From: ‘Raspberries’ (1972)
Pop songs don’t get much more perfect than this nugget, courtesy of the Raspberries and lead singer Eric Carmen. Trying to encapsulate everything he loved about ’60s pop-rock in one song, Carmen paid tribute to the Beatles (the shouts of “come on” are nicked from ‘Please Please Me’), the Beach Boys (the drastic key change for the bridge) and the Stones (the song’s sexually suggestive subject matter). In addition, he kept the verses short and the choruses long for maximum catchiness. Add in that titanic guitar riff at the top and the Raspberries packed more brilliance into one single than most bands could achieve during a whole album.