Stephen Thomas Erlewine picks “Gimme Little Sign,” by Benton Wood. Hard to argue with an R&B nugget this smooth, though I think I’ll stick with “Common People” or “Spoonful“– which, incidentally, both number among Erlewine’s honorable mentions.
Tags: Benton Wood, Howlin' Wolf, Pulp
This may seem out of left field but I think the greatest single I’ve heard is “Take Me to the River” – not by Al Green, who I love – but by the Talking Heads. It is s remarkable little package which has all the things a pop song should – vocal and instrumental hooks, a memorable singer, and interesting sounds. I’d have to put Green’s own “Love & Happiness” in any top five.
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