Best Songs of the 1960s

A lot of great songs were written during the 1960's. Rock, R&B, funk, soul, country, you name it. Any song that was released between 1960 and 1970 is good for this list. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.


San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie

Greatest 60’s song ever.


I remember this song as though it were just yesterday. Great song of the 60’s.


2Paint it Black - The Rolling Stones

I wanna see it painted, painted black...


love this song

best song ever!

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3Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers

OOhhh, my love, my darling, I've hungered for, your touch, a long, lonely time...


4At Last - Etta James

At Last, my love has come along. My lonely days, are over


5Hey Jude - Beatles

It's the greatest song from the greatest band ever! Not just the greatest band, but the greatest musical artist in general! This song is the peak of The Beatles' career. Everything they did before this song were just the baby steps that they needed to create the greatest song of all time.

6A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum

I like the melody

nothing like it ever...
a stand along classic with no rival

A great and very haunting song.


7Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan

Dylan at his best

BEST SONG EVER not just best song of the 60s, BEST SONG EVER!

This song changed music forever

8Light My Fire - The Doors

Jim Morrison kicks ass

Its a kick ass song

9Sounds of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel

Hello Darkness, my old friend...


10House Of The Rising Sun - The Animals


11To Love Somebody - The Bee Gees
12Stand By Me - Ben E. King

When the night, has come..


13I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight

Yes! I heard it - sing it Gladys!

14Nights In White Satin - Moody Blues

got to be the best ever love song in history

15Daydream Believer - Monkees

Cheer up Sleepy Gene!


16Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkle
17California Girls - The Beach Boys

The Beach boys had a great sound which is exemplified by this song

18Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks

happy, pick me up song

19Happy Together - The Turtles
20Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations

the best song from the 60's... and I am not even from that decade!

21Tuesday Afternoon - The Moody Blues

One of many unforgettable, timeless hits they wrote during the 60's!

22Heartbreaker - Led Zeppelin
23People Got to Be Free - The Rascals
24Sympathy For the Devil - The Rolling Stones

Please allow me to introduce myself, I'm a man of wealth, and taste. Been around for a long long year......


25These Boots Are Made For Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra

These boots are made for walking, and thats just what they'll do. One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you!


it refreshes the memories of the army infantry when on long marches

26The Rain, Park And Other Things - The Cowsills
27I Want To Hold Your Hand - Beatles

Why wouldn't you want to hold your lover's hand...

This song changed rock music forever. Maybe not the best song, but the most important. Yes

28Crimson And Clover - Tommy James And The Shondells


29Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees
30Woodstock - Crosby Stills Nash And Young

It takes me back to wonderful
times of my life.

31Space Oddity - David Bowie

Ground Control to Major Tom...


32Iko Iko - The Dixie Cups

This Mardi Gras song as a hit!


33I'll Be There - The Jackson Five
34Eve of Destruction - Barry McGuire
35Help - The Beatles
36When a Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
37Get Back - The Beatles

That guitar and bass, Harrison and McCartney at their best! An amazing song off the Let It Be album and a great performance on it on the rooftop of 3 Saville Row on 30th January 1969.

38Come See About Me - The Supremes
39Wouldn't It Be Nice - The Beach Boys
40Love Me Do - The Beatles

it a good song if you listen to it and take the time to listen to the words it sounds really good

the beatles will always be the best!

41Penny Lane - The Beatles
42For Your Love - The Yardbirds


43White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane

Unique and iconic haunting sound of that decade. Unforgettable lyrics

It is the quintessential summary of everything 60's.

44Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley was and still is the greatest singer of all times. This his last number one hit.

The King, thank you very much.


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45Crying - Roy Orbison
46Bus Stop - The Hollies

Best british invasion band who were incredibly innovative. Exceptional vocals and really talented musicians. Tight band.

47Be Young Be Foolish Be Happy - The Tams
48Needles And Pins - The Searchers
49Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
50Both Sides Now - Judy Collins
51Purple Haze - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
52Respect - Aretha Franklin
53Piece of My Heart - Big Brother
54Monterey - The Animals

Summarized the psychedelic feeling of the Summer of Love. The Monterey Pop Festival was both the end and beginning of the mid-60's. It officially ended the Surf Music mindset, and ushered in the late 60's psychedelic Nirvana years.

55When You Walk in the Room - The Searchers Listen to sample
56Oh, Boy! - Buddy Holly Listen to sample
57Pictures of Matchstick Men - Status Quo Listen to sample
58Where Were You When I Needed You - Grassroots Listen to sample
59Massachusetts - Bee Gees Listen to sample
60(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones Listen to sample
61Downtown - Petula Clark Listen to sample
62Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds Listen to sample
63Positively 4th Street - Bob Dylan Listen to sample
6421st Century Schizoid Man - King Crimson Listen to sample
65Stop! In the Name of Love - The Supremes Listen to sample
66Baby It's You - Smith Listen to sample
67More Than Words - Extreme
68Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf Listen to sample

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This list was created on October 27, 2006 and has been voted on over 700 times.