What would you consider over the years as the perfect pop song?

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Scott S., Aug 9, 2018.

  1. Malinky

    Malinky Forum Resident

    SMALL FACES....`ITCHYCOO PARK` The perfect pop song with it`s `call and response` verses, and that great chorus of "It`s all too beautiful"
    This is a fabulous clip.......

    Oh, and one more vote for `Wichita Lineman`.
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  2. weirdoc

    weirdoc Forum Resident

  3. Frosst

    Frosst Vinyl-obsessive kiddo

    I completely agree, Being Boring is the first song on Behaviour and is both a fantastic opener and my favourite PSB song (their best even). Behaviour is such a masterpiece.
  4. Gavinyl

    Gavinyl In And Around The Lake Resident

    Uh, yeah !
  5. Yovra

    Yovra Forum Enthusiast

    Penny Lane
    Wouldn’t It Be Nice
    Christopher Cross’s ‘Sailing’
    Andrew Gold’s ‘Never Let Her Slip Away’
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  6. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

    The greatest pop songs are all from over forty years ago. I think I read that...;)...somewhere. Or I just made it up.
  7. Gavinyl

    Gavinyl In And Around The Lake Resident

    Should have been as big as The Beatles...

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  8. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

    "Fresh As A Daisy" by Emitt Rhodes. Perfect.
    Emitt wrote it, sang all parts, played all the instruments, produced and recorded it "at Home" in his own studio.

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  9. Price.pittsburgh

    Price.pittsburgh Forum Resident

    Careless Whisper and Faith.
    Both by George Michael.
  10. Spear and Magic Helmet

    Spear and Magic Helmet Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN

    Perfect hook required for a perfect pop song. This ones got it by very overlooked pop song crafters. It was close between I'm Not in Love and this one.... but the latter is just a little too downbeat.
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  11. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

    "This Diamond Ring". Written by Al Kooper. Gary Lewis and The Playboys.

    Perfect pop.

    Taught myself to drum to this when I was 14. Bought a trap set. Formed a garage band (we never performed it--moved on to The Animals, The Kinks, The Stones). Lived every kids rock and roll dream in 1965, playing school dances and frat parties...
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  12. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

    Had to be...


    The night that changed everything. As 73,000,000 watched. Still remember watching, transfixed. The Beatles on the b&w telly. Live. No lip sync.

    :tiphat: Done and done.
  13. Vinylfindco

    Vinylfindco Forum Resident


    Windy - The Association
    Those harmonies!
  14. Rfreeman

    Rfreeman Forum Resident

    Lawrenceville, NJ
    Take A Chance On Me - ABBA
  15. BNell

    BNell Forum Resident

    South Norwalk, CT
    Wichita Lineman
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  16. J.Hammershaug

    J.Hammershaug Member

    Etienne Daho's «Saudade» is close to perfect pop music.

  17. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

    Definitely one of my all times faves, but their first, "Cherish", has to be their greatest. Well ...because it was their first.
    I still am amazed by that album photo with a wall of amps behind. The loudest band in LA. Maybe the first power pop band, live.


    Cherish by the Association
    Association Cherish 1966
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  18. MarkTWIC

    MarkTWIC Forum Resident

    I prefer the rougher live versions from 1967 - either at the Monterey Festival or 1967 Ravinia Festival. I think they're a bit more exciting. The final bars are my favourite in the song, live or recorded. Glorious.

    I think the 60s was the heyday for the pop single.

    The Association - Windy [LIVE! 1967]
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  19. therunner

    therunner Finn Fan

    Formby, England
    One from this century...

  20. lemonade kid

    lemonade kid Forever Changing

    For sure. Great band.

    Great time, when a pop single played everyday, on my favorite local radio, could range from The Beatles, to The Kinks, to The Yardbirds, to The Stones, to The Association, to The Byrds, to Dylan, to The Beach Boys, to Moby Grape, to Cream, to Buffalo Springfield, to The Animals, to Donovan, To Dusty Springfield, to The Doors, to Blues Magoos, to Santana, to The Moody Blues, to Hendrix, to Stevie Wonder, to The Temptations...can't get any better. All on one station. All in one day.

    Todays pop radio is wasteland by comparison.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
  21. dreamletter

    dreamletter Member

    Town To Town by Microdisney
  22. Vinylfindco

    Vinylfindco Forum Resident

    This should figure in somewhere:

    Venus - The Shocking Blue
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  23. Uncle Ernie

    Uncle Ernie Forum Resident

  24. Olompali

    Olompali Forum Resident

    Raspberry Beret - Prince
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  25. Lewisboogie

    Lewisboogie Forum Resident

    Dancing Queen —ABBA

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