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100 Best Songs of the 60s: Pt II



Chances are you’ve heard this song before. TV shows, movies, commercials, background noise, Beyond The Sea was everywhere. Originally from a 1945 song from Charles Trenent, Bobby Darin did a cover to this song that was released in 1959, which became a hit in 1960. Musically, it’s a big band song with the brass and strings and Bobby Darin falling in love. This is the kind of high-class song that would get played on a yacht full of rich people in tuxedos drinking martinis and talking about rich people shit. In terms of background music, this is a good choice to have, especially when you want to appear more proper and high-class.


Dear Mother of Jesus, I’m getting Suicide Squad flashbacks. Before being used for a mediocre DC movie (and an okay-at-best cover from Grace and G-Eazy), You Don’t Own Me is a song from Lesley Gore and is one of the more progressive hits of the decade. It’s a woman who’s standing her ground against a controlling man, stating that she’ll do whatever she wants and that she’s no one’s property. It’s a song that would be embraced by the second-wave feminist movement. Add in some grandiose production with a memorable melody and a great vocal performance from Lesley Gore and you got another 60s pop classic.


If I Had A Hammer is a song written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays in 1949 in support of the progressive movement and has seen many recordings through the years, including a Top 10 hit for Peter, Paul & Mary, which makes the list for those amazing acoustic guitars and harmonies. It kinda feels appropriate for this song about the working class to be a hit in the 60s, which had several social movements occurring throughout and it could also apply to today with a rising progressive movement dedicated to helping the working class among other things. Great song that’s also timeless.


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I originally though that Ike & Tina Turner were a 70s act, which is partially true, but they’ve been active since the 60s. One of their big hits is It’s Gonna Work Out Fine and it’s great. The instrumentation has the groove of rock n’ roll and the soul of R&B. Tina Turner is a great vocalist and her chemistry with Ike is undeniable. The writing of the song is kinda sweet, being more optimistic about a relationship working out. When you consider how Ike and Tina’s relationship worked out in the real world, it kinda makes the song look like a pipe dream. Separating from reality, this is still one good song.


Temptations time. And of course, we’re gonna look at one of my favorite songs from the group, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg. When you look at the lyrics themselves, it does seem a bit clingy as it’s a guy begging his girl to stay with him. But it works well thanks to David Ruffin nailing that desperate tone with his leading vocals. The rest of the vocals are also great and the music is awesome, especially with those horns, guitars, and piano. It’s another soul classic and one of the Temptations’ best.


If Slow Ride was the motorcycle anthem of the 70s, then this is the motorcycle anthem of the 60s. You know it, I know it, everyone knows it; this is Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf.

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Haha. You’re funny.

No, the band Stepenwolf. Anyways, this song rocks like no other. The guitar riffs, the bassline, the drums, and especially that organ comes together to make a hard-hitting sound that the 60s has never seen. It’s the precursor to hard rock and heavy metal, the latter which got its name from a lyric to this song.

I like smoke and lightning
Heavy metal thunder

John Kay as a frontman nails the image of a badass driving a motorcycle down the highway. Thanks to pop culture, this song has become synonymous with biker culture. Still, the song kicks a lot of ass and it stood the test of time.


Raise of hand, how many of you know that Stevie Wonder started off as a kid star? At age 11, Stevie Wonder was signed to Motown and his first number one hit is Fingertips, which was recorded live at the Regal Theater in Chicago. It’s mostly an instrumental track that showcases Stevie’s talents with him playing the bongoes and going H.A.M. on the harmonica, plus a call-and-response exchange with the audience. I would have loved to witness this performance live if I had a time machine. Fun fact: Marvin Gaye played the drums on this track. It was undeniable that this kid would have a bright future in the music industry, which he did.


There was a point in the late 60s and early 70s where Creedence Clearwater Revival (or CCR) were the biggest band in the world. Their brand of roots/swamp rock has scored them hits on top of hits for days, which makes picking a song to put on this list difficult. So I went with a tie between three awesome songs from them. I talked about Ike & Tina Turner’s cover of Proud Mary back in my Best Songs of the 70s list and now I’m going to talk about the original from CCR. It’s a rocking roots rock song where a guy quits his job and rows down the river to escape the city life. Bad Moon Rising is about the world going to shit and it’s been featured in a lot of movies and TV shows. This song is more famous for a mondegreen where the line “there’s a bad moon on the rise” is mistaken as “there’s a bathroom on the right.” That’s a fun little tidbit to learn. I remember Green River from Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and it was one of my favorite songs to listen to on K-DST. I like how the electric guitar riffs play alongside the acoustic guitars to make for a sound that would fit in the countryside. CCR, a great band.


If you wanted some more apocalyptic music, well, Barry McGuire has you covered. His biggest (and only hit) is Eve Of Destruction, which is about the end of the world, which seemed possible considering the events that were going on in the 60s. The haunting thing about this song is that it could apply to today’s situation with the direction we’re going. Along with the acoustic instrumentation, Barry McGuire gives a raw, unfiltered performance that sounds like someone witnessing the end occurring. This rawness resonated with people at the time, sending it all the way to number one. If you want a great analysis of the song, check out Todd In The Shadows’ video on it. It says everything that I need to say.


You know I had to put this one on the list. How could I not? Respect demands respect from all of us and it has stood the test of time. The instrumentation combines funk, soul, and gospel into a Reese’s of greatness. Aretha Franklin shows a ton of presence and power in her vocal performance as she demands to be respected. This song is so ingrained in pop culture that many people don’t even know that this is a cover, more specifically to an Otis Redding song. Aretha took that song and made it her own. Bow to a queen.


Now we move to Elvis’ comeback after being in the Army. This is It’s Now Or Never. It’s one of the biggest hits of 1960 and for Elvis and it’s one of the best selling singles of all time. Based on an Italian song, It’s Now Or Never is Elvis serenading to a lovely lady and his singing is great. I really enjoy his performance on this song. The music is late 50s country-esque and it fits the song. What can I say? This is a really good song.


Ray Charles is the man. Even though he was blind, the dude was ridiculously talented and was one of the pioneers of soul music. One of his big hits is I Can’t Stop Loving You. This is a song that’s at home in the 50s thanks to its instrumentation and backing vocals. That shouldn’t be a surprise since this is a cover to a 50s song. Ray Charles brings a really soulful performance to a pretty simple love song. I wouldn’t call it one of my favorite Ray Charles songs, but it’s still pretty good.


Let’s ignore that shitty Captain & Tenille cover (R.I.P. to Darryl Dragon, though) and focus on the Miracles version of Shop Around, one of the first big hits for Motown Records. It’s about a guy receiving advice from his mother about looking for a future wife and she suggests that he shops around. In other words, take your time when looking around. I really like the bluesy instrumentation and the passionate vocals from everyone involved. It contrasts the stiffness of the Captain & Tenille version. Another great song from the Miracles.


Here’s something you don’t see… at all, a Japanese song on the Hot 100. And one that hit number one, to be precise. Japan’s own Kyu Sakamoto released a song that became an international hit, reaching number one in many countries, including the United States. It’s called Ue o Muite Arukō, which translates to I Look Up As I Walk. In English-speaking countries, it’s called Sukiyaki, which is a kind of Japanese food and has nothing to do with the song itself. When you translate the lyrics, this is a pretty sad song where a guy is. This is contrasted by the music, which sounds happy, and the whistling. On another note, Sakamoto is a great singer and he nails this performance. Sadly, he died in a deadly plane crash in 1985. Another talent gone too soon.


Through most of the 60s, Marvin Gaye has worked as an in-house producer/songwriter for Motown Records. Later in the decade, he broke out into a successful solo career, scoring his first number one hit with I Heard It Through The Grapevine. It’s about a guy finding out that his girlfriend cheated on him.

The music sets an unsettling mood with its electric piano and organ that matches the emotional mood of the song’s content and of course, you have Marvin Gaye’s amazing performance. It’s one of many classics from the dude.


Now for one of the many bands that Eric Clapton was a part of. Cream had a VERY short career, lasting from 1966 to 1968 and in that timespan, they scored a handful of hits, including Sunshine Of Your Love. This song is psychedelic rock perfected with a memorable guitar and bass riff that combine with Eric Clapton’s heavier riffs that gives it a bluesy edge. Looking at the lyrics, it is a simple love song, but the music alone makes the song worth listening to. It’s one of the greatest rock songs ever made.


