February 29, 2012 at 07:38 PM EST

As 25 percent of the Monkees, Davy Jones always added a touch of whimsy and British wit every time he stepped behind a microphone.

His biggest contributions to the Monkees may not have been all their biggest and most recognizable songs, but he did always deliver a bracing eclecticism that helped expand the group’s sound beyond their prefab roots.

In memory of Jones, check out his essential playlist below.

“Daydream Believer”

One of the band’s biggest hits, “Daydream Believer” managed to not only be a pretty amazing aping of the Beatles but also a lovely slice of pop melancholy in its own right. Jones took the lead and crooned his way into the hearts of teenage girls everywhere.

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