500 Greatest Songs of All Time
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)