The Yardbirds – For Your Love: #761 of best 1,000 albums ever!

The Yardbirds - For Your Love

Why is The Yardbirds’ For Your Love on my best 1,000 albums ever list?

It’ll get stuck in your head and make you go wild.

What does The Yardbirds’ For Your Love mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?

I’m a sucker for that mid-1960s British Invasion sound, and then throw in a groovy hook and a harpsichord and a chorus you can super easily sing along to and… yeah, that’s “For Your Love,” The Yardbirds’ best song and, as it happens, a truly fantastic one.

And here’s a fun live version. Dig that 1965 mod look, man.

“Putty in Your Hands” has similarities to some American garage rock bands of the day, such as The Sonics, but The Yardbirds have a knack for doing garage-y blues rock in a way that is still really groovy and swinging. And of course the band sported some of the very best guitarists of the classic rock era (a little more on this below).

“I’m Not Talking” lays some of the groundwork for the harder blues rock that would soon take the world by storm.

Pop culture stuff that’s somehow related to The Yardbirds’ For Your Love

It’s really pretty wild that during its run, The Yardbirds boasted the likes of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and (briefly) a young lad named Jimmy Page. The “groundwork” I mention above plays out directly from The Yardbirds in many ways, with Clapton going onto Cream, Jeff Beck becoming a guitarist icon in his own right, and Page going on to become one of most idolized guitarists of all time as part of Led Zeppelin.

Some stats & info about The Yardbirds – For Your Love  

  • What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rock Music, Pop Music, British Bands, British Invasion
  • Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
  • All Music’s rating3 out of 5 stars
  • When was For Your Love released? 1965
  • My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #761 out of 1,000

The Yardbirds’ For Your Love on Spotify

What does the “best 1,000 albums ever” mean and why are you doing this?

Yeah, I know it’s audacious, a little crazy (okay, maybe a lot cray cray), bordering on criminal nerdery.

But here’s what it’s NOT: a definitive list of the Greatest Albums of All-Time. This is 100% my own personal super biased, incredibly subjective review of what my top 1,000 albums are, ranked in painstaking order over the course of doing research for nearly a year, Rob from High Fidelity style. Find out more about why I embarked on a best 1,000 albums ever project.