One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded: “January Hymn” by The Decemberists!!!

For as long as I’ve been on the radio, and definitely for as long as I’ve been writing a blog, I will occasionally make a reference to a song being “One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded!” (GSER)

I would usually follow that by saying that I would eventually start a category for it, but then never get around to it.

Well, now I’m getting around to it!

It will pretty much follow the pattern of The Most Awesomest Song of the Day.

I’ll select a song to celebrate and then give my thoughts about it. Nothing really brand new here that hasn’t been done before. But since I have a website, I can collect them and lay out what my own greatest songs are.

My radio show, “Prime Time Theme Attic,”  is on Monday nights 8PM-10PM ET but is on hiatus because of the pandemic.

Even though I always emphasize new music and artists, it’s always fun to take a short drive through the legendary artists, since they influenced those other artists!

But a song doesn’t have to be old or done by a legendary Theme Attic Hall of Fame member to be thus honored.

I can think of several songs that are only a few years old or less that I could identify as One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded.

This will be fun, and hopefully you will join me on my journey…at least sometimes!


As January slips into the deepest part of winter and bleakness becomes an every day occurrence, it’s recommended to take some great music with you.

Well, please open your hymnals to “The King Is Dead” album by The Decemberists, and turn to today’s selection, “January Hymn.”

It’s not easy to sell a song based on the time of year when almost everything is dead, resting, or recharging.

However, The Decemberists are not deterred by unusual musical challenges. In fact, they usually embrace them!

Even in deepest Winter, there is comfort in the peaceful surroundings and slower activities.

The Decemberists (Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, John Moen) provide a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack for those days.

One of the Greatest Songs Ever Recorded is “January Hymn” by The Decemberists!!!


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