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.

Yes, visitor. I agree. I saw a documentary about history of metal. there some musicians said, when you got nothing, a heavy riff is everything to start. - zxm

2 My Generation - The Who
3 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.

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

This is my absolute #1 from the 60s. - Metal_Treasure

5 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?

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

The Contenders

11 Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
12 Sympathy for the Devil - Rolling Stones
13 Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks
14 Lola - The Kinks
15 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.

16 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.)

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

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

19 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

20 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

21 Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin

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

22 You Got What It Takes - The Dave Clark Five
23 I Can See for Miles - The Who
24 Magic Bus - The Who
25 Don't Let Me Down - The Beatles
26 I Put a Spell on You - Arthur Brown

A cover much better than the original (apologies to Sceamin' Jay).

27 Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
28 We Gotta Get Out of This Place - The Animals
29 Time of the Season - The Zombies
30 Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones

Original title was Woman, not "Women."

31 With a Girl Like You - The Troggs
32 The Lemon Song - Led Zeppelin
33 For Your Love - The Yardbirds

The song that led Eric Clapton to leave the group, thinking it was too much commercial pop rock in opposition with the group's blues roots. I think it's a fun song, sounding exactly what I imagine the Swinging London must have sounded like, along with the other legends listed here - Lotuscandy

34 White Room - Cream
35 Love is All Around - The Troggs
36 I'm Not Like Everybody Else - The Kinks

The song was written by Ray Davies (from The Kinks) for The Animals, but it was turned down, so the Kinks released their own version - Lotuscandy

37 Painter Man - The Creation
38 I'm Rowed Out - The Eyes
39 Leaving Here - The Birds
40 Magic Potion - The Open Mind
41 Do Anything You Say - David Bowie
42 Circles - Les Fleur de Lys
43 My Friend Jack - The Smoke
44 Making Time - The Creation
45 Oh Mary - The Primitives
46 She's Got Everything - The Kinks
47 Garden of My Mind - The Mickey Finn
48 Wave the Flag and Stop the Train - The Move
49 Gong with the Luminous Nose - Les Fleur de Lys
50 I Need Love - The Dave Clark Five
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