There aren't many rock music enthusiasts in the world who haven't heard of Jim Morrison. Best known as the frontman of blues rock band The Doors, Jim was an iconic, charismatic and beloved rockstar whose sudden death at age 27 stunned the world.
Jim's fame was skyrocketing while he was alive but the cult of Jim propelled posthumously. His death at 27 years old also made him a member of The 27 Club - ordained as one of the most elusive and remarkably tragic coincidences in rock and roll history by pop culture magazine Rolling Stone.
The Doors has continued to remain one of the most influential bands from the 1960s. They rocked the fans from 60 years ago, and they are continuing to satisfy music cravings to this day with songs that swirl with poetry, sex and death.
In memory of the 49th death anniversary of Jim Morrison, here are his top five "The Doors" tracks to commemorate his legacy.
5. People Are Strange
From The Doors' second album titled "Strange Days", People Are Strange is decidedly underrated and strikes a late 1960s balance of hippie idealism with pre-war nostalgia, though the lead single narrowly missed a spot on the Top 10.
4. Love Me Two Times
This number, also from "Strange Days", hits all the sweet spots a blues rock song could hit with lyrics influenced by the Vietnam war. Despite the song getting banned in radio stations due to controversy, "Love Me Two Times" regained popularity as one of The Doors risqué pieces.
3. Light My Fire
From the opening spare drum smack to the closing shot seven minutes later, "Light My Fire" is everything The Doors is. It's a little too long, a little too fussy, but absolutely brilliant. It topped the Hot 100 chart in 1967 and stayed there for three weeks.
2. Roadhouse Blues
The opening track from the fifth album "Morrison Hotel" is a song about Jim's waking after an alleged three weeks of drug-induced sleep with the lyrics, "Woke up this morning and I got myself a beard." To this day, "Roadhouse Blues" has remained a fan favourite.
1. Riders on the Storm
This is the last song The Doors recorded with Jim before his death and it was released the same year, shortly before his death. The song is a testament to Jim's life as he considered himself a rider on the storm.