Best Kinks Songs


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1You Really Got Me

Why the BS about Jimmy Page playing guitar on this song? As far as I can tell there is only one source in the world for this myth - Jon Lord. On the other hand, every member of the Kinks, their producer, their engineer, and Jimmy Page, himself, says he did not play on You Really Got Me. The real story is so much more interesting. A 17 year old self-taught guitar player, Dave Davies, changed the way all rock guitar was played thereafter. Who wouldn't dream of doing that? It is completely BS that this myth has robbed him of this fame.

Jimmy Page plays the guitar on that song, so like he did for many other British bands before he created Led Zeppelin. Eddie Van Halen kills this song as well.

Heavy raw guitar sound of their 3rd single and The Kinks 1st hit, No1 in the UK in 1964 and a US No7 hit too.
It's difficult to imagine how radical this song was back in 1964 it so different to the many 'safe pop' songs of the time and infulenced a new-genre Heavy Metal! Prpbably their best-known songs!

Did you know what is heavy metal? It seems not! This song is absolutely far from heavy metal, just because this is one of the first distorted riff it doesn't mean how then this song is heavy metal... this is Garage Rock... and if 1964, "The Witch" by the Sonics is much heavier song than this! - somekindofaguy

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2Waterloo Sunset

They don't get much more classic than this every young person should hear this. Ray Davies performed it at the Olympics In London.

I remember listening to this song while watching looking at the river themes on a summer evening... Incredible.

"You Really Got Me" and "Lola" are both great songs. But this is just an entirely different level. One of the greatest songs ever written. - PetSounds

This is the best song ever

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I like The Kinks a lot. I truly do. Ray Davies rocks! However, I don't get why so many people like this song. It's one of their most boring. I'm sorry if I upset you though, no offense. Thanks for making this list.

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4All Day and All of the Night

Came on this list expecting it to be number 1, but number 7!?!? That's just messed up - wolphert

If You Really Got Me is in good ranking everywhere, then this song why not? - somekindofaguy

All day and all if the nigh I could listen to the riff and the lyrics

Hello, I Love You haha... I think The Kinks is such an underrated band

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5Sunny Afternoon

Great song... Makes you feel that you are just floating away..

Where the heck is "sitting in the midday sun"? And celluloid heroes # 10. This polls got it wrong.

6A Well Respected Man

Started listening this song in memory of certain someone, even today this song is still stuck in my head

8Shangri La

Great epic of rage against suburban conformity

Starts off depressing, ends up becoming a masterpiece...

to get the real effect you still have to listen to the entire album, like Village Green...

9Celluloid Heroes

The live version on "One for the Road." enough said - musicman4

It's really good song. It's one of the my favorite songs. Awesome!


Oh my god. Not only one of the Kinks' best songs but surely an all time great. Croquet lawns village greens Victoria was my queen;suck on that Take That!

I love this song. It really should be higher on the list.

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?You Still Want Me
?Two Sisters

Beautiful song with a beautiful message

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Really this should be in top 5 it's so addicting. Come on people this is a great kinks song man some people don't know the definitely of music

12Better Things

One of their most beautiful and melodic songs

13Do You Remember Walter?

Not sure who it is for, but is by far one of my favorite songs. In my opinion, the whole album is the best.

14The Last of the Steam Powered Trains
15Dead End Street

The message behind this song, I can't describe it, it just makes me feel humbled. Between that, and a really catchy beat, I love this song. One of my favorites.

16Wicked Annabella
17Autumn Almanac
18(Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman

24th? Really? This is the best Kinks' song!

Very underrated. Great song - matty925

19Rock and Roll Fantasy

I can't believe it is #51 on the list! This is my favorite Kinks song of all time! Great ballad leading up to triumphant ending.

Best kinks song by far! Should be number one!

20Good Day
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1. Waterloo Sunset
2. See My Friends
3. Dead End Street
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2. All Day and All of the Night
3. You Really Got Me
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