“Holding Back The Years” by Simply Red (1985)

“Holding Back The Years” introduced Simply Red to American audiences in early 1986, zooming to the top of the pop charts while also placing respectably on the adult contemporary and R&B listings. Mick Hucknall (who, for all intents and purposes, is Simply Red) wrote the song about his childhood, focusing on the strained relationships he… Read More “Holding Back The Years” by Simply Red (1985)

“Hey Joe” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1966)/”Hey Jude” by The Beatles (1968)

Believe it or not, I did not listen to very much classic rock radio growing up. My folks pretty much kept the dial on R&B radio (with occasional excursions into reggae and adult contemporary/easy listening) and, left to my own devices, I did the same with a heavy concentration of whatever was on the Top… Read More “Hey Joe” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1966)/”Hey Jude” by The Beatles (1968)

“Help!” by The Beatles (1965)/”Helter Skelter” by The Beatles (1968)

This list only has one song standing in between “Help!” and “Helter Skelter”, so I’m just gonna go ahead and lump the two Beatles songs together. There’s not much I can say about “Help!” that I didn’t say in the “Hello, Goodbye” post. “Help!” was the second of the five Beatles movies and I vaguely… Read More “Help!” by The Beatles (1965)/”Helter Skelter” by The Beatles (1968)

“Hello Goodbye” by The Beatles (1967)

“Hello Goodbye” isn’t one of the Beatles’ more ambitious efforts. It’s a McCartney song about opposites. I mean, if Sesame Street existed back in 1967, it’s not a stretch to think that the Children’s Television Workshop writers could’ve cooked up a similar song. However, its got that tunefulness that’s inherent in just about every Beatles… Read More “Hello Goodbye” by The Beatles (1967)

“Hello” by Adele (2015)/”Hello” by Joe (2015)

Adele’s 21 album surpassed expectations to become a monster hit, the type of big-selling album that most people thought wasn’t possible in the 2010s (and seriously, probably won’t happen again). I’m pretty sure that Adele’s record company (and maybe not Adele herself, since she seems so blase about her success and that’s actually kind of… Read More “Hello” by Adele (2015)/”Hello” by Joe (2015)

“Heaven Is A Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle (1987)

“Heaven Is A Place On Earth” was a standout among the tons of great songs that arrived as 1987 was coming to a close. It’s an irresistible slice of pop/rock cheese. By this time, Belinda Carlisle had shed any lingering remnants of her punk-rock past and was a full-on California pop diva. With that said,… Read More “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” by Belinda Carlisle (1987)