Thursday, 5 May 2011

Top 100 Songs of the 1960s, #30 - 21

The Beatles: Not shown - the carefully concealed iPad behind the paper, on which the band reads It's My Kind of Scene.

Oh, hello there! It feels like forever since the last post in our amazing countdown of the best songs from the 60s. The Beatles and The Supremes have placed more than any other act so far, with four songs each representing the biggest band and girl group of the decade. You'll be seeing one of those acts again before today's post is through, but we kick off with The Lizard King, Jim Morrison and his amazing band... The Doors!

#30 - The End (1967)
by The Doors

"This is the end, beautiful friend." Sure, it goes for close to twelve minutes, but listening to 'The End' will be twelve of the most amazing minutes of your life. Morrison's Johnny Cash-like lyrics combine with some of the best psychedelic rock to create one of the most amazing tracks you'll ever have the pleasure of hearing. Just try to ignore the Oedipal freak out during the breakdown.

#29 - (Love Is Like A) Heatwave (1963)
by Martha and the Vandellas

While a whole lot of love will always be given to The Supremes (and deservedly so) for their role in cementing Motown's chart dominance, Diana Ross and Co. as well as Motown itself owe a debt to Martha and the Vandellas. These ladies made the careers of songwriting's greatest team, Holland-Dozier-Holland (who would go on to write 'Baby Love,' 'You Keep Me Hangin' On' and 'Where Did Our Love Go') and showed that a girl group could successfully pull off a more mature R&B sound, without being confined to the bubblegum pop genre.

#28 - I Fall To Pieces (1961)
by Patsy Cline

This is the moment where I have to remind you that country music is the music of pain. Depression, sadness, heartbreak and pain. Yes, there's the occasional hillbilly jig, or hoe down throw down if you're a Miley fan, but for the most part, country music is an emotional journey that takes only takes you in one direction; down. Patsy Cline's 'I Fall To Pieces' took the young country star and catapulted her into fame on the pop charts. Sadly, at the top of her game and enjoying great commercial success, Patsy would die in a plane crash at 30 years of age.

#27 - Hey Jude (1968)
by The Beatles

#26 - Come Together (1969)
by The Beatles

The Beatles shoot straight into the lead for most songs to place on the list with a pretty awesome one-two-punch; 'Hey Jude' and 'Come Together!' On the one hand, you've got a beautiful McCartney ballad (which he wrote for Julian Lennon as a comfort during his parent's divorce) and on the other, one of John Lennon's coolest, most bad-ass creations.

#25 - You Really Got Me (1964)
by The Kinks

If you're going to trust a fan-voted poll, it's fair to say that you're pretty safe when it's handled by the BBC. So when the BBC has a list of the best British songs from 1955 - 1965 and the Kinks' 'You Really Got Me' places at #1, you know it's deserving. And incredible. 

#24 - I Got You (I Feel Good) (1965)
by James Brown

#23 - Elenore (1968)
by The Turtles

The Turtles realised their potential with what I consider to be the group's greatest effort, 'Elenore.' Let's be honest, 'Happy Together' was fun, but it was a bit of a joke. 'Elenore' is the band all grown up... even if they poorly incorporate the word 'etcetera' into the lyrics. Actually, they get points for that. We've heard about one Elenore... but there's still one to go. Just which Elenore will it be? 

#22 - Stand By Me (1961)
by Ben E. King

#21 - These Days (1967)
by Nico

Jackson Browne's music and lyrics are beautiful and the perfect contrast for the desperation we find in Nico's vocal delivery. Perfection in song form? Yes... yes it is. Enjoy!

Well, are you ready for the top 20? See you next time!

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