The Temptations singing “My Girl”, Motown Records, 1964
The music that started it all
The 1960s was an incredible decade of music. It’s essentially where pop and rock ‘n’ roll music were born! In our homepage poll, the ‘60s actually handily beat out the entire 2000-2018 era in answering, “What generation had the best music?” It’s amazing that music that was popular half a century ago is still so well revered.
While movies and television shows, even new ones, still include occasional music from this bygone era, most radio “oldies” of the 1950s, ‘60s, and ‘70s have been shelved in favor of the ‘80s, ‘90s, and early 2000s. This is done mainly to continue including new audience members and to keep the sound fresh. The best illustration I can think of is the Range Game on ‘The Price is Right’ – the range always includes a big chunk, but it does still move forward with time – allowing each song, in our case, to have its day (years) in the sun.
The good news is that we can all have our cake and eat it too. New music often includes nods to previous music, either in title, lyrics, the music itself – or a combination thereof. Whenever that happens, you’ll often hear me mention it on-air, sometimes reminiscing with a clip of the original. Also, blogs, for example, are a great way to share things that need a new home. In this article, I share 10 great songs from the famous 1963-1972 period.
Everybody knows acts like The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and Diana Ross & the Supremes. I tried to think of some other incredible hits that you may have forgotten or think you haven’t heard but will soon remember once you hit the ‘play’ button.
I could add several hundred songs to the list of music that delivered the quintessential ‘60s flavor – but these 10 popped into my head the quickest.
Hop in the DeLorean (’80s reference in a ’60s article, I know, I know). Here we go!
The Ronettes “Be My Baby” 1963 (#2 on the U.S. music charts)
The Beach Boys “I Get Around” 1964 (#1 on the U.S. music charts)
The Temptations “My Girl” 1964 (#1 on the U.S. music charts)
The Mamas & the Papas “I Saw Her Again” 1966 (#5 on the U.S. music charts)
The Chiffons “Sweet Talkin’ Guy” 1966 (#10 on the U.S. music charts)
Buffalo Springfield “For What it’s Worth” 1967 (#7 on the U.S. music charts)
White Plains “My Baby Loves Lovin’” 1970 (#13 on the U.S. music charts)
Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds “Don’t Pull Your Love” 1971 (#4 on the U.S. music charts)
The Grass Roots “Sooner or Later” 1971 (#9 on the U.S. music charts)
Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose “Too Late to Turn Back Now” 1972 (#2 on the U.S. music charts)