3. ? and the Mysterians
"96 Tears" (1966, Number One) and "I Need Somebody" (1967, Number 22)
An unlikely chart-topper, "96 Tears" is a masterpiece of brokenhearted OCD vengeance, with ? (government name: Rudy Martinez) enumerating exactly how much he wants his ex to cry over nagging organ stabs. These garage-rockers kept the public's attention with "I Need Somebody," again distinguished by a repetitive organ riff before it breaks unexpectedly into "Mary Had a Little Lamb." A third Mysterians tune, "Can't Get Enough You Baby," wasn't a hit until Smash Mouth covered it in the late Nineties.