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Popular Song Charts Of The 60s

About Music of the Sixties: Things You Need To Know

In 1960, New Orleans was the place to be apparently. Hits included Johnny Horton's The Battle of New Orleans, Freddy Cannon's Way Down Yonder In New Orleans, Gary US Bond's New Orleans and Walking To New Orleans by Fats Domino scored in Billboard's charts.
Chubby Checker's The Twist hit number one on Billboard's charts in 1960 and influenced quite a few "Twist" songs over the next few years, including: Let's Twist Again, Peppermint Twist, Twist and Shout, Twistin The Night Away, Slow Twistin', Twistin' Postman and Twistin' matilda, to name a few.
The epic Teenage Death song theme went into full gear in 1961 with Teen Angel by Mark Dinning.
1962's Hey! Baby by Bruce Channel was made popular again in 1987's hit film Dirty Dancing, and was popluar again thanks to DJ Otzi's 2001 remix, a 39 year span. Tiny Tim's Tiptoe Thru The Tulips 'hit' in 1968 was written in 1929, also a 39 year stretch.
The Beatles had 12 songs in the Top 100 for the week April 4, 1964.
Rolling Stone named 1965's Blowin In The Wind by Bob Dylan and I Can't get No Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones as the two Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of all Time in 2004 respectively. Most music fans, while admitting the Blowin In The Wind was significant, wouldn't say the song 'rocks'.
... Just sayin'.

The 60s Best Known Bubblegum Pop Hits

1. Buy It! Sugar Sugar - The Archies
2. Buy It! Daydream Believer - The Monkees
3. Buy It! She Loves You - The Beatles
4. Buy It! Simon Says - 1910 Fruitgum Company
5. Buy It! The Tra La La Song (One Banana Two Banana) - The Banana Splits
6. Buy It! Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel
7. Buy It! Yummy Yummy Yummy - Ohio Express
8. Buy It! Running Bear - Johnny Preston
9. Buy It! Green Tamborine - The Lemon Pipers
10. Buy It! I'm Henry VIII, I Am - Herman's Hermits

The Sixties' Songs That Mom and Dad Hated

1. Buy It! Let's Spend The Night Together - Rolling Stones
2. Buy It! Rainy Day Woman # 12 & 35 - Bob Dylan
3. Buy It! In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Buttefly
4. Buy It! Louie Louie - Kingsmen
5. Buy It! I Fought The Law - Bobby Fuller Four
6. Buy It! They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! - Napoleon XIV
7. Buy It! I Think We're Alone Now - Tommy James & the Shondells
8. Buy It! Light My Fire - the Doors
9. Buy It! Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
10. Buy It! Who's Makin' Love - Johnny Taylor

The 60s Songs That Everybody Hated

1. Buy It! I Dig Rock and Roll Music - Peter, Paul and Mary
2. Buy It! Ringo - Lorne Greene
3. Buy It! Palisades Park - Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon
4. Buy It! 98.6 - Keith
5. Buy It! Winchester Cathedral - New Vaudeville Band
6. Buy It! Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Bryan Hyland
7. Buy It! Somethin' Stupid - Frank and Nancy Sinatra
8. Buy It! Do The Freddie - Freddie and the Dreamers
9. Buy It! The Tra La La Song - The Banana Splits
10. Buy It! In The Year 2525 - (Exordium and Terminus) - Zager and Evans

Some Of The Early Sixties' Biggest Dance Music Hits

1. Buy It! The Twist - Chubby Checker
2. Buy It! I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch) - Four Tops
3. Buy It! Runaround Sue - Dion
4. Buy It! Hang On Sloopy - The McCoys
5. Buy It! Heatwave - Martha and the Vandellas
6. Buy It! Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee
7. Buy It! Ain't Too Proud To Beg - Temptations
8. Buy It! Twist and Shout - Beatles
9. Buy It! The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
10. Buy It! Mickey's Monkey - The Miracles
   

Some Of The Late Sixties' Biggest Dance Music Hits

1. Buy It! Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations
2. Buy It! More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase
3. Buy It! Mony Mony - Tommy James and the Shondells
4. Buy It! Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison
5. Buy It! Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
6. Buy It! Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
7. Buy It! Jimmy Mack - Martha and the Vandellas
8. Buy It! This Old Heart Of Mine - Isley Brothers
9. Buy It! I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
10. Buy It! Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
   

