My Favorite Songs of 1966

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In 1966 the Stones and the Beatles continued to dominate, and Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel were in their heyday.

Just 44 songs made the list this year (after 49 in ’65).

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 are videos clips of my favorites from that year, the cream of the crop. At the bottom is the full, expanded list in chart form.

8 Great Songs from 1966

Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel

Yellow Submarine – The Beatles

19th Nervous Breakdown – The Rolling Stones

Guantanamera – The Sandpipers

I’m a Boy – The Who

The Kids Are Alright – The Who

Substitute – The Who

13 Truly Awesome Songs from 1966

I Want You – Bob Dylan

Just Like a Woman – Bob Dylan

Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles

I’m a Believer – The Monkees

Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 – Bob Dylan

I Am a Rock – Simon & Garfunkel

This song was played a million times after breaking up with a girl. Got me through a lot!

Sloop John B – The Beach Boys

Hey Joe – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Monday, Monday – The Mamas & the Papas

Paint It, Black – The Rolling Stones

Under My Thumb – The Rolling Stones

Wild Thing – The Troggs

Happy Jack – The Who


The above great songs are on a YouTube playlist right here.


Here is the full, expanded list:

Awesome – 1 Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 Bob Dylan
Awesome – 1 I Am a Rock Simon & Garfunkel
Awesome – 1 Sloop John B The Beach Boys
Awesome – 1 Hey Joe The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Awesome – 1 Monday, Monday The Mamas & the Papas
Awesome – 1 Paint It, Black The Rolling Stones
Awesome – 1 Under My Thumb The Rolling Stones
Awesome – 1 Wild Thing The Troggs
Awesome – 1 Happy Jack The Who
Awesome – 10 I Want You Bob Dylan
Awesome – 10 Just Like a Woman Bob Dylan
Awesome – 10 Eleanor Rigby The Beatles
Awesome – 10 I’m a Believer The Monkees
Great – 14 Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel
Great – 14 Yellow Submarine The Beatles
Great – 14 19th Nervous Breakdown The Rolling Stones
Great – 14 Guantanamera The Sandpipers
Great – 14 I’m a Boy The Who
Great – 14 The Kids Are Alright The Who
Great – 14 Substitute The Who
Pretty Good – 21 Stone Free The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Pretty Good – 21 I Fought the Law Bobby Fuller Four
Pretty Good – 21 Mellow Yellow Donovan
Pretty Good – 21 Lil’ Red Riding Hood Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
Pretty Good – 21 Scarborough Fair Simon & Garfunkel
Pretty Good – 21 Barbara Ann The Beach Boys
Pretty Good – 21 Wouldn’t It Be Nice The Beach Boys
Pretty Good – 21 Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
Pretty Good – 21 Paperback Writer The Beatles
Pretty Good – 21 Eight Miles High The Byrds
Pretty Good – 21 Mother’s Little Helper The Rolling Stones
Not Bad – 32 Nowhere Man The Beatles
Not Bad – 32 Good Day Sunshine The Beatles
Not Bad – 32 Summer in the City The Lovin’ Spoonful
Not Bad – 32 Last Train to Clarksville The Monkees
Not Bad – 32 (I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone The Monkees
Not Bad – 32 You Can’t Hurry Love The Supremes
Not Bad – 38 Secret Agent Man Johnny Rivers
Not Bad – 38 These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ Nancy Sinatra
Not Bad – 38 They’re Coming to Take Me Away Ha Haaa! Napoleon XIV
Not Bad – 38 When a Man Loves a Woman Percy Sledge
Not Bad – 38 You Keep Me Hangin’ On The Supremes
Not Bad – 38 Good Lovin’ The Young Rascals
Not Bad – 38 The Land of 1000 Dances Wilson Pickett

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