Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Top 100 songs of 1966

This was a music meme, one of which I found over at Monty's place. The year 1966 was significant to me as it was he year I graduated from Herbert Hoover High on Rt. 119, between Clendenin and Falling Rock along the banks of the Elk River in God's country, West Virginia.
....Monty instructs us to Bold Face the ones we liked then, Italicize the ones we hated, and Red the ones you don't remember. (If you wish to try this visit this site and scroll down until you see "Top 100 Songs / Top 100 Hits." Click on one of the years. (Both Monty and I used the year we graduated, but it could be the year you were born etc.)

1. The Ballad Of The Green Berets, Sgt. Barry Sadler
2. Cherish, Association
3. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration, Righteous Brothers
4. Monday, Monday, The Mama's and The Papa's
5. 96 Tears, ? and The Mysterians
6. Last Train To Clarksville, The Monkees
7. Reach Out I'll Be There, Four Tops
8. Summer In The City, Lovin' Spoonful
9. Poor Side Of Town, Johnny Rivers
10. California Dreamin', The Mama's and The Papa's
11. You Can't Hurry Love, Supremes
12. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted, Jimmy Ruffin
13. These Boots Are Made For Walkin', Nancy Sinatra
14. Born Free, Roger Williams
15. Strangers In The Night, Frank Sinatra
16. We Can Work It Out, The Beatles
17. When A Man Loves A Woman, Percy Sledge
18. Winchester Cathedral, New Vaudeville Band
19. Hanky Panky, Tommy James and The Shondells
20. Good Lovin', Young Rascals
21. Paint It Black, Rolling Stones
22. My Love, Petula Clark
23. Lightin' Strikes, Lou Christie
24. Wild Thing, Troggs
25. Kicks, Paul Revere and The Raiders
26. Sunshine Superman, Donovan
27. Sunny, Bobby Hebb
28. Paperback Writer, The Beatles
29. See You In September, Happenings
30. You Keep Me Hangin' On, Supremes
31. Lil' Red Riding Hood, Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs
32. Devil With A Blue Dress On and Good Golly Miss Molly (Medley), Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels
33. Good Vibrations, Beach Boys
34. A Groovy Kind Of Love, Mindbenders
35. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, Dusty Springfield
36. Born A Woman, Sandy Posey
37. Cool Jerk, The Capitols
38. Red Rubber Ball, The Cyrkle
39. B-A-B-Y, Carla Thomas
40. Walk Away Renee, Left Banke
41. Daydream, Lovin' Spoonful
42. Time Won't Let Me, Outsiders
43. Hooray For Hazel, Tommy Roe
44. Sweet Pea, Tommy Roe
45. Bus Stop, Hollies
46. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, B.J. Thomas and The Triumphs
47. Ain't Your Puppet, James and Bobby Purify
48. Ain't Too Proud To Beg, Temptations
49. Dirty Water, Standells
50. Elusive Butterfly, Bob Lind
51. I Am A Rock, Simon and Garfunkel
52. Crying Time, Ray Charles
53. Secret Agent Man, Johnny Rivers
54. The Sounds Of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel
55. Lady Godiva, Peter and Gordon
56. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?, Lovin' Spoonful
57. You Baby, The Turtles
58. Barefootin', Robert Parker
59. Homeward Bound, Simon and Garfunkel
60. Uptight (Everything's Alright), Stevie Wonder
61. Bang Bang, Cher
62. Sloop John B, Beach Boys
63. 19th Nervous Breakdown, Rolling Stones
64. Wipe Out, The Surfaris *
65. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, Temptations
66. No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach Is In), T-Bones *
67. Just Like Me, Paul Revere and The Raiders
68. Love Makes The World Go Round, Deon Jackson
69. The Pied Piper, Crispian St. Peters
70. Coming On Strong, Brenda Lee
71. Somewhere My Love, Ray Conniff and The Singers
72. Almost Persuaded, David Houston
73. If I Were A Carpenter, Bobby Darin
74. Don't Mess With Bill, Marvelettes
75. Cherry, Cherry, Neil Diamond
76. Working In The Coal Mine, Lee Dorsey
77. Message To Michael, Dionne Warwick
78. Love Is A Hurtin' Thing, Lou Rawls
79. Barbara Ann, Beach Boys
80. Gloria, Shadows Of Knight
81. Dandy, Herman's Hermits

82. Rainy Day Women #12 And 35, Bob Dylan
83. Guantanamera, Sandpipers
84. Psychotic Reaction, Count Five
85. Land Of 1,000 Dances, Wilson Pickett
86. Oh How Happy, Shades Of Blue
87. Woman, Peter and Gordon
88. Five O'clock World, Vogues
89. Black Is Black, Los Bravos
90. Hungry, Paul Revere and The Raiders
91. My World Is Empty Without You, Supremes
92. Baby Scratch My Back, Slim Harpo

93. She's Just My Style, Gary Lewis and The Playboys
94. The More I See You, Chris Montez
95. 634-5789, Wilson Pickett
96. Yellow Submarine, The Beatles
97. Nowhere Man, The Beatles
98. Zorba The Greek, Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass *
99. Shapes Of Things, Yardbirds
100. I Fought The Law, Bobby Fuller Four

I scored a 97 on Likes. There was only one that I hated because it was A Bob Dylan song. Sorry Dylan fans, as for me, I don't like nasally monotone talk-singers. There are two that I don't remember off the top of my head, but maybe I liked them then, maybe not.
....Out of the 100, I would say that I remember the words to 94 of them. Besides the one I hated, and the two not remembered, there are three marked with a green asterisk ( * ) that I don't remember the words ... Er ... Maybe because they were Instrumentals? There were 64 of them that I bought the 45. (For those scratching their heads, 45s were vinyl discs that you played on a record player.)

Thanks, Monty. I enjoyed it. It brings back a lot of memories.


1 comment:

Rilla said...

The spoon and the fork got a snicker out of me, so I was really enjoying your blog. But Top 100 from 1966 was the best of my nightly blog surfing. That was my first year of college, and I just got back from my 40th high school reunion, so I'm hell bent on nostalgia. Thanks for keeping it going.