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115 Love Songs From the 1960s

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Travel back in time to the 1960s, a time of dramatic change, to celebrate love with R&B, rock, and pop songs from the era.

Travel back in time to the 1960s, a time of dramatic change, to celebrate love with R&B, rock, and pop songs from the era.

Love in a Time of Significant Change

A period of tumultuous change, the decade of the 60s was marked with events that shaped the nation, including:

  • the Vietnam War and anti-war movement
  • the assassination of key public figures (e.g., the President, a Presidential candidate, and several civil rights leaders), plus
  • the struggle for minority, women's, and gay civil rights.

Music typically reflects the changing era, and rock and roll, R&B, and classic country music saw the addition of different sounds, genres, and subgenres: soul, the Motown Sound, folk rock, the California Sound, and psychedelic rock. One unifying subject across all 1960s music, however, was the theme of love.

Travel back in time to the 60s. Commemorate with a playlist of favorite love songs from the era and share it with someone you love.

1. "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes

The Supremes rose to fame from humble beginnings as junior high school girls living in Detroit's public housing projects. Eventually, they were named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of "The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time."

This was one of their signature songs, a 1966 chart-topper in which the narrator describes her mother's sage advice. The girl's mother had counseled her to have patience and endure loneliness and heartaches because in time, true love would find her. Then, it would all be worth the wait.

This ditty was honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of "The 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll." A 1982 cover version by Phil Collins also became an international hit.

2. "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin

The transformative power of love comes alive then "goes to church" in Aretha's 1967 R&B crossover tune. The narrator previously felt uninspired, weary, and lost in her life, with no purpose. However, when she met her love interest, her entire outlook on life was reconfigured, making the narrator feel like a natural woman.

Aretha Franklin was a stunning talent who was blessed with fervent energy and a gospel-charged voice that soared. "A Natural Woman" became a signature tune for the songstress who by the end of the 1960s would become hailed as "The Queen of Soul." You're missing an otherworldly experience if you've never heard her performance of it at the 2015 Kennedy Center induction of Carole King.

Two of Aretha Franklin's 1960s songs, "A Natural Woman" and "Respect," became anthems to the burgeoning feminist and civil rights movements of the decade. Throughout her lifetime, she supported the causes heavily. In addition, she notably dazzled audiences with her talent at three Presidential Inaugurations, belting out:

  • "God Bless America" at Jimmy Carter's swearing in
  • "I Dreamed a Dream" at Bill Clinton's and
  • "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at Barack Obama's inauguration—live not lip-synched like Beyoncé.

Included among Aretha Franklin's many honors were the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (1994), becoming the first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987), and being voted as the number one greatest singer of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. When Aretha passed away in 2018, she entered the pearly gates in good company, backed by a choir of angels.

3. "Cupid" by Sam Cooke

The narrator in this 1961 R&B crossover hit is a man distressed because the young woman he covets doesn't realize he exists. Cupid, however, can assist him by shooting an arrow straight through her heart. The smitten young man promises to love his lady friend for all eternity if the cherub will simply do him this one teensy favor.

A prolific songwriter, Sam Cooke wrote most of his own material. He was also one of the first black artists to have an active role in the business side of his career. Sadly, however, he died at only 33 years old, although some of his songs became posthumous hits. Remembered as the King of Soul for his role in helping to originate the genre, Sam Cooke importantly paved the future path for other black artists.

Rolling Stone magazine lists "Cupid" as one of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." In addition, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame posthumously welcomed him in 1986.

4. "This Magic Moment" by The Drifters

Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss, and at other times, it's the beginning of something sensational and life-altering. Recalling the moment he first locked lips with his sweetheart, the narrator in this 1960 R&B song indicates he will always treasure it. He found his darling to be soft and sweet. He wanted to hold her tight. Best yet, he could tell that their attraction was mutual.

While this song may have been magic, not everything about The Drifters proved to be. The group's manager acquired ownership of The Drifters' name, and over the years, he hired a revolving door of poorly-paid musicians which still performs today under The Drifters' name.

The group was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as one of "The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time." They were also inducted into four Halls of Fame.

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5. "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" by Jackie Wilson

Nicknamed "Mr. Excitement," Jackie Wilson was known for his showmanship. He had pizzazz as well as a four-octave range. Mr. Excitement cut this energetic 1967 R&B crossover ditty in one perfect take, and it not only earned him one of two Grammy Hall of Fame Awards but it also landed him a spot on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

The song describes a "one in a million girl" that the narrator feels lucky to have found. Her love chased away the loneliness that once plagued the narrator. It now lifts and sustains him. Naturally, he encourages his sweetheart to continue to always loving him and he will happily return her affection.

