My Favorite All-Time Garage Rock Songs

Spanning fifty years of garage rock history, this list includes songs from Europe as well as South America. Even though I wrote the first book on hip hop, garage rock always remained my first love, musically-speaking. The first band I joined was called The Knight Riders, and they formed in 1966. My next band, The Soul Assassins, formed in New York City twenty years later. If you like r-r-r-real rock and roll, this is my cream of the crop.

Psycho by The Sonics

Help You Ann by The Lyres

I’m Cracking Up by The Maharajas

You’re Gonna Miss Me by 13th Floor Elevators

El Humo Tace Mal by Los Peyotes

Open Up Your Door by Richard and the Young Lions

Shadow Line by The Fleshtones

I’ll Come Again by The Ugly Beats

Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In?) by The Chocolate Watchband

Out of Our Tree by The Wailers

Sweet Jane by The Velvet Underground

Rock ‘n’ Roll Ain’t Evil by The Flairz

Rari by The Standells

96 Tears by ? and the Mysterians

Cheated and Lied by The Vipers

Piangi Con Me by The Rokes

Keep On Dancing by The Gentrys

It’s Love Come What May by Bobby Fuller

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