Much hype has occurred, justifiably so, regarding the 50th anniversary of The Beatles coming to America. Hopefully there will be similar honor bestowed on another British Invasion band next year, when its most famous song turns fifty.
I am talking about “My Generation” by the Who, which was released in 1965. Not only is it the greatest of the band’s many hits, but it is also the best “My” song ever recorded.
Here are the best ten “My ______” songs, excluding the two by the Who. Besides “Generation,” the band also boasts John Entwistle’s gracious “My Wife” from the Who’s Next album.
“My Girl” by the Four Tops: The Motown group had many hits, but none is as recognizable as this sweet tune.
“My Guy” by Mary Wells: This classic proved that Diana Ross was not the only Supreme who could score Top Ten hits.
“My Sharona” by the Knack: Doug Feiger and his pop punk band took the country by Storm with this guitar-driven hit about a girl who would a decade later become a real estate agent.
“My Life” by Billy Joel: The biggest hit from 52nd Street continued the strong run the Piano Man started with The Stranger.
“My Love” by Paul McCartney: The ex-Beatle topped the charts with this love ballad, which would not have sounded out of place on Abbey Road just a few years prior.
“My Way” by Frank Sinatra: Of all the standards associated with Blue Eyes, this one has become his most well-known.
“My Rival” by Steely Dan: Other than “Hey Nineteen,” this tune is perhaps the best offering from Gaucho.
“My Hometown” by Bruce Springsteen: This is one of the many singles from the Boss’ Born in the USA, his best set since Born to Run.
“My Apocalypse” by Metallica: This fan favorite was the second single from Death Magnetic, which also spawned “The Day that Never Comes” and “The Judas Kiss.”
“My Sacrifice” by Creed: The band’s first album of the century proved just as accessible as its previous work, as 2001’s Weathered featured this Grammy-nominated single.