Herman’s Hermit Songs Ranked

Herman’s Hermits are an English beat rock and pop group formed in 1964 in Manchester, originally called Herman and His Hermits and featuring lead singer Peter Noone. Produced by Mickie Most, they charted with number ones in the UK and in America, where they ranked as one of the most successful acts in the Beatles-led British Invasion. They also appeared in four films, two of the vehicles for the band. Peter Noone left the band in 1971. Herman’s Hermits reunited in 1973 to headline a British invasion tour of the US, culminating with a performance at Madison Square Garden and an appearance on The Midnight Special. A later lineup without Noone but featuring lead guitarist Derek Leckenby and drummer Barry Whitwam opened for The Monkees on their 1980s reunion tours of the US. The band continues to tour today, with Whitwam as the only remaining member from the original lineup. Here are all of Herman’s Hermit songs ranked.

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13. My Sentimental Friend (Herman’s Hermit, 1989)

“Wonder what single word I could use to describe this later hit for Herman’s Hermits? The clue’s in the title.. Herman’s Hermits had a style that got one to toe-tapping, clapping and more, and this collection of the group’s original hits are just the ones to get you to do just that.”

12. A Must to Avoid (Hold On!, 1966)

“Herman’s Hermits upping their game with a fine 60’s beat-pop single. There’s an edge to the lyrics even if it doesn’t quite spark a fire amongst the backing musicians or Peter Noone’s vocal.”

11. Just a Little Bit Better (Their Greatest Hits, 1973)

“The song doesn’t sound the way I remember it. The differences are subtle, but noticeable. Recently I heard it the way I remember it, but can’t find a downloadable version like that. Other songs I got are that way, too. Each sample sounded like some alternate version. It’s OK, just not what I’m familiar with.”

10. Dandy (There’s a Kind of Hush All Over the World, 1967)

“The lyric, following the amorous exploits of a boy about town, unfussed about the marital status of his conquests, sounds a bit racy for the squeaky-clean Peter Noone, but the good-times vaudevillian tune and the singer’s winsome delivery keep it innocent enough for popular consumption.”

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9. Wonderful World (Their Greatest Hits, 1973)

“This pop version of the Sam Cooke classic isn’t as bad as you think it’s going to be. The band is reasonably tight, with some nice echo effects on guitar, nifty drumming and good enough vocals.”

8. I’m Into Something Good (The Most of Herman’s Hermits, 1971)

“It’s great to go back to my roots of the 60’s. Herman’s Hermits may have been what I would call Bubble Gum music.”

7. Listen People (Both Sides of Herman’s Hermits, 1966)

“Classic British Invasion song. Lots of good songs on their greatest hits album. Sound quality is very good. Highly recommend.”

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6. Can’t You Hear My Heartbeat (Herman’s Hermits on Tour, 1965)

“It’s a nice lyric of course with the little twist in the second verse and put over in a faster, less soulful but not in pleasant style by the group. Peter Noone indulges his best little-boy-lost vocal although he occasionally seems to struggle a little with his placement of the words.”

5. Silhouettes (Silhouettes, 1965)

“This song was also done by a group from the ’50s – it wasn’t a new song. I love Herman’s Hermits version from the ’60s, which was my era. The lyrics are simple and clean and the music has that british sound to it.”

4. No Milk Today (There’s a Kind of Hush All Over the World, 1967)

“”No Milk Today” is one of the best songs ever composed by a human being. We all have heard songs that are so perfect that if they were any more perfect, they would stop existing.”

3. Mrs. Brown You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter (The Most of Herman’s Hermits, 1971)

“It was simplistic light weight pop. It is also not held in the highest esteem today but at the time, singles like “Mrs. Brown” and others, sold well over ten million copies, which speaks for itself.”

2. There’s a Kind of Hush (There’s a Kind of Hush All Over the World. 1967)

“There’s a Kind of Hush All Over the World opens with the famous title track, which is a great example of why 1967 was such a wonderful time. I really don’t think that Cream, Pink Floyd, and the others who made popular music more a serious issue were as essential as those who had the stickiest hits about marvels of love carrying the typical flavor of their time.”

1. I’m Henry VIII, I Am (Herman’s Hermits on Tour, 1965)

“This may seem sad to those of us who know these graveward-bound songs of our youth, our fathers’, mothers’, yet it need not. The burning out of fallen idols provides for the future Phoenix, which means that our expression continues, despite the atrophy of specifics around us tending to fade in time. This brings solace then, on a night full of morbid reflection, even if the whimsical songcraft here fails to do so.”