220px-do_you_believe_in_magic#2 – The Lovin’ Spoonful – “Do You Believe in Magic” – (1965)

So why is this the second-best song of 1965? Because it’s simple and sweet. John Sebastian wrote a near-perfect song here. It’s one of only a handful of songs I can think of where I know every lyric and can sing it upon command without even having the tune in my head. This band is highly underrated today and this song was in 1965, when it peaked at only #9 on the Hot 100.

220px-hums_of_the_lovin_spoonful#6 – The Lovin’ Spoonful – “Summer in the City” – (1966)

This quickly sung song features a variety of real life noises (like car horns and jackhammers) is one of the best songs from John Sebastian’s The Lovin’ Spoonful. It was a #1 hit in the U.S. and is a song unlike many others of its era due to its rapid pace.