This is my first attempt at a list. I have picked what I think were the top 20 double A-Sided singles in pop/ rock. I feel good until number 5…after that it gets hard. When I made the list I wasn’t counting how many copies they sold or just chart history. I tried to put their importance in history into account. and my preference…which of course means nothing but it’s fun…
- Beatles – Strawberry Fields/Penny Lane The number 1 position is the only position that didn’t give me any trouble…
- Beatles – Hey Jude/Revolution – What a single this is… Two of the Beatles best- known songs together for their first Apple release. A great way to start the Apple label.
- Rolling Stones – Honky Tonk Women/You Can’t Always Get What You Want The Stones released this in 1969 and Honky Tonk Women when to number 1
- Elvis – Don’t Be Cruel/Hound Dog This is cool fifties Elvis and untouchable. This record influenced young rockers all over the world.
- Beatles – Something/Come Together George finally gets an A side and he runs with it and you have Come Together as the B side.
- Rolling Stones – Ruby Tuesday / Let’s Spend the Night Together No Chicago blues here but beautifully crafted pop.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary/Born On The Bayou This was the major breakthrough single for CCR and they kept coming.
- The Band – Up On Cripple Creek/The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down The quality of this single is outstanding. Neither was a top 20 hit but they are still played to this day.
- Beatles – Paperback Writer/Rain The bass jumps out at you on these recordings. Paul plays a Rickenbacker and boosted the level in the studio
- Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down on the Corner / Fortunate Son Fortunate Son was John Fogerty’s angriest song and it made his feelings known.
- Beatles – I Want to Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There The single that broke the Beatles in America. I like some of the other Beatle singles more but this one was huge and maybe the most important of their career.
- Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode/Around and Around Johnny B. Goode is the song ever bar band is required to know. The guitar riff is eternal.
- Rolling Stones – Bitch/Brown Sugar If I had to explain to an alien what Rock and Roll was all about without talking…I would hand them a picture of Keith Richards and a copy of Brown Sugar.
- Creedence Clearwater Revival – Travelin’ Band / Who’ll Stop the Rain After playing Woodstock John went home and wrote Who’ll Stop the Rain
- Sam Cooke – Shake/A Change Is Gonna Come A Change Is Gonna Come speaks for itself. What a beautiful song.
- Queen – We Are The Champions/We Will Rock You Two of Rocks biggest anthems was released in 1977 and you could not go anywhere without hearing both
- Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice / God Only Knows God Only Knows is one of the most beautiful sounding songs ever.
- Buddy Holly – Peggy Sue / Everyday Peggy Sue is probably the song Buddy is most remembered for…Everyday is a great song in itself… Buddy was a huge influence on The Beatles.
- Beach Boys – I Get Around/Don’t Worry Baby I Get Around went to number 1 but Don’t Worry Baby is the reason this song is on the list.
- Elvis Presley – Mystery Train / I Forgot to Remember to Forget Two classics by Elvis. Mystery Train’s guitar sound is just haunting.
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around the Bend / Run Through the Jungle
Ricky Nelson – Travelin’ Man / Hello Mary Lou
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising / Lodi
Chuck Berry – Sweet Little Sixteen / Reelin’ and Rocking
Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze / The Wind Cries Mary
Sam Cooke – Bring It on Home to Me / Having a Party
Ritchie Valens – Donna / La Bamba
John Fogerty – Rock and Roll Girls / Centerfield
Sly & the Family Stone – Stand! / I Want to Take You Higher
Beatles – Hello Goodbye / I Am the Walrus
Beatles – Get Back / Don’t Let Me Down
Buddy Holly – Oh Boy/Not Fade Away
Beatles – We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper
Rod Stewart – Maggie May / Reason to Believe