Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Byrds – Eight Miles High


180 – The Byrds – Eight Miles High (1966)
Written by Gene Clark, Jim McGuinn and David Crosby
Produced by Allen Stanton
Label – Columbia

There’s much debate, on two fronts, associated with this incredible single, both of which I care little for. Whether it was drug fueled, or the very first psychedelic record has minimal importance. I just listen, take in its Eastern influence and just drift somewhere above the clouds with the band. The Byrds would create other great songs, but for me, this is their most brilliant achievement.

10 responses to “Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: The Byrds – Eight Miles High

  1. I can’t disagree with you at all on this- the Byrd’s greatest song/ single. To me the true test of a great song is- one I never get tired of hearing and this one certainly fits that criteria.

      • A few hours ago I was listening to a Dave Clark Five best of- and was thinking on why they were a 2 year wonder and faded into obscurity with the Herman’s Hermits and Gerry and The Pacemakers- and I think a song like “Eight Miles High” tells me why. Those groups were swallowed up by the new sounds and changing times and didn’t have the songwriting or ability to grow. The ones we hear about still today- are the ones who kept changing. The ones who eventually failed- were limited.

      • That’s why I think this song is so incredible. Imagine hearing it for the first time on release in 1966? Nothing else sounded like it

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