The Best Songs of the 1960s: Part 1

We’ve chosen the finest songs of the 1960s – take a look at, and have a listen to, part one of our ‘60s music list

River Deep Mountain High – Ike and Tina Turner (1966) 

An incredibly strong song that’s definitely stood the test of time. Tina on form, as ever, with those powerful vocals. 

She Loves You – The Beatles (1963) 

The Beatles were the ultimate force to be reckoned with the 1960s. A short song but huge in stature, this was a big hit from its release, going on to be the best-selling single of the entire decade. 

My Girl - The Temptations (1964) 

The Sound of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel (1965) 

Featured in the film The Graduate in 1967. It’s not ‘Mrs Robinson’. 

The Ronettes – Be My Baby (1963) 

This, like so much of the music in the ‘60s, was produced by Phil Spector. It sold on more than two million copies in 1963. 

Tracks Of My Tears - The Miracles (1965) 

The Tracks Of My Tears was on of Smokey Robinson and The Miracles was successful songs – in the long term. At the time, it didn’t even feature in the top 10 in America. 

What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong (1968) 

One of our favourites on Smooth, this song reached #1 in the UK back in 1968.

Respect - Aretha Franklin (1967) 

The ultimate track for ‘Girl Power’, Franklin’s version of this is the one that’s achieved the most success to date. We give nothing other than R-E-S-P-E-C-T to Queen Aretha. 

Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash (1963) 

Ring of Fire was written by Johnny Cash's future wife June Carter with Merle Kilgore. 

Build Me Up Buttercup - The Foundations (1968) 

Now synonymous with wedding receptions across the country, this is a gem of song if you’re in the right mood for it. It's carefree and full of spirit - just like our rose-tinted version of the ‘60s! 

If you enjoyed this, take a look at part 2 of our 'Best Songs From The '60s ' list.

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