[[caption-width-right:320: The classic line-up of The Animals. From left to right: John Steel, Chas Chandler, Eric Burdon, Hilton Valentine and Alan Price.]]

->''"I'm just a soul whose intentions are good''\\
''Oh Lord, please don't let me be misunderstood"''

The Animals were a [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishInvasion British Invasion]] band from Newcastle-upon-Tyne with heavy [[BluesRock blues]] influences. One of several bands managed by producer Mickie Most (Music/HermansHermits was another), their peak period was the mid-1960s. Their most famous hit was a cover of the traditional folk song "The House of the Rising Sun" and became one of the first non-[[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] songs to top the charts in America after the Fab Four had made their debut.

Lead vocalist Eric Burdon was a {{Blues}} fan who later joined the group [=War=] and became a major exponent of Funk, HardRock and PsychedelicRock in the early 1970s. The group was notable for its prominent use of a Hammond organ played by Alan Price; they are among the first rock groups to use an electric keyboard instrument in their songs (and yes, they did probably beat the Beatles to it).

The band had a setback in 1965 when Alan Price left due to fear of flying, and was replaced by Mick Gallagher for a short time, then by Dave Rowberry. By 1966, Burdon had embraced the hippie movement and started using LSD, becoming distant from the rest of the group. John Steel was the next to leave, replaced by Barry Jenkins for the last few singles and albums. The Animals split near the end of 1966 and went their separate ways; Burdon became lead singer of Eric Burdon and the Animals (with Barry Jenkins joining him), as well as the aforementioned War; Alan Price became a folk singer-songwriter and bassist Chas Chandler became famous for discovering and managing Music/JimiHendrix and Music/{{Slade}} in the early 1970s. Chandler died in 1996 of an aortic aneurysm and Dave Rowberry died in 2003 of an ulcer haemorrhage.

Other hits of theirs include "Baby Let Me Take You Home", "I'm Crying", "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood", "Bring It On Home to Me", "We Gotta Get Out of This Place", "It's My Life", "Inside-Looking Out" and "Don't Bring Me Down". Hits and fan favourites by Eric Burdon and the Animals include "When I Was Young", "San Franciscan Nights", "Monterey" and "Sky Pilot".

Not to be confused with SelfDemonstrating/{{Animal}}, the Electric Mayhem's drummer.

!!Principal Members (The Animals) (Founding members in '''bold'''):

* '''Eric Burdon''' - lead vocals (1963-1966, 1968, 1975-1977, 1982-1983)
* '''Chas Chandler''' - bass, vocals (1963-1966, 1968, 1975-1977, 1982-1983, died 1996)
* Mick Gallagher - keyboard (1965)
* Barry Jenkins - drums (1966)
* '''Alan Price''' - keyboard, vocals (1963-1965, 1968, 1975-1977, 1982-1983)
* Dave Rowberry - keyboard, vocals (1965-1966, died 2003)
* '''John Steel''' - drums (1963-1966, 1968, 1975-1977, 1982-1983)
* '''Hilton Valentine''' - guitar, vocals (1963-1966, 1968, 1975-1977, 1982-1983)

!!Principal Members (Eric Burdon And The Animals) (Founding members in '''bold'''):

* '''Vic Briggs''' - guitar, piano (1966-1968)
* '''Eric Burdon''' - lead vocals (1966-1968)
* '''Barry Jenkins''' - drums, percussion, vocals (1966-1968)
* '''Danny [=McCulloch=]''' - bass, guitar, vocals (1966-1968, died 2015)
* Zoot Money - keyboard, bass, vocals, piano, organ (1968)
* [[Music/ThePolice Andy Summers]] - guitar, bass, vocals (1968)
* '''John Weider''' - bass, guitar, violin, celeste (1966-1968)

!!Studio and Live Discography (The Animals):

* 1964 - ''The Animals'' [[note]]The US version, released a month before the UK version, has a different cover and track listing[[/note]]
* 1965 - ''The Animals On Tour'' [[note]]Released in the US only. Despite the title, it is not a live album[[/note]]
* 1965 - ''Animal Tracks'' [[note]]The US version, released four months after the UK version, has a different cover and track listing[[/note]]
* 1966 - ''Animalisms'' [[note]]The US version, titled "Animalism" and released five months after the UK version, has a different cover and track listing[[/note]]
* 1966 - ''Animalization'' [[note]]Released in the US only[[/note]]
* 1977 - ''Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted''
* 1983 - ''Ark''
* 1984 - ''Greatest Hits Live (Rip It To Shreds)''

!!Non-album singles (The Animals):

* 1965 - "It's My Life" / "I'm Going To Change The World"

!!Studio Discography (Eric Burdon And The Animals):

* 1967 - ''Eric Is Here'' [[note]]Released in the US only, although only Eric Burdon and Barry Jenkins appear on it[[/note]]
* 1967 - ''Winds Of Change''
* 1968 - ''The Twain Shall Meet''
* 1968 - ''Every One Of Us'' [[note]]Released in the United States only[[/note]]
* 1968 - ''Love Is''

!!Non-album singles (Eric Burdon And The Animals):

* 1967 - "When I Was Young" / "A Girl Named Sandoz"
* 1967 - "San Franciscan Nights" [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1967 album ''Winds Of Change''[[/note]] / "Gratefully Dead"
* 1967 - "Monterey" [[note]]Otherwise available on their 1968 album ''The Twain Shall Meet''[[/note]] / "Ain't That So"

!! Tropes:

* AnimalMotifs: Their band name.
* BluesRock
* TheCoverChangesTheGender: "House Of The Rising Sun" probably, though the song itself is old enough that it's hard to determine whether the original singer was meant to be male or female.
* CoverVersion: They had more covers of blues songs than original tunes, including "[[Music/LittleRichard The Girl Can't Help It]]" and "[[Music/RayCharles Mess Around]]".
* AGoodNameForARockBand: They were called 'The Animals' because of their wild performance, and eventually kept the name.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: ''The Most Of The Animals'' was an early one. The name of the record was a pun based on the name of producer Mickie Most, which had previously been used for another band he'd produced (''The Most of Music/HermansHermits'').
* IAmTheBand: Again, Eric Burdon, so much so that they changed their name to Eric Burdon & the Animals at the end of 1966.
* LocationSong: "San Franciscan Nights" is a bitter sweet song about the city, written as a protest song against US society at the time, addressing the fact that Native Americans have been neglected the American Dream and Police Brutality is rampant.
* RapRock: Surprisingly, they provided the UrExample: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iAypVaBVbo Year of the Guru]].
* SelfDeprecation: They named themselves The Animals partially because they considered themselves to be ugly.