Saturday, October 31, 2015

The best Dutch #1 hits: 8. Oh well (Fleetwood Mac)

As posted here, the Dutch top40 chart celebrated its 50th birthday in January this year. When I posted about that event, I included my top50 songs that made the top40 chart in the past. I was intrigued how few of my favourite songs actually made the #1 position, so the rest of the year I will be posting at a rate of one a week (on Saturday, the day the top40 was broadcast) my countdown of fifty favourite #1 hits. At #8, we find Fleetwood Mac's Oh well (#1 in 1969). This is a unique song, composed of two completely contrasted parts - in fact the song was split along those lines in the single release. The song starts out as a conventional up-tempo bluesy rock song, with some nice lyrics twists ("I can't sing, I ain't pretty and my legs are thin - But don't ask me what I think of you, I might not give the answer that you want me to"). After three and a half minutes the song abruptly ends to give away to the awesome second part, a pensive guitar dominated instrumental, which clearly influenced bands like Pink Floyd and Dire Straits. It was to be their swan song in the sixties' line-up with major creative influence Peter Greene ending up in a mental institute. Art Rock score: 10/10 (brilliant song, one of the 200 best of all time).

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