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The world has lost another fantastic artist. Davy Jones of the Monkees has died after suffering a heart attack.
While friends, family and fans mourn and take to their Twitter and Facebook pages to express their condolences, TheCelebrityCafe.com has put together a top 10 list of favorite Monkees songs in remembrance of a man who was taken too soon.
10. “Words” (Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart) from 1967's Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.
"Words" is a rather underrated track that is kind of unique, since it features Peter Tork actually getting the chance to sing, even if Micky Dolenz takes the lead vocal.
9. “Papa Gene’s Blues” (Mike Nesmith) from 1965's The Monkees
This was the only song on the group's first record that was actually written by one of them. It set the tone for most of Mike Nesmith's career with the group. Nesmith introduced countless teenagers to his quirky, countrified rock, years before country-rock would become a major force in the music industry.
8. “Mary, Mary”: (Nsmith) from 1965's More of the Monkees
The opening to this track is fantastic. It's got a great groove to it.
7. Porpoise Song (Theme From Head) (Carole King/Gerry Goffin) from 1968's Head
If there ever was a song that epitomized the film it came from most, it is the "Porpoise Song."
6. “(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone” (Boyce/Hart) from More of the Monkees
This is another fantastic Boyce/Hart number with great vocals from Micky.
5. “Valleri” (Boyce/Hart) from 1968's The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees
"Valleri" shows off the versatile talents of Davy. Anytime you listen to it, you're likely to get the name "Valleri" stuck in your head all day.
4. "(Theme From) The Monkees" (Boyce/Hart) from The Monkees
You can't talk about the Monkees without mentioning that great title song. It has probably one of the greatest opening hooks in the history of pop music.
3. "Pleasant Valley Sunday" (King/Goffin) from Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones Ltd.
This is probably the best known track that Goffin and King wrote for the group and it's fantastic from start to finish. A pure slice of psychedelia if there ever was one.
2. “Last Train to Clarksville” (Boyce/Hart) from The Monkees
Without "Last Train To Clarksville," there is no Monkees. If the single wasn't the monster success it was, even with the show, the Monkees would probably never have worked out. The song is clearly a rip-off of the Beatles' "Paperback Writer," but it's still good.
1. “I’m a Believer” (Neil Diamond) from More of the Monkees
Neil Diamond is such a fantastic songwriter and this song, tied into the production, is just perfect on countless levels.
Honorable mention: The entire Headquarters album is the only record where the group plays on every song. It features no hit singles, but is among the best albums from 1967, thanks to tracks like "You Told Me," "Mr. Webster" and "Randy Scouse Git."
We also have to mention "Daydream Believer," one of their best songs.