In honor of Billboard magazine's th anniversary on Nov. The '60s was the first full decade of rock and roll, and the top twenty singles of the decade reflect a battle between old and new forms. Elvis Presley and Ray Charleswho helped lay the foundation for the explosion of rock and soul in the '50s, each appear on the list; so does the smooth doo-wop of the Four Seasons. Louis Armstrongthe famous jazz musician who had been recording since the s, had one of the biggest hit singles of the '60s.
But the new era arrived quickly. The biggest hit from the decade? Chubby Checker 's rock-indebted dance track "The Twist," the only song ever to hit No. Sounds were changing. The Beatles landed two entries on the top twenty -- an early number, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," and the expansive "Hey Jude," from later in their career. Check out the Spotify playlist of the top 20 below -- except for the Beatles, whose music isn't on Spotify -- and read on to see when each hit peaked.
This top Billboard Hot songs of each decade is ranked based on each title's performance on the Hot through the chart dated Nov. Songs are ranked based on an inverse point system, with weeks at No. To ensure equitable representation of the biggest hits across multiple decades, time frames are weighted to account for fluctuating chart turnover rates due to different methodologies utilized.
The Biz premium subscriber content has moved to Billboard. To simplify subscriber access, we have temporarily disabled the password requirement. Don't show again.The Vietnam war was a dominant musical theme in the '60s and '70s.
Antiwar songs were much in evidence at the Woodstock festival in and were an integral part of virtually every antiwar protest march and rally.
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Here are some of the best examples of the many antiwar protest songs of the era. Blood rack barbed wire Politicians' funeral pyre Innocents raped with napalm fire Twenty first century schizoid man.
The lead track on King Crimson's debut album, "In the Court of the Crimson King" made a powerful antiwar statement using a series of disconnected phrases which, taken together, formed an image of the Vietnam war: a conflict started and perpetuated by politicians, in which many innocent civilians died.
If you love your Uncle Sam Bring 'em home, bring 'em home Support our boys in Vietnam Bring 'em home, bring 'em home It'll make our generals sad, I know Bring 'em home, bring 'em home They want to tangle with the foe Bring 'em home, bring 'em home. Pete Seeger is one of those artists who crossed genre lines with his strong antiwar sentiments and was welcomed with open arms on the "alternative" stations that would play songs mainstream radio wouldn't touch.
Don't forget the draft resisters and their silent, lonely plea When they march them off to prison, they will go for you and me. Shame, disgrace and all dishonor, wrongly placed upon their heads Will not rob them of the courage which betrays the innocent. Steppenwolf didn't shy away from tough subjects like drugs "The Pusher" or street violence "Gang War Blues" and they took on two of the most controversial antiwar sentiments.
We don't know how to mind our own business 'cause the whole world's got to be just like us Now we are fighting a war over there No matter who's the winner, we can't pay the cost 'Cause there's a monster on the loose it's got our heads into the noose And it just sits there, watching. You're old enough to kill but not for votin' You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin' And even the Jordan river has bodies floatin' But you tell me over and over and over again my friend Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.
Had it not been for the hastily written by P. Sloan and hastily recorded in one take "Eve of Destruction," Barry McGuire's musical legacy may well have consisted solely of having once been one of the anonymous voices in the ensemble folk group The New Christy Minstrels. It turned out that the time late was right for the lyrically and vocally powerful warning about war's destructive results. Find the cost of freedom Buried in the ground Mother Earth will swallow you Lay your body down.
Stephen Stills originally wrote the haunting "Find the Cost of Freedom" for the movie "Easy Rider," but it didn't make it onto the soundtrack. Neil Young wrote "Ohio" after student protesters were shot and killed by National Guard troops at an antiwar rally at Kent State University.
Some folks are born made to wave the flag They're red, white and blue And when the band plays "Hail To The Chief" They point the cannon at you. The title refers to those few young men whose families were sufficiently politically connected so as to avoid either combat duty or the draft altogether. The lyric is delivered from the perspective of the large majority: those who were not "fortunate sons" and who had gone or would be going soon to war.
Everybody's talkin' 'bout Bagism, shagism, dragism, madism, ragism, tagism This-ism, that-ism, ism ism ism All we are saying is give peace a chance All we are saying is give peace a chance.
John Lennon took a "soft sell" approach, avoiding the graphic images of war or scathing attacks on politicians that were common in Vietnam-era protest songs. Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for No religion, too Imagine all the people Living life in peace.
