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[RESOLVED!] What Was The Most Popular Song In The 1960s?

From the Summer of Love to the summer of Woodstock, the winds of change that blew through America in the Sixties always seemed to pick up speed between June and September 🙈 Whether it was the British Invasion arriving on our shores or the Beach Boys hitting the waves, the decade was dominated by sizzling platters that could be as cartoonish at the Archies or as as poignant as “People Got to Be Free 🔥” Here are the biggest hits of the era’s summer months, ordered by length of chart peaks 🔥 Also we’ve went ahead and excluded all the ballads and more unseasonably mild hits — so our apologies to Bobby Vinton, Dean Martin, and others. [1]
While the Swinging Sixties may be over half a century old, their groundbreaking impact continues to this day. Team Beatles or Team Stones are the most successful bands in America, and they still hold the title of the greatest. However, there was much more to this decade than John and Jagger. The decade was full of discovery and experimentation. Here are the tracks that defined it… Words by Matthew Horton, Tim Chester, Priya Elan. 100 best tracks of the ’60s – Spotify playlist (last revised 73 days ago by Jennifier Purvis from Hubli Dharwad, India) [2]
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Roger Miller’s “King of the Road” shines a light on the travelling man. This country-pop song is a charming crossover that focuses on a nomadic hobo who has no obligations or possessions. The song’s most famous line, “I’m a man of means, by no means, king of the road” was bitingly cynical, reveling in the freedom of refusing to conform to societal norms. Its simple instrumentation and smooth melody have made the song a popular cover, both for rock and country artists. Reverend Horton Heat and Glen Campbell are just two examples of those who covered it. The song’s stripped-down style allows for many different interpretations, but it’s Miller’s original, built around the singer’s charmingly beautiful voice, that remains the definitive “King of the Road.” [3]
This was the decade that saw Dylan, Aretha and Zeppelin, as well as the Beach Boys, Zeppelin, Hendrix, and Dylan. But that’s not all it was. The 1960s also included the slyly political pop of Brazil’s Os Mutantes, the early electronic experiments of Silver Apples, and the free jazz exhalations of Albert Ayler. It was a single-oriented era—a startlingly inventive period following the initial explosion of rock’n’roll but before the’s having album become dominant—when entire new genres seemed to bubble up every few months. The ’60s marked a time when pop music became more than a teenage fad, turning into an important art form in its own right as it soundtracked the civil rights movementThe Vietnam War, hippie glory, and. (Last edited 18 days back by Keishia Schulte of Yingkou in China [4]
Elvis Presley was the most popular artist in the 1950s and continued to be a top performer into the 1960s. Another top act from 1950s had at least 1 #1 hit during the 1960s: Pat Boone and Percy Faith and His Orchestra; Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. His #1 hits in the 1960s include “Something’s Stupid” (1967), which was performed by Nancy Sinatra as a duet. Ricky Nelson was a popular teen idol of the 1960s. His 1961 hit, “Travelin” Man, reached the top spot on the charts. He changed his name to Rick shortly afterward and recorded a string of hit songs through the 1970s. While Lawrence Welk only reached the top of the charts with “Calcutta” on 1960’s charts, his long list of chart hits dates back to 1938. He also has an enormous following thanks to his TV series. One of the greatest. Louis ArmstrongAlthough he had many hits, he only reached the top one spot with “Hello Dolly!” 1964. Last modified by Gustav Solano, Nouakchott (Mauritania), 20 days ago [5]
According to industry professionals at pastemagazine.com, adapted from a French pop tune from the ‘40s, Bobby Darin’s follow up to the one-two commercial punch that was his other late ‘50s hits, “Dream Lover” and “Mack The Knife,” allowed the crooner to show off another shade to his versatile voice. The romantic swoon and playful swing of those earlier singles was replaced with a Sinatra-like cool as he looks to the ocean and wonders what his lover is doing on the other side of that body of water other than “watching the ships that go sailing.” Would that he could split it in half like Moses and reunite with his lady love. —Robert Ham (a big thank you goes to Sheli Katz from Haifa, Israel for letting us know). [6]

Article references

  1. https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/summer-songs-1960s-18336/
  2. https://www.nme.com/list/100-best-songs-of-the-1960s-1159
  3. https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/best-60s-songs-feature/
  4. https://pitchfork.com/features/lists-and-guides/6405-the-200-greatest-songs-of-the-1960s/
  5. https://www.allbutforgottenoldies.net/articles/top-songs-by-decade/number-one-songs-1960s.html
  6. https://www.pastemagazine.com/music/the-100-best-songs-of-the-1960s/
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