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1960s Best Songs

It's love, rolling stones,

beatles and beach, boys.


50 Top Hits of

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During the summer of love in 1967, young people descended on San Francisco and other destinations "with flowers in their hair" as the lyrics go. Paisley shirts, bell bottom trousers, fanciful caps and long hair (afros and shoulder-length) were prevailing garb for young men. Free-flowing dresses with country prints were popular among young women, with headbands, zodiac-love-charm jewelry, and minimal make-up rounding out their "flower children" apearance. It was a time to protest the war in Vietnam by day, then chill out in open parties at night where good music, gallon-jug wine, marijuana and relatively free sex could be experienced. Bob Dylan, the Doors and the Rolling Stones made the songs that captured the times. 

Mixed with this was the growing beach culture and its surfing music. It was drenched in surfing and sun all day, then beach parties all night -- around fire pits on the sand, empty beer bottles overflowing the trash cans, and the Beach Boys cranked up on portable radios. California merged the two cultures, and became one of the destinations for teens who wanted to get out on the open road and "see America," as evoked in movies like Easy Rider. 

Curiously added to this mixture was the arrival of a group from Liverpool to America and the rest of the world, know as the Beatles. They evolved alongside us from young-teen sounds like "I Want to Hold Your Hand" to the more grown-up strains of "Hey Jude." We grew up and changed during those years also, taking the first steps of what would become our life. With us we carried the sounds and images of those days.

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1960s music concerts

1960s music concerts

1960s music concerts


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Top Hit


  1.  (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones

  2.  Respect - Aretha Franklin

  3.  Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

  4.  I Heard It through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye

  5.  Hey Jude - Beatles

  6.  Good Vibrations - Beach Boys

  7.  Light My Fire - Doors

  8.  You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin' - Righteous Brothers

  9.  Louie Louie - Kingsmen

10.  My Girl - Temptations

11.  She Loves You - Beatles

12.  You Really Got Me - Kinks

13.  In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett

14.  Sunshine Of Your Love - Cream

15.  Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix

16.  A Day In The Life - Beatles

17.  Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown

18.  Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

19.  My Generation - The Who

20.  All Along The Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

21.  Mr. Tambourine Man - Byrds

22.  Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival

23.  Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding

24.  When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge

25.  I Want To Hold Your Hand - Beatles

26.  A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum

27.  House Of The Rising Sun - Animals

28.  Yesterday - Beatles

29.  Be My Baby - Ronettes

30.  Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes

31.  Somebody To Love - Jefferson Airplane (& White Rabbit)

32.  I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles

33.  Green Onions - Booker T. & the MGs

34.  The Sounds Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel

35.  I Want You Back - Jackson 5

36.  Soul Man - Sam & Dave

37.  I Get Around - Beach Boys

38.  Reach Out, I'll Be There - Four Tops

39.  Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group

40.  Ain't Too Proud To Beg - Temptations

41.  All Day And All Of The Night - Kinks

42.  Mony Mony - Tommy James & the Shondells

43.  Jumpin' Jack Flash - Rolling Stones

44.  Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf

45.  Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison

46.  White Room - Cream

47.  Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones

48.  Ticket To Ride - Beatles

49.  The Tracks Of My Tears - Smokey Robinson & Miracles

50.  California Dreamin' - The Mamas & the Papas

Some bonus songs----

51.  She's Not There - Zombies

52.  Just A Little - Beau Brummels

53.  Runaway - Del Shannon

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Been searching for a site that contains music videos of the 1950s and 1960s for some time now and just ran across thanks to all of you. 

-- Ray N, Australia

Great site. Ran across it as I was doing some research on music from the 60's. Love it. Although I think I prefer hippie. Keep up the good work.

-- Todd G, Nebraska

Love the website. 50 best songs is a kick and hard to argue with, though one could spend all night debating what songs belong.  One I'd remove - "Proud Mary."  Maybe replace with Zombies "She's Not There" or "Just A Little" by Beau Brummels.

-- Tom A, Lake Bluff, IL

Love the music compilations, thank you! Great site.

-- Susan, Falls Church, VA

Just love your website -- what a great idea to be able to listen to all these amazing hits with the click of a mouse -- puts you right back into the fun times you had when you were younger.

-- Gudrun S, Sherman Oaks, CA


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