Jackie Wilson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and was named to Rolling Stone's list of "The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time,"

6. "My Guy" by Mary Wells

The girl in this 1964 R&B crossover song is completely ga-ga over her boyfriend, and she proudly wears her heart on her sleeve. Her beloved is rather run-of-the-mill, but through the rose-colored glasses of love, she sees him as extraordinary.

Although her beau doesn't have the face of a movie star or the build of a muscle man, the narrator confirms her limitless devotion to Mr. Average Guy, rebuffing the advances of a male admirer:

Nothing you could do could make me be untrue to my guy
Nothing you could buy could make me tell a lie to my guy
I gave my guy my word of honor, to be faithful ... and I'm gonna
You'd better be believing, I won't be deceiving my guy.

Although her life later took unfortunate turns, Mary Wells was one of Motown's first superstar singers. She became known as the "Queen of Motown." Unfortunately, her career diminished when she left Motown at the height of her career in pursuit of better contract terms.

Towards the end of her life, Mary Wells struggled with cancer of the larynx and had no health insurance. Old Motown friends such as Diana Ross, members of The Temptations, and Mary Reeves, as well as other admirers in the music industry (e.g., Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin) came together to financially support her with medical bills.

7. "Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals

This sweet 1963 rock n' roll song describes a budding romance from the woman's perspective. She describes how a handsome young man approaches her at a dance, courts her, then marries her, sealing each stage of their evolving love affair with a kiss. It is listed as one of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" by Rolling Stone.

"Then He Kissed Me" is a kissing song that is certainly a drastic improvement from The Crystals' controversial 1962 number, "He Hit Me (And It Felt Like a Kiss)" that confused love with violence, provoked by jealous rage. That song was inspired by fellow singer Little Eva, who endured regular beatings at the hands of a boyfriend but excused them as a twisted sign of his love. Legendary singer-songwriter Carole King, herself a survivor of domestic abuse, co-wrote the song but now regrets doing so.

Let's stick with just the kisses.

8. "Baby I Need Your Loving" by The Four Tops

One of the most successful musical groups in music history, The Four Tops were among the Motown groups of the early to mid-1960s who established the distinctive Motown sound—tambourines, gospel-infused vocal harmonies, and basslines. Other Motown groups included The Temptations, The Supremes, The Miracles, Martha and the Vandellas, and The Marvelettes.

In this soul-infused pop song from 1964, a lonely man misses his ex-lover and wants her to know that he needs her back. Although begging, he admits, is a sign of weakness, he'd prefer looking weak than feeling miserable. Lately, he's been losing sleep and covering up how dejected he feels with fake smiles.

The ditty was ranked by Rolling Stone as one of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time," and the group was named as one of "The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time." Other prominent honors included being named to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990, and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.

How Well Do You Know 1960s Musical Artists? Take the Quiz

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. What did Sam Cooke, the King of Soul, die of at the age of 33?
    • drowning
    • suicide
    • murder
    • stroke
  2. The first female singer to open for The Beatles was:
    • Janis Joplin
    • Diana Ross
    • Dionne Warnick
    • Mary Wells
  3. As a teenager, which singer served 6 months in prison under very hard conditions for car theft?
    • Percy Sledge
    • Aaron Neville
    • Jackie Wilson
    • Marvin Gaye
  4. Which of the following musicians claimed to have been bullied in high school?
    • Janis Joplin
    • Mary Wells
    • Elvis Presley
    • Percy Sledge
  5. The least stable of the great vocal groups, The Drifters have had over __ vocalists rotate membership through the group.
    • 25
    • 45
    • 60
    • 85
  6. This musician studied Scientology but tried to get away from it:
    • Elvis Presley
    • Sonny Bono
    • Smokey Robinson
    • Frank Sinatra
  7. How many times did Tammy Wynette get married?
    • three
    • five
    • six
  8. This girl group from the 1960s was initially called "The Primettes." They were a sister act to The Temptations.
    • The Shirrells
    • The Supremes
    • Martha and The Vandellas
    • The Dixie Cups
  9. Which of the following performers was a high school dropout?
    • Diana Ross
    • Mary Wells
    • Elvis Presley
    • Jackie Wilson
    • Janis Joplin
  10. Who was working as a hospital orderly when his first big song hit the charts?
    • Aaron Neville
    • Buddy Holly
    • Marvin Gaye
    • Percy Sledge
  11. Until he could make a living as a singer, Frankie Valli worked as a ______.
    • barber
    • garbage truck drive
    • valet
    • bartender
  12. Which singer was killed in an altercation with his father, while trying to protect his mother?
    • Ben E. King
    • Marvin Gaye
    • Phil Everly
    • Otis Redding
  13. Which of the following members of The Ronettes married Phil Spector, who kept her imprisoned in his mansion for years?
    • Darlene Love
    • Nedra Talley
    • Veronica Bennett
    • Estelle Bennett
  14. As an 18-year old, which singer posed for a Doors album liner photo of a woman being crucified on a telephone pole?
    • Janis Joplin
    • Tina Turner
    • Tammi Terrell
    • Cher

