Top Ten Songs by The Animals

The Animals were at the forefront of the original British blues rock movement. Their lead singer, Eric Burdon, is one of my favorite rock singers. I'm surprised that no one did a list about them, so I decided to make one. Note: I am specifically referring to the original Animals lineup, not "Eric Burdon and the Animals", which was otherwise a different band in both sound and band members. With that established, feel free to add to the list.

The Top Ten

1 The House of the Rising Sun

Obvious (and best) first choice. Also has the best vocals, I think. - Britgirl

Their biggest hit. It was recorded in one take. - Gg2000

Great song! One day I'll learn it on guitar. - Userguy44

Brilliantly done effort. - LightningStrike

2 Boom Boom

A John Lee Hooker cover. It's a solid rocker. - Gg2000

3 We Gotta Get Out of This Place

Eric Burdon's vocal delivery in this song is incredible; he sells it with so much passion. - Gg2000

4 Don't Bring Me Down

One of their more psychedelic tunes, relatively speaking. It's got a guitar part with a lot of fuzz and tremolo on it. - Gg2000

5 I'm Crying

I think this song is underrated. It was their attempt to release a self-written song as a single; unfortunately for them, it only hit number 20, which meant that their singles henceforth would be written by outsiders. - Gg2000

6 Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood

Originally by Nina Simone. I love the organ sound in this one. - Gg2000

7 It's My Life

It's about a man who will not let a girl hold down his inner ambitions. - Gg2000

8 Baby Let Me Take You Home

Their first single. It was an adaptation of the folk song "Baby Let Me Follow You Down". - Gg2000

9 Talkin' 'Bout You

A Ray Charles cover. I suggest listening to the full seven minute version; the band brings the dynamics up and down and have lots of energy. - Gg2000

10 Bring It On Home to Me

A Sam Cooke cover. Just goes to show that they knew how to handle R&B stuff. - Gg2000

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