If you know of a song that isn’t yet included, please add it to the archives if needed, then add a link to the song on this page. Marty Balin and Grace Slick’s harmonization remains one of the first important guy/gal pairings that has influenced countless bands through the decades. 11:11 - Jordin Sparks. Appropriately, their first single, “California Dreamin’,” is a paean to that state, and is still, for my money, the finest song they have recorded. —Hilary Saunders. —Matt Fink, Like many of the early garage-rock standout songs, “Wild Thing” is a cover: written by Chip Taylor, New York City band The Wild Ones first recorded the song in 1965. Not bad for a song reportedly written after Hendrix wanted to sit by a fireplace on a cold English day. Don't take umbrage with these helpful suggestions. —Logan Lockner, David Ruffin’s smiling vocals, that bass hook and those pentatonic scales all make this feel-good track unforgettable. Noel Redding’s bass bobs and weaves around howling guitar leads. Jackie Wilson, ”(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”, 85. 1AM by Jinsang. / With no direction home,” quickly became prophetic to them. 3AM by HONNE. Since its release in 1966, countless bands have tried to imitate the album’s sound, and every psych-oriented group from The Jesus and Mary Chain to The Black Angels are in some way indebted to The Elevators and their visionary frontman Roky Erickson. What song titles mention a specific time of day or night? And yet, in 1969, when bands such as Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones were playing stadiums with electric guitars, he got his band of violins and horns together to record this emotional song in his unique style that endures to this day. Beautiful Day – U2. The extra time, no doubt, added to the songs depth and drama, accentuated by mariachi-inspired horns and a striking string section. 1AM by Casker. Click the appropriate link below for the ones to the end of 2016. As the orchestral strings and horns assemble and rise, Cooke proffers a timeless mantra in the refrain—part hope, part prayer, part demand—that a change is going to come. Instrumentals. When the Byrds got started, somebody (in Hit Parader, I think) said that their first album was very nice, but it all sounded the same. Booker T and the MG’s, “Green Onions”, 74. The Velvet Underground, “Pale Blue Eyes”, 70. Much more than a classic rock anthem, “Piece of My Heart” is a cultural emblem in itself, as well as an icon of a timeless talent gone far too soon. Despite the anxiety of the titular question, the melody and chord progression capture the essence of the time: the optimism that accompanied the end of Eisenhower’s presidency and the beginning of Kennedy’s. Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth”, 14. It stands alone as a nostalgic ode to home, one of his truly universal themes. Top 50 Feel Good Dance Songs It’s “Born in the U.S.A.” without the irony and misinterpretation. Dylan’s convention-defying song announced rock ‘n’ roll would become the voice—his voice—for disaffected Boomers out to revolutionize everything they could touch. A simple tune, not full of the vocal theatrics that he so often performed, it could easily start conversations about the Otis Redding that could have come. In 2015, the US Library of Congress added “Stand By Me” to the National Recording Registry, declaring that “it was King’s incandescent vocal that made it a classic.” —Danielle Ryan, It’s impossible to get a proper education on the Vietnam War without listening to this iconic and subversive song. Beyond Richards’ iconic riff (which he claims came to him in a dream), there’s Mick Jagger—part bluesman, part Marilyn Monroe—in top form, pouting out verses about being sexually frustrated and fed up with commercialism. The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Fire”, 63. Louis Armstrong, “What a Wonderful World”, 72. —Robert Ham, We once designated this song as one of 10 songs people need to stop covering. Dusty Springfield, “Son of a Preacher Man”, 77. Rather, the glinting harpsichord and lightly Eastern-influenced percussion simply nudged the door open for the group to embrace more psychedelic sounds. Though hailing from Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit, the song has been covered by everyone from The Beatles to The Carpenters to The Saturdays. —Hilary Saunders, Almost 50 years since the release of Big Brother and the Holding Company’s cover of “Piece of My Heart” and still no one can wail like Janis Joplin. —Logan Lockner, Led Zeppelin wasn’t exactly treading new ground when Jimmy Page formed the group in 1968, bringing them together to release their self-titled debut a year later. 2010s. Those unforgettable power chords laid the groundwork for generations of hard rock bands to come. —Holly Gleason, Stevie Wonder was just 12 years old when he recorded what would go on to become one of the first live songs to hit number one, making him the youngest person in history to top the Billboard Hot 100. Actually, this is the oldest song on this list. —Robert Ham, “Good Vibrations” was Brian Wilson at his best, before he became his worst—a brilliant demonstration of what The Beach Boys may have done before mental illness derailed their frontman’s career soon after this song became released. It’s become a virtue. Love is right when it’s simple, and it is in the simplicity of “Be My Baby” that makes it so ingenious. The iconic single appeared on her 1969 masterpiece album Dusty in Memphis. 1 to the equally conjugal boundary setting “Don’t Come Home A’Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ On Your Mind),” it cemented her no-mess reputation with a song that’s been covered by Pistol Annies, Johnny Paycheck, Nanci Griffith/Eilen Jewell/Kelly Willis* and the Little Willies. