Surfer Blood - “Say Yes to Me”
2 and a half minutes of pure pop rock. Clearly, I’ve been beating the pop sound into the ground for the first half of the list (and I think there’s still one more …), but this might be as pure as it gets. This is a straight up pop rock song that could have come out at any point in the last four decades, musically and lyrically.
Setting aside what happened with Surfer Blood (which has not been easy for some folks, leading to this album’s lower profile), this is the sort of song Surfer Blood seem tailored to make. Shiny guitars, a nick kicking rhythm section, building a really well constructed pop song.
It certainly never hurts to bring in some harmonies, either.