First things first, fuck Michael Bolton for ruining this song with his shitty ass cover. Now that I got that out the way, let’s talk about Percy Sledge’s When A Man Loves A Woman. It’s about a guy who’s so in love with someone that he’s willing to throw away everything in order to be with this woman. Percy Sledge nails the tragedy of this song with his vocal performance, which sounds like someone who’s torn by their overwhelming emotions and the music matches that sentiment with how mournful it sounds. It’s a great song, ignore the Michael Bolton version for good.


By now, you might notice a certain absence. More specifically, one of the biggest American bands of the 60s. Well, it’s because they have songs that are this high up and higher on the list. The Beach Boys. These guys helped craft what would be the California Sound with harmonic vocals and surfing music. Here’s California Girls, no relation to the Katy Perry song. It’s one of my favorite Beach Boys songs and shows the group at their best. The music captures a hot California beach day with how bright and sunshiny it is. The vocal harmonies are classic Beach Boys as they show their admiration for, well, California girls. I love it so much not just as someone who resides in California, but as a music lover in general.


Cultural context: in the mid-60s, the Sunset Strip in Hollywood had become a common gathering place for the hippy movement. Complaints from this caused city officials to implement curfews and other measures to crack down on them, which lead to rioting and clashes with the police. This inspired Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield (and also Crosby, Stills, & Nash), who were the house band of Whiskey A Go Go, to write For What It’s Worth. It’s a recollection of the events of the time and it’s been used as a protest song. Add in a lingering electric guitar riff with breezy acoustics and you got yourself another 60s classic that’s aged incredibly well.


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Roy Orbison was the epitome of cool in the 60s as he embodies the spirit of rock n’ roll. While making some rocking tunes, he’s also done a lot of songs that show his vulnerable side like Only The Lonely. The music is a rock n’ roll ballad with doo-wop influences. The title pretty much tells you what to expect as it’s a guy who’s lonely. Like I said, Roy Orbison is able to show a vulnerable side to him along with the badass.


If you want Roy Orbison at his best, look at his signature hit Oh, Pretty Woman. The instrumentation has a driving drum beat along with some rocking guitar riffs and some piano. It doesn’t sound dated at all, it could exist in any other decade. Orbison’s vocal performance is like very few. It’s just so cool and confident. The content of the song is a guy showing his admiration for a pretty woman who’s walking down the street and he hollers at her. Most people know this song thanks to the film Pretty Woman starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts. Fitting? Still, the song rocks and kicks a lot of ass.


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Next up is an instrumental track from the Mar-Keys, a studio band who worked for Stax Records. It’s called Last Night. Musically, it’s an R&B record with a swing of blues and rock n’ roll. You got the heavy horns, the bluesy piano, the organ, and that saxophone. The saxophone in this song is crazy. I bet back then, if this song was playing at a party, the whole place would be lit. The Mar-Keys would eventually split up into two bands, one of them we’ll talk about later on in the list.


Now here’s a rock classic and one that was ahead of its time in terms of sound and style. There was not a lot of songs back in 1964 that sounded like You Really Got Me, the first big hit from the Kinks. It’s a song built on power chords, which has a harsher distorted effect. This would be a sound that would define a lot of punk and heavy metal songs in later decades. It’s punk rock before punk rock was even a thing. The Van Halen cover was pretty awesome, maybe just as good as the original.


After the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Power movement came to prominence, dedicated to self-governance and pride within the black community. It didn’t last a long time thanks to government conspiracies, blackmail, and prominent leaders being assassinated. In 1968, James Brown gave the movement an anthem in Say It Loud – I’m Black And I’m Proud, which is exactly about what the title says, being black and proud. It was released at a time where this kind of message was needed, encouraging the black community to empower themselves. The funkier music is awesome and I really like how they used a group of kids in a call-and-response way, making the message resonate even more. Not much has changed since the song’s release, so it still applies.


How appropriate that we move from one legend of soul to another. Sam Cooke is a legend among legends with some of the greatest soul records of the late 50s and early 60s, including Another Saturday Night, which is about Sam Cooke looking for a fine lady to spend a Saturday night with. The instrumentation of this song is great with its piano, guitars, and a saxophone solo. It’s upbeat and a great way to warm up a party. Plus, Sam Cooke sounds great. If you want to hear more old school soul music, you can’t go wrong with checking this guy out.


Here’s the other great Marvin Gaye/Tammi Tarrell duet, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Everything I said about You’re All I Need To Get By applies to this song as well. The lush, sunshiny instrumentation, the amazing vocal performances, and the undeniable chemistry between Marvin Gaye and Tammi Tarrell. This has become one of those love songs that is just timeless and it has seen its fair share of covers (including a number one single for Diana Ross) and appearances in various media. R.I.P. to both of these two. They deserve a LOT better.


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By the early 60s, Nat King Cole was a veteran in the music industry, putting out records since the 40s and has recorded over 100 songs that became hits. One of his final hits is Ramblin’ Rose. While he’s normally known for doing jazz records, Ramblin’ Rose leans more towards country with its more lush orchestral instrumentation with hints of guitars. The singing in this song is great, which isn’t surprising since this is Nat King Cole, who’s a phenomenal singer. There’s not a lot of artists like Nat King Cole and chances are there never will be.


And now we move to one of my favorite Stevie Wonder songs outside of the 70s, My Cherie Amour, which was originally inspired by a girlfriend Stevie used to have, but was changed after they broke up. It’s a beautiful song all around. I love the instrumentation and how romantic it sounds, especially with that flute. Stevie Wonder is putting on one hell of a performance vocally. It’s just a great love song and one of many Stevie Wonder classics.


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If there’s any group that’s mastered the California Sound who aren’t the Beach Boys, it’s The Mamas & The Papas, a Los Angeles based folk group known for their harmonies. Their signature hit is California Dreamin’, a song about someone living in New York City during the winter who yearns to be in Los Angeles. The vocal harmonies, composed by John Phillips, are great. The music has this warmth to it that triggers a sense of nostalgia. It makes California seem like the place to be. Speaking as a California resident, it’s cool… if you don’t mind the heat, bad traffic, occasional earthquakes, ridiculously high rent/housing prices, terrible school system, wildfires, homelessness, certain gang-ridden areas (especially in L.A.), etc. Still, California Dreamin’ is a 60s classic that might as well be another unofficial anthem for the Golden State.


It’s been a good while since we last talked about the Beatles. Let’s change that, shall we? Help! is a song that comes from both the film AND album of the same name. John Lennon wrote the song to express how stressed out he was after the band became famous. As you could hear, the song is a cry for help. And this is contrasted by some damn good instrumentation by the bandmates and its extreme catchiness. Ticket To Ride is one of my favorite Beatles songs ever. The instrumentation has heavier drums and rocking guitars and the writing describes a girl who’s having the time of her life. Songs like this show that the Beatles weren’t just a bunch of pretty faces singing simple love songs, that they were capable of much more.


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In my opinion, this is the best Elvis Presley song. And of course, it’s one of his best known songs as well. Can’t Help Falling In Love. It’s a classic and a really beautiful love song that features one of Elvis’ best vocal performances ever. The music has a bit of a country twang to it with its gentle guitars and piano. It’s the perfect bridge between the 50s and the 60s and has lasted the test of time with numerous covers from a shitty UB-40 track to the Radio Disney version that A-Teens gave us for the Lilo & Stitch soundtrack. One of the greatest love songs from the 60s and one of the greatest love songs period.


Remember that Thomas Rhett song Crash And Burn? Well, here’s the song that Rhett jacked the melody from for that piece of shit. Sam Cooke’s Chain Gang is one of the coolest songs ever made. The music is soulful and bluesy at the same time. Sam Cooke sounds great as usual. He wrote this song after meeting an actual chain gang he met on the highway when he was on tour. It’s another example of how real life experiences an lead to some great and Chain Gang is no exception. Now if only his estate could sue Thomas Rhett for ripping off his song without giving credit.


The Animals were one of numerous bands to blow up during the British Invasion and they notch a spot on this list with House Of The Rising Sun. This was originally a traditional folk song about someone’s life going wrong in New Orleans that goes all the way back to the early 20th century and has seen many covers, the most famous version is from the Animals. Their version is great. Eric Burdon puts on one hell of a performance with his rougher voice and he puts his all into it. The instrumentation rocks, having one of the best guitar riffs I have ever heard in a 60s song, and the organ playing is hypnotizing. House On The Rising Sun is a classic and it deserves being a number one hit.


