Top 100 Songs of the 1960s

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While the year-by-year rankings are not in a specific, numerical order, I decided to do the decade summary differently. Taking all songs rated “awesome” or “great” in the year-by-year, I then put them in order of the ones I enjoy the most. Naturally, how I feel right now at a desk in the office is a lot different from how I feel lying in a hammock on the deck drinking a beer – I’m sure the order of songs would be quite different. But generally speaking, here are 100 great songs from the 1960s.

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First up are five songs that juuust missed the cut, but couldn’t be ignored…

Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers (1965)

19th Nervous Breakdown – The Rolling Stones (1966)

A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles (1964)

Alabama Song (Whiskey Bar) – The Doors (1967)

Yesterday – The Beatles (1965)

And now – my Top 100 songs from the 1960s

100. All Along the Watchtower – The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)

99. The Pusher – Steppenwolf (1968)

98. Dazed and Confused – Led Zeppelin (1969)

97. Born to Be Wild – Steppenwolf (1968)

96. Proud Mary – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

95. Bend Me, Shape Me – The American Breed (1967)

94. Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann (1964)

93. Louie Louie – The Kingsmen (1964)

92. Time Is On My Side – The Rolling Stones (1964)

91. Helter Skelter – The Beatles (1968)

90. Homeward Bound – Simon & Garfunkel (1966)

89. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles (1967)

88. Purple Haze – The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)

87. Going Up the Country – Canned Heat (1968)

86. I Want You – Bob Dylan (1966)

85. Fortunate Son – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

84. What Is and What Should Never Be – Led Zeppelin (1969)

83. Ticket to Ride – The Beatles (1965)

82. You Really Got Me – The Kinks (1964)

81. Mr. Tambourine Man – The Byrds (1965)

80. California Girls – The Beach Boys (1965)

79. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – The Rolling Stones (1965)

78. Brown Eyed Girl – Van Morrison (1967)

77. Get Together – The Youngbloods (1967)

76. Penny Lane – The Beatles (1967)

75. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – The Beatles (1968)

74. We Can Work It Out – The Beatles (1966)

73. Spanish Caravan – The Doors (1968)

72. Get Off of My Cloud – The Rolling Stones (1965)

71. Hush – Deep Purple (1968)

70. On the Road Again – Canned Heat (1968)

69. Sunshine Superman – Donovan (1966)

68. Touch Me – The Doors (1969)

67. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel (1968)

66. Give Peace a Chance – Plastic Ono Band (1969)

65. Yellow Submarine – The Beatles (1966)

64. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond (1969)

63. Your Time Is Gonna Come – Led Zeppelin (1969)

62. Twist and Shout – The Beatles (1963)

61. I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles (1963)

60. Surfin’ Bird – The Trashmen (1963)

59. Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan (1963)

58. Love Is All Around – The Troggs (1966)

57. Waiting For The Sun – The Doors (1968)

56. Happy Jack – The Who (1966)

55. I’m a Believer – The Monkees (1966)

54. Suzie Q – Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968)

53. Magic Bus – The Who (1968)

52. Love Street – The Doors (1968)

51. Monday, Monday – The Mamas & the Papas (1966)

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