In 2014, the Hollies will celebrate their 50 year anniversary. The British group, who scored a dozen Top Ten hits in its various lineups, is too often overshadowed by fellow Brit bands like The Beatles, the Who, and the Stones.
Nevertheless, its 1964 debut, Stay with the Hollies, hit American record stores with its catchy pop-rock. Over the next ten years, they would consistently top the charts with great tunes like the following ten.
“Look through Any Window” from Hear There: Their first big hit drew plenty of interest, as the Everly Brothers recorded a version that appealed to pop-folk audiences.
“Pay You Back with Interest” from Stop, Stop, Stop: This hit helped power the group’s best album, which was also the first to contain only songs written by the band members.
“On a Carousel” from Greatest Hits: This tune has become one of the band’s most enduring, and it is probably the one most representative of their early sound.
“Carrie-Ann” from Stay with the Hollies: Any song that rhymes “janitor” with “monitor” is bound to be a classic, especially when it comes with such gorgeous vocals.
“Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress” from Distant Light: This smash single about an FBI agent highlighted lead vocalist Allan Clarke’s last album with the group.
“The Air That I Breathe” from Hollies: The band got this hit from Albert Hammond, who made history with “It Never Rains in Southern California.”
“Bus Stop” from Greatest Hits: Future 10cc front man Graham Goldman penned this tune, which became the band’s most famous song.
“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” from He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother: The band successfully covered this poignant song, on which Elton John played piano.
“Stop,Stop,Stop” from Stop, Stop, Stop: The and did nothing but go, go, go after this early hit rode the radio airwaves.
“Jennifer Eccles” from Epic Anthology: This tune showcasing the beautiful harmonies of the band’s three vocalists was revived when Mark Oliver Everett covered it with his indie band Eels.