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Your songs, that is. I love your songs. That wonderful, raspy, gravelly voice just strikes the right chord in me.

I’m not a music fan. At all. I prefer sweet silence to the “noise” that most call music. And I have to be in just the right mood to listen to the music that I DO enjoy.

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Having said that, there definitely are songs and singers that tickle my fancy. And none quite so much as Rod Stewart, who happens to be celebrating his 69th birthday today! Happy Birthday, my second favourite “Rod“. You still wear it well. A little out of time, but I don’t mind. ;)

Rod Stewart’s flamboyant yet soulful rock/pop songs are something I acquired a taste for long ago. I don’t remember how or when, just that I’ve always been crazy about his uniquely delicious sound.

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Rod’s first album was 1969’s An Old Raincoat Won’t Ever Let You Down. Since then, his music career has been teeming with hits, covers, an incredible Christmas album — Merry Christmas, Baby in 2012 — and the long anticipated Time, an album with all-new material, which was released in May 2013.

In honour of my favourite singer’s birthday today, I’ve compiled a little list for you: My 20 Favourite Rod Stewart Songs. They’re pretty much in order, beginning with my favourite, “Rhythm of My Heart”, which cleverly takes its musical cues from the classic Scottish song, “Loch Lomond”. (Hard to believe it’s been 14 long years since I performed that beautiful little gem as part of a trio at the local music festival. Scoff if you must, but we took first place with a darn good score!)

I’ve embedded all the songs so you can listen to them right here, and really get a chance to enjoy the Rod Stewart experience. (Because there are so many videos, you’ll likely have to reload the page after watching about half of them). I know there’s got to be other Rod fans out there reading this, so feel free to share your own favourites in the comments below!

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Rhythm of my Heart

From Vagabond Heart, 1991

“Oh, the rhythm of my heart is beating like a drum…”

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Picture in a Frame

From Time, 2013

“I love you, baby, and I always will…”

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The Motown Song

From Vagabond Heart, 1991

“‘Cause you know what luck is, luck is believing you’re lucky, that’s all, and showing just a little bit of faith…”

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Have I Told You Lately

From Vagabond Heart, 1991 — Cover of Van Morrison (1989)

“And at the end of the day, we should give thanks and pray to the one, to the one…”

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Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright) 

From A Night on the Town, 1976

“Relax, baby, and draw that blind…”

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Ooh La La

This song was originally released by “Faces” (a band Rod Stewart was a member of) in 1973, with lead vocals by band member Ronnie Wood. Stewart covered the song in 1998 for his album When We Were the New Boys.

“Poor young grandson, there’s nothing I can say. You’ll have to learn, just like me, and that’s the hardest way…”

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The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 

From Merry Christmas, Baby, 2012

“Although it’s been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you…”

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The First Cut is the Deepest

A Night on the Town, 1976 — Cover of Cat Stevens (1967)

“I still want you by my side, just to help me dry the tears that I’ve cried…”

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Amazing Grace

From Every Picture Tells a Story, 1971

I didn’t know that Rod Stewart had ever sung this song. It seems that it’s missing from some editions, and occasionally it’s included as part of the song “That’s Alright”. SUCH a pity that he only sings the first verse of the song, and it’s right at the end (he starts at 1:20 in this video). Please, Rod, you need to record a full version of “Amazing Grace”. Then I can die happy.

“I once was lost, but now am found…”

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What a Wonderful World

From Stardust: the Great American Songbook, Volume III, 2004 — Cover of Louis Armstrong (1967), written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss

“I see friends shakin’ hands, sayin’ “How do you do?” They’re really saying “I love you”…”

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I’d Rather Go Blind 

From Never a Dull Moment, 1972 — Cover of Etta James (1968)

“Most of all I just don’t, I just don’t want to be free…”

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The Way You Look Tonight

From It Had to Be You: The Great American Songbook, 2002 — Cover of Fred Astaire (1936), written by Jerome Kern with lyrics by Dorothy Fields.

“And that laugh that wrinkles your nose, touches my foolish heart…”

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All For Love

This song was written by Bryan Adams, Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Michael Kamen for the soundtrack “The Three Musketeers: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and is performed by Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting.

“Let the one you hold be the one you want, the one you need…”

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Time

From Time, 2013

“Time waits for no one…”
(Sorry, guys, no more video for this one. :()

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Auld Lang Syne

From Merry Christmas, Baby, 2012

“Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind…”

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Some Guys Have All the Luck

From Camouflage, 1984 — Cover of The Persuaders (1973), written by Jeff Fortgang.

“But if you were here with me, I’d feel so happy I could cry. You are so dear to me, I just can’t let you say goodbye…”

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This Ol’ Heart of Mine

Cover of Isley Brothers (1966) — Rod Stewart first recorded this song for his album Atlantic Crossing in 1975. My pick is the 1989 version — Stewart’s duet with Ronald Isley.

“I wanna shout about it, tell the world about it ’cause I love you…”

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Twistin’ the Night Away

From Never a Dull Moment, 1973 — Cover of Sam Cooke (1962) — Rod Stewart also rerecorded this song in 1987 for the soundtrack to the film “Innerspace”. But my pick is the original 1973 recording.

“Man, you ought to see her go, twistin’ to the rock and roll…”

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Your Song

From Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin, 1991 — Cover of Elton John (1970)

“Yours are the sweetest eyes I’ve ever seen…”

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Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? 

From Blondes Have More Fun, 1978

“His lips are dry, her heart is gently pounding. Don’t you just know exactly what they’re thinking…”

My friend Krystal (also a huge Rod Stewart fan) and I have made a pact: We WILL see this man in concert before he dies. It’s a done deal. Fate, fortune, kismet. Yes. Rod? I’ve got two words for you — CANADIAN TOUR. Make it happen.

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You’re in my heart, you’re in my soul
You’ll be my breath should I grow old
You are my lover, you’re my best friend
You’re in my soul

~ Rod Stewart, “You’re in My Heart (The Final Acclaim)”

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