Top 30 Songs Of The 1960s

Created on 3 November 2018

Top 30 Songs Of The 1960s

 

Some time ago, our founder Neil Butler was talked into presenting a few top 30’s on his then Radio Ga Ga radio program. They were lost when the web site was closed down a few years back and so, it’s time to resurrect the idea, starting off with Neil’s Top 30 Songs of the 1960’s.

 

Let us be very clear – this is so incredibly difficult to do, given the amazing array of wonderful music that was recorded during the 1960’s but he’s done it. It is very much HIS OPINION – there’ll be some songs in the list that will surprise you and others that will surprise you by NOT being there. The key criterion is that, unless the song is quite a stand-out song, it will have charted nationally at some stage during the 1960’s – at this stage, there are only two songs in the countdown that charted in Melbourne but not on the national charts.

 

Let us tell you how much work went into this – plenty. To start with, there is a trawling through our favourite reference book for such matters – The Book: Top 40 Research by Steven Scanes and Jim Barnes – identifying candidates, with Neil being ruthless as he went through. In the end he brought it down to 40 and to be fair to numbers 31-40, we’re going to list the ten that didn’t quite make it – interestingly, five of those songs arrived in the charts within a seven month period in 1968.

 

  • * Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley – 3 December 1960
  • * Downtown – Petula Clark – 6 January 1965
  • * You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me – Dusty Springfield – 11 May 1966
  • * Georgy Girl – The Seekers – 1 February 1967
  • * Different Drum – The Stone Poneys – 20 December 1967
  • * The Mighty Quinn – Manfred Mann – 28 February 1968
  • * To Sir With Love – Lulu – 20 March 1968
  • * Young Girl – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap – 3 April 1968
  • * Help Yourself – Tom Jones – 7 August 1968
  • * Hey Jude – The Beatles – 25 September 1968

 

You are able to purchase each individual track through iTunes by clicking on the cart icon on each track listing. You can also listen to the entire Top 30 on Spotify (including the ten that missed out but minus The Star by Ross D Wyllie – it is isn’t available in Spotify) by clicking on the button below.

 

 

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    The Real Thing

    Russell Morris

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    Something

    The Beatles

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    Whiter Shade Of Pale

    Procol Harum

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    San Francisco

    Scott McKenzie

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    God Only Knows

    The Beach Boys

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    The Sound Of Silence

    Simon & Garfunkel

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    Yesterday

    The Beatles

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    I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself

    Dusty Springfield

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    Over The Rainbow

    Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs

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    The Star

    Ross D. Wyllie

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    Strawberry Fields Forever

    The Beatles

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    The Days Of Pearly Spencer

    David McWilliams

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    Living In A Child's Dream

    Masters Apprentices

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    A Lover's Concerto

    The Toys

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    You've Lost That Loving Feeling

    The Righteous Brothers

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    The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

    Walker Brothers

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    Suspicious Minds

    Elvis Presley

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    The Carnival Is Over

    The Seekers

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    I Am The Walrus

    The Beatles

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    (Just Like) Romeo & Juliet

    The Reflections

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    Come A Little Bit Closer

    Jay & The Americans

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    Sweet Caroline

    Neil Diamond

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    I Can't Stop Loving You

    Ray Charles

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    The Rain, The Park and Other Things

    The Cowsills

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    The Last Waltz

    Engelbert Humperdinck

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    Penny Lane

    The Beatles

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    All Along The Watchtower

    Jimi Hendrix

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    Red Rubber Ball

    The Cyrkle

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    Fox On The Run

    Manfred Mann

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    Volare

    Bobby Rydell

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