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5 of Neil Diamond's greatest hits ahead of Belfast gig

Legendary singer Neil Diamond will perform his 50th anniversary tour at Belfast's SSE Arena on Sunday.

The US star is set to play his best known hits to thousands of fans in what will no doubt be an unforgettable concert.

Throughout his career, Neil has sold over 130 million albums worldwide and has charted 37 Top 40 singles.

To have just one favourite Neil Diamond song would be impossible, but here are five of our favourites:

1. Cracklin’ Rosie

Written in 1970, Cracklin' Rosie was a track on album Tap Root Manuscript.

The song was Neil's first US number one hit and reached number three in the UK.

2. You Don’t Bring Me Flowers

A 1978 hit for Neil, the song features on his album I'm Glad You're Here with Me Tonight and tells the story of two lovers who have drifted apart.

The song was covered by Barbra Streisand in 1978 on her album Songbird, leading to a much-loved duet between the pair.

3. Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon

This track reached number 10 on the US charts in 1967 and was given a second chance at success when it appeared on the 1994 Pulp Fiction soundtrack, performed by rock band Urge Overkill.

Over the years the song has also been covered by Cliff Richard, Jackie Edwards, the Biddu Orchestra, and 16 Volt.

4. Sweet Caroline

Arguably his most iconic hit, Sweet Caroline was released in 1969 and went platinum in the US.

Neil said the track was inspired by a picture he saw of Caroline Kennedy, the youngest daughter of JFK and Jackie Kennedy.

He also later admitted the song was about his then wife Marcia, but he needed a three syllable name to fit the lyrics.

5. Love On The Rocks

The song appeared on the soundtrack for the 1980 movie The Jazz Singer, which starred Neil, Laurence Olivier and Lucie Arnaz.

The movie wasn't a great success, but Love On The Rocks spent four weeks at number two on the US charts.

  • Neil Diamond performs at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Sunday, October 8.

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