Saturday, November 14, 2009

The 40 Best Songs of 1966

Numbers 35 to 31

35. Black Is Black – Los Bravos

This one went up to number 4 on the charts and was the first song by a group from Spain to get that high. I’m particularly fond of Mike Kogel’s vocals.

34. Fire Engine – The 13th Floor Elevators

Contrary to popular belief, San Francisco did not have a monopoly on the psychedelic sound. Roky Erickson and the 13th Floor Elevators give Austin, Texas a legitimate claim to being the birthplace of psychedelia. Fire Engine was one of their best.

33. Homeward Bound – Simon and Garfunkel

This beautifully told story of homesickness is one of Paul Simon’s best songs. It just gives you a good feeling to hear it. It went to number five on the charts.

32. Rain – The Beatles

The B-side to Paperback Writer, the single went up to number 23 on the charts in June of 1966. It was one of the first Beatles songs to give a hint of the studio experimentation to come.

31. Under My Thumb – The Rolling Stones

It is one of the most misogynistic of Stones songs, but Brian Jones rocked that marimba.

Comments and opinions are welcomed and encouraged.

Thank you for your interest.

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