"Bus Stop" is probably the Hollies' best-known and most fondly remembered hit of the 1960s, reaching number five in 1966. Though well-suited to their style, the song is actually the work of Graham Gouldman, one of the most talented British pop/rock composers of the 1960s, who was penning hits for the Yardbirds ("For Your Love," "Heart Full of Soul") and others at the same time. Like virtually all of Gouldman's early hits, "Bus Stop" contains about the most adept use of minor melodies and pleasing, unexpected chord changes in all of mid-'60s British pop, with the exception of the Beatles and the Zombies. The arrangement starts with a delicately plucked, almost Greek-flavored guitar riff before going into a rather melancholy verse that complements the rainy days described by the lyrics well. "Bus Stop" is proof that a pop/rock song didn't have to be about a burning social issue or interior poetic angst to have a great lyric, weaving a basic but compelling story of love blooming at a bus stop when the boy offers to shield the girl with his umbrella. The first few times through, anyway, it has fresh and unexpected twists. What made the song hold up for enough plays to get it onto AM radio rotation, though, was its great brooding melody: The brief burst of Bobby Elliott drums that acted as the signal to change tempos for the bridge and the bridge, whose buoyant, expansive optimism contrasted nicely with the more subdued verses. There were fine vocal harmonies throughout, and also a well-executed and again faintly Greek guitar solo in the middle of the tune, reprised briefly to good effect on the fadeout.