And not even just writing songs ; Carole King wrote some of the biggest hits of the time. Between writing hits for The Drifters, The Shirelles, and others, King has a lot of songs that you might not even know she made. It was written specifically with Franklin in mind, and King went on to do a version of it on her second solo album, Tapestry. It was, unsurprisingly, at the top of the charts. And King also recorded a version of her own later on. He made it his own, and it came out the very same year. It was named after a place in New Jersey where the two lived at the time and was a commentary on societal standards of the time.
# 9 – The Loco-Motion
# 10 – City Streets
Carole King has written so many wonderful songs that there are bound to be many people who will argue over certain songs that did not make this list. We tried picking the most important Carole King Songs as far as cultural impact goes. We also picked some of our favorites which is why these lists are always based on subjectivity. Let us know which ones you think we missed. The song starting out our Top 10 Carole King Songs list may surprise some fans. Carole King has written so many classic numbers over the past fifty years, that it may seem odd that a relatively unknown song would make this list.
Carole King Klein  born Carol Joan Klein ; February 9, is an American singer-songwriter who has been active since , initially as one of the staff songwriters at the Brill Building and later as a solo artist. She is the most successful female songwriter of the latter half of the 20th century in the US, having written or co-written pop hits on the Billboard Hot King's major success began in the s when she and her first husband, Gerry Goffin , wrote more than two dozen chart hits, many of which have become standards , for numerous artists.
Her work, both as a composer and performer, continues to be the gold standard of fine form matched to pop melody. In fact, other canonic musicians ranging from Aretha Franklin to The Animals and The Drifters to Dusty Springfield have performed her music, partially to honor the legend and partially to make her work their own hits. But to name her 12 best songs, calls for an emphasis on her golden years of partnership with Gerry Goffin, their work at the Brill Building and her masterpiece album Tapestry. This melancholy take from her debut solo album Writer is a lovely contrast to the classic toe-tapping version by The Drifters. This is one of the best melodies in a catalog overflowing with them. Green himself tuning in to one of those TVs to catch that group The Monkees themselves playing this song. But is he in on the joke? In particular, this live version from our own archives in the Paste Cloud captures the sparkling joy of Brill Building melodicism. King and Goffin were instrumental in helping to construct this trend, along with their co-workers like Burt Bacharach, Johnny Mercer and Phil Spector. Share Tweet Submit Pin.