Top Ten *Ballin’ Songs: 1964-1973
First, an explanation of music-listening from fiftyish years ago: we used record players, Hi-Fi’s, turntables and, in the car… eight track tape players. Each different method of listening affected the dynamic of the party.
Obviously this is a short list, for we had an abundance of great music.
One more tidbit, the music was often chosen by the type of drug or if you were smoking weed. No, not all hippies did drugs. Many smoked weed.
Now for the top ten, why these songs were chosen and why one song is 17:05 minutes and another 2:38 minutes and everything in between.
1: “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly (1968) duration 17:05
This was the first song I heard in a hippie club with a gel lightshow and body-throbbing bass. It was a top ‘hot sex’ hit.
2: “Riders on the Storm” by The Doors (1971) duration 7:10
Still an epic song with Morrison’s sultry voice urging to ride that storm, baby.
3: “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin (1971) duration 8:02
In the bedroom, unlike some guitar stores, I recommend you play this song. Robert Plant’s sensual voice coupled with Jimmy Page’s adept guitar playing let you know what heaven is…
4: “Nights in White Satin” by The Moody Blues (1967) duration 7:38
Melodic and romantic, this song leads to any afternoon delight.
5: “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye (1973) duration 4:53
The title says it all. Let’s do it to a soulful and rhythmic beat.
6: “California Dreamin’” by The Mamas and the Papas (1965) duration 2:30
For the flower children, this was a harmonic song for love-making.
7: “Lay Lady Lay” by Bob Dylan (1969) duration 3:20
Whoever could afford to buy, or borrow, a brass bed, did so to have a lady lay across his big brass bed.
8: “White Room” by Cream (1968) duration 4:57
The song sounded, to many of us, like someone was ‘tripping’ (LSD, Peyote, etc.) and was also a good song for that reason and for sex due to the rhythm and Jack Bruce’s voice.
9: “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix (1968) duration 4:01
It’s Jimi… hard to pick a non-ballin’ song by Jimi.
10: “And I Love Her” by The Beatles (1964) duration 2:32
Simple and beautiful example of a love song by the masters of harmony and sound.
What are your top 10 “Ballin Songs?”