The 60's

1966 Top Twenty Songs

1. California Dreamin

Mamas and the Papas

2. 96 Tears

? and the Mysterians

3. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted

Jimmy Ruffin

4. Last Train to Clarksville

The Monkees

5. Reach Out I’ll Be There

Four Tops

6. These Boots are Made for Walking

Nancy Sinatra

7. Cherish 

The Association

8. Strangers in the Night

Frank Sinatra

9. Kicks

Paul Revere and the Raiders

10. Ballad of the Green Berets

Ssgt Barry Sadler

11. Good Lovin

The Young Rascals

12. (You’re my) Soul and Inspiration 

Righteous Brothers

13. You Can’t Hurry Love

The Supremes

14. Sunny

Bobby Hebb

15. See You in September

The Happenings

16. Lil Red Riding Hood

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs

17. Lightnin Strikes

Lou Christie

18. Poor Side of Town

Johnny Rivers

19. Working in the Coal Mine

Lee Dorsey

20. A Groovy Kind of Love 

The Mindbenders


I was fifteen in 1966, and enjoyed listening to the radio.  Top numbers for the year were The Mamas and the Papas for California Dreamin and ? and the Mysterians for their organ classic 96 Tears.  Both Nancy and Frank Sinatra had hits, and the Monkees arrived on the scene.  Some of the bigger acts had gone for album sales over singles including the Beatles and Beach Boys who weren’t on the list.  Eleven of the tunes were by groups of three or more. Only five were by black artists.  The war wasn’t totally unpopular yet as Ssgt Barry Sadler had hit with The Ballad of the Green Berets.  I liked about half the songs on the list. 

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