While coming up short of being on the “Top 500”, they are among my faves. I’ll be adding to this as I think of more.
In no particular order they are:
“Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer”–Nat King Cole–fun to sing along with–and a reminder of how innocent things were in 1963 compared to today. OK, it’s not a rock and roll song, but it’s a great song nonetheless!
“Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”–Connie Francis–possibly the best opening organ hook short of “Louie, Louie”. And like all the other songs on this list, fun to sing along with!
“Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces”–Dodie Stevens–not top 500 material, but catchy just the same
“The Battle of New Orleans”–Johnny Horton–a classic “saga song” and a Grammy nominee for best Country and Western song that is a reminder of when popular music wasn’t as segmented as it is today (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!). Plus, his humorous masking of the word “hell” is another reminder of the innocence of the era that is a welcome relief from the profanity-laced “songs” of today!
“I’ve Told Ev’ry Little Star”–one from the Great American Songbook, co-written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. Linda Scott’s opening syllables “Dum…Ta…Dum…Da…Da…Da…Da…Da…Da…Da…Da…Da…Dum” gets you hooked on this tale of unrequited love
“Never My Love”–the Association. Love that organ and that understated guitar and percussion acccompanyment