Answer Key

  1. murder
  2. Mary Wells
  3. Aaron Neville
  4. Janis Joplin
  5. 60
  6. Sonny Bono
  7. five
  8. The Supremes
  9. Jackie Wilson
  10. Percy Sledge
  11. barber
  12. Marvin Gaye
  13. Veronica Bennett
  14. Cher

9. "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations

The Foundations were a multiracial British band, unique in that they were one of the few British bands to successfully imitate the Motown sound. This 1968 international smash pop hit was their last top 40s hit on the US mainstream charts.

The tune features a jilted lover, complaining that his sweetheart makes him promises but repeatedly lets him down, proving to be untrue and unreliable. He waits by the phone for calls that never come. She shows up late. Nevertheless, he loves her and is only attracted to her more for her wicked ways.

10. "When a Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge

Heartbreak was the inspiration for this 1966 hit, which peaked at number one on both R&B and pop charts. Percy Sledge had been laid off from a construction job, then his girlfriend left him for a modeling job. (Talk about hitting a man when he's down!)

That heartache built Percy Sledge's career. He found other work, other love, and in due time (2005), Percy Sledge found his way into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Additionally, this song, for which he is best known, was named to Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time."

An emotional ballad, the tune describes the single-mindedness of a man in love. As one of those men, the narrator bears witness that a lovestruck man

  • ignores his woman's faults
  • defends her no matter what
  • would risk all he has just to keep her and
  • doesn't see her objectively, particularly if she is taking advantage of him.

Again proving that good music is timeless (especially when it comes to love songs), Michael Bolton recorded a 1991 cover version of Percy Sledge's original. It hit number one on the charts.

11. "Can’t Help Falling In Love" by Elvis Presley

Elvis released this 1961 international chart-topper for his film, Blue Hawaii. The romantic tune is set to the melody of a French love song from 1700s and features a lovestruck man justifying the speed at which he wants to marry his girlfriend. He admits that although it may not be wise, he can't help falling in love with her. The narrator feels they are destined to love one another, and he wants to commit himself to her for life—as in right now.

Known as "The King of Rock and Roll," Elvis is one of the best-selling artists in recorded music history. He has been inducted into numerous halls of fame and was awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at only 36 years old.

12. "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" by The Shirelles

The Shirelles launched the girl group genre, and this was their most successful tune, a 1960 pop song which featured sweet schoolgirl harmony that nearly concealed the song's provocative subject matter. A young woman wants to know whether the night of passion that she is about to have with her partner will alter his feelings for her:

I'd like to know that your love
Is a love I can be sure of
So tell me now and I won't ask again
Will you still love me tomorrow?

This ditty is the first by an all-girl black group to reach the top spot on the American pop charts. It was so successful that it was selected by Rolling Stone as one of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time." In 1996, The Shirelles took their rightful place in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

13. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers

This 1964 pop tune was American radio and tv's most-played song for the 20th century. It's about a man whose partner has fallen out of love with him The downhearted fella is crestfallen that his honey is showing all the classic signs of wanting to leave the relationship. She

  • kisses with her eyes open
  • no longer touches him tenderly and
  • doesn't look at him longingly like she used to do.

Yep! Those are the signs alright! At a loss for how this happened, the lovelorn guy claims he would do anything, including beg, if it would bring back the way she used to feel about him.

In addition to being named as one of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" by Rolling Stone, this song was recognized as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and was thus inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.

Fun fact: Just 18 years old at the time, Cher was a background singer in this song.

This early 1960s couple was my mother-in-law and father-in-father.

This early 1960s couple was my mother-in-law and father-in-father.

1960s History and Culture

Touchtone telephones were introduced in 1963 and began to slowly replace rotary dials.

The Stonewall riots in New York in 1969 launched the gay rights movement.

In 1969, during the Vietnam era, two lotteries were conducted to determine what order to conscript men for military service.

In 1962, Wal-mart opened its first store, located in Rogers, Arkansas.

In 1960, the FDA approved a new form of birth control, the first oral contraceptive pill. It was followed by the intrauterine device (IUD) in 1961.

Known as the Cuban Missile Crisis, there was a near-military confrontation between the U.S. and the Soviet Union in 1962. It centered around the installation of Soviet missiles in Cuba.

In 1969, a music festival in upstate New York attracted about 1/2 million hippies and anti-war activists. Woodstock defined the counterculture generation.

