re Here with Me Tonight

Genre: Adult Contemporary

Year Released: 1977

“You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” Song Facts

  • They nominated this song on the Grammy Awards for Song of the Year.
  • Some other notable recordings of this song are Barbra Streisand in 1978, and Salena Jones in 2005.
  • Neil Diamond composed this song with Alan and Marilyn Bergman for the daily TV sitcom All That Glitters.
  • Neil Diamond and Barbra Streisand made a collaboration performance of this song and considered the most magnificent duet in history.
  • The song hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in 1978.
  • “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” is a song about two lovers who have drifted apart while they go through dilemmas in life together.

12. "America"

Album: The Jazz Singer

Genre: Pop and Disco Music

Year Released: 1980

“America” Song Facts

  • Micheal Dukakis, an American politician, used this as his theme song in his unsuccessful Presidential campaign in 1988.
  • Neil Diamond wrote “America” for the 1980 movie The Jazz Singer, where he starred as a young Jewish man who must disobey his father to follow his dreams of becoming a singer.
  • The song reached #8 on Billboard Hot 100 and #6 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary Chart in 1981.
  • “America” is a tribute to migration in America, where people from all over the world were welcome to come and seek chances.
  • The song is a positive interpretation of the history of immigration to the United States.
  • Some of the best covers of this song are David Lanz for his album Finding Paradise, Gimme Gimmes for their 2008 album Have Another Ball.

13. "Yesterday's Songs"

Album: On the Way to the Sky

Genre: Adult Contemporary

Year Released: 1981

“Yesterday’s Songs” Song Facts

  • The song reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Chart and the Canadian Adult Contemporary Chart.
  • The song peaked #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • The song ranked as the 77th most significant American hit of 1982.
  • “Yesterday’s Songs” reached #15 on the Canadian Pop Charts.

14. "Heartlight"

Album: Heartlight

Genre: Adult Contemporary

Year Released: 1982

“Heartlight” Song Facts

  • The composers of this song are Neil Diamond, Carole Bayer Sager and Burt Bacharach in 1982.
  • The song reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Neil Diamond shared that he got the inspiration of this song from the blockbuster movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
  • “Heartlight” reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Diamond shared that before releasing this song, he played it or his 12-year old son for approval.

15. "Song Sung Blue"

Album: Moods

Genre: Adult Contemporary

Year Released: 1972

“Song Sung Blue” Song Facts

  • Neil Diamond got the inspiration for the “Song Sung Blue” from Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 21.”
  • According to Neil Diamond, he didn't take much time to write this song. He made this song simple and had no idea that the song will be a huge hit.
  • Other notable artists to record this song are Frank Sinatra, Wayne Newton, and Andy Williams.
  • The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and ranked #14 in the UK Singles Chart.
  • “Song Sung Blue” was Diamond’s second #1 hit in the United States.
  • They nominated the song for the 1973 Grammy Awards Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

16. "Cherry Cherry"

Album: The Feel of Neil Diamond

Genre: Pop-Rock Music

Year Released: 1966

“Cherry Cherry” Song Facts

  • Artie Butler arranged the song while Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich produced it.
  • Neil Diamond composed and recorded this song in 1966.
  • The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1966.
  • Diamond got the inspiration for this song from a new relationship with an older woman.
  • According to Jeff Barry, the song was initially entitled “Money, Money” but decided to make it more teen-friendly.

17. "Holly Holy"

Album: Touching You, Touching Me

Genre: Pop Music

Year Released: 1969

“Holly Holy” Song Facts

  • Neil Diamond wrote and recorded this song with the instrumental backing of the American Sound Studio house band in Memphis.
  • The song reached #6 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart in 1969.
  • Neil Diamond got the inspiration of “Holly Holy” from gospel music; that is why it features a gospel choir.
  • The song begins with an acoustic guitar and has a unique arrangement by Lee Holdridge.
  • Diamond shared he tried to create a religious relationship between a man and a woman rather than a man and a God.

18. "Shilo"

Album: Just for You

Genre: Pop Music

Year Released: 1967

“Shilo” Song Facts

  • Neil Diamond wrote and recorded “Shilo” originally for Bang Records.
  • Bang Records released this single with a backing track recorded to make it sound fresher and suits Neil Diamond’s style and image.
  • The song peaked at #24 on the U.S. Pop Singles Chart in 1970, and #8 on the Easy Listening Chart.
  • “Shilo” is about a childhood imaginary friend. He referenced himself as being described in the song.
  • He shared how lonely his childhood was, giving the emotional vibe to the song.
  • The song has become one of Diamond’s most recognized songs, and a staple on his concerts.

19. "Solitary Man"

Album: The Feel of Neil Diamond

Genre: Adult Contemporary Music

Year Released: 1966

“Solitary Man” Song Facts

  • “Solitary Man” was Diamond’s debut single as a recording artist under Bang Records in 1966.
  • Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich produced this track of Neil Diamond.
  • Neil Diamond shared that “Solitary Man” was inspired by the Beatles’ song “Michelle,” written in a minor key.
  • Diamond said that he stepped up his songwriting game for this song.
  • The song is merely about Neil Diamond’s life.
  • One of the most popular versions of this song was Johnny Cash, where he won the Best Country Male Vocal at the Grammy Awards.

20. "If You Know What I Mean"

Album: Beautiful Noise

Genre: Adult Contemporary Music

Year Released: 1976

“If You Know What I Mean” Song Facts

  • “If You Know What I Mean” is a powerful ballad about Neil Diamond’s love relationships during his teenage life where he successfully attracted an older woman.
  • “If You Know What I Mean” was Neil Diamond’s third single that peaked #1 on the Easy Listening Chart.
  • The song reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #19 on the Canadian Pop Singles Chart.

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Comments

Ray (author) from Philippines on August 20, 2020:

Yes, Sir Eric! Although these songs were released way before I was born, I find them lovely.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 16, 2020:

Thanks friend this is a real pleasure. I pretend not to like him but I could sing all the songs???

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