Most Iconic 60s Songs

A much tougher list to compile, I've found. I've left out a LOT of great songs you're welcome to add yourselves. For starters, I tried to limit things to one song per artist, or else this would be full of Beatles, Creedence, and Beach Boys songs.

The Top Ten

1 Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival

I personally prefer "Proud Mary", but this is by far the more iconic Creedence song of the late 60s. - truckturner

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2 With A Little Help From My Friends - Joe Cocker

There's a reason why this 1969 classic features as the theme song to "The Wonder Years". It's THE song of the late 60s. The Beatles version just doesn't compare. - truckturner

I will say you are one of the few people who prefer this version. - Stalin

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3 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones UListen to Sample
4 Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

My favourite Beatles song, I'll openly confess to bias here. Feel free to add others if you feel they're more iconic. - truckturner

I love this song! It's probably my favorite from them, too! - Misfire

Very awesome song.

It’s a very relaxing song with a great melody. - Userguy44

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5 Stand By Me - Ben E. King

The film is set in 1959, the song was released in 1961-2, oddly enough. - truckturner

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6 California Dreamin' (Single) - The Mamas & The Papas

This one takes me back to the 60s in an instant...and I was born in 1980. - truckturner

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7 Hey Jude - The Beatles UListen to Sample
8 For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield

This had to be here, even if it's not a personal favourite of mine particularly. Some might even rank it #1. - truckturner

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9 God Only Knows - The Beach Boys

It's The Beach Boys. It's Pet Sounds. It's the late 60s. It's poetry set to music. - truckturner

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10 Happy Together - The Turtles

From the era that gave you The Beatles, The Kinks, The Byrds, etc. Beautiful song. - truckturner

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The Contenders

11 Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley


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12 Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel

Stunningly beautiful, haunting song. - truckturner

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13 Please Please Me - The Beatles

One of my favourite Beatles songs, underrated album too. - truckturner

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14 What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong UListen to Sample
15 Light My Fire - The Doors

I struggled to find room for this on the list, so I'm glad someone added it even if it's probably my fourth or fifth favourite Doors song. - truckturner

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16 Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones

Any 60s Stones song probably deserves a mention, I settled on this one. - truckturner

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17 My Girl - The Temptations UListen to Sample
18 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream

Glad someone added this, deserves to be a bit higher for sure. - truckturner

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19 I'm a Believer - The Monkees UListen to Sample
20 Yesterday - The Beatles

Oh yes, this is my fave Beatles song! - Userguy44

I added more songs. lol - Misfire

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21 My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small UListen to Sample
22 My Generation - The Who UListen to Sample
23 Like a Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan UListen to Sample
24 Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys UListen to Sample
25 All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks

Great, iconic rock song. - truckturner

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26 Twist and Shout - The Beatles

Definitely an iconic 60s Beatles song. - truckturner

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27 In-A-gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly UListen to Sample
28 Baby Love - The Supremes UListen to Sample
29 I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye UListen to Sample
30 Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds UListen to Sample
31 The Twist - Chubby Checker

Only song in history to hit #1, and then hit #1 again two years later.

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32 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin UListen to Sample
33 Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones

One of my favourite Stones songs. - truckturner

I think I found a new favorite song! I knew this song before but I didn’t appreciate it as much as I do now. ❤️ - Misfire

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34 Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell UListen to Sample
35 I Want You Back - Jackson 5 UListen to Sample
36 Standing in the Shadows of Love - The Four Tops UListen to Sample
37 Strangers in the Night - Frank Sinatra UListen to Sample
38 Good Lovin' - The Young Rascals UListen to Sample
39 Bus Stop - The Hollies UListen to Sample
40 Somebody to Love - Jefferson Airplane UListen to Sample
41 Evil Ways - Santana UListen to Sample
42 Cinnamon Girl - Neil Young UListen to Sample
43 Suite: Judy Blue Eyes - Crosby, Stills & Nash UListen to Sample
44 Heroin - The Velvet Underground UListen to Sample
45 Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan

He had a couple other significant songs in the '60s as well - Billyv

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46 Suzanne - Leonard Cohen UListen to Sample
47 Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul & Mary UListen to Sample
48 Get Together - The Youngbloods UListen to Sample
49 So Much in Love - The Tymes UListen to Sample
50 Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes UListen to Sample
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1. Hey Jude - The Beatles
2. Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
3. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
1. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
2. Please Please Me - The Beatles
3. Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival
1. Hey Jude - The Beatles
2. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
3. Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles

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