Monday’s Music Moves Me: Billboard Year-End #1’s,1960-1969

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I’ve done the Eighties and the Seventies, so how about the Sixties? Here are the #1’s on the Billboard year-end Hot 100 for each year in the ’60’s.

1960: Percy Faith, “Theme from A Summer Place“: Written by Max Steiner, with lyrics by Mack Discant, the original was recorded by Hugo Winterhalter. Faith, however, recorded the most popuar version of the song in 2960 and won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1961.

1961: Bobby Lewis, “Tossin’ and Turnin'”: Bobby’s record was a #1 hit for seven weeks during the summer of 1961 and earned a Gold record.

1962: Acker Bilk, “Stranger On The Shore”: As well known for his appearance in a bowler hat and striped waistcoat as well as for his low, breathy tone on the clarinet, Bilk spent over 50 weeks on the British Pop chart in 1962. He was the second British act to top the Billboard Hot 100 since it began.

1963: The Beach Boys, “Surfin’ USA”: Title track for their first album of 1963, it was a rewrite of Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen.” It peaked at only #3 on the Hot 100 during the year, but due to a miscount, it was named the #1 song of the year. Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs’ “Sugar Shack” actually topped the year-end chart.

1964: The Beatles, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”: 1964 brought Beatlemania and the first wave of the British Invasion, so it’s not hard to guess that The Fab Four would top the year-end chart that year.

1965: Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, “Wooly Bully”: One of those songs that shouldn’t have done as well as it did: it was released on the XL label out of Memphis. But you never can tell…

1966: The Mamas & The Papas, “California Dreamin'”: Written by John & Michelle Phillips, it was originally recorded by Barry McGuie with The Mamas & The Papas as backup. Their recording of the song was seen as the hrald of the counterculture era. Rolling Stone magazine ranks it at #89 on their list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

1967: Lulu, “To Sir With Love”: Theme song from the movie that starred Sidney Poitier. Lulu also acted in the film.

1968: The Beatles, “Hey Jude”: Three minutes of song, four minutes of “Na na na nanana na, nananana, hey Jude.”

1969: The Archies, “Sugar Sugar”: The voices behind the animated band. I remember being nonplussed at the popularity of this song, but then, the following year, Ernie from Sesame Street charted with “Rubber Ducky.”

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 25, 2021.

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36 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Billboard Year-End #1’s,1960-1969

  1. A transistor radio! I owned my share (they did seem to break down after a while, at least mine did) and I would take them to bed and sneak-listen to the rock usrveys when my parents thought I was asleep. Some of my favs here: California Dreaming (such a great song), Theme from a Summer Place, To Sir with Love (I sang along to that one just now). Enjoyed that look back.


    1. I listened to a lot of White Sox games from the West Coast when they were in the AL West, and never got caught. I’d usually make it through 2 innings, fall asleep and wake up in time for the postgame show…

      It’s fun to look back at old surveys and see what people (myself included) were listening to years ago. I especially like finding songs that don’t look familiar but remember when I listen to them, or songs that I had never heard, even though they were out when I remember, the ones that didn’t make it into the Top 20 and fell off the survey before I got a chance to hear them.


  2. John,

    Great top hits from the 60s! “Sugar Sugar” is the winner for me on your list. I loved that bubblegum pop sound of the studio musicians we know as The Archies. The cartoon was fun, too. I don’t believe had a portable radio as a kid. Now I feel underprivileged. lol Thanks for joining the 4M crew on the dance floor, my friend!


    1. It’s amazing how much popular music was made by studio musicians (and continues to be). I liked the Archie comic books and the TV cartoon shows, for whatever reason. Kind of corny, but fun…

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  3. OH MY GOSH, I KNEW IT WAS YOU WITH THIS THEME! IT’S GREAT! Theme from a Summer Place! WOW! Plus a transistor radio! DOUBLE WOW! I had so many of those. I kept breaking them some how! hahahaha Great job John. I have to push on so sorry. Hubby keeps yellin’ for me! He’s on a walker now and walking around the house for exercise. Woo Hoo HEY THAT’S ME! TOSSIN’ & TURNIN’ ALL NIGHT!!! HAHAHAHA Maybe I can come back later & listen to more. Oh my gosh “Stranger on the Shore”! WOW! These are my days my friend. My oldest daughter was born in 1969, July 3rd my little firecracker! hahahahaha She hates that now, but loved it when she was a teenager! hmmmm hahahaha She’s a cutie that one! Thanks John for bein’ such a faithful follower! You’re duh best & you really know your stuff! HUGS Oh heck, I waited for one more tune and boy am I glad I did. Yep, maybe I’ll come back for sure. Great tunes…. Oh Lordy, I cannot get out of here… “Wooly Bully”, Sam the Sham….. hahaha love it. I remember being at Indiana Beach looking hot for all the little boys… hahahahahaha Later my friend!


  4. Wully Bully was used on a Richard Simmon’s Dancing exercise video I had so that’s what I think of when I hear that song. Wonder what happened to him? I haven’t heard anything about him in a long time.


    1. Those little radios got really popular in the ’60’s, so I thought that was appropriate. I couldn’t find a picture of one with a leather case that I liked — remember those?

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  5. I love Percy Faith..I admit freely and love this song. So many great ones here. The Beatles Camden here when I was born. I just rewatched To Sir, With Love. Itโ€™s so good. Great songs even Hey Jude that does go in…and on.


    1. For certain. It was a great period for variety: the Hot 100 would be a mix of rock, pop, easy listening, country, even a little jazz. By the end of the decade it was almost all rock and pop…

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  6. We actually watched ‘To Sir With Love’ a couple of weeks ago on TV, followed the next evening by ‘In the Heat of the Night’ – both from 1967, both excellent movies starring Sidney Poitier. Both have certainly stood the test of time but I also watched ‘The Graduate’, also from 1967, and have always found that to be a really shallow, hollow movie – and it seems I still don’t like it even today – Mrs Robinson is an absolute bitch! ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. Excellent collection of tunes here. not sure that I can pick out a favorite. (Although, I do very much recall Rubber Ducky being a silly song that my older sister enjoyed – and when she left for college in 1971, she came home recanting stories of her roommate’s boyfriend taking a bath and singing it as loud as he could)


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