The Hollies are a British rock band that was formed in the 1960s. They are best known for producing hits and songs that remain relevant to this day. The Hollies have released over 20 albums and have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In this article, we will be discussing the 10 Best The Hollies Songs of All-Time.
10. I’m Alive
I’m Alive is a song about hope and resilience. It is about a person who has been through tough times but is still alive and fighting. The song was released in 1964 and reached number one on the UK charts. This song was written by Tony Hicks and was one of the top songs in the album In The Hollies Style. The song has been used as a soundtrack in many films and movies like The Shawshank Redemption.
9. Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress
This is a song about a woman who is fed up with her man’s cheating ways. She is ready to move on and have some fun of her own. The song was released in 1972 and reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song continued gaining popularity and has featured in several tv shows and films such as The Sopranos, The Simpsons, and Wayne’s World.
8. Stop Stop Stop
This is a song about young love and the feelings that come with it. According to Classic Rock History, the song is told from the perspective of a young man who is trying to get his girlfriend to stop seeing other guys. He is pleading with her to stop and just be with him. It was released on the album For Certain Because and was a massive hit during that time. The song reached number two on the UK charts and number three on the US Billboard Hot 100. It has been used as a soundtrack in several movies and films like School Ties and American Pie.
7. Dear Eloise
Dear Eloise is a song written by Paul and John as a letter to their friend, Eloise. The song is full of beautiful imagery, and the Hollies do a great job of bringing it to life. This was a huge song and has been covered by many artists the likes of which include, but are not limited to: The Beatles, R.E.M., and Robbie Williams. It was released in the year 1967 in the album Butterfly. The song has been used as a soundtrack in many movies like, I Am Sam and Rushmore. That improved the song’s popularity making it reach number one in the UK and number thirteen on the US Billboard charts.
6. On A Carousel
This song was released in 1967 on their album The Hollies’ Greatest Hits. The song reached No. 11 in the UK and No. 67 in the US. The song is about a carousel, with Clarke singing about how the world keeps going around and how love is like a carousel. This song has featured in the film The Italian Job, released in 1969.
5. Carrie Ann
This song was originally written and recorded by Neil Sedaka in 1963, but The Hollies gave it new life when they recorded it in 1967. It became a Top 40 hit in the US, peaking at #34, and was one of the first Hollies songs to feature Graham Nash on lead vocals. According to Return of Rock, the song is about a young man who is smitten with a girl named Carrie Ann, who he sees every day on his way to work. It has been covered by many artists over the years, but The Hollies version is still the best. The popularity of this song resulted in it being used as a soundtrack in various films, tv shows, and movies such as “Forrest Gump” and “Clueless”.
4. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
This is The Hollies at their most anthemic, and it’s a stone-cold classic. The Hollies’ released this song in 1969 under the album Hollies Sing Hollies. The song is about carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders and how we all need someone to help us through life. The song reached number three in the UK and number seven in the US. The song has been covered by many artists over the years including Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, and Barbra Streisand.
3. The Air That I Breathe
This song was written by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, and released by The Hollies in 1974. It did very well reaching number 43 on the Billboard Charts. It is a song that has been covered by many artists, including Phil Collins. This song is about the power of love and how it can make us feel.
2. Bus Stop
The 1966 hit was written by Graham Gouldman and was released by the Hollies in the album Bus Stop. This song was a big hit on its release reaching number five on the Billboard Hot 100. According to This is Dig, the song is about a young man who is trying to pick up a girl at a bus stop. It has a message of being careful with who you talk to and not being too forward. This song has been used as a soundtrack on different films and movies like The Devil Wears Prada and American Beauty.
1. Look Through Any Window
Look Through Any Window is a song about, well, looking through any window and seeing the good in life. It was released in the year 1965 on the album The Hollies (Expanded Edition). This song did very well reaching number four on the UK charts and number thirty-six in the US. It has also been featured in several films and movies such as The Wonder Years, School of Rock, and Mr. Holland’s Opus.
As you can see, The Hollies are a band with many great songs. These are just a few of their best. Their ability to write catchy hooks and beautiful melodies are unmatched. They are the pioneers of power pop and are responsible for some of the greatest songs of all time.