Best Movie Songs of the 1960s

The 1960’s were an interesting time in America and on the movie screen. A few trends continued from previous decade, such as Elvis, who sang and danced across the screen in G.I. Blues (1960), Flaming Star (1960), Blue Hawaii (1961) and Kid Galahad (1962) to name a few.

But the 60’s also produced some of the best musicals. Even movies that were not musically theme managed to land music (not featured in the movie) on the music charts. Four of the top ten grossing movies were musicals: 101 Dalmatians (1961), The Jungle Book (1967), The Sound of Music (1965), and Mary Poppins (1964). While many of the others had top ten hits from their soundtracks, such as “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel from The Graduate (1967) and “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by B.J. Thomas from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969). James Bond also made his way on to the major screen and Billboard Hit lists with “Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey, “Thunderball” by Tom Jones, and “You Only Live Twice” by Nancy Sinatra.

Listed below are what we consider to be the best movie songs of the 1960’s:

“America” by Rita Moreno from West Side Story (1961)

“Around and Around” by The Animals from Get Yourself A College Girl

“Bring Down The Birds” from Blow-Up

“Do Re Mi” by Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music (1965)

“Don’t Rain on My Parade” by Barbra Streisand from Funny Girl (1968)

“Edelweiss” by Julie Andrews, Bill Lee, and cast from The Sound of Music (1965)

“Emily” from The Americanization of Emily

“Everybody’s Talkin'” by Harry Nilsson from Midnight Cowboy (1969)

“Forget Domani” by Katyna Ranierei & Riz Ortolani from The Yellow Rolls Royce

“Goldfinger” by Shirley Bassey from Goldfinger (1964)

“I Could Have Danced All Night” by Marni Nixon, Rex Harrison & Wilfrid Hyde-White from My Fair Lady (1964)

“James Bond Theme” by Monty Norman from Dr. No (1962)

“Lara’s Theme” from Dr. Zhivago (1965)

“I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face” by Rex Harrison from My Fair Lady (1964)

“Listen People” by Herman’s Hermits from When The Boys Meet The Girls

“Lolita Ya Ya” by Nelson Riddle from Lolita

“Looking For Love” by Connie Francis from Looking For Love (1964)

“Moon River” by Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961)

“Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel from The Graduate (1967)

“My Favorite Things” by Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music (1965)

“On The Street Where You Live” by Bill Shirley & Andre Previn from My Fair Lady (1964)

“People” by Barbra Streisand from Funny Girl (1968)

“Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” by B.J. Thomas from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

“Somewhere” by Jim Bryant & Marni Nixon from West Side Story (1961)

“Sprach Zarathustra” by Richard Strauss from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

“Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” by Julie Andrews from Mary Poppins

“Sunday in New York” by Mel Torme from Sunday In New York (1963)

“The Girl From Ipanema” by Astrud Gilberto & The Stan Getz Quartet from Get Yourself A College Girl (1964)

“The Shadow Of Your Smile” from The Sandpiper

“The Sound of Music” by Julie Andrews from The Sound of Music (1965)

“Thunderball” by Tom Jones from Thunderball (1965)

“Tonight” by Jim Bryant & Marni Nixon from West Side Story (1961)

“You and I” by Petula Clark from Goodbye, Mr. Chips

“You Only Live Twice” by Nancy Sinatra from You Only Live Twice (1967)

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