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1960 Top Twenty Songs

1.   Theme From a Summer Place

Percy Faith

2.   He’ll Have to Go

Jim Reeves

3.   Cathy’s Clown

The Everly Brothers

4.   Running Bear

Johnny Preston

5.   Teen Angel

Mark Dinning

6.   I’m Sorry

Brenda Lee

7.   It’s Now or Never

Elvis Presley

8.   Handy Man 

Jimmy Jones

9.   Stuck On You

Elvis Presley

10.  The Twist

Chubby Checker

11.  Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool

Connie Francis

12.  Wild One

Bobby Rydell

13.  Greenfields

The Brothers Four

14.  What in the World’s Come Over You

Jack Scott

15.  El Paso

Marty Robbins

16.  Alley Oop

The Hollywood Argyles

17.  My Heart Has a Mind of its Own

Connie Francis

18.  Sweet Nothin’s 

Brenda Lee

19.  Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Bryan Hyland

20.  Only the Lonely

Roy Orbison

Commentary on the List

1960’s list contains a number of memorable  names and a few I don’t hardly recall.  I was nine at the time and not much of a radio listener.  Despite this, as I play the songs, I do remember all of them.  The list includes one instrumental (Percy Faith orchestra), 10 popular including such stalwarts as Elvis, Connie Francis, Bobby Rydell, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers and such little known artists as black artist Jimmy Jones and Mark Dinning and Brian Hyland.  There were four Country hits in the top 20, two by Brenda Lee, one by Jim Reeves and one by Jack Scott, two Western hits (cowboys were still big back then), one by Johnny Preston and one by Marty Robbins, one folk tune by the Brothers Four, one R&B by Chubby Checker,  and one doowop one hit wonder by the Hollywood Argyles.  Jones and Chubby Checker were the only two black artists on the list.

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