Pres. John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a Presidential motorcade in Dallas and Lyndon Johnson was quickly sworn in as President. JFK's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, was arrested then himself gunned down on live tv.

ZIP codes were first used in 1963. ZIP stands for "Zone Improvement Plan."

In 1969, Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon.

In 1961, the Soviet Union built a wall separating east and west Berlin which intensified the cold war.

Medicare, the first government-sponsored healthcare for people aged 65 and above, was signed into law by Pres. Johnson.

The price of a first-class postage stamp increased to 5 cents in 1965.

The Flintstones animated cartoon show first aired in 1960 during prime time.

In 1966, Star Trek debuted on NBC.

Astronaut John Glenn became the first American to orbit Earth in 1962.

In 1964, the U.S. Surgeon General first reported that smoking may be harmful to your health.

Mattel's Hot Wheels entered the toy market in 1968.

The NBA's Boston Celtics won nine out of 10 possible championships during the 1960s.

Race riots across the U.S.--some spanning several days--injured more than 4,000 people in 1967.

Known as the Bay of Pigs invasion, a group of CIA-trained Cuban exiles failed in their 1961 attempt to overthrow Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

The first star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame was awarded to actress Joanne Woodward in 1960.

In 1967, the first Superbowl was played between the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs (35-10).

Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, just two months after Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. King's death sparks riots in most major U.S. cities.

The first laser was built in 1960.

The Beatles gave their last public appearance in the US in 1966.

14. "It Takes Two" by Marvin Gaye & Kim Weston

Marvin Gaye made a substantial contribution to Motown and the development of soul music. He was recognized with admission into three halls of fame and a posthumously awarded Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996. One of Marvin Gaye's more successful duets, this upbeat R&B crossover hit from 1966 described how the synergistic partnership of two lovers can transform dreams.

Interesting fact: Marvin Gaye added an "e" to his last name to counteract rumors of homosexuality and distance himself from his father, Marvin Gay Sr., a Christian minister who was known for cross-dressing. (You have to remember it was the sixties and there was a lot of shame around even the suspicion of being LGBTQ.)

15. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Frankie Valli

Completely captivated by the object of his affection, the guy in this 1967 pop song finds himself nearly speechless. He cannot take his eyes off the enchanting woman of his dreams. He longs to hold her, imagines touching her, and believes she's just too good to be true. Yet there she is, right before his eyes!

Frankie Valli was a teen heartthrob and lead singer of The Four Seasons, one of the best-selling groups of all time. He released both solo numbers and music with the group. In 1990, Frankie Valli and the original members of The Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, then in 1999 they were inducted into the Vocal Hall of Fame.

16. "I Got You Babe" by Sonny & Cher

Long before Cher's successful film and solo rock career and her eccentric, barely there outfits ... long before Sonny Bono became an oddball actor, the mayor of Palm Springs, and a Republican Congressman from California ... a young Sonny & Cher were rock's "it" couple. They donned groovy bell-bottoms, ruffled shirts, and striped pants. Uniquely different, they were neither Motown nor The British Invasion. And this became their signature song.

This folksy rock tune from 1965 was an international sensation and marked the early hippie countercultural movement. It was about the joy of being young and having one another, even if the couple didn't have a lot of material possessions.

"I Got You Babe" was honored as one of "The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time" by Rolling Stone magazine and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2017.

17. "Wouldn't It Be Nice" by The Beach Boys

This perky rock ditty from 1966 profiles the innocence of teenage love. A young man wishes that he and his girlfriend were older so that they could run off and get married. Known for their California sound, The Beach Boys were welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1988.

18. "Hello I Love You" by The Doors

Jim Morrison epitomized hippie counterculture rebellion of the 1960s and wrote this 1968 psychedelic rock song after seeing a woman on Venice Beach where he was living. The song describes a narrator who is entranced by a woman he eyes walking down the street. He approaches the beauty with direct pickup lines and declarations of love at first sight. The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

19. "Stand by Your Man" by Tammy Wynette

A burgeoning women's movement was taking place in the 1960s, galvanized by actions such as the

  • development and marketing of the birth control pill
  • publishing of The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan
  • passage of landmark federal anti-discrimination legislation, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, that included gender and
  • formation of the National Organization for Women.

Amidst all that, however, there was Tammy Wynette and her iconic 1968 country tune. It became one of the best-selling singles in country music. The narrator advocates loving and supporting one's husband regardless of his infidelities and other screw-ups. Why? Because he just can't help it and that's your role:

Sometimes it's hard to be a woman
Givin' all your love to just one man
You'll have bad times and he'll have good times
Doing things that you don't understand
But if you love him, you'll forgive him
Even though he's hard to understand... .

