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Top 10 List: Worst Songs of 1967

1967. The Summer of Love. Remember back in the last list where I said that 1966 was the best year for 60s pop music? Well, I was wrong because 1967 blows it out of water and it’s one of my favorite years in pop music, up there with 1983 and 1976. Psychedelic music pretty much had a chokehold on the charts. Soul, jazz, and early funk gave us some terrific records. Hell, there’s a lot of great music in 1967 that either doesn’t chart or doesn’t chart that high. The year was so good that half of the songs that are going to be mentioned on this worst list fall under the “meh” category. So let’s count them down.

1967

10.

Well, this is one way to start the list. Here’s a group who’s had the misfortune of making it onto these lists more than once, the Seekers. I don’t even hate these guys, but man, a lot of their songs are underwhelming. This time, they’re on this list for Georgy Girl, a song that they did for the soundtrack to the film of the same name. Again, haven’t seen the film, so I’m looking at the song by itself and it’s kinda lame. It has generic folk instrumentation and generic vocals. And the writing is all about a girl named Georgy. To be more accurate, her name in the movie is Georgina. Regardless, it’s not delivered in a way that I care. It goes in one ear and out the other. Next.

9.

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Not sure what I expected out of a song named after a bank, but I don’t want to listen to it again. Western Union by the Five Americans. This sounds like a low-rate Americanized imitation of a Beatles song, which wouldn’t be surprising since there was a ton of Beatles wannabes during this time period from both sides of the Atlantic. In the chorus, they do an imitation of a telegraph, which gets really annoying. Hell, this feels like a song that would be played for a telegraph commercial if there ever was one. In the song, a guy gets a telegraph from his girl, who’s breaking up with him, and he’s not talking it well. It’s not interesting and I don’t care for it. Send back to user.

8.

With the popularity of psychedelic music, you’re going to find some records that don’t live up to the best of the genre. Take, for example, the Cowsills, who hit it big with The Rain, The Park & Other Things. It’s about a guy who meets a flower girl in the middle of the rain and they take a walk through the park, but then it stops raining and suddenly, the girl disappears, leaving him a flower. The dude wonders if it was real or not. This might have been an LSD trip, which given the time period, wouldn’t be surprising at all, but if it was, it’s kind of a mundane acid trip, just seeing someone who really wasn’t there. Come on, bruh. You gotta do better than that. Musically, the song is way too corny and hokey for its own good. Another song that I would gladly skip any day.

7.

Next up is a cover, more specifically, a cover to a Four Tops hit called Baby I Need Your Loving. It’s a really good love song and another staple of the Four Tops. Then came Johnny Rivers, who covered the song three years after its release and it became a hit for him. And it’s another example of a white-washed cover to a song made by black artists. The music is slowed-down to sounding like the soundtrack to an old movie. Vocally, Johnny Rivers was never going to sound as good as the Four Tops. He sounds like a white guy’s poor imitation of a black singer. Whatever soul existed in the original song has been sucked out of it like a black hole and in its place is the music equivalent to mayonnaise-covered bread. Skip this one immediately.

6.

Hey, did you ever want to hear a song inspired by a Peanuts B-plot where Snoopy imagines himself as a World War I pilot fighting the Red Baron? Well, that’s what we got from the Royal Guardsmen (yes, that is the band’s name, as silly as it is) and it’s called Snoopy vs. The Red Baron. As the title implies, the song is about the conflict between Snoopy and the Red Baron. A cartoon dog in a flying doghouse against a German pilot in World War I. This is some dumb shit even for novelty hits from the 60s. This is fine for a cartoon, but not for a song playing on the radio or being number 2 on the charts. Get this mess out of here. And this wouldn’t be the last time the Royal Guardsmen would make a song based around Snoopy. There’s also The Return Of The Red Baron, Snoopy’s Christmas, Snoopy For President, and Snoopy vs. Osama. Just milking that cow until it’s dry now, huh?

5.

On the contrary, don’t let it all hang out. Keep it in your pants. Please. Anyways, this is the Hombres, a band from Memphis who are not Hispanic in any way and have only one hit song in Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out). It’s another crappy novelty song made to waste time, especially with an intro like that. After that, we get some dull rock instrumentation and the lead singer barely singing as he’s monologuing about random shit. It’s not engaging, it’s really stupid and nothing of value came from it. It’s just a nothing song. Next.

