Always nice when the guys are included in lists with other top notch bands… Here they come out second behind Manfred Mann with songs about being in a band -which is exactly the tale the theme of the TV show told – and continues to tell for all of us who hum it over and over again. — Rosanne
Thanks to Steven Panthera for this one. A lot of nominations, so I was strict, ruling out “Bennie and the Jets” and “Holiday Inn” because Elton John is a solo artist rather than a band. The same went for “The Free Electric Band” by Albert Hammond.
1. “The One in the Middle”, Manfred Mann, 1965. “Let me tell you about the Manfreds” – including a personnel check. Nominated by Teri Walsh and Pat Harty.
2. “(Theme From) The Monkees”, The Monkees, 1967. Better known as “Hey, Hey, We’re the Monkees”. Thank you to Sirena Bergman.
Read The Top 10: Songs By Bands About Being in a Band via The Independent
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