The opening track to Zeppelin’s second album is a defining moment for a band that was conquering the world. Good Vibrations - Beach Boys 8. Marvin Gaye followed suit for his 1968 album “In the Groove.” Only, Berry Gordy wasn’t a fan. Originally, The Rolling Stones intended to replace the rough guitar sounds on “Satisfaction” with horns. Their vision became the first of five consecutive No. Only heavier, distorted and downright dirty. In the hands of Aretha Franklin, “Respect” is one of the most empowering anthems ever released. The opening track to Miles Davis’ “In a Silent Way” marks a moment in jazz history. 97. Tambourine Man" is. Nelson rode “Travelin’ Man” all the way to No. Del Shannon was a master at merging elements of country and rock and roll. A great record, no doubt. But Nyro’s own original version from her landmark album “Eli and the Thirteenth Confession” remains definitive. Founded by legendary leader Clyde McPhatter, The Drifters were one of the most important soul groups of the 1950s. Stephen Stills’ lyrics are profound with Neil Young’s subtle guitar playing adding a sense of urgency. Released on Sly & The Family Stone’s “Greatest Hits” album at the end of the 1960s, “Thank You...” became a massive hit. 1 Songs from the 60s - Various Artists on AllMusic - 2012 Madacy's three-disc set 60's Greatest Rock & Roll Hits collects well-known singles from the early- to mid-'60s, including Chubby Checker's "The Twist," Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," and Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." Purple Haze- Jimi Hendrix Highway Star- Deep Purple Time- Pink Floyd Somebody To Love- Jefferson Airplane Born To Be Wild- Steppenwolf Jumpin’ Jack Flash- Rolling Stones Stairway To Heaven- Led Zeppelin A Whiter Shade of Pale- Procol Harum Proud Mary- Creedence Clearwater Revival Brown Eyed Girl … 44. Reggae originated in the Jamaica in this decade, combining elements of ska, R&B, and Caribbean ... 99. That’s debatable. She was comparing the feeling to falling in love with him to diving into a ring of fire. King’s cover of Roy Hawkins’ “The Thrill Is Gone” marked a resurgence for King. The Shirelles – “Will You Love Me Tomorrow”. “I Am The Walrus” is one of John Lennon’s most meticulous compositions. The result is a massive hit that ranks among The Rolling Stones’ signature tunes. Ray Davies originally wrote the song on piano. 26. But it’s Sledge who is identified with the track that became a watershed moment for southern soul music. Its influence on the funk genre has been immense with bassist Larry Graham Jr.'s slapping technique reaching its peak and changing how others played the instrument. Goodnight Irene - Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers - 1950 Michael - The Highwaymen - 1961 Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio - 1958 The Sounds of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel - 1965 Walk Right In - The Rooftop Singers - 1963 Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul and Mary - 1969 On Top of Old Smoky - The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson - 1951 It remains one of the most blissful sounding songs in pop music history. 54. The song was actually written in the mid 1950s. Jackie Wilson - “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher a & Higher”. Hey Jude - Beatles 7. The song’s political awareness was mostly unheard of for that kind of gospel-influenced R&B record. 49. That song became “My Girl." 25. But “Cold Sweat” marked a turning point for soul music as a whole, abandoning the twelve bar blues chord progression for a one-chord bass line and that astonishing breakbeat. Marvin Gaye – “I Heard It Through The Grapevine". But when it comes to the Miracles, he wasn’t a one-man show. The best '60s rock instrumentals were a very mixed bag, as the big-band R&B, jazz, and jump blues of the '50s evolved to take in lots of musical sources from around the world. Madacy's three-disc set 60's Greatest Rock & Roll Hits collects well-known singles from the early- to mid-'60s, including Chubby Checker's "The Twist," Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," and Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." Sly & The Family Stone – “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”. It doesn’t really matter. Booker T. & the M.G.’s – “Green Onions”. That means no “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen or “A White Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum. Bob Dylan had “All Along the Watchtower,” an amazing folk song from his “John Wesley Harding” album, to himself for all of about six months. 1 hits, every song marked a major step forward for the group and for Motown Records as a whole. But, as was usually the case with music, the Genius won out. Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Fortunate Son”. The Blues rock genre that gained momentum in the 60s and early 70s made way for a whole new wave of musicians. 82. Technology also poked its head in, of course, resulting in louder organs, fatter drums, and guitars that only got nastier as pop culture unraveled. “The Weight” is a song that’s taken on mythological status for two reasons. 99. It’s a storytelling slow-burner focused on one wild tale of love and murder. The Velvet Underground – “Pale Blue Eyes”. “(Sittin’ On) The Dock fo the Bay” is more restrained than every other Otis Redding hit, which may be what makes it so darn enticing. But he was already cemented as a genius even before that decade began. 73. Not is “At Last” Etta James’ signature tune, but it’s one of the most iconic pop songs of all time. And the ultimate expression of that is “Pale Blue Eyes,” perhaps the most beautiful song Lou Reed ever wrote.