Kinks – Who’ll Be The Next In Line

I never get tired of the Kinks. In July 1965, The Kinks released Who’ll Be The Next In Line as a single. This one is a very rocky song with a Kinks riff. 

It was first released as the B-side to “Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy” in Britain. The single only made to #17 in the UK. Reprise in America thought Who’ll Be The Next In Line was the best song and released it as the A side with Evrybody’s Gonna Be Happy” as the B. 

The song peaked at #34 in the Billboard 100 and #25 in Canada in 1965.

Running to just under two minutes, the song title has no question mark, although its authorship does. Released on the Reprise label, the B-side of “Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy” is credited on the record itself to R. Davies (Ray Davies) and on another pressing as R. Davies/Kassner. This latter appears to be a misprint; Edward Kassner was the man who launched the band’s career, and his name should have appeared below the songwriter credit rather than as part of it.

Here is the B side Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy

Who’ll Be The Next In Line

Who’ll be the next in line?
Who’ll be the next in line for heartache?
Who’ll make the same mistakes I made over you?
Who’ll be the next in line?
Who’ll be the next in line?
For you?
Who’ll be the next in line?
Who’ll be the next to watch your love fade?
All your affections finally fade away.
There’ll be no use in sighing.
Who’ll be the next in line?
For you?
One day you’ll find out when I’m gone,
I was the best one you had,
I was the one who gave you love.
Who’ll be the next in line?
Who’ll be the next in line for heartaches?
Who’ll make the same mistakes I made over you?
There’ll be no use in sighing.
Who’ll be the next in line?
For you?
One day you’ll find out when I’m gone,
I was the best one you had,
I was the one who gave you love.
Who’ll be the next in line?
Who’ll be the next in line for heartaches?
Who’ll make the same mistakes I made over you?
Who’ll be the next in line?
Who’ll be the next in line?
For you?
For you?

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

25 thoughts on “Kinks – Who’ll Be The Next In Line”

    1. You have a good idea dude…doing a post on brothers in rock…most of them fight like cats and dogs but still do it…Oasis, Kinks, Black Crowes, etc…

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  1. “Everybody’s Gonna Be Happy” sounds heavily influence by The Beatles, Dave Clark Five, etc., as if before the Kinks had really found their own sound. “Who’ll Be The Next In Line” has a great rockabilly/Buddy Holly sound. I’ve never listened to these. They are great.

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    1. I had the Who’ll Be The Next In Line on some greatest hits way back when but yes…for some reason the Kinks transport me to the mid-sixties more than about any other.

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    1. That is probably going to be a familiar phrase on my site in the next few weeks lol.
      Who’ll Be The Next In Line….I had it on a greatest hits…good song.

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      1. Good one Max. He does have that look. But his behavior was the kicker. I hear they are planning on some kind of reunion. You know it wont just be a “going through the motions” thing. It will be solid.

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      2. I rate them CB as one of the best bands I ever saw…they were up there with the Who, Stones, and McCartney…it was around 83. No it will be a show to see if they do it.

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