Best Songs of the 60s

“If you can remember anything about the sixties, you weren’t really there.” Paul Kantner

The sixties, particularly the second half of the decade, could pretty much be described as one big social revolution. Many interpreted the wave of rebellion as backlash from the rampant conservatism of the prior decade. The societal changes taking place (both publicly and privately) had a substantial impact on the music scene, which began the decade with the founding of Motown records in 1960 and ended with Woodstock in 1969. Perhaps most notable from this decade was the British invasion, led by none other than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. The rise of the counter culture youth with their affluence (and psychedelic drugs) also led to the popularity of other bands such as Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix Experience and The Doors. Radical folk type music also came into existence through performers such as Bob Dylan, The Mamas and the Papas, and Joan Baez.

“Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” performed by The Temptations

“All Along the Watchtower” performed by Jimi Hendrix

“All Day and All of The Night” performed by The Kinks

“Be My Baby” performed by the Ronettes

“Blowin’ In The Wind” performed by Bob Dylan

“Born To Be Wild” performed by Steppenwolf

“Bring It On Home To Me” performed by Sam Cooke

“Cathy’s Clown” performed by The Everly Brothers

“Can’t Buy Me Love” performed by The Beatles

“Crazy” performed by Patsy Cline

“Crying” performed by Roy Orbison

“Do You Love Me” performed by The Contours

“Georgia On My Mind” performed by Ray Charles

“Gimme Some Lovin'” performed by The Spencer Davis Group

“Good Vibrations” performed by The Beach Boys

“Green Onions” performed by Booker T. & The MG’s

“Hey Jude” performed by The Beatles

“Hit the Road Jack” performed by Ray Charles

“Honky Tonk Women” performed by Rolling Stones

“(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” performed by Rolling Stones

“I Heard It Through The Grapevine” performed by Marvin Gaye

“I Saw Her Standing There” performed by The Beatles

“In the Midnight Hour” performed by Wilson Pickett

“Light My Fire” performed by The Doors

“Like A Rolling Stone” performed by Bob Dylan

“Louie, Louie” performed by the Kingsmen

“Mony Mony” performed by Tommy James & The Shondells

“My Generation” performed by The Who

“My Girl” performed by The Temptations

“Oh, Pretty Woman” performed by Roy Orbison

“Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)” performed by Roy Orbison

“Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag” performed by James Brown

“Purple Haze” performed by Jimi Hendrix

“Reach Out, I’ll Be There” performed by Four Tops

“Respect” performed by Aretha Franklin

“Runaround Sue” performed by Dion and the Belmonts

“Runaway” performed by Del Shannon

“She Loves You” performed by The Beatles

“Sherry” performed by The Four Seasons

“She’s Not There” performed by The Zombies

“Shop Around” performed by The Miracles

“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” performed by Otis Redding

“Somebody to Love” performed by Jefferson Airplane

“Soul Man” performed by Sam & Dave

“Stand By Me” performed by Ben E. King

“Stay” performed by Maurice Williams

“Sunshine of Your Love” performed by Cream

“Surfin’ U.S.A.” performed by Beach Boys

“The Loco-motion” performed by Little Eva

“The Sound of Silence” performed by Simon & Garfunkel

“The Twist” performed by Chubby Checker

“The Wanderer” performed by Dion

Theme From “A Summer Place” performed by Percy Faith & His Orchestra

“Twist and Shout” performed by The Isley Brothers

“When a Man Loves a Woman” performed by Percy Sledge

“Where Did Our Love Go” performed by Diana Ross and The Supremes

“White Room” performed by Cream

“Wild Thing” performed by The Troggs

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” performed by The Shirelles

“Yesterday” performed by The Beatles

“You Keep Me Hangin’ On” performed by The Supremes

“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” performed by The Righteous Brothers

“You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me” performed by The Miracles

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