2: San Francisco – Scott McKenzie

NeilTop 30 - One Hit Wonders

Entered Charts: 21 June 1967
Entry Point: 39
Highest Chart: 2
Weeks In: 15
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I grew up in a reasonably conservative household where we were to encouraged to listen to “modern music” and so I came to enjoy and appreciate so much of what I now listen to many years later. In a funny way, it has worked really well for me because it has given me the opportunity to learn about the songs rather than just listen to them.

That said, I can remember hearing this song as a relatively small child and wondering why people were wearing flowers in their hair. It made so sense to me but I remember thinking that the song was a really gentle and happy song. Little did I realise that it was an anthem that had a massive impact on so many people in the US and the rest of the world.

A song, literally for the ages, and one that was really unfortunate not to take the gold medal position. As I look toward tomorrow, maybe it gets the nod because it arrived at a time where I was listening to much more contemporary stuff for my age. What is the number one – all I’ll say is that if I played you just the first two seconds of the recording, you’d already know what the song is such is the iconic introduction. See you tomorrow!