Clash of the Titans: Journey, ‘Lovin’, Touchin’, Squeezin’’ vs. the Beatles, ‘Hey Jude’
Sometimes, in lieu of actual lyrics, you can get your point across just as effectively with a few "na na nas." In this edition of Clash of the Titans, we pay our respects to a couple of classics that helped elevate the rock 'n' roll "na" to an art form — and force you to decide which one did it best.
In one corner, we have Journey's "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'," a Top 20 single from the band's fifth studio album, Evolution. The band's first real hit, "Lovin'" signaled a concerted shift in sound for Journey — one that former drummer Aynsley Dunbar offered as his reason for departing the lineup, and guitarist Neal Schon defended as a necessary step on the road to their eventual multi-platinum success. "We’re not copping out, we’re just trying to make money," he pointed out. "Otherwise you can’t live."
On the other side, we have "Hey Jude," the Beatles classic that Paul McCartney was moved to write in an effort to cheer up young Julian Lennon, then a 5-year-old boy coping with his parents' pending divorce. Initially a non-album track, it would eventually end up serving as the title cut on a vault-purging compilation LP — but not before topping the charts for a record-setting nine weeks.
Both songs incorporate "na na na" singalong passages, but only one can claim victory in this Clash of the Titans match-up. Which one gets your vote? Check out "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin'" and "Hey Jude" below, and remember: You can return to the polls once every hour. This Clash of the Titans will stay open until Sept. 6, 2015, at 11:59PM ET.
Listen to Journey's 'Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin''
Listen to the Beatles' 'Hey Jude'
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