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Remembering Lou Reed: 7 of our favorite songs

Lou Reed died on Sunday at the age of 71. As the leader of the Velvet Underground and a solo artist, he wrote some of the most iconic, weirdest and transcendent rock music we'll ever get to hear. He will be missed.

Here are seven songs to mark the sad occasion. They are great songs, but they are far from his only great songs. Feel free to add your own favorites in the comments.

Rock & Roll

This song is basically the description of what hearing Lou Reed for the first time feels like, so it seems fitting to start any rumination on Reed's legacy here.


I Found a Reason

People often cite "I'll Be Your Mirror" as Reed's most romantic (read: wedding appropriate) song, but for me it's always been this one. It isn't nearly as effusive, but "I Found a Reason" captures something about love's optimistic and forward-looking nature that has always struck me as beautiful.

The slightly more uptempo demo version is also not to be missed.

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