The Sixties' Best Party Rock Songs

1. Buy It! Twist and Shout - Isley Brothers (or Beatles)
2. Buy It! Devil With a Blue Dress/Good Golly Miss Molly - Mitch Ryder & Detroit Wheels
3. Buy It! Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf
4. Buy It! In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
5. Buy It! I'm A Believer - The Monkees
6. Buy It! Gimme Some Lovin' - The Spencer Davis Group
7. Buy It! Hang on Sloopy - McCoys
8. Buy It! Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
9. Buy It! Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
10. Buy It! Time Won't Let Me - Outsiders

The Early 60s Most Known Doo Wop Songs

1. Buy It! Blue Moon - Marcels
2. Buy It! Up On The Roof - The Drifters
3. Buy It! You Belong To Me - The Capris
4. Buy It! Denise - Randy and the Rainbows
5. Buy It! There's a Moon Out Tonight - The Capris
6. Buy It! Big Girls Don't Cry - Four Seasons
7. Buy It! Papa Oom-Mow-Mow - Rivingtons
8. Buy It! Stay - Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
9. Buy It! Daddy's Home - Shep and the Limelights
10. Buy It! Tonight's The Night - Shirelles
   

The Sixties' Best Sing-A-Long Pop Songs

1. Buy It! The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens
2. Buy It! Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
3. Buy It! I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher
4. Buy It! Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
5. Buy It! Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
6. Buy It! Hey Jude - The Beatles
7. Buy It! Under The Boardwalk - The Drifters
8. Buy It! Volare - Bobby Rydell
9. Buy It! Happy Together - The Turtles
10. Buy It! Tiny Bubbles - Don Ho

The Sixties' Most Trendy Hits
(What The Cool Kids Were Listening To)

1. Buy It! Blowin In The Wind - Bob Dylan
2. Buy It! In The Year 2525 - (Exordium and Terminus) - Zager and Evans
3. Buy It! The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkle
4. Buy It! Sunshine Superman - Donovan
5. Buy It! White Room - Cream
6. Buy It! Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby Stills and Nash
7. Buy It! See Emily Play - The Pink Floyd
8. Buy It! White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
9. Buy It! Dark Star - Grateful Dead
10. Buy It! Crosstown Traffic - Jimi Hendrix
11. Buy It! Paper Sun - Traffic

The Top 20 60s Songs That You
Need To Make Your Collection Complete

1. Buy It! Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
2. Buy It! You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Brothers
3. Buy It! Red Rubber Ball - Cyrcle
4. Buy It! Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
5. Buy It! It's The Same Old Song - Four Tops
6. Buy It! Happy Together - The Turtles
7. Buy It! Son Of A Preacher Man - Dusty Springfield
8. Buy It! She Loves You - Beatles
9. Buy It! Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's
10. Buy It! Sunshine Superman - Donovan
11. Buy It! Runaround Sue - Dion and the Belmonts
12. Buy It! Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes
13. Buy It! California Sun - Rivieras
14. Buy It! A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procul Harum
15. Buy It! Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
16. Buy It! I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher
17. Buy It! Gimme Gimme Good Lovin - Crazy Elephant
18. Buy It! I Can't Seem To Make You Mine - The Seeds
19. Buy It! Up On The Roof - The Drifters
20. Buy It! The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkle

The Sixties' Biggest One Hit Wonders

1. Buy It! Wipe Out - The Surfaris
2. Buy It! In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
3. Buy It! Do You Love Me - The Contours
4. Buy It! Venus - Shocking Blue
5. Buy It! The Girl From Ipanema - Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
6. Buy It! Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' - Crazy Elephant
7. Buy It! Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
8. Buy It! Hot Rod Lincoln - Johnny Bond
9. Buy It! Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz
10. Buy It! Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong

The 60s Biggest Fad Songs & Some Short-Lived Hits

1. Buy It! The Twist - Chubby Checker
2. Buy It! Name Game - Shirley Ellis
3. Buy It! Sugar Sugar - The Archies
4. Buy It! Born Free - Roger Williams
5. Buy It! Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
6. Buy It! Simon Says - 1910 Fruitgum Company
7. Buy It! To Sir With Love - Lulu
8. Buy It! Wildwood Days - Bobby Rydell
9. Buy It! Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - Ohio Express
10. Buy It! South Street - Orlons

