Top 20 "Five" Musicians for Cinco de Mayo

The Cinco de Mayo holiday is the ideal time to celebrate the myriad musicians featuring the fifth numeral in their name. Many of these performers, but far from all, actually have five members (and the list features far fewer doo wop groups than you might think).

Special shouts to Elmo and Luniz for creating masterworks about the number five, but this is not your list.

With apologies to Maroon 5, Five for Fighting, Five Finger Death Punch, and English boy band 5ive, here are 20 tracks from 20 quality acts in semi-particular order who were all about the Lincolns, baby.

The Five Satins - "In the Still of the Night"

The Count Five - "Psychotic Reaction"

Red Five - "Lenses"

Ben Folds Five - "Army"

The Five Blind Boys of Alabama - "Way Down in the Hole" (theme from The Wire)

The Jive Five - "My True Story"

Galaxie 500 - "Tugboat"

50 Cent - "In Da Club"

The Five Crowns - "I Want You"

The Original Memphis Five - "Military Mike"

Jurassic 5 - "Concrete Schoolyard"

The Five Stairsteps - "We Must Be in Love"

Fab 5 Freddy - "Change the Beat"

Pizzicato Five - "Sweet Soul Revue"

Hi-Five - "She's Playing Hard to Get"

The Five Royales - "Dedicated to the One I Love"

Grandmaster Melle Mel and the Furious Five - "Step Off"

Dave Clark Five - "Catch Us if You Can"

The Jackson 5 - "The Love You Save"

MC5 - "Kick Out the Jams"

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