4.

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For the second time in a row, Sandy Posey makes the Worst list for another awful song. This time, it’s I Take It Back. Aside from being boring and sloppy at transiting tempos, Posey is trying to break up with her boyfriend, but when he gets emotional, she goes “just kidding” and backtracks what she said. And this happens more than once. Even if there was no malicious intent in her actions, this woman is playing with this dude’s emotions and that could backfire severely. Make a choice. Do you want to break up or not? And this is the final thing she says on the song.

Sometimes it’s better to be loved, than it is to love

That’s the most pseudo-deep bullshit quote I’ve ever heard. It’s better to be loved than it is to love. That sounds like some shit Drake would have came up with. Next song.

3.

You know, I just realized something. I’m not a fan of family members doing love songs together, especially if they’re the opposite sex. It always gives off a weird and creepy vibe that doesn’t need to exist. Take, for example, Somethin’ Stupid, a duet that Frank Sinatra did with his daughter Nancy. Mind you that this is a cover to Something Stupid, a duet from Carson And Gaile a year prior, who were also husband and wife. So remember that when you hear this love song being performed by a father and daughter.

But then I think I’ll wait until the evening gets late and I’m alone with you

The time is right, your perfume fills my head, the stars get red and, oh, the night’s so blue

I mean, it’s well-performed, but there’s so many icky implications coming out of this song. Did no one think about how this would come out during this time? I didn’t like it when they did this with Donny and Marie Osmond, I don’t like it here.

2.

At number two, we have a song that deserves one reaction: yikes. And it’s called Girl, You’ll Be A Woman Soon from Neil Diamond. In this song, a guy is in love with an obviously underaged girl in spite of what people say about him and he’s giddy about her being a woman soon. Okay, that in itself is just creepy. This dude has his eyes on a girl who isn’t of legal age and he might be grooming her into being his. I’m getting Into The Night flashbacks thanks to this and I don’t want to remember that piece of crap. What is up with famous musicians and their obsession over underaged girls? Don’t answer that question, it’s a rhetorical one. Ugh. I need a palette cleanser.

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And now, here are some dishonorable mentions

DISHONORABLE MENTIONS

  • The Association-Windy
  • Bobby Vee-Come Back When You Grow Up
  • Jay & The Techniques-Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie
  • Vicki Carr-It Must Be Him
  • Engelbert Humperdinck-Release Me
  • The Casinos-Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  • Bobby Vinton-Please Love Me Forever
  • Ed Ames-My Cup Runneth Over
  • Herman’s Hermits-There’s A Kind Of Hush
  • The Hollies-Carrie Anne

And finally, the worst song of 1967 IS………..

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1.

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You wanna know something sad? As a kid, I used to look up to Bill Cosby. I loved The Cosby Show and I watched A Different World. I admired all of the work he did to present a positive image of black people in the media and in entertainment. Then there was the Pound Cake speech where he basically shitted on poor black people for not living the right way and he came off as an elitist asshole. Don’t even get me started on the multiple rape allegations against him. Point is, Bill Cosby let me down big time. He let us all down. Now for the song that tops this list. What the flying fuck is this? Little Ole Man lifts its music, chorus and backing vocals from the Stevie Wonder song Uptight (Everything’s Alright) and it doesn’t even try to hide it. It’s pretty damn clear. Couldn’t Cosby hired studio musicians to make original music? It’s not like he doesn’t have the money because he does. As for the writing? It’s based on the following scenario: Cosby running into a “little ole man” two times, the first time, he got hit by a train, and the second time, getting caught in an elephant stampede. What’s the joke? What’s supposed to be funny about this? Where’s the punchline? There’s absolutely nothing in this song to enjoy. The premise is unfunny, Cosby doesn’t even sing, and if you’re in it for the music, just go and listen to the Stevie Wonder song I just mentioned that it ripped off. You’ll get a better listening experience from that than from Cosby’s violation of it just like he does to women. Congratulations to Little Ole Man for being the worst song of 1967.

And those were the worst songs of 1967. In three weeks, BACK TO THE 60s continues with the Worst Songs of 1968.

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Peace!!