The Sixties' Best Known Teenage Death Songs

1. Buy It! Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson
2. Buy It! Dead Man's Curve - Jan & Dean
3. Buy It! The Water Was Red - Johnny Cymbal
4. Buy It! Teen Angel - Mark Dinning
5. Buy It! No Surfing Today - the Four Seasons
6. Buy It! The Leader of the Pack - Shangra-Las
7. Buy It! Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
8. Buy It! Moody River - Pat Boone
9. Buy It! Tell Laura I Love Her - Ray Peterson
10. Buy It! Ode To Billy Joe - Bobbie Gentry

The Sixties' Weirdest and un-P.C. Songs

1. Buy It! Maxwell's Silver Hammer - The Beatles
2. Buy It! In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
3. Buy It! A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
4. Buy It! Star Spangled Banner - Jimi Hendrix
5. Buy It! If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
6. Buy It! Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
7. Buy It! Fire - The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
8. Buy It! Tip-Toe Through the Tulips With Me - Tiny Tim
9. Buy It! I Want My Baby Back - Jimmy Cross
10. Buy It! My Pal Foot Foot - The Shaggs

The Sixties' Most "Preachy" Songs

1. Buy It! Give Peace A Chance - John Lennon
2. Buy It! Abraham, Martin and John - Dion
3. Buy It! Harper Vally P.T.A. - Jeannie C. Riley
4. Buy It! The "In" Crowd - Dobie Gray
5. Buy It! Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
6. Buy It! Stand By Your Man - Tammy Wynette
7. Buy It! Teach Your Children - Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
8. Buy It! People Got To Be Free - The Rascals
9. Buy It! Where Have All The Flowers Gone? - Kingston Trio
10. Buy It! What The World Needs Now Is Love - Jackie DeShannon

The 60s Most "influenced" Pop Songs

1. Buy It! White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
2. Buy It! MacArthur Park - Richard Harris
3. Buy It! Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Beatles
4. Buy It! Red Red Wine - Neil Diamond
5. Buy It! Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix Experience
6. Buy It! The Star Spangled Banner - Jimi Hendrix
7. Buy It! I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) - The Electric Prunes
8. Buy It! Tiny Bubbles - Don Ho
9. Buy It! Incense and Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock
10. Buy It! You Keep Me Hangin' On - Vanilla Fudge
   

The 60s Best Known Garage Band Rock Hits

1. Buy It! Louie Louie - The KIngsmen
2. Buy It! 96 Tears - ? and the Mysterians
3. Buy It! Friday On My MInd - The Easybeats
4. Buy It! I Fought The Law - Bobby Fuller Four
5. Buy It! Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz
6. Buy It! Gimme Gimme Good Lovin - Crazy Elephant
7. Buy It! Pushin Too Hard - The Seeds
8. Buy It! Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
9. Buy It! Keep On Dancin' - The Gentrys
10. Buy It! My Little Red Book - Love
11. Buy It! Dougle Shot (Of My Baby's Love) - The Swinging Medallions
12. Buy It! She's About A Mover - Sir Douglas Quintet
13. Buy It! Lies - The Knickerbockers
14. Buy It! A Question of Temperature - Balloon Farm
15. Buy It! Liar, Liar - The Castaways
16. Buy It! Talk Talk - The Music Machine
17. Buy It! Bottle Of Wine - The Fireballs
18. Buy It! Kick Out The Jams - MC5
19. Buy It! Hippy Hippy Shake - Swinging Blue Jeans
20. Buy It! Bongo Stomp - Little Joey & the Flips

The 60s Songs That We Secretly Liked
(But Didn't Tell Our Friends)

1. Buy It! Papa Oom Mow Mow - Rivingtons
2. Buy It! Danke Schoen - Wayne Newton
3. Buy It! I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits
4. Buy It! The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Betty Everett
5. Buy It! 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) - Simon and Garfunkle
6. Buy It! Surfer Joe - The Surfaris
7. Buy It! Lemon Tree - Trini Lopez
8. Buy It! Sugar Town - Nancy Sinatra
9. Buy It! King of the Road - Roger Miller
10. Buy It! Ferry Cross The Mersey - Gerry and the Pacemakers

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