Celebrate The British Invasion’s 50th Anniversary!
1965 – 2015
TOP 33 1/3 BRITISH INVASION BANDS
(technically late 1963 – early 1967)
TOP 33 1/3 BRITISH INVASION ALBUM TRACK GEMS!
Life and music as he knew it changed forever on December 26, 1963 when 00individual was 12 years old and heard The Beatles’ single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” on the radio.
This is no overstatement – with this two minute twenty-four second song The Beatles opened a Pandora’s Box of goodness and with it came a whole new attitude. Their aura and music was so positive and encompassing that you couldn’t help but get caught up in the good feeling that this was just the start of something bigger – and it was – the British Invasion.
Unlike the last one, this time the Brits won.
The 1964 ramp-up of these new sounds by new artists culminated on May 8, 1965 as the weekly Hot 100 was dominated by United Kingdom artists with 9 of the Top 10, and by year’s end half of the 26 Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers belonged to U.K. bands and/or singers.
There are various theories on why this sudden Music Explosion occurred: in retrospect it appears that it was the youth’s growing interest in America’s Blues and their own Skiffle-to-’50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll that became a contagious creative way to combat the depressing life of a jobless, dreary / environment and economy.
There is no denying that the British Invasion’s new fresh inspired music and upbeat sound lit the fuse for the explosion of a decade-long musical odyssey that enlightened and transformed worldwide culture and gave us all reasons to smile and Rock Out.
The following bands and songs serve as heavy imprints on a very special time when the innocence of youth was in ecstatic stasis and the enjoyment of life was magnified by songs that seemed so truly magickal they uplifted one’s soul.
In a word, like the times, they were all “spellbinding”.
Presented in alphabetical order:
TOP 33 1/3 BRITISH INVASION BANDS
Top 33 1/3 British Invasion Album Track Gems!
The Animals The House Of The Rising Sun The Beatles I Want To Hold Your Hand
Chad & Jeremy Yesterday’s Gone The Dave Clark Five Glad All Over
The Spencer Davis Group Keep On Running Donovan Sunshine Superman
Georgie Fame Yeh Yeh Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders Game Of Love
The Fortunes You’ve Got Your Troubles Guess Who? Shakin’ All Over
Gerry and the Pacemakers Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying
Herman’s Hermits There’s A Kind Of Hush The Hollies Look Through Any Window
The Honeycombs Have I The Right Tom Jones It’s Not Unusual
Jonathan King Everyone’s Gone To The Moon The Kinks All Day And All Of The Night
Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas Bad To Me Los Bravos Black Is Black
Manfred Mann Do Wah Diddy Diddy The Moody Blues Go Now
Van Morrison Brown-Eyed Girl The Nashville Teens Tobacco Road
Peter and Gordon A World Without Love The Rolling Stones The Last Time
The Searchers Love Potion #9 Small Faces Itchykoo Park
The Swinging Blue Jeans The Hippy Hippy Shake Them Gloria
The Troggs Wild Thing Ian Whitcomb You Turn Me On
The Who My Generation The Yardbirds For Your Love
The Zombies She’s Not There
There were virtually no sounds like this prior to 1963, sure there was good ol’ Rock ‘n’ Roll, but this was different – there was an exhilarating feeling in the air that was building from The Beach Boys, Dick Dale, and all of the Surf and Hot Rod Culture Music.
That exhilarating feeling expanded with the British Invasion as if it was an Act of the Rock Gods to get us all revved-up for the coming creatively-explosive Rock History years of 1967 – 1975.
The British Invasion Bands were True Revolutionaries within a Music World in need of change!
To hear these songs and all of the others from this era, brand new as they were released, week after week, month after month and year after year, at such a truly historic and exciting time in life, was a rare and thrilling gift.
00individual continues to give deep thanks.
00individual realizes that some of the above bands were not strictly from the United Kingdom; but due to their timing and popularity they were universally and historically recognized and included as part of the Invasion.
Also acknowledged are all of the Female Hit Makers like; Petula Clark, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Sandie Shaw, Marianne Faithful, and all of the rest, as important icons of the British Invasion – someday soon they will get their dedicated post.
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