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The 1960s had some of the best music ever recorded.  As I have mentioned before, I am an avid collector of music from all decades and I have to say that the 60s decade is my favorite for music. I must admit I have to be a little biased since I grew up during the era of the Vietnam War, drive-in theaters, crusin', and black and white TV.  It is so hard to pick the top songs of the era with so many to choose from.  These songs I have selected, were not selected primarily by the popularity and the billboard charts because a few did not even reach the top 40 on the Billboard. My home town where I grew up is Circleville, Ohio, which is about 25 miles south of Columbus.  Most of us listened to the Columbus s radio station of 1230 AM, WCOL which later broadcasted on FM as well. The AM station had only 500 watts of power so listening to it at night was nearly impossible.  We relied on drifted stations from the likes of WLS, Chicago, WABC, New York and of course,  our Buckeye station WHK in Cleveland. I started collecting music when I was in high school and of course inherited the music my mother had in her small collection.  I hope you enjoy browsing through the songs I have picked.  Let me know what you think. Email me at the60sofficialsite@verizon.net or leave a message in the guestbook.  I want to mention these are listed in no particular order.

Our Choice of the Top 100 1960s Songs

  1. Theme From "A Summer Place" by Percy Faith (1960) #1  Billboard  Chart
  2. Wonderland by Night by Bert Kaempfert Orchestra (1961) #1 Billboard Chart
  3. The Lion Sleeps Tonight by The Tokens (1961) #1 Billboard Chart
  4. Runaway by Del Shannon (1961) #1 Billboard Chart
  5. Mission Bell by Donnie Brooks (1960) #7  Billboard Chart
  6. Stand by Me by Ben E. King (1961) #4  Billboard Chart
  7. (Marie's the Name) His Latest Flame by Elvis Presley (1961) #4  Billboard Chart
  8. Hello Walls by Faron Young (1961) #12  Billboard Chart
  9. I Can't Stop Loving You by Ray Charles (1962) #1 Billboard Charts
  10. Stranger on the Shore by Mr. Acker Bilk (1962) #1 Billboard Charts
  11. Return to Sender by Elvis Presley (1962) #2 Billboard Charts
  12. Can't Help Falling in Love by Elvis Presley (1962) #2 Billboard Charts
  13. I Will Follow Him by Peggy March (1963) #1 Billboard Charts
  14. So Much in Love by The Tymes (1963) #1 Billboard Charts
  15. Be My Baby by The Ronettes (1963) #2 Billboard Charts
  16. One Fine Day by The Chiffons (1963) #5 Billboard Charts
  17. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer by Nat King Cole (1963) #6 Billboard Charts
  18. Tips of My Fingers by Roy Clark (1963) #45 Billboard Charts
  19. Marlena by The Four Seasons (1963) #36 Billboard Charts
  20. (Just Like) Romeo and Juliet by The Reflections (1964) #7 Billboard Charts
  21. The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) by Betty Everett (1964) #6 Billboard Charts
  22. Because by The Dave Clark Five (1964) #3 Billboard Charts
  23. Under the Boardwalk by The Drifters (1964) #4 Billboard Charts
  24. Wishin' and Hopin' by Dusty Springfield (1964) #6 Billboard Charts
  25. Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison (1964) #1 Billboard Charts
  26. Can't Buy Me Love by The Beatles (1964) #1 Billboard Charts
  27. Rag Doll by The Four Seasons (1964) #1 Billboard Charts
  28. Talk Back Trembling Lips by Johnny Tillotson (1964) #7 Billboard Charts
  29. No Particular Place to Go by Chuck Berry (1964) #10 Billboard Charts
  30. Everybody Loves Somebody by Dean Martin (1964) #1 Billboard Charts
  31. (I Can't Get No) Satisifaction by The Rolling Stones (1965) #1 Billboard Charts
  32. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' by The Righteous Brothers (1965) #1 Billboard Charts
  33. Eight Days A Week by The Beatles (1965) #1 Billboard Charts
  34. I Got You (I Feel Good) by James Brown (1965) #3 Billboard Charts
  35. California Girls by The Beach Boys (1965) #3 Billboard Charts
  36. Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers (1965) #4 Billboard Charts
  37. You're the One by The Vogues (1965) #4 Billboard Charts
  38. Hang on Sloopy by The McCoys (1965) #1 Billboard Charts
  39. I Can't Help Myself by The Four Tops (1965) #1 Billboard Charts
  40. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season) by The Byrds (1965) #1 Billboard Charts
  41. Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry & The Pacemakers (1965) #6 Billboard Charts
