The Kinks

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The Kinks were an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, in 1964 by brothers Ray and Dave Davies. They are regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s. The band emerged during the height of British rhythm and blues and Merseybeat, and were briefly part of the British Invasion of the United States until their touring ban in 1965. Their third single, the Ray Davies-penned "You Really Got Me", became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States. Their music was influenced by a wide range of genres, including rhythm and blues, British music hall, folk and country. They gained a reputation for reflecting English culture and lifestyle, fuelled by Ray Davies' observational writing style, and are considered one of the most influential groups of the period.

Early works included albums such as Face to Face (1966), Something Else (1967), The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society (1968), Arthur (1969), Lola Versus Powerman (1970), Muswell Hillbillies (1971), along with their accompanying singles. After a fallow period in the mid 1970s, the band experienced a revival during the late 1970s and early 1980s with their albums Sleepwalker (1977), Misfits (1978), Low Budget (1979), Give the People What They Want (1981) and State of Confusion (1983). In addition, groups such as Van Halen, the Jam, the Knack, the Pretenders and the Fall covered their songs, helping to boost the Kinks' record sales. In the 1990s, Britpop acts such as Blur and Oasis cited the band as a major influence.

Ray Davies (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Dave Davies (lead guitar, vocals) remained members throughout the band's 32-year run. Longest-serving member Mick Avory (drums and percussion) was replaced by Bob Henrit, formerly of Argent, in 1984. Original bass guitarist Pete Quaife was replaced by John Dalton in 1969, and Dalton was in turn replaced by Jim Rodford in 1978. Session keyboardist Nicky Hopkins accompanied the band in the studio for many of their recordings in the mid-to-late 1960s. In 1969 the band became an official five-piece when keyboardist John Gosling joined them, being replaced by Ian Gibbons in 1979, who remained in the band until they broke up in 1996; a result of the commercial failures of their last few albums and creative tension between the Davies brothers.

