10. Cream, "White Room"
9. Diana Ross and the Supremes, "Love Child"
8. Johnny Nash, "Hold Me Tight"
7. Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, "Over You"
6. The Turtles, "Elenore"
5. The Grass Roots, "Midnight Confessions"
4. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, "Fire"
3. OC Smith, "Little Green Apples"
2. Mary Hopkin, "Those Were The Days"
Nobody does maudlin and sentimental like the Brits. All of the emotions they spend their days repressing come out in sappy-ass pop music. This is a song of nostalgia, of remembering old friends past. The music (produced by Paul McCartney) recalls old timey Western barrooms, even if it has its origins in a Russian folk song. The fact that this song hit so high on the charts on the eve of Nixon's election perhaps shows a strange longing for a pre-sixties past, the kind of "make America great again" nostalgia that plagues us today.
1. The Beatles, "Hey Jude"
I've heard some songs so many times that it's difficult hard to see their greatness anymore, no matter how good the song is. "Hey Jude" is one of those songs. But if I think really, really hard I can remember the 11 year old who got a Beatles comp for Christmas and would listen to this song over and over and over again, absolutely transfixed. Yes Paul McCartney made some schlock at this point in the Beatles, but he also made some real pop music magic. The melody is irresistible, but what makes the song is the powerful ascent into the fade out chorus, an ecstatic emotional outpouring like a gospel song. I get high every time I hear it, even now.