Good Oldies Songs: Top Fun Oldies

The Best Oldies Feel Good

There's something about oldies that makes me smile. From the carefree lyrics and whiny nasal sounding singing to simple bass grooves and barbershop harmonies, the oldies are an allusion to a simpler time. Even if the fifties and sixties weren't really all that happy, simple, or fun, I wouldn't know. I wasn't around, but if the legend is true, it sounds pretty fun. The do-wop influenced rock n roll was in an infancy stage, and just as a real infant it was care free and full of life and potential.

There are some oldies songs that give me an involuntary smile. Some of them can lift my mood immediately. These songs are like a short acting antidepressant. The only side effect I get is a song stuck in my head. So be warned if you click the links and listen to the samples, you just might catch yourself singing or whistling these tunes in the shower.

You Send Me

You Send Me - Sam Cooke

I've recently discovered the smooth voice of Sam Cooke. This one gets me in a euphoric state right away. Nice harmonic background and fun bassline. Just try to be angry and listen to this one.

Everyday

Everyday - Buddy Holly and the Crickets

Ah Hey, A Hey Hey, this one is fun just because of the hick-up style of Buddy Holly if nothing else. But I can imagine him patting his blue jean covered legs through the entire song making them beat red by the end. Everyday seems a little happier when I listen to this one, Ah Hey Hey.

Sherry

Sherry - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

Sherry must have kicked Frankie in the crotch. It's falsetto featured fun for this one. This guy would not make it on American Idol. Well maybe the outtakes; Simon would shake his head and say, "that was the worst karaoke sounding voice I've ever heard." I love it though.

Stay

Stay - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs

"Stay just a little bit ah longer" in a good mood with this one. Literally, it's just under 100 seconds long. So this one is worth a couple listens. Of course the higher octave voice in the second chorus is ridiculously funny. Everyone sing along!


Punky's Dilemma

Punky's Dilemma - Simon and Garfunkel

"I wish I was a Kellog's Cornflake floatin' in my bowl takin' movies" or an "English muffin." Either way, personified breakfast food is fun to think about. This one may not be a real oldie, but the lyrics, whistling part, and sound effects make for a fun song.

Quirky Lyrics of Simon and Garfunkel

Barbara Ann

Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys

I just wish I could be in the room when the Beach Boys recorded this one. It sounds like a party. They even stop singing and just talk in the middle of the song. "Scratch it Carl, lower."


Dream

Dream - The Everly Brothers

"Dreeeeeam, dream, dream, dream. Whenever I want to all I have to do is" listen to this one. Pure daydream escapism. The lyrics "Gee whiz" gives it a "Leave it to Beaver" feel. BEAVER! Pay attention in class!

Duke of Earl

Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler

Classic Doo-op style with a medieval lyric content. Just a fun groove. Whoever the Duke of Earl is, he likes his lady. Don't look at her or he will joust you in the eye. Click HERE to hear it.

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Devil in Disguise

Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley

After mentioning the Duke of Earl, we can't forget "The King." This one is much more fun when you sing along. Belt it as loud as you can when you get to "You're the devil..."

Blue Moon

Blue Moon - The Marcels

"Bom ba ba bom, bom bom ba bom bom, ba ba bom ba ba bom, dang a dang dang, ba ding a dang dong Blue Moon." Need I say More? "Dip da dip da dip I don't think so. See if you can keep up.

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A Few Observations About Oldies Songs

After putting together my list I realized that most of the songs, if not all, were songs I listened to as a child. Dad usually had the Oldies station on in the car. My brother almost exclusively listened to The Beach Boys, and somehow Simon and Garfunkel got in the mix. Maybe I smile when I hear these songs because they trigger good memories.

I guess I should thank them for exposure to this music, because I grew up in the 80's. It could have been a lot worse. I caught up with Pink Floyd, Van Halen, and recently Dire Straits at a mature age. Thank goodness I didn't waste my ears on the 80's crap.

Well, did you make it through the list without smiling? If so, I am sorry; you may need to lighten up. Remember to bookmark this page when you need a little mood lifter you can come back for some therapy. Or you could buy the songs of course, or even better make your own mix of oldies but goodies.

