The swinging 60s might be more than half a century ago now, but their revolutionary impact still remains to this day. Whether you were Team Beatles or Team Stones, the two bands still stand as arguably the biggest this country has ever produced, but there were more to these years than just John and Jagger. From the hit machine and conveyor belt of in-house stars produced by Motown to the burgeoning, melon-twisting dawn of psychedelia, it was a decade of exploration and experimentation. Here are the tracks that defined it...
Criteria: Songs listed are from Rock and Roll and related sub-genres. These songs are ranked based upon their intitial and lasting popularity, as well as their influence and impact on the evolution of Rock and Roll and its sub-genres.
This is a list of the best songs of the 60's decade (1960 to 1969)
Video covers 100 different songs from the decade, only playing a few seconds of each.
The 1960s were filled with milestone moments for country music — from the first CMA Awards show in 1967, to the launch of country music’s hit television show ‘Hee -Haw’ in 1969 to the early ‘60s tragedies that claimed the lives of Pasty Cline and Jim Reeves.
We start our five-day countdown of Pitchfork's 200 favorite songs from the 1960s with a look at Nos. 200-151.
Best Of 60s Rock || Greatest 60s Rock songs.
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The '60s was the first full decade of rock and roll, and the top twenty singles of the decade reflect a battle between old and new forms. Elvis Presley and Ray Charles, who helped lay the foundation for the explosion of rock and soul in the '50s, each appear on the list; so does the smooth doo-wop of the Four Seasons. Louis Armstrong, the famous jazz musician who had been recording since the 1920s, had one of the biggest hit singles of the '60s.
One, we excluded breakup songs and come-back-to-me songs and please-sleep-with-me songs. These are love songs — songs you could play to your current squeeze immediately after saying, "Steve/Miriam, this song explains my feelings for you, which may be nuanced but are ultimately positive," and not expect to sleep on the couch. Two, we limited it to one song per artist, with a couple of exceptions, like The Beatles, because they're The Beatles.
Greatest Hits Mix of the 60s, including tracks from the Supremes, Beach Boys, Drifters, Elvis Presley, James Brown etc.