I loved the early Kinks hits, but I didn’t buy many singles, of anyone. After buying Muswell Hillbillies and the subsequent Everybody’s in Show Biz LPs, I STILL had no Kinks hits collection, and I just don’t know why, because there were plenty of them out there. Got a couple albums from the early 1980s (Give the People What They Want and State of Confusion), and Lost & Found, a live album from 1991.
It wasn’t until early in the 21st century when I finally got The Ultimate Collection. Not only did it have the hits I knew, it showcased the songs I always associated with other bands: Dandy, which I own by Herman’s Hermits, and Stop Your Sobbing, covered by the Pretenders; the Pretenders’ lead singer Chrissie Hynde was going out with the chief singer/songwriter of the Kinks, Ray Davies, for a time, and they had a daughter together.
He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame just last week.
Favorite Kinks songs
The ones cited as MH were linked previously; the ones starred (*) are linked here.
25. Skin and Bones, from MH
24. Give the People What They Want, from Give the People What They Want (1981) – a kicking song about consumerism, and how the people get harder to please.
23. Holiday, from MH
22. Better Things from GtPWTW – an optimistic ending to an angry album.
21. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman, from Low Budget (1979) – hey, I had to have the comic title on here, did I not?
20. Complicated Life, from MH
19. Where Have All the Good Times Gone, from The Kink Kontroversy (TKK) (1965)
18. Who’ll Be the Next In Line, b-side of Ev’rybody’s Gonna Be Happy single.
17. Oklahoma U.S.A., from MH
16. Don’t Forget to Dance, from State of Confusion (1983). I think this is quite the sweet song.
15. I’m Not Like Everybody Else, b-side of Sunny Afternoon single (1966). I didn’t know this song until I bought the greatest hits collection.
14. Destroyer from Give the People What They Want (1983). Story is sequel to Lola, and borrows from a couple more Kinks songs as well.
*13. Tired of Waiting for You’ From: Kinda Kinks (KK) (1965)
*11. ‘Till the End of the Day’ from TKK
10. Come Dancing, from SoC.
*9. Lola, from LVPatMPO
*8. Waterloo Sunset, from Something Else by the Kinks (1967)
7. Alcohol from MH
*6. Victoria, from Arthur (Or the Decline and Fall of the British Empire) (1969)
*5. Sunny Afternoon, from Face to Face (1966)
*4. You Really Got Me, from Kinks (1964)
*3. A Well Respected Man, single (1965)
*2. Celluloid Heroes, from Everybody’s in Show-Biz (1972)
*1. All Day and All of the Night, single (1964)