Can You Name 10 Songs Better Than This One? No, You Can't.

News of Estelle Bennett's passing today at the age of 67 serves as a sad excuse to talk about one of the best songs ever, the Ronettes' "Be My Baby."

You've got the greatest drumbeat there is, Phil Spector's incomparable Wall of Sound at its most imposing, a stunning vocal performance and lyrics that get to the heart of what is basically at the core of most great rock-and-roll songs: Be My Baby. Please.

It's impossible not to feel something when listening to this one.

By David Malitz |  February 13, 2009; 3:12 PM ET Appreciations , Old Favorite Thing
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Uh, Rolling Stone came up with 21 other songs that were better. So, yeah, we can.

Posted by: YearZero | February 13, 2009 8:11 PM

i haven't listened to that song in 10 years - i'd have to agree. what an absolute classic.

Posted by: interestingidea1234 | February 13, 2009 9:06 PM

It's on my "dance around the house" compilation along with Amy Winehouse,Petula Clarke,Marianne Faithful, Francoise Hardy,Lulu,Dusty Springfield and Dionne Warwick.

Posted by: crawfish2 | February 14, 2009 3:52 PM

Brian Wilson said this was the best pop song ever written. That said, in 1962, no, I couldn't. Now, yes, but that's for another post.

Posted by: DaveinNorthridge | February 14, 2009 10:27 PM

agreed. this is one of the best songs to come out of america in any genre.

Posted by: samsessa | February 16, 2009 9:37 AM

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