The Lovin’ Spoonful released their first album in 1965 entitled Do You Believe In Magic. The album featured John Sebastian on vocals, guitar, and harmonica, Steve Boone on bass and vocals Joe Butler on drums and vocals and Zal Yanovsky on guitar and vocals. The band released their second album a year later in 1966 entitled Daydream. The album featured the same lineup as their debut. In 1966, the band also performed instrumental music on the soundtrack to the Woody Allen film What’s Up, Tiger Lily?
The Lovin Spoonful released their third album in 1966 and fourth overall entitled Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful. In 1967, the Lovin’ Spoonful released their second soundtrack album. The score to the Francis Ford Coppola film You’re a Big Boy Now featured the hit single “Darling Be Home Soon.”
In 1967, The Lovin Spoonful also released their album Everything Playing. The album would feature a personnel change by the way of replacing Zal Yanovsky with new guitarist Jerry Yester. The Everything Playing album would also be the last Lovin’ Spoonful album to feature the talents of John Sebastian. The Lovin’ Spoonful would record only one more album after the release of Everything Playing.
Revelation: Revolution ’69 was released in 1969. The album featured only Jerry Yester, Steve Boone and Joe Butler. It would be the final studio album ever released by the Lovin’ Spoonful. John Sebastian had begun a solo career and found himself with a huge hit in the mid 1970s with the song “Welcome Back.” It was the theme song to the television show Welcome Back Kotter.
Our top 10 Lovin’ Spoonful songs list takes a look at the material the band released during their short, but wonderful five-year tenure in the 1960s.
# 10 – Close Your Eyes
We open our top 10 Lovin’ Spoonful songs list with a track from the Everything Playing album. There is probably good reason why the song was placed as the album’s closing track. The song is a bit of an outlier in the band’s catalog. However, the song seems to hint at a new direction that the band may have been headed in. In the end, it was actually the last song fans would ever hear from the original band as Everything Playing would be the band’s swan songs with John Sebastian.
# 9 – Younger Girl
“Younger Girl,” was a song released in the Lovin’ Spoonful’s debut album Do You Believe In Magic. The song was written by John Sebastian. The song was never released as a single but it has since become one of the deep tracks loved by Lovin’ Spoonful fans.
# 8 – She Is Still a Mystery
The fabulous Lovin’ Spoonful song “She Is Still A Mystery” was released on the band’s Everything Playing album. The song was the albums opening track. “She Is Still A Mystery” was released as a single and reached number twenty seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It was very successful in Canada where it reached all the way up to the number three position on the Canadian music charts.
# 7 – You And Me And Rain On The Roof
Continuing our top 10 Lovin’ Spoonful songs list we turn to the band’s studio album Hums of the Lovin’ Spoonful. The album was released in 1966. The great track “Rain On The Roof,” may not be one of the most famous Lovin’ Spoonful songs, but it did become a top 10 single on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by John Sebastian.
# 6 – Darling Be Home Soon
The great Lovin’ Spoonful song “Darling Be Home Soon,” was released on the You’re a Big Boy Now soundtrack album. The song was released as a single and broke the top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. It is one of the most covered John Sebastian songs the composer ever released. The song has been covered by such legendary artists as Joe Cocker, The Tedeschi Trucks Band featuring Derek Trucks of The Allman Brothers, The Association, Bruce Hornsby and many others.
# 5 – You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice
You could not have grown up in the 1960s or 1970s and not heard this great Lovin’ Spoonful song. You might not remember it by name. but you will know it within the first few notes. The song “You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice,” was released on the band’s second album entitled Daydream. The record was released in 1966.
# 4 – Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind
The great Lovin’ Spoonful song “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?” was released in the band’s debut album in 1965. It was the second single released from the record after “Do You Believe In Magic.” The song was extremely successful for the band as it reached all the way to the number two spot on the Billboard Hot 100. It was prevented from reaching number one by The Rolling Stones song “Paint It Black.”
# 3 – Do You Believe In Magic
In 1965 the Lovin’ Spoonful released their debut album entitled Do You Believe In Magic. The album featured the hit single “Do You Believe In Magic.” The song became a top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at number nine. The song was written by John Sebastian.
# 2 – Daydream
The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Daydream,” is hands down one of the most addictive sing along songs ever released. It great groove and melody just lends itself to becoming stuck in one’s head for hours after hearing it. Go ahead, press play and see what we mean. “Daydream,” was one of the band’s biggest hits. It was released in 1966 on the album Daydream. The song hit number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. This was a big one.
# 1 – Summer In The City
Landing at number one in our Top 10 Lovin’ Spoonful songs list is the greatest song the band ever released. The Lovin’ Spoonful’s iconic song “Summer in the City,” was more than just a number one hit, it was a song that became part of popular culture on so many levels. It’s the song everyone thinks of when spending time in any urban city during the summer months. The song was released on the fourth of July during the summer of 1966. “Summer in the City,” was written by written by John Sebastian, Mark Sebastian, and Steve Boone. It was the band’s only number one hit.
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