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Number 33

The Easybeats - Friday on My Mind (United Artists UP1157 - 1966) In the mid-1960s pop music was turning psychedelic by the second, with lots of bands that had previously been beat groups, releasing singles that turned everything on its head, with the introduction of mellotrons, harmoniums and...

Number 32

Argent - Hold Your Head Up (Epic S EPC 7786 - 1972) In 1972 the airwaves seemed to be constantly filled with the sound of Rod Argent's atmospheric Hammond B3 playing, whilst songwriter Russ Ballard sang the lead on the highly infectious Hold Your Head Up , one of the most memorable riff-laden songs...

Number 31

Steve Miller Band - The Joker (Capitol CL583 - 1973) It took The Steve Miller Band a good five years to break through in the UK with The Joker , a single which went to the number one spot in the British charts in 1973. After seven great rock albums, which were hardly noticed in the UK at all,...

Number 30

Small Faces - Itchycoo Park (Immediate ZS7 501 - 1967) The Small Faces played a relatively minor role in my singles collection during my formative years. They pretty much passed me by during their most productive period in the mid to late 1960s, however one single did stand out and therefore took...

Number 29

Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit (RCA Victor 47/9248 - 1967) I was just ten in 1967 and so Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit was at best about Alice in Wonderland or more likely just about a white rabbit! The actual references to the then current drug culture in the lyrics would come later, along...

Number 28

Simon Dupree and the Big Sound - Kites (Parlophone R5646 - 1967) Well before the three Shulman brothers formed the successful progressive rock band Gentle Giant in 1970, they had a brief stint together in a British psychedelic pop band under the, presumably groovy name of Simon Dupree and the Big...

Number 27

The Kingsmen - Louie Louie (Wand WND 143 - 1963) Sometimes it's difficult to pinpoint precisely where our influences derive, but in the case of the classic rock riff, we need look no further than the 1955 American R&B song Louie Louie , whose distinctive organ riff remains instantly...

Number 26

Canned Heat - On the Road Again (Liberty LBF15090 - 1968) It's all a little bit hazy really, but I'm sure the first time I became aware of the California-based blues band Canned Heat was when I heard my elder sister singing Let's Work Together in the bathroom. Shortly afterwards I would read...

Number 25

Lennon/Ono - Instant Karma (Apple 1003 - 1970) When I first heard John Lennon's Instant Karma on Top of the Pops way back in 1970 I was immediately struck by the power of the song and its uncompromising lyrics. Once I got hold of the single itself, which I picked up from Fox's Records in Doncaster...

Number 24

The Beach Boys - Heroes and Villains (Capitol Records CL 15510 - 1967) During the early part of the 1960s The Beach Boys cornered the market when it came to Chuck Berry-styled rock and roll with a surfing theme and were one of the world's finest vocal bands, with their inimitable sibling harmonies...

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