My Favorite Songs of 1965

Posted: March 20, 2011 in Rankings

Besides being a huge fantasy hockey buff, I’m also a big fan of music. I’m not only one of those people who enjoys and embraces most genres of music, but I’m also into the history and background of music. Mostly Rock ‘n Roll (classic and alternative), but also pop, rap, blues, bluegrass, Latin, Irish and even a little country. I’m that music geek who could bang off the answers to every question in a given Rock ‘n Roll jeopardy show. not most questions – all. I learn about who sings what song and why, and it just sticks in my brain.

Anyway, my love of songs old and new probably begins with stuff released in the mid-60’s. Anything older than that and the amount of songs I enjoy start to thin. So this is where I’ll start.

Unlike most rankings, I won’t be simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because I know better than anybody that on some days, some songs kick more ass than other songs. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow, if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment. So I’ll group them:
Awesome
Great
Pretty Good
Not Bad

Here’s the first installment. Time permitting, I’ll probably do it through 2002ish. Note: for this initial year, I added some songs from 1964 and 1963 that I didn’t want to exclude just because the lists start in 1965.

Awesome – 1 House of the Rising Sun The Animals (1964, but too great to not have on a list)
Awesome – 2 Ticket to Ride The Beatles
Awesome – 2 Like a Rolling Stone Bob Dylan
Awesome – 2 Blowin’ in the Wind Bob Dylan (1963, but too great to not have on a list)
Awesome – 2 The Sound of Silence Simon & Garfunkel
Awesome – 2 We Gotta Get Out of This Place The Animals
Awesome – 2 Eight Days a Week The Beatles
Awesome – 2 As Tears Go By The Rolling Stones
Awesome – 2 Get Off of My Cloud The Rolling Stones
Awesome – 2 Times They Are A Changin’ Bob Dylan (1964, but too great to not have on a list)
Great – 11 Mr. Tambourine Man Bob Dylan
Great – 11 Unchained Melody The Righteous Brothers
Great – 11 Help! The Beatles
Great – 11 Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood The Animals
Great – 11 California Girls The Beach Boys
Great – 11 Day Tripper The Beatles
Great – 11 We Can Work It Out The Beatles
Great – 11 Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds
Great – 11 Turn! Turn! Turn! (to Everything There Is a Season) The Byrds
Great – 11 All Day and All of the Night The Kinks
Great – 11 California Dreamin’ The Mamas & the Papas
Great – 11 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ The Righteous Brothers
Great – 11 (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
Great – 11 I Can’t Explain The Who
Great – 25 Yesterday The Beatles
Great – 25 Help Me Rhonda The Beach Boys
Great – 25 Iko Iko The Dixie Cups
Pretty Good – 28 Positively 4th Street Bob Dylan
Pretty Good – 28 Subterranean Homesick Blues Bob Dylan
Pretty Good – 28 Wooly Bully Sam the Sham and The Pharaohs
Pretty Good – 28 I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher
Pretty Good – 28 Barbara Ann The Beach Boys
Pretty Good – 28 I Feel Fine The Beatles
Pretty Good – 28 Tired of Waiting for You The Kinks
Pretty Good – 28 A Well Respected Man The Kinks
Pretty Good – 28 Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere The Who
Pretty Good – 28 My Generation The Who
Pretty Good – 28 I’m a Man The Yardbirds
Pretty Good – 28 Baby Please Don’t Go Them
Pretty Good – 28 Here Comes the Night Them
Not Bad – 41 Down in the Boondocks Billy Joe Royal
Not Bad – 41 Land of a Thousand Dances Cannibal and the Headhunters
Not Bad – 41 I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Four Tops
Not Bad – 41 It’s the Same Old Song Four Tops
Not Bad – 41 I’ll Be There Gerry & the Pacemakers
Not Bad – 41 I’m Henry VIII, I Am Herman’s Hermits
Not Bad – 41 I Got You (I Feel Good) James Brown
Not Bad – 41 Do You Believe in Magic The Lovin’ Spoonful
Not Bad – 41 My Girl The Temptations
Not Bad – 41 It’s Not Unusual Tom Jones
Not Bad – 41 What’s New, Pussycat? Tom Jones

 

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