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Greatest Songs From The 1960s

The early sixties saw a continuation of the trends started in the fifties. Within a few years rockabilly, surfer rock and pop tunes made way for protest folk, blues rock and psychedelic rock.

This is not meant as a comprehensive list of all the greatest songs of the 1960s – you’ll find enough of those lists if you do a quick search. This is my personal collection of songs I listen to every time I load my 1960s playlist.

1960

Dreamin’ – Johnny Burnett – Dreamin’
Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool – Connie Francis – Single
Please Don’t Tease – Cliff Richard and the Shadows – Single
The Twist – Chubby Checker – Twist With Chubby Checker
Will You Love Me Tomorrow – The Shirelles – Tonight’s The Night

1961

Asia Minor – Kokomo – Single
(I Don’t Know Why) But I Do – Clarence Henry – You Always Hurt The One You Love
Comanche – The Revels – The Exiles (Soundtrack)
Funnel Of Love – Wanda Jackson – Single
Hit The Road Jack – Ray Charles – Single
More Than I Can Say – Bobby Vee – Single
Please Mr. Postman – Helen Shapiro – Please Mr. Postman

1962

Bustin’ Surfboards – The Tornadoes – Beyond The Surf
Limbo Rock – Chubby Checker – Limbo Party
Love Me Do – The Beatles – Single (Please Please Me, 1963)
Stand By Me – Ben E. King – Don’t Play That song
That Happy Feeling – Bert Kaempfert – A Swingin’ Safari
The Loco Motion – Little Eva – Locomotion

1963

Be My Baby – Ronettes – Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica
Da Doo Ron Ron – The Crystals – Single
Do You Want To Know A Secret – Billy J. Kramer – Single
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right – Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Hippy Hippy Shake – The Swinging Blue Jeans – Single
I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles – Single
Louie, Louie – The Kingsmen – Single
Masters of War – Bob Dylan – The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash – Ring of Fire: The Best of Johnny Cash
Summer Holiday – Cliff Richard and the Shadows – Summer Holiday
Surf Rider – The Lively Ones – Surf Rider!
Sweets For My Sweet – The Searchers – Single
The Pink Panther Theme – Henry Mancini and His Orchestra – The Pink Panther Theme
Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer – Nat King Cole – Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer

1964

A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke – Ain’t That Good News
A Fistful Of Dollars – Ennio Morricone – A Fistful Of Dollars (Soundtrack)
All Day and All of the Night – The Kinks – Single
Do Wah Diddy – Manfred Mann – Single
Downtown – Petula Clark – Downtown
House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals – The Animals
I Shall Be Free No. 10 – Bob Dylan – Another Side Of Bob Dylan
Under The Boardwalk – The Drifters – Single
You Really Got Me – The Kinks – Kinks
You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling – The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

1965

Bob Dylan’s 115th Dream – Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
Catch The Wind – Donovan – What’s Bin Did and What’s Bin Hid
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals – Animal Tracks
Flowers On The Wall – The Statler Brothers – Flowers On The Wall
For A Few Dollars More – Ennio Morricone – For A Few Dollars More (Soundtrack)
Have Love Will Travel – The Sonics – Here Are The Sonics
In My Life – The Beatles – Rubber Soul
It’s Not Unusual – Tom Jones – Along Came Jones
Maggie’s Farm – Bob Dylan – Bringing It All Back Home
My Girl – The Temptations – The Temptations Sing Smokey
Nowhere Man – The Beatles – Rubber Soul
Play With Fire – The Rolling Stones – Out Of Our Heads
Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones – Out Of Our Heads
Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) – The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!
What The World Needs Now Is Love – Jackie DeShannon – This Is Jackie DeShannon
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away – The Beatles – Help!
The Trip – Kim Fowley – Single

