My Favorite Songs of 1964


By popular demand, I have added 1964 (originally the rankings started with 1965).

There weren’t as many songs to review so I was able to do it much quicker.

The House of the Rising Sun was probably the best song of the entire decade, so including the year 1964 when it was released seems only right. And with the Beatles putting out their first two albums in 1963, reviewing that year is a must. So my journey through years of music backtracks two more years and will now begin for 1963.

Unlike most rankings, I haven’t been simply tossing these up in a numerical order. Because we can all agree that on some days, certain songs kick more ass than other songs – yet other days they do not. It all depends on mood and situation. A song that is ranked 14th today could very well rank 1st tomorrow – if it suddenly comes on the radio during the perfect moment and I start singing along. So I group them instead of presenting a hard-and-fast order:

Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

At the bottom you will find the full list in a chart. But here were the best from that year…

7 Great Songs from 1964

Gloria – Them

Time Is On My Side – The Rolling Stones

And I Love Her – The Beatles

Do Wah Diddy Diddy – Manfred Mann

You Really Got Me – The Kinks

Louie Louie – The Kingsmen

A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles

The Truly Awesome Song from 1964

The House Of The Rising Sun – The Animals

This one ended up getting ranked as my No.1 favorite from the entire 60s decade…

I put together a YouTube playlist for my favorites from 1963 and 1964 here

Here is the complete list:

Awesome – 1 The House Of The Rising Sun The Animals
Great – 2 A Hard Day’s Night The Beatles
Great – 2 Louie Louie The Kingsmen
Great – 2 You Really Got Me The Kinks
Great – 5 Do Wah Diddy Diddy Manfred Mann
Great – 5 And I Love Her The Beatles
Great – 5 Time Is On My Side The Rolling Stones
Great – 5 Gloria Them
Solid – 9 It Ain’t Me Babe Bob Dylan
Solid – 9 The Times They Are A-Changin’ Bob Dylan
Solid – 9 I Get Around The Beach Boys
Solid – 9 Can’t Buy Me Love The Beatles
Solid – 9 I Should Have Known Better The Beatles
Solid – 14 You Never Can Tell Chuck Berry
Solid – 14 (Oh) Pretty Woman Roy Orbison
Solid – 14 No Reply The Beatles
Solid – 14 California Sun The Rivieras
Solid – 14 It’s All Over Now The Rolling Stones
Not Bad – 19 The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss) Betty Everett
Not Bad – 19 All I Really Want To Do Bob Dylan
Not Bad – 19 No Particular Place To Go Chuck Berry
Not Bad – 19 I Only Want to Be With You Dusty Springfield
Not Bad – 19 I’m Into Something Good Herman’s Hermits
Not Bad – 19 Last Kiss J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers
Not Bad – 19 I Got You (I Feel Good) James Brown
Not Bad – 19 Dancing in the Street Martha & the Vandellas
Not Bad – 19 My Guy Mary Wells
Not Bad – 19 My Boy Lollipop Millie Small
Not Bad – 19 Downtown Petula Clark
Not Bad – 19 Fun, Fun, Fun The Beach Boys
Not Bad – 19 Under The Boardwalk The Drifters
Not Bad – 19 Baby, I Love You The Ronettes
Not Bad – 19 Baby Love The Supremes
Not Bad – 19 Where Did Our Love Go The Supremes

1963  1964  1965  1966  1967  1968  1969

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