"Stand by Your Man" was named to the list of "Songs of the Century" published by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Singer Tammy Wynette, widely regarded as the "First Lady of Country Music," was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998. She is well known for her duets with her third husband, country legend George Jones.

8. "Tell It Like It Is" by Aaron Neville

Full of vulnerability, this love song from 1966 features a narrator addressing his love interest. He tells her not to be afraid to open up her heart and love him. But while encouraging candor, the narrator also begs her to avoid playing games with his emotions. If you've ever been hurt in a relationship, you understand his perspective.

The tender R&B crossover tune was the first hit for young Aaron Neville. Aaron Neville didn't score another hit until 1989, when he released a duet with Linda Ronstadt, "Don't Know Much."

My uncle and his first wife show off their late 60s style, including striped shirts, sideburns for men, button up jeans, and women's long hair, usually parted down the center.

My uncle and his first wife show off their late 60s style, including striped shirts, sideburns for men, button up jeans, and women's long hair, usually parted down the center.

Even More Love Songs from the 1960s

SongArtistYear Released

21. It's the Same Old Song

The Four Tops

1965

22. Bring It On Home To Me

Sam Cooke

1962

23. I Second that Emotion

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

1967

24. Save the Last Dance for Me

The Drifters

1960

25. Where Did Our Love Go

The Supremes

1964

26. Ain't Too Proud to Beg

The Temptations

1966

27. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Marvin Gaye

1964

28. Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

1968

29. Unchained Melody

The Righteous Brothers

1965

30. Baby, Now That I've Found You

The Foundations

1967

31. It's Now or Never

Elvis Presley

1960

32. When Will I Be Loved

The Everly Brothers

1960

33. There's a Kind of Hush

Herman's Hermits

1967

34. Ain't No Mountain High Enough

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

1967

35. At Last

Etta James

1960

36. I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)

The Four Tops

1965

37. I'm a Believer

The Monkees

1966

38. Suspicious Minds

Elvis Presley

1969

39. Baby Love

The Supremes

1964

40. So Much in Love

The Tymes

1963

41. I Say a Little Prayer for You

Dionne Warwick

1967

42. Good Vibrations

The Beach Boys

1966

43. The Way You Look Tonight

Frank Sinatra

1961

44. Cherish

The Association

1966

45. Special Angel

The Vogues

1968

46. Stand By Me

Ben E. King

1961

47. These Arms Of Mine

Otis Redding

1962

48. Moon River

Andy Williams

1962

49. Stuck on You

Elvis Presley

1960

50. LOVE

Nat King Cole

1964

51. (You're My) Soul and Inspiration

The Righteous Brothers

1966

52. River Deep, Mountain High

Ike & Tina Turner

1966

53. Bus Stop

The Hollies

1966

54. You've Really Got a Hold on Me

The Miracles

1962

55. Dedicated to the One I Love

The Shirelles

1961

56. Have Love, Will Travel

The Sonics

1965

57. My Girl

The Temptations

1964

58. Ain't That Peculiar

Marvin Gaye

1964

59. My Baby Loves Me

Martha and The Vandellas

1966

60. Daydream Believer

The Monkees

1967

61. I Heard It Through the Grapevine

Marvin Gaye

1968

62. There Goes My Everything

Jack Greene

1966

63. You're My Everything

The Temptations

1967

64. I Want to Hold Your Hand

The Beatles

1963

65. Come See About Me

The Supremes

1964

66. Sunshine of Your Love

Cream

1968

67. Ring of Fire

Johnny Cash

1963

68. I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You)

The Temptations

1968

69. Light My Fire

The Doors

1967

70. Be My Baby

The Ronettes

1963

71. Chapel of Love

The Dixie Cups

1964

72. I'm Gonna Make You Love Me

Diana Ross & The Supremes and The Temptations

1968

73. Son of a Preacher Man

Dusty Springfield

1968

74. Brown Eyed Girl

Van Morrison

1967

75. Back in My Arms Again

The Supremes

1965

76. I Want You Back

The Jackson 5

1969

77. I Got You (I Feel Good)

James Brown

1965

78. Tonight's the Night

The Shirelles

1960

79. Piece of My Heart

Big Brother and the Holding Company

1968

80. Just One Look

The Hollies

1964

81. Jimmy Mack

Martha and The Vandellas

1967

82. Wild Thing

The Troggs

1966

83. You're All I Need to Get By

Marvin Gaye

1968

84. Under the Boardwalk

The Drifters

1964

85. Stop in the Name of Love

The Supremes

1965

86. All You Need Is Love

The Beatles

1967

87. Whole Lotta Love

Led Zeppelin

1969

88. Make the World Go Away

Eddy Arnold

1965

89. The Race Is On

George Jones

1964

90. Happy Together

The Turtles

1967

91. By the Time I Get to Phoenix

Glen Campbell

1967

92. I Never Loved a Man (The Way That I Love You)

