Waterloo Sunset
The Kinks
Kinks 1967 Waterloo Sunset 45

Dirty old river, must you keep rolling
flowing into the night
People so busy, makes me feel dizzy
taxi light shines so bright
But I don't need no friends
As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset
I am in paradise

1967
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Year
Peak Chart Position
  • the song was released as a single, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100
  • peaked at No. 2 on the UK Singles chart
  • single released May 5, 1967
  • from the album Something Else (1967)
  • originally Davies wanted to call it "Liverpool Sunset"
  • ranks #42 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2010 list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
  • on the record:
         Ray Davies- lead vocals, rhythm guitar
         Dave Davies- lead guitar, backing vocals
         Pete Quaife- bass, backing vocals
         Mick Avory- drums
         Nicky Hopkins- piano
         Rasa Davies- backing vocals
  • written by Ray Davies
  • originally Davies wanted to call it "Liverpool Sunset" - he says it came to him in a dream - "I woke up and it was there"
  • produced by Ray Davies, credited to Shel Talmy
  • recorded at Pye Studios, London, England; the song was reportedly recorded in ten hours
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