YMMV / The Kinks

  • Ear Worm: Decades worth. Ray Davies' ear for melody never left him.
  • Epic Riff: "You Really Got Me", "All Day and All of the Night", "20th Century Man", "Lola".
  • Fair for Its Day: Certainly the Double Entendre in "Lola" about the titular woman also being a man isn't the way trans people want to be referred to. But the song is otherwise shockingly accepting of its lead character by 1970s standards. Its affirming her beauty and charm, and suggesting she and the speaker have a happy life together, are Values Resonance compared to the half-century of mainstream transphobia in Western media that followed.
  • Funny Moments: They have a reputation for writing some great comedy rock songs: "Apeman", "David Watts", "Harry Rag", "Skin & Bone".
  • Heartwarming Music: Their later hard-rock albums had a tendency to end on an uplifting life-affirming song ("Get Up"; "Better Things"; "Life Goes On")... but really their entire discography is littered with songs that convey a genuine tenderness and humanity.
    • "Waterloo Sunset" is probably the one example most people would be familiar with.
  • Moment of Awesome: After a dry spell of commercially unsuccessful material, Ray's dad suggested he get off his arse and write another hit single. The resulting attempt? "Lola".
    • Everything the band did from 196472 qualifies.
  • Tear Jerker: Big time with "Waterloo Sunset" and "Days". And "Come Dancing", once you know that Ray Davies' sister died of a heart attack while dancing when he was thirteen.
  • Vindicated by History: The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society received great critical acclaim on its release, but initially only sold about 100,000 copies worldwide. It has since become their best-selling album.
    • The campy, theatrical Concept Album/Rock Opera period (197275) has a lot of fans now as well.
    • The band as a whole, obscure in their time, their influence on future musicians, songwriters and independent bands is now widely acknowledged. Pete Townshend called Ray Davies the greatest songwriter of his generation. It's not uncommon these days to see The Kinks placed alongside The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who as the British Invasion's Big Four.