Hey, look yonder, tell me what you see Marching to the fields of Vietnam It looks like Handsome Johnny with an M15 Marching to the Vietnam war, hey marching to the Vietnam war. Richie Havens electrified the crowd at Woodstock in with his soulful rendition of "Handsome Johnny" after it first appeared on his third album, "Mixed Bag," in The song was the brainchild of Louis Gossett Jr.
It's always the old to lead us to the war It's always the young to fall Now look at all we've won with the saber and the gun Tell me is it worth it all. Phil Ochs literally made a career out of writing and singing protest songs.
In all, Ochs recorded eight albums of what he called "topical" songs between andbefore committing suicide at age 35 in Come on mothers throughout the land Pack your boys off to Vietnam Come on fathers, and don't hesitate To send your sons off before it's too late And you can be the first ones on your block To have your boy come home in a box.
1960s Music: What Songs Were The Most Popular?
Joe McDonald's solo performance of his biting satire at Woodstock wasn't planned. He was on stage filling time while acts who were scheduled to perform tried to make it through the massive traffic jams to get there.
When "I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag" written in and released in was featured in the "Woodstock" film and its soundtrack init became a fixture in the antiwar protest songbook and one of the songs for which Country Joe and the Fish were best known.
You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Bob Dylan took dead aim at what President Dwight Eisenhower had dubbed the "military-industrial complex" consisting of the military, Congress, and weapons manufacturers.Does it get any better than music in the s? It was a time where it seemed no one could write a bad song.
Think of all the unbelievable musicians that captured our imaginations. It cannot be understated that the s completely revolutionized music forever. It was by far the most influential musical decade in modern history.
Almost every recording artist of today and since can trace their idols back to the s. Almost every taboo was broken, very quickly. Once artists started experimenting, new sounds were invented and recorded like never before.
Our goal is to capture the essence of the decade and try to let you feel what was going on. We are still in the process of building this site, but you can check out some of the years of the sixties in more detail below.
We will also be uploading a ton of pictures of s musical artists. Read below for more in-depth information about a certain year in the s. What were the most popular songs in the s? Popular Artists from the s Who were the most popular musical artists in the s? Barbara Streisand exploded into popularity, dramatically singing herself to the top of the charts.
Andy Williams, a preexisting favorite, made a few new albums that ranked quite high on the charts. Advertisement Folk music peaked with Peter, Paul, and Mary, who at one point had created three of the top-six albums in the United States. A folk festival in Newport attracted over 47, fans, over 10 thousand more than the famed Newport Jazz Festival, in the same city.
Jazz received a surge in popularity with adolescents and young adults. Count Basie achieved newfound success, becoming a best-seller by making albums with Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The music scene had never been so dominated by a single group as it was in A group of four young mop-tops from Liverpool, England, made teenage girls scream and faint across the globe. Wherever they went, police were under pressure to keep the thronging thousands away from the Beatles.
The group was often afraid to leave their aircraft. A majority of fans weer young people.This article is about the American Billboard Hot chart held from — The Billboard Hot chart is the main song chart of the American music industry and is updated every week by the Billboard magazine.
During — the chart was based collectively on each single's weekly physical sales figures and airplay on American radio stations. Note : The year-end number-one singles forand were " Surfin' U. The following artists achieved four or more number-one hits during — A number of artists had number-one singles on their own as well as part of a collaboration. The following artists were featured in top of the chart for the highest total number of weeks during — The following songs were featured in top of the chart for the highest total number of weeks during — From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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United Artists. Red Bird. Kama Sutra. White Whale. Soul City. August 2, Retrieved August 23, Lists of Billboard number-one singles.
Categories : s record charts Lists of Billboard Hot number-one songs.Singles were everywhere, played on radio, put onto jukeboxes and, more importantly, bought in their millions by fans. By the time The Beatles came along, the 45 was selling in vast numbers — at least it was for some artists.
Hundreds of millions of singles were sold every year in the 60s, and while there was a great deal more million-sellers back then, there were also a many more records released. Success depended on getting a single on the radio, and then getting it on heavy rotation to convince people to go out and buy it.
The pirate radio stations helped a little to redress the balance, but there have always been 24 hours in a day, and that means only so many 45 got played across the world.
The result of all this? No sales, no chart success; no chart success, no enduring memory of many of the songs on our list. We have picked 67 of what we think are the great lost 45s from the 60s, and we suspect that many of you will not have heard the vast majority of them.
