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The 30 Best-Selling Singles of the 1960s
« on: February 17, 2005, 08:14:51 PM »


The 30 biggest-selling singles of the 1960s in the USA    

1 I Want To Hold Your Hand, Beatles
2 The Ballad Of The Green Berets, Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler
3 Hey Jude, Beatles
4 It`s Now Or Never, Elvis Presley
5 Love Is Blue, Paul Mauriat
6 Harper Valley P.T.A., Jeannie C. Riley
7 I`m A Believer, Monkees
8 I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Marvin Gaye
9 Sugar Sugar, Archies
10 Honey, Bobby Goldsboro
11 Can`t Buy Me Love, Beatles
12 She Loves You, Beatles
13 The Twist, Chubby Checker
14 Crimson And Clover, Tommy James & The Shondells
15 The Letter, Box Tops
16 Aquarias/Let The Sunshine In, Fifth Dimension
17 I Can`t Stop Loving You, Ray Charles
18 I Want You Back, Jackson 5
19 Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, B.J. Thomas
20 Get Back, Beatles
21 In The Year 2525, Zager & Evans
22 Ode To Billie Joe, Bobbie Gentry
23 Are You Lonesome Tonight, Elvis Presley
24 To Sir With Love, Lulu
25 Daydream Believer, Monkees
26 Theme From A Summer Place, Percy Faith Orchestra
27 Love Child, Diana Ross & The Supremes
28 Hello Dolly, Louis Armstrong
29 Green Tambourine, Lemon Pipers
30 I Feel Fine, Beatles

While the 1950s belonged to Elvis, the 60s just as surely danced to the Beatles` tunes. The Fab Four have six out of the these 30 top sellers, including the number one I Want To Hold Your Hand, which sold 5 million copies in the USA alone. Considering that the 60s are remembered as the decade in which British artists conquered America, it`s perhaps a little surprising that apart from the Beatles` discs, the only British record showing here is Lulu`s To Sir With Love.
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« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2005, 08:28:22 PM »

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Re: The 30 Best-Selling Singles of the 1960s
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2005, 09:35:28 PM »

Go Hey Jude! I'm listening to it on PM2 right now :)

BTW... where'd you get this? I'd like to see the best singles for the 50s and 70s as well :)
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Re: The 30 Best-Selling Singles of the 1960s
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2005, 12:06:43 AM »

It's easy to see that other than the Beatles no other froup had a strangle hold on the 60s!
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Re: The 30 Best-Selling Singles of the 1960s
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2012, 04:09:07 AM »

The 30 biggest-selling singles of the 1960s in the USA   

18 I Want You Back, Jackson 5


Their debut major-label single in 1969.  Michael Jackson was 11 years old...


The Jackson 5 - I Want You Back - On The Ed Sullivan Show - [HD]
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Re: The 30 Best-Selling Singles of the 1960s
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012, 04:18:02 AM »

anybody else surprised/disappointed at only 6 out of 30?
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2012, 04:29:56 AM »

anybody else surprised/disappointed at only 6 out of 30?

Not really.  It's a great showing for The Beatles considering their years of activity during the 60s.  Those other songs were tremendous hits when they were released.
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Re: The 30 Best-Selling Singles of the 1960s
« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2012, 04:34:51 AM »

Ticket To Ride should be in there, Americans have bad taste :D
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2012, 04:53:25 AM »

...Americans have bad taste :D


Can't argue with you there!


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The Archies - Sugar, Sugar (Original 1969 Music Video)
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2012, 05:00:12 AM »

It seemed the whole country moved to this beat in the Fall of 1968...

#8...

I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
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Re: The 30 Best-Selling Singles of the 1960s
« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2012, 05:13:57 AM »

Ticket To Ride should be in there, Americans have bad taste :D

Yeah we had no clue in April of 1964!   :P

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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2012, 05:20:20 AM »

Hippies-In-Training grooved on this in late 1968...

#14...

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS-"LONG VERSION- CRIMSON & CLOVER"


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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2012, 05:48:52 AM »

...Americans have bad taste :D


Can't argue with you there...

#10...

Bobby Goldsboro - Honey




A much better "dying song" from the 60s was...

The Shangri-Las - Leader Of The Pack



You get the picture?

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« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2012, 05:32:37 AM »

Yeah.  Americans were hooked "dying songs" in the 60s...

Ray Peterson - Tell Laura I Love Her 1960




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« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2012, 05:51:22 AM »

#13 The Twist, Chubby Checker....the only record to hit #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 twice.  It did that in 1960 and 1962.

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Re: The 30 Best-Selling Singles of the 1960s
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2012, 06:01:37 AM »

Yeah.  Americans were hooked "dying songs" in the 60s...
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Funny you should mention this. I was listening to Pandora tonight and "Last Kiss" played. I decided it was time to hit the skip button but it got me wondering what was up with all those depressing songs back then?
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« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2012, 06:11:53 AM »

Funny you should mention this. I was listening to Pandora tonight and "Last Kiss" played. I decided it was time to hit the skip button but it got me wondering what was up with all those depressing songs back then?


Who knows, Kelley?  Here's a double suicide song from 1962 to top it all off...

Dickey Lee - "Patches"




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« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2012, 06:22:23 AM »

^^^
Blech! Kind of a precursor to what we had in the '70's:

Blue Öyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper + Lyrics


Cowbell!
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« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2012, 06:26:26 AM »

Who's Blue Oyster Cult?
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« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2012, 06:34:30 AM »

#19 Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head, B.J. Thomas

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Rain Drops Keep Falling on My Head



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