Greatest Songs of the '60s

The Top Ten

1 Hey Jude - The Beatles

Too op to be a song

Yes! This is the best song from the best band of the 60’s, and the best band of all time.

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.

My version of this list is The same of my top 10 Beatles songs with Pinball Wizard and Good Times Bad Times- which I'm not sure if it was in sixties but I was born in 2001 so cut slack. Hey Jude, Something and Across The Universe should top the list.

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2 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! - Scot90230

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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3 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones

Has to be #1

Absolute great rock & rhythm song

Good song great beat satisfies me

Britney Spears covered it - playstationfan66

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4 Like 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 ] Bob originally made the song that was over 10 minutes, and then the producer(s) cut it down into around 7 minutes.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

I love this song! It has a good message - Ajkloth

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5 A Day in the Life - The Beatles

One of my favorites from The Beatles! - Misfire

Deserves #1. Honestly The Beatles could claim all 10 spots in this list but to keep it fair:

1. A Day In The Life - The Beatles
2. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles
3. I Can't Get No (Satisfaction) - The Rolling Stones
4. Mr. Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan
5. Happy Together - The Turtles
6. California Dreaming - The Mamas and the Papas
7. Light My Fire - The Doors
8. Like A Rolling Stones - Bob Dylan
9. Time Of The Season - The Zombies
10. God Only Knows - The Beach Boys - lachiemc

A Day in the Life tells a story. A one with Deeper meaning. The John Lennon parts are a dream while Paul's part is the waked state. Or the other way around? Its up to you that's what is so great about A Day In the Life, the song that defined the 60's from the band that defined the 60's.

How is Hey Jude higher, this song is a better song and in my opinion it’s the greatest song of all time

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6 Light My Fire - The Doors


Even if this song is before my time, its still a masterpiece.

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!

Innovative song for its time

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7 All Along the Watchtower - The Jimi Hendrix Experience

No one could do what Jimi Hendrix did with a guitar in the 1960s

Oh my gosh. The best. My life's heart-beat.

Good cover of a Dylan song - Billyv

Not only the best 60s song, the best song ever! - mswainyy

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8 Paint It Black - The Rolling Stones

Yes. This deserves to be in the top 10. - Misfire

This define 60's classic rock music

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9 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

So good it's almost beyond human comprehension.

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 - mneilan

Best example of The Stones at their best. Opening guitar rift blows you away.

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10 The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel

THE best harmonies humanity has ever produced.

I love to listen to Simon & Garfunkel I think they are great

Hello darkness my old friend...

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The Contenders

11 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

It’s kinda weird to be honest, but I still like it. - Misfire

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12 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

My favorite marvin gaye song

Already covered by Play (which was off their 2004 album, Don't Stop the Music). - playstationfan66

I love the music and lyrics of this song.

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13 Space Oddity - David Bowie

Fantastic Song, doesn't sound like a 60's song, a bit ahead of its time, and there are not enough popular songs with science fiction themes out there

This is great music.

Absolutely! Such a classic. - DaringXx

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15 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys

Probably my favorite Beatles song from "The Wall" album. Mick Jagger's vocals were great in this. - Misfire

Easily the best song of 60's and perhaps the best pop song every recorded.

One of the best bands of the 60's

Jesus this song should be top 5 at least, not 19th.

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16 My Generation - The Who

This is it. Ultimate song of rebellion.

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17 I'm a Believer - The Monkees

The demo version is amazing

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18 Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash


best song

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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19 Sympathy for the Devil - The Rolling Stones

Truly a great song.

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20 In My Life - Beatles

To my wife of 50 years says everything

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.

Maybe my favorite all time Beatles song!

Brings tears to he eyes

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21 California Dreamin - The Mamas and the Papas

Doesn't get any better than this.

By far, the best song of the 1960's

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22 Twist and Shout - The Beatles

Great song, The Beatles did the best version.

The best song of all times!

The spirit of early 60s

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23 The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

A classic blues rock anthem. Eric Burdon & Chas Chandler at their best!

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24 I 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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25 You Really Got Me - The Kinks

Don't lie guys we all know how good the kinks are.

Amazing riff and very catchy vocals- there's a reason that the entire genre of heavy metal stemmed from in large part this song.

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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26 Voodoo 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

The Best Hendrix Song - christangrant

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27 Sugar, Sugar - The Archies

Off the soundtrack to Now & Then (1995) - playstationfan66

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28 Wouldn't it Be Nice - The Beach Boys

Mother of George Martin, this is the second Beach Boys song on the list and still no God Only Knows!

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29 Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley

The A-Teens covered it. - playstationfan66

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31 White 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 - Lizzthaashizz

defined what the decade was all about, DRUGS! - tupacman42

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

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32 While My Guitar Gently Weeps - The Beatles

The best Beatles song of them all

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33 The 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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34 Happy Together - The Turtles

Its not the top ten. But it's a top hit!

This song deserves to be in the top 10! Really guys?

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36 Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows - Lesley Gore UListen to Sample
37 Here Comes the Sun - The Beatles UListen to Sample
38 Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds UListen to Sample
39 Yesterday - The Beatles

the "superstar" song of the 1960's - MatrixGuy

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40 Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
41 Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix

Couldn't be a better guitar player!

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42 River Deep, Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner UListen to Sample
43 Piece of My Heart - Janis Joplin UListen to Sample
44 Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis UListen to Sample
45 Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

Covered by Billy Ray Cyrus. - playstationfan66

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46 Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Should be top ten. Also present day neatly refers to Trump with 3 key
funny points. 1) how Trump skipped the draft 2) how spoiled he is given millions by dad
3) when the tax man comes trump avoids it and pretends to be poor. Some other ones that are great anti Trump, anti politicians in general. A Great song in any era and upbeat energizing tune. It is on Forest Gump movie sound track with other good songs!

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47 Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf

Is awesome

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48 Fun Fun Fun - Beach Boys

I love this SO much I can't believe it's number40!

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50 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

Fuzzy guitar riff is sweet.

Cream was a great band!

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1. Twist and Shout - The Beatles
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3. Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
1. I've Told Ev'ry Little Star - Linda Scott
2. You Only Live Twice - Nancy Sinatra
3. Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
1. California Dreamin - The Mamas and the Papas
2. Light My Fire - The Doors
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