Now let’s move on to another awesome rock band, The Who.

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We are not doing that gag again. Anyways, The Who are on this list for one of the hardest-hitting rock songs of the decade, one that was ahead of nearly everyone, I Can See For Miles. Out of all of the songs on this list, this one rocks the hardest. The heavier guitars, the punching drums, the solid groove that anchors it all, it all hits you like a tsunami of awesomeness. Roger Daltrey matches the intensity of the instrumentation with his performance. No wonder Spectrum Pulse named it the best hit song of 1967. Not many songs were like this at a time and it would set the stage for a lot of heavier rock/metal songs. Simply put, this song kicks a lot of ass. Check out more of The Who for more kickass music.


You all know this one. You’re humming it right now as you’re reading this. Hit The Road Jack is a Ray Charles staple for a reason. The chorus is catchy as hell as Raelettes vocalist Margie Hendrix (no relation to Jimi Hendrix) is telling Jack to hit the road and don’t you come back no more. That, and the attitude of someone who’s had it with someone else’s bullshit and great chemistry with Ray Charles, makes this work so well. There’s also the quick smokey instrumentation that has a memorable horn line. This was one of the first older songs that I heard in my entire life and it still remains one of my favorites to this day.


If you want to know what surf rock is all about, then listen to this song for a classic example. This is Surfin’ U.S.A., one of the first big hits from the Beach Boys and was originally the number one song of 1963 according to Billboard. Anyways, Surfin’ U.S.A. is one of those songs you think of when you think going to the beach, surfing, all of that sunshine happiness that the lyrics describe. The vocals are classic Beach Boys harmonies and the music is very similar to Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen, but I’m not gonna knock the Beach Boys too much for ripping off someone else since a lot of people ripped each other off during that era. At least Chuck Berry was given credit. Anyways, Surfin’ U.S.A. is a great song for the summer and those hot days at the beach.


After immense success with surf rock, the Beach Boys would eventually make more experimental music that would coexist with more personal themes. This cultivated in the album Pet Sounds and the song Good Vibrations (no relation to the Marky Mark song). Good Vibrations was one of the most expensive songs to record at the time and every dime spent on it is worth it because it’s a masterpiece. It takes all of the conventional pop song structures and just breaks them apart and does its own thing. I like how the music goes from nice and subdued to straight-up madness. The lyrics play into the whole concept of vibrations in the most psychedelic ways possible. Makes sense that this would be a number one hit during the whole hippie movement. It’s a Beach Boys classic.


In 1969, the Beatles would put out Abbey Road, which would be their last album before they broke up. It’s a great album and it included two singles that would be on this list, Something and Come Together. Something is George Harrison’s creation and he did a fantastic job writing the song and doing lead vocals for it. It’s pretty much a simple love song, something (no pun intended) that the Beatles would do early on in their career, but with more grandiose production with orchestral strings, an organ, and a memorable guitar riff. Not bad for the quiet Beatle. Come Together is a John Lennon creation and looking at the lyrics, they seem like complete gibberish. I could be wrong, but that’s how I view it. I like this song musically with its groove-heavy bass and rocking guitars. Also, that “shoot me” thing in the intro and interludes is so awesome. I get a kick out of that every time. But we’re not done with the Beatles yet. Far from it.


If Something was a George Harrison creation and Come Together was a John Lennon creation, then Hey Jude is easily the creation of Paul McCartney. He wrote this song as a way to comfort John’s son Julian when his parents divorced. And that’s what this song aims to do, comfort people as a gentle piano ballad. It’s an easy song to sing along to thanks to the first line and the “nah nah nah nah nah nah, nah nah nah, hey Jude.” I will admit that the song does drag with that latter line being repeated. Still, it’s a great song and it being the number one song of 1968 was well-deserved.


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Now for my favorite Temptations song and one of their best-known ones, My Girl. What could be said about this classic? It’s one of the great love songs that show the best of the R&B genre. The music is soulful and bright with those guitars, strings, horns, and finger snaps that accompanies the rest. David Ruffin and the rest do a great job vocally as they feel like sunshine on a cloudy day about the woman of their lives. This is one of those songs that’s just timeless and it would make the Temptations huge stars.


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Now we’re in the Top 10 and we begin with a song I guarantee you’ve heard before somewhere. Remember when I talked about the Mar-Keys breaking up into two groups? Well, here’s one of those groups, Booker T. & The M.G.s. Their first single (and their biggest hit) is Green Onions, which has nothing to do with weed. It’s an instrumental track with an organ line that we all know, along with some really good guitar playing and crisp drumming. It just sounds cool, sounding like something that’s played at some exclusive club. As you can imagine, it’s been featured prominently through various media and it’s been ingrained into pop culture. That just goes to show how timeless it is.


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I’ve used the word classic a lot when referring to most of the songs on this list and this one is no exception because it’s an all-time classic. Courtesy of the Righteous Brothers, You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ is a great song and was the duo’s first number one hit. Bill Medley just brought it vocally and he nails the somber heartbreak of the song’s writing, which is about a love that’s fading away. And there’s the instrumentation. Bro, Phil Spector finessed this track with some epic production. Great song. Check it out if you haven’t.


And now we move on to another one of Sly & The Family Stone’s most well-known songs. Everyday People is much less funky than their other hits thanks to a mid-tempo piano-driven production that’s more mainstream-friendly, but still effective. The song aims to unite people who are from different races and other groups and get along with one another because at the end of the day, we’re all still people. That is a message that people today need to hear. It’s another timeless track from Sly & The Family Stone.


From one timeless classic to another. Stand By Me by Ben E. King has stood the test of time and has been covered and sampled numerous times. Still, the original will always be the best because it’s just a great song. I like how the music starts with that memorable acoustic guitar/bass/percussion melody and then the strings come in to compliment the track. It’s a simple sound that works and Ben E. King brings so much passion to his performance. Apparently, this song was inspired by a really old gospel song and you could hear a bit of a gospel influence in the song. What can I say? I stand by the fact that Stand By Me is an amazing song.


Ladies and gentlemen, one of the greatest country songs ever made, period. And it’s from the Man In Black himself Johnny Cash. Ring Of Fire was the first country song I remember liking and I still do. The way the mariachi horns are played along the more country guitars makes for the ultimate Western soundtrack. It makes me want to listen to it while playing Red Dead Redemption 2. Johnny Cash is the man, he did a great job performing this song. The lyrics in the song describes the feeling of falling in love and comparing it to a ring of fire. Like Stand By Me, Ring Of Fire has seen many covers through the years, but none of them can top the original.


When the Beatles first started, they were pretty much like a boy band, making simple love songs that the girls would go crazy over. A Hard Day’s Night is one of those songs where it’s about a guy working hard all day and night for his girl. John Lennon does most of the singing for this song alongside Paul. The music shows off the Fab Four’s skills as musicians and it’s awesome. Another great Beatles song is Twist And Shout, which is a cover to the Top Notes song of the same name that was also covered by the Isley Brothers. While I still love the Isleys’ version, I think the Beatles did this song better, giving it some energy with rocking music and John’s scratchier performance. Also, it’s used for one of the best scenes in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

If you’ve never watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, you’re welcome.


In terms of Top 5 best Beatles songs, Penny Lane would be up there. It’s one of the greatest songs that the band has ever composed. The eclectic array of instruments that make up the music and the various tone and key changes makes for a song that only the Beatles could ever make. Most of the writing is focused on the various sights and people that Paul McCartney would see in Penny Lane, an actual street in Liverpool. It’s presented in that weird British way that’s expected from the Beatles at their most experimental period. Great song from a great band. Don’t let the hype discourage you from some classics.


Hello, darkness, my old friend. I’ve come to talk with you again. Now here’s a classic we all know. Not just from memes or the various covers that’s out there, including one from Disturbed (which was fine). The Sound Of Silence is Simon & Garfunkel’s most well-known song and also their best. There’s two versions of this song, the original, which has mostly acoustic guitars as the music, and the remix, which features overdubbed electric guitars and drums. They’re both great. The Sound Of Silence is the introvert’s anthem as the writing captures that feeling of loneliness and being closed off to everyone else, something else that’s captured brilliantly by both versions. I related to this song WAY too well. What more needs to be said? There’s no silence in praising The Sound Of Silence.


