The Most Popular Song in each Each Month in the 1960s


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!

For those who don’t know, Kyu Sakamoto was on the ill fated 747 which crashed in Japan years ago killing everyone on board.They were out of control for hours and had to know they were doomed. So how did Kyu spend his last hours? Writing notes which survived the crash. The notes were to his children and relatives telling them to treat each other with love, to always help family members and others in need of help, and most of all, help their mother in her later years. If he never sang this song, that man had more class than we ever will. RIP Kyu.
A very special thanks to “Top Culture” for putting together this great copulation of songs, and amazing editing to have all of the #1 hits from each month for a whole decade in one video of under 26 minutes, WOW! See below for a few of the music rights in this video. ENJOY!


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