[Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

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[Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby DaveC » Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:45 am

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[150] The Tornados | Telstar | 496.7 pts
AM rank : 624
AM 1960s rank : 170
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1962 poll : 12

Highest rank: DaveC(66)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(140), Dan(150), Henrik(145), Honorio(136), Listyguy(149), MaschineMan(139/139), Miguel(149)

MaschineMan: Something had to get last place.

Rob: Of all the instrumentals in this list (but not counting the movie tracks or the jazz numbers), this sounds like the most individualistic piece. Perhaps because it has the most original instrumentation and a slightly futuristic sound to it. Not wholly modern anymore perhaps, but still with the power to capture the imagination that creates space travels in your head.




[149] Ray Charles | I Can't Stop Loving You | 503.2 pts
AM rank : 1001
AM 1960s rank : 251
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1962 poll : 13

Highest rank: Rob(48)
Not Fans: BleuPanda(146), Brad(149), Craig(107/117), DaveC(141), Harold(138), Honorio(148), sonofsamiam(142)

Rob: One of those songs that shouldn’t work for me, but does. It is overwrought, it has an unsubtle use of child background singers and is incredibly sentimental. Yet it is actually my favourite Ray Charles song. It moves me. Somehow Charles’ voice and even the kids sell the sentiment to me. Also, the use of this song in the otherwise unremarkable anime film Metropolis is truly great.




[148] Sonny Boy Williamson | Help Me | 505.2 pts
AM rank : 2524
AM 1960s rank : 506
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1963 poll : 17

Highest rank: CharlieDriggs(52)
Not Fans: BangJan(148), BleuPanda(147), bonnielaurel(137), Brad(145), Bruno(148), Henry(140), Honorio(140), luney6(146), RedAnt(137), Rob(136)

Rob: Help me, I never really felt the blues. It is not the fault of Sonny Boy Williamson II or anyone else. It’s just me. Help Me is probably a fine example of the genre and I’m glad to see something like this have representation on the list. But it just isn’t for me, no matter how fine the performance is.



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[147] Otis Redding | These Arms of Mine | 508.4 pts
AM rank : 5603
AM 1960s rank : 984
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1962 poll : 9

Highest rank: Bruno(45)
Not Fans: BangJan(139), BleuPanda(142), Harold(144), Henry(136), luney6(136)

Rob: Although These Arms of Mine wouldn’t be my choice for best Otis Redding song it is still a good love song that benefits from perhaps my favourite voice of the genre. Redding’s voice is rougher, more characteristic than anyone else in the genre and he seemed to be able to make anything interesting. Musically it is perhaps too conventional to really impress me, but Redding himself is always worth your time.




[146] Little Eva | The Loco-Motion | 514.6 pts
AM rank : 521
AM 1960s rank : 150
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 96
Position in 1962 poll : 10

Highest rank: Miguel(60)
Not Fans: Craig(106/117), Dan(136), luney6(142), Rob(149), sonofsamiam(144), Zombeels(113/122)

MaschineMan: I think this song needs to make a comeback, in the form of a cover by an upcoming pop sensation, it's long over-due.

Rob: One of my least favourite songs of this list. It’s a good pop song that just begs to be done better. Eva herself has a wacky voice that has some appeal, but seems wrongly used here. Worse are the background singers that somehow just don’t seem to be into it all that much and they force their voice to go higher than desirable. The whole things feels a bit stilted which holds the desire to dance back.



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[145] Sam Cooke | Cupid | 515.8 pts
AM rank : 1347
AM 1960s rank : 315
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1961 poll : 10

Highest rank: Miguel(54)
Not Fans: BangJan(136), Craig(117/117), Harold(140), Honorio(143), MaschineMan(135/139)

Rob: Cupid is a small miracle in that it is the type of song I usually probably wouldn’t be able to stand. It takes a mayor talent to make it work and although I wouldn’t call it my favourite song of Cooke, it shows his strengths the best. The song is silly on paper, but Cooke has a subtlety and an honesty in his voice that sells the whole deal.



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[144] Jacques Brel | Les Paumés du petit matin | 520.5 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1962 poll : 14

Fans: Honorio(14)
Not Fans: BangJan(150), BleuPanda(149), Bruno(145), Harold(150), Henrik(149), JamieW(147), Listyguy(139), RedAnt(148)

Honorio: Jacques' portrait of the early-morning lost souls filled by [i]tendresse (tenderness), the ones with livers ripped up by love.[/i]




[143] The Ventures | Walk - Don't Run | 537.2 pts
AM rank : 1138
AM 1960s rank : 279
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 100
Position in 1960 poll : 16

Highest rank: CharlieDriggs(33)
Not Fans: Craig(108/117), Honorio(146), MaschineMan(136/139)

Rob: So yeah, here is Walk – Don’t Run. Good on The Ventures I guess. Don’t get me wrong, I like this song. It’s definitely not the worst song on this list, but it feels as the least essential, profiting from the wild card position and the spread love on many 1969 classics that now miss the boat. It’s a fine instrumental, but does it anywhere feel as vital as Apache, Miserlou, The James Bond Theme, Telstar or even Pipeline? I think it doesn’t and I predict it will end up on spot 150 on the final list. When you read this you’ll know if I’m right.



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[142] The Beatles | Love Me Do | 547.4 pts
AM rank : 2114
AM 1960s rank : 430
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 97
Position in 1962 poll : 6

Highest rank: Dan(48)
Not Fans: BleuPanda(143), CharlieDriggs(137/146), Rob(139), sonofsamiam(150), Zombeels(121/122)

Rob: Like most early Beatle songs I don’t feel myself caring too much about Love Me Do, but I think the use of the harmonica makes it stand out favourably, so there is that.




[141] Sam Cooke | Chain Gang | 549 pts
AM rank : 2051
AM 1960s rank : 418
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1960 poll : 13

Highest rank: bonnielaurel(48)
Not Fans: BangJan(137), Dan(137), JamieW(141)

Rob: One of Cooke’s most enjoyable songs is also one of his most clever. Using the sound of men working on the chain gang to set the rhythm is a great find. Surely it is actually a sad subject and Cooke notices this, but it doesn’t get in the way of an almost funky song.




[140] The Drifters | Save The Last Dance For Me | 551.1 pts
AM rank : 627
AM 1960s rank : 171
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1960 poll : 10

Highest rank: JamieW(37)
Not Fans: CharlieDriggs(138/146), Craig(115/117), Dan(149)

Rob: The Drifters at their best had a run of songs that weren’t original so much, but somehow had a great flow to them, as well as very good singing by Ben E. King. Save the Last Dance is one of the best examples of this and therefore a welcome addition to this list.



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[139] The Everly Brothers | Cathy's Clown | 564.3 pts
AM rank : 354
AM 1960s rank : 117
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 93
Position in 1960 poll : 9

Highest rank: BleuPanda(43)
Not Fans: Craig(112/117), Harold(149), Henrik(137), Rob(145)

Rob: The Everly Brothers have influenced many of my favourite acts, including but not limited to Simon & Garfunkel, The Beach Boys and The Beatles. So why don’t I particular care for the Everlies themselves? I think that it’s not just that those later groups had better voices, but also more feeling and soul. I like the stomping sound of Cathy’s Clown somewhat, but the voices of the brothers just don’t do anything for me and they can’t really sell this song to me.



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[138] Henry Mancini | The Pink Panther Theme | 565.1 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1963 poll : 15

Highest rank: Miguel(37)
Not Fans: DaveC(137), Honorio(141), Zombeels(115/122)

Rob: One of the most easily recognizable movie themes ever. It’s not just very catchy, but it also captures the jazz era as well as the tone of the movie (comedy mixed with crime). I love how it sounds sneaky, suspicious and playful all at once.




[137] Howlin' Wolf | Spoonful | 566.2 pts
AM rank : 1188
AM 1960s rank : 287
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1960 poll : 8

Highest rank: DaveC(43)
Not Fans: Craig(114/117), Henry(147), luney6(144)

Rob: Yes, he sounds like how you’d imagine a wolf to sound: greedy, hungry and hoarse from howling at the Moon. He also brings his songs with the sense of fun that you’d imagine more from something like a fox. Howlin’ Wolf was really a one-of-a-kind artist and I doubt anyone else could have made Spoonful into something quite as memorable and captivating.




[136] John Coltrane | Giant Steps | 569 pts
AM rank : 2307
AM 1960s rank : 463
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1960 poll : 15

Highest rank: sonofsamiam(25)
Not Fans: DaveC(147), Henrik(144), Honorio(139), Miguel(144), RedAnt(140)

Rob: No, I don’t know jazz, but I know that Giant Steps is great. I don’t know where the title came from. Not from The Sound of Music at least. To me it sounds like smaller steps. Small steps, taken quickly in a wild, uninhibited dance. Every note by these musicians is so full of life that it’s hard to control your body enough to take giant steps. The title is the only fault here, though.



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[135] The Chantays | Pipeline | 570.5 pts
AM rank : 1297
AM 1960s rank : 305
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1962 poll : 8

Highest rank: JamieW(21)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(141), Dan(144), Honorio(150), Listyguy(144), Miguel(146)

Rob: Another one of those sixties instrumentals. I wouldn’t call this one a standout if you compare it with most others in this list, but it still very good and essential if you like this sort of music. And I do.




[134] John Coltrane | Olé | 570.9 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1961 poll : 12

Highest rank: sonofsamiam(45)
Not Fans: Brad(140), Miguel(136), RedAnt(146)

Rob: Maybe a bit long for the untrained jazz listener (me for example), but I like the wild improvised feeling. The whole thing sometimes seems on the verge of turning into a mess, but it never does. Instead it feels like Coltrane and his team are overtaken by some sudden force that almost compels them to play. Perhaps I’m just sprouting nonsense, but somehow Olé sounds slightly dangerous to me. It has grown on me over multiple listens and who knows, I might grasp it fully in the future.




[133] Gerry and the Pacemakers | You'll Never Walk Alone | 571.6 pts
AM rank : 4302
AM 1960s rank : 786
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 207
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1963 poll : 16

Fans: DaveC(1)
Not Fans: BleuPanda(141), Brad(148), Bruno(144), Harold(147), Henrik(148), Henry(139), Honorio(149), JamieW(137), Listyguy(143), MaschineMan(130/139), Miguel(147), sonofsamiam(137)

DaveC: Recorded by scores of famous artists, yet this is surely the definitive version thanks to Gerry Marsden's magnificent vocal.

Rob: From football stadiums to Pink Floyd albums, this song is everywhere. If you are Dutch like me, you probably have heard a guy named Lee Towers sing it one time too many. Yet, this recording still works. It is perhaps a song that is a bit obvious, but it hasn’t lost its power to lift you up.




[132] The Contours | Do You Love Me | 577.9 pts
AM rank : 1117
AM 1960s rank : 276
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1962 poll : 7

Highest rank: Dan(28)
Not Fans: Honorio(142)

Rob: Forever confused by me with the rather similar Twist & Shout by The Isley Brothers (and later of course The Beatles), but I slightly prefer this song by The Contours. Not only is it one of the last great examples of old time rock ‘n roll, it also scores extra points for the spoken word intro, which makes the following music sound even more exploding.



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[131] Bob Dylan | It Ain't Me Babe | 578.6 pts
AM rank : 3265
AM 1960s rank : 612
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 215
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1964 poll : 16

Highest rank: bonnielaurel(16)
Not Fans: BleuPanda(138), Honorio(138), JamieW(142), sonofsamiam(145)

Rob: Songs about losing love or actually not even attaining love are everywhere, but how many times do we hear a song from the perspective of someone putting a potential lover down? Here we have one. The song is harsh, but it is still beautifully sung and never manages to feel as cruel as it is. I wouldn’t advise anyone to use these words for turning someone down, but still we need songs that can capture the experience in poetic words.




[130] The Miracles | You've Really Got a Hold on Me | 591.5 pts
AM rank : 581
AM 1960s rank : 164
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1962 poll : 2

Highest rank: BleuPanda(20)
Not Fans: CharlieDriggs(140/146), Henrik(141), Rob(150)

Rob: I don’t really dislike any song on this list, but something has to be last and this one truly deserves it in my opinion. I’ve already once controversially said that Smokey Robinson is overrated as a songwriter and I stand by my word. You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me is proof for me. His lyrics are as standard as they come. As a singer he is completely out of his league, especially in a genre that at the time produced among others Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye or the Temptations (who delivered much better versions of his songs). Even The Miracles aren’t really all that great a background group. To my ears, this song is one among million similar ones and is instantly forgettable, even if it isn’t particularly bad.




[129] Jacques Brel | Ces gens-là | 596.6 pts
AM rank : Bubbling Under
AM 1960s rank : Bubbling Under
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1965 poll : 15

Highest rank: Henrik(29)
Not Fans: BangJan(138), Brad(147), Bruno(143), DaveC(144), RedAnt(139)

Rob: Outside of Bob Dylan, is anyone in music as natural a story-teller as Jacques Brel? I may not understand the words of Ces gens-la, but I feel drawn towards the speaker as is if he is telling a remarkable, personal story that simply needs to be heard. Translations have taught me that indeed the lyrics are great, but I don’t need to understand them to love this song. It’s the meaning that Brel has in his voice that is the biggest attraction.




[128] Jorge Ben | Mas, Que Nada! | 597.9 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1963 poll : 18

Fans: Henrik(15)
Not Fans: BangJan(149), BleuPanda(137), DaveC(143), Harold(141), RedAnt(142)

Rob: Before this poll I actually only knew this song from its hit cover by Sergio Mendez and The Black Eyed Peas some years back. Jorge Ben Jor’s version is quite calmer (and doesn’t future any rapping, or Black Eyed Peas). It is an elegant and catchy song with a sweet sound that requires a slow dance.




[127] The Crystals | Then He Kissed Me | 602.2 pts
AM rank : 819
AM 1960s rank : 210
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1963 poll : 14

Highest rank: sonofsamiam(17)
Not Fans: BleuPanda(144), Honorio(145)

Rob: Among my favourite discoveries of this poll. There seem to be a few versions around and I don’t know which the original is, but the one I found first gave something of a big beat (through the drums) that makes it an irresistible, hip shaking piece of love pop perfection.




[126] Ray Charles | Georgia On My Mind | 606.8 pts
AM rank : 324
AM 1960s rank : 113
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 183
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 87
Position in 1960 poll : 4

Fans: bonnielaurel(6)
Not Fans: DaveC(149), Henrik(136), luney6(140), Rob(143), Zombeels(112/122)

Rob: I love Ray Charles, but not really this song. It’s a solid showcase for Charles’ great voice, but somehow the thing as a whole strikes me as somewhat dull. It’s an uncontested classic in the soul master’s discography, but he never particularly wants to make me visit Georgia (not a knock on Georgia, by the way).




[125] The Marcels | Blue Moon | 612.6 pts
AM rank : 1460
AM 1960s rank : 332
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 94
Position in 1961 poll : 12

Highest rank: Dan(19)
Not Fans: BleuPanda(148), CharlieDriggs(134/146), Craig(110/117), Listyguy(146)

Honorio: Probably the best bass (voice) line on doo-wop ever (along with "Surfin' Bird"). Bomp baba bomp bop dang dang a dang…

Rob: Based on an existing lovesick song, The Marcels changed it into something that mostly ditches the emotion and replace it with wacky singing. It’s the type of silliness that would soon be out of fashion, but there is no denying that Blue Moon is still good fun.




