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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Top 100 Songs from 1960-1969

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 4/2/11, updated 8/2/14.

These are the top 100 songs from 1960-1969 according to Dave’s Music Database. When a title was recognized as the Song of the Year, it is noted with a code following the song. A key to the codes is at the bottom of the page.

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

11. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’…The Righteous Brothers (1964) MJ
12. A Whiter Shade of Pale…Procol Harum (1967) VF
13. Stand by Me…Ben E. King (1961) CB, DM, VF, Q, RS
14. The House of the Rising Sun…The Animals (1964)
15. Unchained Melody…The Righteous Brothers (1965) PC
16. Light My Fire…The Doors (1967)
17. Louie, Louie…The Kingsmen (1963)
18. My Girl…The Temptations (1965)
19. Brown-Eyed Girl…Van Morrison (1967)
20. When a Man Loves a Woman…Percy Sledge (1966)

21. Suspicious Minds…Elvis Presley (1969) DM
22. All Along the Watchtower…The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
23. You Really Got Me…The Kinks (1964) NME, Q
24. The Twist…Chubby Checker (1960) CB, DM, PC
25. Crazy…Patsy Cline (1961)
26. Honky Tonk Women…The Rolling Stones (1969) NME
27. What a Wonderful World…Louis Armstrong (1967)
28. Proud Mary…Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
29. My Generation…The Who (1965)
30. Be My Baby…The Ronettes (1963) MJ

31. She Loves You…The Beatles (1963) NMEm Q
32. God Only Knows…The Beach Boys (1966)
33. Strawberry Fields Forever…The Beatles (1967) NME
34. I’m a Believer…The Monkees (1966) CB, JW
35. I Can’t Stop Loving You…Ray Charles (1962) DM, JW
36. Dancing in the Street…Martha & the Vandellas (1964)
37. A Day in the Life…The Beatles (1967)
38. Reach Out (I’ll Be There)…Four Tops (1966)
39. The Sound of Silence…Simon & Garfunkel (1965)
40. Georgia on My Mind…Ray Charles (1960) SS

41. Nights in White Satin…The Moody Blues (1967)
42. It’s Now or Never…Elvis Presley (1960)
43. Are You Lonesome Tonight?...Elvis Presley (1960) VF
44. California Dreamin’…The Mamas & the Papas (1966)
45. Runaway…Del Shannon (1961) MJ
46. Born to Be Wild…Steppenwolf (1968)
47. For What It’s Worth…Buffalo Springfield (1967)
48. Mrs. Robinson…Simon & Garfunkel (1968) G-R
49. Sugar, Sugar…The Archies (1969) BB, CB
50. I Want You Back…The Jackson 5 (1969) MJ, RS

51. Mr. Tambourine Man…The Byrds (1965)
52. The Tracks of My Tears…The Miracles (1965) MJ, RS
53. Purple Haze…The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
54. Moon River…Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn (1961) G-R, G-S, SS
55. Sympathy for the Devil…The Rolling Stones (1968)
56. Whole Lotta Love…Led Zeppelin (1969)
57. My Way…Frank Sinatra (1969) SS
58. Help!...The Beatles (1965)
59. Space Oddity…David Bowie (1969)
60. A Change Is Gonna Come…Sam Cooke (1965)

61. Strangers in the Night…Frank Sinatra (1966) VF, G-R
62. Get Back…The Beatles with Billy Preston (1969) VF
63. I Got You (I Feel Good)…James Brown (1965)
64. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In…The 5th Dimension (1969) G-R, JW
65. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag…James Brown (1965)
66. Jumpin’ Jack Flash…The Rolling Stones (1968) NME
67. King of the Road…Roger Miller (1965)
68. The Girl from Ipanema…Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto (1964) G-R, SS
69. Penny Lane…The Beatles (1967)
70. Theme from ‘A Summer Place’…Percy Faith (1960) BB, G-R, JW

71. In the Midnight Hour…Wilson Pickett (1965)
72. Waterloo Sunset…The Kinks (1967) Q
73. White Rabbit…Jefferson Airplane (1967)
74. In My Life…The Beatles (1965)
75. Blowin’ in the Wind…Bob Dylan (1963)
76. Paint It, Black…The Rolling Stones (1966)
77. Green Onions…Booker T. & the MG’s (1962) MJ, NME
78. Hello, Dolly!...Louis Armstrong (1964) CB, G-S
79. Will You Love Me Tomorrow…The Shirelles (1960) NME
80. I Left My Heart in San Francisco…Tony Bennett (1962) G-S, SS