1966

California Dreamin – The Mamas & The Papas – If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears
Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles – Revolver
For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield
God Only Knows – The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
Homeward Bound [Live] – Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
I Want You – Bob Dylan – Blonde On Blonde
I’m A Believer – The Monkees – More of the Monkees
Michelle – The Overlanders – Single
Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones – Aftermath
Secret Agent Man – Johnny Rivers – … And I Know You Wanna Dance
Sloop John B – The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ – Nancy Sinatra – Boots
Under My Thumb – The Rolling Stones – Aftermath
When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge – When a Man Loves A Woman
Wild Thing – The Troggs – Single
With a Girl Like You – The Troggs – Single
Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys – Pet Sounds

1967

A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum – Procol Harum
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! – The Beatles – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Bold As Love – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As Love
Break On Through (To The Other Side) – The Doors – The Doors
Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison – Blowin’ Your Mind
Can’t Take My Eyes off You – Frankie Valli and The 4 Seasons – Single
I Think We’re Alone Now – Tommy James & The Shondells – I Think We’re Alone Now
I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight – Bob Dylan – John Wesley Harding
I’ll Be Your Mirror – The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
Jackson – Johhny Cash & June Carter – Single
Let’s Get Together – The Youngbloods – The Youngbloods
Love Is All Around – The Troggs – Single
Nights in White Satin – The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed
Penny Lane – The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
People Are Strange – The Doors – Strange Days
Respect – Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man The Way I Love You
Ruby Tuesday – The Rolling Stones – Between The Buttons
Run Run Run – The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground & Nico
San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) – Scott McKenzie – Single
Somebody To Love – Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
Spanish Rose – Van Morrison – Blowin’ Your Mind
Strawberry Fields Forever – The Beatles – Magical Mystery Tour
Take It As It Comes – The Doors – The Doors
There’s A Kind Of Hush All Over The World – Herman’s Hermits – There’s A Kind Of Hush All Over The World
With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Brown – Single

1968

A Hazy Shade of Winter – Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
All Along The Watchtower – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
Burning Of The Midnight Lamp – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
Crimson And Clover – Tommy James & The Shondells – Crimson & Clover
Fakin’ It – Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
Five To One – The Doors – Waiting For The Sun
Gypsy Eyes- The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
Hey Jude – The Beatles – Single
I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye – In The Groove
I Say A Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin – Aretha Now
Il Est Cinq Heures, Paris S’√©veille – Jacques Dutronc – Jacques Dutronc
Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones – Single
Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends
On The Road Again – Canned Heat – Boogie With Canned Heat
Piece Of My Heart – Janis Joplin – Cheap Thrills
Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun – Pink Floyd – A Saucerful Of Secrets
Son Of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield – Dusty In Memphis
Sunshine Of Your Love – Cream – Disraeli Gears
(Sitting On) The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding – The Dock Of The Bay
The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – Hugo Montenegro – Music From The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
The Way Young Lovers Do – Van Morrison – Astral Weeks
The Weight – The Band – Music From Big Pink
Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Electric Ladyland
With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
Words – Bee Gees – Single
You Don’t Know Where Your Interest Lies – Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends

1969

Across The Universe – The Beatles – No One’s Gonna Change Our World
Aquarius, Let The Sunshine In – The 5th Dimension – The Age Of Aquarius
Codine Blues – The Charlatans – Single
Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker) – The Who – Tommy
Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Willy and the Poor Boys
Get Rhythm – Johnny Cash – Single
Give Peace a Chance – John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band – Single
Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones – Single
Je T’aime,…Moi Non Plus – Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin – Jane Birkin/Serge Gainsbourg
Jingo – Santana – Santana
Lisa Says – The Velvet Underground – [recorded 1969, released on VU, 1985]
Pinball Wizard – The Who – Tommy
Popcorn – Gershon Kingsley – Music to Moog By
Pretty Belinda – Chris Andrews – Single
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – B.J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
Sorry Suzanne – The Hollies – Single
Spirit in the Sky – Norman Greenbaum – Spirit in the Sky
Sugar Sugar – The Archies – Everything’s Archie
The Ballad Of John & Yoko – The Beatles – Single
Venus – Shocking Blue – At Home
Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) – Peter Sarstedt – Single
Who Do You Love – Quicksilver Messenger Service – Happy Trails

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