This year is the 50th anniversary of the Monkees debut. One of the reasons I think they have lasted this long is that the Monkees are just plain fun. Something about listening to their music (even the serious songs) and watching their shows makes a person (well, me at least), feel better.
This Top 10 list was compiled through an exhaustive search of…my opinions. Seriously, if you like the Monkees, you’ve probably heard most of these songs but maybe you’ll find something new in the mix. And if you’re new to the Monkees, take a listen and see what you think.
10. The Birth of an Accidental Hipster
Taken from the Monkees’ newest album, Good Times, released earlier this year, this song is written by Noel Gallagher (of Oasis fame) and Paul Weller. It’s a different sound for the Monkees, but the duet between Mike Nesmith and Micky Dolenz is captivating. BTW, this video is fan made using footage from the 60’s TV show.
I’m heading out in the sunshine, baby…
9. That Was Then, This Is Now
After rocketing to fame and then back to relative obscurity in the 60’s, the Monkees had a huge resurgence in the 80’s thanks to MTV and Nickelodeon airing their show. Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork recorded a few new songs (including this one) to be added to a new greatest hits album. This song sounds modern and yet keep the Monkees flavor.
8. Sunny Girlfriend
This Mike Nesmith tune seems to suggest that not everything is so sunny about this girlfriend. It is catchy and fun to sing though.
7. Someday Man
Towards the end of the original 60’s Monkeemania, this Davy Jones tune was released as a single with “Listen to the Band” as the B side. While “Listen to the Band” actually did better on the charts, I’ve always been partial to this carefree song.
6. (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone
In the original show, each episode featured a “romp”, which is basically a precursor to the music video. The Monkees later became unlikely role models for the punk movement for standing up to the record corporation in order to control their own musical destiny. The Sex Pistols even released their own version of “Steppin’ Stone”.
Check back soon for songs 1-5!