07 January 2019   

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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 Charles, who 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 Armstrong, the famous jazz musician who had been recording since the 1920s, 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. 1 in two separate runs (in 1960 and again in 1962, due to its revival in its pop culture). 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. Soul came on strong at the end of the decade: Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," from 1967, and Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," from 1968.

Top 20 music billboard hits as ranked on Billboard.

 

1. "The Twist" - Chubby Checker

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: September 24, 1960

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eh8eb_ACLl8


2. "Hey Jude" - The Beatles

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: September 28, 1968

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_MjCqQoLLA


3."The Theme From 'A Summer Place'" - Percy Faith And His Orchestra

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: February 27, 1960

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt7SPm7N6D8



4."Tossin' And Turnin'" - Bobby Lewis

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: July 15, 1961

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghFBvBmXv4E

 

5."I Want To Hold Your Hand" - The Beatles


Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: February 1, 1964

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jenWdylTtzs

 

6."I'm A Believer" - The Monkees

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: December 31, 1966

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB9YIsKIEbA

 

7."Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In" - The 5th Dimension

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: April 12, 1969

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06X5HYynP5E

 

8."Sugar, Sugar" - The Archies

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: September 20, 1969

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9nE2spOw_o

 

9."I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Marvin Gaye

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: December 14, 1968

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hajBdDM2qdg

 

10."Are You Lonesome Tonight?" - Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: December 3, 1960

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XVdtX7uSnk

 

11."It's Now Or Never" - Elvis Presley With The Jordanaires


Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: August 20, 1960

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkMVscR5YOo

 

12."I Can't Stop Loving You" - Ray Charles

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: June 02, 1962

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_7iRVtxui8

 

13."I'm Sorry" - Brenda Lee

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: July 23, 1960

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGLR25EJtfE

 

14."Love Is Blue (L'amour Est Bleu)" - Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: February 10, 1968

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTo9-lmZ6oE

 

15."Hello, Dolly!" - Louis Armstrong And The All Stars

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: May 9, 1964

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7N2wssse14

 

16."Big Girls Don't Cry" - The Four Seasons

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: November 17, 1962

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40bTOCv3_ak

 

17."Sugar Shack" - Jimmy Gilmer And The Fireballs


Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: October 12, 1963

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DW8ecqu0Iw

 

18."Honky Tonk Women" - The Rolling Stones

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: August 23, 1969

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6M77oHD110

 

19."(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" - Otis Redding

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: March 16, 1968

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTVjnBo96Ug&list=PLOGkXIbwSniqC2PB5jnxgzvwF-a4mLUs8

 

20."Big Bad John" - Jimmy Dean

Hot 100 Peak Position: 1

Peak Date: November 11, 1961

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnnHprUGKF0

 

Listen to some of the unforgettable hits of the 1960s on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhq6G1kvnng

 

 

Source:

- The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1960s. 27 October 2014. By Elias Leight. 

This article was written and republished with the permission of 60 Plus Club, Feb 2017 - view the full article here.