"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" by Al Green
Most Memphis line: And how can you mend a broken heart?/How can you stop the rain falling down?/Tell me how can you stop the sun from shining?/What makes the world go 'round?
This song, originally by the Bee Gees, is a perfect example of how you can drop anything in Memphis’ music meat grinder and know you’re gonna end up with a truly authentic bellyful of local perfection.
"I’ll Take You There" by The Staple Singers
Most Memphis line: You oughta, you gotta gotta, come let me, let me (I'll take you there)/Take you, take you, take you over there (I'll take you there)
This is the most successful and recognizable single of the soul/gospel family band’s half-century-long career. It was recorded in Sheffield, AL, at the famous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio, overdubbed and mixed at Ardent Studios in Memphis by engineer Terry Manning, and released by Stax.