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Author Topic: the first 10 (or so) All -Time Great Singles that come to mind  (Read 2816 times)
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« on: June 13, 2014, 07:47:15 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2014, 07:59:00 PM »

01  The Flirtations - "Nothing But A Heartache"
02  Carole KIng - "It's Too Late"
03  Spanky & Our Gang - "Lazy Day"
04  Bob Dylan -  "Lay Lady Lay"
05  The Beatles - "She Loves You"
06  Nirvana - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
07  Al Green - "Let's Stay Together"
08  Hurricane Smith - "Don't Let It Die"
09  Andy Williams - "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year"
10  Nancy Sinatra - "These Boots Are Made For Walkin" 
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2014, 08:01:57 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2014, 08:07:11 PM »

thanks for playing, Sheriff. I'm gonna refrain from complimenting your choices, or picking them apart (just as I hope you all would refrain from commenting on mine) until everyone who might want to make a list has done so. I think to comment , at this point, would destroy the immediacy of this exercise. For now, let's give it 24 hrs. NO FURTHER COMMENT.

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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2014, 08:22:24 PM »

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Oasis - Supersonic
Crystals - Then He Kissed Me
Supremes - I Hear A Symphony
Funkadelic - You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks
Elton John - Rocket Man
Beach Boys - Good Vibrations
Little Richard - Long Tall Sally
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Lou Reed - Walk On The Wild Side
Sam Cooke - A Change Is Gonna Come
Ray Charlies - What'd I Say

I'm more than sure that I've forgotten something highly important....maybe picking 10 from each decade would make things a bit less impossible  Grin

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And, for anyone who has actually experienced them, surfing and cars carry PLENTY of emotion and life experience. They can carry as much metaphor as any Van Dyke Parks clever epistle.
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« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2014, 10:11:54 PM »

Be My Baby - Ronettes
Good Vibrations - TEH BBS
Rebel Rebel - Bowie
Dont Let The Green Grass Fool You - Wilson Pickett
The Weight - The Band
All My Friends  - LCD Soundsystem
Hold On I'm Coming - Sam and Dave
Mrs Robinson - Simon and Garfunky
Do You Believe in Magic - Lovin' Spoonful
Mr Blue Sky - ELO

These are the songs that came to my head, as you requested.
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« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2014, 04:06:09 AM »

"Anarchy in the UK" - the Sex Pistols
"Evil Woman" - ELO
"She Loves You" - the Beatles
"God Only Knows" - The Beach Boys
"Porpoise Song" - the Monkees
"West End Girls" - Pet Shop Boys
"Michael Caine" - Madness
"Beetlebum" - Blur
"Come See About Me" - the Supremes
"Ain't No Half Steppin'" - Big Daddy Kane
"Reality Asylum" - Crass
"Hurdy Gurdy Man" - Donovan
"Satisfaction" - the Residents

Very hard, of course, even going over 10.  As is the case with any of us, another day would see another list.
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« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2014, 09:40:38 AM »

The House of the Rising Sun : the Animals
Eight Miles High : the Byrds
Great Balls of Fire : Jerry Lee Lewis
I Only Have Eyes for You : the Flamingos
Telstar : the Tornados
Psychotic Reaction : the Count Five
Be My Baby : the Ronettes
All Along the Watchtower : Jimi Hendrix
I Get Around : the Beach Boys
Blizkrieg Bop : the Ramones
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« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2014, 10:00:23 AM »

Often I don't necessarily know what songs--especially older songs that were released before I was born / conscious of music--were singles. And even if I know, I feel like I didn't experience them as singles, as they were a part of the fabric of the (then-) now. So I'm going on something of a timeline of my music-conscious life instead: I remember these being singles when they were released and loved them. Rough chronological order.

