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".
  • Funny Moments: They have a reputation for writing some of the best 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.
  • Jumping the Shark: For many fans, either the shift towards silly seventies rock operas, or towards mainstream eighties hard-rock.
  • 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".
    • Almost anything the band did from 1964 to 1972 would qualify.
  • 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 a hundred thousand copies worldwide. It has since become their best-selling album.
    • 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 Big Four of the British Invasion.