In nominating the 500 greatest singles ever in a 1989 book, rock critic Dave Marsh listed "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" at No. 3, declaring that the only way the single could be "more bone-rattling was if Brown himself leaped from your speakers, grabbed you tight by the shoulders and danced you around the room, all the while screaming straight into your face." He added, "No record before 'Papa's' sounded anything like it. No record since -- certainly no dance record -- has been unmarked by it."
Still, my favorite James Brown record is probably "I Got You (I Feel Good)," which was the follow-up to "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag." It was a record of supreme optimism and cheer. I've even got a foot-high James Brown bobblehead in my den, and it screams "I Feel Good" when you push a button.