In this video, you’ll see the most popular songs throughout each month in the 60s. The tunes selected for this video are the ones that reached #1 or at least ranked higher in more countries than other hits in the same month, but it’s not very accurate since many of them were number one for different periods, and I didn’t want to repeat any song.
The Beatles truly dominated the decade. Apart from the huge number of bands that were influenced by them or were able to become popular because of them that appeared here (The Byrds, The Rolling Stones, The Animals, The Monkees, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Bee Gees, etc.), they had the most popular song in 21 months out of the decade.
It’s amazing how Elvis dominated from 1960 – 1963, then The British Invasion hits BIG TIME in 1964 on! The Beatles truly changed it all. The first 3 years of the 60’s sounded just like the 1950’s. Truly amazing what they accomplished in such a short span of time. In addition, the Beatles-associated hits seen here add another 4 months to the total (Peter & Gordon’s “A World Without Love” which was written by Lennon/McCartney, John Fred & His Playboy Band’s “Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)” which was a parody of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, Mary Hopkin’s “Those Were the Days” which was produced by Paul McCartney, and the Marmalade’s cover of “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”) mean the Beatles and their music were the most popular for a full two years, or 20% of the decade. Wow!