Greatest Songs of the '60s

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The Top Ten

Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey
The Best Theme Song of the perennial James Bond Series. A famous veteran who actually recorded a James Bond Theme herself said that no one can top Shirley when it comes to a Bond song. Bassey is the only vocalists who has recorded more than one. (Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever, and Moonraker)
The Best James Bond Theme of them all! Besides being such a unique song that has interested people of all generations for all these years, it's Shirley Bassey's powerful vocal ability that still brings the song to life! Others have attempted this song, but Bassey's renditions, both studio and LIVE, are still the best!


The Very Best of the James Bond Songs, ever! Tina Turner once said that you can't top Shirley when it comes to a Bond song.
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2Hey Jude - The Beatles
A landmark Beatles song, and since it is the best song by the best band it should be no. 1. Satisfaction, Like a rolling stone, Good Vibrations and Respect are all-time classics of the highest quality, but they still can't compare with this song.
You got to be kidding me. How come this is not the number one?
Just when you thought the Beatles song writing dried up they (Paul) came up with this "anthem". I think some of the competion jaws are still dropped richbalto
How the fudge is this not #1 it's an iconic representation of THE Beatles! O_o
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3Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan was and is a great poet and one of the best singer/songwriters to ever live. "Like a Rolling Stone" was on the top of the charts when it came out, and it should be at the top of this list, honestly. [In my opinion. ] Bob originally made the song that was over 10 minutes, and then the producer(s) cut it down into around 7 minutes. When you can write a song that ISN'T repetitive, over 10 minutes... That's when you know you're a great poet and song writer. Bob should be at the top of this list with no doubt.
YES! There is a list on this site that gives dylan some respect. This song changed the world not just music any music that came after this was affected by this.
Greatest recording of the 60's
Lyrics and influence are beyond imagination.
Dylan is the master of the new wave in the 60's before Beatles
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4Light My Fire - The Doors
The beatles said "all you need is love" morrison sai " come on baby light my fire" best songs of all the you jim! Live long the lizard king!
Even if this song is before my time, its still a masterpiece.
Innovative song for its time
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5All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix Listen to sample

6Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
Love it so so so so much you must vote for this song or else because it's the best song of the 60s so vote for it please love it so much should be number 1 or else the best 60s song ever number 1 in the 60s


Best example of The Stones at thier best. Opening guitar rift blows you away.
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7Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones Listen to sample

8In My Life - Beatles
The best song ever, I gues one of my favorite songs of the beatles.. Who cares the lyrics its amazing and wonderful to describe how lovely is this song.
The genius John Lennon wrote this beautiful song, transmiting the messege that of all the people, place and things he had loved, nothing compares to you.
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9(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Absolute great rock & rhythm song
Good song great beat satisfies me
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10Twist & Shout - The Beatles Listen to sample

The Contenders

11Ring Of Fire - Johnny Cash
I love country music and that song is one of my top favorites! I performed it on my school and everyone said it was very nice.
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12Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell Listen to sample

13My Generation - The Who Listen to sample

14Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin Listen to sample

15California Dreamin - The Mamas and the Papas Listen to sample

16Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
One of the best bands of the 60's
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17Bad Moon Rising - CCR Listen to sample

18I'm a Believer - The Monkees Listen to sample

19You Really Got Me - The Kinks
AWESOME! It's heavy guitar sound was revolutionary, infulencing heavy metal bands of the 70's like Black Sabbath. The Kinks along with The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who were the most infulence British bands of the 1960's. Ray Davies Rules!
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20The End - The Doors
Jim Morrison at his finest
With Ray Manzareks' words: 'I played with God'
I cry almost every time I hear this. No joke. Really, I love this song (I swear on my life I'm not being sarcastic)
Yes Son
I want to kill you
I want to
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21Can't Get No (Satisfaction) - The Rolling Stones Listen to sample

22River Deep, Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner Listen to sample

23Theme From "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith Listen to sample

24Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds Listen to sample

25Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis Listen to sample

26Fun Fun Fun - Beach Boys Listen to sample

27I Want To Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
It's the song that started the British Invasion as far as I'm concerned. I was laying in bed listening to KNOX back before. I'm in NC and it was the only station I could pick up late at night. I thought it was the greatest sound I had ever heard.
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28Wouldn't it Be Nice - The Beach Boys Listen to sample

29Piece of My Heart - Janis Joplin Listen to sample

30Be My Baby - The Ronettes Listen to sample

31I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye Listen to sample

32Baba O'Riley - The Who Listen to sample

33Crazy - Patsy Cline Listen to sample

34The Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
THE best harmonies humanity has ever produced.
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35These Eyes - Guess Who Listen to sample

36A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum
A great and very haunting song.


