Ronettes#1 – The Ronettes – “Be My Baby” – (1963)

This song is the epitome of the Phil Spector sound that dominated the early 1960s. It’s one of the greatest songs of all time and was released as a single in the fall of 1963 (even through this ridiculously-titled album wasn’t released until the end of 1964). Spector’s process for creating this song influenced music for decades to come. It was the song that gave Brian Wilson the inspiration for pretty much everything he did after he heard it. And the stuff Brian Wilson was doing in the 1960s influenced pretty much everyone after him, including The Beatles, who themselves were, I guess, kind of influential.

#8 – The Ronettes – “Sleigh Ride” – (1963)

Phil Spector strikes again (and not in any sort if illegal way). This time it was with The Ronettes. There are a lot of versions of “Sleigh Ride” out there but Ronnie Spector’s voice lends itself to this song far exceeding any other I’ve heard. Plus it’s very upbeat and the rest of The Ronettes singing “ring-a-ling-a-ling” in the background almost defines 60s-era girl group greatness.