These songs are not on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 best of all time, but just as good I’ll be adding to this as I think of more. Many are from the late 50’s/early 60’s–a timespan mostly ignored by “oldies” stations. The songs from that era are fun to sing along with, as you can actually understand the words! Plus, they portray an age of innocence in American teen culture that is a far cry from the hyper-sexualized environment of today!
The reason they aren’t is because they weren’t as influential or groundbreaking as other works by the same artists, but are just as good nonetheless.
In no particular order they are:
“Pretty Little Angel Eyes”–Curtis Lee–THE classic fast paced doo wop classic–fun to sing along with word for word
“Whenever That Love Light Shines”–a Supremes hit that is overshadowed by “Where Did Our Love Go?”
“Get a Job”–the Silhouettes–another one that is fun to sing along with––word for word. Oh, those nonsense syllables!
“Blue Moon”–the Marcels–hard to believe that this is a Rodgers and Hart composition that is part of the Great American Songbook. The opening doo-wop syllables as performed by the Marcels is nothing short of perfection!
“The Best Part of Breaking Up is When You’re Making Up”–the Ronettes–like the Supremes “Whenever Your Love Light Shines”, a very underrated song overshadowed by their many other great songs from the musical genius of Phil Spector
“Have I the Right”–the Honeycombs–this British Invasion hit is overshadowed by those of more famous groups and artists, but this is the ultimate power pop hit. This song put the “power” in power pop. Plus, those tight rhythms and very pronounced British accents aren’t too bad either!
“He’s So Fine”–The Chiffons. “Goo-lang, goo-lang, goo-lang”–boy, they don’t make nonsense syllables like they used to, do they? Plus, some of the best girl group harmonies you’ll ever hear!
“One Fine Day”–The Chiffons. More of those great girl group harmonies–plus, that piano intro isn”t too shabby either!
“Downtown” and “I Know a Place”–Petula Clark–part of the British Invasion that gets overlooked because the focus is on male performers (save for Marianne Faithfull), and in the process, neglects some very worthy female performers and their works