Best Rock Songs of the 60s from English Artists

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1You Really Got Me - The Kinks

A speed up Blues riff. For 1964 pretty heavy. Hard rock riffs begins here.

2My Generation - The Who
3Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

Every now and again, a band will hit
upon a progression that can't help but drive itself. Every other now and then, a band will assemble a piece that is particularly yet inexplicably haunting. This was both, with the added icing of the 30-or-so seconds that made Merry Clayton famous.

4Hey Jude - The Beatles

Need a judgement call from the list maker: Jimi Hendrix Experience; Mitchell and Redding were Brits; first two albums were cut in England, and band became popular there before in US. What say you?

5(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling StonesV1 Comment
6House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
7April - Deep Purple
8Yesterday - The Beatles

Had it been up to McCartney, this song would have been played at dirge tempo, and would have been just Paul solo, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. George Martin (RIP genius) convinced him to speed it up, and added the strings and woodwinds.

9Astronomy Domine - Pink Floyd
10Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones

The Contenders

11Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
12Space Oddity - David Bowie

Gotta say, never liked Bowie much. Too weird. Thought "Fame" was his best work. Found out later that Lennon wrote it. Then it made sense.

13Twist and Shout - The Beatles

Better than the " Isley Brothers "? You're crazy!

While this is a cover, like so many of the Beatles' covers in the earlier days, it's better than the original. (Apologies to the Isleys.)

14Heart Full of Soul - The Yardbirds
15Shakin' All Over - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates

This song has been covered by many artists but that's the original from 1960 - Lotuscandy

16Wild Thing - The Troggs

I always thought it was their song, have just read that it was a cover... never mind, it's the most well known version anyway! - Lotuscandy

17All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks

The fact that "You Really Got Me" is #1 was already a good sign, just wanted to add this one - Lotuscandy

18Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

Ah, yes! My favourite on this list. - Britgirl

19Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
20You Got What It Takes - The Dave Clark Five
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1. Hey Jude - The Beatles
2. Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
3. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
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3. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
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