[124] The Shadows | Apache | 616.5 pts
AM rank : 579
AM 1960s rank : 163
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 90
Position in 1960 poll : 11

Highest rank: bonnielaurel(35)
Not Fans: Brad(142), Craig(109/117), Harold(142)

Rob: I don’t know if Apache has ever been used in a western, but it deserves to be, even if it is perhaps too obvious a choice. It stands out among many instrumental, guitar led tracks of this period by its sense of tension and movements. It’s not quite Morricone in its feel perhaps, but he might have had a song like this in mind when composing the Main Theme of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. As it is, Apache still stands firmly on its own feet.



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[123] Elvis Presley | Can't Help Falling in Love | 616.6 pts
AM rank : 1073
AM 1960s rank : 263
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 164
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 88
Position in 1961 poll : 5

Highest rank: JamieW(22)
Not Fans: BleuPanda(140), CharlieDriggs(146/146), Zombeels(116/122)

MaschineMan: I don't love Elvis, but I don't actively seek out his music. It's something even worse than hate: I nothing Elvis.

Rob: Wait, this is the only Elvis song on the list? What happened? Whatever, at least it is a good choice, because Elvis’ voice was very well suited to love ballads like this and this is one of his most earnest and best efforts. The warmth in Elvis voice hardly ever found better use.




[122] Bob Dylan | Masters Of War | 617.6 pts
AM rank : 1088
AM 1960s rank : 266
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1963 poll : 12

Fans: JamieW(7)
Not Fans: BleuPanda(139), Dan(142), Henry(150)




[121] Sam Cooke | Bring It On Home To Me | 619.4 pts
AM rank : 1287
AM 1960s rank : 304
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 71
Position in 1962 poll : 5

Highest rank: sonofsamiam(23)
Not Fans: Craig(111/117), MaschineMan(134/139)



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[120] The Tokens | The Lion Sleeps Tonight | 627.1 pts
AM rank : 4047
AM 1960s rank : 744
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 82
Position in 1961 poll : 9

Fans: Miguel(4)
Not Fans: BangJan(144), BleuPanda(145), CharlieDriggs(142/146), Honorio(147), sonofsamiam(140)

MaschineMan: I love how goofy this song is.

Rob: I learned to know this one because of The Lion King, where the character Timon sings it for a short while. It took many years before I found out it is an actual song. And only now I found out that The Tokens are a white band. You learn something new every day. Like that this is actual a very good song. I always thought of it is a curiosity track, before I listened to it more closely for this poll. Sure, the lyrics and the concept are extremely sill, but musically it has a lot of magic, not in the least because of the work of the background singers.




[119] Quincy Jones | Soul Bossa Nova | 631 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 86
Position in 1962 poll : 11

Fans: CharlieDriggs(12)
Not Fans: BangJan(141), Brad(136), DaveC(150), Harold(148), JamieW(139), Listyguy(137), luney6(139)

DaveC: The only song on this list for which I could be called a 'Hater'. It's horrid.

MaschineMan: This song makes me hungry. Was it used for some cooking show?

Rob: A bouncing piece of high energy. I don’t know much about the bossa nova, but this wacky party music will probably never lose the power to keep people moving. Even overuse in commercials can’t kill its sense of fun.




[118] Them | Gloria | 635.8 pts
AM rank : 158
AM 1960s rank : 61
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 137
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1964 poll : 13

Highest rank: Craig(29)
Not Fans: Dan(138), DaveC(140)

Rob: Van Morrison would become more ambitious than he was when he made Gloria with Them. Yet even a simple song like this could already showcase his amazing vocals. As a rock song I never thought too much of it, but the chorus is a deserved crowd pleaser.



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[117] Dion | Runaround Sue | 637.3 pts
AM rank : 525
AM 1960s rank : 151
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1961 poll : 11

Fans: Dan(11)
Not Fans: Harold(137), Listyguy(145)

Rob: A passionate cry from the slighted Dion gets muffled by background singers making nonsensical sounds. And thank God for that. The problems of Dion are just a bit too absurd to take seriously, but luckily he didn’t take it seriously himself and made it into an irresistibly fun song that’s great to sing along to. Also, it forms an interesting contrast to Dion’s other most well-known song, The Wanderer. Is that a sequel, where Dion has drawn a lesson from his affair with Sue and changed his attitude to love and women completely?




[116] Miles Davis | Concierto de Aranjuez | 638.9 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1960 poll : 6

Fans: DaveC(12)
Not Fans: BangJan(142), BleuPanda(136), bonnielaurel(144), Bruno(147), Dan(146), Henrik(139), RedAnt(136)

Rob: Miles Davis himself admitted that Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio (or Sketches in Spain in full) isn’t really jazz, but he didn’t care. He just focussed on the music. Who can blame him if you get to play something like this? It is very Spanish (at least to these non-Spanish ears) and very exotic. Quiet and collected, but also simmering with passion. Also it is both strangely cool and hot. It is a masterpiece and a welcome outsider to Miles Davis’ usual output.




[115] The Righteous Brothers | Unchained Melody | 640.4 pts
AM rank : 447
AM 1960s rank : 138
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 104
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1965 poll : 14

Highest rank: Bruno(31)
Not Fans: CharlieDriggs(141/146), Listyguy(136), Zombeels(120/122)

MaschineMan: My interest in this song drops considerably after the first 10 seconds. It's generally at this point it's over-use in film and TV adverts has me rolling my eyes.

Rob: It seems that the best tracks by The Righteous Brothers seem to skirt very close along the edges of taste. Is Unchained Melody too much? Too saccharine? Too sentimental? Perhaps. But can you resist it? Isn’t it still very beautiful? Can the great voices by the Brothers elevate the material and sell the sentiments? To me the answer is a very definite “yes”! Also, have you ever attended a wedding where this song played? Yes.




[114] Percy Sledge | When a Man Loves a Woman | 645.7 pts
AM rank : 118
AM 1960s rank : 45
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 108
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1966 poll : 14

Highest rank: Bruno(29)
Not Fans: BleuPanda(150), JamieW(140)

Rob: Percy Sledge should probably have a word with Dion. Together they can lament untrustworthy women. Sledge generalizes male behaviour around women, but it has to be said that he sells the song. He is a great singer and When a Man Loves a Woman has a fine tune. I don’t quite get the giant status this song has, but it is still easily above average.




[113] Bob Dylan | Don't Think Twice, It's All Right | 654.3 pts
AM rank : 1165
AM 1960s rank : 282
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 174
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 72
Position in 1963 poll : 9

Fans: Listyguy(9)
Not Fans: JamieW(136), MaschineMan(137/139)

Rob: A quiet ballad that sounds tender, but seems vile when you listen more closely to the lyrics. But when you listen even closer you’ll hear real hurt and sadness. It is one of Dylan’s most emotionally complex songs, which explains its appeal and its power. Also, this is the Dylan song I hear the most in movies for some reason.




[112] Jackson C. Frank | I Want To Be Alone (Dialogue) | 655.2 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 203
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1965 poll : 13

Fans: Henrik(6), JamieW(11)
Not Fans: Brad(144), Dan(141), Harold(139), Henry(137), Miguel(137), RedAnt(150)

Listyguy: Another great discovery from this poll. Reminds me a lot of "The Sounds of Silence"

Rob: I had never heard of this guy before he suddenly made this list. Frank turns out to have point the way to Nick Drake. He has the same quiet, whispering quality. Its music that works the best in a quiet setting, preferably alone, where every calm line can send chills down your spine.



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[111] Ray Charles | Hit The Road Jack | 656.8 pts
AM rank : 671
AM 1960s rank : 185
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1961 poll : 6

Highest rank: Dan(23)
Not Fans: luney6(138), sonofsamiam(136)

Rob: The strange thing about Hit the Road Jack is that it is one of Charles’ signature tunes, but he doesn’t sing in it much. The background singers The Realettes take centre stage. Not that it matters, because it is very funky, funny and the times Charles sings are always funny. And he of course was responsible for the awesome rhythm that truly made the song a classic.



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[110] Dionne Warwick | Anyone Who Had a Heart | 657.5 pts
AM rank : 5367
AM 1960s rank : 945
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1963 poll : 10

Highest rank: bonnielaurel(17)
Not Fans: BangJan(140), Brad(146)

Rob: A mayor black singer in the sixties that wasn’t really soul, funk, jazz or even rock ‘n roll? Instead based on sound that came more from the Broadway musical? And who was also one of the best of her time? Enter Dionne Warwick and what I consider her greatest song, Anyone Who Had a Heart. The track is great on itself, because the music sounds like it is floating in the clouds. And so does Dionne Warwick’s voice, but those moments she sings a little louder she delivers some real powerful emotions. It’s a song for which they invented the word “gorgeous”.



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[109] Henry Mancini | Moon River | 658.9 pts
AM rank : 1208
AM 1960s rank : 291
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 81
Position in 1961 poll : 8

Fans: Honorio(5)
Not Fans: Harold(146), Listyguy(150)

Honorio: An unrepeatable conjunction. Truman Capote as the novel writer. Blake Edwards as the efficient director. Hubert de Givenchy as the history-making costume designer. Henry Mancini as the composer of a score straight to eternity. Johnny Mercer as the writer of the dreamy lyrics. And, of course, Audrey Hepburn creating a pop icon of her Holly Golightly. And singing sitting on her windowsill (while George Peppard is peeping) the most beautiful song ever, "Moon River."

Rob: Ah, here is romantic ballad to dream away by. It is on the verge on being too much or just very cheesy. It also doesn’t sound particularly sixties, but much older (and that coming from a composer who pretty much defined Hollywood soundtracks of the early decade). Yet all of this doesn’t matter, because Mancini created an Over the Rainbow for a new generation. All right, maybe the song isn’t quite as big as that one, but I personally like it just a little bit more.



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[108] The Beatles | I Saw Her Standing There | 659 pts
AM rank : 811
AM 1960s rank : 208
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1963 poll : 13

Fans: Miguel(7)
Not Fans: Rob(142)

Rob: A tough question that probably most here are going to answer with “yes!”, but I have to ask it: would this song have been remembered if it wasn’t by The Beatles or if the band had not gone on to bigger things? Maybe, but I can’t see it. It rocks nicely, but not exceptionally. It’s not my least favourite song on the list or even my least favourite by The Beatles, but considering I think the band is somewhat overrepresented here I think this is the one we could most easily have ditched.



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[107] The John Barry Seven and Orchestra | James Bond Theme | 661.8 pts
AM rank : 2229
AM 1960s rank : 447
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 85
Position in 1962 poll : 4

Fans: Henrik(12)
Not Fans: Harold(143), Listyguy(138)

MaschineMan: One of the few sountrack songs that worked out of context in this Poll.

Rob: When John Barry decided to use surf guitar music for the main theme from Dr. No he was just following a hype. Could he have guessed that it would define the sound of the spy profession forever? It is such a wonderful piece of music. Explosive, dangerous and a lot of fun, as well as short and to the point. Bond would be proud.




[106] Krzysztof Penderecki | Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima | 670.7 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : n/a
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1960 poll : 13

Fans: JamieW(10), Rob(10), sonofsamiam(5)
Not Fans: BangJan(147), Bruno(146), DaveC(148), Henrik(146), Henry(149), Listyguy(148), Miguel(145), RedAnt(144)

Listyguy: Too avant-garde for way. Way, way ,wayyyyyyy too avant-garde.

Rob: Yes, this song is as happy as you’d guess from the title. It is unpleasant and hard to listen to. Devastating even. Not at all something I ever expect to hear on the radio or find myself putting on repeat. Yet it is as essential as any piece of music ever written. Nobody deserves to go through it, but everybody should. It is decidedly not beautiful, but it has an emotional power that few can or want to equal. The sound is apocalyptic in a way that makes many end-of-time metal songs (or movies) seem tame or silly. We hear the sounds of millions of people dying, of the Earth scorching. It’s as if Penderecki were there and put it to music. It is that good! Needless to say, he didn’t need words, because there are no words for it. Only terrifying sounds could capture this historical horror. A masterpiece and a major discovery for me.



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[105] Bob Dylan | I Want You | 674.7 pts
AM rank : 827
AM 1960s rank : 212
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 154
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1966 poll : 13

Fans: Dan(13)
Not Fans: sonofsamiam(138), Zombeels(122/122)

Rob: Back here in The Netherlands there is really only one radio station that plays Dylan and they only play I Want You. To be honest, it always strikes me as the Dylan song that is very popular by people who don’t care for Dylan. Blonde on Blonde might be Dylan’s toughest album, but I Want You is very poppy. Catchy actually. The lyrics are still far above average though, and the arrangements are unique for Dylan. Yet it hardly seems a standout from Blonde on Blonde, let alone of Dylan’s complete discography.



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[104] The Beatles | She Loves You | 679.4 pts
AM rank : 114
AM 1960s rank : 42
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 112
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 67
Position in 1963 poll : 5

Highest rank: Harold(28)
Not Fans: Rob(144)




[103] The Righteous Brothers | You've Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ | 686.4 pts
AM rank : 39
AM 1960s rank : 19
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 80
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 75
Position in 1964 poll : 6

Fans: Henry(15)
Not Fans: CharlieDriggs(133/146), DaveC(136), JamieW(144)

Rob: Songs like these can seem old-fashioned nowadays, but I find myself attracted to them nonetheless. The Righteous Brothers have simply wonderful voices, which few could replicate. But the arrangements have an aching beauty too, befitting its subject.




[102] Johnny Cash | Ring of Fire | 704.3 pts
AM rank : 286
AM 1960s rank : 100
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 130
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 68
Position in 1963 poll : 5

Highest rank: Zombeels(13)
Not Fans: DaveC(142), Miguel(142)

Rob: Love may be a burning thing, but it is rather obvious that Johnny Cash enjoys the heat. And so does everybody else, because this may be the song most people think of when hearing Cash’ name. It’s more than 50 years old now, but the fire never dies. At least not for me.



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[101] Jacques Brel | Vesoul | 705.8 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 199
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1968 poll : 7

Fans: Dan(4), Miguel(2)
Not Fans: BangJan(143), Brad(138), Bruno(149), Harold(145), Henry(146), RedAnt(143)

BleuPanda: My favorite discovery of this poll, after not really caring much for Brel's other stuff. So much energy.

Rob: Jacques Brel may be prone to seriousness and anger, he also knows how to put out a good tune. Vesoul is simply good fun. The flow of words is even captivating for someone like me who doesn’t understand the lyrics. The music flows just as well and although it isn’t rock it still rocks.

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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby DaveC » Sun Jan 24, 2016 3:58 am

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[100] The Kingsmen | Louie Louie | 706.5 pts
AM rank : 32
AM 1960s rank : 16
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 86
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 79
Position in 1963 poll : 3

Highest rank: Bruno(22)
Not Fans: CharlieDriggs(139/146), Henrik(138)

Rob: The Kingsmen’s version of Louie Louie is now a classic, but the discussion how good it is hasn’t got a real conclusion. It notoriously became famous when a DJ played it as a joke, because he thought it was awful. What followed was a hype and even a governmental investigation of the lyrics. The backstory is enough reason to make this an unforgettable song. But I’ll add another reason: it is great, great fun.




