10. “My Generation”-The Who
You can see a major difference between 1960’s The Who and the band who dominated much of the 1970’s. The former version had a restrained rebelliousness that was enticing and intriguing. “My Generation” was a perfect example of this unique sound and is still the band’s most recognizable song.
9. “California Dreamin'”-The Mamas & The Papas
While they had several major hits, “The Mamas & The Papas” will forever be known for their tragic demise. The band was wonderfully talented and had a beautiful mix of quality and flash. Their methodical sound would still be popular today.
8. “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)”-Stevie Wonder
I’m still not really sure why Oasis would rip-off this Stevie Wonder song. The rhythm and melody are out of character for the band. But I guess what they say is true, imitation is the best form of flattery…and the most admissible in court. That being said, “Uptight” is one of the artist’s most memorable.
7. “In the Midnight Hour”-Wilson Pickett
You’d be hard-pressed to find artists in all of music, not just R&B, that have better voices than Wilson Pickett. The rich, enveloping sound of Pickett is enthralling for music fanatics. Beyond just an amazing sound, Pickett has many hits and is probably Stax records most successful artist. “In the Midnight Hour” is gritty and his best.
6. “Positively 4th Street”-Bob Dylan
Nobody could tell someone to screw-off quite as eloquently as Bob Dylan. In this one, he cuts whoever this song’s about to absolute shreds. Just listen to these freaking lyrics, dude was really pissed-off.
5. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)”-Four Tops
The Tops had melodies as sweet as honey and as smooth as silk. The group was one of the forerunners of “the Motown Sound.” Ultimately, they are remembered as one of the greatest vocal ensembles in the history of music. “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)” is their masterpiece.
4. “The Sound of Silence”-Simon & Garfunkel
Simon & Garfunkel and their work on the soundtrack for “The Graduate” is generally overshadowed by their timeless hit, “Mrs. Robinson.” That being said, the film opens with a serious bang, as the duo belts out “The Sound of Silence.” The song is fantastic in its understated subtlety and offers some of the most cryptic lyrics of all-time.
3. “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”-The Rolling Stones
Most believe that this is the Stones greatest work ever. This author is not quite of that opinion, but “Satisfaction” is legendary. The song is pretty simple when you think about it. Nonetheless, the rhythm gives way to scorching and memorable lyrics.
2. “Yesterday”-The Beatles
The Fab Four were always known for their incredible love ballads. No one was better than the bittersweet “Yesterday.” The song is honestly one of, lyrically, the greatest of all-time. It’s also one of The Beatles’ best, which is certainly saying something.
1. “Like A Rolling Stone”-Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan is easily one of the greatest lyricists of modern times. While he’s had dozens upon dozens of amazing songs, “Like A Rolling Stone” is probably his most popular and his greatest. This one is about as scathing as it is catchy. Dylan is absolutely on fire and his confidence permeates the entire track.