Aretha Franklin

1967

93. Are You Lonesome Tonight?

Elvis Presley

1960

94. To Love Somebody

The Bee Gees

1967

95. Take Time to Know Her

Percy Sledge

1968

96. I'm Your Puppet

James & Bobby Purify

1966

97. Your Precious Love

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terell

1967

98. Tracks of My Tears

The Miracles

1965

99. She Loves You

The Beatles

1963

100. Can't Buy Me Love

The Beatles

1964

101. Baby, I Love You

The Ronettes

1963

102. Touch Me

The Doors

1969

103. Sea of Heartbreak

Don Gibson

1961

104. Ooo Baby Bay

The Miracles

1965

105. You Belong to Me

The Duprees

1962

106. Hooked on a Feeling

BJ Thomas

1968

107. Something in the Way She Moves

The Beatles

1968

108. I Only Want to Be with You

Dusty Springfield

1963

109. Do Wah Diddy Diddy

Manfred Mann

1964

110. Do You Want to Know a Secret

The Beatles

1963

111. Wonderful Summer

Robin Ward

1963

112. I'll Never Find Another You

The Seekers

1964

113. Count Me In

Gary Lewis & The Playboys

1965

114. I Will Follow Him

Little Peggy March

1963

115. Goin' Out of My Head

Little Anthony & The Imperials

1964

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Questions & Answers

Question: I'm looking for the name of a 1960's love song where a guy gives his sweater to a girl. He goes back to get it, but it turns out that she passed away. The sweater is at the gravesite. Can you help?

Answer: Here's that unusual and spooky song you're looking for: “Laurie (Strange Things Happen)” by Dickie Lee (1965). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0N4nyYS5aA

Lyrics:

Last night at the dance I met Laurie,

So lovely and warm, an angel of a girl.

Last night I fell in love with Laurie

Strange things happen in this world.

As I walked her home,

She said it was her birthday.

I pulled her close and said

"Will I see you anymore?"

Then suddenly she asked for my sweater

And said that she was very, very cold.

I kissed her goodnight

At her door and started home,

Then thought about my sweater

And went right back instead.

I knocked at her door and a man appeared.

I told why I'd come, then he said:

"You're wrong, son.

You weren't with my daughter.

How can you be so cruel

To come to me this way?

My Laurie left this world on her birthday

She died a year ago today."

A strange force drew me to the graveyard.

I stood in the dark,

I saw the shadows wave,

And then I looked and saw my sweater

Lyin' there upon her grave.

Strange things happen in this world.

Question: Can you, the author of this article, provide the name of the singer, the title of a song, and some lines of the following songs? It goes something like this: "You may say the feeling well … Around the world, I've searched for you … the world is turning, round way round... ." The song is maybe around the year of 1970, I guess.

Answer: The following song was covered by a number of popular artists in the past, including Bing Crosby (1957), Connie Francis (1961), Frank Sinatra (1958), Brenda Lee (1961), Bobby Vinton (1965), Bette Midler (1977), and many others since. The name of the song I think you want is "Around the World," and here are the lyrics:

Around the world I've searched for you

I traveled on when hope was gone to keep a rendezvous

I knew somewhere, sometime, somehow

You'd look at me and I would see the smile you're smiling now

It might have been in County Down

Or in New York, in gay Paree, or even London town

No more will I go all around the world

For I have found my world in you

It might have been in County Down

Or in New York, in gay Paree , or even London town

No more will I go all around the world

For I have found my world in you.

© 2018 FlourishAnyway

Comments

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on April 01, 2020:

Peggy - I'm glad you enjoyed this and it brought back memories. My mother is a beautiful person inside and out.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 01, 2020:

For a change, I knew many of these songs. I graduated from high school in the mid-1960s and was more aware of the current music of the time than I am now. This brought back many memories. Your mother was a beauty!

Robert Sacchi on March 17, 2019:

You're welcome. These lists are great at bringing back memories.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 17, 2019:

Bob - That sure captures the era! Thanks for the suggestion. I added it at #114.

Robert Sacchi on March 16, 2019:

What about "I Will Follow Him" by Peggy March? Saturday Night Live did a duet version of it for a skit.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on March 15, 2019:

John Harrison - Thank you for these suggestions. I added several of them on this playlist. Additionally, I added the Robin Ward song to the Spinditty playlist about summer love and romance. Have a great weekend!