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37Dazed and Confused - Led Zeppelin Listen to sample

38Let It Be - The Beatles Listen to sample

39Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds Listen to sample

40Can't Help Falling In Love - Elvis Presley Listen to sample

41Pinball Wizard - The Who Listen to sample

42White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
Love Grace Slick's voice and the song is so haunting. It used to scare me when I was a little girl. It's the best song about drugs


It's not about LSD it's about Alice in wonderland
By the way I'm 12 and think it is strange to be scerd of it
defined what the decade was all about, DRUGS!


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43Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In - 5th Dimension Listen to sample

44Ball and Chain - Janis Joplin Listen to sample

45Groovin' - The Rascals Listen to sample

46Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix Listen to sample

47Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
Great song. One of Lennon's greatest.
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48A Day In the Life - The Beatles Listen to sample

49Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley Listen to sample

50Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles Listen to sample

51House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
A classic blues rock anthem. Eric Burdon & Chas Chandler at their best!
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52Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles Listen to sample

53Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond Listen to sample

54I'm a Man - The Spencer Davis Group
Real greatest sixties sounds. Classic stuff.
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55Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf Listen to sample

56Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix
I Love This Song got so much power in it onlyhendrix can play guitar like that with so much heart and passion
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57In the Year 2525 - Zager & Evans Listen to sample

58Are You Experienced? - Jimi Hendrix Listen to sample

59Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane Listen to sample

60All You Need Is Love - The Beatles Listen to sample

61Space Oddity - David Bowie Listen to sample

62I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight Listen to sample

63Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
Seriously number 47?! That's $#$@$$
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64I Fought the Law - The Bobby Fuller Four Listen to sample

65All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks Listen to sample

66At Last - Etta James Listen to sample

67What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin Listen to sample

68Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
Ray was a genius! This was the best mellow song in that time, must be up!
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69I Want You Back - The Jackson 5 Listen to sample

70It's Now or Never - Elvis Presley Listen to sample

71For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield Listen to sample

72A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke Listen to sample

73Old Man - Neil Young Listen to sample

74Communication Breakdown - Led Zeppelin Listen to sample

75Monster Mash - Bobby Boris Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers Listen to sample

76Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley Listen to sample

77Yellow Submarine - The Beatles Listen to sample

78He's a Rebel - Darlene Love Listen to sample

79Do You Love Me - Contours Listen to sample

80Tell Mama - Etta James Listen to sample

81Baby I Need Your Lovin' - Johnny Rivers Listen to sample

82Today I Started Loving You Again - Merle Haggard Listen to sample

83Hey Paula - Paul and Paula Listen to sample

84Yesterday - The Beatles
the "superstar" song of the 1960's


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85Daydream Believer - The Monkees Listen to sample

86Jugband Blues - Pink Floyd Listen to sample

87Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo Listen to sample

88Up On the Roof - The Drifters Listen to sample

89The Game of Love - Mindbenders Listen to sample

90I'll Bring It Home to You - Carla Thomas Listen to sample

91Donna the Prima Donna - Dion Dimucci

92Baby I Need Your Loving - The Four Tops Listen to sample

93Standing In The Shadows Of Love - The Four Tops Listen to sample

94Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations Listen to sample

95Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles Listen to sample

96Judy's Turn to Cry - Lesley Gore Listen to sample

97Mama Tried - Merle Haggard Listen to sample

98Love Child - Diana Ross and the Supremes Listen to sample

99Something in the Air - Thunderclap Newman Listen to sample

100Downtown - Petula Clark Listen to sample

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