SONG OF THE WEEK

Will It Go Round In Circles-Billy Preston

9 thoughts on “Top 10 List: Worst Songs of 1967

  1. I like Urge Overkill’s cover of Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon thanks to Pulp Fiction, but yeah it does have kind of a creepy aspect to it.

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  2. Georgy Girl- lame

    Western Union- stupid

    The Rain, The Park & Other Things- meh

    Baby I Need Your Lovin- lame

    Snoopy vs. The Red Baron- I watched a lot of those Peanuts holiday specials as a kid and never heard this song once and I can see why. It’s just another stupid novelty song of the 60s that’s been rightly forgotten.

    Let It All Hang Out- stupid

    I Take It Back- boring

    Something Stupid- A lot of my friends and family are big fans of Frank Sinatra. For me, he’s alright and has some great songs I like but a lot of his music isn’t exactly my cup of tea. I can only imagine Something Stupid being done as a result of both Frank and Nancy having number one hits the year before so the label wanted to maximize those profits by putting them together on a song. It’s well sung and performed but that’s the only good things I can say about it. I also find it creepy hearing a father/daughter singing what’s supposed to be a husband/wife love duet.

    Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon- meh

    Little Old Man- I remember watching The Cosby Show a little bit as a kid but I was a never a huge fan of it (not much of a sitcom watcher) and wasn’t really that familiar with his other work. But I did appreciate what the show did in showing a positive portrayal of African Americans in entertainment at least before all the rape allegations surfaced. I don’t remember hearing about the Pound Cake speech although I know people would make fun of Bill Cosby a lot for criticizing black culture as the cause of their problems and policing them on how they should act. I’m glad he was convicted of rape. I don’t care if he’s black or white, when you have all these women accusing you of rape you need to face the consequences no matter how famous you are. And the sad thing is that he was committing these crimes as far back as this time, I saw an interview with a woman who said she was drugged by Cosby in 1965. He certainly let us all down. His history aside, I think I’ll stick with the Stevie Wonder song cause this is just a stupid rip off and joke song.

    Disagree with Windy and Carrie Anne. I think Windy is a fine enough song. I find Carrie Anne fun and catchy though I can see why you and others find it annoying and some of the lyrics are admittedly stupid.

    Agree again with your best list. Lot of great classics though I would put Light My Fire as my personal best song for how awesome it sounds. It’s without a doubt one of the greatest songs ever to have hit number one. Penny Lane is still another great Beatles song and I still have childhood memories of hearing the song being played on car rides when my parents would play The Beatles 1 CD. I agree with how great 1967 was. Psychedelic music had taken over along and many great albums came out that redefined music. The hippie movement had taken full swing. A lot of what people like to remember about the 60s pretty much begins this year and it’s weird that it took almost all of the decade to get to this point.

    What are your opinions on the following songs?
    To Sir With Love by Lulu
    The Letter by The Box Tops
    Groovin by The Young Rascals
    Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli
    Little Bit O Soul by The Music Explosion
    I Think We’re Alone Now by Tommy James and the Shondells (Do you prefer this version or the Tiffany cover? I prefer the original)
    Never My Love by The Association
    Incense and Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock (probably the most 60s sounding song to ever hit number one)
    Jimmy Mack by Martha Reeves and The Vandellas
    San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie
    Pleasant Valley Sunday by The Monkees
    Daydream Believer by The Monkees
    Bernadette by The Four Tops
    The Beat Goes On by Sonny and Cher
    Strawberry Fields Forever by The Beatles
    Baby You’re a Rich Man by The Beatles
    Hello Goodbye by The Beatles
    I Am The Walrus by The Beatles
    Let’s Spend the Night Together by The Rolling Stones
    Purple Haze by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Foxy Lady by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    What do you think of Smash Mouth’s I’m A Believer cover? (I have some childhood nostalgia for the cover but the Monkees original is much better)
    What did you think of my lists for 1991, 2008, and 2009?

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    1. Okay, okay, okay, okay, okay, okay (original’s better), okay, okay, okay, good, good, good, okay, okay, great, good, meh, bad, good, great, great, not a fan of Smash Mouth’s cover, they’re good lists.

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      1. Also are you going to update your 2010s lists and do a 100 best songs of the 2010s next year in honor of the end of the deacde?

