1. The Ronettes, "Be My Baby." The greatest moment of just about everyone involved, and the perfect beginning to Mean Streets.
2. The Beatles, "Don't Bother Me." Ironic, that we get started on the Beatles' classic period, and shuffle play coughs up a George song, the first of his solo compositions the Beatles recorded.
3. Paul Revere & the Raiders, "Louie Louie." My memory may be faulty at this point, but I could swear that in the SF Bay Area, this was the more popular version, not the Kingsmen.
4. Bob Dylan, "Honey, Just Allow Me One More Chance." Dylan used to put a song like this on albums at the beginning of his career … I imagine they were good concert tunes. I love 'em.
5. Boots Randolph, "Yakety Sax." You know this song, even if you don't think you know it (think Benny Hill).
6. Mongo Santamaria, "Watermelon Man." Written by a family relation of the best man at my son's wedding. This oft-anthologized song appears on the classic album Dick Van Dyke's Dance Party.
7. Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, "Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Hearts." A tribute to Frankie Lymon.
8. Martha & the Vandellas, "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave." When it came to Motown, I much preferred Martha to Diana.
9. The Essex, "Easier Said Than Done." Perhaps the best song ever by a bunch of Marines.
10. The Singing Nun, "Dominique." There are a lot of amazing stories to be told about the various artists on this list, but none can match that of the Singing Nun. By the way, as far as I know, the video I've linked to is legit.