The Yardbirds are one of my top favorite bands. I think no one else but the Beatles and the Byrds were as experimental as them during the mid-60's. As many people know, the Yardbirds were famous for having probably the three greatest British guitarists in rock history: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. I agree with tkitna that the Beck's period was their best. They had a good string of US Top 40 hits: "For Your Love" (#6), "Heart Full Of Soul" (#9), "I'm A Man" (#17), "Shapes Of Things" (#11), "Over, Under, Sideways, Down" (#13) and "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" (#30). However, some things didn't help them: most of their best songs from 1964-1965 were covers or written by outside authors like Graham Gouldman; they only released two proper albums (Roger The Engineer
in 1966 and Little Games
in 1967) as their early material was included just on singles and EPs in UK (they were the source of two bastard US albums); they were allowed to write their own songs since 1966, but even though they had a great technical ability and were very experimental, their songwriting was not very good. These problems don't stop me from enjoying them a lot.
Here are some of my favorite songs from each guitarist period:Eric Clapton