Best Songs On the Album Younger Than Yesterday by The Byrds

Their fourth album; many fans consider it to be their strongest album of the psychedelic era. It was their first album recorded with no contributions from Gene Clark; as a result, bassist Chris Hillman stepped up to the plate and wrote four new songs. As always, if I missed your favorite song, don't worry; you can add it.

The Top Ten

1 So You Want To Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star

Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman wrote it about the success of manufactured bands like The Monkees. Roger says that people think it was meant to be mean spirited, but it's not. - Gg2000

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2 My Back Pages

Written by Bob Dylan. David Crosby didn't want to record it because they had recorded several other Dylan covers beforehand, but the other members outvoted him. I love the way they handled this tune. - Gg2000

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3 Thoughts and Words

Chris Hillman wrote this song. It has a strong psychedelic edge to it, with backwards guitar added in. - Gg2000

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4 Why

They already recorded a version of Why that was released as the b-side to Eight Miles High. It's commonly believed that David Crosby wanted them to rerecord it to get more writing credits on the album. It's more sedate than the original, but it's still a good tune. - Gg2000

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6 Everybody's Been Burned

Written by David Crosby. It's one of my favorite songs that he wrote; I love the chord progression. There's a strong element of jazz behind it. - Gg2000

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7 Time Between

The first song that Chris Hillman wrote by himself. It's a country-style shuffle about being away from home for long periods of time. Clarence White (a prominent session musician at the time) played lead guitar. He would join the Byrds a couple years later. - Gg2000

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8 Renaissance Fair

David Crosby and Roger McGuinn wrote it together after visiting the Renaissance Pleasure Faire of Southern California. It's a great song; I just wish it wasn't so short. - Gg2000

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9 The Girl With No Name

Chris Hillman wrote it after meeting a lady named Girl Frieberg, who was married to one of the members of Quicksilver Message Service. It's very similar to Time Between, and it also includes Clarence White on guitar. - Gg2000

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10 Mind Gardens

David Crosby wrote it about mental barriers that people place on themselves to avoid pain. It has no sense of meter or rhyme, and David's voice drones on a lot. As a result, a lot of fans (myself included) hate it. - Gg2000

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