81. Walk on By…Dionne Warwick (1964)
82. Can’t Buy Me Love…The Beatles (1964)
83. Gimme Shelter…The Rolling Stones (1969) Q
84. Crying…Roy Orbison (1961)
85. Eleanor Rigby…The Beatles (1966)
86. Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head…B.J. Thomas (1969)
87. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)…The Byrds (1965)
88. California Girls…The Beach Boys (1965)
89. Cathy’s Clown…The Everly Brothers (1960) RS
90. River Deep, Mountain High…Ike & Tina Turner (1966) MJ

91. Stop! In the Name of Love…The Supremes (1965)
92. The Letter…The Box Tops (1967)
93. A Hard Day’s Night…The Beatles (1964)
94. The Lion Sleeps Tonight (Wimoweh)…The Tokens (1961)
95. The Loco-Motion…Little Eva (1962) RS
96. Come Together…The Beatles (1969)
97. I Get Around…The Beach Boys (1964)
98. Sunshine of Your Love…Cream (1968)
99. Happy Together…The Turtles (1967)
100. Baby Love…The Supremes (1964)


Songs Which Won Year-End Awards But Didn’t Make the Top 100:
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough…Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967) PC
  • Apache…The Shadows (1960) MJ, Q
  • At Last…Etta James (1961) PC
  • The Ballad of the Green Berets…SSgt. Barry Sadler (1966) BB
  • Blowin’ in the Wind…Peter, Paul & Mary (1963) SS
  • Build Me Up Buttercup…The Foundations (1968) PC
  • Days of Wine and Roses…Henry Mancini (1963) G-R, G-S
  • Exodus (Theme from)…Ferrante & Teicher (1960) G-S
  • Games People Play…Joe South (1968) G-S
  • It Was a Very Good Year…Frank Sinatra (1965) SS
  • Let’s Twist Again…Chubby Checker (1962) VF
  • Little Green Apples…Roger Miller (1968) G-S
  • Love is Blue…Paul Mauriat (1967) CB
  • Michelle…The Beatles (1965) G-S
  • Misirlou…Dick Dale (1962) PC
  • Monster Mash…Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers (1962) CB
  • Running Scared…Roy Orbison (1961) NME
  • The Shadow of Your Smile (Theme from ‘The Sandpiper’)…Tony Bennett (1965) G-S
  • Stranger on the Shore…Mr. Acker Bilk (1961) BB
  • Sugar Shack…Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs (1963) BB, JW
  • Summer Wind…Frank Sinatra (1966) PC
  • A Taste of Honey…Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (1965) G-R
  • Telstar…The Tornadoes (1962) Q
  • To Sir with Love…Lulu (1967) BB, JW
  • Tossin’ and Turnin’…Bobby Lewis (1961) BB, JW
  • Twist and Shout…The Beatles (1963) PC
  • Up, Up and Away…The Fifth Dimension (1967) G-R, G-S
  • What Kind of Fool Am I?...Sammy Davis, Jr. (1962) G-S
  • Wooly Bully…Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs (1965) BB
  • Yakety Sax (Benny Hill Theme)…Boots Randolph (1963) PC
  • You’re the Devil in Disguise…Elvis Presley (1963) VF

Key to the Codes:
  • BB: Billboard magazine song of the year
  • CB: Cashbox song of the year, 1950-1996
  • DM: Dave’s Music Database
  • G-R: Grammy for Record of the Year
  • G-S: Grammy for Song of the Year
  • MJ: Mojo magazine song of the year, 1955-2005. Based on aggregated Mojo lists.
  • VF: MusicFV.com
  • NME: NME magazine song of the year, 1953-2008. Based on aggregation of NME lists and year-end lists.
  • Q: Q magazine, 1954-2013. Determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of Q lists.
  • RS: Rolling Stone magazine, determined by year-end polls and highest-ranked song on aggregate of RS lists.
  • SS: Sullivan, Steve. Top 100 Songs from 1897-1956
  • JW: Whitburn, Joel. A Century of Pop Music, 1900-1999 (book)

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