Billboard Assignment 2
Hey Jude - The Beatles
1. Piano, lead vocals, backup vocals, guitar, tambourine, bass, backup vocals 2. Rock ‘N’ Roll
3. I don’t think this song is a reflection of anything going on in America other than the fact that The Beatles are incredibly popular worldwide. 4. Yes, I really like the song. As I recall, I think it was Paul who wrote the lyrics to the song. It was written to comfort John Lennon’s son about the divorce of his parents, so the meaning is pretty neat. I really like how it starts out very calm and has a ‘crooner’ style, but then starts to become more rockin’ as the song progresses. Eventually the backup vocals become very intense and awesome. What other band besides The Beatles could make a song where the majority of it is ‘na na na na na na naa, na na na naaa, Hey Jude’ and have it be so great? Although not my absolute favorite song by The Beatles, it definitely has a rightful place at the number one song of the decade.
Theme from “A Summer Place” - Percy Faith
1. American Popular Song/ Crooner Style
2. Strings, Snare, horns section, piano (full orchestra)
3. I don’t think this song reflects anything in particular going on in America at the time. 4. No, I’m not a huge fan of the song. There was so much amazing music being created at the time and this seems to be a step back in time as far as musical progression is concerned. However, for a full-orchestra soundtrack song, it’s nice. It has a pretty melody and is very soothing. It’s just not something I would choose to listen to given the choice.
Tossin’ and Turnin’ - Bobby Lewis
1. Lead vocals, backup vocals, bass guitar, drums, guitar, sax 2. Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rhythm and Blues
3. No, this isn’t about anything going on in America at the time. This is a song about how a guy can’t stop thinking about what he did with his girl so he was ‘tossin and turnin all night’. 4. I don’t really like the song, but I’m not exactly sure why. I think it’s because the backup vocals are really overbearing and super annoying. Also, the instruments in the song are really basic. The bass line is super repetitive, as most bass lines are, but it’s really simple and bothers me. I think the vocals are good and the song could be really awesome if the instrumentation was different, or if they fired the backup singers. It just seems like a really cookie-cutter song.
I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
1. Guitar, lead vocals, backup vocals, drums, clapping, bass 2. Rock ‘n’ roll
3. This isn’t about anything going on in America other than the Beatles being insanely popular. 4. Yes, I love the song. Although I like their later music more because it becomes more intricate and developed from their basic pop style, their earlier pop songs were entirely unheard of at the time and their instrumentals are absolutely jamming. The guitar is simple yet super rockin throughout the song. The drum patterns are incredibly upbeat and fun. The song captivates the emotions of young love and the innocence and excitement that something so simple as holding a hand can be.
I’m a Believer - The Monkees
1. guitar, vocals, backup vocals, bass, drums, tambourine
2. Rock ‘n’ roll
3. This doesn’t reflect anything going on in America other than the fact that the Beatles were so popular that knockoffs were created and were still pretty great. 4. Yes, I grew up listening to the Monkees. The second album I ever owned was their ‘Greatest Hits’ album. The electric guitar riff at the very beginning is super great and the version recorded by Smash Mouth got rid of it, which is why the Smash Mouth cover sucks. The song is just an upbeat, feel-good song. There’s not a whole lot to analyze with the lyrics. The Monkees were definitely the best knockoff to come out of Beatlemania.
I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
1. Piano, tambourine, guitar, bass, vocals, backup vocals, drums 2. Rhythm and Blues/Soul
3. No, this is...
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