By leaving out these giants from my Top 50, I’ve not purposefully adopted a connoisseur’s perspective, despising common artefacts in favour of polishing some obscurities. I’ve tried to consider each song truly on its merits. My No 1, I Started a Joke, was a major hit and one of the Bee Gees’ best known songs from their early period.
Still, a Bee Gees Top 50 which doesn’t include Massachusetts, Words and First of May is a bit like a Beatles Top 50 which doesn’t include She Loves You, A Day In the Life and I am the Walrus. It requires an explanation.
So over three posts, I’ll comment on these songs and try to justify their omission, starting with Massachusetts.