- Crowning 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.
- Crowning Music of Heartwarming : 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.
- Covered Up - "You Really Got Me" and "Where Have All the Good Times Gone" are more known thanks to being covered by Van Halen. Ray Davies once even stated Van Halen's version of "You Really Got Me" to be superior to their original.
- Ear Worm: Decades worth of them. Ray Davies's ear for melody never left him.
- Epic Riff: "You Really Got Me", "All Day and All of the Night"
- Jump the Shark: For many fans, either the shift towards silly seventies rock operas, or towards mainstream eighties hard-rock.
- 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.