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

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.

Do not forget that voice; no other would be as good

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

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

Brings back memories of when I was younger.

5 Lola Lola Cover Art

The best kinks song by far

I named my dog after this!

Very good song

I lololololove this 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.

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

Got me through my period of alienation

10 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...

Great epic of rage against suburban conformity

The Contenders
11 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!

12 Some Mother's Son Some Mother's Son Cover Art
13 Celluloid Heroes Celluloid Heroes Cover Art

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

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

14 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

15 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.

16 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

Answering their own earlier songs...genius.

17 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.

18 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.

19 Tired of Waiting for You

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!

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 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.

Take 3 minutes out of your day and thank me later

22 Animal Farm


23 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.

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

24 Autumn Almanac
25 The Last of the Steam Powered Trains The Last of the Steam Powered Trains Cover Art
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