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day. “Dazed and Confused,” one of the lead, legendary originals from the band’s self-titled debut, however, helped lay down the groundwork for a storied decade to come. Many songs with the word time in the title revolve around love in some way, but Sam Hunt ’s may be one of the smoothest croons of them all. Their catalog included their infamous, yet, most famous, f-bomb-dropping “Kick Out the Jams”—a hard-rocking tune that’s been covered by the likes of Rage Against the Machine and Pearl Jam. The ancient concept of the round figures importantly, as do the very modern innovations of the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Jazz felt free. May 10 is designated as Stay Up All Night Day.Stay up all night may be celebrated by having an all-night dance party, an all-night slumber party, or even an all-night movie party. The Beatles, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, 41. Stax president Jim Stewart apparently thought ”[Redding’s] rawness and [Thomas’s] sophistication would work” together. The rhythmic ground is so dependable that once, when lying on a cliff overlooking the Long Island Sound, not so far from where Walt Whitman did it, I thought I heard the earth turning beneath my head and it reminded me of—of all things—the Byrds. We’ve never met a human being who will admit to disliking this song (that’s your cue to take to the comments section if you exist, you poor, misguided souls), and for good reason; no matter how many times we hear this one, it simply doesn’t get old. 13th Floor Elevators, “You’re Gonna Miss Me”, 91. In fact, even in its much tamer studio version, The Stooges’ feedback-heavy force of a song still out-fought most hard-rockers in ’69, only being outdone by Detroit brothers The MC5. — Bonnie Stiernberg, With the signature kick drum intro that has been emulated and imitated ad nauseum since, Phil Spector outdid himself when he wrote the girl-group classic “Be My Baby.” The only thing that could improve such a simplistically genius song is the impeccable vocal capacity of the remarkable Ronnie Spector and the Ronettes. Otis Redding, “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay”, 17. The Supremes, “Stop! The arrangement of this song is flat out ridiculous with those incessant castanets and the string section that dips and dives through the song like an excited bird. — Bonnie Stiernberg, “Hello, darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again.” Arrested Development jokes aside, this lyric from “The Sound of Silence” is one of the most iconic song openers in music. There were points during that time when, despite the ire of rock ‘n’ roll hipsters, the so-called pre-fab four outsold their Liverpudlian predecessors, thanks in large part to the bouncing pop of 1966’s single “I’m A Believer.” Ultimately, The Monkees enjoy a kind of iconic pop culture status both because of and in spite of the unusual and even existential way the group came to be. It’s inspired countless “singing into a hairbrush” moments, in film and real life alike. Whether the lyrics implied drug consumption (as listeners suspected) or a foggy-brained love song (as Hendrix claimed) is irrelevant. Your favorite '80s television shows had some very catchy tunes. However, some may make staying up all night at work – as for the late shift workers, or for those doing homework or cramming for tests, or even working on a business project. Fogerty goes back and forth from point-of-views—from the millionaire’s son to the senator’s son to the folks born to wave the red, white and blue. While blues singers Irma Thomas and later Koko Taylor were howling “You Can Have My Husband (But Please Don’t Mess With My Man),” Lynn drew a line in the sand around her catting around lesser half Doolittle “Mooney” Lynn. This iconic Pink Floyd song is about how we're all guilty of wasting time. Her performance embodies joy, romance and triumph. It’s also probably the first song most folks use to turn on others to the contralto singer. —Doug Heselgrave, I remember the exact moment I found the deeper meaning to “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” I sat in a London hotel room too fancy for two college freshmen to inhabit and babbled to my best friend about how electric the most common tactile gestures become when you fall in love. This is a partial list of Doris Day's recorded songs. ... One Day – Cochren & Co. Nite and Day –... 2. Her performance embodies joy, romance and triumph. It’s A Beautiful Day – Michael Buble. The blues bled into hard rock. —Sandy Pearlman, With Frank Sinatra now long passed, “My Way” has taken on a new, beautiful significance. Led Zeppelin, “Dazed and Confused”, 76. —Robert Ham, Being of a certain age, this song will forever be cemented in my mind as the one that soundtracks Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore getting all sensual with clay in Ghost. Please enjoy comparing with your own favorites. —Tyler Kane, One of the quintessential ’60s songs, “Time of the Season” is easily identifiable from Chris White’s simple and sturdy bass line, which gives space for Rod Argent’s psychedelic scribble. The marriage—not so much. 1980s. But once Santiglia goes off on her own melodic trip at about the two-minute mark, “My Boyfriend’s Back” soars. Xmas. In 1968, “Fist City” was a revolution—a woman with no shame taking care of what’s hers. Their second guitarist Jimmy Page into the fold their collaboration could work when elements. 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