I'm new here and I am not sure if there is a thread already like this here. I am compiling many Kink's Top 10 lists from many music sites and then I will tabulate thew results. I thought if any place knows their Kinks songs it would have to be the official site.
Autumn Almanac She's Got Everything Strangers Shangri-La This Is Where I Belong Dreams Animal Farm Lincoln County Drivin' Starstruck
But I'm always happy to play this particular parlor game -- and I'm not even going back to the original thread to see what I said then (because it's ALWAYS changing....). I'm not ranking them in order, mind you, but here are the Top 10 for me today:
Sitting in My Hotel Room Tired of Waiting Sunny Afternoon Dead End Street Shangri-La Strangers Oklahoma USA Property Stormy Sky Lost and Found
PS If it turns out that there's no overlap between our lists -- what does that say about the genius of Ray Davies?
I could as well, but I wouldn't bother. At least not for the Stones. I agree that the Beatles have well over 100 songs worthy of being on a "best of" list, even though their output was limited to just a few years. Like the Kinks, they were best in their "deep tracks," I believe. The difference being that most music fans know the Beatles' deep tracks, whereas they have no idea about the Kinks' deep tracks.
I've never put together a Top 10. I guess it's not common to have some of the big hits on a fan list but I'd have some on mine. I still don't have a good read on how I'd rank them yet so I will just list them and try to narrow it to 10 for now.
You Really Got Me - It's the song I've listened to the most and put on mix tapes/cds. It has huge historic significance!
Animal Farm Celluloid Heroes
Come Dancing - It's the song that made me a fan and was my favorite song of 1983. I was a fan of the pop music of the time when I was in high school so Come Dancing being me fav song that year was significant! It does not show up on such lists for most fans, but I'm being honest; only You Really Got Me has gotten more play by me! It inspired me to buy State of Confusion which broadened my musical horizons as I found album cuts like 'Heart of Gold' and 'Labour of Love' that became favorites. State of Confusion led me to seek out album cuts from other bands and album collecting in general; my eyes were opened more to heavy music, and also alternative music instead of just pop rock music!
Something Better Beginning - wow, that one gave me chills when I heard it for the first time on a comp.
Strangers - my favorite Dave Kink's song!
Destroyer - it's got possibly the best chorus and accompanying guitar lead of any New Wave of British Heavy Metal hit song that was by; well, not even an old wave metal band LOL!
I Need You - it's got the feedback intro, the operatic backgrounds of Ray's wife, combines the heavier riff of ADAAOTN with the speed of YRGM, has a wicked solo in the middle, and I saw one rock writer comment that ACDC's career was built off an adaptation of that riff LOL!
Ring the Bells - Kink Kontroversy is my fav 60s Kinks album to listen to because I think it is their best 'rock album' of that time and this one is an underrated gem to me!
It's Alright (Phobia) - I used to blare this to an Ozzy worshipping roomate and it got his attention! I feel guilty not including Scattered off Phobia (it seems to be the most mentioned or only somewhat revered 'classic' from the record) and a personal favorite, It's Only a Dream.
I feel like I've left so many out and the list would change tomorrow; especially since I've never put one together before! Oops, Father Christmas or Ape Man might have to be squeezed into my next list! 'Waterloo Sunset' would probably be my Exhibit A to the world at large as The Kink's most representative song, and then oh, 20th Century Man is amazing! I love 'Mindless Child of Motherhood' and that closing guitar workout (MGMT covered it recently!). 'Death of A Clown' is barely eeked out by 'Strangers' for me. Ooh, this is why I don't do lists like this for artists I'm major fans of LOL.
Here's an oddity! My brother Tim tells me that almost every time he goes into the local Save A Lot grocery, they play a Kink's song!!!! 'Victoria' seems to be the most played one! Someone in that chain is a major Kinks fan!
Last Edit: Jun 25, 2015 13:21:54 GMT -5 by bamajohn1