The Kinks have had five Top 10 singles on the US Billboard chart. Nine of their albums charted in the Top 40. In the UK, The Kinks have had seventeen Top 20 singles and five Top 10 albums. Four of their albums have been certified gold by the RIAA and have sold over 50 million records worldwide. Among numerous honours, they received the Ivor Novello Award for "Outstanding Service to British Music". In 1990, the original four members of The Kinks were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the UK Music Hall of Fame in November 2005.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Acid Drops, Spacedust & Flying Saucers Various Artists 1
2001 Maximum R&B: Doin' the Mod, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2001 Cigarettes and Alcohol, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2001 Q: Anthems Various Artists 1
2001 Top 40 Hitdossier 1965-1966 Various Artists 1
2001 Top 40 Hitdossier 1967-1968 Various Artists 1
2001 Top 40 Hitdossier 1969-1970 Various Artists 1
2001 45 Classic No 1’s Various Artists 1
2001 200 Fab Sixties Favourites Various Artists 1
2001 100 No. 1 Hits Various Artists 1
2001 100% Ohrwürmer Various Artists 2
2001 A Year in Your Life: 1978, Volume One Various Artists 1
2001 Beat, Beat, Beat! Volume 2: More Mop Top Rarities Various Artists 1
2001 Die absolute Schweine CD Various Artists 1
2001 Milestones: 32 Great Rock Classics Various Artists 2
2001 Modmania Various Artists 1
2001 Simply the Best of the 60's Various Artists 1
2001 Sixty Sensational Sixties Hits, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2001 Sixty Sensational Sixties Hits, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2001 Skeive Skiver 4 Various Artists 1
2001 Sounds of the Sixties: 1965 Various Artists 1
2001 Sounds of the Sixties: 1966 Various Artists 1
2001 Star-Club Oldies Various Artists 1
2001 The Alltime Greatest Rock Classics 2 of the 70s, 80s & 90s Various Artists 1
2002 Rude Boy Revival Various Artists 1
2002 Heartbeat: The Official 10th Anniversary Various Artists 1
2002 Mod and Beyond Various Artists 1
2002 Best of British: 50 Golden Years of British Popular Music Various Artists 1
2002 Acoustic, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 Psychedelic Pstones 2: Haunted Various Artists 1
2002 The Score: 20 Ultra-Cool Soundtracks From the Producers at Mojo Various Artists 1
2002 The Best Sixties Summer Party... Ever! Various Artists 1
2002 Love That Louie: The Louie Louie Files Various Artists 1
2002 The British Are Coming, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 The Best Air Guitar Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 3
2002 Beat, Beat, Beat, Volume 3: Mop Top Pop Various Artists 1
2002 50 Years of the Greatest Hit Singles Various Artists 1
2002 The Best Air Guitar Album in the World... II Various Artists 1
2002 Sixties Jukebox Classics: 54 Jukebox Smashes From the 60's Various Artists 1
2002 50 Years of No. 1 Hits Various Artists 1
2002 Best of Hardrock, Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
2002 Campark Records: The British Invasion, Volume 13 Various Artists 1
2002 Capital Gold: Sixties Legends Various Artists 1
2002 Media Markt Collection: The 60s Various Artists 1
2002 Sixties Various Artists 1
2002 Sounds of the Sixties: 1964 Various Artists 1
2002 Sounds of the Sixties: 1967 Various Artists 1
2002 Sounds of the Sixties: Made in the UK Various Artists 1
2002 The Best of 70’ Rock Edition, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2002 Twogether Années 60 Various Artists 1
2003 Capital Gold: British Legends Various Artists 1
2003 Mojo Music Guide, Volume 1: Instant Garage Various Artists 1
2003 Good Vibes: The Jingly Jangly Sound of Summer Various Artists 1
2003 Best Singles of All Time, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2003 Box of Rock Various Artists 1
2003 Guitar of the Millennium II Various Artists 1
2003 Absolute Rock Classics 3 Various Artists 1
2003 Super 60's Various Artists 1
2003 50 Years of the Greatest Hit Singles: Platinum Collection Various Artists 1
2003 Back to Mine: Audio Bullys Audio Bullys 2
2003 Under the Influence: Paul Weller Various Artists 1
2003 60's Gold Various Artists 1
2003 Bowers & Wilkins EQ* Various Artists 1
2003 Capital Gold Seventies Legends Various Artists 1
2003 Classic Cuts Presents: 70’s Night: The Definitive DJ Collection: G to K Various Artists 1
2003 Happy 60s Various Artists 1
2003 It’s Called Rock Various Artists 1
2003 Kitsch Lounge Riot Various Artists 1
2003 Legends: Ultimate Rock Collection: Get It On Various Artists 3
2003 Mai 68 Various Artists 1
2003 Sounds of the Sixties: 1967 Still Swinging Various Artists 1
2003 Sounds of the Sixties: 1968 Still Swinging Various Artists 1
2003 Sounds of the Sixties: 1969 Still Swinging Various Artists 1
2003 The British Are Coming Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2004 Gary Crowley Presents Where the Action Is! Various Artists 2
2004 1968 The Soundtrack Various Artists 1
2004 Alan McGee and Danny Watson Present...: Death Disco: The Club Soundtrack Various Artists 1
2004 Uncut 2004.04: The Roots of Tommy Various Artists 1
2004 Under the Influence: Bob Geldof Various Artists 1
2004 Capital Gold: Just Great Songs Various Artists 1
2004 Rock Legends Various Artists 1
2004 Summer in the Sixties Various Artists 1
2004 Super 70’s Rock Various Artists 1
2004 This Is the Modern World Various Artists 1
2004 Q: Essential Glastonbury Various Artists 1
2004 Saint Etienne Present Songs for Mario's Cafe Various Artists 1
2004 Pure Acoustic Various Artists 1
2004 The Encyclopedia of Music: Best of 70's, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2004 Absolute Sixties Various Artists 1
2004 I ♥ TV ADs: The Cool Sounds of TV Advertising Various Artists 1
2004 The Best Pub Jukebox... Ever! Various Artists 3 1
2004 The Very Best of Legends Various Artists 1
2004 Steve Wright in the Afternoon: The Oldies Various Artists 1
2004 UK Music Hall of Fame Various Artists 1
2004 Capital Gold Guitar Legends Various Artists 1
2004 The Best No. 1 Singles in the World… Ever! Various Artists 3 1
2004 The Best Sixties Party Various Artists 1
2004 Tracks #6: Editors' Picks from the Pages of Tracks Magazine Various Artists 1
2004 40 jaar Top 40: 1965-1966 Various Artists 1
2004 40 Jaar Top 40: 1969-1970 Various Artists 1

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