My Favorite Songs of 1963

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By popular demand, I have added 1964 and now 1963 (originally the rankings started with 1965).

Once again there weren’t 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
Solid
Not Bad
…with some inter-group splitting.

The full list of songs is in chart form at the end, but here were my favorites from that year…

5 Pretty Good Songs from 1963

Ring Of Fire – Johnny Cash

Puff The Magic Dragon – Peter, Paul and Mary

Surfin’ U.S.A. – The Beach Boys

Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals

Walk Like a Man – The Four Seasons

6 Great Songs from 1963

Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan

I Want To Hold Your Hand – The Beatles

Twist and Shout – The Beatles

I love the Ed Sullivan footage of these guys…

Surfin’ Bird – The Trashmen

Was I tempted to stick the Family Guy clip here? I was tempted to stick the Family Guy clip here…

Alright fine. Too tempting to resist…(complete, with Office Space nod at the end)

All My Loving – The Beatles

I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles

The above songs, plus the best from 1964, I put on a playlist for you on YouTube here

Here is the full list of songs from 1963

Great – 1 Blowin’ In The Wind Bob Dylan
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
Solid – 7 Ring Of Fire Johnny Cash
Solid – 7 Puff The Magic Dragon Peter, Paul and Mary
Solid – 7 Surfin’ U.S.A. The Beach Boys
Solid – 7 Then He Kissed Me The Crystals
Solid – 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
Not Bad – 15 One Fine Day The Chiffons

1963  1964  1965  1966  1967  1968  1969

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