Sunday, 24 April 2011

Top 100 Songs of the 1960s, #90 - 81

James Brown!

#90 - Bad Moon Rising (1969)
by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Pub rock standard, road-trip necessity... classic rock and roll. I'm not a big Creedence fan, but how could you say no to a song this catchy?

#89 - Son of A Preacher Man (1968)
by Dusty Springfield

Springfield's silky smooth vocal stylings ensure that this definitive recording of 'Son of A Preacher Man' is actually a song you want to listen to. Unlike pretty much any other version of the song.

#88 - The Kids Are Alright (1966)
by The Who

Such a good song, but seriously... that video makes them come across as a really, really, really poor man's Beatles.

#87 - Leader of the Pack (1964)
by The Shangri-Las

Despite the somewhat creepy fact that Betty met her older boyfriend Jimmy at the candy store (when he turned around and smiled at her, you get the picture?), we have to remember this was a simpler time, when the candy store was the hot place to pick up. Yeah, no... it's still creepy. Anyway, there's still a lot to like about 'Leader of the Pack.' The hilarious spoken segments ("Look out, look out, look out!"), the fun call and response moments between the ladies and the moment you realise the song deals with Jimmy's death. That last one was a pretty big deal for the time and many believe that it's initial ban in the UK was due to that particular issue.

#86 - Oh, Pretty Woman (1964)
by Roy Orbison

So I like the movie Pretty Woman... what of it? But, you should already know we're big fans of Roy Orbison here on It's My Kind of Scene. He came in at #3 on our list of the Top 25 Singers. Yah... impressive.

#85 - It's A Man's Man's Man's World (1966)
by James Brown

One of the most irresistible songs in Brown's repertoire, 'It's A Man's Man's Man's World' has become one of the most popular soul songs to cover. Christina Aguilera delivered a showstopping performance of the song as a tribute to Brown at the Grammy's and even Glee did it justice when Dianna Agron sang the track last year.

#84 - Purple Haze (1967)
by The Jimi Hendrix Experience

#83 - She's Got You (1962)
by Patsy Cline

Country music; the music of pain. No one could deliver a depression inducing blow like the late, great Patsy Cline. Expect to see more of her as we work our way through the list.

#82 - Mrs. Robinson (1968)
by Simon and Garfunkel

#81 - Please Mr. Postman (1961)
by The Marvelettes

From Mrs. Robinson to Mr. Postman. Two #1 hits that have stood the test of time and remain two of the greatest songs of all-time.

Next time? The Beatles!

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