The Hollies

Bus Stop

Song Review by

"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.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Bus Stop 1966 2:51
For Certain Because... 1966 Columbia / Beat Goes On 0:00
The Hollies' Greatest Hits 1973 Epic 2:54
The Best of the Hollies [Capitol] 1978 EMI-Capitol Special Markets / EMI Music Distribution 2:54
The Best of the Hollies, Vol. 1 1985 EMI Music Distribution 2:54
No Image 1986
Various Artists
Warner Bros.
The British Invasion: History of British Rock, Vol. 3 1988
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1988 Capitol
Best of 60's Sunshine Rock 1988
Various Artists
Priority Records 2:57
British Invasion: The History of British Rock 1988
Various Artists
Rhino
20 Years 198? Polydor 3:05
All Time Greatest Hits 1990 Curb 2:58
Classic Rock: 1966 - Blowin' Your Mind 1990
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:55
AM Gold: The Mid '60s 1991
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:54
No Image 1991
Various Artists
Rhino
No Image 1992 EMI Music Distribution
The Best of British Rock [EMI-Capitol Special Markets] 1992
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets
No Image 1993 Pair
30th Anniversary Collection 1963-1993 1993 EMI Music Distribution 2:54
Rock Is Dead But It Won't Lie Down: 24 Greatest Hits of All Time, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
Gold Rush 2:57
British Rock [Original Sound] 1995
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:57
The Midas Touch 1995 Sony Music Distribution 2:57
Baby Boomer Classics: Rockin' Sixties 1995
Various Artists
JCI Associated Labels
The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the '60s, Vol. 2 1997
Various Artists
EMI-Capitol Special Markets / CEMA Special Markets 2:56
60's Beat [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Love Rocks, Vol. 1: In Love with Love 1998
Various Artists
Simitar Distribution 2:56
Classic 60's: The Beat Goes On 1998
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:55
Millennium: Forty Hits 1965-1969 1998
Various Artists
Disky 2:56
Original Gold [CD 1] 1998 Disky 2:56
Paradigm Associated Labels 1998
Various Artists
Paradigm Records 3:03
Collection, Vol. 2 1999 Platinum Disc 2:54
Greatest Hits of the 60's [1999] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:55
Greatest Hits of the 60s, Vol. 2 [Platinum Disc #1] 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:54
Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time, Vol. 3: The 60s 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 4:34
Rock -N- Roll's Greatest Hits of All Time, Vol. 5 1999
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:54
40 Hits: 1965-1969 1999
Various Artists
Millennium Hits (Netherlands) 2:56
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 2:53
Classic '60s [Time Life] 1999
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:55
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Disky
Greatest Hits of the 60's [Platinum] 2000
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:20
The Hollies [Platinum Disc] 2000 Platinum Disc 2:55
Positively 60's 2000
Various Artists
Capitol 2:56
Best of the 60's 2000 Simply The Best (Netherlands) 2:54
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through the Years 2000
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:54
At Abbey Road 1963-1966/At Abbey Road 1966-1970/At Abbey Road 1973-1989 2000 EMI Music Distribution 2:55
Original Gold [2 Disc] 2000 Disky 2:56
No Image 2000
Various Artists
Disky 2:57
Casey Kasem: America's Top 10 Through Years - The 60's 2001
Various Artists
Top Sail Productions 2:54
Non-Stop 60's Party 2001
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:41
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1966 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 2:57
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 2:54
A Year in Your Life: 1966, Vol. 2 2001
Various Artists
Definitive 2:54
Classic Masters 2002 Capitol / EMI Records 2:54
Jukebox Hits of the '60s [Collectalbes] 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:56
40 Years of Jukebox Hits: The 50's, 60's, 70's & 80's 2002
Various Artists
Collectables 2:56
The British Are Coming, Vol. 2 2002
Various Artists
Sanctuary 2:54
Up the Junction: 60 Original 1960's British Classics 2002
Various Artists
Disky 2:53
Up the Junction [CD3] 2002
Various Artists
Disky 2:53
60's the Decade of Love & Music 2003
Various Artists
Platinum Disc 2:54
Ultimate British Invasion Collection 2003
Various Artists
Magada International / WEA International 2:56
Best of the Hollies [Collectables] 2003 Collectables 2:54
The British Are Coming 2003
Various Artists
Sanctuary 0:00
Rock On 1966 2004
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 2:55
British Invasion: 1963-1967 2004
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:54
20 Great Love Songs 2004 Disky 2:55
Basic Original Hits 2004 Disky 2:53
British Invasion: The Essential Album 2004
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:57
Great Men of Rock and Roll 2004
Various Artists
Collectables 2:54
Great Men of Rock & Roll: The 60s 2005
Various Artists
Collectables 2:56
The Best of British Rock [Fuel 2000] 2005
Various Artists
Fuel 2000 2:57
Complete Sixties 2005
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:54
Greatest Hits of the 60's 2006
Various Artists
Disky 2:54
Gold: British Invasion 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O 2:54
On a Carousel, 1963-1974: The Ultimate Hollies 2006 Raven 2:54
Fab! The Best of the British Invasion [3CD] 2006
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 2:56
Dutch Collection 2007 EMI Music Distribution 2:53
The British Beat: Best of the '60s 2007
Various Artists
Shout! Factory / TJL 2:55
Platinum [Capitol] 2007 Capitol / EMI Records 2:55
Fab! The Best of the British Invasion [2CD] 2007
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 2:56
Fab!: The Best of the British Invasion, Vol. 1 2007
Various Artists
Somerset Entertainment 2:56
Sugar, Sugar: 60s Pop 2007
Various Artists
Sony BMG 2:55
Where Were You: 1966 2008
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 2:53
Legendary Decades 2008
Various Artists
Disky 2:53
Original Hits: 60s Pop 2010
Various Artists
EMI / EMI Music Distribution 2:56
Bus Stop/Stop! Stop! Stop! 2011 Beat Goes On 2:59
'60s Music Revolution 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:54
50 at Fifty 2014 Atlantic / Elektra / Parlophone / Rhino / Warner Music 2:56
The Best Ever Sixties 2015
Various Artists
Rhino
Listen People: The Graham Gouldman Songbook 1964-2005 2017 Ace 2:52
'60s: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 2:51
28 A's and B's EMI Music Distribution / Parlophone 2:55
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 2:52
Classic '60s Pop
Various Artists
Spectrum Music 3:02
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 2:55
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 3:03
No Image
Various Artists
EMI 2:52
Sixties [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 2:51
Sounds of the Sixties: The Hits
Various Artists
EMI Gold 2:58
Time Life Presents the 60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:54