Top Ten Joni Mitchell Songs to Listen to While Eating Pizza

AshleySofiaSinger/song writer Ashley Sofia loves Joni Mitchell. I asked her to send us a list of her favorite top ten Joni Mitchell songs and she happily accepted this task. A big thanks goes out to Ashley. Of course, pizza is optional while listening to these Joni Mitchell songs.

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Ashley & I hope you enjoy these Top Ten Joni Mitchell Songs

1. A Case of You

Joni Mitchell - Blue
From the album Blue
Original Release Date: June 30, 1975
Download or Play a Sample of A Case Of You (LP Version)

I love that this song is more about the true anatomy of a breakup than most commercial songs. One moment Joni discusses her frustration, in the next her adoration. Love is like that. And most songwriters don’t delve into that dichotomy.

2. Cactus Tree

Joni Mitchell Cactus Tree
From the Album Joni Mitchell (AKA “Song To A Seagull)
Original Release Date: July 5, 1968
Download or Play a Sample of Cactus Tree (LP Version)

I’ve always related to this tune. Instead of subscribing to the mentality that “all men are dogs” or “all guys are the same” I’ve always felt like there are really so many, many good men out there and at times it’s been hard for me to know if I was making the right choice by dating at all. I was, as she wrote, “busy being free”

3. Blue

Joni Mitchell - Blue
From the album Blue
Original Release Date: June 30, 1975

This song walks like a poem. Not many tunes can do that. It sounds like what blue looks like when you hear it.

4. California

California
From the Album Dreamland (US Release)
Remastered Version Release Date: September 13, 2004
Download or Play a Sample of California (Remastered LP Version)

I like this tune because it discusses that very folk rock need to ramble and hit the road. In the 60’s and 70s so many artists were drawn to specific artistic locales. California was that place for Joni. Though she was from Canada she calls California her home. I’ve felt that way in certain cities- like it’s a perfect fit, and if I could be there I would.

5. For Free

For Free
From the Album Ladies Of The Canyon
Original Release Date: July 1, 1973
Download or Play a Sample of For Free (LP Version)

This is not her easiest tune to listen to. It’s very plain, but it has a beautiful message. Joni talks about all of the incredible musicians out there who do it simply for the love of it. It’s purer. She says “ill play if you have the money, or if you’re some kind of friend to me. But the one man band by the quick lunch stand, was playing real good for free.” She valorizes his lack of need for fame and fortune and I really agree.

6. Carey

Carey
From the Album Blue
Original Release Date: June 30, 1975
Download or Play a Sample of Carey (LP Version)

This tune is fun, good lyrics, good melody, Joni at her happiest with a sharper tongue.

7. This Flight Tonight

Joni Mitchell - Blue
From the album Blue
Original Release Date: June 30, 1975
Download or Play a Sample of This Flight Tonight (LP Version)

I flew to England a few years ago and listened to this song on repeat. I knew it was a mistake and I kept thinking “I should not have gotten on this flight tonight.” Which was Joni’s exact line in the song. She has a funny way of singing what I’m feeling.

8. People’s Parties

People's Parties
From the Album Court And Spark
Original Release Date: June 24, 1975
Download or Play a Sample of People’s Parties (LP Version)

This is a beautiful song that describes what Joni feels in a social situation. She’s at all times perfectly aware of the people around her, their materialism, and even her own insecurities despite her fame. It talks about feelings I think at one point or another, we have all felt.

9. Conversation

For Free
From the Album Ladies Of The Canyon
Original Release Date: July 1, 1973
Download or Play a Sample of Conversation (LP Version)

Like Taylor Swift’s “You Belong to Me” but much more subtlety and eloquence.

10. You Turn Me On, I’m a Radio

Joni Mitchell Radio
From the Album For The Roses
Original Release Date: March 5, 1976
Download or listen to You Turn Me On I’m A Radio (LP Version)

I don’t know what it is about this song but I’ve been known to cry when I hear it. I think it’s the way Joni sings like a bird fluctuating between notes and saying out loud all the things we ought to keep to ourselves. It’s just perfect.

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