Catching up on my blog reading with Pollyanna Takes “Self Referential” to a New Level « Pollyanna Rainbow Sunshine and the Needles of Doom and feeling very superior about the songs that were popular when I graduated from high school, in 1966, I decided to Google for a list of the Top 100 hit songs list of 1966. Shot my superiority all to you know where.
Disclaimer: I had several friends and relatives who were in the Vietnam war. One of them had his company shot out around him three times. I have one grandson who is in the Army and overseas right now, and two more grandsons who are considering a military career. I have the utmost respect for men in the military.
The Ballad of the Green Berets. Seriously, what were we thinking? Neither the music, nor the lyrics are worthy of honoring the military.
There were some good songs: 2. Cherish by the associations; 3. (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration – Righteous Brothers; 4. Monday – The Mama’s and the Papa’s; 8. Summer in the City – Lovin’ Spoonful; 10. California Dreamin’ by The Mama’s and the Papa’s.
It was a diverse list that included Nancy Sinatra, Roger Williams and Frank Sinatra, as well as The Beatles and the Rolling Stones.
But, what truly amazes me is this:
On a list that includes four Beatles songs: We Can Work It Out, Paperback Writer, Yellow Submarine and Nowhere man and three Simon and Garfunkel songs: I am a Rock, Sounds of Silence and Homeward Bound, just exactly how did a Green Beret come out number one?
I guess that shows where our hearts were.