The Top Songs Of The 1960’s: #45-#31

31. Etta James, At Last: I just love this song. It sounds like it could have been recorded 100 years ago, but it somehow fit into the ‘60’s like a glove.

32. Donovan, Hurdy Gurdy Man: An eerie little song from this psychedelic pop star that was wonderfully covered by the Butthole Surfers. As weird as the BS are they couldn’t top the weird vibe of the original, no matter how hard they tried. A true original, this.

33. The Kinks, Sunny Afternoon: What an amazing song, and one of Ray Davies first excursions into tellin’ stories.

34. Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs, Wooly Bully: This is quite possibly the weirdest track on this list. Truth be told I never thought much of it until I heard it used in the movie Full Metal Jacket. After that it all changed…

35. The Sonics, Strychnine: Another fantastic garage rock track that influenced countless psychobilly bands like the Cramps and the Fuzztones.

36. MC5, Kick Out The Jams: Righteous anger, pure and simple.

37. Zombies, Time Of The Season: Released after the band broke up, unfortunately. This song sounds like nothing else released in the ‘60’s. Great bass part, too.

38. The Byrds, Eight Miles High: Droning harmonies and the Byrds finest moment.

39. James Brown, Night Train: The beginnings of his funky phase. Actually, he was always pretty funky, wasn’t he?

40. The Who, I Can’t Explain: For their debut single (not counting the High Numbers stuff) the Who came out swinging, literally and figuratively, and definitely fully formed.

41. The Beach Boys, Wouldn’t It Be Nice: The 2nd best song on Pet Sounds!

42. The Temptations, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg: Tempts singer David Ruffin nails this one and is a huge reason for the bands early success.

43. Bobby Darin, Beyond The Sea: Not a pop song per se, but a damn fine example of someone beating Frank Sinatra at his own game.

44. The Monkees, I’m A Believer: Neil Diamond was wise to give this song to the Monkees. It’s a poppy ride designed for a summers day, and the best organ riff on this list.

45. Jimi Hendrix, Voodoo Child (Slight Return): I am of the minority that believes that Hendrix and his music is vastly overrated. This, though, is an amazing song. 

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