The Music of the 1960’s


With every generation, there are songs that make it to the top of the billboard list, and are forever seared into the mind of those who listen to these songs.  The 1960’s are no exception to this rule. When people talk about the 1960’s, they often think of the Beetles and the Rolling Stones. After all, this was two of the biggest bands during this time who were competing for the attention of the world. The 60’s also represents the incoming British Invasion of music to the United States, a style of music that the US went wild for, as can be seen with the success of the Beetles and the Rolling Stones.

The Top 10 Songs of the 1960’s

This decade encompasses some great music that is still being listened to today. The 60’s was when rock and roll started to change, and there seemed to be a battle taking place between new age rock and roll, like the Rolling Stones and Beetles, from old age rock and roll, like Elvis Presley.

Billboard is the go to source for music ratings, as they keep track of the number of listens that a song gets, the reception to radio and the like. For the 1960’s, there are several songs that can be remembered, but the top 10 songs are:

  1. “The Twist” by Chubby Checker
  2. “Hey Jude” by The Beatles
  3. “The Theme from ‘A Summer Place’” by Percy Faith and His Orchestra
  4. “Tossin’ and Turnin’” by Bobby Lewis
  5. “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by the Beatles
  6. “I’m a Believer” by the Monkees
  7. “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In” by The 5th Dimension
  8. “Sugar, Sugar” by the Archies
  9. “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by the Marvin Gaye
  10. “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” by Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires

What Was Learned from Music of the 60’s

There are those who would view the 60’s as nothing special, while the bulk majority of people throughout the world would say that the music of the 60’s paved the road for what music is today. During the 60’s, it was a time of re-birth in the world of music. Artists started to make music they wanted, and the masses were given options as to what was popular. Whether the person wanted to hear rock and roll, folk rock, or even Motown, they had this option during the 60’s.

The 1960’s was a time of music expression and freedom. That is why the music that was produced during this generation is some of the most beloved songs of all time!