[99] Roy Orbison | Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel) | 709.3 pts
AM rank : 231
AM 1960s rank : 79
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 185
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 78
Position in 1960 poll : 5

Highest rank: BleuPanda(17)
Not Fans: CharlieDriggs(145/146), Rob(148)

Rob: Roy Orbison singing only for the lonely? Hey, that is me and I want it only! The sadness in the voice is pure Orbison, but… I still come close to disliking this song. Because what are those awful, horrible, ridiculous, stupid and annoying background singers doing there? What is it actually that they hope to achieve? The only thing I know for sure is that they don’t add anything to the melancholy of the song. In fact they detract from it. They sound silly, cheesy and comical. Did Orbison tell them they are in a love song, instead of a song of yearning? Orbison himself is so amazing here that I couldn’t give it the last place, but there is nothing on this list I hate more than these background singers here.



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[98] The Beatles | You Never Give Me Your Money | 712 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 144
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1969 poll : 6

Fans: BangJan(8), sonofsamiam(10), Zombeels(4)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(150), Bruno(150), Dan(143)

Rob: The beginning of the famous Abbey Road medley is almost a medley on itself, because it consists of three clearly separable parts. A bit like A Day in the Life, but not quite as good as that one. That sounds more critical than I am, because I like this song. All the parts are well executed and catchy, but at the same time they don’t quite gel as much as I would like.




[97] Roy Orbison | Crying | 716 pts
AM rank : 350
AM 1960s rank : 116
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 161
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 73
Position in 1961 poll : 7

Fans: BleuPanda(4)
Not Fans: CharlieDriggs(132/146)

BleuPanda: This song's inclusion in the key scene of my favorite movie turned me into a giant Orbison fan. Roy has a beautiful voice, and the crescendo at the end of this track is his absolute best.

Rob: Crying is tailor-made for Roy Orbison, of course. His voice has an amazing range, but at the same time I usually have the feeling he wants it to cry. So here you are.



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[96] Bob Dylan | The Times They Are A-Changin' | 718.2 pts
AM rank : 270
AM 1960s rank : 93
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 143
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1964 poll : 14

Highest rank: Rob(22)
Not Fans: sonofsamiam(139), Zombeels(117/122)

Rob: The song that introduced me to Dylan, my favourite artist. The times perhaps didn’t change as much as Dylan would have wanted and there is a good chance it never will. At least we have this song that never seems to lose its promise and its threat that the future will never be the same again. Of all the protest songs Dylan made in the sixties this one seems the best to use in actual protests.



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[95] Booker T. & the M.G.'s | Green Onions | 729.6 pts
AM rank : 137
AM 1960s rank : 51
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 90
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 65
Position in 1962 poll : 3

Fans: CharlieDriggs(10)
Not Fans: Rob(140)

Rob: Green Onions is easily one of the more famous and enduring instrumentals of the era, but not one of my personal favourites. It’s fun, but a bit to repetitive to my tastes. Great title, though.




[94] Etta James | At Last | 730.4 pts
AM rank : 629
AM 1960s rank : 173
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 188
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 69
Position in 1960 poll : 7

Fans: Dan(5)
Not Fans: luney6(147)

Rob: Etta James of course has a reputation for having one of the best voices of pop music, but she lacks a song like Aretha Franklin’s Respect that would secure her place as an all-time great icon. Too bad, because she has done very good work, like this love ballad that puts soul in the soul genre.



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[93] The Beatles | I Want To Hold Your Hand | 733.3 pts
AM rank : 45
AM 1960s rank : 22
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 33
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1963 poll : 5

Fans: Dan(6)
Not Fans: CharlieDriggs(136/146), Henrik(150), luney6(150), Rob(147)

Rob: Nothing against The Beatles, but this is one of the most overrated tracks ever in my opinion. All right, it has a nice drive to it, but the somewhat nagging singing here annoys me. It also never struck me as quite as unique as The Beatle fans make it out to be. Compared to many other songs from 1963 we selected it just doesn’t compare all that favourably. But honestly that is my feeling about most early Beatles classics. Not my favourite period of theirs.



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[92] The Beatles | Revolution | 734.4 pts
AM rank : 369
AM 1960s rank : 122
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 91
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1968 poll : 11

Fans: Brad(13), RedAnt(12)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(149), sonofsamiam(147)

Rob: During the period that was filled with protests and cries for revolutions The Beatles came with a song that contains some of their most interesting lyrics. Hippie John Lennon didn’t seem to recognize himself in much of the protests, even if he agreed with the politics. It made for one of the Beatles best rock songs and an interesting, different kind of protest song.




[91] Ennio Morricone | L'estasi dell'oro | 736.2 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 72
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1966 poll : 12

Fans: Rob(4), sonofsamiam(14)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(143), Bruno(142), DaveC(138)

BleuPanda: My single favorite track from a film score. It's actually strange how different this song can feel. Out of context it is an epic piece, but its use within The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly creates a sense of dizzying madness, a rush of searching for something that isn't there.

Rob: Even among the many great pieces of music that have been written for movies this one stands out. The scene it plays in could have been done a whole lot shorter and be more to the point, but that is not Leone’s way. Instead, he made the Ugly’s search of a certain tombstone in a large graveyard into something epic, something that feels like a rush of gold to the head. Miraculously, Ennio Morricone captured how such a thing feels like. It sounds immense and beautiful.




[90] Bob Dylan | A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall | 746 pts
AM rank : 635
AM 1960s rank : 174
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 118
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 70
Position in 1963 poll : 8

Fans: Harold(6), Listyguy(4), Rob(11)
Not Fans: Bruno(137), Dan(145), Henry(142)

Listyguy: It's hard to call any song Bob Dylan's greatest lyrical achievement, but if I had to choose, it's between this one and "It's All Right Ma"

Rob: Soon after Blowin’ in the Wind Dylan came out with this, an even more ambitious and challenging protest song. It is not only my favourite protest song by Dylan, but perhaps my favourite protest song, period. The word “epic” may be overused, also by me, yet here it is earned. I mean how many other songs feel like Biblical sermons full of the pains of the world. It’s too ambitious to work, but it still does, because the poetry is truly awesome and Dylan never sounded more sincere.



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[89] The Beach Boys | Don't Worry Baby | 748.2 pts
AM rank : 167
AM 1960s rank : 65
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 75
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 58
Position in 1964 poll : 9

Fans: Dan(12)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(145), RedAnt(145)

Rob: A very sweet ballad about an equally sweet relationship. Of course The Beach Boys admired the work Phil Spector did with girl groups just a few years earlier and this always struck me as a song these girl groups could consider, though they would take the role of the girlfriend of course. As per usual with this band at this period the melody is extremely beautiful, but it is the vocals that stand out. It could easily have been overly sentimental. Maybe it still is. Yet, the singing is so achingly sincere and the voice so clear it becomes something genuinely moving.



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[88] The Beach Boys | Sloop John B. | 749.6 pts
AM rank : 1974
AM 1960s rank : 406
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 176
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1966 poll : 15

Fans: Miguel(11), Rob(8)
Not Fans: Honorio(144), JamieW(145)

Rob: Sloop John B. has stiff competition by God Only Knows, but I think it is my favourite song by The Beach Boys. It is at the very least the one that sold me on the band, quite a few summers ago now. The best thing about this band is how the voices are used and I love how they overlap here in the chorus, creating a tumultuous melody that suits it subject. Few if any people have ever given an old folk song such new life as Wilson did here.



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[87] Bernard Herrmann | Psycho: Prelude | 750.2 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 220
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 80
Position in 1960 poll : 12

Fans: CharlieDriggs(8), Henrik(5)
Not Fans: BangJan(145), Bruno(139), DaveC(146), Listyguy(140), Miguel(140), RedAnt(147)

MaschineMan: Sountrack moments are often dificult to seperate from their image. I love the film, but I can't imagine someone would be a fan of one or the other.

Rob: Violins weren’t having the happiest of years in 1960. Formerly they were known as instruments of great beauty; of the ultimate romance. They could pride themselves in being hard to play. But suddenly, in 1960 Krzysztof Penderecki decided to use them to scream for the victims of Hiroshima, while Hitchock made them scream for victims in pulp horror. In the latter case, they also were used for a more suspenseful melody that made the main theme. Still, nobody could trust violins ever again, because Herrmann used them for his patented psychological soundscapes. He was truly a visionary composer under film musicians, only equalled by the very different Ennio Morricone.




[86] Charles Mingus | Modes D-F: Trio and Group Dancers | 757 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 93
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1963 poll : 11

Fans: luney6(10), sonofsamiam(3)
Not Fans: Bruno(140), Henrik(140), Miguel(139)

Rob: So I’m the first to admit I’m not very knowledgeable in jazz. Instead of sparing me you threw this behemoth of a song in my lap. Even the title is unwieldy. I’m not even going to attempt to describe this track, but I will say that even for a novice it is easy to hear the greatness in this magnum opus by Mingus. There is a lot happening. I feel there are more variations than even the title suggests. Yet is all flows gracefully. I may not fully know what Mingus is doing here, but it is clear he did.




[85] Glen Campbell | Wichita Lineman | 760.2 pts
AM rank : 142
AM 1960s rank : 54
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 87
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 59
Position in 1968 poll : 9

Fans: Henrik(4), sonofsamiam(2)
Not Fans: Brad(143), luney6(145), Miguel(138), Zombeels(114/122)

MaschineMan: A song I knew of, but didn't know. I expect this to climb high and fast on my own personal list.

Rob: Country songs are said to be about the hard life. Of course Wichita Lineman isn’t really different. It is about a hard worker. But Glen Campbell finds the beauty here and makes it into one of the best love songs of this list. The lines “I need you more than want/ I want you for all time” are a personal favourite.



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[84] Patsy Cline | Crazy | 761.2 pts
AM rank : 143
AM 1960s rank : 55
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 54
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 84
Position in 1961 poll : 4

Fans: DaveC(2), Henrik(11)
Not Fans: Listyguy(141)

DaveC: Just as with my #1, it it the vocal that makes this sublime. I don't know anything about recording techniques, but it seems to me that we never hear vocals rendered so intimately these days.

Rob: There has been a revival of female ballads in the style of the fifties and sixties, mostly thanks to Amy Winehouse and Adele. Yet we still haven’t gotten something that sounds like Patsy Cline’s Crazy. In form maybe, but the song has a particular cool sound that few since have replicated.




[83] The Doors | The End | 762.3 pts
AM rank : 384
AM 1960s rank : 127
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 73
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1967 poll : 18

Fans: luney6(4)
Not Fans: Dan(147), Henry(141), Zombeels(119/122)

Rob: It was only the beginning of The Doors’ career, but on their first album they already announced the end. They did it convincingly. The lyrics are a bit much sometimes, but still this is a real masterpiece as Morrison’s voice and the musicians know how to paint an apocalyptic picture like few others.




[82] The Shirelles | Will You Love Me Tomorrow | 764.4 pts
AM rank : 162
AM 1960s rank : 64
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 109
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 77
Position in 1960 poll : 2

Highest rank: RedAnt(26)
Not Fans: Henrik(142)

Rob: The success of Will You Love Me Tomorrow to me comes from it subdued subtlety. Sometimes these all-time girl group ballads can be a bit much to me, but Shirley Owens has quite a unique voice that is used to full effect here. She sells every conflicted emotion of this song.




[81] The Zombies | Hung Up on a Dream | 772.5 pts
AM rank : Unranked
AM 1960s rank : Unranked
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 78
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 47
Position in 1968 poll : 6

Fans: Brad(3), CharlieDriggs(9), sonofsamiam(11), Zombeels(11)
Not Fans: Bruno(138), Rob(137)

Rob: A masterpiece, but not in the way we got the song now. By which I mean that I recognize there is a beautiful song somewhere hidden in Hung Up on a Dream. Sadly, it is overproduced. There is just so much going on here, there are so many layers, but they don’t elevate each other. Instead, something beautiful becomes murky. It is like a wall of sound that is perhaps too much wall. It could have been a top 15 track, instead it ends in my bottom 15.



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[80] Aretha Franklin | I Say a Little Prayer | 773.7 pts
AM rank : 304
AM 1960s rank : 108
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 126
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1968 poll : 12

Fans: Miguel(6)
Not Fans: Brad(137), Harold(136), luney6(148)

Honorio: Aretha infused pure soul power to the sophisticated material by Bacharach-David not losing an ounce of elegance.

MaschineMan: Where would the world of 'Adverts Targeted Towards Women' be without this classic?




[79] Stan Getz, João Gilberto & Astrud Gilberto | The Girl from Ipanema | 774.9 pts
AM rank : 379
AM 1960s rank : 125
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 105
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 48
Position in 1964 poll : 10

Fans: bonnielaurel(15), Honorio(13)
Not Fans: DaveC(145), luney6(137)

Honorio: Vinícius de Moraes and Antônio Carlos Jobim used to go to Ipanema Beach to chat and have some drinks at the terrace of the Veloso Bar. One fine day that graceful [i]garota (girl) passed by and right there they laid down that tune. It’s amazing that such a daily affair (who had not fallen immediately in love with some pretty thing walking?) gave birth to a superb song that swings and sways just like the hips of Helô Pinheiro, the name of that graceful real girl from Ipanema.[/i]

Rob: Alright, this song is sometimes attributed to just Stan Getz and João Gilberto and at other times to Antômio Carlos Jobim too. But despite being a lead singer on it Astrud Gilberto didn’t get an artist credit. That’s not very sporty, especially not because to me she carries the whole thing. Sure the other guys gave the song a nice flow and a pretty tune, but I have to admit that to my ears it a somewhat dull prettiness. Only when Astrud sings it becomes more than that. If only slightly, I just don’t find this song all that interesting.




[78] Bob Dylan | Desolation Row | 775 pts
AM rank : 366
AM 1960s rank : 120
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 102
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 35
Position in 1965 poll : 8

Fans: Rob(3)
Not Fans: MaschineMan(129/139)

Rob: Only Dylan. Desolation Row shouldn’t exist. Surely there isn’t a basis in popular music for something as big, grotesque and wildly imaginative like this, at least lyrically. It’s an surreal, deep, mysterious and inexplicable fresco worthy of Hieronymus Bosch, but updated to the sixties. We need such a song for these times too, but we probably won’t get it. Who could you imagine trying it?



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[77] Sam Cooke | Wonderful World | 777.9 pts
AM rank : 868
AM 1960s rank : 217
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 162
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 64
Position in 1960 poll : 1

Fans: Miguel(8)
Not Fans: CharlieDriggs(135/146), Craig(116/117)

MaschineMan: This was the only Sam Cooke song I could stomach. It more than makes up for the others.

Rob: A very solid Cooke song and one of his most recognizable. It is very sweet and well performed, but for me it is mostly tied to a scene in the Peter Weir film Witness that impressed me when I was a little kid. Look it up if you haven’t seen it. Other Cooke songs have surpassed this one as my favourite, but it never lost its promise.



