“The Candy Man” by Sammy Davis, Jr.

I’ll never understand why this wonderful song gets included on so many ‘Worst songs of all time’ lists. I guess it’s mostly because it’s essentially a showtune (having been written for a musical children’s movie by veteran Broadway songwriters), and was a massive radio hit at a time when Rock snobs’ contempt for anything that suggested Broadway or Great American Songbook-era pop was at its zenith. But this is a gloriously sunny and delightful gem sung by one of the great popular singers of the century, and there’s no real reason it should still have a negative reception today, especially now that the movie it comes from is a beloved classic.

Verdict: Good

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