9. The Left Banke
"Walk Away Renée"(1966, Number 5) and “Pretty Ballerina” (1967, Number 15)
"Walk Away Renée" was a moony farewell to a former love from a New York City teenager named Michael Brown. With delicate strings swirling above delicate vocals resting atop delicate harpsichord, it was as sweet and as light as a cake made wholly of fondant. “Pretty Ballerina” was its worthy follow-up, but by the time the latter hit the charts Brown and the rest of the band were involved in a nasty public spat, dividing the Left Banke's fan base and dooming its commercial career.