Top 5 tunes from 1965
I’m very excited for the term ‘sesquicentennial’ to enter day-to-day conversations when Canada turns 150 in a couple years.
Until then, here are 5 of the finest tunes celebrating their 50th birthday, or their Semicentennial / Quinquagenary / Golden Jubilee if you will!
5. Herman’s Hermits, Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter
There’s a 2014 weezer tune with the line, “don’t want to end up with as much edge as a balloon.” This pleasant ditty probably fits that description but I’m still a fan!
4. The Byrds, Turn! Turn! Turn!
There’s a creepy song, Every Little Piece, from the (now that I think about it, equally creepy) film Pete’s Dragon where the characters call, “can’t you hear that jingle-jangle sound?” and answer, “oh ye-ea-ah.” Turn! Turn! Turn! is considerably less creepy (though with 3 exclamation marks, perhaps a tad enthusiastic) but it has the delightful jingle-jangle sound of a 12-string Rickenbacker. Oh ye-ea-ah.
3. The Beach Boys, Help Me Rhonda
Rhondas of the world may wish the song didn’t exist; for me however, it was among the highlights of The Beach Boys Today! (evidently punctuation was big in ’65!)
2. Bob Dylan, Subterranean Homesick Blues
There isn’t really a wrong answer to the question of ‘best Bob Dylan album of ’65: Bringing it All Back Home or Highway 61 Revisited?’ I suppose the most correct answer would be both; Subterranean gets singled out today thanks to the eventual Radiohead (Subterranean Homesick Alien) and Love Actually (words on bristol board) references.
1. The Beatles, In My Life
In my life, few closing lines have been as memorable as the falsetto finish here.
A couple to-be-determined records from 1965 will be explored over the next few days, enjoy!