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The 100 Greatest Songs of the 1960s

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The 1960s were a rich era in popular music and one could easily list 500 outstanding songs from that decade.  Bob Dylan and The Beatles created musical templates that others have followed ever since, while Stax, Motown, and Muscle Shoals provided ample competition against the British invasion.  Don’t be L7, crank up this list and dance until a quarter to three.

100.  “Help!,” The Beatles (1965)

99.  “Stand by Your Man,” Tammy Wynette (1968)

98.  “Blowin’ in the Wind,” Bob Dylan (1963)

97.  “Travelin’ Man,” Ricky Nelson (1961)

96.  “I Can See for Miles,” The Who (1967)

95.  “19th Nervous Breakdown,” The Rolling Stones (1966)

94.  “Purple Haze,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)

93.  “Just a Little Lovin’,” Dusty Sprinfield (1969)

92.  “California Sun,” The Rivieras (1964)

91.  “Quarter to Three,” Gary “U.S.” Bonds (1961)

90.  “I Fall to Pieces,” Patsy Cline (1961)

89.  “Bad Moon Rising,” Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

88.  “Mother’s Little Helper,” Rolling Stones (1966)

87.  “The Letter,” Box Tops (1967)

86.  “I Got You (I Feel Good),” James Brown (1965)

85.  “Twisting the Night Away,” Sam Cooke (1962)

84.  “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley (1961)

83.  “Stay,” Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs (1960)

82.  “I’m Waiting for the Man,” Velvet Underground (1967)

81.  “Let It Rock,” Chuck Berry (1960)

80.  “Highway 61 Revisited,” Bob Dylan (1965)

79.  “For What It’s Worth,” Buffalo Springfield (1967)

78.  “Are You Experienced?,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1967)

77.  “Louie Louie,” The Kingsmen (1963)

76.  “The Wanderer,” Dion (1961)

75.  “Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” Elvis Presley (1960)

74.  “Cathy’s Clown,” The Everly Brothers (1960)

73.  “Mr. Tambourine Man,” The Byrds (1965)

72.  “Good Lovin’,” Young Rascals (1966)

71.  “Yesterday,” Beatles (1965)

70.  “So You Want To Be A Rock ‘N’ Roll Star,” The Byrds  (1967)

69.  “Daydream Believer,” The Monkees (1967)

68.  “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” The Temptations (1966)

67.  “Think,” James Brown (1960)

66.  “Break On Through (To the Other Side),” The Doors (1967)

65.  “Ode to Billy Joe,” Bobbie Gentry (1967)

64.  “When A Man Loves A Woman,” Percy Sledge (1966)

63.  “Heroin,” Velvet Underground (1967)

62.  “Light My Fire,” Doors (1967)

61.  “Down By the River,” Neil Young (1969)

60.  “Arnold Layne,” Pink Floyd (1967)

59.  “96 Tears,” Question Mark and the Mysterians (1966)

58.  “Do You Believe in Magic,” The Lovin’Spoonful (1965)

57.  “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” The Beach Boys (1966)

56.  “Nowhere To Run,” Martha & the Vandellas (1965)

55.  “A Change is Gonna Come,” Sam Cooke (1964)

54.  “Friday on My Mind,” The Easybeats (1967)

53.  “People Get Ready,” The Impressions (1965)

52.  “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down,” The Band (1969)

51.  “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell (1967)

50.  “Hold On, I’m Coming,” Sam and Dave (1966)

49.  “The Kids Are Alright,” The Who (1966)

48.  “Eleanor Rigby,” The Beatles (1966)

47.  “Space Oddity,” David Bowie (1969)

46.  “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag,” James Brown (1965)

45.  “Eight Miles High,” The Byrds (1966)

44.  “California Dreamin’,” The Mamas & the Papas (1965)

43.  “You Really Got Me,” The Kinks (1964)

42.  “I Saw Her Standing There,” The Beatles (1963)

41.  “Twist and Shout,”  Beatles (1964)

40.  “Fortunate Son,” Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

39.  “My Generation,” The Who (1965)

38.  “Respect,” Aretha Franklin (1967)

37.  “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay,” Otis Redding (1968)

36.  “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” The Righteous Brothers (1964)

35.  “Wooly Bully,” Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs (1965)

34.  “Don’t Worry Baby,” The Beach Boys (1964)

33.  “Try A Little Tenderness,” Otis Redding (1966)

32.  “Bring It On Home to Me,” Sam Cooke (1962)

31.  “Be My Baby,” The Ronettes (1963)

30.  “Runaway,” Del Shannon (1961)

29.  “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” The Shirelles (1960)

28.  “All Day And All Of The Night,”  The Kinks (1964)

27.  “Wichita Lineman,” Glen Campbell (1968)

26.  “Under My Thumb,”  The Rolling Stones (1966)

25.  “Subterranean Homesick Blues,” Bob Dylan (1965)

24.  “Save the Last Dance for Me,” The Drifters (1960)

23.  “Crying,” Roy Orbison (1961)

22.  “Knock on Wood,” Eddie Floyd (1966)

21.  “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” The Beatles (1963)

20.  “Runaround Sue,” Dion (1961)

19.  “God Only Knows,” The Beach Boys (1969)

18.  “Georgia on My Mind,” Ray Charles (1960)

17.  “The Tracks of My Tears,”  The Miracles (1965)

16.  “Ticket To Ride,” The Beatles (1965)

15.  “At Last,” Etta James (1961)

14.  “She Loves You,” The Beatles (1963)

13.  “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,”  The Rolling Stones (1965)

12.  “(You May Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” Aretha Franklin (1967)

11.  “I Heard It Through The Grapevine,” Marvin Gaye (1968)

10.  “Paint It, Black,” The Rolling Stones (1966)

9.  “Like A Rolling Stone,” Bob Dylan (1965)

8.  “Stand by Me, Ben E. King (1961)

7.  “Good Vibrations,” The Beach Boys (1966)

6.  “In the Midnight Hour,” Wilson Pickett (1965)

5.  “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” The Rolling Stones (1968)

4.  “A Day in The Life,” The Beatles (1967)

3.  “All Along the Watchtower,” The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1968)

2.  “Waterloo Sunset,” The Kinks (1967)

1.  “Gimme Shelter,” The Rolling Stones (1969)

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