Top Ten Most Decade Defining Songs of the 1960s

The Top Ten

1 Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones
2 A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles

Great word play by John!

3 You Really Got Me - The Kinks
4 Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
5 My Generation - The Who

The sixties generation. The decade of decades. Never such a decade before or since. - Britgirl

A song about a generation which defined the generation! - Songsta41

6 Positively 4th Street - Bob Dylan
7 All You Need is Love - The Beatles
8 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
9 Blowin In the Wind - Bob Dylan
10 Light My Fire - The Doors

The Contenders

11 California Dreamin' - The Mamas and the Papas
12 I'm a Believer - The Monkees
13 Hey Jude - The Beatles
14 Get Together - The Youngbloods
15 Baby Love - The Supremes
16 Abraham, Martin and John - Dion
17 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
18 I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles
19 I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
20 Nights In White Satin - The Moody Blues
21 Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones
22 In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly
23 For Your Love - The Yardbirds

Very good, but not the best here, and not even the best from the Yardbirds.

Best song on here - Billyv

24 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
25 The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
26 San Francisco - Scott McKenzie

Ahh... hippy-drenched San Francisco. What's not to love about this decade.

27 Space Oddity - David Bowie

Great song, but not defining of the 60's by any means.
Received zero airplay in the USA when it was released very late in 1969, which was even too late for any impact in the UK before 1970 arrived.
Americans were finally exposed to it in 1973, when it entered the charts and reached a respectable #15 on the Billboard 100.

28 A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum
29 She Loves You - The Beatles
30 My Back Pages - Bob Dylan
31 Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Bob Dylan
32 Rainy Day Women #12 and 35 - Bob Dylan
33 Yesterday - The Beatles
34 For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
35 Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane
36 Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds
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