Top Ten Songs on The Album The Notorious Byrd Brothers by The Byrds

The Notorious Byrd Brothers was the band's most experimental album, blending rock, folk, and country with a heavy dose of psychedelia. During this album, rhythm guitarist David Crosby and drummer Michael Clarke left the band; tensions were high during the making of this album. Despite this, they managed to make a surprisingly good album that doesn't really show that it was made in chaotic times. If I missed your favorite song, I'm sorry; you can add it to the list.

The Top Ten

1 Wasn't Born to Follow Wasn't Born to Follow Cover Art

This song was written by famous songwriting duo Goffin and King. It gained a tremendous boost in popularity after being featured in the film Easy Rider. - Gg2000

2 Artificial Energy Artificial Energy Cover Art

The opening track. The song is about a man who takes amphetamines and realizes when he comes down that he was arrested for murder. It's notable because it has very prominent brass instruments. - Gg2000

3 Goin' Back Goin' Back Cover Art

The lead single. It was also written by Goffin and King; it's about nostalgia for one's childhood. - Gg2000

4 Draft Morning Draft Morning Cover Art

The song was originally written by David Crosby about conscription and the Vietnam War; Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman finished it after he left the band. - Gg2000

5 Get to You Get to You Cover Art

Roger McGuinn said that the song was written with Gene Clark during a two week period where he replaced Crosby as rhythm guitarist. It's very interesting because it was mostly written in 5/4 time. - Gg2000

6 Change Is Now Change Is Now Cover Art

The song was written by Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman. It's about the concept of "carpe diem", or "seize the day". - Gg2000

7 Tribal Gathering Tribal Gathering Cover Art

David Crosby wrote this about the Human Be-In held in San Francisco. This song also uses a 5/4 time signature; it reminds me of Take Five by Dave Brubeck. - Gg2000

8 Natural Harmony Natural Harmony Cover Art

Written by Chris Hillman. It's also about the longing for childhood ideals. - Gg2000

9 Dolphin's Smile Dolphin's Smile Cover Art

Written by David Crosby; it was about his penchant to use a sailboat as an escape from society. - Gg2000

10 Space Odyssey Space Odyssey Cover Art

The album closer. The lyrics were inspired by the short story "The Sentinel", which also inspired the movie "2001: A Space Odyssey". It's the most psychedelic song on the album by far. - Gg2000

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