How many of you have heard of The Aerovans? Anyway, time to dive in and go on a musical voyage of discovery through s music. And be sure to let us know what you think are the great lost singles from this important decade. Listen now to our 67 Lost Singles Of The 60s playlist. I have well over 4, songs programmed from through the mid 80s no 50s and all were charted hits. No 50s are programmed, and not because I dislike the 50s… just never experienced many songs first-hand, and since many of us are in our 60s and 70s now, we likely never heard many of the mid 50s songs nor helped to make them hits!
My radio days began in on Long Island, and went through the mid to late 80s, and while I have heard many of these obscure songs, many others were just simply never played nor heard at all in larger metro areas like New York, Chicago and LA.
With thousands of songs each year and in the past, most fall by the wayside. I have owned a few such records, and it varies as to what such value is. In the end, what is a rare or great song to one is just a run-of-the-mill record to another. Most people will not recall most of the songs posted in this area, and they were not really big sellers nor experienced great radio airplay. This is a key to the success an artist has, and the promotion of their material. One-hit-wonders are just that, and the sad thing is why artists who have had such hits never are able to repeat their success.
Many reasons are likely… promotion, maybe personal issues or a bad manager or PR person. Memories are something we all cherish, and the music we heard and loved while growing up will always be there for each of us, locked away in our heart always. It is different for each of us, but some songs just accurately reflect the feelings, news and politics we knew from that time. This makes them classics for many, where some, while wonderful songs, just never had the exposure and found favor with their audience.
I know I am thankful for the music I heard and took to heart from the 60s and 70s I loved, and many others also had a possession for as well. This changes with each generation and time, and only the passing of time proves that some are more profound or expressive than others.
Not necessarily better, but if held in the hearts of many in their time, will always represent what many held close, representative of their life. Hello Mike, I love your station and listen to you a lot in the mornings especially. I would be deeply grateful if you could tell me who sang it. You can send a reply to my e-mail if you know. Thank You! Unfortunately, the most I can find about him is linked to Hank Mizell.THE LATE s to mids were a manic depressive time period in music, populated by exultant highs and soul crushing lows.
The lows came in the form of devastating testaments to inner sadness and existential rage. Perhaps it was Vietnam, recreational heroin use, and an economy that was in the crapper that caused such a swell in depressing anthems. Who knows? What is known is that this time period was fertile ground for misery put to melody, and whittling them down to a list of 15 was a daunting task indeed, but here goes….
Carmen sounds so deeply depressed that you half expect to hear a gunshot at the end of the song. I found her diary underneath a tree. And started reading about me. The words began stick and tears to flow. Her meaning now was clear to see. Do not play this at a party as it will cause long-term sorrow in the hearts of men and women alike. Still, these last words of a dying man are guaranteed to destroy any shred of happiness in you. The levee will break, tears will flow.
This beautifully nihilistic goldmine is what came out. The single should have come with a packet of MDMA crystals to counterbalance the onset of profound grief. Yet here they are with among the most depressing — a dichotomy, those Gibb boys.
The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1960s
Originally used for the unbelievably depressing film Bless Beasts and Childrenthis instrumental is the perfect background music to slit your wrists to. If you could bottle all the sadness of the world and then condense it into sound, this would be the result.
And those of us with ravaged faces Lacking in the social graces Desperately remained at home Inventing lovers on the phone.
Many a 70s macho male strained to fight back the tears when this came on the radio; but, it was a futile task.Nevertheless, the art of the hook still ruled the singles charts, with AM Gold balladeers and insurgent disco divas heating up the Hot every summer. When Grease became the box office sensation of summerit made unlikely hitmakers out of Sha Na Na and John Travolta.
If they had summer jams inSymphony No. When it was ultimately recorded as a disco track by an adult singer, Anita Ward, the title phrase took on the air of a flirtatious euphemism.
Hot, a trio comprised of the white Detroit native Gwen Owens, the black Kansas City native Cathy Carson and the Mexican-born Juanita Curiel, was an unusual sight when they debuted in Inthe song was interpolated by Vanilla Ice for a top 10 hit of the same name, but like Queen and David Bowie, Wild Cherry initially received no songwriting credit from Robert Van Winkle.
This, however, was something of a ruse: Elton and Bernie Taupin simply published the song under the playful pseudonyms Ann Orson and Carte Blanche. Inthough, this young brother-and-sister duo launched the song into pop immortality.
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