20 Greatest Songs Of The 60’s

hippies1The following list is from  those oh-so-edgy and controversial music “critiques” over at Pitchfork Media. But you know, it’s actually a pretty decent list, although putting Desmond Dekker and The Aces “Isrealites” at # 10 kind of baffles me.  And, I mean, where’s “Heroin” by The Velvet Underground? Where’s “Waterloo Sunset” by The Kinks? The Temptations? James Brown? How about The Doors and “Light My Fire” (or “Break On Through, The End, etc)?

But, overall, I have to agree with most of the content here, but not all, and especially not the order. EXCEPT their pick for the #1 song, which I most assuredly agree with. Go on, take a peek. What do YOU think?

And on a related 60’s note, Paul McCartney was on fire last night at the Coachella mucic festival in Indio, California, playing two and a half hours of Beatles songs, solo stuff and various cover songs for a bedazzled crowd. READ THE STORY HERE.

20. The Shangri-Las: “Out in the Streets”
(Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich)
1965

19. The Beatles: “Tomorrow Never Knows”
(John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
1966

18. The Crystals: “Then He Kissed Me”
(Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich/Phil Spector)
1963

17. Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Fortunate Son”
(John Fogerty)
1969

16. The Stooges: “I Wanna Be Your Dog”
(Dave Alexander/Ron Asheton/Scott Asheton/Iggy Pop)
1969

15. Aretha Franklin: “Think”
(Aretha Franklin/Teddy White)
1968

14. The Beach Boys: “Don’t Worry Baby”
13. The Band: “The Weight”
(Robbie Robertson)
1968

(Roger Christian/Brian Wilson)
1964

12. The Rolling Stones: “Gimme Shelter”
(Mick Jagger/Keith Richards)
1969

11. Led Zeppelin: “Dazed and Confused”
(Jimmy Page)
1969

10. Desmond Dekker & The Aces: “Israelites”
(Desmond Dekker)
1969

9. The Who: “I Can’t Explain”
(Pete Townshend)
1965

8. Johnny Cash: “Folsom Prison Blues (Live at Folsom Prison)”
(Johnny Cash)
1968

7. The Beach Boys: “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”
(Tony Asher/Brian Wilson)
1966

6. The Ronettes: “Be My Baby”
(Jeff Barry/Ellie Greenwich/Phil Spector)
1963

5. The Beatles: “A Day in the Life”
(John Lennon/Paul McCartney)
1967

4. Bob Dylan: “Like a Rolling Stone”
(Bob Dylan)
1965

 3. Sam Cooke: “A Change Is Gonna Come”
(Sam Cooke)
1964

2. The Jackson 5: “I Want You Back”
(Berry Gordy, Jr./Alphonso Mizell/Freddie Perren/Deke Richards)
1969

1. The Beach Boys: “God Only Knows”
(Tony Asher/Brian Wilson)
1966

For the complete TOP 200, CLICK HERE

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