The 60's

1962 Top 20 Songs

1. Stranger on the Shore 

Acker Bilk

2. I Can’t Stop Loving You 

Ray Charles

3. Mashed Potato Time  

Dee Dee Sharp

4. Roses are Red (My Love) 

Bobby Vinton

5. The Stripper 

David Rose

6. Johnny Angel 

Shelley Fabares

7. The Loco-Motion 

Little Eva

8. Let Me In  

The Sensations

9. The Twist 

Chubby Checker

10. Soldier Boy 

The Shirelles

11. Hey Baby 

Bruce Channel

12. The Wanderer 


13. Duke of Earl 

Gene Chandler

14. Palisades Park 

Freddy Cannon

15. Breaking Up is Hard to Do 

Neil Sedaka

16. Wolverton Mountain 

Claude King

17. Slow Twistin 

Chubby Checker & Dee Dee Sharp

18. It Keeps Right on a Hurtin 

Johnny Tillotson

19. The One Who Really Loves You 

Mary Wells

20. Good Luck Charm

Elvis Presley


I was eleven in 1962.  There were few songs from this list I fell in love with.  I think ‘Duke of Earl’ is my favorite.  ’62 saw the rise of dance music (I’m not much of a dancer) and a lot of heart throb solo pop singers. Among the former were  a rare reappearance of a song ‘The Twist’, as well as ‘Mashed Potato Time’, ‘Loco-Motion’, and ‘Slow Twistin’.  The latter included songs by Ray Charles, Bobby Vinton, Shelley Fabares, Bruce Channel (who?), Dion, Freddy Cannon (who?), Neil Sedaka, Mary Wells and Elvis.  There were two country songs and two instrumentals.  Number one song was an instrumental sax piece by Acker Bilk (who?).   

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