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[76] The Beatles | A Hard Day's Night | 779.1 pts
AM rank : 368
AM 1960s rank : 121
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 89
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 43
Position in 1964 poll : 3

Fans: Henry(8)
Not Fans: luney6(149)

MaschineMan: While I enjoy this song, I have to say I don't get why people love it *that* much. I'll be disappointed if this is Number 1.

Rob: I come down rather harshly on early Beatle songs here, but not with A Hard Day’s Night. I like this one a lot actually. From the opening riffs it is clear this song is really going to rock and it remains to this day one of the most satisfying pure rock song in the Beatles catalogue.



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[75] The Byrds | Eight Miles High | 780.5 pts
AM rank : 94
AM 1960s rank : 39
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 83
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1966 poll : 10

Fans: Zombeels(9)
Not Fans: Dan(140), Rob(146)

Rob: This is one of those huge classics I don’t get. I don’t mind it at all, but it just always passes me by. I always forget about it even.




[74] Bob Dylan | Visions of Johanna | 782.2 pts
AM rank : 294
AM 1960s rank : 103
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 127
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 50
Position in 1966 poll : 8

Fans: luney6(8)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(138), Henry(148)

Rob: Visions of Johanna could be a love song, about Dylan longing for Johanna. It still is in a way, but it mostly feels like reaching for happiness without believing in happiness. There is a ghostly quality to this poem that is probably the reason it has stood out for so many people, including me, even though it is inaccessible in any way. Even the music is uncomfortable. But the song is majestic too, especially when we come to the final lyrics which have a particularly awesome rhyme.




[73] The Supremes | Where Did Our Love Go | 787.1 pts
AM rank : 269
AM 1960s rank : 92
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 206
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1964 poll : 14

Fans: bonnielaurel(13)
Not Fans: Honorio(137)

Rob: I like The Supremes and Diana Ross, without really caring all that much about them. Maybe it is the existence of all those Spector-backed girl groups that make them seem lesser than they are. No matter, they are important and deserve a spot on this list. Though they have lot of better ones than Where Did Our Love Go, which is good and well-performed, but also maybe a bit too conventional to stand out.



[72] The Rolling Stones | Jumpin' Jack Flash | 789 pts
AM rank : 51
AM 1960s rank : 24
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 85
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1968 poll : 14

Fans: RedAnt(10)
Lowest rank: Dan(134)




[71] Roy Orbison | In Dreams | 793.2 pts
AM rank : 502
AM 1960s rank : 143
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 40
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 39
Position in 1963 poll : 2

Fans: BleuPanda(12), Dan(2)
Not Fans: MaschineMan(133/139), Zombeels(111/122)

Honorio: A candy-colored clown. A touch of (blue) velvet. You're mine. It's too bad that all these things only happen... in dreams.

Rob: Yes, Blue Velvet. I would have loved this song any way, but David Lynch tapped into a dark undercurrent that perhaps aren’t supported by the lyrics, yet is there in the uncomfortable melancholy of the music and the haunting voice of Roy Orbison. It is his masterpiece and I guess that Orbison knew that nightmares count as dreams too.



[70] Nick Drake | River Man | 794.8 pts
AM rank : 628
AM 1960s rank : 172
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 153
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 45
Position in 1969 poll : 4

Fans: sonofsamiam(15)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(142), MaschineMan(131/139), RedAnt(141)

Honorio: The enigmatic but suggestive lyrics, the sweetly whispered Drake voice, the softly strummed guitars, the gentle 5/4 time signature, the delicate but ominous strings, the dark and autumnal ambiance. So beautiful that it hurts. Really.

Rob: Nick Drake is a singer whose songs I most appreciate in the context of an album. His music seems to require a long flow of his whispered, melancholy and mysterious music. It works less well in the context of a list like this, where his quiet can seem to drown among the noise made by people like Simon & Garfunkel or Leonard Cohen (let alone Led Zeppelin or The Who). That is no knock on Nick Drake, it just makes him more unique. And among his songs, River Man is the one that works the best as a standalone track.



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[69] Dionne Warwick | Walk On By | 805.8 pts
AM rank : 145
AM 1960s rank : 56
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 163
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 61
Position in 1964 poll : 12

Fans: bonnielaurel(9)
Lowest rank: Dan(122)

Honorio: A lesson on style (but not exent at all of emotion) directly from the Brill Building. The perfect conjunction of brilliant songwriting (Burt Bacharach and Hal David) and amazing performance (Dionne Warwick). This is class, boys. Absolutely.

Rob: Don’t walk on by, listen to Walk On By! It’s Warwick on her best. I just love that soft voice of hers.




[68] Jacques Brel | Amsterdam | 808.5 pts
AM rank : 2153
AM 1960s rank : 437
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 41
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 60
Position in 1964 poll : 5

Fans: Dan(1), JamieW(13)
Not Fans: Bruno(136), Henry(144), RedAnt(149)

Rob: Jacques Brel has quite a big reputation in The Netherlands, but before this poll I never really paid attention to him. Part of the reason is that he is known as a sort-of poet and I don’t speak his language. My loss, I know now. No matter if I can’t really tell what he is singing about, I discovered through this poll that he can captivate me with the greatest of ease. You can hear he is totally living his songs and never more so than in the amazing Amsterdam, the second greatest discovery for me in this poll. It has a furious power. The lyrics, based on translations, are great too, although I wonder if he isn’t really singing about port city Rotterdam instead of Amsterdam.




[67] The Temptations | My Girl | 808.6 pts
AM rank : 125
AM 1960s rank : 48
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 56
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1964 poll : 7

Fans: BleuPanda(10), Henry(9)
Lowest rank: Brad(125)

BleuPanda: This is one of those great songs I can't possibly describe in an adequate way with my limited musical vocabulary. More than the other songs in my top 10, this one is entirely centered around structure.

Honorio: Robert White and James Jamerson from the Funk Brothers eating at a burger bar. Then it sounds the intro of "My Girl." Everyone there recognizes those magical bass and guitar notes, but not these great session musicians. God bless them.

Rob: I’ve noted before that I’m not exactly impressed by Smokey Robinson, but at least he gave The Temptations songs and they were able to make them seem more than they are. The lyrics are pretty bad (“I even got the month of May with my girl”, come on…), but the singing of The Temptations is just very good and they can sell the feelings of love.



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[66] Bob Dylan | Blowin' In the Wind | 808.6 pts
AM rank : 301
AM 1960s rank : 106
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 113
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 76
Position in 1963 poll : 4

Fans: BangJan(13), bonnielaurel(1)
Not Fans: CharlieDriggs(144/146), MaschineMan(127/139), sonofsamiam(143)

Rob: With Blowin’ in the Wind Dylan set out to make a song that sounded like a wise lament of old and obviously he succeeded. There are Dylan songs that are more interesting musically or vocally, but the rhetorical questions asked by the song still stand tall among Dylan’s lyrics. No wonder he could build his reputation on this.




[65] The Turtles | Happy Together | 810.2 pts
AM rank : 1179
AM 1960s rank : 283
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 123
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1967 poll : 17

Fans: Miguel(15), Zombeels(1)
Lowest rank: Honorio(130)

MaschineMan: Thank you 'That 70's Show' for bringin this song to my attention.

Rob: Happy Together features prominently in one of my top 10 films. It also coincidently played during not one, but two important and happy moments in my life. So don’t expect me to rank this song objectively. It is really a bit corny, but also very well executed pop. Not particularly original, but it works very well. May it give happy memories to generations to come.




[64] The Beatles | Penny Lane | 815.2 pts
AM rank : 155
AM 1960s rank : 60
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 31
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1967 poll : 7

Highest rank: Craig(19)
Not Fans: Henrik(143), JamieW(148)

Rob: A funny and lively description of the people and happenings on Penny Lane also gets one of the most lively and lovely arrangements The Beatles ever had. This is easily one of my favourite tracks of theirs. It’s just so filled with good cheer without being corny and the trumpets are irresistible. No single song can be said to capture The Beatles’ style in full, but I always felt this one came closest.




[63] John Coltrane | My Favorite Things | 820.3 pts
AM rank : 606
AM 1960s rank : 168
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 103
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 53
Position in 1961 poll : 3

Fans: JamieW(12), sonofsamiam(7)
Not Fans: Henrik(147), RedAnt(138)

Honorio: The importance of the performer. I can't stand the song sung by Julie Andrews but the Coltrane cover sends me chills.

Rob: When I was a kid it was a family tradition to watch The Sound of Music every Christmas. That has passed nowadays, but I’ve never forgotten how much I despised that movie and every atrocious song in it. So don’t blame me that I never before this poll felt the need to listen to John Coltrane’s My Favourite Things. There is so many music still to listen to, so even if Coltrane is a genius of jazz, this was an easy one to skip. Sadly, the song appeared in this poll so I had to force my way through it. Honestly, Coltrane’s take is quite good. Very good and full of life even. But I can’t live with myself if I praise anything associated with The Sound of Music. There is too much at stake now. So let me just give this song a nice place on my ballot and then proceed to say I hate this song. That’s a good compromise.



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[62] The Zombies | She's Not There | 824.9 pts
AM rank : 636
AM 1960s rank : 175
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 134
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 54
Position in 1964 poll : 11

Fans: JamieW(6)
Lowest rank: Listyguy(118)

Rob: An early Zombies’ song and perhaps their most well-known track, although the successful cover by Santana might have something to do with that. It showcases The Zombies’ good ear for a melody, even though I don’t think they were ever on par with The Beatles or The Beach Boys in my opinion.




[61] The Beatles | In My Life | 833.7 pts
AM rank : 115
AM 1960s rank : 43
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 35
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 33
Position in 1965 poll : 9

Fans: Harold(5)
Lowest rank: Henrik(129)

Rob: For all the talents The Beatles had, they rarely evoke very deep feelings in me. They are not the most obvious band to deliver a song about the melancholy emotions of faraway memories. Against all odds they succeed however and deliver one of their most beautiful, sweet and soulful songs with In My Life.




[60] The Beach Boys | Wouldn't It Be Nice | 834.1 pts
AM rank : 621
AM 1960s rank : 169
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 59
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1966 poll : 9

Fans: Miguel(12)
Lowest rank: Honorio(124)

MaschineMan: This song reminds me of how sad it is that many kids (like me) get their first taste of The Beach Boys through terrible samples on adverts. Cadbury almost ruined this song.




[59] Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell | Ain't No Mountain High Enough | 834.8 pts
AM rank : 919
AM 1960s rank : 228
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 129
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1967 poll : 15

Fans: Henry(5)
Lowest rank: JamieW(132)

Rob: It is well-known that Gaye was shattered by the loss of Terrell at a young age and it is a loss for us too. I Heard It Through the Grapevine aside his time with Terrell is probably my favourite period of his. They have a chemistry that becomes clear by just listening to them sing pop classics like this. Sure, the lyrics seem a bit derivative of River Deep, Mountain High from the year before (a song I like a smidgen more I admit), but that this duet still works very well is because of its performers.




[58] The Beatles | Something | 835.5 pts
AM rank : 216
AM 1960s rank : 76
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 68
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1969 poll : 8

Fans: Henrik(10), Henry(13)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(146), Zombeels(118/122)

Rob: One of The Beatle songs that solidifies Harrisons reputation. It is a gorgeous melody that accompanies some appealing lyrics about love. The only thing that I think is a pity is that the outburst in emotion around the halfway point isn’t repeated again. It makes the structure of the song less predictable perhaps, but it makes for such a great chorus that it really is a missed opportunity.



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[57] Édith Piaf | Non je ne regrette rien | 838.3 pts
AM rank : 3271
AM 1960s rank : 616
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 61
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1960 poll : 3

Fans: Dan(7), DaveC(7), MaschineMan(2)
Not Fans: BangJan(146), Henry(143), JamieW(138), Listyguy(142), luney6(141)

MaschineMan: I think it's criminal how low this song is on the AM chart.

Rob: Edith Piaf had a lot to regret, but not this song. Like a true diva she made a song with big emotions, but she pulls it off like few others. It is larger than life, but Piaf’s voice has a roughness that grounds it and makes it work as something that is grand, but still feels honest and human.



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[56] The Velvet Underground and Nico | All Tomorrow's Parties | 842.2 pts
AM rank : 1299
AM 1960s rank : 306
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 71
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1966 poll : 7

Fans: Brad(4), CharlieDriggs(2), Listyguy(14), MaschineMan(9)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(147), Henry(138), JamieW(146)

MaschineMan: ... for Thursday's child is Sunday's klaaaaahn.

Rob: My favourite track by The Velvet Underground. Nico’s vocals are weird and create a distance that fit well with the sardonic take on a girl who can’t seem to find clothes to wear for parties. The noisy guitar work here is also the best The Velvets ever had in my opinion.



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[55] The Beatles | Help! | 844.5 pts
AM rank : 189
AM 1960s rank : 70
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 49
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1965 poll : 12

Fans: Henry(6)
Lowest rank: Honorio(133)




[54] The Stooges | I Wanna Be Your Dog | 853.2 pts
AM rank : 239
AM 1960s rank : 81
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 81
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 49
Position in 1969 poll : 7

Fans: BleuPanda(15), luney6(7)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(139), Henry(145), Miguel(150), Rob(141)

Honorio: Rock & roll should always be like that: wild, dirty, loud, vicious, sweaty, abrasive, furious, raw and dangerous. The Stooges' debut is considered in Rateyourmusic one of the top releases of the Proto-Punk style. Search… and destroy.

Rob: If The Velvet Underground know to make sadomasochism work for me with Venus In Furs, I Wanna Be Your Dog fails. Its propulsive guitar is okay, but the song itself always struck me as dull, despite its subject. I prefer later albums by The Stooges anyway.



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[53] Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin | Je t'aime... moi non plus | 854.7 pts
AM rank : 306
AM 1960s rank : 109
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 57
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 30
Position in 1969 poll : 3

Fans: Henrik(2)
Not Fans: Dan(139), Rob(138)

BleuPanda: This song's a good icebreaker. Throw it on at any party with those unfamiliar. It's a wonderful experience.

Honorio: Time has tempered the shock, those orgasmic moans sound today even charming, but it still creates an uncomfortable and embarrassing situation if the car radio plays it while you're driving with, let's say, your mother or your kids.

Rob: It’s a very pretty melody and yes it is a seductive song. It’s cheeky and good fun. But the best song not in English ever? Surely that vote can only be made by people who know absolutely nothing about non-English language songs? Certainly in a decade that featured Jacques Brel in his prime. Je T’Aime Moi Non Plus always struck me as a novelty song, slightly ruined by the gimmicky use of the sexual breathings by Jane Birkin. The music is quite good I admit, but I wouldn’t call it a masterpiece of any kind.



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[52] Del Shannon | Runaway | 855.8 pts
AM rank : 160
AM 1960s rank : 63
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 62
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 66
Position in 1961 poll : 2

Fans: JamieW(4)
Not Fans: Listyguy(147)

Rob: My favourite pre-Beatles rock song, mostly because it is so unpredictable. Shannon’s vocal acrobatics are amazing enough on themselves, but there is also that high pitched organ part that gave me chills the first fifty times I heard this song and carries the rhythm of the second half of the song to great effect.