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I will admit, I had a hard time picking a song for the number one spot. It was a two-way race between two songs that just hits me in the feels, the song that would eventually take the spot and (Sittin’ At) The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding, which ended up at number 2. How do I even talk about this song? Any words I would say about it would be underselling it, but I’ll do my best. (Sittin’ At) The Dock Of The Bay has some of the most relaxing, down-to-earth music ever with the guitar and piano playing alongside the horns and the whistling at the end. It feels like you’re at your grandparents’ house. Even with the relaxing music, the writing is much more somber as it’s a down-out-of-luck guy just sitting on a dock watching the scenery. Otis Redding perfectly captured the mood of the writing with his amazing performance, which is something that many covers missed the point of.

*violently coughs*

Regardless of any godawful cover, (Sittin’ At) The Dock Of The Bay is a goddamn masterpiece of soul music, but sadly, it was the last song Otis Redding recorded before he died in a plane crash. The dude was an underrated talent that was gone too soon.

And finally, the best song of the 60s IS…………..


For those who are about to comment, yes, I know my Top 2 spots are similar to Bennett The Sage’s Top 20 Best Number One Songs video. But he had the right idea. Georgia On My Mind was a 1930 song written by Hoagie Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell. 30 years later, it would be covered by Ray Charles, who took it all the way to number one and it became not just his best song, but one of the greatest songs of all time period AND one of the best cover songs that’s better than the original. The orchestral swells and sweet pianos creates some really beautiful music, that which a lot of artists from the 50s wish they could do and not be boring. The way Ray Charles performs this song is unlike any singer before or after. He makes it look effortless and brings a ton of soul that you could just feel. The song was originally written about Hoagie Carmichael’s sister, who’s name was Georgia, but then came Ray Charles’ cover and it’s become more synonymous with the state of Georgia to the point where it became its official state song. That’s the power of Ray Charles right there and why I decided to name Georgia On My Mind the best hit song of the 60s.

And that was my list of the best songs of the 60s. What are some of your favorite songs from that decade? Comment below and let me know. If you’ve read my UPDATES page, you’ll already know that I won’t do a whole series on the 50s. Instead, next month, I’ll be doing a Best and Worst Songs list for 1959. Look forward to that.



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6 thoughts on “100 Best Songs of the 60s: Pt II

  1. Nice list, it’s always fun to read through these. Here are some of my favorite songs of the 60s.

    1. The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
    2. Sympathy for the Devil – the Rolling Stones
    3. Tomorrow Never Knows – the Beatles
    4. People Are Strange – The Doors
    5. See Me, Feel Me/Listening To You – The Who
    6. Both Sides, Now – Judy Collins
    7. Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan
    8. White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
    9. I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) – The Electric Prunes
    10. Time of the Season – the Zombies

    Honorable Mentions

    Come Together – the Beatles
    California Dreamin’ – The Mamas & the Papas
    Bend Me, Shape Me – The American Breed
    All Along the Watchtower – the Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Alone Again Or – Love
    Piece of My Heart – Big Brother and the Holding Company
    Summer in the City – The Lovin’ Spoonful
    Gimme Shelter – the Rolling Stones
    Think – Aretha Franklin
    Solitary Man – Neil Diamond
    Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye – Steam
    Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival

    Once the year is over I’ll do a list of my favorite songs from this decade.

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  2. Beyond The Sea is a really great big band song. I remember it from Finding Nemo which I guess fits with its theme. From listening to Bobby Darin’s other songs, I can say that he’s much better when he does big band songs than the typical teen pop/novelty schlock many did in that era.

    You Don’t Own Me is a great feminist anthem and Lesley Gore really sells the feeling of wanting to be free from a controlling man. Like what you said about Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud, this song can still apply today considering some guys still try to be controlling over their girlfriends and wives. In fact, some girls that I went to school with who had boyfriends that wouldn’t let them hang with other boys as Lesley Gore mentions in the song. That Grace/G-Eazy cover was weird. And Lesley Gore herself created a PSA ahead of the 2012 election encouraging women to vote showing various women lip syncing to the song. At the end, she explained how we’re still fighting for the same things we were fighting for in 1964 when she recorded the song. Unfortunately, she died in 2015 so just imagine what she’d think of Trump if she was still alive now.

    If I Had A Hammer is another good social protest song and I can definitely relate to its message of wanting to spread freedom and love to everyone.

    It’s Gonna Work Out Fine may seem funny now considering things didn’t exactly work out fine between Ike and Tina but it’s still a great song regardless. Tina Turner just gives it her all vocally and you don’t really get to hear female singers like her now who have real grit in their singing which is what made this song appeal to me.

    I think Ain’t Too Proud To Beg is a fun song but it’s a bit silly for my tastes with how the guy will do anything to stay with his girl.

    Born To Be Wild is just an awesome rock banger. It’s definitely the type of song you’d listen to when you’re driving fast and it’s very fun to play along to on guitar. And that heavy metal line makes me wonder what it meant before it got used to represent the genre.

    I didn’t realize Stevie Wonder had hits in the 60s. I always thought of him more as a 70s and 80s artist. Fingertips was a really cool live performance from him and shows that even at 13 he still had crazy talent.

    Creedence Clearwater Revival are another great band I remember my parents playing a lot as a kid. It’s amazing to think how they created all these classics in just a couple years. That’s one hell of a work ethic especially when you know that it was all done by the band’s frontman John Fogerty who practically was CCR as Todd In The Shadows Trainwreckords video about their Mardi Gras album shows. Proud Mary, Bad Moon Rising, and Green River are great rock classics, nothing else needs to be said. I saw John Fogerty in concert a couple years ago and he still sounds good singing these songs.

    Eve of Destruction is an awesome social protest song. I’ve been listening to this song a lot lately considering recent events in our government and the world and realize how relevant many of the lyrics still are minus the references to Selma, 21 voting age, and the Jordan River war. Barry McGuire just lets loose with his anger and shows his rage through his singing which is what really makes the song for me. Sometimes you just want a song that lashes out at how messed up the world is instead of all those songs about peace and love.

    If I’m being honest, while I think Respect is a great song, the massive overplay it has gotten has wore the song off of me a little. But that doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy the song. The Otis Redding original was fine enough but Aretha Franklin just took it and made it better She really owns it on this song. Even Otis himself acknowledged that Aretha had pretty much taken her song into something good.

    It’s Now Or Never is a really nice love ballad from Elvis.

    Ray Charles is another great legend and another bright spot during the early 60s. I Can’t Stop Loving is another great classic from him.

    Shop Around is a fun song and I can definitely relate to it as a guy wanting to date and get marry.

    I was amazed to see that Sukiyaki was a number one hit in the 60s considering we haven’t seen many Asian songs on the Hot 100 aside from the K-pop stuff that crosses over now. It’s a really beautiful ballad with nice Asian instrumentation. Glad it was a number one hit.

    I Heard It Through The Grapevine is another classic from Marvin Gaye. And I’m glad for Creedence Clearwater Revival for exposing me to this song through their great cover.

    It’s amazing that for a short as Cream lasted, they were able to be very influential in blues, heavy, psychedelic, and arena rock. And I can see why cause all three members were great musicians and made a lot of great songs together in their short time. Sunshine Of Your Love is yet another great rock classic. That guitar riff is legendary and is always fun to play.

    When A Man Loves A Woman is a really heartfelt ballad and I can’t stand that Michael Bolton cover. Screw that cover!

    The Beach Boys are another great band with a lot of fun summertime songs as well as many great experimental songs testing the limits of pop music. I have a friend who’s a big fan of them and has seen Brian Wilson in concert twice though he told me he didn’t look good at his last concert and should retire soon so I wouldn’t recommend seeing him. California Girls is another fun song from them with great production and lyrics about admiring girls. What more can you ask for?

    For What It’s Worth is a great folk protest song.

    Roy Orbison is another good artist from the early 60s. The same studio in Nashville that I went to where Elvis recorded at is also where Roy Orbison recorded his big songs. Only The Lonely is a nice rock ballad. Oh, Pretty Woman though is an awesome rock banger and I can see why it’s Roy Orbison’s signature song. That guitar riff is really catchy and I also like the drum playing along with Roy Orbison’s delivery.