John Harrison on March 14, 2019:

Wonderful Summer - Robin Ward

I’ll Never Find Another You - The Seekers

Autumn - Gary Lewis & the Playboys

98.6 - Keith

Sometime in the Morning - The Monkees

Robert Sacchi on February 19, 2019:

You're welcome. These lists are fun. This list is likely to get very long.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 19, 2019:

Bob - Thanks for these suggestions. I've added them both and also made sure that The Beatles song was on the playlist about secrets and keeping secrets. I appreciate you!

Robert Sacchi on February 18, 2019:

In school at the time. Those songs are memorable. What about Doo Wah Diddy Diddy by Manfred Mann & Do you Want to Know a Secret by The Beatles?

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on February 13, 2019:

Waggy - Thank you for sharing a little about your memories. It's amazing how vinyl is making a bit of a comeback; what was old is new again! Glad you enjoyed this walk down memory lane. Have a terrific week!

Ray Waghorn on February 13, 2019:

Hi

My names Waggy (Aka Ray), I was born in 1950 in Manchester UK

My teenage years started in 1963 and what a fantastic era for music that was, Came across your site by accident (and what a lucky accident) I'm still a big music lover, still going to gigs, I have a very large vinyl collection, and hold regular vinyl nights in my loft bar, for my buddies.

Your site brought back so many memories for me

Thank you Waggy

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 16, 2018:

Dianna - They certainly have a way of sticking in your mind even though you may have thought they had all but disappeared. Glad you enjoyed this. Have a good weekend!

Dianna Mendez on November 16, 2018:

Well, this was a good one for such a chilly afternoon. I was singing with those I remembered.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 08, 2018:

Peg - Thank you for sharing your own memories and where you were during this time in American history. It must have been especially scary being in Key West during that time of heightened tension!

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on November 08, 2018:

The sixties were an era of change, evolving from the Betty Crocker days of the fifties, the early years still clung to the bouffant hair, the AM radio tunes, sock hops and C & W music for us. As the years progressed, the music evolved into more rock and roll and eventually into psychedelic tunes (Jimi Hendrix, Cream (In the Sunshine of Your Love), Steppenwolf) and hair got ironed straight on the ironing board.

I loved all your music selections along with your explanations and photos. (Your Mom in petal pushers with a sweater and pin - cool!) Despite living 90 miles from Cuba in Key West during the Cuban Missile Crisis and learning of JFK's death while in science class there the era holds some of my fondest memories.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 07, 2018:

Shauna - How awesome that you listened to all of them! I'm glad you enjoyed this so much. I hope you are doing well.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 06, 2018:

It's taken me several lunch hours to get through this wonderful playlist, Flourish. I was born in 1957, so the 60s were all about music for me. I know each and every one of these songs. Thanks for the amazing walk - er, dance - down memory lane!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on November 05, 2018:

Chris - I agree with you! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed the playlist. Have a fantastic week, my high tech friend.

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on November 04, 2018:

Fantastic collection of all the classics. Some would argue this was indeed the golden era of music.

Many of the songs here still hold up decades later and are some of the most memorable songs of all time.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2018:

CrisSp - I'm especially fond of "Build Me Up Buttercup" by The Foundations. Thanks for stopping by.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2018:

Chitrangada - It definitely was the Golden era. In terms of rights, however, I wouldn't want to go back. Women and others have made strides since then. My mom talks about the days when she wasn't allowed to have her own credit card and had to quit her job once she became pregnant. Thank you for your kind compliments.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 30, 2018:

Amanda - You're right that it's a nice break from the obsession and stalky, lust-themed songs. There's an innocence and charm to these songs. Most of them, anyway.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on October 30, 2018:

Lots of good old songs here. Which one would you like me to post next on my jukebox page: https://www.facebook.com/JukeBoxSounds/?ref=bookma... ? :)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 30, 2018:

A wonderful selection of love songs from the 60’s. I have heard a few of them and particularly like the song “Hello I Love You” by Doors.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 30, 2018:

Great list of love songs of the 60’s. I was a kid back then, but I am familiar with some of the songs from your list.

We have some great love songs from Hindi films of the 60’s, often referred to as the Golden era of music.

Your personal pictures at the end of the article are so beautiful and classic.

Thanks for sharing!

Amanda Littlejohn on October 30, 2018:

Great selection! And I'm so glad you reminded me of Jackie Wilson. His song "Higher and Higher" is so upbeat it gets my old bones up and dancing even yet! And with so many love songs being either about obsession or loss, it's great when there's one that just says, "This love thing is really positive!"

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 29, 2018:

Heidi - I agree that the challenge of recall vs. recognition is different for music you grew up with vs. songs that came later in adulthood. They're just ingrained in us somehow. Glad you enjoyed this so much. Have a spooky Halloween!

