Top 30 Songs of the 1960s Countdown

Some time ago, Neil was talked into presenting a few top 30’s on his then Radio Ga Ga web site. They were lost when the web site was closed down a few years back and so, it’s time to resurrect the idea, starting off with Neil’s Top 30 Songs of the 1960’s.

Let us be very clear – this is so incredibly difficult to do, given the amazing array of wonderful music that was recorded during the 1960’s but he’s done it. It is very much HIS OPINION – there’ll be some songs in the list that will surprise you and others that will surprise you by NOT being there. The key criterion is that, unless the song is quite a stand-out song, it will have charted nationally at some stage during the 1960’s – at this stage, there are only two songs in the countdown that charted in Melbourne but not on the national charts.

Let us tell you how much work went into this – plenty. To start with, there is a trawling through our favourite reference book for such matters – The Book: Top 40 Research by Steven Scanes and Jim Barnes – identifying candidates, with Neil being ruthless as he went through. In the end he brought it down to 40 and in the first post of the month, we’re going to list the ten that didn’t quite make it – interestingly, five of those songs arrived in the charts within a seven month period in 1968.

  • Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley – 3 December 1960
  • Downtown – Petula Clark – 6 January 1965
  • You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me – Dusty Springfield – 11 May 1966
  • Georgy Girl – The Seekers – 1 February 1967
  • Different Drum – The Stone Poneys – 20 December 1967
  • The Mighty Quinn – Manfred Mann – 28 February 1968
  • To Sir With Love – Lulu – 20 March 1968
  • Young Girl – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap – 3 April 1968
  • Help Yourself – Tom Jones – 7 August 1968
  • Hey Jude – The Beatles – 25 September 1968