Top 10 Young Rascals Songs

Rascals Songs

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The Top 10 Young Rascals Songs list takes a look at the body of work from one of the most underrated and sadly forgotten bands in rock and roll history.Those who grew up in the 1960’s will never forget the band, but most young people who have come of age over the past twenty years have never heard of them. The Young Rascals originated from the “Great State of New Jersey,” to quote Bruce Springsteen. The band was formed in 1965 and eventually dropped the Young from the name and became known just as The Rascals. At the heart of the British invasion when bands like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and The Who were enjoying major commercial success, The Young Rascals countered the British rock melodies with their own version of blued eyed Jersey Shore rock. It was a sound that millions of fans fell in love with.

The band the Young Rascals consisted of Eddie Brigati on lead vocals, Felix Cavaliere on keyboards and vocals, Gene Cornish on guitars and everyone’s favorite, Dino Danelli  on drums. In just a six years period, the band released an incredible body of work. The band’s first album was released in 1966 entitled The Young Rascals. The group went on to release eight more albums ending with their final release in 1972 entitled The Island Of Real   

# 10 – Lucky Day

“Lucky Day,”  is the most recent Rascals song to be included on our Top 10 Young Rascals Songs list. Although one may argue that calling a song released in 1972 recent is a little ridiculous. However the song was issued on the last Young Rascals album entitled, The Island Of Real . It is probably the least known song on this list, but its one of those underrated songs that simply never became a hit. Sadly, the song never even made it onto the Billboard Top 100. The Rascals disbanded after the release of The Island Of Real in 1972

# 9 – You Better Run

For rock fans who grew up in the 1970’s and 1980’s,  their first introduction to this great song was made via Pat Benatar. The popular singer had recorded the song for her second album in 1980 entitled Crimes of Passion. It was the second song ever to be broadcast on MTV when the network made its debut in 1981. The Young Rascals released “You Better Run,” on their third album entitled Groovin’. And what it an album it was. “You Better Run,” was the first single released from the record. The song had major success for the band as it reached the Billboard Hot 100 Top 20.

# 8 – People Got To Be Free

The Rascals “People Got To Be Free,” is one of those classic rock and roll songs that are simply defined as timeless. The song’s release in 1968 clearly resonated the turmoil of the 1960’s. However the songs lyrical identity and intent presented a message to fans that the most important songs will always be considered universal in message with no political or social boundaries.

# 7 – A Ray Of Hope

“Ray of Hope,” was the second single released from the Rascals 1968 album Freedom Suite. The song has been interpreted by many as being a response to the assassination of Robert F Kennedy and as a tribute to his surviving brother Ted Kennedy. Felix Cavaliere had been quoted as saying that after the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, he felt that band had to respond. The album Freedom Suite. was a milestone in the band’s career. It was the groups first attempt at a concept album.

# 6 – I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore

A band’s first single is always a sentimental favorite among fans and even the band members themselves. The Young Rascals first single of their career, “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore,” was issued on their debut album in 1966. However there is more than just sentiments attached to the song. The bands killer vocals and soulful instrumentation helped introduce the world to what would become one of the most loved bands of the 1960’s.

# 5 – A Beautiful Morning

Now is there any other song you can think of that gives such great hope and meaning to starting one’s day than the Rascals A Beautiful Morning? This wonderful songs was released on the Rascals Time Peace: The Rascals’ Greatest Hits Lp. The album was released in 1968. It was the band’s first single to be released under the new name Rascals. The song was a huge hit for the band as it reached the No. 3 spot on the Billboard Top 100 music charts. It is one of the most covered song in the band’s career It has been used in countless movies, television shows and commercials.

# 4 – A Girl Like You

The Rascals “A Girl Like You,” was one of the most romantic soulful pop gems of the 1960’s. The song was released on the 1967 Young Rascals album Groovin’. The song “A Girl Like You,” was the third single released from the record. The song featured the lead vocals of Felix Cavaliere. It was also the album’s opening track. We love all the songs on our Top 10 Young Rascals Songs list, but this was is special.

# 3 – Good Lovin’

If we had to choose among the most popular Young Rascals songs of their career, the song “Good Lovin’ would be an easy choice. The song ‘Good Lovin’ was written by Arthur Resnick and Rudy Clark.It became the band’s first number one hit. It was released on their 1966 album Groovin’.The song’s simple three chord progression made it an instant classic song covered by garage bands worldwide. Keyboard players loved playing the iconic organ solo in the middle of the track. The Grateful Dead recorded a popular version of the song on their 1978 Shakedown Street album.


# 2 – Groovin’

As we move closer to number one on our Top 10 Young Rascals songs list, we are happy to present one of the most soulful happy weekend songs we have ever heard. The Young Rascals Groovin’ was the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon song. Quite simply, it just made you feel good. The song was released on their 1966 LP of the same name. It was the second single released from the album. In 1967, the song Groovin’ reached the number one spot on the Billboard Top 100 music charts.

# 1 – How Can I Be Sure

If there is such a thing as the perfect pop song than we would nominate this beautiful and brilliant pop gem by the Young Rascals. It’s hard to believe, but “How Can I Be Sure,” was the fourth single released off the legendary Groovin’ album. The song reached the number 4 position on the Billboard Hot 100. The lead vocals for the song were performed by Eddie Brigati. The song was also recorded by Dusty Springfield in 1970 and David Cassidy in 1972. However, the Young Rascals recording is the definite version and lands at Number one on our top 10 Young Rascals Songs list.


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