“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)

“Cloud Nine” by The Temptations (1968)

Motown prided itself on being “The Sound Of Young America”, By the late ‘60s, young America wanted social commentary in their art. The country was-literally-burning thanks to race riots and war protests. Grittier times called for grittier music. “Cloud Nine” marked a gritty, socially conscious left turn for the group that was previously known for stately, smooth tunes… Read More “Cloud Nine” by The Temptations (1968)

“Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations (1968)

Favorite drunken karaoke sing along song? This might be it. It might be a tie between this and “Livin’ On A Prayer”. Also…”There’s Something About Mary”. Still one of my favorite credit-roll sequences ever in a movie. Plus, Ol’ Dirty Bastard (well, Rhymefest with Ol’ Dirty Bastard) covered it excellently. WAIT-the singer from The Foundations… Read More “Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations (1968)

“Blackbird” by The Beatles (1968)

“Blackbird” is a gentle, acoustic song dedicated to the fighters of the civil rights movement in the ‘60s. I remember reading somewhere that it was dedicated specifically to Angela Davis, but I don’t know if that’s accurate. It’s undeniably poetic without being cloying (a reasonably major feat for McCartney even then), and is soothing enough… Read More “Blackbird” by The Beatles (1968)

“Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1968), The Jackson Five (1972)

Another great song that has two definitive versions, IMO. Also, here are the first two entities that have two songs each on this list. “Real Thing” has been bastardized a bit by being overused in commercials. It’s a testament to Nick, Val, Marvin and Tammi that the overexposure hasn’t lessened its classic status. To me,… Read More “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1968), The Jackson Five (1972)