500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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The Animals, 'We Gotta Get Out of This Place'

Writers: Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
Producer:
Mickie Most
Released:
Aug. ’65, MGM
11 weeks; No. 13

Born in the Brill Building song factory and originally intended for the Righteous Brothers, it got a harsh white-blues treatment from the Animals. As singer Eric Burdon put it, “Whatever suited our attitude, we just bent to our own shape.” Its desperate intensity made the song a huge hit with U.S. soldiers in Vietnam and, a generation later, coalition forces in Iraq.

Appears on: Retrospective (ABKCO)

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