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bobdylanband1 Rolling Stone Readers Pick The TOP TEN SONGS of the SIXTIES!!

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The 60’s had to be one of the greatest, if not THE greatest decade in Rock ‘n’ Roll History.  Of the literally thousands of songs that made the charts from 1960 through 1969, readers of Rolling Stone Magazine recently picked the songs that they felt deserved to make the rarified TOP TEN TUNES list of the SIXTIES!!

1.  LIKE A ROLLING STONE/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Bob Dylan[/lastfm] (1965) — Bob’s first mainstream Top 40 hit.  It peaked at #2 nationally in the summer of 1965.

2.  A DAY IN THE LIFE/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles [/lastfm](1967) — It was never released as a single.  The tune was recently voted the #1 Beatle song of all time in Rolling Stone magazine.  It is one of the tracks on the classic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band” album.

3.  SATISFACTION/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm] (1965) — The guitar riff on this song was in Keith Richard’s head as he woke up one morning while on tour with the group.   He and Mick wrote the tune around the riff and it became the Stones’  most famous hit.

4.  GIMME SHELTER/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Rolling Stones [/lastfm](1969) — Another tune that was an album track only, though it got a LOT of airplay in the late 60’s and beyond.  It appears on the group’s “Let It Bleed” album.

5.  MY GENERATION/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Who [/lastfm](1966) — This was the highest charting Who song in the UK.  It was featured on their first album.  Here in America, the single peaked at a very low #74 in early ’66!

6.  LIGHT MY FIRE/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Doors[/lastfm] (1967) – A number one song in the “Summer of Love,” 1967.  It’s the Doors’ biggest hit.

7.  HEY JUDE/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beatles [/lastfm](1968) — The Beatles all-time top tune; it was #1 on the charts for 9 weeks.  Only “Theme From ‘A Summer Place'” by Percy Faith held #1 as long in the sixties (1960).

8.  WHOLE LOTTA LOVE/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Led Zeppelin [/lastfm](1969) — Robert Plant did the vocal in ONE TAKE!  It was the group’s ONLY Top 10 hit in America.

9.  ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Jimi Hendrix[/lastfm] (1968) — Bob Dylan is represented twice on this list.  He wrote the song and had the original version that appeared on his “John Wesley Harding” album in the same year.  This was Jimi’s biggest hit in the U.S.

10. GOD ONLY KNOWS/[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]The Beach Boys[/lastfm] (1966) — From the album “Pet Sounds,” this tune was voted the #1 Rock ‘n’ Roll love song of all time a few years back in “Entertainment Weekly” magazine.

What songs do you think should have made the list of the Top 10 Tunes of the SIXTIES???

Comments (3)
  1. oldies76 says:

    That’s a great list…”Come See About Me” by the Supremes (1964) is good. “Last Time” by the Stones (1964) and “Little Girl” by the Syndicate of Sound (1966) are great songs. Also “Cherry Hill Park” by Billy Joe Royal (1969) is nice!

  2. oldies76 says:

    Don’t forget: “Get Off My Cloud” Rolling Stones (1965) and “The Boxer” Simon & Garfunkel” (1968) Great Stuff!!

  3. RainbowRay says:

    All great songs!


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