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We have a collection of lyrics to some of the best and most interesting songs of the 50s, 60s, and early and mid 70s. Our purpose is to bring back some memories, perhaps settle a few bets, and allow your kids to compare the words of our songs to the lyrics of what passes for rock today.

BBHQ members have unlimited access to our lyrics collection.

We've got some of the classics, some of the silly ones, and a few from the 90s that have the boomer spirit. (But don't expect to find anything by Puff Daddy or the Spice Girls here.) So if you want to capture the "flavor" of what was on our mind back then, turn off the radio, sit back, and take a trip back in time...

In order to be a hit (in my book), a song has to have a good beat. You can't appreciate many of the songs from our youth without listening to them. In some cases, the words to a hit song – all by themselves – sound downright goofy. (Consider Buddy Holly's Peggy Sue: “Peggy Sue... Peggy Sue... pretty, pretty, pretty Peggy Sue. Oh, Peggy... my Peggy Sue.”) And some of my favorites are instrumentals; you can hum along and tap your foot, but there are no words to Mason Williams’ “Classical Gas.”

But sometimes the lyrics alone were enough to make a song memorable. This section of BBHQ shows why.

We have lyrics to over 775 songs (although our Oldies Vault contains the names of more than 4,000 songs). You can request the lyrics to a song that is not in our collection; if we can find them; we’ll add them to our collection. And you can provide lyrics to your favorite songs; if it was a top-40 hit in the U.S., we’ll add it to our collection. has it all!
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BBHQ members have unlimited access to our lyrics collection.

We have lyrics to over 775 songs; they are listed below, alphabetically by song title. Scroll down to see the list. Scan the list and click the title to view the lyrics. Or, enter part of the song or artist’s name here and click "Find" to search for the song title on this page:    

