How time flies – 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the The Monkees television series and the release of the band’s debut single, Last Train to Clarksville.
The Monkees were never truly intended to be a real band; the actor-performers were hired to work together on a new sitcom about an imaginary rock group that wanted to be like the Beatles and ultimately failed.
But as the show grew more popular, so did its music, and The Monkees became the real deal; the band enjoyed several Number 1 hits and eventually performed and wrote their own music for the show and for subsequent albums once the television show was no longer on air.
To celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary, its three living original members – Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork; Davy Jones passed away in 2012 – are preparing to release a new album later this month.
But for now, we’re looking back on some of the best of The Monkees from the last 50 years.
Are any of your favourites on the list?
The Monkees Theme
I’m a Believer
Last Train to Clarksville
A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
What Am I Doing Hangin Round
Pleasant Valley Sunday
You and I
Randy Scouse Git
Spotify users: listen to the whole playlist here!
Do you love The Monkees? Let us know your favourite songs in the comments below!