3. Sly and the Family Stone - 'Hot Fun in the Summertime'
Much like Brian Wilson, Sly Stone had the incredible ability to write beautiful, cheery songs that masked his growing mental instability. "Hot Fun in the Summertime" (later covered by the Beach Boys) is one of Sly's most instantly catchy tunes. You can practically feel the sun on your back and taste the backyard BBQ when you listen to it. Released weeks after their brilliant set at Woodstock, the song flew up the charts and reached number two. This was the band at their commercial and creative peak. The Seventies started strong, but Sly's problems began piling up, and his career and life took a huge hit. "Hot Fun in the Summertime" is a brilliant reminder of happier days.