Best Rock Songs of the 60s from English Artists


The Top Ten

1 You Really Got Me - The Kinks

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

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2 My Generation - The Who
3 Hey 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?

4 Gimme 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.

5 (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones V 1 Comment
6 House of the Rising Sun - The Animals
7 April - Deep Purple
8 Yesterday - 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.

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

The Newcomers

? The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin

The Contenders

11 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
12 Space 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.

13 Twist 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.)

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

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

16 Wild 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

17 All 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

18 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

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

19 Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
20 You Got What It Takes - The Dave Clark Five
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Top Remixes

1. Hey Jude - The Beatles
2. Gimme Shelter - The Rolling Stones
3. You Really Got Me - The Kinks
1. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
2. My Generation - The Who
3. You Really Got Me - The Kinks



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