    Last Night is a cool instrumental song.

    You Really Got Me is another awesome rock banger. That guitar riff and sound on the song has become legendary when it comes to pioneering heavy rock and punk. Fun fact: Dave Davies got that guitar sound by cutting his amp with a razor blade. And Ray Davies singing on this song is also the style many punk rockers would emulate in the future.

    Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud is both a great funk song and a great black empowerment anthem. My high school history class used this song during our lesson of the 60s and the various movements of that decade.

    Another Saturday Night is a great soul song and I can relate to the lyrics of wanting to be with someone on a Saturday night.

    Ain’t No Mountain High Enough is another really good love duet though I don’t exactly love it as other people do.

    Nat King Cole is another one of those jazz singers I hear a lot about especially with The Christmas Song getting played every year but never really gotten into. Ramblin Rose is a good enough song but it’s not one of my favorites.

    My Cherie Amour is a really nice love song Stevie Wonder but I wouldn’t exactly call it one of his best songs especially when you compare it to his great classics from the 70s.

    California Dreaming is a great folk song and I love the harmonies on it as well as that flute solo. I can definitely relate to the lyrics considering I live in New York and it’s been getting really cold lately so naturally I’ve been thinking a lot about summer and warm places. I’ve only been to California once for when me and my family went on a summer vacation to San Francisco when I was 12 and it was a fun time. As a New Yorker, much of the problems about California applies here as well as extreme cold, snowstorms, hurricanes, abysmal transit systems and infrastructure, high taxes, etc. Though where I live on Long Island we have really good school districts. Thankfully we don’t have to deal with earthquakes and wildfires that much (we’ve gotten some minor earthquakes and there was one huge wildfire on eastern Long Island several years back).

    Help! and Ticket To Ride are just great Beatles songs. I can definitely relate to the lyrics in Help considering all the stresses in life you go through when you become an adult and feeling helpless about it all. Ticket To Ride is really fun to sing and play along to.

    Can’t Help Falling In Love isn’t my favorite Elvis song but it’s still a really beautiful love ballad from him. And the UB-40 cover of this song sucks hard like with the Temptations cover.

    Chain Gang is another good song from Sam Cooke. I haven’t heard that Thomas Rhett though I can imagine it not being anywhere as good as the original.

    The House of The Rising Sun is just awesome. It’s one of the best songs ever made and to have hit number one. The singing and instrumentation are great especially the guitar and organ. Listening to this song feels like you’re being taken on an adventure especially with how the song really ramps up in intensity and those haunting vocals.

    The Who are another great rock band I heard a lot growing up and I Can See For Miles is another great classic from them. It’s no surprise this song is considered one of the earliest metal songs. This song goes really hard like a lot of their songs. Fun fact: Paul McCartney created Helter Skelter in response to a reviewer calling I Can See For Miles the heaviest song he had ever heard which Paul took as a challenge to create something heavier.

    Hit The Road Jack is another Ray Charles classic. You can’t go anywhere without hearing that chorus.

    Surfin U.S.A. is another fun surf rock song from The Beach Boys. It perfectly captures that feeling when you’re excited about summer coming and all the fun activities that come with it. Yeah Brian Wilson intentionally wrote it to the melody of Sweet Little Sixteen but as you said people were ripping each other off a lot back then so I can’t complain especially when the end result is a song as great as this.

    Good Vibrations is one of the best pop songs ever made. It shows that you can make a conventional catchy pop song while also being experimental. It really takes you on a psychedelic journey and I like singing along with that chorus. This along with Pet Sounds shows the best that Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys were capable of. A shame what happened to them after with the drugs and mental illness.

    Something and Come Together are easily my top favorite Beatles songs. Even when they weren’t getting along with each other, they could still make great songs and these songs prove it. Something is a very beautiful love song from George that showed his potential as a songwriter. It’s no wonder Frank Sinatra called Something the greatest love song of the past 50 years at the time. Come Together is really awesome and was one of the first songs I learned on guitar. I don’t really know what the lyrics mean either but that’s what I love about the song along with the tight groove and instrumentation. Apparently, John Lennon originally wrote this song as a campaign song for activist Timothy Leary who briefly ran against Ronald Reagan for California governor before realizing it wasn’t going to work as a campaign song. Pretty interesting. And Abbey Road is indeed a great album and a perfect one for the band to end on (though Let It Be is technically the last album they released in May 1970 even though most of the songs were recorded in early 1969 before their infighting led them to shelve it to make Abbey Road).

    Hey Jude is another great song from The Beatles and Paul McCartney. It’s a very heartfelt and uplifting piano ballad that can comfort you whenever you’re feeling down. Yeah that “na na na” outro does admittedly drag on for too long but I’ve heard it so many times in my life that I don’t really care. It’s still fun to sing along to and it’s a big part of Paul McCartney concerts when he plays Hey Jude.

    My Girl is The Temptations’ signature song and it’s also my favorite from them as well. It’s a very beautiful love song that puts a big smile on my face.

    I’ve heard Green Onions a lot but never realized what it was called before recently. Taking away its overplay, it’s a very cool sounding instrumental song and that organ riff is really addictive.

    You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ is another great song from The Righteous Brothers. The singing and instrumentation really hits me on this song.

    Everyday People is another 60s classic that has stood the test of time and its Sly & The Family Stone’s signature song. It may not exactly be representative of Sly & The Family Stone’s funk centric sound but it’s still a good song with an important message of accepting everyone of all races, a message that still resonates today.

    Stand By Me is another great song that’s still remembered today. Ben E. King brings a lot of emotion to this song and I agree that no cover or sample (like Beautiful Girls) can rise above the original.

    Johnny Cash is the definitive country artist. Even if you’re not into country music, you can still get into Johnny Cash. That pretty much applies to me. My real introduction to him as a kid was when my family would watch that Walk The Line biopic movie and hear many of his big songs like Ring of Fire. In Nashville, I went to the Johnny Cash Museum which is pretty cool showing off a lot of his memorabilia and hearing artists like Snoop Dogg and Ray Charles cover his songs. Ring Of Fire is a great classic from him, nothing else needs to be said.

    Yeah a lot of The Beatles early music and look are equivalent to what we think of boy bands now but honestly I would much rather listen to them doing cheesy love songs than many of the modern boy bands. A Hard Day’s Night is a really fun song from them and the movie of the same name is really good as well. Twist and Shout is another really fun Beatles song. The Isley Brothers’ version was fine enough but The Beatles just took it and made it even better. And I love it when they harmonize in the middle and really go wild with the vocals. I also find it cool that John Lennon recorded this song with a cold and was about to lose his voice since they had recorded a whole bunch of songs earlier. Talk about dedication. And that scene from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was really cool.

    Penny Lane is another great classic from The Beatles right when they were at their best. I like how it touches on their hometown, that trumpet solo, and how the instrumentation changes keys on the chorus but in a way you wouldn’t notice until they stick to the key on the final chorus.

    The Sound Of Silence is a very beautiful song from Simon & Garfunkel and I can also relate to its lyrics of closing yourself off from the world and people around you.

    (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay is one of the most relaxing songs ever to listen to. It’s the perfect song to play when you’re worn out from your life and want to relax and reflect on everything. Otis Redding really sells the feeling of being worn down by life. I haven’t heard the Michael Bolton version but I’ve suffered through too much of his music to listen to his version. I agree Otis Redding is a very underrated singer and it’s a shame he died in a plane crash right when he was about to hit his peak and change up his style. What’s interesting about this song is that had Otis not die, we probably would have never heard this song because the head of Stax thought the song would ruin the label’s soul music reputation. And the song wasn’t even finished when Otis died but Stax decided to release it as it was which was probably for the best.

    Georgia On My Mind is just a beautifully performed song. I haven’t heard the original but there’s no way it can compete with Ray Charles’ version. His voice and the instrumentation sound very soothing and makes you feel at home especially if you’re a resident of Georgia.

    Pretty agreeable list! This was a great journey with many of these songs bringing back lots of childhood memories. The 60s were without a doubt a very influential decade in music and American history. And the spirit of that decade is still with us today with all the social movements that have sprung up since and artists taking more risk with their sound and lyrics. Can’t wait for your 1959 lists since it’s the year my mom was born.

