I thought a thread focusing on pop/rock songs from the 1960s might be interesting for some. It was the era of The Beatles, The Beach Boys, early Rolling Stones, and many others, of course, and a massive influence on Benny and Bjorn and subsequent musicians. The songs of this era were usually recorded quickly with just two or four tracks, and often have, I think, a lively fresh immediacy about them.
I really like The Hollies, and they had so many hit songs. Allan Clarke was, for me, an excellent lead singer; and some wonderful vocal harmonies from the others, including Graham Nash (who later was a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young - another very successful 60s group, and beyond.)
The Monkees were, I think, depicted, disparagingly and unfairly, as manufactured Beatles copies. I like 'Last Train To Clarksville' from them.
I wonder if the '60s had more music of a contrasting nature in the charts compared with the '50s and subsequent decades? Of course, one could juxtapose a couple of very different hit songs from any era and make such a claim. But I still think this applies particularly strongly to the sixties.
It seems incredible to me that, despite how popular The Rolling Stones were at the time, this very bluesy track, complete with the late Brian Jones's slide guitar, got to No. 1 iin the UK. 1964
What a contrast with this piece tuneful pop, written by Lennon and McCartney (mostly McCartney) for Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas. Also a 1964 hit.
I'm a bit surprised that only two of us, so far, have had anything to say about the 60s. But I'll carry on regardless.
I find it interesting as to the tracks one might find 'old-fashioned' or 'dated' - and of course people's opinions will differ about that. But, for me, The Zombies sound head of their time, or maybe a better way of saying it, timeless. And Rod Argent was playing jazzy keyboard solos. Love the intro to this one, too:
As Paul McCartney has just turned 80, I thought I'd include in this thread a couple of my favourite Beatles songs written by him (though credited Lennon/McCartney), and featuring him as vocalist on a couple of ballads.
And I Love Her (1964). So simple and beautiful. And that little 4-note guitar motif - so effective and vital to the feel of the song.
Michelle (1965). Love the backing vocals, too, and the slightly moody guitar solo by George Harrison