Caffé Latté looks back at…
THE 200 MOST ESSENTIAL
SONGS OF THE
No decade was as turbulent as the 1960s. Politically and socially, there was turmoil. Musically too, the rules were changing at breakneck speed. This was the decade of Flower Power, Motown, Woodstock, girl groups, Beatlemania, psychedelia and The British Invasion. Here are 200 songs that matter most from the period. These recordings had an impact on music and provided the soundtrack to the 10 years that made up the Sixties.
KING OF THE ROAD
In 1965, Roger Miller unleashed his composition "King Of The Road" as a single. It soon grew into an international crossover hit, reaching #1 on the US Country and Easy Listening charts, #4 on the Hot 100 and even going to #1 in Britain.
SHE'S NOT THERE
The debut single from British group The Zombies was the thrilling "She's Not There". It has since been covered by the likes of Santana and Crowded House. The original peaked at #2 in America.
DA DOO RON RON
Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry created many pop gems like the timeless "Da Doo Ron Ron". It is regarded as a highlight of the golden girl group era. Phil Spector produced and co-wrote the 1963 hit which made the Top 5 on both sides of the Atlantic.
CAN'T TAKE MY EYES OFF YOU
In 1967, few discs matched the production standard of this solo release from the Four Seasons' frontman, Frankie Valli.
SOME VELVET MORNING
Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood
Until 1967, Nancy Sinatra's recorded output was closely linked to country and western. "Some Velvet Morning" marked a change. It was written and produced by her singing partner Lee Hazlewood. It sound continues to inspire recordings to this day.
Britain seemed the cradle of innovative rock and one of its best hits was "Tin Soldier". This 1967 Top 10 UK single by The Small Faces represents the exciting attitude of British rock and why it led the world.
Few discs from the 1960s match the beauty of this country crossover hit by Glen Campbell. Penned by Jimmy Webb, it features strings and clever production, the 1968 disc peaked at #3 Pop and topped the American Country and Adult Contemporary charts. It also made the British Top 10.
YOU'RE MY WORLD
Adapted from an Italian song entitled "Il Mio Mondo" (my world), the dramatic rendition by Cilla Black was an early production hit credited to George Martin. This version reached #1 in Britain and Australia in 1964.
PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON
Peter, Paul & Mary
Peter, Paul & Mary was a high profile folk trio that recorded seminal 60s hits such as 1963's "Puff The Magic Dragon". It has lived on as a children's song despite being cited as containing references to drugs.
BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
Neil Sedaka was a Brill Building alumni, having penned numerous hits. In 1962, he scored a US #1 with "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do". He slowed down the bouncy original for a re-recording that made the Top 10 in 1975.