My Favorite Songs of 1963

Posted: December 22, 2018 in Rankings

By popular demand, I have added 1964 and now 1963 (originally the rankings started for 1965). Not as many songs to review so I was able to do it quickly. So much has changed in music over the years. Getting a record deal and gaining traction in 1963 is a lot different from doing the same in 2018. While just 200 to 300 songs were released in ’63, there are over 1700 songs to review in 2017 (as an example).

The Beatles hit mainstream music in this year, with two albums. And of course they dominate the handful of songs that made this list. This is the only year I’ve reviewed in which I didn’t choose a single song for my “Awesome” rating.

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:

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

 

Great – 1 I Want To Hold Your Hand  The Beatles
Great – 1 Twist and Shout  The Beatles
Great – 1 Surfin’ Bird  The Trashmen
Great – 5 All My Loving  The Beatles
Great – 5 I Saw Her Standing There  The Beatles
Pretty Good – 7 Ring Of Fire  Johnny Cash
Pretty Good – 7 Puff The Magic Dragon  Peter, Paul and Mary
Pretty Good – 7 Surfin’ U.S.A.  The Beach Boys
Pretty Good – 7 Then He Kissed Me  The Crystals
Pretty Good – 7 Walk Like a Man  The Four Seasons
Not Bad – 12 Another Saturday Night  Sam Cooke
Not Bad – 12 She Loves You  The Beatles
Not Bad – 12 Wipe Out  The Surfaris
Not Bad – 15 Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah  Allan Sherman
Not Bad – 15 Yakety Sax  Boots Randolph
Not Bad – 15 Surf City  Jan & Dean
Not Bad – 15 It’s My Party  Lesley Gore
Not Bad – 15 My Boyfriend’s Back  The Angels
Not Bad – 15 Little Deuce Coupe  The Beach Boys
Not Bad – 15 Do You Want To Know A Secret  The Beatles
Not Bad – 15 From Me to You  The Beatles
Not Bad – 15 Please Please Me  The Beatles
Not Bad – 15 Da Doo Ron Ron  The Crystals
Not Bad – 15 Be My Baby  The Ronettes

 

1963  1964  1965  1966  1967  1968  1969

1960s          1970s          1980s          1990s

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