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Pop songs that they got "just right"

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Posted on Apr 30, 2012 10:33:22 AM PDT
Bob Bykowski says:
"Ticket to Ride" -- The Beatles
"The Kids Are Alright" -- The Who
"God Only Knows" -- The Beach Boys
"Go All the Way" -- The Raspberries
"No Matter What" -- Badfinger
"I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better" -- The Byrds
"Out of Time" -- The Rolling Stones
"Brass in Pocket" -- The Pretenders
"Train in Vain" -- The Clash
"Hungry Heart" -- Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
"American Girl" -- Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
"Daydream Believer" -- The Monkees
"Cruel to Be Kind" -- Nick Lowe
"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding ?" -- Elvis Costello & the Attractions
"She's Just My Style" -- Gary Lewis & the Playboys
"Lies" -- The Knickerbockers
"Cinnamon Girl" -- Neil Young & Crazy Horse
"Laugh, Laugh" -- The Beau Brummels

Posted on May 3, 2012 12:27:19 PM PDT
Louise says:
Abba created wonderful pop songs, ballads and disco. Even if you don't like Abba's music in general, there is probably one that you do enjoy.
I like a lot of their songs, and I think these are perfect pop:

That's Me
When I Kissed The Teacher
Honey Honey
Take A Chance On Me
Angel Eyes

In reply to an earlier post on May 3, 2012 1:07:57 PM PDT
Evan says:
Yes you could argue that ABBA must have produced perfect pop to do as well as they did. And musically, there tends to be a bit more to them than meets the eyes - those two guys could definitely write songs - you only have to look at the show "Chess" for even better evidence. The instruments and production were good.

I think of the song "Mamma Mia" in that respect. But a couple of things troubled me about this act.

1. The lead vocals tended to be multi-tracked blandness. I note that in the poll of great female vocalists (another Amazon thread), the names of the two girls don't feature.

2. They tended to overdo the endless repeated choruses such as with Fernando, and Dancing Queen.

They may have made great dance music in their day. But nowadays those repetitive choruses can get to you, and suggest that perfection was some distance away.

Posted on May 4, 2012 12:34:27 PM PDT
Music Lover says:
Stepping Out - Joe Jackson
Here's Where The Story Ends - The Sundays
You're So Vain - Carly Simon
Take Everything - Greg Laswell
Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain and Tennille

In reply to an earlier post on May 4, 2012 6:14:53 PM PDT
Evan says:
I know three of these really well. "Love Will Keep Us Together" had Number 1 written all over it.

Posted on May 5, 2012 3:20:03 PM PDT
n9531l says:
Sorry for any duplications.

Funny How Time Slips Away - Joe Hinton
For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
Abraham, Martin & John - Dion
19th Nervous Breakdown - Rolling Stone
Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane
Downtown - Petula Clark
Gloria - Shadows of Knight
Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
Younger Girl - Lovin' Spoonful
Twelve-Thirty - Mamas & Papas

Posted on May 5, 2012 4:23:50 PM PDT
Someone mentioned Angel eyes already... Other than that id have to opt for The Freshmen by The Verve

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 6:31:55 PM PDT
Evan says:
"Younger Girl" by the Lovin' Spoonful is one I can listen to today, but its more like an album track isn't it? I don't see it as a US single in this list:'_Spoonful

but what about their big hits - they really have staying power:

"Daydream" (what a unique offering!)
"Summer in the City" (love the traffic noise)
"Do You Believe in Magic" (so catchy)
"Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?"
"Nashville Cats"
"Rain on the Roof"

I think these are among the very best examples of psychedelia, and about the most original and defiant as well.

Posted on May 5, 2012 7:22:37 PM PDT
n9531l says:
Not sure about Younger Girl, but I know I used to hear it on AM radio. Wikipedia says The Critters covered it and released it as a single. I don't remember The Critters.

Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind is another favorite.

Posted on May 5, 2012 9:02:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 5, 2012 9:06:09 PM PDT
Wendy G. says:
Mr. Blue Sky - ELO

Here Comes The Sun - George Harrison

With all the talk of Gerry Rafferty, I'm surprised no one mentioned Stuck In the Middle with You. I love the rolling rhythm on that.

In reply to an earlier post on May 5, 2012 10:56:09 PM PDT
Evan says:
Electric Light Orchestra - "Sweet Talking Woman"
George Harrison - "What is Life"

("Here Comes the Sun" is officially the Beatles of course!)

Posted on May 6, 2012 10:35:03 AM PDT
Nate s. says:
ELO - "Evil Woman" - "Telephone Line"

In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 9:53:56 AM PDT
Karl Wisley says:
Those are great tunes. Check this one ot. Let me know what you think. I'm Tired

Posted on May 19, 2012 10:55:50 PM PDT
THE RANDY . says:
true love " live " glen frey 2. love of the common man , todd rundgren. 3. how come ? , " the pogues. 4. tired of towing the line , rocky burnett . 5. your breaking my heart , " harry nilsson .

Posted on May 19, 2012 11:49:39 PM PDT
Nate s. says:
The Eagles - "Hotel California", complete album. I know they weren't all singles, but not a bad song in the bunch.

Posted on May 20, 2012 2:31:40 AM PDT
Miranda731 says:
perfect combinations of song, singer & music:

Without You - Harry Nilsson
You'll Never Walk Alone - Elvis Presley
Wheel in the Sky - Journey
Solstice Bells - Jethro Tull
Cup of Wonder - Jethro Tull

In reply to an earlier post on May 20, 2012 5:38:40 PM PDT
Evan says:
"Without You" by Harry Nilsson worked well for me at the time.
When I listen today, I think there is far too much double tracking and effects around his voice.
But then he never did much in the way of live performances. Quite a destructive personality.

In reply to an earlier post on May 21, 2012 3:47:18 PM PDT
Karl Wisley says:
Check out this song by Boys in the Attic Some say it is the new anthem for America I'm Tired
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