[51] Jimi Hendrix | Hey Joe | 856.9 pts
AM rank : 249
AM 1960s rank : 87
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 77
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 44
Position in 1966 poll : 5

Fans: Listyguy(15)
Lowest rank: Rob(131)

Listyguy: Jimi's the man.

Rob: This song put Jimi Hendrix on the map in one broad stroke. Of course, those awesome guitar riffs sold the deal. Despite these I never embraced this song much. It has to do with the lyrics, where Jimi seems to praise Joe for shooting his wife. Do we need to hope Joe really gets to Mexico? It always struck me as a bit of a nasty song, even if I don’t want to take it too seriously.

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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby DaveC » Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:05 am

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[50] Bob Dylan | Subterranean Homesick Blues | 857.7 pts
AM rank : 140
AM 1960s rank : 53
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 30
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 46
Position in 1965 poll : 10

Fans: Dan(3), Rob(9)
Lowest rank: Miguel(131)

MaschineMan: If it weren't for its groundbreaking and super-influential visuals, this song wouldn't be so high on my list.

Rob: I never considered Dylan just a serious artist, even if his reputation is as such. There is too much humour in his work. Sometimes it is even unabashed fun. Subterranean Homesick Blues may contain protest like lyrics, but it is obviously just Dylan having a ball. At the same time he changed music forever and broke many people’s tongues while they tried to keep up with him. One of the most entertaining songs I know.




[49] Dick Dale and The Del-Tones | Miserlou | 858.7 pts
AM rank : 1719
AM 1960s rank : 372
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 63
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 55
Position in 1962 poll : 1

Fans: Henrik(3), Miguel(5)
Not Fans: Bruno(141), Craig(113/117)

Honorio: "I love you, Pumpkin." "I love you, Honey Bunny." "Everybody be cool, this is a robbery!" And then… "Miserlou!"

MaschineMan: The ultimate pump up song.

Rob: The best of the string of guitar led instrumentals that seemed to be in fashion during the early sixties. It is an traditional song of course, but Dick Dale gave it new life and updated it to the era of surf music. Tarantino knew what energy it possessed when he let it start the openings credits of Pulp Fiction with a glorious bang. Outside of 21st Century Shizoid Man I can’t think of anything in this list that has the same furious tempo.




[48] Jefferson Airplane | Somebody to Love | 858.8 pts
AM rank : 428
AM 1960s rank : 135
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 110
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1967 poll : 9

Fans: Henry(12), Rob(14)
Not Fans: sonofsamiam(149)

MaschineMan: A song so good even that 2004 remix wasn't half bad. In fact, confession time, I hadn't heard the original version until I was going through this Poll.

Rob: Jefferson Airplane was a great band, but they would have been truly one of the best if Grace Slick would have sung more of their songs. Sadly, we only have a couple of those, but they are all great. Somebody to Love would have been a solid, but not too original song without Grace Slick’s almost surreal singing voice. Now it is one of the best songs of the era.




[47] The Beach Boys | I Get Around | 861.1 pts
AM rank : 316
AM 1960s rank : 112
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 84
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 57
Position in 1964 poll : 8

Fans: MaschineMan(10)
Lowest rank: RedAnt(116)

Honorio: Fresh and spontaneous yet meticulously crafted and tightly assembled. This is how the endless summers sound.

MaschineMan: While The Beach Boys have so many great songs, this one edges them all out as my favourite.

Rob: It could all have been so silly. Like most Beach Boys songs the lyrics are a bit childish and ridiculous. But I don’t care. No musicians can make me forget how terrible the lyrics are like The Beach Boys. I Get Around has a great surge of energy and a beauty in its composition that make this a masterpiece of pop. And nobody in rock knows how to use harmonies and overlapping voices like Brian Wilson. I can’t stress that enough.



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[46] The Beatles | Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) | 868.3 pts
AM rank : 313
AM 1960s rank : 110
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 48
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1965 poll : 7

Fans: Brad(6), Zombeels(10)
Lowest rank: Henrik(126)

Rob: Basically meant as a showcase for George Harrison’s sitar skills, but it became more than that. It is one of The Beatles most beautiful and original tracks, with cheeky lyrics to boot. Though obviously Harrison steals the song.




[45] The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Voodoo Child (Slight Return) | 868.3 pts
AM rank : 249
AM 1960s rank : 87
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 47
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 40
Position in 1968 poll : 15

Fans: BangJan(2)
Not Fans: MaschineMan(126/139)

Listyguy: Jimi's the man.

Rob: Voodoo Child always struck me as one of Hendrix’ weirdest songs. Mostly it is typical Hendrix, with the way he uses his guitar to create an atmosphere more than a rhythm. Yet there is something else too. Maybe it is the way the lyrics seem to suggest something mystical and epic. This way Hendrix elevates his song from the reality of Hey Joe or the psychedelia of Purple Haze and enters the mythical. It is not just the lyrics though, the whole music seems out of this world. It took a while for me to get into this song, but now I think it is one of the best of Hendrix.




[44] Ben E. King | Stand By Me | 876.1 pts
AM rank : 67
AM 1960s rank : 32
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 32
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 56
Position in 1961 poll : 1

Highest rank: Bruno(16)
Lowest rank: CharlieDriggs(110/146)

Listyguy: To think that The Drifters thought they didn't need this song…

Rob: After a good run with The Drifters Ben E. King went solo. This resulted in his best work: the song Stand By Me. It is still one of the best soul love songs: honest, just a little raw and still very sweet. The use of strings is especially beautiful.




[43] Jefferson Airplane | White Rabbit | 894.7 pts
AM rank : 246
AM 1960s rank : 85
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 43
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1967 poll : 11

Fans: BleuPanda(14), DaveC(3), luney6(11), Rob(6)
Not Fans: Dan(148)

BleuPanda: "White Rabbit" always impresses me with its lack of a payoff. Perhaps I return to it so much because I want it to linger, which turns out to be a great way to convince someone to listen to your music multiple times.

Rob: No, I don’t think you need to do drugs to be able to write something like Alice in Wonderland, but I’m glad Jefferson Airplane did think that. Or else we wouldn’t have had White Rabbit, the band’s masterpiece. Not just is it a great psychedelic song and a wonderful ode to surrealism, it also the best showcase of Grace Slick’s otherworldly voice. Forget A Day in the Life, to me this is the greatest of all the drug fuelled songs of the sixties.




[42] The Kinks | You Really Got Me | 912.6 pts
AM rank : 31
AM 1960s rank : 15
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 27
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 41
Position in 1964 poll : 4

Fans: luney6(12)
Lowest rank: Honorio(112)

Rob: Apparently the first real heavy metal song, though it doesn’t resemble the feel of later genre examples. Perhaps it’s for the best, so that the riff and the song as a whole can always remain unique and a standout of the era.




[41] The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Purple Haze | 913.7 pts
AM rank : 43
AM 1960s rank : 21
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 50
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 27
Position in 1967 poll : 16

Fans: Craig(3)
Lowest rank: Miguel(134)

Listyguy: Jimi's the man.

Rob: Another one of those sixties songs that not only seem to use drugs as its fuel, but also takes it as its subject. Jimi Hendrix clearly knew what drugs was and he knew how to create a spacy atmosphere with his guitar and feedback. I don’t really know why it is his highest ranked song on AM, but is still clearly is something special.



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[40] The Velvet Underground and Nico | Sunday Morning | 914.2 pts
AM rank : 729
AM 1960s rank : 191
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 44
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 19
Position in 1966 poll : 6

Fans: Brad(2), Harold(12), Honorio(11)
Lowest rank: Henry(119)

Honorio: For a long time I used to think that Nico was the singer of this dreamy song and I was puzzled when I realized that this voice didn't come from the icy German beauty but from Lou-Lou. Women sounding like men, men sounding like women, drummer girls looking like boys (Mo Tucker), groupie boys looking like girls (Candy Darling). The Velvet Underground were not only pioneers when they sang about drugs but even predated in many years the confusion of genres of today.

Rob: The closest any song from The Velvet Underground & Nico ever came to being a pop song. The Beatles or The Beach Boys might have considered it, which you can’t say for any other track really (though Venus In Furs by The Beach Boys might have been interesting). Still, it is more psychedelic than most songs of this drug fuelled period, even if it remains a welcomely sweet introduction to the album.



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[39] The Band | The Weight | 923.3 pts
AM rank : 123
AM 1960s rank : 47
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 37
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 25
Position in 1968 poll : 8

Fans: Craig(8), Henry(14)
Not Fans: Zombeels(110/122)

Rob: I’ve been listening to this song now for years and it never seems to get old. Maybe because the song always seemed old to begin with. Robbie Robertson claimed that for the lyrics he was inspired by the movies by Buñuel. Perhaps. I see the similarities. But above all it feels like a very old tale, from old time America (or Canada). Sonically and lyrically. Yet was there ever anything like it before The Band? And who could replicate it afterwards? Here is a kind of old that seems to stay new forever.




[38] Procol Harum | A Whiter Shade of Pale | 927.2 pts
AM rank : 122
AM 1960s rank : 46
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 53
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 52
Position in 1967 poll : 13

Fans: Bruno(13), DaveC(4)
Not Fans: MaschineMan(132/139)

Rob: A timeless classic, or so they say. I never cared for it all that much. I recognize the beauty and its appeal. Even the lyrics are kind of inspired. But it just doesn’t completely come to life for me. Perhaps too much prettiness and too little feeling? Give me Conquistador over this any day.



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[37] The Velvet Underground and Nico | I'm Waiting for the Man | 928.1 pts
AM rank : 64
AM 1960s rank : 30
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 70
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1967 poll : 13

Fans: BangJan(5), Harold(8), luney6(2)
Not Fans: sonofsamiam(141)

Rob: This track and Heroin are usually seen as the stand-out tracks from The Velvet Underground & Nico, but they aren’t among my top picks. Heroin oddly didn’t make the cut on this list, despite four songs from the album getting in. We still get Waiting for the Man, a song with an interesting and classic Velvet subject, but it never creates as interesting a mood as their best work.




[36] The Doors | Light My Fire | 939.5 pts
AM rank : 57
AM 1960s rank : 26
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 21
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 42
Position in 1967 poll : 4

Fans: BleuPanda(11), bonnielaurel(14), Craig(11), Harold(13), luney6(1)
Not Fans: Brad(139), sonofsamiam(146)

MaschineMan: There is a great song in here, somewhere.

Rob: A song of almost unrequited love, but not exactly in the style of, say, Celine Dion. Morrison sounds as dark and morose as he always did, but here he at least makes the darkness attractive. His vocals are great, but the organ solo is probably even more important in making this an all-time classic.




[35] Simon and Garfunkel | America | 947.4 pts
AM rank : 551
AM 1960s rank : 158
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 58
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 38
Position in 1968 poll : 10

Fans: Brad(5), Honorio(6), Listyguy(12), RedAnt(6)
Not Fans: JamieW(149)

Honorio: Paul Simon describes the journey of a young couple in a bus trip to "look for America" in which reappears Kathy (Simon's ex-girlfriend and protagonist of other songs). The song runs with a gentle tone (realistic but poetic, "so I looked at the scenery, she read her magazine and the moon rose over an open field") till it gets filled with unease ("I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why") when they realize their trip is useless because "they’ve all come to look for America."

Rob: Simon & Garfunkel are among my absolute favourite artists, but I doubt America would even make my top 20 of their songs. To my feelings, it doesn’t have the greatest flow. That’s not too big a knock on the song though. It still easy to see why it is here, because at certain parts it is still really beautiful and the lyrics are among the most memorable Simon ever wrote.



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[34] Led Zeppelin | Whole Lotta Love | 950.4 pts
AM rank : 93
AM 1960s rank : 38
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 96
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1969 poll : 5

Fans: Craig(9), luney6(5), RedAnt(7)
Lowest rank: Miguel(115)

Honorio: "The blueprint for all the heavy metal bands that followed it" according to Stephen Thomas Erlewine. The lack of subtleties, the sheer energy, the guitar riff, the explicit lyrics, the moment when Hard Rock became Heavy Metal.

Rob: 1969 was an awesome year for Led Zeppelin, with two albums full of amazing tracks. Whole Lotta Love is the most famous one. Understandable, because Jimmy Page is firing is on all cylinders and Page gets to do some of his most impressive wails. But to me the song always loses power due to the whole part with the race car sounds. I think for most people they might be what makes the song special and it sure is an original addition, but to me they just break through the flow of the songs too much. So yes, I would have chosen a few 1969 Led Zeppelin tracks over this, even if it is mostly great.



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[33] Aretha Franklin | Respect | 952.9 pts
AM rank : 9
AM 1960s rank : 8
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 17
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 34
Position in 1967 poll : 6

Fans: bonnielaurel(3), Bruno(4), Dan(9), Henry(11)
Not Fans: Brad(141)

Rob: Did Aretha Franklin deliberately set out to change Otis Redding’s slightly misogynist song into perhaps the definitive feminist anthem? The answer might be out there somewhere, but at the moment of writing I don’t have it. What I know is that you don’t have to be a woman to appreciate it. It is just so powerful and funky that few people should be able to resist it.




[32] The Zombies | Time of the Season | 961 pts
AM rank : 1042
AM 1960s rank : 259
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 79
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 36
Position in 1968 poll : 13

Fans: CharlieDriggs(14), Honorio(15), Listyguy(13), MaschineMan(12)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(148)

Honorio: Summer (of 1967) was the time of the season for loving. But not for them, they were disbanded long ago when the song climbed the charts. Recorded in 1967, released in 1968 to general indifference but a delayed (but deserved) #1 in 1969.

MaschineMan: One of the sexiest songs ever recorded.

Rob: This song won the last Bracketology here on Acclaimed Music. There is a general idea going around on this site, but also elsewhere, that The Zombies and Odyssey and Oracle are underrated. I think they are a bit overrated actually. I do like Time of the Season. It has quite an original arrangement and sounds pretty cool. Yet it goes far to call it anywhere near a masterpiece, at least in my opinion. It’s just a solid pop song.



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[31] The Beatles | Hey Jude | 966.1 pts
AM rank : 40
AM 1960s rank : 20
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 16
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1968 poll : 5

Fans: Bruno(7), Henry(7), RedAnt(1)
Not Fans: DaveC(139)

MaschineMan: I feel like I'm one bad experience/association away from hating this song.

Rob: My favourite Beatle track. No, I’m not asking for a medal for originality here. For all the ambition The Beatles had they hardly recorded long songs. Too bad, because Hey Jude showed they were up to the task. It has an epic sweep. I feel like a lot of later artists copied the idea of a big chorus of people singing towards a great, semi-holy, upbeat crescendo. I think Sufjan Stevens knows this song very well.




[30] Van Morrison | Brown Eyed Girl | 967.8 pts
AM rank : 152
AM 1960s rank : 59
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 36
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1967 poll : 5

Fans: bonnielaurel(12), Listyguy(11)
Not Fans: Brad(150), sonofsamiam(148)

Honorio: Morrison came from Rhythm & Blues (with Them) and was going to develop a fascinating career with peaks on Chamber Folk and Soul Rock. But his first solo single showes how great he could have been if he had chosen to be a Pop singer.