The BBHQ Lyrics Collection

16 Candles – Crests
16 Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford
19th Nervous Breakdown – Rolling Stones
25 or 6 to 4 – Chicago
50 Ways to Leave Your Lover – Paul Simon
(The) 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin’ Groovy) – Harper’s Bizarre/Simon & Garfunkel
500 Miles – Peter, Paul & Mary
96 Tears – Question Mark & the Mysterians
A Horse with No Name – America
A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You – Monkees
Abraham, Martin, and John – Dion
Ahab, the Arab – Ray Stevens
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough – Diana Ross
Ain’t No Woman Like the One I Got – Four Tops
Ain’t too Proud to Beg – Temptations
Alice’s Restaurant – Arlo Guthrie
All Alone am I – Brenda Lee
All I Ever Need is You – Sonny & Cher
All I Have to do is Dream – Everly Brothers
All I Know – Art Garfunkel
“All in the Family” theme
Alley Oop – Hollywood Argyles
Alone Again, Naturally – Gilbert O’sullivan
Along Came Jones – Coasters
Along Comes Mary – Association
Always and Forever – Heatwave
Always on My Mind – Willie Nelson
America – Neil Diamond
America – Simon & Garfunkel
American Pie – Don McLean
American Tune – Paul Simon
American Woman – Guess Who
And I Love Her – Beatles
And I Love You So – Perry Como
Angel of the Morning – Marilee Rush
Angel on My Shoulder – Shelby Flint
Angie Baby – Helen Reddy
Annie’s Song – John Denver
Another Saturday Night – Sam Cooke/Cat Stevens/James Taylor
April Love – Pat Boone
Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine – Fifth Dimension
Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Elvis Presley
At Seventeen – Janis Ian
At the Hop – Danny and the Juniors
Baby Blue – Badfinger
Baby Don’t Go – Sonny & Cher
Baby Love – Supremes
Baby I’m Yours – Barbara Lewis
Baby, the Rain Must Fall – Glenn Yarbrough
Back Home Again – John Denver
Bad Bad Leroy Brown – Jim Croce
Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World is Today) – Temptations
Ballad of the Green Berets – Ssgt. Barry Sadler
Barbara Ann – Beach Boys
Battle of New Orleans – Johnny Horton
(The) Beat Goes On – Sonny and Cher
Beautiful Noise – Neil Diamond
Believe in Me – Dan Fogelberg
Beep Beep – Playmates
Bernadette – Four Tops
Betcha’ by Golly, Wow – Stylistics
Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song – Flatt & Skrugs
Beyond the Sea – Bobby Darin
Big Bad John – Jimmy Dean
Big Girls Don’t Cry – Four Seasons
Blinded by the Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Blowin’ in the Wind – Peter, Paul & Mary
Blue Bayou – Roy Orbison/Linda Ronstadt
Blue Moon – Marcels
Born to be Wild – Steppenwolf
Born Too Late – Ponytails
Bobby’s Girl – Marcie Blane
Both Sides Now – Judy Collins
Born Free – Andy Williams
(The) Boxer – Simon & Garfunkel
Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
Breaking Up is Hard to Do – Neil Sedaka
Bridge over Troubled Water – Simon & Garfunkel
Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show – Neil Diamond
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison
Build Me Up Buttercup – Foundations
Bus Stop – Hollies
Bye Bye Love – Everly Brothers
C. C. Rider (Jenny Take a Ride) – Fats Domino/Mitch Ryder
Calendar Girl – Neil Sedaka
California Dreamin’ – Mamas & Papas
California Girls – Beach Boys
Call Me Irresponsible – Frank Sinatra
Candle in the Wind – Elton John
Can’t Help Myself – Four Tops
Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You – Frankie Valli
Cara Mia – Jay and the Americans
Catch the Wind – Donovan
Cat’s in the Cradle – Harry Chapin
Celebrate – Three Dog Night
Chances Are – Johnny Mathis
Changes in Attitudes – Jimmy Buffett
Chantilly Lace – Big Bopper
Charlie Brown – Coasters
Cherish – Association
Cherry, Cherry – Neil Diamond
(The) Chipmunk Song – Chipmunks/David Seville
Chug-a-Lug – Roger Miller
(All My Life’s a) Circle – Harry Chapin
Cindy’s Birthday – Johnny Crawford
(The) City of New Orleans – Arlo Guthrie
Close to You – Carpenters
Coconut – Nilsson
Colour My World – Chicago
Come a Little Bit Closer – Jay and the Americans
Come Back When You Grow Up – Bobby Vee
Come Monday – Jimmy Buffett
Come Together – Beatles
Convoy – C.W. McCall
Could I have this Dance – Anne Murray
Could it be I’m Falling in Love – Spinners
Coward of the County – Kenny Rogers
Cracklin’ Rosie – Neil Diamond