    Finally, here are my lists for the 60s so far
    Best Hit Songs of 1960
    1)Georgia On My Mind by Ray Charles
    2)Beyond The Sea by Bobby Darin
    3)It’s Now Or Never by Elvis Presley
    4)Only The Lonely by Roy Orbison
    5)Walk, Don’t Run by The Ventures
    6)Chain Gang by Sam Cooke
    7)I’m Sorry/Sweet Nothin’s by Brenda Lee
    8)Walking To New Orleans by Fats Domino
    9)Night by Jackie Wilson
    10)Lonely Blue Boy by Conway Twitty
    Honorable Mentions
    Theme From A Summer Place by Percy Faith & His Orchestra
    Cathy’s Clown/When Will I Be Loved by The Everly Brothers
    Stuck On You by Elvis Presley
    The Twist by Chubby Checker
    Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool by Connie Francis
    Save The Last Dance For Me by The Drifters
    Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes) by Dinah Washington & Brook Benton
    Burning Bridges by Jack Scott
    Because They’re Young by Duane Eddy
    I Want To Be Wanted/That’s All You Gotta Do by Brenda Lee
    The Village of St. Bernadette by Andy Williams
    Wonderful World by Sam Cooke
    Beatnik Fly by Johnny & The Hurricanes
    Doggin Around by Jackie Wilson
    Money (That’s What I Want) by Barrett Strong
Worst Hit Songs of 1960
    1)Mr. Custer by Larry Verne
    2)Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini by Brian Hyland
    3)Little Bitty Girl by Bobby Rydell
    4)Running Bear/Cradle Of Love by Johnny Preston
    5)Alley Oop by The Hollywood Argyles
    6)Kiddio by Brook Benton
    7)Let The Little Girl Dance by Billy Bland
    8)Teen Angel by Mark Dinning
    9)Puppy Love by Paul Anka
    10)Why by Frankie Avalon
    Dishonorable Mentions
    He’ll Have To Go by Jim Reeves
    Sink The Bismarck by Johnny Horton
    Little Blue Eyes/Footsteps by Steve Lawrence
    Paper Roses/In My Little Corner Of The World by Anita Bryant
    Male Skinner Blues by The Fendermen
    Devil Or Angel by Bobby Vee
    Down By The Station by The Four Preps
    Forever by The Little Dippers
    It’s Time To Cry/My Home Town by Paul Anka
    Tell Laura I Love Her by Ray Peterson
    Stairway To Heaven by Neil Sedaka
    Cherry Pie by Skip & Flip
    Dreaming by Johnny Burnette
    You Talk Too Much by Joe Jones

    Best Hit Songs of 1961
    1)Stand By Me by Ben E. King
    2)Hit The Road Jack by Ray Charles
    3)It’s Gonna Work Out Fine by Ike & Tina Turner
    4)Shop Around by The Miracles
    5)Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis Presley
    6)Last Night by The Mar-Keys
    7)Take Five by The Dave Brubeck Quartet
    8)Running Scared by Roy Orbison
    9)Will You Love Me Tomorrow by The Shirelles
    10)You Can Depend On Me by Brenda Lee
    Honorable Mentions
    I Fall To Pieces by Patsy Cline
    Crying by Roy Orbison
    Dedicated To The One I Love/Mama Said by The Shirelles
    Travelin’ Man/Hello Mary Lou by Ricky Nelson
    Apache by Jorgen Ingmann
    Runaround Sue by Dion
    Surrender by Elvis Presley
    One Mint Julep by Ray Charles
    Spanish Harlem by Ben E. King
    Let The Four Winds Blow By Fats Domino
    My Kind Of Girl by Matt Monro
    Wonderland By Night by Bert Kaempfert
    Dum Dum by Brenda Lee
    Please Stay by The Drifters

    Worst Hit Songs of 1961
    1)Moody River by Pat Boone
    2)Baby Sittin Boogie by Buzz Clifford
    3)Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Overnight?) by Lonnie Donegan
    4)I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door by Eddie Hodges
    5)Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) by Barry Mann
    6)I’ve Told Every Little Star by Linda Scott
    7)Calendar Girl by Neil Sedaka
    8)Daddy’s Home by Shep & The Limelites
    9)Little Sister by Elvis Presley
    10)Michael by The Highwaymen
    Dishonorable Mentions
    Take Good Care Of My Baby/Rubber Ball by Bobby Vee
    Blue Moon by The Marcels
    The Way You Look Tonight by The Lettermen
    Baby Blue by The Echoes
    The Fly/Let’s Twist Again by Chubby Checker
    Tonight My Love, Tonight by Paul Anka
    Missing You by Ray Peterson
    More Money For You And Me by The Four Preps
    You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby by Bobby Darin

    Best Hit Songs of 1962
    1)Can’t Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley
    2)I Can’t Stop Loving You by Ray Charles
    3)Green Onions by Booker T. & The M.G.’s
    4)If I Had A Hammer by Peter, Paul & Mary
    5)Stranger On The Shore by Acker Bilk
    6)Twistin’ The Night Away by Sam Cooke
    7)Moon River by Henry Mancini
    8)Break It To Me Gently by Brenda Lee
    9)She’s Got You by Patsy Cline
    10)Twist And Shout by The Isley Brothers
    Honorable Mentions
    The Stripper by David Rose
    The Loco-Motion by Little Eva
    The Wanderer by Dion
    Palisades Park by Freddy Cannon
    The One Who Really Loves You/You Beat Me To The Punch by Mary Wells
    Good Luck Charm by Elvis Presley
    Midnight In Moscow by Kenny Ball
    Ramblin’ Rose by Nat King Cole
    Crying In The Rain by The Everly Brothers
    You Don’t Know Me by Ray Charles
    Sherry by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
    Rinky Dink by Dave “Baby” Cortez
    Walk On The Wild Side by Jimmy Smith
    I’m Blue (The Gong Gong Song) by The Ikettes
    Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett

    Worst Hit Songs of 1962
    1)Ahab The Arab by Ray Stevens
    2)Speedy Gonzales by Pat Boone
    3)Patches by Dickey Lee
    4)(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made To Love by Eddie Hodges
    5)Johnny Get Angry by Joanie Sommers
    6)Big Girls Don’t Cry by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
    7)Breaking Up Is Hard To Do by Neil Sedaka
    8)Shout by Joey Dee & The Starlites
    9)Cotton Fields by The Highwaymen
    10)I Wish That We Were Married by Ronnie & The Hi-Lites
    Dishonorable Mentions
    Mashed Potato Time/Gravy (For My Mashed Potato) by Dee Dee Sharp
    Roses Are Red (My Love) by Bobby Vinton
    Johnny Angel by Shelley Fabares
    Duke Of Earl by Gene Chandler
    Slow Twistin’ by Chubby Checker & Dee Dee Sharp
    Peppermint Twist by Joey Dee & The Starlites
    Sealed With A Kiss by Brian Hyland
    She Cried by Jay & The Americans
    Dear Lady Twist/Twist, Twist Señora by Gary U.S. Bonds
    Love Me Warm And Tender by Paul Anka
    Little Diane by Dion

    Best Hit Songs of 1963
    1)Puff, The Magic Dragon/Blowin’ In The Wind by Peter, Paul & Mary
    2)Surfin’ U.S.A. by The Beach Boys
    3)Ring Of Fire by Johnny Cash
    4)Another Saturday Night by Sam Cooke
    5)Sukiyaki by Kyu Sakamoto
    6)Telstar by The Tornados
    7)Fingertips by Stevie Wonder
    8)Wipe Out by The Surfaris
    9)Be My Baby by The Ronettes
    10)It’s My Party by Lesley Gore
    Honorable Mentions
    Can’t Get Used To Losing You by Andy Williams
    So Much In Love by The Tymes
    Wild Weekend by The Rockin’ Rebels
    Walk Like A Man by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
    Pipeline by The Chantays
    Surf City by Jan & Dean
    Heat Wave by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    Surfer Girl by The Beach Boys
    Busted/Take These Chains From My Heart by Ray Charles
    Da Doo Ron Ron by The Crystals
    In Dreams by Roy Orbison
    You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me by The Miracles
    Little Red Rooster by Sam Cooke
    (You’re The) Devil In Disguise by Elvis Presley
    Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days Of Summer/That Sunday, That Summer by Nat King Cole
    Baby Workout by Jackie Wilson
    Pride And Joy by Marvin Gaye
    Up On The Roof by The Drifters

