Neil Diamond – “Play Me” Live
Neil Diamond Serenades The Audience With His Soulful Voice
One of the things that Neil does best is by singing to a crowd and making them feel as though the song is JUST for them. He can make his huge concert seem intimate just by using his characteristic charm and baritone vocals. With 18 platinum albums, he is simply legendary. This song, “Play Me,” is just one of his most loved tracks especially by his female fans.
According to Melissa Ruggieri, writing for Media General about a 2008 concert, “Diamond [at age 67] also still possesses the ability to charm, even though he didn’t need to do much except wiggle his prominent eyebrows at women in the crowd to elicit schoolgirl-like squeals—’Play Me,’ in particular, had a bizarre aphrodisiac effect.”
This beautiful ballad has been praised by critics and other musicians as well. Many have cited the unforgettable lyrics and the perfect melody which make this track a classic.
- Ranked number 11 in the United States upon its release
- Billboard listed it as number 27 in Neil’s 30 best songs
“Play Me” is an audience favorite, especially, it seems, among women, who carry signs that read “Neil, Play Me” to his performances and scream “me, me, me” when he plays the tune, described as “an entreaty to romance”