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The Subscribers to Smiling Phases, the mailing list, have long had an affection for listing their favorite Winwood tunes, starting as far back as Volume 2. In the celebratory volume #100 (part 1 and part 2), Subscribers were specifically asked to list them for us, and the posts continue to come in.

I have tabulated the votes (so far) and list the results here. If you would like to vote for up to 5 of your favorites, please email me!

Award Votes Song Album
First Place 24 The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys
Second Place 20 While You See a Chance Arc of a Diver
Third Place 16 Back in the High Life Again Back in the High Life
Fourth Place 13 Dear Mr Fantasy
Higher Love
In the Light Of Day
Mr Fantasy
Back in the High Life
Refugees of the Heart
Sixth Place 12 Can't Find My Way Home
Vacant Chair
Blind Faith
Steve Winwood
Ninth Place 10 Empty Pages
Forty-Thousand Headmen
Gimme Some Lovin'
John Barleycorn Must Die
Autumn '66
John Barleycorn Must Die

Many other songs received votes. Listed in alphabetical order, they are:

Votes Song
9 Don't You Know What the Night Can Do?, Roll With It
8 Freedom Rider, I Will Be Here, No Time to Live
7 Dust, No Face No Name No Number, (Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired, There's a River
6 Freedom Overspill, Holy Ground, Valerie, Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring?
5 Dream Gerrard, Every Mother's Son, The Finer Things, I'm a Man, John Barleycorn, Night Train, Winner/Loser
4 Arc of a Diver, Far from Home, Many a Mile to Freedom, Medicated Goo, Rollright Stones, Still in the Game, Walking in the Wind
3 Hidden Treasure, Every Day (Oh Lord), Light Up or Leave Me Alone, Midland Maniac, The Morning Side, Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out, Rainmaker, Real Love, Slowdown Sundown, Spanish Dancer, Talking Back to the Night, Withering Tree, You'll Keep on Searching
2 And I Go, Coloured Rain, Crossing the Line, Feelin' Alright, Hearts on Fire, Heaven Is In Your Mind, Here Comes a Man, Lord of the Street, My Love's Leavin', Nowhere Is Their Freedom, Pearly Queen, Presence of the Lord, Shootout At the Fantasy Factory, Smiling Phases, Something New, State of Grace, Stranger to Himself, Take It As It Comes, Tragic Magic
1 Berkshire Poppies, Can't Get Enough of It, Dealer, Dimples, Don't Be Sad, Every Night Every Day, Feelin' Good, Georgia On My Mind, Giving To You, Graveyard People, Had to Cry Today, Help Me Angel, Hold On, Holding On, Let Me Make Something In Your Life, Look Away, Love, Memories of a Rock 'n' Rolla, Mozambique, One and Only Man, One More Morning, Paper Sun, Running On, Sea of Joy, Shanghai Noodle Factory, Shining Song, Someone Like You, Split Decision, Stevie's Blues, Time Is Running Out, When the Eagle Flies, Your Silence Is Your Song

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Thanks to Ellie and Les for the idea for this page!
A complete list of all Winwood's songs can be found in the Song Encyclopedias.
Page created September 22, 1997.
Last updated August 27, 2001.