Top 10 Doors’ Songs

Pedro Pizano-Franco, writer

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In no particular order.

#1 “Touch me”- Off of their 4th album (The Soft Parade). Written by guitarist Robbie Krieger. It’s notable for its extensive usage of brass and string instruments.

#2 “End of the Night”- Off of their debut album (The Doors). Written by singer Jim Morrison. The title is derived from the 1932 French  novel Journey To The End Of The Night by Louis-Ferdinand Celine.

#3 “Waiting for the Sun”- Off of their 5th album (Morrison Hotel). Written by singer Jim Morrison. “I’d like to do a song or a piece of music that’s just a pure expression of joy. Pure like a celebration of existence, you know? And like the coming of spring, like a sun rising. Just pure unbounded joy. I don’t think we’ve really done that yet.”

#4 “Strange Days”- Off of their 2nd album (Strange Days). Written by singer Jim Morrison. The song seems to find Jim “pondering the state of the then emerging hippie youth culture and how they are perceived by mainstream or ‘straight’ society”.

#5 ” L.A. Woman”- Off of their 6th album (L.A. Woman). Written by singer Jim Morrison. In this song he sings to L.A. as a woman and as a city. In the bridge of the song Morrison repeats the phrase “Mr. Mojo Risin’, which is an anagram of “Jim Morrison”.

#6 “Roadhouse Blues”- Off of their 5th album (Morrison Hotel). Written by singer Jim Morrison. When Morrison was drunk he would often do blues numbers during Doors jam sessions. This is one of those songs.

#7 “Gloria”- Off of a compilation album (Strange Nights of Stone). Originally by Them. The Doors covered this song during some live shows.

#8 “Five to One”- Off of their 3rd album (Waiting for the Sun). Written by singer Jim Morrison. People say that Five to One refer to the ratio of Viet Cong to American troops in Vietnam. This we neither confirmed nor denied by Morrison.

#9 “Who do You Love”- Off of their live album ( Absolutely Live). Originally by Bo Diddley. This was one of the Doors favorite songs to play live.

#10 “Break on Through (To the Other Side)”- Off of their debut album (The Doors). Written by singer Jim Morrison. When he wrote this song, Morrison was dropping LSD several times a month hence breaking through to the other side and other drug references in the song.