  42. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me by Mel Carter (1965) #8 Billboard Charts
  43. I'll Be Doggone by Marvin Gaye (1965) #8 Billboard Charts
  44. Go Now! by The Moody Blues (1965) #10 Billboard Charts
  45. Hurt So Bad by Little Anthony & The Imperials (1965) #10 Billboard Charts
  46. Baby I'm Yours by Barbara Lewis (1965) #11 Billboard Charts
  47. I Knew You When by Billy Joe Royal (1965) #14 Billboard Charts
  48. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood by The Animals (1965) #15 Billboard Charts
  49. One Kiss For Old Times' Sake by Ronnie Dove (1965) #14 Billboard Charts
  50. Sunday and Me by Jay and The Americans (1965) #18 Billboard Charts
  51. Kiss Away by Ronnie Dove (1965) #25 Billboard Charts
  52. In The Midnight Hour by Wilson Pickett (1965) #21 Billboard Charts
  53. Ask the Loney by The Four Tops (1965) #24 Billboard Charts
  54. I Can't Explain by The Who (1965) #93 Billboard Charts
  55. (You're My) Soul and Inspiration by The Righteous Brothers (1966) #1 Billboard Charts
  56. Monday, Monday by The Mamas & The Papas (1966) #1 Billboard Charts
  57. We Can Work It Out by The Beatles (1966) #1 Billboard Charts
  58. Summer in the City by The Lovin' Spoonful (1966) #1 Billboard Charts
  59. Cherish by The Association (1966) #1 Billboard Charts
  60. When A Man Loves A Woman by Percy Sledge (1966) #1 Billboard Charts
  61. 96 Tears by ? & The Mysterians (1966) #1 Billboard Charts
  62. Poor Side of Town by Johnny Rivers (1966) #1 Billboard Charts
  63. Good Lovin' by The Young Rascals (1966) #1 Billboard Charts
  64. Lightnin' Strikes by Lou Christie (1966) #1 Billboard Charts
  65. A Groovy Kind of Love by The Mindbenders (1966) #2 Billboard Charts
  66. See You In September by The Happenings (1966) #3 Billboard Charts
  67. Time Won't Let Me by The Outsiders (1966) #5 Billboard Charts
  68. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted by Jimmy Ruffin (1966) #7 Billboard Charts
  69. I Couldn't Live Without Your Love by Petula Clark (1966) #9 Billboard Charts
  70. Wouldn't It Be Nice by The Beach Boys (1966) #8 Billboard Charts
  71. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) by The Walker Brothers (1966) #13 Billboard Charts 
  72. Happy by The Sunshine Company (1967) Did not Chart
  73. Daydream Believer by The Monkees (1967) #1 Billboard Charts
  74. Happy Together by The Turtles (1967) #1 Billboard Charts
  75. All You Need is Love by The Beatles (1967) #1 Billboard Charts
  76. Let's Live For Today by The Grass Roots (1967) #8 Billboard Charts
  77. Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon by Neil Diamond (1967) #10 Billboard Charts
  78. Sunday Will Never Be The Same by Spanky & Our Gang (1967) #9 Billboard Charts
  79. Light My Fire by The Doors (1967) #1 Billboard Charts
  80. Kind of a Drag by The Buckinghams (1967) #1 Billboard Charts
  81. Respect by Aretha Franklin (1967) #1 Billboard Charts
  82. Don't Sleep in the Subway by Petula Clark (1967) #5 Billboard Charts
  83. Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum (1967) #5 Billboard Charts
  84. Ain't No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell (1967) #19 Billboard Charts
  85. I Heard It Through The Grapevine by Marvin Gaye (1968) #1 Billboard Charts
  86. (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding (1968) #1 Billboard Charts
  87. Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf (1968) #2 Billboard Charts
  88. A Beautiful Morning by The Rascals (1968) #3 Billboard Charts
  89. Woman, Woman by Gary Puckett & The Union Gap (1968) #4 Billboard Charts
  90. Abraham, Martin and John by Dion (1968) #4 Billboard Charts
  91. Slip Away by Clarence Carter (1968) #6 Billboard Charts
  92. Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In by the 5th Dimension (1969) #1 Billboard Charts
  93. Honky Tonk Women by The Rolling Stones (1969) #1 Billboard Charts
  94. You've Made Me So Very Happy by Blood, Sweat and Tears (1969) #2 Billboard Charts
  95. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me by Supremes/Temptations (1969) #2 Billboard Charts
  96. Love (Can Make You Happy) by Mercy (1969) #2 Billboard Charts
  97. Traces by Classics IV (1969) #2 Billboard Charts
  98. Worst That Could Happen by Brooklyn Bridge (1969) #3 Billboard Charts
  99. In The Ghetto by Elvis Presley (1969) #3 Billboard Charts
  100. This Magic Moment by Jay and The Americans (1969) #6 Billboard Charts

 

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