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I liked the 70's thread.

How about the decade earlier?

What are our favorites from this era?

Right now mine are:

Happy Together - The Turtles

Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys

Time of the Season - The Zombies

Kicks - Paul Revere and the Raiders

Spooky - The Classics IV

Pretty Ballerina - The Left Banke

Scarborough Fair/Canticle - Simon and Garfunkel

White Bird - It's a Beautiful Day

Barefoot Gentleman - The Association

Monday, Monday - The Mama's and Papa's

It'll be different in an hour! laugh

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From the 60's? That is a really tough one! There will never ever be a decade musically like that one! The sheer talent and diversity of the groups and their music was unparalleled....

Okay a few of my favorites:

Yesterday - The Beatles

Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys

You're the One - The Vogues

Come Back When You Grow Up Girl - Bobby Vee

I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four

Could Be We're In Love - The Cryan Shames

Needles and Pins - The Searchers

White Room - Cream

Up Up and Away - The Fifth Dimension

When I'm Sixty Four - The Beatles

What Becomes of a Broken Heart - Jimmy Ruffian

Never My Love - Association

The Boxer - Simon and Garfunkel

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'Look Thru Any Window' Hollies]

'Whenever You're Ready' [Zombies]

'Live' [Merry Go Round]

'Open Up Your Door' [Richard & The Young Lions]

'Western Union' [Five Americans]

'Please Let Me Wonder' [beach Boys]

'Pretty Balarina' [Left Banke]

'No Milk Today' [Hermans Hermits]

'It Won't Be Long' [beatles]

'Him Or Me' [Raiders]

'I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better' [byrds]

'Train Kept A Rolling' [Yardbirds]

I could list 100 equaly great songs.[Turtles,Monkees,etc]

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I can't even imagine trying to come up with just 10 songs for the most musically influential decade ever. I probably couldn't do it even with 100 songs, but, having said that, here's some favorites right off the top of my head.

Ticket To Ride The Beatles

Satisfaction The Rolling Stones

Mr Tambourine Man The Byrds

My Generation The Who

Tin Soldier The Small Faces

Like A Rolling Stone Bob Dylan

Good Vibrations The Beach Boys

Be My Baby The Ronettes

Walk On By Dionne Warwick

I Saw Her Again The Mamas And The Papas

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Good Vibrations...Beach Boys

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and then there's...

Whiter Shade of Pale...Procul Harem

Because...Beatles [should have been a single]

Satisfaction...Rolling Stones

Respect...Aretha Franklin

Turn Turn Turn...Byrds

Over, Under, Sideways, Down...Yardbirds

California Girls...Beach Boys

12:30...The Mama's and the Papas

Time of the Season...Zombies

Honourable Mention....

Good Lovin'...Rascals

I Was Made to Love Her...Stevie Wonder

God Only Knows...Beach Boys

Shotgun...Jr. Walker and the ALL-Stars

Hurdy Gurdy Man/Sunshine Superman...Donovan

Dear Eloise...Hollies

Pretty Ballerina/Walk Away Renee'...Left Banke

Cherish...Association

You Can't Do That...Beatles

Ball of Confusion...Temptations

Harder to compile than the 70s list. There were easily close to 1,000 songs from the 60s...including completely new sounds and ideas from every direction...that have stood the test of time just like any other kind of REAL/TRUE art.

Lucky Man...Emmerson, Lake & Palmer

Good Times, Bad Times...Led Zeppelin

Tell Her No...Zombies

I Can See For Miles...The Who

Mississippi Queen...Mountain

Jumpin Jack Flash...The Stones

Purple Haze...Jimi Hendrix

Tales of Brave Ulysses...Cream

The Great Airplane Strike...Paul Revere/Raiders

Suite Judy Blue Eyes...Crosby Stills & Nash

There is NO top 10 for the 60s ['cept for Good Vibrations]...the list is ever changingly interchangeable. The mood can swing at a moment's notice.

pre British Invasion...

Runaway...Del Shannon

Ruby Baby/Runaround Sue...Dion

Louie Louie...Kingsmen

In My Room/Surfer Girl...Beach Boys

Tossin' & Turnin'...Bobby Lewis

Duke of Earl...Gene Chandler

Mockingbird...Inex and Charlie Foxx

The Twist/Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go...Hank Ballard & the Midnighters

Little Sister/...Elvis Presley

Marlena/Candy Girl...Frankie Valli & the 4 Seasons

Don't Talk to Him...Cliff Richard...who [along with the Tornados, to a much lesser degree] actually kicked off the British Invasion while the Beatles were still looking for a company who would consider offering them a real recording contract. BIG IT UP FOR CLIFF!!!]

Sorry. Can't pick 10. I keep adding to the list!!! [and I have yet to look at a chart/book. If I do... I'll go nuts..........] shocked

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BTW, regarding the Prunes, the Axelrod sessions were 99% done without any participation by the band members (James Lowe, Mark Tulin, Ken Williams, etc.). They broke up during the earliest part of those sessions, which were done with a bunch of studio musicians....and just as well, as the Prunes wouldn't have been able to play "Mass In F Minor" or "Release Of An Oath" live anyway. They were only actually together for 2 albums - their eponymous debut (with "Too Much to Dream" and their other hit "Get Me To The World On Time", and "Underground"....although the 3 band members mentioned above got back together in the late 90's and still play out on occasion (most recently back East at Little Steven's Underground Garage Fest at Randall's Isalnd in NYC, August 2004....they also headlined Cave Stomp in NYC in Nov. 2001), and have put out 2 pretty good recent CDs.

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Another 10:

Silently - Del Shannon

Another Time - Saggitarius

She's My Girl - The Turtles

She's Leaving Home - The Beatles (No one ever mentions this delicate beauty.)

I Just Wasn't Made For These Times - The Beach Boys

Tommy Roe - Jam Up And Jelly Tight

Bus Stop - The Hollies

Look Away - Eternity's Children

Sunday Will Never Be The Same - Spanky and Our Gang

59th Street Bridge Song - Harpers Bizarre

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If I Fell -- Beatles

Ruby Tuesday -- Rolling Stones

Never My Love -- The Association

God Only Knows -- Beach Boys

Come Together -- Beatles

Whiter Shade of Pale -- Procul Harum

The Magic Garden -- Fifth Dimension

The Worst That Could Happen -- Fifth Dimension

Time For Livin'-- The Association

Get Together -- Youngbloods

Walk Away Renee -- The Left Banke

Both Sides Now -- Judy Collins

Again, there are so many more that I loved and still love, but these are specific to people and events and mean the most to me.

This is a great topic!

smile --Darlene

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These may not be the best, but they're my favorites:

Under My Thumb - the Stones

You Really Got Me - the Kinks

Glad All Over - DC5

Beg Borrow and Steal - Rare Breed

Ticket to Ride - Beatles

Pictures of Lily - the Who

Everytime You Walk in the Room - the Searchers

Sally Sayin' Something - Billy Harner

Midnight Confessions - the Grass Roots

I Fought the Law - Bobby Fuller Four

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Early Wynn:

There's a cool compilation called "Temptation Eyes the songs of Price and Walsh" that has their original demo of that song. It's really very cool. There are some variations to the way he sings it to the version we're all familiar with by the Grass Roots. Almost a more bluesy inflection in the chorus. A real eye-opener.

Or ear-opener?

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