Best Kinks Songs

The Top Ten
1 Waterloo Sunset Waterloo Sunset Cover Art

Hands down most beautiful pop song ever written. From Ray's lyrics and perfect voice to Dave's legendary guitar work...this is classic pop rock defined. It doesn't and never will get better than this. God save the Kinks!

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

"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.

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

2 Come Dancing Come Dancing Cover Art
3 You Really Got Me You Really Got Me Cover Art

When punk bands recognize a song as the seminal sound of punk, and garage bands recognize the same song as their initial influence -- and then hard rock / metal bands recognize that exact same song as their genre's starting point, you have something incredible that almost no other band can lay claim to. As far as the Page myth - even Jimmy Page himself has admitted that he did NOT play on this song.

I absolutely agree with the comment about how difficult it is to realize how radical this song was over 50 years ago, but if you listen to nothing but Gerry & the Pacemakers for about a week and then put this on - that should do the trick.

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.

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!

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.

4 All Day and All of the Night All Day and All of the Night Cover Art

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

Brings back memories of when I was younger.

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

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

5 Lola Lola Cover Art

I named my dog after this!

A it's a unique picture.

Very good song

6 Sunny Afternoon Sunny Afternoon Cover Art

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

Just a relaxing laid back feeling to this song.

The kinks are one of the few things that make me wish I was born 25 years earlier

7 Days Days Cover Art

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

8 A Well Respected Man A Well Respected Man Cover Art

Names the way normal society thinks.

Great song. Reminds me of Juno.

9 20th Century Man 20th Century Man Cover Art
10 Celluloid Heroes Celluloid Heroes Cover Art

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

The Contenders
11 Shangri-La Shangri-La Cover Art

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...

12 See My Friends See My Friends Cover Art

In my opinion, this song belongs on the first page, if not the top ten. Has a very unique sound which drew the attention of the likes of Pete Townshend. I love the themes of loneliness and grief expressed in this song. Was one of the few songs at the time that Ray was proud of. Please vote for this song!

13 Destroyer Destroyer Cover Art

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

14 Better Things Better Things Cover Art

The optimism in this song is beautiful and it makes me feel happy every time I hear it. Severely underrated though.

I just love be it.

15 Some Mother's Son Some Mother's Son Cover Art
16 Death of a Clown Death of a Clown Cover Art
17 Do You Remember Walter? Do You Remember Walter? Cover Art

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

18 Tired of Waiting for You Tired of Waiting for You Cover Art

The part where the vocals go higher And then build up is so pretty. The kinks really are the most underrated band in modern music (with maybe Depeche Mode and Madness)

Their 2nd No1 single a very different sound to the first a bit more laid back with lyrics of sadness about waiting for someone you love.

Such a brilliant song that has inspired many equally excellent covers. This should be higher!

19 Rock 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!

20 Victoria Victoria Cover Art

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.

Needs more votes, what a song!

21 Dead End Street Dead End Street Cover Art

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.

22 Apeman Apeman Cover Art

In this time of Covid 19 I'd like to go live in a jungle away from society. Just makes me think of a less complicated life.

23 Strangers Strangers Cover Art

Probably the most underrated song of all time! Always gives me the feels.

Sung by Dave Davies. Much better than You Really Got Me.

My personal favorite on the album. So underrated.

Best Kinks song, lyrics are awesome!

24 Animal Farm Animal Farm Cover Art
25 Autumn Almanac Autumn Almanac Cover Art
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