6: California Dreaming – The Mamas and The Papas

NeilTop 30 - Locations

Released: 1966
Entry Point: Did not reach the Top 40
Highest Chart: 56
Weeks In:
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OK, here’s a challenge for you. Name one song that better captures the essence of its time and location that this one.

Beautiful harmonies, demonstrating the very best of the Greenwich Village sound. The Mamas and The Papas were the voice of that scene and this song, to my mind, is their best.

If you want to hear a different version though, check out the Beach Boys on YouTube – a very different feel and a very cold and grey video!