Rob: The weird thing about professional grump Van Morrison is that he doesn’t seem to like people much, but at the same time has made a lot of songs that belong to crowds. Surely something like Brown Eyed Girl begs to be sung along, by a big mass of people or by a group of friends in an Irish pub. It gets people in a good mood.




[29] King Crimson | 21st Century Schizoid Man | 972.2 pts
AM rank : 1521
AM 1960s rank : 343
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 82
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1969 poll : 10

Fans: BangJan(1), Listyguy(8), luney6(3), RedAnt(3)
Lowest rank: Miguel(124)

Rob: There were quite a few long rock songs with big guitar sounds in the late sixties. I have a soft spot for those, but that didn’t help much getting them in this list. 21st Schizoid Man is an exception and luckily it is a great one. It has a fierce power, enough to overpower the unsuspecting listener. The jazz-influences also add a lot of swing to the proceedings.




[28] Leonard Cohen | Suzanne | 986 pts
AM rank : 361
AM 1960s rank : 118
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 38
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1967 poll : 8

Fans: DaveC(10), Honorio(10), Miguel(14), Rob(12)
Not Fans: MaschineMan(128/139)

Honorio: Poetry. The revolution of pop music that Dylan ignited allowed Leonard Cohen, already a successful Canadian writer on his thirties, to try his luck as a singer/songwriter. And he opened his first album with this intimate but powerful gem, filled with religious references (Jesus "sank beneath your wisdom like a stone"), strange love references ("you know that she's half crazy, but that's why you want to be there"), and of course, poetry. Among the garbage and the flowers.

Rob: Cohen’s best song in my opinion. It is just so moving and mysterious. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what Cohen wants to say with it, but it is also the type of poem that I don’t want to be explained. Also, the subtle orchestration was seldom better. Some later songs by Cohen would be slightly ruined by background singers, but here they give the song the haunting atmosphere the lyrics require.




[27] Nina Simone | Sinnerman | 986.5 pts
AM rank : 4232
AM 1960s rank : 772
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 64
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1965 poll : 5

Fans: CharlieDriggs(1), DaveC(14), Henrik(13), sonofsamiam(1)
Not Fans: luney6(143), Miguel(143)

Listyguy: Favorite discovery of the songs poll. Worth every second of it's length.

Rob: Nina Simone was a force of nature, a woman that didn’t so much define her genre as transcend it. She has many masterpieces, but it seems that Acclaimed Music especially likes this big epic. I have to agree. It isn’t just long, but it also feels big on sound, ideas and on feeling. It needs a larger than life singer to make it human. Nina Simone was the right woman for the job. Probably the closest soul ever came to opera.




[26] Simon and Garfunkel | The Boxer | 987.8 pts
AM rank : 430
AM 1960s rank : 136
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 34
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1969 poll : 9

Fans: Listyguy(7), Rob(1), Zombeels(12)
Lowest rank: Henrik(107)

Rob: My favourite song of all time. Because of this there is too much to talk about here in so little space. The way Simon’s lyrics steadily get darker, only to find a bare minimum of hope at the end is amazing on itself, but the subtle and original orchestration that leads it there is really beautiful. And then, at the point of hope, the song goes epic and the silly “lai-la-lai” becomes a sudden great expression of life and empowerment. Everything here not only works, but brings strength to song as a whole.



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[25] The Beatles | Yesterday | 1007.7 pts
AM rank : 117
AM 1960s rank : 44
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 24
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1965 poll : 4

Fans: bonnielaurel(4), Bruno(1), Henry(1), JamieW(8), RedAnt(14)
Not Fans: CharlieDriggs(143/146)

Rob: Paul McCartney originally wrote lyrics about eggs for this song. Would it have been one of the most covered songs ever if he kept it like that? I highly doubt it. Though the piano playing is beautiful I suspect the lines about recently lost happiness are what made this one of the most ubiquitous Beatle tracks. Luckily it can carry its status.



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[24] The Beatles | Eleanor Rigby | 1013.3 pts
AM rank : 186
AM 1960s rank : 69
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 26
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 24
Position in 1966 poll : 4

Fans: DaveC(6), Listyguy(10)
Lowest rank: sonofsamiam(116)

Honorio: Paul McCartney's (and Baroque Pop's) peak. "Jane Asher had turned him on to Vivaldi and it was very good," Lennon said.

Rob: Did The Beatles really know loneliness? It’s hard to believe, but Eleanor Rigby shows otherwise. This must have been a world away from The Beatles own lives, yet it feels genuine. It is a very moving song, deeply felt and terrifically played. It’s also depressing, so also a rare Beatles song I sometimes skip because I just don’t feel like it. That’s a compliment.



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[23] The Who | My Generation | 1040.2 pts
AM rank : 14
AM 1960s rank : 9
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 23
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 23
Position in 1965 poll : 11

Fans: BangJan(10), BleuPanda(1), Bruno(12), RedAnt(8)
Not Fans: JamieW(143)

BleuPanda: There's an energy to this song like few others, and it's almost impossible to top a line like "hope I die before I get old." Perhaps the greatest traditional rock song ever written.

Rob: Is My Generation offensive to stutterers or does it make them seem cool? I go with the last option. The Who wrote an ode to a specific generation, but later generations recognized themselves in it too. It is a song against timelessness and against long lives, but deservedly it had a longevity and the same goes for the band. That this is the only song by The Who in this list (and only through a wild card position) is a crime.




[22] The Velvet Underground and Nico | Venus in Furs | 1040.6 pts
AM rank : 245
AM 1960s rank : 84
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 74
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 37
Position in 1967 poll : 10

Fans: BangJan(15), Brad(15), DaveC(15), luney6(9)
Lowest rank: bonnielaurel(132)

BleuPanda: My actual favorite song of the 1960s sadly missed this ("Heroin"), but "Venus in Furs" also uses the electric viola in a magical way. Why isn't this instrument used more, especially with how influential every other part of this album was?

MaschineMan: I have always loved how it sounds like the string section is firing off rounds to an approaching enemy.

Rob: Sadomasochism isn’t my cup of tea, but I still like this bizarre song by The Velvet Underground. Of course “bizarre” is a relative term with this band. Making a simultaneously freaky and seductive song based on a novella from 1870 is no small achievement.



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[21] The Rolling Stones | Paint It, Black | 1045.7 pts
AM rank : 138
AM 1960s rank : 52
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 25
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 13
Position in 1966 poll : 3

Fans: bonnielaurel(5), Brad(9)
Not Fans: Miguel(141)

Rob: AM’s selections of Rolling Stones songs in this list are all very safe and predictable, but luckily there is a reason why these songs are evergreens. Take Paint It Black, which might anticipate the vision of millions of gothics to come, but has a broader appeal, because it has a genuine feel for darkness and yes, blackness. Also, the sitar is unforgettable.




[20] The Beatles | Tomorrow Never Knows | 1085.4 pts
AM rank : 170
AM 1960s rank : 66
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 22
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 14
Position in 1966 poll : 11

Fans: BangJan(14), Listyguy(5), MaschineMan(1), sonofsamiam(13)
Not Fans: bonnielaurel(136)

MaschineMan: The Beatles at their best, in my opinion. It's my #7 song of all time.

Rob: I don’t know about this one. I admire the experiment, but I feel the noise-like stylings found a better place in Lennon’s later efforts and the eastern atmosphere was already better captured by Norwegian Wood. Perhaps because of the lyrics it reminds me a little bit of Pyramid Song by Radiohead, decades later, but that song has more feeling. I guess Tomorrow Never Knows was a necessary experiment for The Beatles and deserves respect, but I have limited love for it. It just strikes me as more dry than the lyrics deserve.



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[19] Simon and Garfunkel | The Sounds of Silence | 1092.4 pts
AM rank : 201
AM 1960s rank : 74
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 15
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : n/a
Position in 1965 poll : 6

Fans: bonnielaurel(10), luney6(14), Rob(5), Zombeels(2)
Lowest rank: sonofsamiam(103)

Rob: The Sound of Silence has probably the darkest lyrics of any song on this list. For some reason it might actually be the song I have listened to the most in my life. Few people like Paul Simon know how to turn despair into something beautiful while never losing any nightmarish power. Of course it helps to have Art Garfunkel’s voice on your side.




[18] Marvin Gaye | I Heard It through the Grapevine | 1093.2 pts
AM rank : 6
AM 1960s rank : 5
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 14
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 21
Position in 1968 poll : 4

Fans: bonnielaurel(7), Bruno(8), JamieW(14)
Lowest rank: Brad(132)

Rob: I do not care much for Gaye’s songs of seduction and think his protest songs are not as good as those by many other soul singers, but here he excels for me. His sweet, but powerful and subtle voice was only matched by Sam Cooke and never employed with more honest emotion than here. That it still remains funky as hell only makes it better. Deserves it status as one of the best soul songs.




[17] The Animals | The House of the Rising Sun | 1121.6 pts
AM rank : 92
AM 1960s rank : 37
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 19
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 15
Position in 1964 poll : 2

Fans: Bruno(10), JamieW(15), luney6(15), Rob(15), Zombeels(3)
Lowest rank: Honorio(101)

Rob: The House of the Rising Sun is at least 100 years older than this recording by The Animals. Many people played it before them and many after them. But who thinks of any of those recordings? Perhaps no traditional song has ever found so much a definitive version as this one. And it is completely deserved. Eric Burdon’s vocals surely should be nominated for the best vocal performance of the decade. He makes the already dark lyrics turn into some gothic horror. The use of organ here might have inspired The Doors, but no matter how well The Doors used that instrument, they couldn’t beat this.




[16] The Ronettes | Be My Baby | 1138.6 pts
AM rank : 7
AM 1960s rank : 6
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 13
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 11
Position in 1963 poll : 1

Fans: Bruno(15), Dan(8), Henrik(7), Honorio(4), MaschineMan(7), sonofsamiam(8)
Lowest rank: Miguel(87)

Honorio: Pure gold coming out from the speakers. An Ellie Greenwich lyrics about a promise of teenager love ’til eternity. A bright melody from Jeff Barry. A brilliant vocal performance from Ronnie Bennett and some delicious harmonies from the other Ronettes. A dramatic drum introduction from Hal Blaine. And the Wall of Sound due to the talents of Jack Nitzsche and, above all, Phil Spector. Cannot fail. These are the perfects ingredients for an immortal pop symphony.

MaschineMan: Of all the girl groups featured on this list, none come close to the mastery of the writers, Phil and Veronica (and I guess the other Ronettes) on this track.

Rob: What is the secret behind this indestructible song? Like the other greats by Phil Spector and (The Beach Boys) it seems too light and happy to exist, but somehow it also has an epic sweep and a natural feeling of joy (or love) that never fails to make me feel like moving.




[15] Sam Cooke | A Change is Gonna Come | 1148.7 pts
AM rank : 46
AM 1960s rank : 23
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 12
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 18
Position in 1964 poll : 1

Fans: BleuPanda(2), Bruno(5), CharlieDriggs(7), DaveC(11), sonofsamiam(4)
Not Fans: MaschineMan(138/139)

BleuPanda: Cooke's vocals here are absolutely stunning, in one of the most powerful calls for revolution ever recorded.

Honorio: A line like "I'm afraid to die, I don't know what's up there beyond the sky" coming from a former gospel singer showcased the internal turmoil of a man much more eloquently than the whole career of some other (supposedly) tortured artists.

Rob: Sam Cooke’s highest rated masterpiece and I’m not going to dispute this. It is epic, heartfelt, tragic, hopeful and extremely beautiful. Like many Cooke songs it is almost overdone, but he is to honest a singer to ever make a fault. That Cooke was never able to develop this path of music further is one of the greatest tragedies of pop music. But we’ll always have this one.



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[14] The Rolling Stones | (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction | 1158.6 pts
AM rank : 5
AM 1960s rank : 4
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 11
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 12
Position in 1965 poll : 2

Fans: Bruno(2), Henrik(9), Henry(3), luney6(6), MaschineMan(6)
Lowest rank: CharlieDriggs(120/146)

Rob: Perhaps the most famous guitar riff of the sixties belongs to Satisfaction and I won’t argue much. This song combines the best of Jagger (defiant and seeing the fun in his own misery) and Keith Richards (those earlier mentioned riffs). What I like the most is the imperfections of the song. There is a moment during one of the choruses where Richards starts his riff just a little too late. Such mistakes can work wonders on songs like this.




[13] The Beatles | Strawberry Fields Forever | 1160.5 pts
AM rank : 8
AM 1960s rank : 7
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 7
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 8
Position in 1967 poll : 2

Fans: Brad(10), Craig(6), Harold(10), Honorio(2), Listyguy(1), MaschineMan(13), Miguel(10)
Lowest rank: bonnielaurel(101)

Honorio: Nostalgic vignettes of a misty Liverpool dreamed from the deserts of Almeria. Lennon turned his childhood memories into a psychedelic trip (the song begins like a dream and end like a nightmare) where "nothing is real" and "living is easy with eyes closed". Now we know that his infancy was not exactly happy, being abandoned by his parents and having to struggle hard to evolve from the strangest boy of the classroom to the working class hero he would become.

Listyguy: This song is psychedelic euphoria. The pinnacle of a career defined by them.

Rob: An obvious drug song with also some arrogant lyrics (the tree part), but also one of the most definitive songs by The Beatles, even in a discography that isn’t particularly in search of a definitive song. It deserves to be called one of The Beatles best however, as it feels simultaneously a bit weird and bit defiant, but is still catchy and beautiful, as most of the best Beatle songs in my opinion.



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[12] David Bowie | Space Oddity | 1168.4 pts
AM rank : 79
AM 1960s rank : 34
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 18
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 16
Position in 1969 poll : 2

Fans: bonnielaurel(2), Craig(5), DaveC(13), MaschineMan(3), RedAnt(9)
Lowest rank: Dan(76)

MaschineMan: Chills, everytime.

Rob: Though I pay my honest respects to Elton John’s Rocket Man it has to be said that Space Odyssey is the ultimate space trip in music form. Not only did Bowie give it a nice story with memorable lyrics, but above all it really sounded spacey. I don’t really mean that in a druggy sense, but more in the sense of floating in a weird and lonely place (still sounds druggy, I know). It’s overused in commercials and movies about space travel (and even beyond that), but nothing can get Mayor Tom down. Expect, ironically, drugs, but that is another song.




[11] Love | Alone Again Or | 1182.4 pts
AM rank : 196
AM 1960s rank : 72
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 94
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 17
Position in 1967 poll : 12

Fans: BleuPanda(13), Brad(8), CharlieDriggs(13), Harold(9), Honorio(12), luney6(13), Miguel(13), Zombeels(7)
Lowest rank: bonnielaurel(135)

Honorio: A delicious anomaly in the 60s California psychedelic scene, and even an anomaly within its own band and album. While "Forever Changes" was mainly the work of art of Arthur Lee, "Alone Again Or" was written and sang by Bryan MacLean and featured a flamenco-style chord pattern on the guitar and a Tijuana Brass-style trumpet solo. But the song had a bittersweet tone absolutely on the same wave-length of Lee's material: "And I will be alone again tonight my dear."