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      2. My aunt said that she and other teens at this time loved I Think We’re Alone Now as the start of a revolution away from parental authority.

        And here’s my best and worst lists for 1992
        Best Hit Songs of 1992
        1)Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana/
        Bohemian Rhapsody (Re-Issue) by Queen
        2)Under The Bridge by The Red Hot Chili Peppers
        3)November Rain by Guns N Roses
        4)Black Or White/Remember The Time by Michael Jackson
        5)Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-A-Lot
        6)Jump by Kris Kross
        7)Friday I’m In Love by The Cure
        8)Real Love by Mary J. Blige
        9)End of the Road by Boyz II Men
        10)Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
        Honorable Mentions
        Save The Best For Last by Vanessa Williams
        Baby-Baby-Baby/Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg by TLC
        My Lovin (You’re Never Gonna Get It)/Giving Him Something He Can Feel by En Vogue
        All 4 Love by Color Me Badd
        To Be With You by Mr. Big
        I’m Too Sexy by Right Said Fred
        I’ll Be There/Can’t Let Go by Mariah Carey
        Life Is A Highway by Tom Cochrane
        Finally/We Got A Love Thang by CeCe
        Peniston
        Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough by Patty Smyth & Don Henley
        Jump Around by House of Pain
        Diamonds and Pearls by Prince
        Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me (live) by George Michael and Elton John
        Live and Learn by Joe Public
        Tennessee/People Everyday by Arrested Development
        The Best Things In Life Are Free by Janet Jackson and Luther Vandross
        The One by Elton John
        Set Adrift On Memory Bliss by P.M. Dawn
        Mysterious Ways/One by U2
        Too Funky by George Michael
        All I Want by Toad the Wet Sprocket
        Warm It Up by Kris Kross
        Rhythm Is A Dance by SNAP!
        Back To The Hotel by N2DEEP
        I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt

        Worst Hit Songs of 1992
        1)When A Man Loves A Woman by Michael Bolton
        2)Wildside by Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch
        3)Tell Me What You Want Me To Do by Tevin Campbell
        4)2 Legit 2 Quit/Addams Groove by MC Hammer
        5)Missing You Now by Michael Bolton & Kenny G
        6)Beauty and The Beast by Celine Dion & Peabo Bryson
        7)Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
        8)How Do You Talk To An Angel? by The Heights
        9)Do I Have To Say The Words? by Bryan Adams
        10)This Used To Be My Playground by Madonna
        Dishonorable Mentions
        Masterpiece by Atlantic Starr
        Stay by Shakespeare Sister
        Please Don’t Go by K.W.S.
        Good for Me by Amy Grant
        In The Closet by Michael Jackson
        Thought I’d Died and Gone To Heaven by Bryan Adams
        Hazard/Keep Coming Back by Richard Marx
        Blowing Kisses In The Wind by Paula Abdul
        Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad by Def Leppard

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  3. ’67 was a good year, but I wouldn’t say it was the best one. It was pretty good, though and had a lot of classics. I haven’t commented much on these 60’s lists because pretty much all of those songs speak for themselves and you pretty much said everything that I found wrong with them. This one’s no different. But I just wanna say, Bill Cosby didn’t just let you down, he let all of us down. I grew up watching some of his stuff. The first thing I ever watched from him was Aesop’s fables, a kid’s show with cartoon stories in it. I liked A Different World and I thought The Cosby Show was alright though it wasn’t really my cup of tea and I wasn’t crazy about it the same way others were nor the same way I was with other black sitcoms. Heck, I enjoyed his Nick Jr. show, Little Bill despite not being the target audience to that show by the time it aired. I thought the man was setting a good example and was the gold standard for black representation in tv and media in general, and it was all an act. This goes to show to not trust anyone based on what you see on tv. The guy even shoehorned in a bunch of lessons and morals for the gang at the end of Fat Albert, and for what? So he can then do the exact opposite and do some of the most despicable things possible? As far as the song itself, it sucks, it’s almost as bad as his movies. I didn’t even know Bill had a music career. I haven’t watched anything Cosby-related in ages, and chances are now that I won’t anytime soon. On a different note, I’ve agreed with all of your best lists so far. All of those songs are classics. Can’t wait to see you lists for the final two years of the 60’s.

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