The Doors were a US rock band that formed in 1964 in LA, California. The lead singer Jim Morrison wrote most of the lyrics and he was described as a wild and unpredictable stage persona. After his death in 1971, the remaining members of the band continued singing until splitting up two years later. Here is a list of the best hits of The Doors, starting from number 10:
10. Love Street
Love Street was released on vinyl in the summer of 1968 and was the fourth song from the album Waiting For The Sun. It went to the charts at number two and quickly became an unforgettable hit.
9. Roadhouse Blues
The electric performance at the opening track drew from The Doors’ blues roots. Although this song was not a massive hit, (it went to B-side) it still became the band’s most popular song thanks to the controversial behaviour of Morrison. The single made it to No. 50 in the charts.
8. Hello, I Love You
This song was released in 1968 and it was the band’s second and last No.1 single. It is a straightforward and easy-on-the-ears song that lasts for around two and a half minutes. This classic rock song is from the No. 1 album Waiting For The Sun. It was at the top of the US charts and sold over a million copies both in US and Canada. In UK, this song was The Door’s first big hit, reaching to No. 15 in the charts.
7. People Are Strange
This song just missed the top ten in the singles chart. It was released in 1967 from the 2nd album called Strange Days. The single reached to No. 12 in the US chart. Robby Krieger and Jim Morrison both wrote the lyrics together, but credits were given to all the band members.
6. Touch Me
This song was definitely all about sex, just as Hello, I Love You was a love song. Lucky fans saw Morrison with raging confidence and energy on stage at one of his live concerts. The band released its 4th album in 1969, and most of the songs were filled with horns and strings. Many people saw this particular single as punchy and alluring.
5. Love Me Two Times
This was from the second album that made it to top ten. The album Strange Days continued the expansion of the band and drove them to even more musically adventurous shows. The band still kept their blues foundation by using harpsichord sound instruments. This song was the seen as the bridge between the last two albums.
4. When the Music’s Over
This song starts with a funky strut from Manzarek who plays the keyboards, and the drummer Densmore. The vocalist, Jim Morrison is heard muttering the intro, which is instantly addictive to listen to. The lyrics make a reference to biblical nights and how music is the only thing that matters in life.
3. L.A. Woman
This song was from The Door’s final album. Morrison died 3 months later when the record was released in the charts. It remained one of the most popular hits for the band as it allowed Jim Morrison to show his love for the Blues music through the lyrics. As a child, he was greatly influenced by singers Howlin’ Wolf and J L Hooker.
2. The end
This is another hit single that was written by Jim Morrison. It was originally written about his relationship with Mary Werbelow, but there were some changes made to the words later. The song was released in 1967 and it was used in the 1979 movie Apocalypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola.
1. Light my fire
And the No. 1 song has to be Light My Fire, which spent three weeks at No. 1 in 1966. It was one of the hottest hits in Billboard Hot 100 list and became the band’s signature song. This is a sexy and unpretentious song that is sang to absolute perfection. Just as the Summer of Love came up in the 60s, the song hit No. 1 and remained as the perfect symbol of that era.