Saturday, October 21, 2017

Top 100 Songs from 1960-1969

First posted on DMDB Facebook page on 4/2/11, updated 10/20/2017.

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) AG, BB, CB, DM, VF, Q, JW
2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction…The Rolling Stones (1965) AG, CB, DM, VF, JW
3. Good Vibrations…The Beach Boys (1966) DM, NME, Q, RS, SS
4. I Heard It Through the Grapevine…Marvin Gaye (1968) MJ, SS
5. Respect…Aretha Franklin (1967) DM, MJ, RS, SS
6. I Want to Hold Your Hand…The Beatles (1963) AG, BB, CB, DM, RS, JW
7. Yesterday…The Beatles (1965)
8. Like a Rolling Stone…Bob Dylan (1965) NME, Q
9. (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay…Otis Redding (1968) PC, RS
10. Stand by Me…Ben E. King (1961) AG, CB, DM, VF, Q, RS

11. (Oh) Pretty Woman…Roy Orbison (1964) DM, VF, RS
12. A Whiter Shade of Pale…Procol Harum (1967) VF
13. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’…The Righteous Brothers (1964) MJ
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. You Really Got Me…The Kinks (1964) NME, Q
20. Brown-Eyed Girl…Van Morrison (1967)

21. All Along the Watchtower…The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)
22. Suspicious Minds…Elvis Presley (1969) DM
23. When a Man Loves a Woman…Percy Sledge (1966)
24. My Generation…The Who (1965)
25. Proud Mary…Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
26. She Loves You…The Beatles (1963) AG, NMEm Q
27. Honky Tonk Women…The Rolling Stones (1969) NME
28. Dancing in the Street…Martha & the Vandellas (1964)
29. God Only Knows…The Beach Boys (1966)
30. The Twist…Chubby Checker (1960) AG, CB, DM, PC

31. Strawberry Fields Forever…The Beatles (1967) NME
32. A Day in the Life…The Beatles (1967)
33. Georgia on My Mind…Ray Charles (1960) SS
34. I’m a Believer…The Monkees (1966) CB, JW
35. Reach Out (I’ll Be There)…Four Tops (1966)
36. Crazy…Patsy Cline (1961)
37. Be My Baby…The Ronettes (1963) MJ
38. I Want You Back…The Jackson 5 (1969) MJ, RS
39. Nights in White Satin…The Moody Blues (1967)
40. What a Wonderful World…Louis Armstrong (1967)

41. Born to Be Wild…Steppenwolf (1968)
42. I Can’t Stop Loving You…Ray Charles (1962) DM, JW
43. Mr. Tambourine Man…The Byrds (1965)
44. The Tracks of My Tears…The Miracles (1965) MJ, RS
45. Something…The Beatles (1969)
46. California Dreamin’…The Mamas & the Papas (1966)
47. Whole Lotta Love…Led Zeppelin (1969)
48. Sympathy for the Devil…The Rolling Stones (1968)
49. Space Oddity…David Bowie (1969)
50. Runaway…Del Shannon (1961) MJ

51. The Sound of Silence…Simon & Garfunkel (1965)
52. It’s Now or Never…Elvis Presley (1960)
53. Purple Haze…The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)
54. Jumpin’ Jack Flash…The Rolling Stones (1968) NME
55. For What It’s Worth…Buffalo Springfield (1967)
56. Mrs. Robinson…Simon & Garfunkel (1968) G-R
57. Sugar, Sugar…The Archies (1969) BB, CB
58. Are You Lonesome Tonight?...Elvis Presley (1960) VF
59. Paint It, Black…The Rolling Stones (1966)
60. Get Back…The Beatles with Billy Preston (1969) VF

61. Waterloo Sunset…The Kinks (1967) Q
62. Moon River…Henry Mancini with Audrey Hepburn (1961) G-R, G-S, SS
63. Penny Lane…The Beatles (1967)
64. Help!...The Beatles (1965)
65. In My Life…The Beatles (1965)
66. White Rabbit…Jefferson Airplane (1967)
67. A Change Is Gonna Come…Sam Cooke (1965)
68. Cathy’s Clown…The Everly Brothers (1960) RS
69. Gimme Shelter…The Rolling Stones (1969) AG, Q
70. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In…The 5th Dimension (1969) G-R, JW

71. Strangers in the Night…Frank Sinatra (1966) AG, VF, G-R
72. I Got You (I Feel Good)…James Brown (1965)
73. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag…James Brown (1965)
74. Where Did Our Love Go…The Supremes (1964)
75. Green Onions…Booker T. & the MG’s (1962) MJ, NME
76. Stop! In the Name of Love…The Supremes (1965)
77. Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher and Higher…Jackie Wilson (1967)
78. In the Midnight Hour…Wilson Pickett (1965)
79. Eleanor Rigby…The Beatles (1966)
80. Sunshine of Your Love…Cream (1968)

81. Can’t Buy Me Love…The Beatles (1964)
82. California Girls…The Beach Boys (1965)
83. Baby Love…The Supremes (1964)
84. My Way…Frank Sinatra (1969) SS
85. River Deep, Mountain High…Ike & Tina Turner (1966) MJ
86. Come Together…The Beatles (1969)
87. Will You Love Me Tomorrow…The Shirelles (1960) NME
88. The Letter…The Box Tops (1967)
89. You Can’t Hurry Love…The Supremes (1966)
90. Save the Last Dance for Me…The Drifters (1960)

91. Blowin’ in the Wind…Bob Dylan (1963)
92. Crying…Roy Orbison (1961)
93. A Hard Day’s Night…The Beatles (1964)
94. Hello, Dolly!...Louis Armstrong (1964) CB, G-S
95. The Loco-Motion…Little Eva (1962) RS
96. Everyday People…Sly & the Family Stone (1968)
97. King of the Road…Roger Miller (1965)
98. Fortunate Son…Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)
99. At Last…Etta James (1961) PC
100. Walk on By…Dionne Warwick (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
  • All You Need Is Love…The Beatles (1967) AG
  • Apache…The Shadows (1960) MJ, Q
  • 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
  • The Girl from Ipanema…Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto (1964) G-R, SS
  • I Left My Heart in San Francisco…Tony Bennett (1962) G-S, SS
  • 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
  • Return to Sender…Elvis Presley (1962) AG
  • 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
  • Theme from ‘A Summer Place’…Percy Faith (1960) BB, G-R, JW
  • 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:
  • AG: American Greatest Hits by Year, 1840-1913 (youtube)
  • 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.
  • PC: PopCultureMadness.com
  • 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. Traditional Pop: The All-Time Top 200 + Classic Song Performances
  • JW: Whitburn, Joel. A Century of Pop Music, 1900-1999 (book)

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