Let's Go Crazy, Prince
Walk This Way, Run-DMC feat. Aerosmith
Talk Dirty to Me, Poison
You Can Call Me Al, Paul Simon
Sweet Child o' Mine, Guns n Roses
The Cult of Personality, Living Colour
Hold On, Tom Waits
Sexxx Laws, Beck
Step Into My Office, Baby, Belle & Sebastian
Hey-Ya, Outkast
Tropical Ice-land, Fiery Furnaces
I Wish That I Could See You Soon, Herman Dune
Heimdalsgate Like a Promethean Curse, Of Montreal
Never Forget You, The Noisettes
Letter to My Countrymen, Brother Ali
Chum, Earl Sweatshirt
Follow Your Arrow, Kacey Musgraves
Don't Think Twice, Dolly Parton
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2014, 01:24:37 PM »

I really should have included the Undertones' brilliant "Julie Ocean."
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« Reply #11 on: June 14, 2014, 05:42:02 PM »

"He's So Fine"----The Chiffons
"Peter Gunn"----Duane Eddy
"Are 'Friends' Electric?"----Tubeway Army
"The Mountain's High"----Dick and Dee Dee
"Stay With Me"----Lorraine Ellison
"Stay With Me Till Dawn"----Judie Tzuke
"Runaway"----Del Shannon
"Don't Worry Baby"----TBB
"I Only Have Eyes For You"----The Flamingos
"Time (Clock Of The Heart)"----Culture Club

These came to mind during the past few minutes....
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« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2014, 01:57:49 PM »

  "Johnny B Goode" - Chuck Berry
  "Dead Man's Curve" - Jan & Dean
  "I Get Around" - The Beach Boys
  "All Shook Up" - Elvis Presley
  "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" - The Platters
  "Eight Miles High" - The Byrds
  "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson
  "Got to Give It Up" - Marvin Gaye
  "A Horse With No Name" - America
  "The Girl Can't Help It" - Little Richard
  "She Belongs to Me" - Rick Nelson & the Stone Canyon Band
  "Pop Life" - Prince
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2014, 01:59:32 PM »

 How did I not think of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" ??
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2014, 02:11:20 PM »

The vinyl single is irrelevant in my generation and I could not tell what a good one is. What's the difference between a great song and single anyway?

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« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2014, 10:19:36 PM »

 1-Hound Dog
 2-I want to hold your hand
 3-Don't worry baby
 4-Train in vain
 5-Won't get fooled again
 6-Dancing in the dark
 7-Little red corvette
 8-1979
 9-Just like starting over
 10-Soak up the sun   
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« Reply #22 on: June 17, 2014, 10:52:44 PM »

Not in any particular order:

1. "Like a Rolling Stone" - Bob Dylan
2. "Wouldn't It Be Nice"/"God Only Knows" - The Beach Boys
3. "Paperback Writer"/"Rain" - The Beatles
4. "See Emily Play" - Pink Floyd
5. "Waterloo Sunset" - The Kinks
6. "All Day and All of the Night" - The Kinks
7. "September Gurls" - Big Star
8. "Sweet Jane"/"Rock and Roll" - The Velvet Underground
9. "Diddy Wah Diddy" - Captain Beefheart
10. "What'd I Say" - Ray Charles

Tough list. Never really paid much attention to what was and what wasn't a single.
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« Reply #23 on: June 18, 2014, 02:39:52 AM »

Be My Baby
Do I Love You- Ronettes
I'd Rather Go Blind- Etta James
Do I Love You- Frank Wilson
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow- Shirelles
Surf's Up
Good Vibrations
Iceblink Luck- Cocteau twins
Boys Don't Cry- The Cure
Baby I Need Your Lovin'- Four Tops

A lot of my favourite songs I don't know off the top of my head were singles or not, particularly those by non-rock artists. E.G."Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by Nina Simone? Throw that in near the top if it was.
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« Reply #24 on: June 18, 2014, 03:32:55 AM »

"He's So Fine"----The Chiffons
"Peter Gunn"----Duane Eddy
"Are 'Friends' Electric?"----Tubeway Army
"The Mountain's High"----Dick and Dee Dee
"Stay With Me"----Lorraine Ellison
"Stay With Me Till Dawn"----Judie Tzuke
"Runaway"----Del Shannon
"Don't Worry Baby"----TBB
"I Only Have Eyes For You"----The Flamingos
"Time (Clock Of The Heart)"----Culture Club

These came to mind during the past few minutes....
Damn. Forgot my all-time favourite single----"Louie Louie" by The Kingsmen. It's too late now, of course...
 
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