My Favorite Songs of 1964

Posted: December 19, 2018 in Rankings

By popular demand, I have added 1964 (originally the rankings started for 1965). Not as many songs to review so I was able to do it quickly.

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:

Pretty Good
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.


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
Pretty Good – 9 It Ain’t Me Babe  Bob Dylan
Pretty Good – 9 The Times They Are A-Changin’  Bob Dylan
Pretty Good – 9 I Get Around  The Beach Boys
Pretty Good – 9 Can’t Buy Me Love  The Beatles
Pretty Good – 9 I Should Have Known Better  The Beatles
Pretty Good – 14 You Never Can Tell  Chuck Berry
Pretty Good – 14 (Oh) Pretty Woman  Roy Orbison
Pretty Good – 14 No Reply  The Beatles
Pretty Good – 14 California Sun  The Rivieras
Pretty Good – 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

1960s          1970s          1980s          1990s


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