Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Top 100 Songs of the 1960s, #70 - 61



The Doors!

The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, the King of rock and roll, the first lady of soul and double the Jim Morrison. Is that enough to get you excited for the next ten songs in our 60s countdown? Yeah, I thought so.


#70 - Can't Help Falling In Love (1961)
by Elvis Presley




Yes, I also like UB40's cover. What of it? 


#69 - Ruby Tuesday (1967)
by The Rolling Stones




Who do you prefer, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? That questions was to the 60s as 'Britney or Christina' was to the early 2000s and... um... 'Nicki Minaj or Lil' Kim' is to today. Of course, in each of these face-off's one of the acts is insanely popular while the other is their slightly less successful, trashier big sister. Try to guess who falls into each category. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Anyway, enjoy 'Ruby Tuesday.'


#68 - Hello, I Love You (1968)
by The Doors




And the girls go wild. I've had a soft spot for The Doors since I was only a youngster... my sister loves them and would play their tapes (I'm assuming) quite regularly. Some of my earliest memories are chilling out in her room, listening to Jim Morrison. Good times! P.s. did anyone else practically vomit when they heard Finn's version for Glee? 


#67 - Sinnerman (1965)
by Nina Simone




Nina Simone's ten minute, epic delivery of 'Sinnerman' is pretty darn impressive. She maintains a determined pace throughout, never slipping in the intensity of her deliver (except in those needed instrumental breaks) and somehow commands your full attention the entire time. 


#66 - My Boyfriend's Back (1963)
by The Angels




"Let's solve all our problems with a big bowl of strawberry of ice cream!" "Don't ask me, I'm just a girl." It's hard to pick which one The Angels would have said more in the real world. Kidding, kidding... they're alright.


#65 - I Want To Hold Your Hand (1963)
by The Beatles




The Beatles score their second song on the countdown and more importantly (to some), 'I Want To Hold Your Hand' was their first #1 song in America, changing the direction of popular music for the rest of the decade.


#64 - Touch Me (1968)
by The Doors




#63 - My Generation (1965)
by The Who




"I hope I die before I get old." It's not quite punk, but the rebellious nature of 'My Generation' is widely regarded as a sign of what the 70s would bring. And you've got to love a song that uses call and response. 


#62 - You Can't Always Get What You Want (1969)
by The Rolling Stones




#61 - All Day and All of the Night (1964)
by The Kinks




Fun fact: The Doors were accused of plagiarising the riff featured in 'All Day and All of Night' when they released 'Hello, I Love You.' The Doors have denied the claims, but the similarities are more than noticeable. Whatever, 'All Day and All of the Night' is a slightly better song anyway.

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