16. “The Stone”
This song, from 1999’s Before These Crowded Streets album, has the same effect of a roller coaster: its slow rise in the beginning builds your anticipation. The lyrics are full of dark twists and turns, as Matthews unravels a nightmare and takes us along for the ride. Dramatic melodies keep us engaged with this track, lasting seven minutes. By the end, the sounds descend and we’re left wanting more.