Rob: Alone Again Or is a bit of a strange song. Somehow, like its title it feels unfinished, like a part of something bigger. It seems to be working its way to somewhere it never quite gets, only to repeat its second verse again. I don’t know, perhaps it’s just a feeling. And never mind, because it is still great. In fact, that second verse is worth repeating. Besides, baroque pop was really a thing in the sixties, but you can hardly tell it in this list. At least we have this one here as a fine example of the style.

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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby DaveC » Sun Jan 24, 2016 4:21 am

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[10] The Mamas and the Papas | California Dreamin' | 1185.1 pts
AM rank : 82
AM 1960s rank : 36
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 28
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 31
Position in 1965 poll : 3

Fans: Brad(14), Dan(15), DaveC(9), Harold(11), JamieW(3), MaschineMan(5)
Lowest rank: sonofsamiam(133)

Honorio: Let the sunshine in. This dream of California (from the New York City winters) seems more real than the real California.

MaschineMan: I'm sure I did damage to my hearing when I first "discovered" this song.

Rob: This song is heard many times in the film Chunking Express by Wong Kar Wai. Apparently they long for the California sun in Hong Kong as much as anyone else. I don’t blame Wong Kar Wai for overusing the song in his movie, I have overplayed it too. It has just such a sweet melody that begs to be heard over and over.



[9] Otis Redding | (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay | 1275.9 pts
AM rank : 17
AM 1960s rank : 10
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 4
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 5
Position in 1968 poll : 1

Fans: Bruno(9), Harold(14), Honorio(7), JamieW(1), Listyguy(2), RedAnt(15), Rob(7)
Lowest rank: Henrik(95)

Honorio: Like Spanish hero Cid, Otis Redding won battles after his death. Steve Cropper mixed this track that Otis recorded just before dying in a plane crash. A calm (but not resigned) song written on a rented houseboat at San Francisco Bay after the Monterey Festival, pointing that "nothing's gonna change, everything still remains the same". He had already conquered the throne of Soul in Monterey, but this great song gives us an idea of the heights he could have reached.

Listyguy: Everything about this track is marvelous: the mood, the guitar fills, the whistling, the vocals

Rob: My favourite soul song. That might not be an original choice, but at least the song itself is very original. Even the lyrics stand out among its genre fellows. It captures the sense of not being able to do anything with your life. Of course, Reddings’ singing is at the top of his game here, but he steals the show when whistling at the end. It’s more upbeat than the rest of the song and it is no surprise it wasn’t Redding’s wanted ending, but it somehow feels completely right here.




[8] The Jimi Hendrix Experience | All Along the Watchtower | 1276.6 pts
AM rank : 65
AM 1960s rank : 31
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 8
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 6
Position in 1968 poll : 2

Fans: BangJan(11), Brad(7), Bruno(14), Craig(10), Harold(15), Henry(2), JamieW(5), Listyguy(3), RedAnt(11)
Lowest rank: Miguel(127)

Honorio: The song with the legendary four-part guitar solo: 1º bluesy with string bending 2º dreamy with slide, reverb and echo 3º acid with his trademark wah wah 4º funky with a syncopated clean guitar sound. Absolutely masterful, Jimi.

Listyguy: It's a tragedy I had to put this one third, but the two ahead of it are also incredible. Jimi's the man.

Rob: Bob Dylan once said that all his songs really belonged to Jimi Hendrix even if he didn’t know it while writing them. A nice compliment, though it doesn’t explain why Hendrix of all songs chose All Along the Watchtower to cover. It isn’t the one that is closest to his style and it comes from one of Dylan’s least psychedelic and most calm albums. I always figured that it was because it ends with the line “And the wind begins to howl”, which Hendrix wanted to emulate with his guitar. Whatever, it became Hendrix best track, with a turbulent sweep that will probably never age.




[7] The Kinks | Waterloo Sunset | 1296.1 pts
AM rank : 29
AM 1960s rank : 14
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 9
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 9
Position in 1967 poll : 3

Fans: BangJan(9), BleuPanda(9), Brad(1), Dan(14), DaveC(5), Listyguy(6), Miguel(1), RedAnt(5), Zombeels(6)
Lowest rank: Rob(107)

BleuPanda: This is a rare rock song that can be described as beautiful. There's an astonishing harmony between the imagery and sound.

Honorio: Chilly, chilly, it's evening time. A boy called Ray Davies peeping to the world through his window wrapped in a warm blanket of sweet vocal harmonies, as long as he gazes to Waterloo sunset he's in paradise. Yes, Waterloo sunset's fine.

Rob: Waterloo Sunset is fine. Meaning: I like it. I see why it is special, both musically and lyrically. Yet it still hasn’t connected all that deeply with me. I have no problem with the high ranking it will probably get, but I will not help the song achieve it.




[6] The Rolling Stones | Sympathy for the Devil | 1314.2 pts
AM rank : 20
AM 1960s rank : 12
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 6
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 10
Position in 1968 poll : 3

Fans: BangJan(6), BleuPanda(6), Brad(12), Craig(7), Dan(10), Harold(7), Henry(10), MaschineMan(8), RedAnt(4), Zombeels(8)
Not Fans: JamieW(150)

BleuPanda: The devil could never ask for a better theme song. There's a peaceful rhythm to this oddly instrumented track, a rare seven minute track that doesn't overstay its welcome.

Rob: Not Al Pacino, not Axel Rose, but Mick Jagger is the real devil. His performance as Lucifer is so great because he sounds both degenerate and seductive. The bongo’s, the guitars and the background vocals make this also a much better example of devil worship than all those silly self-serious metal odes to Satan that came later. Not that this is really devil worship, but a clever political parable. Completely deserves its status as a quintessential piece of rock history.

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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby DaveC » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:02 am

Huge points gap between #5 & #4




[5] The Beach Boys | God Only Knows | 1317.7 pts
AM rank : 18
AM 1960s rank : 11
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 10
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 2
Position in 1966 poll : 2

Fans: BangJan(7), BleuPanda(7), CharlieDriggs(4), Harold(4), Honorio(3), Miguel(9), Rob(13), sonofsamiam(6)
Lowest rank: Brad(111)

BleuPanda: The Beach Boys do harmony better than any other band, and this is their best track in that regard.

Honorio: If someone would ask me about my favourite minute of music (although why the hell somebody would ask me that) I would choose without hesitation the last minute of "God Only Knows." Musically there are a lot of things happening in the song, the Chamber Pop arrangements, the Christmas-like percussions... But it's in this last minute where the vocal harmonies of the boys from the beach goes intertwining and intertwining forming a spiral that elevates (you) to heaven.

Rob: I don’t think there is a single song I’ve come across in more movies than this one. I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out it was used in every single film ever released, including the ones made even before The Beach Boys existed. The amazing thing is that this is a rare song that can get away with being ubiquitous. Even taken apart from movies I have heard it probably hundreds of time, but it never lost its magic. It is just simply a wonderful composition.




[4] The Rolling Stones | Gimme Shelter | 1410.1 pts
AM rank : 27
AM 1960s rank : 13
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 5
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 7
Position in 1969 poll : 1

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Not Fans: Miguel(148)

MaschineMan: I can't describe the feeling I get when i listen to this song, it's like heavy rain, electricity and the rumblings of the earth.

Rob: The Stones usually sound very playful in even their most serious songs, but not in Gimme Shelter. Here they sound really desperate and capture the tumultuous feeling of the sixties in all its confusing glory. Now that our own times have gotten to a similar messed up point the song sounds perhaps more timeless than it has done the few decades that preceded it.

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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

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[3] The Beach Boys | Good Vibrations | 1436.1 pts
AM rank : 4
AM 1960s rank : 3
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 3
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 4
Position in 1966 poll : 1

Fans: BleuPanda(3), Bruno(3), CharlieDriggs(6), DaveC(8), Henrik(1), Henry(4), Honorio(8), JamieW(9), MaschineMan(11), sonofsamiam(12)
Lowest rank: Rob(95)

BleuPanda: Every part of this song feels so tightly executed. No moment overstays its welcome, creating a ceaseless feel-good flow.

Honorio: Brian Wilson made a titanic effort to obtain what many people consider the best song ever. Seven months of recordings in three different recording studios (with session musicians and the superb harmonies of the Beach Boys), creating small musical fragments later placed in a meticulous sound collage, complex but accessible, innovative but addictive, luminous, magical, exciting. But now we know that this creative effort left the unstable Brian exhausted and disturbed.

Rob: The biggest classic by The Beach Boys (that’s saying a lot coming from a band that also made the indestructible God Only Knows), but not anywhere near my favourite of theirs. But The Beach Boys are among my favourite bands so that shouldn’t be taken as too hard a criticism. I still like Good Vibrations a good deal and the famous Theremin sounds, previously more related to horror than romance, have a fair bit to do with that.

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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

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[2] Bob Dylan | Like a Rolling Stone | 1488.8 pts
AM rank : 1
AM 1960s rank : 1
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 2
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 1
Position in 1965 poll : 1

Fans: BangJan(4), BleuPanda(8), bonnielaurel(8), Bruno(6), CharlieDriggs(3), Craig(1), Harold(1), Honorio(1), RedAnt(13), Rob(2), sonofsamiam(9)
Lowest rank: Zombeels(94/122)

BleuPanda: Bob Dylan is a musical poet, and "Like a Rolling Stone" combines some of his best lyrics with an intense rhythm.

Honorio: Bruce Springsteen once described the drum hit at the beginning of "Like a Rolling Stone" like the "snare shot that sounded like somebody’d kicked open the door to your mind". And it's not an exaggeration from a crazy fan (Springsteen is undoubtedly one of them), this snare shot opened a lot of doors: it introduced folk into rock (and rock into folk), it introduced literature and poetry into pop lyrics and it introduced adulthood complexities into a mostly teenager style.

Rob: You might have heard this before, but some people really like this song. I’m one of these persons. I’ll admit, I really like the fact that it is #1 on the official Acclaimed Music list. It was really the song more than any other that made me search out music more and that awakened my real interest in the art form, as well as in poetry. There was something here that struck me. At the time I discovered it, my friends mostly listened to current pop music and I didn’t know much beyond that. But here was someone sounding angry, using incredible words and singing in a voice that seemed ugly but is full of honesty and a rough beauty. The power of Like a Rolling Stone has not diminished for me either. I may not listen to it every week, but it is always close to me, in semi-rotation.




[1] The Beatles | A Day in the Life | 1492.1 pts
AM rank : 3
AM 1960s rank : 2
AMF 2015 All-time poll 1960s rank : 1
AMF 2011 1960s poll rank : 3
Position in 1967 poll : 1

Fans: BangJan(3), BleuPanda(5), Bruno(11), CharlieDriggs(5), Craig(2), Harold(3), Henrik(14), Honorio(9), JamieW(2), Miguel(3)
Lowest rank: DaveC(85)

BleuPanda: A combination of imagery and experimentation is what makes this my top Beatles song. The lyrics have precise details that create a tragic image and the increasingly long build-up between verses amps up the tension into something stunning.

Honorio: Lennon wrote a song from fragments of newspapers (it was usual for him then), played acoustic guitar and sang with a haunting beautiful voice. McCartney wrote and sang a middle section, played piano and bass and was responsible for the drug references ("I had a smoke and I went into a dream" or "I’d love to turn you on"). Starr played the best drums you can actually hear on a Beatles song. And Martin wrote an orchestral score that sounded like the end of the world.

Rob: Recently chosen as the best song of all time by the Acclaimed Music forummers. I was one of the few people who didn’t vote for it. I still stand by that decision, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like A Day in the Life. It is just one of those songs I respect more than love. I should add that pretty much every part of this song is great on its own, either catchy or beautiful. But maybe the whole to me is lesser than its parts.

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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby DaveC » Sun Jan 24, 2016 9:00 pm

