We come now once again to 1965, the year in which the Official SDMB-Approved Greatest Number-One Jam of All Time (i.e., “Satisfaction”) was released. Due to the high number of #1s this year, we’re going up to #42 on the year-end Hot 100 to fill the 25 spots in this year’s poll, one of the rare ones (and indeed, the first one) in which the #1 on the year-end chart never made #1 on the weekly chart.
Dylan got my vote as well. “Like A Rolling Stone” came in at #41 on the year-end chart, but per the house rules it just barely makes it into this poll because of how many #1 disqualifications there were.
In its absence, “Wooly Bully” would have gotten my vote - it’s a silly song, but it’s damn catchy.
(Anecdotally; about 15 years ago I was involved in a long-distance relationship with a woman I had never met in person, but had talked to on the phone after talking to her online as the result of a shared interest in classic rock. Shortly after the first time she heard my voice, she wrote a lengthy email to me in which she declared that she thought I was faking the identity she knew me by, and that I must, instead, have been Domingo “Sam the Sham” Samudio, because of how much my voice sounded like his on the song “Little Red Riding Hood”.
It took quite a bit of persuasion to convince her that I was not, in fact, a '60s one-hit-wonder.)
If Dylan had been absent, my vote would have instantly gone to Jay and the Americans. That song is still one that makes me sing along, no matter where I am. Even lip-synching, I can’t hold that end note the way Jay does.
I have been missing these polls since I was busy and hesitant to give the ones I don’t know a listen. I liked the #1 songs of 1965 which is better than this. The ones I liked are the ones I already knew. Did not like any other I liked after listening to see if they were good.
Gave my vote to Petula Clark and I did for #1 songs of 1965 also, this one was the better one.
I went with the Jolly Green Giant. I was a DJ at the time and I spun all of these “platters,” but I truly got a kick out of the beginning of that one. It began with silence and then went to…“In the valley of the Jolly, Ho, Ho, Ho…Green Giant.” I would come out of a commercial and say…“All of the lights have gone out…I can’t see…I can’t see. Where am I?” and then play the record.
That never got old…well, maybe for my listeners, but I always got a kick out of it.
I was once in a bar and the DJ spun Wooly Bully. A guy standing nearby leaning on crutches, who I did not know, spontaneously started blowing into his crutch playing ‘air sax’ during the saxophone solo.
He was awesome. I’ll never forget that moment. This was around 30 years ago.