    Worst Hit Songs of 1963
    1)Go Away Little Girl by Steve Lawrence
    2)If You Wanna Be Happy by Jimmy Soul
    3)Martian Hop by The Ran Dells
    4)Two Faces Have I by Lou Christie
    5)Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh (A Letter From Camp) by Allan Sherman
    6)Candy Girl by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
    7)My Boyfriend’s Back by The Angels
    8)I Will Follow Him by Little Peggy March
    9)Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport by Rolf Harris
    10)I’m Leaving It Up To You by Dale & Grace
    Dishonorable Mentions
    The End Of The World by Skeeter Davis
    Blue Velvet by Bobby Vinton
    Hey Paula by Paul & Paula
    Deep Purple by Nino Tempo & April Stevens
    I Love You Because by Al Martino
    You’re The Reason I’m Living by Bobby Darin
    The Night Has A Thousand Eyes by Bobby Vee
    Still by Bill Anderson
    Judy’s Turn To Cry by Lesley Gore
    Do The Bird by Dee Dee Sharp

    Best Hit Songs of 1964
    1)The House Of The Rising Sun by The Animals
    2)A Hard Day’s Night/Twist And Shout/I Saw Her Standing There by The Beatles
    3)You Really Got Me by The Kinks
    4)I Get Around by The Beach Boys
    5)Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison
    6)Dancing In The Street by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    7)The Girl From Ipanema by Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
    8)You Don’t Own Me by Lesley Gore
    9)My Guy by Mary Wells
    10)Baby Love by The Supremes
    Honorable Mentions
    I Want To Hold Your Hand/She Loves You/Love Me Do/Please Please Me/Can’t Buy Me Love/Do You Want To Know A Secret by The Beatles
    Hello, Dolly! by Louis Armstrong
    Everybody Loves Somebody by Dean Martin
    Where Did Our Love Go by The Supremes
    Do Wah Diddy Diddy by Manfred Mann
    Under The Boardwalk by The Drifters
    Chapel Of Love by The Dixie Cups
    Glad All Over/Because/Do You Love Me by The Dave Clark Five
    Wishin’ and Hopin’ by Dusty Springfield
    Baby I Need Your Loving by The Four Tops
    The Way You Do The Things You Do by The Temptations
    The Shelter Of Your Arms by Sammy Davis Jr.
    I’m So Proud by The Impressions
    High Heel Sneakers by Tommy Tucker
    Walk, Don’t Run ’64 by The Ventures
    Louie Louie by The Kingsmen

    Worst Hit Songs of 1964
    1)Surfin’ Bird by The Trashmen
    2)Little Children by Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas
    3)There! I’ve Said It Again by Bobby Vinton
    4)Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um by Major Lance
    5)Bread And Butter by The Newbeats
    6)My Boy Lollipop by Millie Small
    7)C’mon and Swim by Bobby Freeman
    8)Dead Man’s Curve by Dan & Jean
    9)Leader Of The Pack by The Shangri-Las
    10)It Hurts To Be In Love by Gene Pitney
    Dishonorable Mentions
    Suspicion by Terry Stafford
    Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying by Gerry & The Pacemakers
    See The Funny Little Clown by Bobby Goldsboro
    Today by The New Christy Minstrels
    I Love You More And More Every Day by Al Martino

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      1. Here are the rest of my 60s lists:
        Best Hit Songs of 1965
        1)Eve Of Destruction by Barry McGuire
        2)You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ by The Righteous Brothers
        3)(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones
        4)Help!/Ticket To Ride/Yesterday by The Beatles
        5)Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) by The Byrds
        6)Like A Rolling Stone by Bob Dylan
        7)California Girls by The Beach Boys
        8)My Girl by The Temptations
        9)Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag by James Brown
        10)I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) by The Four Tops
        Honorable Mentions
        Downtown by Petula Clark
        Help Me, Rhonda by The Beach Boys
        Shotgun by Jr. Walker & The All Stars
        Stop! In The Name Of Love/Back In My Arms Again/Come See About Me/I Hear A Symphony by The Supremes
        Unchained Melody/Just Once In My Life by The Righteous Brothers
        Mr. Tambourine Man by The Byrds
        What’s New Pussycat/It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones
        Goldfinger by Shirley Bassey
        Eight Days A Week/I Feel Fine by The Beatles
        I’ll Be Doggone/How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) by Marvin Gaye
        Tired Of Waiting For You/All Day And All Of The Night by The Kinks
        What The World Needs Now Is Love by Jackie DeShannon
        Nowhere To Run by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
        Heart Full Of Soul by The Yardbirds
        The Track Of My Tears/Ooo Baby Baby by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
        It’s The Same Old Song by The Four Tops
        We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place by The Animals
        The Last Time/Get Off Of My Cloud by The Rolling Stones
        Do You Believe In Magic by The Lovin’ Spoonful

        Worst Hit Songs of 1965
        1)You Turn Me On by Ian Whitcomb
        2)The Name Game by Shirley Ellis
        3)The Birds And The Bees by Jewel Akins
        4)Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter/I’m Henry The Eighth, I Am by Herman’s Hermits
        5)I’m Telling You Now by Freddie & The Dreamers
        6)Down In The Boondocks by Billy Joe Royal
        7)Save Your Heart For Me by Gary Lewis & The Playboys
        8)Laurie by Dickey Lee
        9)Baby The Rain Must Fall by Glenn Yarbrough
        10)Don’t Just Stand There by Patty Duke
        Dishonorable Mentions
        Silhouettes/Wonderful World by Herman’s Hermits
        I’ll Never Find Another You by The Seekers
        Cara Mia by Jay & The Americans
        Baby, I’m Yours by Barbara Lewis
        Jolly Green Giant by The Kingsmen
        Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte by Patti Page
        Little Things by Bobby Goldsboro

        Best Hit Songs of 1966
        1)The Sound Of Silence by Simon & Garfunkel
        2)Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys
        3)(You’re My) Soul And Inspiration by The Righteous Brothers
        4)Paint It, Black by The Rolling Stones
        5)Paperback Writer/Nowhere Man by The Beatles
        6)California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & The Papas
        7)When A Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge
        8)Reach Out, I’ll Be There by The Four Tops
        9)Sunshine Superman by Donovan
        10)Wild Thing by The Troggs
        Honorable Mentions
        Cherish by The Association
        96 Tears by ? And The Mysterians
        Last Train To Clarksville by The Monkees
        Monday, Monday by The Mamas & The Papas
        You Can’t Hurry Love/You Keep Me Hangin’ On by The Supremes
        Summer In The City by The Lovin’ Spoonful
        What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted by Jimmy Ruffin
        We Can Work It Out/Yellow Submarine by The Beatles
        Good Lovin’ by The Young Rascals
        A Groovy Kind Of Love by The Mindbenders
        You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me by Dusty Springfield
        B-A-B-Y by Carla Thomas
        Bus Stop by The Hollies
        I’m Your Puppet by James & Bobby Purify
        Ain’t Too Proud To Beg by The Temptations
        Uptight (Everything’s Alright) by Stevie Wonder
        Sloop John B/Barbara Ann by The Beach Boys
        19th Nervous Breakdown by The Rolling Stones
        Land Of 1000 Dances/634-5789 by Wilson Pickett
        I Fought The Law by Bobby Fuller Four
        Shapes Of Things by The Yardbirds

        Worst Hit Songs of 1966
        1)The Ballad Of The Green Berets by Sgt. Barry Sadler
        2)Born A Woman by Sandy Posey
        3)Lil Red Riding Hood by Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs
        4)Hanky Panky by Tommy James & The Shondells
        5)The Poor Side Of Town by Johnny Rivers
        6)Lightnin’ Strikes by Lou Christie
        7)Dandy by Herman’s Hermits
        8)Baby Scratch My Back by Slim Harpo
        9)Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind? by The Lovin’ Spoonful
        10)Elusive Butterfly by Bob Lind
        Dishonorable Mentions
        Hooray For Hazel/Sweet Pea by Tommy Roe
        I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry by B.J. Thomas
        Lady Godiva by Peter & Gordon
        Just Like Me by Paul Revere & The Raiders
        The Pied Piper by Crispian St. Peters
        Almost Persuaded by David Houston
        If I Were A Carpenter by Bobby Darin
        She’s Just My Style by Gary Lewis & The Playboys

