Monday, March 23, 2020

Top 100 Songs from 1960-1969

First posted 4/2/2011; last updated 3/23/2020.

Top 100 Songs of the Decade:

1960-1969

These are the top 100 songs from the 1960s according to Dave’s Music Database. Rankings are figured by combining sales figures, chart data, radio airplay, video airplay, streaming figures, awards, and appearances on best-of lists.

1. Hey Jude…The Beatles (1968)
2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction…The Rolling Stones (1965)
3. I Heard It Through the Grapevine…Marvin Gaye (1968)
4. I Want to Hold Your Hand…The Beatles (1963)
5. Respect…Aretha Franklin (1967)
6. Good Vibrations…The Beach Boys (1966)
7. Like a Rolling Stone…Bob Dylan (1965)
8. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay…Otis Redding (1968)
9. Yesterday…The Beatles (1965)
10. (Oh) Pretty Woman…Roy Orbison (1964)

11. Stand by Me…Ben E. King (1961)
12. The House of the Rising Sun…The Animals (1964)
13. Unchained Melody…The Righteous Brothers (1965)
14. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’…The Righteous Brothers (1964)
15. The Twist…Chubby Checker (1960)
16. A Whiter Shade of Pale…Procol Harum (1967)
17. Louie Louie…The Kingsmen (1963)
18. Brown-Eyed Girl…Van Morrison (1967)
19. Light My Fire…The Doors (1967)
20. My Girl…The Temptations (1964)

21. Suspicious Minds…Elvis Presley (1969)
22. I Can’t Stop Loving You…Ray Charles (1962)
23. It’s Now or Never…Elvis Presley (1960)
24. I’m a Believer…The Monkees (1966)
25. When a Man Loves a Woman…Percy Sledge (1966)
26. She Loves You…The Beatles (1963)
27. All Along the Watchtower…The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
28. Proud Mary…Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
29. My Generation…The Who (1965)
30. Georgia on My Mind…Ray Charles (1960)

31. Honky Tonk Women…The Rolling Stones (1969)
32. Be My Baby…The Ronettes (1963)
33. You Really Got Me…The Kinks (1964)
34. What a Wonderful World…Louis Armstrong (1967)
35. Runaway…Del Shannon (1961)
36. God Only Knows…The Beach Boys (1966)
37. Are You Lonesome Tonight?...Elvis Presley (1960)
38. Strawberry Fields Forever…The Beatles (1967)
39. Reach Out (I’ll Be There)…Four Tops (1966)
40. The Sound of Silence…Simon & Garfunkel (1965)

41. Sugar, Sugar…The Archies (1969)
42. Crazy…Patsy Cline (1961)
43. Mrs. Robinson…Simon & Garfunkel (1968)
44. Dancing in the Street…Martha & the Vandellas (1964)
45. A Day in the Life…The Beatles (1967)
46. I Want You Back…The Jackson 5 (1969)
47. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In…The 5th Dimension (1969)
48. Born to Be Wild…Steppenwolf (1968)
49. Nights in White Satin…The Moody Blues (1967)
50. California Dreamin’…The Mamas & the Papas (1966)

51. Space Oddity…David Bowie (1969)
52. Get Back…The Beatles with Billy Preston (1969)
53. Paint It, Black…The Rolling Stones (1966)
54. The Tracks of My Tears…The Miracles (1965)
55. Help!...The Beatles (1965)
56. Whole Lotta Love…Led Zeppelin (1969)
57. It’s a Small World After All…The Disneyland Chorus (1964)
58. Mr. Tambourine Man…The Byrds (1965)
59. Purple Haze…The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
60. Something…The Beatles (1969)

61. Jumpin’ Jack Flash…The Rolling Stones (1968)
62. For What It’s Worth…Buffalo Springfield (1967)
63. Moon River…Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn (1961)
64. Sympathy for the Devil…The Rolling Stones (1968)
65. Penny Lane…The Beatles (1967)
66. Cathy’s Clown…The Everly Brothers (1960)
67. Can’t Buy Me Love…The Beatles (1964)
68. Can’t Help Falling in Love…Elvis Presley (1961)
69. A Change Is Gonna Come…Sam Cooke (1965)
70. Strangers in the Night…Frank Sinatra (1966)

71. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head…B.J. Thomas (1969)
72. The Letter…The Box Tops (1967)
73. Baby Love…The Supremes (1964)
74. Stop! In the Name of Love…The Supremes (1965)
75. Where Did Our Love Go…The Supremes (1964)
76. Save the Last Dance for Me…The Drifters (1960)
77. I Got You (I Feel Good)…James Brown (1965)
78. The Loco-Motion…Little Eva (1962)
79. Will You Love Me Tomorrow…The Shirelles (1960)
80. River Deep, Mountain High…Ike & Tina Turner (1966)

81. The Lion Sleeps Tonight…The Tokens (1961)
82. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag…James Brown (1965)
83. At Last…Etta James (1961)
84. Theme from ‘A Summer Place’…Percy Faith (1960)
85. Green Onions…Booker T. & the MG’s (1962)
86. My Way…Frank Sinatra (1969)
87. All You Need Is Love…The Beatles (1967)
88. Daydream Believer…The Monkees (1967)
89. Waterloo Sunset…The Kinks (1967)
90. Blowin’ in the Wind…Bob Dylan (1963)

91. Eleanor Rigby…The Beatles (1966)
92. White Rabbit…Jefferson Airplane (1967)
93. In the Midnight Hour…Wilson Pickett (1965)
94. Happy Together…The Turtles (1967)
95. Everyday People…Sly & the Family Stone (1968)
96. Twist and Shout…The Beatles (1963)
97. Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher…Jackie Wilson (1967)
98. Fortunate Son…Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
99. You Can’t Hurry Love…The Supremes (1966)
100. California Girls…The Beach Boys (1965)

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