Thursday, 28 April 2011

Top 100 Songs of the 1960s, #60 - 51

Van Morrison!

After this post we're halfway through our 60s countdown! Let's look at ten songs that just missed out on making the top 50 songs of the 1960s. You know they're going to be pretty gosh darn awesome. 'Gosh darn' was essentially the f-bomb in the 60s, right?

#60 - You Can't Hurry Love (1966)
by The Supremes

The Supremes 7th #1 song in America and their second single to make an impact on our countdown. 'You Can't Hurry Love' perfectly sums up the sound of Motown; powerful vocals and catchy hooks delivered by not acts that were more than just the best in rhythm and blues. They were the best in music... period.

#59 - Unchained Melody (1965)
by The Righteous Brothers

You're already thinking, "OMG, it's because of Ghost, right?" WRONG. So very, very wrong. Ghost sucked and you know it. 

#58 - California Dreamin' (1965)
by The Mamas and the Papas

Everytime I think of The Mamas and the Papas, I think of Mama Cass choking on a sandwich. Contrary to the sometimes hilarious rumour, Cass Elliot did not die from ham sandwich related causes. With that out of the way, we can all enjoy 'California Dreamin.' Or not... whatever. 

#57 - Reach Out I'll Be There (1966)
by The Four Tops

#56 - Brown Eyed Girl (1967)
by Van Morrison

If you're a frequent pub patron, you're sure to know each and every single word to 'Brown Eyed Girl.' Even if you're not, you're still likely to know each and every single word to 'Brown Eyed Girl.' 

#55 - Build Me Up Buttercup (1968)
by The Foundations

I honestly believe that 'Build Me Up Buttercup' has one of the best choruses... like ever. There's just something about the verses that makes me want to punch something. They don't build me up at all. Is that the point? Maybe The Foundations were the smartest of them all. Doubt it. 

#54 - Walk On By (1964)
by Dionne Warwick

#53 - Walk Away Renee (1966)
by The Left Banke

From the beauty of Dionne Warwick to the unrequited love, Renee... everyone's walking. Walking away from you. People definitely need to walk more though. 

#52 - I Heard It Through The Grapevine (1968)
by Marvin Gaye

#51 - Yesterday (1965)
by The Beatles

And now for your daily hit of The Beatles. 'Yesterday' brings them to three songs on the list. How many more will there be?

Next time, we're into the top 50! 

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