107 Love Songs From the 1960s

Updated on November 17, 2018
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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. | Source

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.

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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

Song
Artist
Year 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
Got a favorite 1960s love song that is not on this playlist? Leave a suggestion in the Comments Section below
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Never a hippie, my mother models a 1960s bouffant and more conservative styles of the era.My parents celebrate my first Christmas.
Never a hippie, my mother models a 1960s bouffant and more conservative styles of the era.
Never a hippie, my mother models a 1960s bouffant and more conservative styles of the era.
My parents celebrate my first Christmas.
My parents celebrate my first Christmas.

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      • FlourishAnyway profile imageAUTHOR

        FlourishAnyway 

        47 hours ago from USA

        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!

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        Dianna Mendez 

        2 days ago

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

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        FlourishAnyway 

        10 days ago from USA

        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!

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        Peg Cole 

        10 days ago from Dallas, Texas

        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.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        11 days ago from USA

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

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        12 days ago from Central Florida

        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!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        13 days ago from USA

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

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        Krzysztof Willman 

        2 weeks ago from Parlin, New Jersey

        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.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

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

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        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.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        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.

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        CrisSp 

        2 weeks ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

        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... ? :)

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        Nithya Venkat 

        2 weeks ago from Dubai

        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.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        2 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        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!

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        Amanda Littlejohn 

        2 weeks ago

        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!"

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        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!

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        Heidi Thorne 

        2 weeks ago from Chicago Area

        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!

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

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

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

        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.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

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

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 weeks ago from USA

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

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        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.

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        Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

        2 weeks ago from Mississauga, ON

        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

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        Shaloo Walia 

        2 weeks ago from India

        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.

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        Frances Metcalfe 

        2 weeks ago from The Limousin, France

        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.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        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.

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        Linda Lum 

        3 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

        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.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

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

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

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

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

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

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

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

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        Ann Carr 

        3 weeks ago from SW England

        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

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        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.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

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

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 weeks ago from USA

        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.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 weeks ago from UK

        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?

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        Devika Primic 

        3 weeks ago

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

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        Bill Holland 

        3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        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.

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        Ann Carr 

        3 weeks ago from SW England

        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

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        Bill De Giulio 

        3 weeks ago from Massachusetts

        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.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

        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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