        Best Hit Songs of 1967
        1)I Can See For Miles by The Who
        2)Light My Fire by The Doors
        3)I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) by The Electric Prunes
        4)For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield
        5)Somebody To Love/White Rabbit by Jefferson Airplane
        6)Penny Lane by The Beatles
        7)Soul Man by Sam & Dave
        8)Respect by Aretha Franklin
        9)(You’re Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher by Jackie Wilson
        10)Ode To Billie Joe by Bobby Gentry
        11)Gimme Some Lovin’ by The Spencer Davis Group
        12)Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison
        13)I’m A Believer by The Monkees
        14)Incense and Peppermints by Strawberry Alarm Clock
        15)Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
        Honorable Mentions
        To Sir With Love by Lulu
        The Letter by The Box Tops
        Happy Together by The Turtles
        Groovin’ by The Young Rascals
        Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by Frankie Valli
        I Think We’re Alone Now by Tommy James & The Shondells
        I Was Made To Love Her by Stevie Wonder
        Expressway To Your Heart by Soul Survivors
        Ruby Tuesday by The Rolling Stones
        The Happening/Reflections by The Supremes
        All You Need Is Love by The Beatles
        Your Precious Love by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
        A Whiter Shade Of Pale by Procol Harum
        Up, Up, and Away by The 5th Dimension
        San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) by Scott McKenzie
        You’re My Everything by The Temptations
        Dedicated To The One I Love by The Mamas & The Papas
        Friday On My Mind by The Easybeats
        Soul Finger by The Bar-Kays
        Funky Broadway by Wilson Pickett
        Cold Sweat by James Brown
        Here We Go Again by Ray Charles
        Bernadette by The Four Tops
        The Beat Goes On by Sonny & Cher

        Worst Hit Songs of 1967
        1)Little Ole Man (Up Tight, Everything’s Alright) by Bill Cosby
        2)Girl You’ll Be A Woman Soon by Neil Diamond
        3)Somethin’ Stupid by Frank & Nancy Sinatra
        4)I Take It Back by Sandy Posey
        5)Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) by The Hombres
6)I Dig Rock And Roll Music by Peter, Paul & Mary
        7)Snoopy vs. The Red Baron by The Royal Guardsmen
        8)Baby I Need Your Lovin’ by Johnny Rivers
        9)Western Union by The Five Americans
        10)The Rain, The Park & Other Things by The Cowsills
        Dishonorable Mentions
        Come Back When You Grow Up by Bobby Vee
        Apples, Peaches, and Pumpkin Pies by Jay & The Technicians
        It Must Be Him by Vicki Carr
        Please Love Me Forever by Bobby Vinton
        My Cup Runneth Over by Ed Ames
        There’s A Kind Of Hush by Herman’s Hermits
        Mercy, Mercy, Mercy by The Buckinghams
        Georgy Girl by The Seekers
        Carrie Anne by The Hollies

        Best Hit Songs of 1968
        1)(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay by Otis Redding
        2)Hey Jude/Revolution by The Beatles
        3)Sunshine Of Your Love/White Room by Cream
        4)Born To Be Wild by Steppenwolf
        5)Piece Of My Heart by Janis Joplin/Big Brother & The Holding Company
        6)Fire by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
        7)Dance To The Music by Sly & The Family Stone
        8)Say It Loud-I’m Black And I’m Proud by James Brown
        9)Summertime Blues by Blue Cheer
        10)You Keep Me Hangin’ On by Vanilla Fudge
        11)Jumpin’ Jack Flash by The Rolling Stones
        12)Mrs. Robinson by Simon & Garfunkel
        13)I Say A Little Prayer/Think by Aretha Franklin
        14)Love Child by Diana Ross & The Supremes
        15)You’re All I Need To Get By by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
        Honorable Mentions
        People Got To Be Free/A Beautiful Morning by The Rascals
        Tighten Up by Archie Bell & The Drells
        Harper Valley PTA by Jeannie C. Riley
        Hello, I Love You by The Doors
        Mony Mony by Tommy James & The Shondells
        Stoned Soul Picnic by The 5th Dimension
        I Wish It Would Rain by The Temptations
        La-La (Means I Love You) by The Delfonics
        Spooky by Classics IV
        Love Is All Around by The Troggs
        (Sweet Baby Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone by Aretha Franklin
        Green Tambourine by The Lemon Pipers
        Light My Fire by José Feliciano
        Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
        I Got The Feelin by James Brown
        Lady Madonna/Hello Goodbye by The Beatles
        Hurdy Gurdy Man by Donovan
        Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf
        Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day by Stevie Wonder
        Scarborough Fair/Canticle by Simon & Garfunkel
        Suzie Q by Creedence Clearwater Revival

        Worst Hit Songs of 1968
        1)Honey by Bobby Goldsboro
        2)Young Girl by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
        3)Girl Watcher by The O’Kaysions
        4)MacArthur Park by Richard Harris
5)Turn Around, Look At Me by The Vogues
        6)Yummy Yummy Yummy by Ohio Express
        7)The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde by Georgie Fame
        8)The Unicorn by The Irish Rovers
        9)Here Comes The Judge by Shorty Long
        10)Simon Says/1, 2, 3 Red Light by 1910 Fruitgum Company
        Dishonorable Mentions
        This Guy’s In Love With You by Herb Alpert
        Little Green Apples by O.C. Smith
        Cry Like A Baby by The Box Tops
        Those Were The Days by Mary Hopkin
        Lady Willpower/Woman, Woman by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
        Playboy by Gene & Debby
        I Love You by The People
        Bottle Of Wine by The Fireballs
        Indian Lake by The Cowsills
        Goin’ Out Of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You by The Lettermen
        Sealed With A Kiss by Gary Lewis & The Playboys

        Best Hit Songs of 1969
        1)Something/Come Together by The Beatles
        2)Everyday People by Sly & The Family Stone
        3)Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In by The 5th Dimension
        4)Spinning Wheel by Blood, Sweat & Tears
        5)Proud Mary/Bad Moon Rising/Green River by Creedence Clearwater Revival
        6)I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye
        7)Time Of The Season by The Zombies
        8)My Cherie Amour by Stevie Wonder
        9)I Can’t Get Next To You by The Temptations
        10)Galveston by Glen Campbell
        Honorable Mentions
        Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones
        Hot Fun In The Summertime by Sly & The Family Stone
        Build Me Up Buttercup by The Foundations
        Get Together by The Youngbloods
        Grazing In The Grass by The Friends Of Distinction
        Suspicious Minds/In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley
        It’s Your Thing by The Isley Brothers
        Get Back by The Beatles
        Baby It’s You by Smith
        A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash
        Wedding Bell Blues by The 5th Dimension
        You’ve Made Me So Very Happy by Blood, Sweat & Tears
        Touch Me by The Doors
        Hawaii Five-O by The Ventures
        Mother Popcorn by James Brown
        Twenty-Five Miles by Edwin Starr
        Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man by The Bob Seger System

        Worst Hit Songs of 1969
        1)This Girl Is A Woman Now by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
        2)Ruby, Don’t Bring Your Love To Town by Kenny Rogers & The First Edition
        3)Gitarzan by Ray Stevens
        4)I’m Gonna Make You Mine by Lou Christie
        5)Little Woman by Bobby Sherman
6)Crimson And Clover by Tommy James & The Shondells
        7)Indian Giver by 1910 Fruitgum Company
        8)The Worst That Could Happen by Johnny Maestro & The Brooklyn Bridge
        9)Dizzy by Tommy Roe
        10)Jean by Oliver
        Dishonorable Mentions
        Baby, I Love You by Andy Kim
        Hurt So Bad by The Lettermen
        Love (Can Make You Happy) by Mercy
        Good Morning Staircase by Oliver
        More Today Than Yesterday by Spiral Staircase
        Atlantis by Donovan
        Black Pearl by The Checkmates
        Six Things I’d Like To Say by The New Colony
        Smile A Little Smile For Me by Flying Machine
        Tracy by The Cufflinks
        Oh What A Night by The Dells

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  3. Both sittin on the dock of a bay & Georgia on my mind were desecrated by Michael Fucking Bolton. At least neither songs made it to the year end list. And both songs were sung by talent gone too soon.


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