Vote for your favorite

Which of these oldies is your favorite?

  • You Send Me - Sam Cooke
  • Everyday - Buddy Holly and the Crickets
  • Sherry - Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
  • Stay - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
  • Punky's Dilema - Simon and Garfunkel
  • Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys
  • Dream - The Everly Brothers
  • Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler
  • Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley
  • Blue Moon - The Marcels
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Come Go with Me

"Come Go with Me" was originally by the Del Vikings who did an amazing job creating a fun now-oldie-but-goodie song. Later, thought, The Beach Boys made this hit a hit again with amazing do-wop harmonies and fun energy.

Try either version and you'll have a tough time not smiling as you listen to these great renditions of a well composed song.

Listen to Come Go with Me - The Beach Boys

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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

I love "Duke of Earl". A couple more of my favorites for mood-lifting are "My Girl". "Walking on Sunshine" and "Under the Boardwalk".


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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Okay, now I don't feel so old. These are oldies to me, too. Except for Simon and Garfunkle. Their big song when I was in 7th grade was Sounds of Silence. I remember because I was in love and living in Germany at the time.


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midnightbliss 7 years ago from Hermosa Beach

there's just simplicity and story to oldies song, that's why I love to listen to them. nice hub.


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Blake Flannery 7 years ago from United States Author

Thanks for your comments. Oldies must mean good memories to most people.


John 7 years ago

Dream is just so good, my fav oldies song


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elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

what a great hub

I like the songs and the way that you put together your hub

nice work

now I'll be singing "oh-oh won't you stay ayeayeaye.."

in the car on my way to work!


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wavegirl22 6 years ago from New York, NY

Your Hubs are the best. . it is like a special treat everytime I come over and read one! Thanks for stopping by me . .I am honored you fanned me back . . its a great feeling especially when you are new.

Shari


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wittalum09 6 years ago from Ohio

I love Frankie Valli! My dad also had on the oldies station in the car when I was a kid, so I totally agree with you! I love the music because I love the memories.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

WOW, I'm here to say I was actually there during the hey day of all of these songs. I actually helped make some of them hits, by buying them and requesting them on the radio stations. Love, love, love this hub. Do more. Maybe you have, I just found you, because you hit 100,000 views. I always check out hubbers that hit milestones like that, to see how they did it. I don't think I'll have that kind of success, that soon. Keep up the good work.


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Blake Flannery 6 years ago from United States Author

Fastfreta,

Thanks for being my fan and thanks for making these songs hits, so I could hear them on the oldies station in the 80's.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Gotta go with the Everly Brothers here. I wrote a hub about them awile back. Good job here.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Hey, great hub, great idea for a hub. I enjoyed it. Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Carol Burnette, so many great artists and their songs bring a smile on my face. I loved the you tube another hubber put of Bing Crosby and Bette Midler doing Whoops, There Goes Another Rubber Tree Plant. I don't think we get those same good feelings from songs these days. Thanks again!


Carlos 5 years ago

they should have some ritchie valens


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trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

My wife makes fun of me because I "never" listen to the radio. Why should I when I put in my favorite CDs featuring music that will feed whatever mood I'm in. I just wish I had some of those PBS oldies specials on VHS or DVD.


Word Draw 5 years ago

I smile every time I hear Sunshine Lollipops And Rainbows by Lesley Gore


ccdev 4 years ago

i loves the oldies but wouldn't say 80's was crap. it's crap now. the 80s had great rock and hair bands, it was a blast!


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theframjak 4 years ago from East Coast

Great hub. I love Franki Valli and the Four Seasons.


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oldiesmusic 2 years ago from United States

Even though I consider myself younger than all the people I know, I otherwise love oldies music. I like many of the songs you list here -- "Everyday", "Devil In Disguise", "Sherry", "Barbara Ann" and "All I Have To Do Is Dream" (RIP Phil Everly). I also like 80s stuff too (actually I also grew up in that decade just like you). Thanks for posting. Voted up. :)

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