220px-Kinks-size#12 – The Kinks – “All Day And All Of The Night” – (1965)

Released as a single in the fourth quarter of 1964 (the album came out in March of ’65), this was a top ten hit for The Kinks. This band was great because they had such a dirty, garage-rock sound. Part of it were those killer guitar riffs and part was Ray Davies’ gravelly voice. The Kinks might be the best British Invasion band, other than The Beatles, which were sort of their own thing anyway.

 

The_kinks_lola_versus_powerman_album#16 – The Kinks – “Lola” – (1970)

The Kinks are one of the most underrated bands of all time and this is one of their best songs. The song is actually about a man dancing with a man disguised as a woman. It was an unexpected hit (due to its strange subject matter). There was actually some backlash about it – which sounds ridiculous today, but whatever. Strangely, because it mentions “Coca-Cola” the song was banned by the BBC (so Ray Davies had to record alternate lyrics for the official single release). Good thing he did because it ended up as a #2 song in the U.K. and a top ten hit in the U.S.