Creeque Alley – Mamas & Papas
Crocodile Rock – Elton John
Cruel War – Peter, Paul & Mary
Crying – Roy Orbinsin/Jay & the Americans/Don McLean
Crystal Blue Persuasion – Tommy James & the Shondells
Cupid – Sam Cooke
Cycles – Frank Sinatra
Da Doo Ron Ron – Crystals
Daisy a Day – Jed Strunk
Dancing in the Moonlight – King Harvest
Daniel – Elton John
Dang Me – Roger Miller
Dangling Conversation – Simon & Garfunkel
Danny’s Song – Anne Murray
Dawn of Correction – Spokesmen
Days of Wine and Roses – Andy Williams
December, '63 (Oh, What a Night) – Four Seasons
(This is) Dedicated to the One I Love – Mamas and the Papas
Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy
Desiderata – Les Crane
Destiny – Jim Brickman
Devil or Angel – Bobby Vee
Devil Went Down to Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band
Devil with the Blue Dress On – Mitch Ryder
Devoted to You – Everly Brothers/Carly Simon, James Taylor
Diana – Paul Anka
Diary – Bread
Did You ever have to Make Up Your Mind? – Lovin’ Spoonful
Different Drum – Linda Ronstadt
My Ding-a-Ling – Chuck Berry
Do that to Me One More Time – Captain and Tennille
Do You Believe in Magic? – Lovin’ Spoonful
Do You Know the Way to San Jose? – Dionne Warwick
Do You Love Me? – Contours/Dave Clark Five
Do You Remember These? – Statler Brothers
Do You Want to Know a Secret – Beatles
Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is? – Chicago
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavor... – Lonnie Donegan
Donna – Ritchie Valens
Don’t be Cruel – Elvis Presley
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart – Elton John/Kiki Dee
Don’t Let the Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man) – Serendipity Singers
Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying – Gerry & the Pacemakers
Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me – Elton John
Don’t Say You Don’t Remember – Beverly Bremers
Don’t Sleep in the Subway – Petula Clark
Don’t Think Twice, it’s All Right – Bob Dylan/PP&M/Wonder Who
Don’t Want to Love You – Delbert McClinton
Down in the Boondocks – Billy Joe Royal
Down on the Corner – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Downtown – Petula Clark
Dream Baby – Roy Orbison
Dream Lover – Bobby Darin
Dream a Little Dream of Me – Mama Cass Elliot
Dreamin’ – Johnny Burnette
Duke of Earl – Gene Chandler
Dust in the Wind – Kansas
Earth Angel – Penguins
Ebb Tide – Righteous Brothers
El Paso – Marty Robbins
Eleanor Rigby – Beatles
Elusive Butterfly – Bob Lind
(The) End of the World – Skeeter Davis
Eve of Destruction – Barry McGuire
Everybody Loves Somebody – Dean Martin
Everyone’s Gone to the Moon – Jonathan King
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool – Connie Francis
Evil Ways – Santana
Ferry 'Cross the Mersey – Gerry & the Pacemakers
Fire – Crazy World of Arthur Brown
Fire and Rain – James Taylor
(The) First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
Five O'Clock World – Vogues
Fool on the Hill – Beatles
For all We Know – Carpenters
For the Good Times – Ray Price
For Lovin’ Me – Peter, Paul & Mary
For Once in My Life – Stevie Wonder
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons – Nat Cole
For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
For Your Precious Love – Jerry Butler & the Impressions
Forever in Blue Jeans – Neil Diamond
Forever Young – Rod Stewart
Forget Him – Bobby Rydell
Forgiveness (the Heart of the Matter) – Don Henley
From Me to You – Beatles
Fun, Fun, Fun – Beach Boys
(The) Gambler – Kenny Rogers
Garden Party – Rick Nelson
Gentle On My Mind – Glen Campbell
Georgia On My Mind – Ray Charles
Get a Job – Silhouettes
Get Over It! – Eagles
Gilligan’s Isle (the Ballad of) – Wellingtons
Gimme Dat Ding – Pipkins
Go Now! – Moody Blues
God Bless the USA – Lee Greenwood
Goodnight My Love – Paul Anka
Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight – McGuire Sisters/Spaniels
Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John
Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
(The) Great Pretender – Platters
Green-Eyed Lady – Sugarloaf
Greenfields – Brothers Four
Green River – Creedence Clearwater Revival
(A) Groovy Kind of Love – Mindbenders
Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves – Cher
Hair – Cowsills
Hang on Sloopy – McCoys
Hanky Panky – Tommy James and the Shondells
