R-E-S-P-E-C-T the 60’s – Top Songs of the Decade

Lately, all we are hearing about is change.  The 1960’s was a great era for change.

The Beatles changed the way we listened to music, Little Eva changed the way we danced, Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto changed the way we enjoyed elevators, Tony Bennett changed the way we enjoyed San Francisco, Joan Baez changed the way we protested, Roy Orbison changed the way we wore sunglasses…

Singers of standards gave way to the British Invasion, dance music gave way to listening, innocence gave way to protest…

The top selling song of the 1960’s?  Respect by Aretha Franklin:

The top selling songs of the 1960’s (and what a great list it is), according to the RIAA and NEA:

Ray CharlesGeorgia on My Mind – 1960
Mark DinningTeen Angel – 1960
Chubby CheckerThe Twist – 1960
Brenda LeeI’m Sorry – 1960
cast recordingThe Sound of Music – 1960
Patsy ClineI Fall to Pieces – 1961
DionRunaround Sue – 1961
Ben E. KingStand By Me – 1961
Henry ManciniMoon River – 1961
Roy OrbisonCrying – 1961
The ShirellesWill You Love Me Tomorrow – 1961
The TokensThe Lion Sleeps Tonight – 1961
Tony BennettI Left My Heart in San Francisco – 1962
Ketty LesterLove Letters – 1962
Little EvaThe Loco-Motion – 1962
Joan BaezWe Shall Overcome – 1963
Johnny CashRing of Fire – 1963
The DriftersOn Broadway – 1963
Lesley GoreIt’s My Party – 1963
The KingsmenLouie Louie – 1963
Peter, Paul & MaryBlowin’ in the Wind – 1963
The RonettesBe My Baby – 1963
The TymesSo in Love – 1963
The AnimalsHouse of the Rising Sun – 1964
The BeatlesI Want to Hold Your Hand – 1964
John ColtraneA Love Supreme – 1964
Bob DylanThe Times They Are A-Changin’ – 1964
Stan Getz/Astrud GilbertoThe Girl From Ipanema – 1964
The KinksYou Really Got Me – 1964
Martha & The VandellasDancing in the Street – 1964
Dean MartinEverybody Loves Somebody – 1964
Roy OrbisonOh Pretty Woman – 1964
The Shangri-LasLeader of the Pack – 1964
Dionne WarwickWalk on By – 1964
Mary WellsMy Guy – 1964
The BeatlesYesterday/Act Naturally – 1965
James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) – 1965
The ByrdsTurn Turn Turn – 1965
Petula ClarkDowntown – 1965
Jackie DeShannonWhat the World Needs Now Is Love – 1965
Bob DylanLike a Rolling Stone – 1965
Ramsey Lewis TrioThe In Crowd – 1965
The ImpressionsPeople Get Ready – 1965
Roger MillerKing of the Road – 1965
The MiraclesThe Tracks of My Tears – 1965
Wilson PickettIn the Midnight Hour – 1965
The Righteous BrothersYou’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ – 1965
The Rolling StonesSatisfaction – 1965
Simon & GarfunkelSounds of Silence – 1965
Sonny & CherI Got You Babe – 1965
The SupremesStop in the Name of Love – 1965
The TemptationsMy Girl – 1965
Frank SinatraStrangers in the Night – 1966
The Four TopsReach Out I’ll Be There – 1966
Mamas & PapasCalifornia Dreamin’ – 1966
Percy Sledge When a Man Loves a Woman – 1966
Louis ArmstrongWhat a Wonderful World – 1967
The Beach BoysGood Vibrations – 1967
The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – 1967
Buffalo SpringfieldFor What It’s Worth – 1967
Glen CampbellBy the Time I Get to Phoenix – 1967
The DoorsLight My Fire – 1967
*Aretha FranklinRespect – 1967
Marvin Gaye/Tammi TerrellAin’t No Mountain High Enough – 1967
Bobbie GentryOde to Billy Joe – 1967
Merle HaggardSing Me Back Home – 1967
Jefferson AirplaneWhite Rabbit – 1967
Sam & DaveSoul Man – 1967
Van MorrisonBrown Eyed Girl – 1967
DionAbraham, Martin and John – 1968
Marvin GayeI Heard It Through the Grapevine – 1968
Jimi HendrixAll Along the Watchtower – 1968
Otis ReddingDock of the Bay – 1968
Sly & The Family StoneEveryday People – 1968
SteppenwolfBorn to be Wild – 1968
Tammy WynetteStand By Your Man – 1968
Creedence Clearwater RevivalProud Mary – 1969
Edwin Hawkins SingersO Happy Day – 1969
B.B. KingThe Thrill Is Gone – 1969
Frank SinatraMy Way – 1969
B.J. ThomasRaindrops Keep Falling on My Head – 1969
cast recordingHair – 1969
Miles DavisBitches Brew – 1969
The Jackson 5I Want You Back – 1969
NilssonEverybody’s Talkin’ – 1969

A great song to end the era?  My Way by Frank Sinatra (And now, the end is near…):



5 responses to “R-E-S-P-E-C-T the 60’s – Top Songs of the Decade

  1. The Beatles make a good showing, but not as good as I would have expected.

    Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard and Tammy Wynette…love that a little country made it onto the list…of course that was back when country music was actually good.

    Where are the Families? The Jackson 5 made the list, but what about the Cowsills or Osmonds? (I hope you realize I’m kidding).

  2. Ok, finally a list I can get with….

    Great! Glad to be of service.

  3. I think we just reached the point where I stop liking any of the music. Probably a generational thing. The Beatles had some good stuff, but I’m more fond of Octapus’s Garden than most of their mainstream hits.

    Oh, take another listen to at least a few. These are some of the foundations that Rock was built on.

  4. I’m glad you clarified you were kidding!!!

  5. Foundations are important, but not always worth looking at. I’ve toured numerous famous buildings in DC, but none of those tour’s ever took me to see the foundation.

    I’ll try a few of these again.

    Ah, but if they had… (think National Treasure)…

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