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The Doors

Light My Fire

Light my Fire, released in January 1967, is a prime example of psychedelic rock with its long and hypnotic instrumental solo. The trance deepens through the organ and guitar solos and then brilliantly and shatteringly from the deep, Jim Morrison’s voice surfaces and the trip ends. Light My Fire peaked at Number One in the Billboard Charts and the song is ranked 35 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

The Beatles

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

The Beatles recorded Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds for their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. According to the Beatles, one day in 1966 Lennon’s son, Julian, came home from nursery school with a drawing he said was of his classmate, a girl named Lucy. Showing the artwork to his father, young Julian described the picture as “Lucy — in the sky with diamonds.” The song with its LSD acronym captures the drug experience both in its colourful word imagery and its otherworldly drifting rhythm. It found eternal fame with the naming of the most famous human ancestor Australopithecus fossil as Lucy. The song was being played loudly and repeatedly on a tape recorder in the camp when the fossil was discovered.


Sunshine of Your Love

Sunshine of Your Love is a song by the British super group Cream, released on the Disraeli Gears album. It features a distinctive guitar/bass guitar riff and an acclaimed guitar solo from Eric Clapton. In March 2005, Q magazine placed “Sunshine of Your Love” at number 19 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.

Jimi Hendrix

Purple Haze

Purple Haze is a song recorded in 1967 by The Jimi Hendrix Experience, released as a single in both the United Kingdom and the United States. ‘Purple Haze’ is often cited as one of Jimi Hendrix’s greatest songs, and first international hit. For many, it is his signature song. The song is commonly believed to refer to Hendrix’s experiences with a similarly named batch of LSD produced in 1966 by Owsley Stanley. The commercial pharmaceutical form of LSD, made by Sandoz under the trade name ‘Delysid,’ came in small purple gelatine capsules.

The Beatles

Across the Universe

"Across the Universe" appears on the Beatles' final album, Let It Be. One night in 1967, the phrase "words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup" came to Lennon after hearing his then-wife Cynthia, "going on and on about something." The flavour of the song was heavily influenced by Lennon's and The Beatles' short-lived interest in Transcendental Meditation in late 1967-early 1968, when the song was composed. Based on this, he added Jai guru deva Om to the piece, which became the link to the chorus.Those that almost made it:Bob Dylan: Blowin’ in the WindProcol Harum: A Whiter Shade of PaleIron Butterfly: In A Gadda Da VidaBlind Faith: Can’t Find My Way Home

My Five is a personal list of the five greatest tracks in popular music.




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