Handy Man – Jimmy Jones/Del Shannon/James Taylor
(The) Happening – Supremes
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen – Neil Sedaka
Happy Endings – Neil Diamond
Happy Together – Turtles
(A) Hard Day’s Night – Beatles
Harper Valley PTA – Jeannie C. Riley
Have I Told You Lately – Rod Stewart
Have You Forgotten? – Darryl Worley
Have You Never Been Mellow? – Olivia Newton-John
(You’re) Having My Baby – Paul Anka/Odia Coates
Hat’s Off to Larry – Del Shannon
Have You ever Seen the Rain? – Creedence Clearwater Revival
He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother – Hollies
He’s a Rebel – Crystals
Hello Again – Neil Diamond
Hello, Mary Lou – Ricky Nelson
Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah – Allen Sherman
Help Me Rhonda – Beach Boys
He’s So Fine – Chiffons
Hey Jude – Beatles
Hey Paula – Paul & Paula
Hey there Lonely Girl – Eddie Holman
High Hopes – Frank Sinatra
Hit the Road – Ray Charles
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me – Mel Carter
Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel
Honey – Bobby Goldsboro
Hooked on a Feeling – B. J. Thomas/Blue Swede
Hot Rod Lincoln – Commander Cody
House of the Rising Sun – Animals
How Sweet it Is (to be Loved by You) – James Taylor
Hungry – Paul Revere & the Raiders
Hurt So Bad – Lettermen/Little Anthony & the Imperials
I Am a Rock – Simon & Garfunkel
I Am, I Said – Neil Diamond
I Am Woman – Helen Reddy
I Believe – Frankie Laine/Lettermen/Jimmy Durante
I Can See for Miles – Who
I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You – Elvis Presley
I Can’t Stop Loving You – Ray Charles
I Don’t Know Why I Love You But I Do – Clarence "Frogman" Henry
I Get Around – Beach Boys
I Go Crazy – Paul Davis
I Got a Name – Jim Croce
I Got Rhythm – Happenings
I Got You, Babe – Sonny & Cher
I Hear a Symphony – Supremes
I Hear You Knockin’ – Dave Edmunds
I Heard it through the Grapevine – Gladys Knight/Marvin Gaye
I Honestly Love You – Olivia Newton-John
I Know You’re Out There Somewhere – Moody Blues
I Love How You Love Me – Paris Sisters/Bobby Vinton
I Need to be in Love – Carpenters
I Only Want to be with You – Dusty Springfield
I Saw Her Again – Mamas and the Papas
I Saw Her Standing There – Beatles
I Want to Hold Your Hand – Beatles
I Want to be Wanted – Brenda Lee
I Want You – Bob Dylan
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
I Won’t Last a Day Without You – Carpenters
If – Bread
If I Could Reach You – Fifth Dimension
If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher
If I Fell – Beatles
If I Had a Hammer – Trini Lopez/Peter, Paul & Mary
If I Were a Carpenter – Bobby Darin/Four Tops/Johnny Cash
If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot
If You Go Away – Rod McKuen
If You Know What I Mean – Neil Diamond
If You Leave Me Now – Chicago
If You Really Love Me – Stevie Wonder
If You Wanna Be Happy – Jimmy Soul
I’d Wait a Million Years – Grass Roots
I’ll Catch the Sun – Rod McKuen
I’ll Follow the Sun – Beatles
I’ll Have to Say I Love You in a Song – Jim Croce
I’ll Never Fall In Love Again – Dionne Warwick
I’m a Believer – Monkees
I’m Gonna Knock on Your Door – Eddie Hodges
I’m Henry VIII, I Am – Herman’s Hermits
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I’m Sorry – Brenda Lee
I’ve Been this Way Before – Neil Diamond
Imagine – John Lennon
In My Life – Beatles/Judy Collins
In My Room – Beach Boys
In the Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
In the Still of the Night – Five Satins
In the Summertime – Mungo Jerry
In the Year 2525 – Zager & Evans
Incense and Peppermints – Strawberry Alarm Clock
Is That all There Is? – Peggy Lee
It Ain’t Me Babe – Turtles/Bob Dylan
It Hurts to be in Love – Gene Pitney
It Was Almost Like a Song – Ronnie Milsap
It’s All in the Game – Tommy Edwards
It’s Getting Better – Mama Cass Elliot
It’s Going to Take Some Time – Carpenters
It’s My Party – Lesley Gore
It’s Only Make Believe – Conway Twitty/Glenn Campbell
It’s Too Late – Carole King
Itsy Bitsy, Teenie Weenie, Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini – Brian Hyland
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
Jennifer Juniper – Donovan
Jimmy Mack – Martha and the Vandellas
Johnny Angel – Shelly Fabres
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
Joy to the World – Three Dog Night
Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Rolling Stones
Judy in Disguise – John Fred & His Fabulous Playboys
Judy’s Turn to Cry – Lesley Gore
Just Like a Woman – Bob Dylan
Just My Imagination – Temptations
Just You 'n Me – Chicago
Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
Keep the Ball Rolling – Jay and the Techniques
Kentucky Rain – Elvis Presley
Key Largo (We Had it All) – Bertie Higgins
Killing Me Softly with His Song – Roberta Flack
King of the Road – Roger Miller
King Tut – Steve Martin
Kisses Sweeter than Wine – Jimmy Rodgers/Weavers
Kodachrome – Paul Simon
Lady – Kenny Rogers
Lady is a Tramp – Frank Sinatra
Lady Willpower – Gary Puckett/Union Gap
Last Kiss – J. Frank Wilson
Laugh Laugh – Beau Brummels
Laurie (Strange Things Happen) – Dickey Lee
Lay Lady Lay – Bob Dylan
Layla – Eric Clapton
Lazy Day – Spanky & Our Gang
Leader of the Band – Dan Fogelberg
Leader of the Pack – Shangri-Las
Leaves that are Green – Simon & Garfunkel
Leavin’ on a Jet Plane – Peter, Paul, and Mary
Lean on Me – Bill Withers
Let it Be – Beatles
Let it Be Me – Everly Brothers
Let’s Hang On – Four Seasons
Let’s Live for Today – Grass Roots
Let’s Twist Again – Chubby Checker
(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance – Gene Pitney
Life is a Rock (but the Radio Rolled Me) – Reunion
Light My Fire – Doors
Lightnin’ Strikes – Lou Christie
Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
(The) Lion Sleeps Tonight – Tokens
Lipstick on Your Collar – Connie Francis
Little Boxes – Pete Seeger
Little Darling – Diamonds
Little Ole Man – Bill Cosby
Little Things Mean a Lot – Kitty Kallen
(The) Long and Winding Road – Beatles
Long Cool Woman – Hollies
(The) Look of Love – Sergio Mendes/Lesley Gore/Dionne Warwick
Long Long Time – Linda Ronstadt
Longer – Dan Fogelberg
(The) Longest Time – Billy Joel
Look through any Window – Hollies
Looking through the Eyes of Love – Gene Pitney
Lookin’ Out My Back Door – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Louie, Louie – Kingsmen
Love Child – Diana Ross & the Supremes
Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) – Edison Lighthouse
Love Her Madly – Doors
Love is All Around – Troggs
Love is Blue – Paul Mauriat/Andy Williams
Love is Here – Supremes
Love Me Do – Beatles
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
Love Me with all Your Heart – Ray Charles Singers
Love Potion Number 9 – Coasters/Searchers
Love’s Been Good to Me – Frank Sinatra
Lover’s Concerto – Toys
Lovin’ You – Minnie Riperton
Lucille – Kenny Rogers
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – Elton John
Lyin’ Eyes – Eagles
Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin
Maggie May – Rod Stewart
Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
(You've Got the) Magic Touch – Platters
Make Love Stay – Dan Fogelberg
Make Your Own Kind of Music – Mama Cass Elliot
Mama Said There'd be Days Like This – Shirelles
Mama Told Me Not to Come – Three Dog Night
Mandy – Barry Manilow
Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
Maybe I Know – Lesley Gore
Me & Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
Me & Mrs. Jones – Billy Paul
Mellow Yellow – Donovan
The Men in My Little Girl’s Life – Mike Douglas
Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin
Midnight at the Oasis – Maria Muldaur
Midnight Confessions – Grass Roots
Midnight Train to Georgia – Gladys Knight & the Pips
Miracles – Jefferson Starship
Misty – Johnny Mathis/Ray Stevens
Mona Lisa – Nat King Cole
Monday, Monday – Mamas & the Papas
Monster – Steppenwolf
Monster Mash – Bobby Boris Pickett
Moody River – Pat Boone
Moon River – Henry Mancini/Andy Williams
Moon Shadow – Cat Stevens
More Today than Yesterday – Spiral Starecase
Morning Has Broken – Cat Stevens
Mother’s Little Helper – Rolling Stones
Mr. Blue – Fleetwoods
Mr. Bojangles – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
(Please) Mr. Custer – Larry Verne
Mr. Dieingly Sad – Critters
Mr. Lonely – Bobby Vinton
Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter – Herman’s Hermits
Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
Mr. Sandman – Chordettes
Mr. Tambourine Man – Byrds
MTA – Kingston Trio
My Boomerang Won’t Come Back – Charlie Drake
My Boyfriend’s Back – Angels
My Coloring Book – Kitty Kallen
My Cup Runneth Over – Ed Ames
