Hit selection 1964-1984

Paul Cooijmans B., B.

Introduction

Below my choice from "hit" singles of 1964 to 1984, and a few later ones. Songs appearing on albums but not on singles are, though often better than "hits", not included (give or take a few exceptions). I was born in 1965 and largely lost interest in pop music, in favour of jazz and classical music, in 1984. If one has lived long enough to know these songs "first-hand", the list may be a journey "back in time".

Would it be for "album" music - and I like that better than singles, but to write an article on albums would make little sense as the music in question would not be known to most - , my favourite bands and musicians would be Van Halen (David Lee Roth period), Pink Floyd (up to The Wall), Led Zeppelin, Frank Zappa, AC/DC (the Bon Scott period), Clannad, Soft Machine and the Doors. My favourite guitarists are Eddie Van Halen and Allan Holdsworth (note his Soft Machine period, for instance the song "Hazard profile [part I]"). My favourite jazz musician was Chet Baker. Going further back, there are some good 20th century composers I'll not mention by name now, and Erik Satie, J. S. Bach, John Dowland, various renaissance and medieval polyphony, and I know of attempts to revive prehistoric music using (replicas of) ancient instruments and artefacts.

For the more recent ones, I added hyper references to videos of the songs.

New

1999

Old

1984

1983

1982

1981

1980

1979

1978

1977

1976

1975

1974

1973

1972

1971

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1966

1965

1964