Don’t blame me. It’s regular reader Ruthanne (a Queensborough girl like myself) who got me thinking about The Monkees. In a recent comment here at Meanwhile, at the Manse, Ruthanne shared the absolutely wacky information that Monkee Mike Nesmith‘s mum was the creator of White-Out. Now if that doesn’t beat all! But anyway, it did get me thinking about The Monkees, a made-up 1960s TV band whose show was wildly popular when I was growing up here at the Manse – and who, to their great credit, turned themselves into a real band. Baby-boomer purists like Raymond tend to turn up their noses at The Monkees, but let me tell you, all one has to do is dig up two or three of their hits on YouTube and even those musical snobs will be tapping their feet and humming along.
So tonight, since it’s Friday and I think Friday nights are a good time to have some musical entertainment, I believe I will share with you Katherine Sedgwick’s picks for the Top 5 Monkees Songs Ever. Because, you know, why not?
But I also have a challenge for you at the end: Which song do you think should be added to the list to make it the Top Half-Dozen Monkees Songs Ever?
Okay, here are my picks. Tap your toes, hum along and enjoy:
#2 (Did you know this one was about the Vietnam War? Who says the Monkees weren’t topical?):
And I think #1 just has to be:
Okay, time to vote for the sixth song to round out this Top Half-Dozen. (Copy and paste the link from each for more video fun with The Monkees):