The Byrds’ Top 25 Songs – Introduction

Rock music connoisseur, Hans, over at slicethelife is currently presenting a Beatles’ Top 100 Songs countdown. That prompted me to think about doing a Byrds’ Top 25 Songs countdown. The Byrds were obviously not nearly as successful and popular as the quartet from Liverpool, but they did carve out a significant niche for themselves as perhaps the most influential American rock band of the 1960s. Most folks over a certain age remember the Byrds only for their two iconic singles from 1965, “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn,” but their output actually spanned from 1965 to 1973 and they influenced an entire generation of songwriters and musicians (including the Beatles and Dylan). Over the course of those eight years, the Byrds recorded twelve studio albums, which included 130 songs as well as a small number of singles-only 45s. Along the way, they pioneered such genres as folk-rock, jazz-rock, raga-rock, psychedelic rock, and country-rock.

I initially thought it would be difficult choosing my favorite 25 Byrds songs and ranking them, but the process actually went very quickly. My choices admittedly don’t reflect the beaten path consensus – only 9 of my selections were included as part of the 22 songs collected in the The Byrds’ Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & 2 albums. The designation of songs selected for those albums as “Hits,” especially those songs in Vol. 2, was a misnomer. The last time a Byrds tune made it to the AM Top 40 was in March 1967. The band’s roster changed significantly over the years and by 1969 Roger McGuinn was the only founding member still involved. The quality of the music declined significantly at that point, which will be noticeable by the songs that were chosen; only 7 of the 25 songs selected were recorded after the Summer of 1968.

Enough with the wordy introductions. Next Wednesday we’ll begin our The Byrds’ Top 25 Songs series with song #25 and count it down each week to song #1.

Postcript: For the index to my reviews of the Byrds’ twelve albums, see here.

16 thoughts on “The Byrds’ Top 25 Songs – Introduction

    1. Hi Lisa Beth! Thanks! Yes, a You Tube video will definitely be included with each post. I already have the reviews for songs 25 and 24 in the can.
      Thanks and have a good rest of the week as well!

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    1. Thanks! It will be an enjoyable mid-week friviolity for me. Yes, each post will have a You Tube video of the respective song. I already have two in the can. How’s your day starting out? It’s rainy and cool here in ROC. I took my last trip to my sister’s house to drop off the keys and did a few things on the to-do list for our house.

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      1. Wow sounds like you were busy. It sounds the beginning of Fall for you at ROC but here it is like summer at 100 F and super sunny. Don’t feel like first day of fall here at all. Meeting with someone right now I want to invite to my church, going to have pizza and later in afternoon it’s online meeting with a couple. Busy day ahead!

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      2. Hope you have a good rest of the day. I said a prayer for the individual and couple.

        Wow! 100F! The highest temp we can hope for in ROC from here on out is something in the 70s.

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      3. My wife gets easily overheated and sweaty because of her medications. I noticed she flipped on the air conditioning when she came to bed at 2AM (she’s a night owl like you) even though it’s mid-60sF outside. Brrr.

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      4. I got up at 3:30AM and while I was up I checked the thermostat – 70F inside the house – no reason for the AC to be on, but that’s how things roll at our house. 🥶

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