Best Kinks Songs


The Top Ten

1 Waterloo Sunset

Yep! The best!

Fair ranking (for once), it's the best, "You Really Got Me" is excellent but "Waterloo Sunset" has a universal charm...

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.

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2 You Really Got Me

Good song!

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.

The first hard rock

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.

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3 Lola

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.

The best kinks song by far

I named my dog after this!

Very good song

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4 All 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

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

This song should be number 1! And you also have to hear THE SCORPIONS cover! Even better!

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5 Come Dancing


Good song

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6 Sunny 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.

7 Days

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

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9 Shangri-La

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...

Great epic of rage against suburban conformity

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10 See My Friends

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!

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12 Celluloid 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!

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13 Death of a Clown

Listen to a lot of Kinks, and you'll hear why it's my number one

The intro is sublime and it just gets better from there


14 Do 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.

15 20th Century Man

Got me through my period of alienation

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16 Destroyer

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

Answering their own earlier songs...genius.

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17 Tired of Waiting for You

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

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.

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18 Dead 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.

19 Strangers

Most underrated kinks song!

Just listen to it!

Revelation! Out of left field!

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

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20 Victoria

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!

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21 Better Things

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

One of their most beautiful and melodic songs

I just love be it.

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25 I'm Not Like Everybody Else

Hugely underrated

In my top 5

26 Rock and Roll Fantasy

One of the best kink songs, never heard anything like it

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!

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28 Dedicated Follower of Fashion
29 Autumn Almanac
30 Apeman

Unbelievably catchy, still topical, and with the best openly-critical-of-vegetarianism lyric ever

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31 (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman

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

Very underrated. Great song - matty925

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32 Living On a Thin Line

Great song for dave

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33 Village Green

It is a shame that this song is a 36! This song is pure magic!

34 Starstruck

It's stuck forever in 0,8% and I have been given it my votes for months now. Fix this problem, please, it's not cool!

The chorus is absolutely unmatched.

35 Animal Farm


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38 Picture Book

I don't think it's the best song, but #30? The beat on this song is amazing! Great and underrated.

Why 29? Personally I think Village Green is over rated compared to Face to Face (my favorite. kinks album) but this song is no doubt the best off Village Green

This song is great! There would be no "Warning" without this song. 😉

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39 Sweet Lady Genevieve

Beautiful song, one of my favourites.

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40 How Did I Get Close
41 The Village Green Preservation Society

Definitely their finest song, just makes me feel good and warm all the time.
Full of positive energy and harmony about life in a Village Green!

I am a really totally The Kinks freak since I am a child.
I know 90% of their songs for sure. But this sing is absolutely superior to any other.

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42 Wicked Annabella

Brilliant drum work, a catchy guitar riff and psychedelic lyrics.

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44 This Time Tomorrow

This song should easily be number one. It’s feels like it could be about anything and captures the true Kinks sound if there ever was one. Gets you truly feeling nostalgic.

The perfect travel song.

Here it is...61...sigh

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49 Supersonic Rocket Ship

1976 Pop-Rock song that takes you to another place.

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50 Powerman

Officially lost faith in this world, came here expecting to see this song among the top 3, and it sits here at no. 70, what a shame this list is.

I think that's a testament to how many great songs Ray Davies wrote... - Gg2000

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Top Remixes (13)

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

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