Sunday, October 11, 2009

My Favorite Songs of the '60s

Okay. So I've gone through my favorite (pop) songs and albums of the '70s, '80s, and '90s, and this week will bring my lists for the 1960s. First is my 90 favorite songs, which will be followed by my 90 favorite albums in, as usual, three parts.

The 1960s were a big decade for music. Some might say it was the biggest decade for music. The music of the '60s (mostly the late '60s) often was a radical departure from any previous music. Electronic instruments started filtering in, bands began experimenting, and all sorts of new genres were popping up. Countless innovations that have gone on to shape pop music and underground music throughout the past four decades were created in the '60s. The music was stylistically diverse; British blues-rock, psychedelic, soul, proto-punk, girl group, and several other styles are all well represented on this list. So sit back, and enjoy the songs.

(Rules: no artist can have more than six songs on the list. Only two have six, though. And I'm only doing links for the top 30.)

90. Martha & The Vandellas--Heat Wave
89. Desmond Dekker--007 (Shanty Town)
88. Blue Cheer--Summertime Blues
87. The Supremes--Baby Love
86. Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto--The Girl From Ipanema
85. The Shangri-Las--Remember (Walking In The Sand)
84. Nick Drake--River Man
83. Led Zeppelin--Dazed And Confused
82. The Jimi Hendrix Experience--Hey Joe
81. Cromagnon--Caledonia

80. Love--7 and 7 Is
79. The Band--The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
78. The Zombies--She's Not There
77. The Jimi Hendrix Experience--Are You Experienced?
76. Leonard Cohen--So Long, Marianne
75. Os Mutantes--A Minha Menina
74. MC5--Kick Out The Jams
73. Johnny Cash--Folsom Prison Blues (Live)
72. Bob Dylan--Like A Rolling Stone
71. Silver Apples--Oscillations

70. Booker T. & The MG's--Green Onions
69. The Walker Brothers--The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
68. Bob Dylan--Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
67. James Brown--I'll Go Crazy (Live)
66. Otis Redding--I've Been Loving You Too Long
65. Serge Gainsbourg--Requiem Pour Un Con
64. The Zombies--Care Of Cell 44
63. Joe Cocker--With A Little Help From My Friends
62. The Angels--My Boyfriend's Back
61. Steve Reich--It's Gonna Rain

60. Sly & The Family Stone--I Want To Take You Higher
59. Sam & Dave--Hold On! I'm Comin'
58. The Jimi Hendrix Experience--Manic Depression
57. Tommy James & The Shondells--Crimson and Clover
56. The Zombies--This Will Be Our Year
55. The Crystals--Then He Kissed Me
54. Sly & The Family Stone--Hot Fun In The Summertime
53. Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot--Bonnie And Clyde
52. The Beatles--Twist And Shout
51. Dick Dale & The Del-Tones--Misirlou

50. James Brown--It's A Man's Man's Man's World
49. Creedence Clearwater Revival--Bad Moon Rising
48. Aretha Franklin--Think
47. The Ronettes--Be My Baby
46. The Stooges--1969
45. Ben E. King--Stand By Me
44. The Supremes--Where Did Our Love Go
43. The Velvet Underground--Lady Godiva's Operation
42. Creedence Clearwater Revival--Fortunate Son
41. Dusty Springfield--Son Of A Preacher Man

40. Simon & Garfunkel--The Sound Of Silence
39. The Jackson 5--I Want You Back
38. Otis Redding--(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
37. Leonard Cohen--Suzanne
36. James Brown--Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
35. Sly & The Family Stone--Everyday People
34. The Velvet Underground--Venus In Furs
33. Bob Dylan--Subterranean Homesick Blues
32. The Beatles--Strawberry Fields Forever
31. The Rolling Stones--Gimme Shelter

30. The Kinks--Waterloo Sunset
29. Scott Walker--30 Century Man
28. The Shangri-Las--Give Him A Great Big Kiss
27. The Trashmen--Surfin' Bird
26. The Beatles--I Am The Walrus
25. The Velvet Underground--Sister Ray (This is only half of it. Sorry.)
24. The Beach Boys--Don't Worry Baby
23. Desmond Dekker--Israelites
22. ? & The Mysterians--96 Tears
21. The Velvet Underground--Pale Blue Eyes

20. The Band--The Weight
19. Love--Alone Again Or
18. The Supremes--You Can't Hurry Love
17. Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood--Some Velvet Morning
16. Del Shannon--Runaway
15. Nico--These Days
14. The Beach Boys--Wouldn't It Be Nice
13. The Beatles--A Day In The Life
12. The Velvet Underground--Heroin
11. The Shangri-Las--Leader Of The Pack

10. Can--Yoo Doo Right (Again, not the whole thing. Sorry.)
9. The Rolling Stones--Sympathy For The Devil
8. The Beatles--Eleanor Rigby
6. The Velvet Underground--I'm Waiting For The Man
5. The Beach Boys--Good Vibrations
4. The Shangri-Las--Out In The Streets
3. The Beach Boys--God Only Knows
2. The Beatles--Tomorrow Never Knows
1. The Stooges--I Wanna Be Your Dog

That's what I think. You can probably start guessing the best albums list now. Obviously The Beatles and VU will be well represented.

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