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on October 29, 2018:

OMG! As a kid of the 60s, I know almost every single one of these, with the words. But ask me to come up with some songs from the 90s or 2000s? I'd have to think about that for a while. While that might be just me, I do think it's because lots of the tunes on this list were so singable. Thanks for starting off my Monday musically! Happy Halloween!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 29, 2018:

Linda - I'm glad I found some songs you recognized and glad you enjoyed the playlist. Have a wonderful week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 29, 2018:

Suhail - I'm glad to hear that your adventures went well. Looking forward to seeing an article that details your exciting travels. Hope nothing too eventful occurred and you saw some beautiful sights but were able to relax a bit.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 29, 2018:

Shaloo - Thank you for stopping by and taking a look, even if you weren't too familiar with the music! Have a wonderful week.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 29, 2018:

Frances - Thank you. I'm sure she'll appreciate the compliment. I'm glad you enjoyed the playlist.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 28, 2018:

I enjoyed reading this article very much, Flourish. You've brought back many memories. I used to enjoy a lot of the songs that you've described in this article.

Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent from Mississauga, ON on October 28, 2018:

Hi Flourish,

I am back after a 1 month long adventure travel trip to Pakistan.

I am sure there are some memorable song from the 60s and my father was a fan of the Carpenters, but I think I may not have heard any, especially because heavy metal was probably still a few years down the road in being formed.

Regards,

Suhail

Shaloo Walia from India on October 28, 2018:

I am not too familiar with 60's music and most of the songs on the list are new to me. But I love 'i can't stop falling in love you're by Elvis Priesley. It's cover by U2 is also awesome.

Frances Metcalfe from The Limousin, France on October 28, 2018:

Hi Flourish. I love the photos - your mother is a looker! These songs (and what a lot of research!) took me back and I always light up when I hear them. As always, your descriptions of the songs make it a great article.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 28, 2018:

Linda - Some of the songs today make me wonder if I heard that right. I look up the lyrics to be sure and find out yep, and worse! Glad you enjoyed this. Have a wonderful week cooking up a storm.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 28, 2018:

Flourish, I loved the 60's music (still do). The melodies and rhythms were great, vocalists sang clearly so that you could actually understand the words (and they were mostly words that wouldn't make Grandma blush). It was a tumultuous time for sure, formative. Thanks for helping bring back the memories. What an amazing list.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 28, 2018:

Ann - It's here! Thanks for commenting. Have a great day!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 28, 2018:

Devika, Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are doing well! Glad you enjoyed these songs.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 28, 2018:

Bill - I knew you'd love the songs byThe Beatles. Have a good week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 28, 2018:

Ann - I'm glad I could bring a smile to your day. There's nothing like good, familiar music. Have a great week.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 28, 2018:

I wrote a comment but it seems to have disappeared. I'll come back to this tomorrow. Great hub which brought back so many memories!

Ann

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 28, 2018:

Liz - I'm with you. I was born in late summer 1969 and developed an appreciation of the music retrospectively. Many of the songs were covered by other groups during the 1960s, some at the same time the originals were on the charts! It's interesting how songs are so recycled. Makes you really appreciate the creativity of someone who can generate something brand new.

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 28, 2018:

Bill - I appreciate you coming by. I hope all is well with you and your travels. Have a great week!

FlourishAnyway (author) from USA on October 28, 2018:

Pamela - Thanks for being the first to comment. This was a heck of a list to put together. I envy you in some ways growing up in that era, but mostly for the music. Have a terrific week! Glad you enjoyed this.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 28, 2018:

So many familiar songs here. Yet I was only born in the mid-sixties. I wonder how many have been covered by other singers in more recent years?

Devika Primic on October 28, 2018:

Magic moments indeed! I have not heard these songs in a while. I like you list though was born in the 70s.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 28, 2018:

Automatically went to The Beatles with this one. Love was prominent in many of their songs,and I grew up in love with their music.

Ann Carr from SW England on October 28, 2018:

I loved Motown, the Beach Boys, the Beatles and the Stones. The 60s was a great era for me; full of fun with family, growing up and going to college in '69 - that's when my world started to get serious!

I know all these and much, much more. I found myself singing along as I read through your list! Thanks for the nostalgia, Flourish.

Ann

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 28, 2018:

Hi Flourish. Another great list. Even though I was just a kid during the 1960s this is my favorite musical era. So many classic and timeless hits on the list. Thanks for sharing, have a great day.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 28, 2018:

Flourish, I love all your family photos, and all this terrific music. I love all of the music as I was in junior high and high school when these groups were popular. Aretha Franklin and the Rightous Brothers are a couple of my favorites. It sure was a crazy time in some ways, especially due to the Vietnam War.

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