Top 200 songs of the 1960’s decade

What were you doing when Greenfields by The Brothers Four was reigning at number one for its fourth week?  It’s time for the top tunes of the 1960’s. But first, I reposted the earlier top songs pages, adding 100 more songs! This time, let’s go straight to the top 200! Look at this. An instrumental at number one for the decade.

1. The Theme From
A Summer Place
Percy Faith And His Orchestra
2. Sugar Shack Jimmy Gilmer And The Fireballs

Mbube, Wimoweh, and now The Lion Sleeps Tonight was an African classic. Here’s The Tokens doing it live.

3. The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Tokens
4. Will You Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles
5. I Want To Hold Your Hand The Beatles

It was 1964. The Beatles invaded the charts and would have held the top song position for an incredible 17 weeks straight. But old-timer Louis Armstrong was not finished. His version of Hello, Dolly stole two of those weeks right in the middle, leaving The Beatles with 15 weeks in a stretch of nine weeks, then a stretch of seven weeks.

6. Hello, Dolly! Louis Armstrong And
The All Stars
7. Sugar, Sugar The Archies
8. Sherry The 4 Seasons
9. Hey Jude The Beatles
10. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction The Rolling Stones
11. Tossin’ And Turnin’ Bobby Lewis
12. Come See About Me The Supremes
13. Honky Tonk Women The Rolling Stones
14. The Twist (1961) Chubby Checker
15. I Can’t Stop Loving You Ray Charles
16. Where Did Our Love Go The Supremes
17. Are You Lonesome To-night? Elvis Presley
18. Groovin’ The Young Rascals
19. Downtown Petula Clark
20. Happy Together The Turtles
21. She Loves You The Beatles
22. Reach Out I’ll Be There The Four Tops
23. Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel
24. Louie Louie The Kingsmen
25. Honey Bobby Goldsboro
26. Walk Like A Man The 4 Seasons
27. I Can’t Help Myself
(Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
The Four Tops
28. To Sir With Love Lulu
29. Big Girls Don’t Cry The 4 Seasons
30. Travelin’ Man Ricky Nelson
31. Runaround Sue Dion
32. It’s Now Or Never Elvis Presley
33. I’m A Believer The Monkees
34. My Boyfriend’s Back The Angels
35. The Twist (1960) Chubby Checker
36. People Got To Be Free The Rascals
37. Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
38. Hey Paula Paul And Paula
39. This Guy’s In Love With You Herb Alpert
40. Those Were The Days Mary Hopkin
41. Yesterday The Beatles
42. Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles
43. If You Wanna Be Happy Jimmy Soul
44. Hello Goodbye The Beatles
45. Be My Baby The Ronettes
46. Michael The Highwaymen
47. Greenfields The Brothers Four
48. I Heard It Through
The Grapevine
Gladys Knight & The Pips
49. Cathy’s Clown The Everly Brothers
50. Do You Love Me
(Now That I Can Dance)
The Contours
51. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You Frankie Valli
52. Dominique The Singing Nun
53. The Letter The Box Tops
54. Paperback Writer The Beatles
55. Peppermint Twist – Part I Joey Dee & The Starliters
56. Get Back The Beatles With Billy Preston
57. Baby Love The Supremes
58. Born Free Roger Williams
59. I Heard It Through
The Grapevine
Marvin Gaye
60. Somethin’ Stupid Nancy Sinatra & Frank Sinatra
61. The Ballad Of The Green Berets SSgt Barry Sadler
62. Can’t Help Falling In Love Elvis Presley
63. Duke Of Earl Gene Chandler
64. Ode To Billie Joe Bobbie Gentry
65. Everyday People Sly & The Family Stone
66. Big Bad John Jimmy Dean
67. Spinning Wheel Blood, Sweat & Tears
68. Expressway (To Your Heart) The Soul Survivors
69. Pony Time Chubby Checker
70. Incense And Peppermints Strawberry Alarm Clock
71. Wonderland By Night Bert Kaempfert
And His Orchestra
72. Blue Velvet Bobby Vinton
73. The Loco-Motion Little Eva
74. Quarter To Three Gary U.S. Bonds
75. Good Luck Charm Elvis Presley
76. Mashed Potato Time Dee Dee Sharp
77. We Can Work It Out The Beatles
78. Hey! Baby Bruce Channel
79. Do Wah Diddy Diddy Manfred Mann
80. Last Train To Clarksville The Monkees
81. Wooly Bully Sam The Sham
And The Pharoahs
82. Kind Of A Drag The Buckinghams
83. You Keep Me Hangin’ On The Supremes
84. Rag Doll The 4 Seasons
85. Exodus Ferrante & Teicher
86. (Sittin’ On)
The Dock Of The Bay
Otis Redding
87. Daydream Believer The Monkees
88. Go Away Little Girl Steve Lawrence
89. Woman, Woman The Union Gap Featuring
Gary Puckett
90. I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher
91. Roses Are Red (My Love) Bobby Vinton
92. Johnny Angel Shelley Fabares
93. There! I’ve Said It Again Bobby Vinton
94. Everybody Loves Somebody Dean Martin
95. Windy The Association
96. Medley: Aquarius/Let The
Sunshine In
(The Flesh Failures)
The 5th Dimension
97. Hair The Cowsills
98. Stop! In The Name Of Love The Supremes
99. Mr. Lonely Bobby Vinton
100. Return To Sender Elvis Presley
101. So Much In Love The Tymes
102. Hooked On A Feeling B.J. Thomas
103. Georgy Girl The Seekers
104. Tell Him The Exciters
105. Runaway Del Shannon
106. Running Bear Johnny Preston
107. There’s A Moon Out Tonight The Capris
108. Cherish The Association
109. I’m Sorry Brenda Lee
110. Pretty Little Angel Eyes Curtis Lee
111. (You’re My)
Soul And Inspiration
The Righteous Brothers
112. My Guy Mary Wells
113. Limbo Rock Chubby Checker
114. Wedding Bell Blues The 5th Dimension
115. I Will Follow Him Little Peggy March
116. Come Together The Beatles
117. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ The Righteous Brothers
118. Summer In The City The Lovin’ Spoonful
119. Harper Valley P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
120. Mr. Tambourine Man The Byrds
121. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season) The Byrds
122. Sounds Of Silence Simon & Garfunkel
123. Build Me Up Buttercup The Foundations
124. Save The Last Dance For Me The Drifters
125. Young Girl The Union Gap
Featuring Gary Puckett
126. Ruby Tuesday The Rolling Stones
127. Do You Want To Know A Secret The Beatles
128. Winchester Cathedral The New Vaudeville Band
129. He’s A Rebel The Crystals
130. The Rain, The Park & Other Things The Cowsills
131. A Taste Of Honey Herb Alpert & The
Tijuana Brass
132. Love Is Blue (L’amour Est Bleu) Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra
133. Love Is Here And Now
You’re Gone
Diana Ross And The Supremes
134. Fingertips – Pt. 2 Little Stevie Wonder
135. Mother-In-Law Ernie K-Doe
136. Bobby’s Girl Marcie Blane
137. I Can’t Get Next To You The Temptations
138. I Want To Be Wanted
(Per Tutta La Vita)
Brenda Lee
139. Love Child Diana Ross And The Supremes
140. Teen Angel Mark Dinning
141. Stuck On You Elvis Presley
142. Soldier Boy The Shirelles
143. Tighten Up Archie Bell & The Drells
144. Let’s Hang On! The 4 Seasons

