It’s not the top five Steve Winwood songs.
It’s the top five songs in which he sings.
Because whether it was the front man (boy, really) for The Spencer Davis Band, the lead singer for Traffic, or his solo career, Steve Winwood’s voice could carry a song. Let me show you what I mean:
5. The Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys by Traffic. Set a spell because it casts one.
4. Back In The High Life Again by Steve Winwood. The title song from his 1986 classic, this song almost made me want to drink. And dance. At the same time. If you know me, you know how unlikely either of those scenarios are.
3. If You See A Chance by Steve Winwood. This song has a luscious texture, courtesy of 1981 and its synthesizer sound.
2. Gimme Some Lovin’ by the Spencer Davis Band. Julie and I saw Winwood in concert in 1986 in Philadelphia and this was his encore. It was so good . . . it might have danced a little. PS – You must watch the video . . . Winwood looks like he’s about 15. Which he was. PPS — This is the second best song ever with Gimme as the first word in the title. If you don’t know what #1 is, I feel kind of sorry for you.
1. Higher Love by Steve Winwood. The best song on the ’86 High Life album. When the Good Shepherd Choir sang this during our Love Song series it fulfilled a 20 year dream. The sermon’s bottom line that day was Staying in love means sharing a love for the Highest love.