60's songs

Music from the 60's

Here you will find songs from the 60's which saw the evolution of rock and it's many variants including pop rock, folk rock, blues rock, beat and psychedelic rock to name a few. There was also the onset of the British Invasion with the ever popular Beatles and Rolling Stones. Country music, folk, R&B and soul were becoming more popular along with the cool fusion of samba and cool jazz. Below you will find further insights into the musical journey of the 1960s.

The 'Date' column refers to the year the song was released.

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Song Artist Date
A Time For Us Andy Williams 🟢 1969
Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis Presley 🟢 1960
As Tears Go By The Rolling Stones 🟢 1965
Blowin' In The Wind Bob Dylan 🟢 1963
Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison 🟢 1967
Can't Help Falling In Love With You Elvis Presley 1961
California Dreamin' Sia (Cover - 2015) 🟢 1965
Chapel Of Love The Dixie Cups 1964
Dance On Kathy Kirby 🟢 1963
Daydream Believer The Monkees 🟢 1967
Da Doo Ron Ron The Crystals 🟢 1963
Down On The Corner CCR 🟢 1969
Dream A Little Dream of Me Mamas & The Papas 1968
Dream Baby Roy Orbison 🟢 1962
Ferry Cross The Mersey Gerry & the Pacemakers 1964
First Cut Is The Deepest, The Sheryl Crow (Cover - 2003) 🟢 1967
Five Hundred Miles (500 miles) Timberlake, Mulligan, Sandswas (Cover - 2013) 🟢 1961
Girl From Ipanema Frank Sinatra 1962
Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel 🟢 1966
House Of The Rising Sun The Animals 🟢 1964
I Only Want To Be With You Dusty Springfield 🟢 1963
I Shall Be Released Maroon 5 (Dylan Cover - 2012) 🟢 1968
Massachusetts Bee Gees 🟢 1967
Midnight Special Creedence Clearwater Revival 🟢 1969
Moon River Andy Williams 1962
More Andy Williams 1963
My Way Frank Sinatra 🟢 1969
Never On Sunday Petula Clark (Cover - 1965 🟢 1960
Nights In White Satin Moody Blues 🟢 1967
Proud Mary CCR 🟢 1969
Puff The Magic Dragon The Irish Rovers (Cover - 1976) 1963
Ring Of Fire Johnny Cash 🟢 1963
Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss) Cher (Cover - 1990) 🟢 1963
Sound Of Silence, The Simon & Garfunkel 🟢 1964
Space Oddity David Bowie 1969
Stuck On You Elvis Presley 🟢 1960
There's a Kind of Hush Dami Im (Cover - 2016) 1967
Unicorn Song, The The Irish Rovers (Cover - 1968)🟢 1962
Universal Soldier Donovan (Cover - 1965) 1964
Venus Shocking Blue 1969
What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong (Cover - 1998) 1967
Where No One Stands Alone Elvis Presley (Lisa Marie Cover-2018) 1967
Whiter Shade Of Pale Procol Harum 🟢 1967

Top Songs Of The 60s

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales (physical and digital), online streaming, and radio play in the U.S

Below is a list of the Billboard Year-End Hot 10 Songs of the 60s:

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Billboard Year-End Hot 10 songs of 1960

No Song Artist
1 Theme From A Summer Place Percy Faith
2 He'll Have to Go Jim Reeves
3 Cathy's Clown The Everly Brothers
4 Running Bear Johnny Preston
5 Teen Angel Mark Dinning
6 I'm Sorry Brenda Lee
7 It's Now or Never Elvis Presley
8 Handy Man Jimmy Jones
9 Stuck on You Elvis Presley
10 The Twist Chubby Checker

Billboard Year-End Hot 10 songs of 1961

No Song Artist
1 Tossin' and Turnin' Bobby Lewis
2 I Fall to Pieces Patsy Cline
3 Michael The Highwaymen
4 Crying Roy Orbison
5 Runaway Del Shannon
6 My True Story The Jive Five
7 Pony Time Chubby Checker
8 Wheels The String-A-Longs
9 Raindrops Dee Clark
10 Wooden Heart Joe Dowell

Billboard Year-End Hot 10 songs of 1962

No Song Artist
1 Stranger on the Shore Acker Bilk
2 I Can't Stop Loving You Ray Charles
3 Mashed Potato Time Dee Dee Sharp
4 Roses Are Red (My Love) Bobby Vinton
5 The Stripper David Rose
6 Johnny Angel Shelley Fabares
7 The Loco-Motion Little Eva
8 Let Me In The Sensations
9 The Twist Chubby Checker
10 Soldier Boy The Shirelles

Billboard Year-End Hot 10 songs of 1963

No Song Artist
1 Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys
2 The End of the World Skeeter Davis
3 Rhythm of the Rain The Cascades
4 He's So Fine The Chiffons
5 Blue Velvet Bobby Vinton
6 Hey Paula Paul & Paula
7 Fingertips Little Stevie Wonder
8 Can't Get Used to Losing You Andy Williams
9 Can't Get Used to Losing You The Angels
10 Sukiyaki Kyu Sakamoto

