The Top Songs Of The 1960’s: #30-#16

16. Smokey Robinson, Tears of a Clown: the English Beat recorded a classic cover of this song, but the original is the sound of ‘60’s Motown personified.

17: The Count 5, Psychotic Reaction: My favorite “nugget” from these garage rock classicists.

18. Steppenwolf, The Pusher: “God DAMN, the pusher man”. Reminds me of Easy Rider, and remains one of the best anti-drug rants of all time. Forget Born To Be Wild, or Magic Carpet Ride, this is the best.

19. Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison Blues: I now live about 20 minutes away from Folsom Prison, so this song now has a special meaning, although even if I didn’t live here it would still have made the list.

 20. The Beatles, Tomorrow Never Knows: The Tibetan Book Of The Dead translated into an experimental pop classic.

21. The Stooges, I Wanna Be Your Dog: Cale’s piano tinkling made this standard garage rocker into an angry beast and became the template for the punk of the ‘70’s.

22. The Beach Boys, Don’t Worry Baby: Their most amazing harmonies are on this record.

23. The Band, The Weight: What…these guys are 4/5ths Canadian? No way!

24. The Rolling Stones, Gimme Shelter: The sound of the  1960’s exploding into the 1970’s, pure and simple.

25. Ray Charles, Georgia On My Mind: No explanation necessary for this classic.

26. Love, Alone Again, Or: The song that made flamenco guitar popular, this exotic little number is mostly forgotten, but it shouldn’t be.

27. Fortunate Son, CCR: The best song about the draft ever written, and a hell of a rocker.

 28. Vince Guaraldi Trio, Linus And Lucy: Because it makes me feel like a kid again.

29. 13th Floor Elevators, Step Inside This House: A trippy epic of a song, and my favorite of these sonic weirdo’s.

30. The Beatles, I Am The Walrus: Who was the walrus again? Paul or John? Weird video aside, this is one of Lennon’s oddest moments and one that still sounds relevant today.