My Dad – Paul Petersen
My Eyes Adored You – Frankie Valli
My Love – Petula Clark
My Girl – Temptations
My Guy – Mary Wells
My Prayer – Platters
My Special Angel – Vogues/Bobby Helms/Malcomb Vaughan
My Sweet Lady – John Denver/Cliff DeYoung
My Sweet Lord – George Harrison
My Way – Paul Anka/Sinatra/Elvis
(The) Name Game – Shirley Ellis
(You Make Me Fell Like A) Natural Woman – Aretha Franklin/Carole King
Nature Boy – Nat King Cole
Navy Blue – Diane Renay
Next Door to an Angel – Neil Sedaka
Never Been to Spain – Three Dog Night
Never My Love – Association
New York, New York – Frank Sinatra
(The) Night Chicago Died – Paper Lace
Nights in White Satin – Moody Blues
(The) No No Song – Ringo Starr
No Sugar Tonight – Guess Who
No Time – Guess Who
Nobody Does it Better – Carly Simon
North to Alaska – Johnny Horton
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – Beatles
Ode to Billie Joe – Bobby Gentry
Oh Lord, It’s Hard to be Humble – Mac Davis
Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
Old Days – Chicago
Old Fashioned Love Song – Three Dog Night
(The) Old Man – John McDermott
Old Time Rock n’ Roll – Bob Seeger
On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
One Fine Day – Chiffons
One Fine Morning – Lighthouse
One in a Million – Platters
One Less Bell to Answer – Fifth Dimension
One (is the Loneliest Number) – Three Dog Night
One Tin Soldier – Coven
Only in America – Jay & the Americans
Only the Good Die Young – Billy Joel
Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel) – Roy Orbison
Only Love Can Break a Heart – Gene Pitney
Only You – Platters
Operator (That’s Not the Way it Feels) – Jim Croce
Our Day Will Come – Ruby & the Romantics
Our House – Crosby, Stills, & Nash
Over You – Gary Puckett/Union Gap
Paint it Black – Rolling Stones
Paloma Blanca – George Baker Selection
Partridge Family Theme (Come On Get Happy) – Partridge Family
Passionate Kisses – Mary Chapin Carpenter
Patches – Clarence Carter
Patches – Dickie Lee
Peace Train – Cat Stevens
Peaceful Easy Feeling – Eagles
People Got to be Free – Rascals
Perhaps Love – John Denver
Piano Man – Billy Joel
Pieces of April – Three Dog Night
(The) Pied Piper – Crispian St. Peters
Pillow Talk – Sylvia
Pinball Wizard – Who
Pink Shoe Laces – Dodie Stevens
Play Me – Neil Diamond
Please Mr. Sun – Tommy Edwards
Promises – Eric Clapton
Proud Mary – CCR/Ike & Tina Turner
Puff the Magic Dragon – Peter, Paul & Mary
Puppy Love – Paul Anka/Donny Osmond
Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
Put Your Head on My Shoulder – Paul Anka
Question – Moody Blues
Right Thing to Do – Carly Simon
Rag Doll – Four Seasons
Rainbow Connection – Kermit the Frog
Rainy Days & Mondays – Carpenters
Rainy Night in Georgia – Brook Benton
Reach Out (I’ll Be There) – Four Tops
Red Red Wine – Neil Diamond
Red Rubber Ball – the Cyrkle
Reelin’ in the Years – Steely Dan
Respect – Aretha Franklin
Return to Sender – Elvis Presley
Rhythm of the Rain – Cascades
Rock and Roll Heaven – Righteous Brothers
Rock Around the Clock – Bill Haley and the Comets
Rock Me – Steppenwolf
Rock On – David Essex
Rocket Man – Elton John
Rose – Glenn Yarbrough
(The) Rose – Bette Midler
Roses are Red – Bobby Vinton
Rubber Ball – Bobby Vee
Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town – Kenny Rogers
Ruby Tuesday – Rolling Stones
Run for the Roses – Dan Fogelberg
Runaround Sue – Dion
Runaway – Del Shannon
Sad Movies (Always make Me Cry) – Sue Thompson
Same Old Lang Syne – Dan Fogelberg
San Franciscan Nights – Eric Burdon & the Animals
San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie
Satisfaction – Rolling Stones
Save the Last Dance for Me – Drifters
Scarborough Fair/Canticle – Simon & Garfunkel
Sealed With a Kiss – Brian Hyland
Seasons in the Sun – Terry Jacks
See the Funny Little Clown – Bobby Goldsboro
See You in September – Happenings
Send in the Clowns – Judy Collins/Frank Sinatra
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – Beatles
Shadows in the Moonlight – Anne Murray
She Loves You – Beatles
Sherry – Four Seasons
She’s Not There – Zombies/Santana
(The) Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss) – Betty Everett/Cher
Sign of the Times – Petula Clark
Signs – 5 Man Electrical Band
Silence is Golden – Tremeloes
Silhouettes – Rays/Herman’s Hermits
Silly Love Songs – Paul McCartney & Wings