Billboard Year-End Hot 10 songs of 1964

No Song Artist
1 I Want to Hold Your Hand The Beatles
2 She Loves You The Beatles
3 Hello, Dolly! Louis Armstrong
4 Oh, Pretty Woman Roy Orbison
5 I Get Around The Beach Boys
6 Everybody Loves Somebody Dean Martin
7 My Guy Mary Wells
8 We'll Sing in the Sunshine Gale Garnett
9 Last Kiss J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers
10 Where Did Our Love Go The Supremes

Billboard Year-End Hot 10 songs of 1965

No Song Artist
1 Wooly Bully Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
2 I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) Four Tops
3 I Can't Get No Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
4 You Were on My Mind We Five
5 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' The Righteous Brothers
6 Downtown Petula Clark
7 Help! The Beatles
8 Can't You Hear My Heartbeat Herman's Hermits
9 Crying in the Chapel Elvis Presley
10 My Girl The Temptations

Billboard Year-End Hot 10 songs of 1966

No Song Artist
1 California Dreamin' The Mamas & the Papas
2 96 Tears ? and the Mysterians
3 What Becomes of the Brokenhearted Jimmy Ruffin
4 Last Train to Clarksville The Monkees
5 Reach Out I'll Be There Four Tops
6 These Boots Are Made for Walkin' Nancy Sinatra
7 Cherish The Association
8 Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra
9 Kicks Paul Revere & the Raiders
10 The Ballad of the Green Berets SSgt Barry Sadler

Billboard Year-End Hot 10 songs of 1967

No Song Artist
1 To Sir With Love Lulu
2 The Letter The Box Tops
3 Ode to Billie Joe Bobbie Gentry
4 Windy The Association
5 I'm A Believer The Monkees
6 Light My Fire The Doors
7 Somethin' Stupid Frank & Nancy Sinatra
8 Happy Together The Turtles
9 Groovin' The Young Rascals
10 Can't Take My Eyes Off You Frankie Valli

Billboard Year-End Hot 10 songs of 1968

No Song Artist
1 Hey Jude The Beatles
2 Love is Blue Paul Mauriat
3 Honey Bobby Goldsboro
4 (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding
5 People Got to Be Free The Rascals
6 Sunshine of Your Love Cream
7 This Guy's in Love with You Herb Alpert
8 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Hugo Montenegro
9 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel
10 Tighten Up Archie Bell & the Drells

Billboard Year-End Hot 10 songs of 1969

No Song Artist
1 Sugar, Sugar The Archies
2 Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In The 5th Dimension
3 I Can't Get Next to You The Temptations
4 Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones
5 Everyday People Sly and the Family Stone
6 Dizzy Tommy Roe
7 Hot Fun in the Summertime Sly and the Family Stone
8 I'll Never Fall in Love Again Tom Jones
9 Build Me Up Buttercup The Foundations
10 Crimson and Clover Tommy James and the Shondells

Musical Journey of the 1960s

60s Music albums
Music albums from the 60's

The 1960s were a transformative time for music, witnessing the birth and evolution of various genres that continue to influence modern music. Here are some interesting facts about '60s music:

The British Invasion: Bands like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and The Kinks gained international popularity, leading what was famously known as the British Invasion in the US music scene.

Psychedelic Rock: The late '60s saw the rise of psychedelic rock, characterized by bands experimenting with new sounds, trippy lyrics, and often drug-influenced music. Groups like Jefferson Airplane, The Doors, and Pink Floyd were pioneers in this genre.

Woodstock Festival: The iconic Woodstock Festival took place in 1969, showcasing some of the biggest acts of the era, including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who, and many others. It became a symbol of the counterculture movement of the '60s.

Motown Sound: The Motown record label in Detroit produced hit after hit in the 1960s, popularizing a distinct soulful sound. Artists such as The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and Stevie Wonder were part of this influential movement.

Bob Dylan's Influence: Bob Dylan emerged as a significant figure in folk music, penning socially conscious songs that became anthems for the civil rights movement and inspired countless artists.

The Monterey Pop Festival: Held in 1967, this festival featured iconic performances by artists like Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Otis Redding and is considered a precursor to later music festivals like Woodstock.

The Beach Boys and the Surf Sound: The Beach Boys popularized the surf music genre, celebrating the California lifestyle with their harmonies and catchy tunes.

Technology Advancements: The '60s saw technological advancements in music production, such as the introduction of the 4-track tape recorder, which expanded creative possibilities in recording studios.

Social and Political Influence: Music became a platform for social and political commentary during this era, with songs like "Blowin' in the Wind" by Bob Dylan and "A Change Is Gonna Come" by Sam Cooke addressing issues of civil rights and societal change.

Albums as Art: Artists started to view albums as cohesive bodies of work rather than just collections of singles. Albums like The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and The Beach Boys' "Pet Sounds" showcased this shift in approach.

The 1960s were a dynamic period in music history that not only shaped the industry but also reflected the cultural and social changes happening around the world.

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