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“You got me so I can’t sleep at night”

#49= You Really Got Me The Kinks

[177] Writer: Ray Davies. Producer: Shel Talmy.
13 Aug 64 – 12 weeks in chart – 2 weeks at #1

Despite the best efforts of pop’s statistical surgeons, the two songs born at #49 were numerically conjoined twins, and could not be separated. Please shed a tear then for #50. It was never meant to be. So, in reverse alphabetical order, here is the second of the inseparable pair. The first one will be tomorrow. If you see what I mean.

This debut hit for The Kinks was actually their third single, after two chart no-shows. This was the first of their three #1s; one in each year from 1964-66. Twelve more top ten hits followed up until 1970, with Tired Of Waiting For You and Sunny Afternoon also hitting the top. Then a hit in 1972 and a hiatus until four more hits in 1981-83. The influence of Ray Davies was acknowledged by Paul Weller, who named him as his greatest musical influence. Davies also wrote hits for the Pretenders, amongst others, and the marvellous 'Days' which Kirstie MacColl recorded, and he is still performing.

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