11. Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
- #3 for 3 Weeks in 1969 (February - March)
- Best higher charting song: Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone
- Worst higher charting song: Crimson and Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells
- Top 100 #3 Hits 1955-2002 Rank: #20
The 60s were a good time for R&B vocal groups. In addition to Motown, groups like The Intruders, The Winstons and The Esquires lined the airwaves in a way that they hadn't since before the Beatles. Of course, the 70s would be another heyday for these groups and standing atop the intersection is the most fun of these groups the Foundations. Build Me Up Buttercup is not really that special is you take away just two things... the instrumentation (which is peppy while remaining rhythmic much like their earlier #11 Baby Now That I've Found You) and the vocal delivery. Now there is something to be said for a vocal delivery style that is over-the top, but this one even inches past that bit. As a result the song feels like a carnival or with a barker backed by a thousand patrons imploring us to build him up. The thing just works like none other.
Coming up: #10 - "I'll pass almost every penny on to you"