Not on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 best of all time, but just as good

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


About libertarianmathprof

I'm a college Math Professor, and have been since 2002 after teaching HS Math for a year. I teach mostly entry level subjects such as Prealgebra and Algebra, but enjoy teaching classes that have logic or statistics as part of the content (something that goes beyond just doing arithmetic). Prior to that, I worked for 25 years as an actuary specializing in the design and administration of retirement plans for small businesses. My interests include, in no particular order: Libertarian politics Economics, particularly Austrian economics and political economics Female acoustic singer-songwriters, the more unknown, the better Oldies from the pre-British invasion era, when pop music radio stations played everything from Jimmy Dean to Buddy Holly to Johnny Cash to Lawrence Welk, and it sounded all so natural together (and you can actually understand the words as you sing along with the songs word for word) Puzzles, particularly logic-based puzzles such as Sudukos NPR Will Short's puzzle on WESUN Baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals in particular The Cleveland Browns of the 1960's (led by QB Frank Ryan, perhaps the only NFL player with a Ph.D. in Mathematics) The NCAA men's basketball tournament The Winter Olympics Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the most famous person you've never heard of. Her nonviolent and tireless pursuit of democracy for Burma (and don't call it Myanmar as long as those nutcases with OCD continue their illegal rule of this nation) makes her one of the true heroes of our time--and perhaps of all time. You go girl! When in the car, if I'm not listening to CD's, I listen to: WFAE ("Your NPR News Source")--Charlotte's NPR affiliate. Mostly during the NPR news shows during drive time WNCW--eclectic music legend out of Western North Carolina. WNCW plays just about anything--what it doesn't play is easier to describe than what it does play WSGE--"your independent music source" from Gaston College. Exists in a parallel universe and overlaps a lot with WNCW. WRBK ("Classic Oldies")--automated noncommercial FM station out of Chester County, SC whose playlist is about as broad as you can get (1950's through the early 1980's) unless it's..... WAIZ ("63 Big Ways") a recreation of the legendary Charlotte top 40 station from the 60's airing out of Hickory, NC. Usually infested with static, but the static is a minor inconvenience to be able to hear oldies ignored by most other radio stations. WAVO, from Rock Hill, SC. Does for standards what Big Ways does for pre-British invasion oldies. Also WAVO and Big Ways overlap a lot, with both playing some of the greatest music ever recorded that doesn't get played too many places! 650 AM WSM ("The Legend") when I'm driving home late at night after teaching night classes. The station that made the Grand Ole Opry Famous KMOX from St. Louis. Flagship station for the St. Louis Cardinals. That says it all!
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