With the passing of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Monkees[/lastfm] front-man, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Davy Jones[/lastfm], Rolling Stone thought they would ask their readers what the best Monkees Songs of All Time where.
And here’s the list.
10. ‘A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You’
This song written by Neil Diamond, is the first time Davy Jones sang lead on a Monkees single.
9. ‘Listen to the Band’
Michael Nesmith’s “Listen to the Band” made its debut at the end of 33⅓ Revolutions Per Monkee, the final Monkees special in April 1969. After the special aired, the group wouldn’t get back together again as a quartet until 1986.
“She,” the opening cut from the group’s second album, More of the Monkees is one of the band’s most popular album tracks, and one of the few non-singles to be a staple of the band.
“Valleri” was created at Monkees mastermind Don Kirshner’s request for a “girl’s-name song” for the band’s television series.
6. ‘Porpoise Song’
It’s a catchy tune, for sure, but it’s mostly remarkable for how the band tosses in organ, cello, woodwinds, horns and a huge amount of echo without losing the song’s floaty, ambient vibe. The Monkees really went full-on psychedelic with “Porpoise Song.”
5. ‘(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone’
Paul Revere and the Raiders were the first band to record Boyce and Hart’s “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” but the Monkees made it famous in 1966.
4. ‘Pleasant Valley Sunday’
Gerry Goffin and Carole King’s “Pleasant Valley Sunday” is one of the Monkees’ signature pop tunes and buries sharp commentary on life in suburbia in sweet, harmonies.
3. ‘Last Train to Clarksville’
Not surprisingly this song hit Number 1 on the Billboard charts in November of 1966. The Monkees’ debut single set the template for the band’s sound by merging the easygoing harmonies of the Beatles with jangling, folk-rock guitars.
2. ‘I’m a Believer’
The Neil Diamond song was a smash upon its release at the end of 1966 and stuck around at the top of the U.S. charts for seven weeks despite some serious competition.
1. ‘Daydream Believer’
The song has become a pop standard and has been covered by everyone from the Four Tops and Paul Westerberg to U2 and Susan Boyle. Davy Jones truly had the finest performance of his career on “Daydream Believer,” a smash hit written by John Stewart of the Kingston Trio.
And there you have it. The 10 Best Monkees Songs Of All Time, as decided by the readers of Rolling Stone.
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