The full ranked list and the spreadsheet

1 | The Beatles | A Day in the Life | 1967
2 | Bob Dylan | Like a Rolling Stone | 1965
3 | The Beach Boys | Good Vibrations | 1966
4 | The Rolling Stones | Gimme Shelter | 1969
5 | The Beach Boys | God Only Knows | 1966
6 | The Rolling Stones | Sympathy for the Devil | 1968
7 | The Kinks | Waterloo Sunset | 1967
8 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | All Along the Watchtower | 1968
9 | Otis Redding | (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay | 1968
10 | The Mamas and the Papas | California Dreamin' | 1965
11 | Love | Alone Again Or | 1967
12 | David Bowie | Space Oddity | 1969
13 | The Beatles | Strawberry Fields Forever | 1967
14 | The Rolling Stones | (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction | 1965
15 | Sam Cooke | A Change is Gonna Come | 1964
16 | The Ronettes | Be My Baby | 1963
17 | The Animals | The House of the Rising Sun | 1964
18 | Marvin Gaye | I Heard It through the Grapevine | 1968
19 | Simon and Garfunkel | The Sounds of Silence | 1965
20 | The Beatles | Tomorrow Never Knows | 1966
21 | The Rolling Stones | Paint It, Black | 1966
22 | The Velvet Underground and Nico | Venus in Furs | 1967
23 | The Who | My Generation | 1965
24 | The Beatles | Eleanor Rigby | 1966
25 | The Beatles | Yesterday | 1965
26 | Simon and Garfunkel | The Boxer | 1969
27 | Nina Simone | Sinnerman | 1965
28 | Leonard Cohen | Suzanne | 1967
29 | King Crimson | 21st Century Schizoid Man | 1969
30 | Van Morrison | Brown Eyed Girl | 1967
31 | The Beatles | Hey Jude | 1968
32 | The Zombies | Time of the Season | 1968
33 | Aretha Franklin | Respect | 1967
34 | Led Zeppelin | Whole Lotta Love | 1969
35 | Simon and Garfunkel | America | 1968
36 | The Doors | Light My Fire | 1967
37 | The Velvet Underground and Nico | I'm Waiting for the Man | 1967
38 | Procol Harum | A Whiter Shade of Pale | 1967
39 | The Band | The Weight | 1968
40 | The Velvet Underground and Nico | Sunday Morning | 1966
41 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Purple Haze | 1967
42 | The Kinks | You Really Got Me | 1964
43 | Jefferson Airplane | White Rabbit | 1967
44 | Ben E. King | Stand By Me | 1961
45 | The Jimi Hendrix Experience | Voodoo Child (Slight Return) | 1968
46 | The Beatles | Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) | 1965
47 | The Beach Boys | I Get Around | 1964
48 | Jefferson Airplane | Somebody to Love | 1967
49 | Dick Dale and The Del-Tones | Miserlou | 1962
50 | Bob Dylan | Subterranean Homesick Blues | 1965
51 | Jimi Hendrix | Hey Joe | 1966
52 | Del Shannon | Runaway | 1961
53 | Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin | Je t'aime... moi non plus | 1969
54 | The Stooges | I Wanna Be Your Dog | 1969
55 | The Beatles | Help! | 1965
56 | The Velvet Underground and Nico | All Tomorrow's Parties | 1966
57 | Édith Piaf | Non je ne regrette rien | 1960
58 | The Beatles | Something | 1969
59 | Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell | Ain't No Mountain High Enough | 1967
60 | The Beach Boys | Wouldn't It Be Nice | 1966
61 | The Beatles | In My Life | 1965
62 | The Zombies | She's Not There | 1964
63 | John Coltrane | My Favorite Things | 1961
64 | The Beatles | Penny Lane | 1967
65 | The Turtles | Happy Together | 1967
66 | Bob Dylan | Blowin' In the Wind | 1963
67 | The Temptations | My Girl | 1964
68 | Jacques Brel | Amsterdam | 1964
69 | Dionne Warwick | Walk On By | 1964
70 | Nick Drake | River Man | 1969
71 | Roy Orbison | In Dreams | 1963
72 | The Rolling Stones | Jumpin' Jack Flash | 1968
73 | The Supremes | Where Did Our Love Go | 1964
74 | Bob Dylan | Visions of Johanna | 1966
75 | The Byrds | Eight Miles High | 1966
76 | The Beatles | A Hard Day's Night | 1964
77 | Sam Cooke | Wonderful World | 1960
78 | Bob Dylan | Desolation Row | 1965
79 | Stan Getz, João Gilberto & Astrud Gilberto | The Girl from Ipanema | 1964
80 | Aretha Franklin | I Say a Little Prayer | 1968
81 | The Zombies | Hung Up on a Dream | 1968
82 | The Shirelles | Will You Love Me Tomorrow | 1960
83 | The Doors | The End | 1967
84 | Patsy Cline | Crazy | 1961
85 | Glen Campbell | Wichita Lineman | 1968
86 | Charles Mingus | Modes D-F: Trio and Group Dancers | 1963
87 | Bernard Herrmann | Psycho: Prelude | 1960
88 | The Beach Boys | Sloop John B. | 1966
89 | The Beach Boys | Don't Worry Baby | 1964
90 | Bob Dylan | A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall | 1963
91 | Ennio Morricone | L'estasi dell'oro | 1966
92 | The Beatles | Revolution | 1968
93 | The Beatles | I Want To Hold Your Hand | 1963
94 | Etta James | At Last | 1960
95 | Booker T. & the M.G.'s | Green Onions | 1962
96 | Bob Dylan | The Times They Are A-Changin' | 1964
97 | Roy Orbison | Crying | 1961
98 | The Beatles | You Never Give Me Your Money | 1969
99 | Roy Orbison | Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel) | 1960
100 | The Kingsmen | Louie Louie | 1963
101 | Jacques Brel | Vesoul | 1968
102 | Johnny Cash | Ring of Fire | 1963
103 | The Righteous Brothers | You've Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ | 1964
104 | The Beatles | She Loves You | 1963
105 | Bob Dylan | I Want You | 1966
106 | Krzysztof Penderecki | Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima | 1960
107 | The John Barry Seven and Orchestra | James Bond Theme | 1962
108 | The Beatles | I Saw Her Standing There | 1963
109 | Henry Mancini | Moon River | 1961
110 | Dionne Warwick | Anyone Who Had a Heart | 1963
111 | Ray Charles | Hit The Road Jack | 1961
112 | Jackson C. Frank | I Want To Be Alone (Dialogue) | 1965
113 | Bob Dylan | Don't Think Twice, It's All Right | 1963
114 | Percy Sledge | When a Man Loves a Woman | 1966
115 | The Righteous Brothers | Unchained Melody | 1965
116 | Miles Davis | Concierto de Aranjuez | 1960
117 | Dion | Runaround Sue | 1961
118 | Them | Gloria | 1964
119 | Quincy Jones | Soul Bossa Nova | 1962
120 | The Tokens | The Lion Sleeps Tonight | 1961
121 | Sam Cooke | Bring It On Home To Me | 1962
122 | Bob Dylan | Masters Of War | 1963
123 | Elvis Presley | Can't Help Falling in Love | 1961
124 | The Shadows | Apache | 1960
125 | The Marcels | Blue Moon | 1961
126 | Ray Charles | Georgia On My Mind | 1960
127 | The Crystals | Then He Kissed Me | 1963
128 | Jorge Ben | Mas, Que Nada! | 1963
129 | Jacques Brel | Ces gens-là | 1965
130 | The Miracles | You've Really Got a Hold on Me | 1962
131 | Bob Dylan | It Ain't Me Babe | 1964
132 | The Contours | Do You Love Me | 1962
133 | Gerry and the Pacemakers | You'll Never Walk Alone | 1963
134 | John Coltrane | Olé | 1961
135 | The Chantays | Pipeline | 1962
136 | John Coltrane | Giant Steps | 1960
137 | Howlin' Wolf | Spoonful | 1960
138 | Henry Mancini | The Pink Panther Theme | 1963
139 | The Everly Brothers | Cathy's Clown | 1960
140 | The Drifters | Save The Last Dance For Me | 1960
141 | Sam Cooke | Chain Gang | 1960
142 | The Beatles | Love Me Do | 1962
143 | The Ventures | Walk - Don't Run | 1960
144 | Jacques Brel | Les Paumés du petit matin | 1962
145 | Sam Cooke | Cupid | 1961
146 | Little Eva | The Loco-Motion | 1962
147 | Otis Redding | These Arms of Mine | 1962
148 | Sonny Boy Williamson | Help Me | 1963
149 | Ray Charles | I Can't Stop Loving You | 1962
150 | The Tornados | Telstar | 1962
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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby Bruno » Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:36 am

Great job, DaveC!

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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby jamieW » Mon Jan 25, 2016 1:02 am

Thanks for the great presentation, DaveC! Lots of surprises, both good and bad. I was pleasantly surprised by the placements of songs like "Alone Again Or," "California Dreamin'," and "Sinnerman," to name a few. I was a little shocked by the list of "not fans" for a few of my favorites, particularly "Threnody," "I Want To Be Alone," and "Masters of War" (easily my favorite Dylan song). But then I suppose everybody feels that way about the songs that are special to them personally. Looking forward to the album results!

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Postby Henrik » Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:16 am

Thanks DaveC! I really enjoyed the presentation!
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Postby luney6 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 8:09 am

Yes, Thank you DaveC. This was a lot of fun. Looking forward to the album poll :D
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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby Henry » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:10 pm

Dave C - your presentation of the results was superb. Thanks for the successful effort.

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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby Nassim » Mon Jan 25, 2016 2:31 pm

Too bad I missed the deadline, thought it was end of Jan. I think it would have been enough to make Like a Rolling Stone first and Space Oddity 10th.

Very nice presentation anyway, and some nice discoveries along the way.

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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby DaveC » Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:58 pm

Thanks guys. Many thanks too to everyone who added comments, you definitely enhance these poll results.

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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby DaveC » Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:00 pm

Nassim wrote:Too bad I missed the deadline, thought it was end of Jan. I think it would have been enough to make Like a Rolling Stone first and Space Oddity 10th.

Very nice presentation anyway, and some nice discoveries along the way.


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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby Honorio » Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:08 pm

Many thanks DaveC for the excellent presentation! And many thanks to Rob for the wonderful comments!

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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby BleuPanda » Wed Jan 27, 2016 1:23 pm

Here are the songs sorted by their biggest fan (it was actually making this list that made me notice the error in the first results). I just find it fun to notice trends among individuals. Of course, people tend to have bigger lists the more they disagree with the final results.


BangJan:
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)"
King Crimson - "21st Century Schizoid Man"

BleuPanda:
The Everly Brothers - "Cathy's Clown"
The Miracles - "You've Really Got a Hold on Me"
Roy Orbison - "Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)"
Roy Orbison - "Crying"
The Who - "My Generation"
Sam Cooke - "A Change is Gonna Come"

bonnielaurel:
Sam Cooke - "Chain Gang"
Bob Dylan - "It Ain't Me Babe"
Ray Charles - "Georgia on My Mind"
The Shadows - "Apache"
Dionne Warwick - "Anyone Who Had a Heart"
The Supremes - "Where Did Our Love Go"
Dionne Warwick - "Walk On By"
Bob Dylan - "Blowin' in the Wind"
Aretha Franklin - "Respect"
The Rolling Stones - "Paint It, Black"
Marvin Gaye - "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
David Bowie - "Space Oddity"

Brad:
The Zombies - "Hung Up on a Dream"
The Beatles - "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)"
The Velvet Underground and Nico - "Sunday Morning"
Simon and Garfunkel - "America"
The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset"

Bruno:
Otis Redding - "These Arms of Mine"
The Righteous Brothers - "Unchained Melody"
Percy Sledge - "When a Man Loves a Woman"
The Kingsmen - "Louie Louie"
Ben E King - "Stand By Me"
The Beatles - "Yesterday"
The Rolling Stones - "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"

CharlieDriggs:
Sonny Boy Williamson - "Help Me"
The Ventures - "Walk - Don't Run"
Quincy Jones - "Soul Bossa Nova"
Booker T. & the M.G.'s - "Green Onions"
The Velvet Underground and Nico - "All Tomorrow's Parties"
Nina Simone - "Sinnerman"

Craig:
Them - "Gloria"
The Beatles - "Penny Lane"
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"
The Band - "The Weight"
Bob Dylan - "Like a Rolling Stone"
The Beatles - "A Day in the Life"

Dan:
The Beatles - "Love Me Do"
The Contours - "Do You Love Me"
The Marcels - "Blue Moon"
Dion - "Runaround Sue"
Ray Charles - "Hit the Road Jack"
Bob Dylan - "I Want You"
Etta James - "At Last"
The Beach Boys - "Don't Worry Baby"
The Beatles - "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
Jacques Brel - "Amsterdam"
Roy Orbison - "In Dreams"
Bob Dylan - "Subterranean Homesick Blues"

DaveC:
The Tornados - "Telstar"
Howlin' Wolf - "Spoonful"
Gerry and the Pacemakers - "You'll Never Walk Alone"
Miles Davis - "Concierto de Aranjuez"
Patsy Cline - "Crazy"
Jefferson Airplane - "White Rabbit"
Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
Leonard Cohen - "Suzanne"
The Beatles - "Eleanor Rigby"

Harold:
The Beatles - "She Loves You"
The Beatles - "In My Life"
The Rolling Stones - "Gimme Shelter"
Bob Dylan - "Like a Rolling Stone"

Henrik:
Jorge Ben - "Mas, Que Nada!"
Jacques Brel - "Ces gens-la"
Jackson C. Frank - "I Want to Be Alone (Dialogue)"
The John Barry Seven and Orchestra - "James Bond Theme"
Bernard Herrmann - "Psycho: Prelude"
Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin - "Je t'aime... moi non plus"
The Beatles - "Something"
Dick Dale - "Miserlou"
The Beach Boys - "Good Vibrations"

Henry:
The Righteous Brothers - "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
The Beatles - "A Hard Day's Night"
The Temptations - "My Girl"
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"
The Beatles - "Help!"
Jefferson Airplane - "Somebody to Love"
The Beatles - "Yesterday"
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "All Along the Watchtower"

Honorio:
Jacques Brel - "Les Paumes du petit matin"
Henry Mancini - "Moon River"
Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto - "The Girl from Ipanema"
Leonard Cohen - "Suzanne"
The Ronettes - "Be My Baby"
The Beach Boys - "God Only Knows"
Bob Dylan - "Like a Rolling Stone"

JamieW:
The Drifters - "Save the Last Dance for Me"
The Chantays - "Pipeline"
Bob Dylan - "Masters of War"
Elvis Presley - "Can't Help Falling in Love"
The Zombies - "She's Not There"
Del Shannon - "Runaway"
The Mamas and the Papas - "California Dreamin'"
Otis Redding - "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay"
The Beatles - "A Day in the Life"

ListyGuy:
Bob Dylan - "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right"
Bob Dylan - "A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall"
Jimi Hendrix - "Hey Joe"
Van Morrison - "Brown Eyed Girl"
The Beatles - "Strawberry Fields Forever"

luney6:
The Doors - "The End"
Bob Dylan - "Visions of Johanna"
The Stooges - "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
The Velvet Underground and Nico - "I'm Waiting for the Man"
The Doors - "Light My Fire"
The Kinks - "You Really Got Me"
Led Zeppelin - "Whole Lotta Love"
The Velvet Underground - "Venus in Furs"

MaschineMan:
Edith Piaf - "Non je ne regrette rien"
The Beach Boys - "I Get Around"
The Zombies - "Time of the Season"
The Beatles - "Tomorrow Never Knows"

Miguel:
Little Eva - "The Loco-Motion"
Sam Cooke - "Cupid"
Henry Mancini - "The Pink Panther Theme"
The Tokens - "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"
The Beatles - "I Saw Her Standing There"
Jacques Brel - "Vesoul"
Aretha Franklin - "I Say a Little Prayer"
Sam Cooke - "Wonderful World"
The Beach Boys - "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
The Kinks - "Waterloo Sunset"

RedAnt:
The Beatles - "Revolution"
The Shirelles - "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
The Rolling Stones - "Jumpin' Jack Flash"
The Beatles - "Hey Jude"
The Rolling Stones - "Sympathy for the Devil"
The Rolling Stones - "Gimme Shelter"

Rob:
Ray Charles - "I Can't Stop Loving You"
Bob Dylan - "The Times They Are A-Changin'"
Ennio Morricone - "L'estasi dell'oro"
Bob Dylan - "Desolation Row"
The Beach Boys - "Sloop John B."
Simon and Garfunkel - "The Boxer"

sonofsamiam:
John Coltrane - "Ole"
John Coltrane - "Giant Steps"
The Crystals - "Then He Kissed Me"
Sam Cooke - "Bring It On Home to Me"
Krzysztof Penderecki - "Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima"
Charles Mingus - "Modes D-F: Trio and Group Dancers"
Glen Campbell - "Wichita Lineman"
Nick Drake - "River Man"
John Coltrane - "My Favorite Things"
Nina Simone - "Sinnerman"

Zombeels:
Johnny Cash - "Ring of Fire"
The Beatles - You Never Give Me Your Money"
The Byrds - "Eight Miles High"
The Turtles - "Happy Together"
The Animals - "House of the Rising Sun"
Simon and Garfunkel - "The Sound of Silence"
Love - "Alone Again Or"
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Re: [Results] The Best Songs of the 1960s

Postby Bang Jan » Sat Jan 30, 2016 4:42 pm

Here is the list of voters sorted by their correlation with the list.

BangJan | 0.736514512
Harold | 0.723564603
BleuPanda | 0.718458598
Listyguy | 0.652898351
luney6 | 0.631741855
RedAnt | 0.560218676
DaveC | 0.539119072
Honorio | 0.532238766
Brad | 0.493019245
Bruno | 0.489573759
Henry | 0.454813103
Henrik | 0.398593715
Rob | 0.384459754
JamieW | 0.378208809
Dan | 0.369426197
CharlieDriggs | 0.356984075
MaschineMan | 0.328985501
Miguel | 0.312449442
sonofsamiam | 0.296630072
Craig | 0.291412386
bonnielaurel | 0.263398373
Zombeels | 0.222229565
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