Since I Don’t Have You – Skyliners
Since I Fell for You – Lenny Welch
Sixteen Reasons – Connie Stevens
Slip Sliding Away – Paul Simon
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – Platters
Snoopy vs. the Red Baron – Royal Guardsmen
So Far Away – Carole King
So Much in Love – Tymes
Softly as I Leave You – Frank Sinatra/Matt Monro
Somebody to Love – Jefferson Airplane
Something Stupid – Frank/Nancy Sinatra
Sometimes when We Touch – Dan Hill
Somewhere My Love (Lara’s Theme) – Ray Conniff
Song for the Asking – Simon & Garfunkel
Sooner or Later – Grass Roots
Soul & Inspiration – Righteous Brothers
Soul Man – Blues Brothers
Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
Speedoo – Cadillacs
Spiders & Snakes – Jim Stafford
Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum
Splish Splash – Bobby Darin
Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
Stand by Me – Ben E. King
Standing in the Shadows of Love – Four Tops
Stay Awhile – Bells
Stewball – Peter, Paul & Mary
Still Crazy after all These Years – Paul Simon
Still the One – Orleans
Stoned Love – Supremes
Stoned Soul Picnic – Fifth Dimension
Stop! in the Name of Love – Supremes
Stranger in Paradise – Tony Bennett/Tony Martin
Stranger on the Shore – Mr. Acker Bilk/Andy Williams
Strangers in the Night – Frank Sinatra
Subterrainian Homesick Blues – Bob Dylan
Sugar Sugar – Archies
Suite: Judy Blue Eyes – Crosby, Stills & Nash
Summer in the City – Lovin’ Spoonful
(A) Summer Song – Chad & Jeremy
Summer (the First Time) – Bobby Goldsboro
Summertime, Summertime – Jamies
Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows – Lesley Gore
Sunshine on My Shoulders – John Denver
Sunshine Superman – Donovan
Surfin’ U.S.A. – Beach Boys
Suspicion – Terry Stafford
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Sweet Hitch-Hiker – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Sweet Nothin’s – Brenda Lee
Sweet Talkin’ Guy – Chiffons
Take Good Care of My Baby – Bobby Vee
Take it Easy – Eagles
Take it to the Limit – Eagles
Take Me Home, Country Roads – John Denver
Tammy – Debbie Reynolds
Tapestry – Carole King
Taxi – Harry Chapin
Teach Your Children – Crosby Stills & Nash
Tears in Heaven – Eric Clapton
Tears on My Pillow – Little Anthony and the Imperials
Teenager in Love – Dion
Tell Laura I Love Her – Ray Peterson
Temptation Eyes – Grass Roots
Thank God I’m a Country Boy – John Denver
Thank the Lord for the Night Time – Neil Diamond
That'll be the Day – Buddy Holly
That’s What Friends are For – Dionne Warwick
The Americans – Gordon Sinclair
The End – Earl Grant
The Gift – Jim Brickman
The Letter – Box Tops
The Rain, the Park, and Other Things – Cowsills
The Three Bells – Browns
The Times, They are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
There's a Kind of Hush – Herman’s Hermits
These Eyes – Guess Who
Then Came You – Dionne Warwick/Spinners
Then You can Tell Me Goodbye – Casinos
There is a Mountain – Donovan
These Boots are Made for Walking – Nancy Sinatra
They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaaaa – Napoleon XIV
Think – Aretha Franklin
This Door Swings Both Ways – Herman’s Hermits
This Girl is a Woman Now – Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
This I Swear – Skyliners
This Magic Moment – Jay and the Americans
This Old Heart of Mine – Rod Stewart with Ronald Isley
Those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer – Nat King Cole
Those Were the Days – Mary Hopkin
Through the Years – Kenny Rogers
Ticket to Ride – Beatles
Till There was You – Beatles
Time in a Bottle – Jim Croce
Time is on My Side – Rolling Stones
Time of the Season – Zombies
Time Won’t Let Me – Outsiders
Times of Your Life – Paul Anka
Tin Man – America
To Know Him is to Love Him – Teddy Bears
To Sir with Love – Lulu
Top of the World – Carpenters
Torn Between Two Lovers – Mary MacGregor
Touch Me – Doors
Tragedy – Fleetwoods
Travelin’ Man – Ricky Nelson
True Love Ways – Buddy Holly and the Crickets
Turn Around – Jimmy Rogers/Kingston Trio/Jimmy Rogers
Turn, Turn, Turn – Byrds
Twilight Time – Platters
(The) Twist – Chubby Checker
Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad – Meatloaf
Unchained Melody – Righteous Brothers
Under the Boardwalk – Drifters
Undun – Guess Who
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole (and others)