Can’t Buy Me Love was number one in April, 1964, when The Beatles did it — took the entire top four Pop Top 20 positions. There’s a feat that hasn’t been repeated.

145. Can’t Buy Me Love The Beatles
146. I Hear A Symphony The Supremes
147. When A Man Loves A Woman Percy Sledge
148. Hello, I Love You The Doors
149. Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes
150. Soul Man Sam & Dave
151. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) John Fred & His Playboy Band
152. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Brian Hyland
153. Someday We’ll Be Together Diana Ross And The Supremes
154. It’s My Party Lesley Gore
155. Alley-Oop Hollywood Argyles
156. 1-2-3 Len Barry
157. Good Lovin’ The Young Rascals
158. Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron The Royal Guardsmen
159. Why Frankie Avalon
160. Na Na Hey Hey
Kiss Him Goodbye
161. Dizzy Tommy Roe
162. Our Day Will Come Ruby And The Romantics
163. I Feel Fine The Beatles
164. She’s Not There The Zombies
165. The Happening The Supremes
166. Eight Days A Week The Beatles
167. Leaving On A Jet Plane Peter, Paul & Mary
168. In The Year 2525
(Exordium & Terminus)
Zager & Evans
169. Chain Of Fools Aretha Franklin
170. Wild Thing The Troggs
171. Handy Man Jimmy Jones
172. A Thousand Stars Kathy Young With
The Innocents
173. He’ll Have To Go Jim Reeves
174. Strangers In The Night Frank Sinatra
175. Green Tambourine The Lemon Pipers
176. Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles
177. I Get Around The Beach Boys
178. Sukiyaki Kyu Sakamoto
179. Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter Herman’s Hermits
180. I’m Leaving It Up To You Dale & Grace
181. Help Me, Rhonda The Beach Boys
182. The Good, The Bad
And The Ugly
Hugo Montenegro
183. Deep Purple Nino Tempo & April Stevens
184. Suspicious Minds Elvis Presley
185. Take Good Care Of My Baby Bobby Vee
186. Twist And Shout The Beatles
187. Get Off Of My Cloud The Rolling Stones
188. The House Of The Rising Sun The Animals
189. Lightnin’ Strikes Lou Christie
190. Oh, Pretty Woman Roy Orbison And
The Candy Men
191. That’s Life Frank Sinatra
192. Ronnie The 4 Seasons
193. Something The Beatles
194. Only The Lonely
(Know The Way I Feel)
Roy Orbison
195. Last Date Floyd Cramer
196. A Whiter Shade Of Pale Procol Harum
197. Devil With A Blue Dress On &
Good Golly Miss Molly
Mitch Ryder And
The Detroit Wheels
198. You Can’t Hurry Love The Supremes
199. Time Of The Season The Zombies
200. Worst That Could Happen Brooklyn Bridge

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