Till your kiss helped me name it: the best of Carole King & Gerry Goffin

As the list shows, I was interested in the best performances of Goffin-King songs, together and apart. Two artists appeared twice for definitive performances of Goffin-King’s material; one artist appeared performing two different songs. Lacking familiarity with King’s later solo work, I included a couple of obvious favorites that to my ears demonstrate why the NYC native’s plainsong was as revolutionary as Lou Reed’s. Thinking through fraught emotional states — Goffin-King’s best songs captured this phenomenon. And no one before punk wrote as well about a woman’s sexual awakening.

1. The Drifters – Some Kind of Wonderful
2. Bryan Ferry – Will You Love Me Tomorrow
3. Dusty Springfield – No Easy Way Down
4. Aretha Franklin – (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
5. The Monkees – Pleasant Valley Sunday
6. The Crystals – He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)
7. Skeeter Davis – I Can’t Stay Mad at You
8. Little Eva – The Loco-Motion
9. The Chiffons – One Fine Day
10. Carole King – You’ve Got a Friend
11. Martika – I Feel the Earth Move
12. Dusty Springfield – Don’t Forget About Me
13. Bobby Vee – Take Good Care of My Baby
14. Carole King – Smackwater Jack
15. Freddie Scott – Hey Girl
16. James Taylor – You’ve Got a Friend
17. Carole King – It’s Too Late
18. Gene Pitney – Every Breath You Take
19. The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow
20. The Crickets – Don’t Ever Change

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