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Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1967

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One of the better Billboard Top Pop Hits collections, 1967 is nearly as scattered as some of the other volumes of the series but features so many classic songs that it still holds together as an album. Ranging from the mellow hippie pop of Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" and the Mamas & the Papas' "Dedicated to the One I Love" to vibrant soul and rock of Arthur Conley's "Sweet Soul Music" and Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels' "Sock It to Me, Baby!," the album reflects the Summer of Love as well as the more urgent sounds of the Motor City and Southern soul. The Monkees' "A Little Bit Me, a Little Bit You," the Association's "Never My Love," and Lulu's "To Sir With Love" add a bit of pure pop to the collection, while Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe" contributes a touch of earthiness. A surprisingly consistent collection, Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1967 reaffirms how strong a year it was for all kinds of music.

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