(The) Unicorn – Irish Rovers
United We Stand – Brotherhood of Man
Up on the Roof – Drifters/James Taylor
Vacation – Connie Francis
Vehicle – Ides of March
Venus – Frankie Avalon
Venus in Blue Jeans – Jimmy Clanton
Vincent – Don McLean
Viva, Las Vegas – Elvis Presley
Walk Away – Matt Monro
Walk Away, Renee – Left Banke
Walk on By – Dionne Warwick
(The) Wanderer – Dion
War – Edwin Starr
Watching Scotty Grow – Bobby Goldsboro
(The) Way You Look Tonight – Letterman
Wear Your Love Like Heaven – Donovan
We've Only Just Begun – Carpenters
Wedding Song (There is Love) – Paul Stookey
What a Day for a Daydream – Lovin’ Spoonful
What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted? – Jimmy Ruffin
What the World Needs Now – Jackie DeShannon
When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge/Michael Bolton
When I Dream – Crystal Gayle
When I Fall in Love – Nat King Cole
When I’m Sixty-Four – Beatles
When I Need You – Leo Sayer
When Will I be Loved – Everly Brothers/Linda Ronstadt
When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman – Dr. Hook
Where Did Our Love Go? – Supremes
Where the Boys Are – Connie Francis
White on White – Danny Williams
White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum
Who’s Sorry Now – Connie Francis
Why do Fools Fall in Love? – Frankie Lyman & the Teenagers/Diana Ross/Gale Storm
Will You Love Me Tomorrow – Shirelles/Carole King
Wild Thing – Troggs
Wind Beneath My Wings – Bette Midler
Windy – Association
Wishin’ and Hopin’ – Dusty Springfield
Witchy Woman – Eagles
W*O*L*D – Harry Chapin
Woman, Woman – Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
(The) Wonder of You – Elvis Presley
Wonderful World – Sam Cooke/Herman’s Hermits/James Taylor
Woodstock – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Wooly Bully – Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
Words – Bee Gees
Words of Love – Mamas & Papas
(A) World Without Love – Peter & Gordon
(The) Worst That Could Happen – Brooklyn Bridge
Wouldn’t it be Nice – Beach Boys
(The) Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald – Gordon Lightfoot
Yakety Yak – Coasters
Yellow Submarine – Beatles
Yes, I’m Ready – Barbara Mason
Yesterday – Beatles
Yesterday When I was Young – Roy Clark
Yesterday Once More – Carpenters
Yesterday’s Songs – Neil Diamond
Y.M.C.A. – Village People
You Didn’t Have to be so Nice – Lovin’ Spoonful
You and Me Against the World – Helen Reddy
You Are So Beautiful – Joe Cocker
You Are the Only Song – Harry Chapin
You Can’t Hurry Love – Supremes
You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Any More – Neil Diamond
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me – Dusty Springfield
You Don’t Know Me – Ray Charles
You Don’t Own Me – Lesley Gore
You Light Up My Life – Debbie Boone
You Make Me Feel Brand New – Stylistics
You Needed Me – Anne Murray
You Send Me – Sam Cooke
You Were On My Mind – We Five
You'll Never Walk Alone – Lettermen
Young Girl – Gary Puckett/Union Gap
Your Song – Elton John
Your Mama Don’t Dance – Loggins & Messina
Your Wildest Dream – Moody Blues
You’re in My Heart – Rod Stewart
You’re Sixteen – Johnny Burnett/Ringo Starr
You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
You’ve Got a Friend – Carole King/James Taylor
You’ve Lost that Loving Feeling – Righteous Brothers
You'’e Made Me so Very Happy – Blood, Sweat & Tears

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A BBHQ Pop Quiz: Finish the line of a classic boomer song: “ob la de; ob la da; _________________.” (3 words)

Your final answer is....

Source of our lyrics:

There may be several versions of the lyrics to a song:
    1. The version, as penned by the song writer.
    2. The version in the artist’s songbook and/or liner notes to an album.
    3. The first popular version to make it as a (single) hit.
    4. The first popular version, as recorded on an album. (i.e. Charlie Daniels Band’s "Devil Went Down to Georgia" -- the single and album versions are different.)
    5. Versions recorded by other artists or re-recorded by the original artist.
    6. Versions passed down by the masses (i.e. "Louie, Louie")

Yes, versions 2, 3 and 4 may be slightly different.

At BBHQ, we always try to show number 3, since that is the version that most of us remember.

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