Top Ten Tuesday: 1964, The Next Ten

We continue our series of the Numbers 11 through 20 songs on the year-end Billboard Hot 100 with 1964. As expected, the Beatles dominate, but a couple of non-British Invasion acts did manage to sneak in there…

#20 – The Drifters, "Under The Boardwalk": A song by Arthur Resnick and Kenny Young, it peaked at #4. It’s #489 on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

#19 – Ray Charles Singers, "Love Me With All Your Heart": Originally written as "Cuando Calienta El Sol" by Rafael Gastón Pérez, a Nicaraguan bandleader. The English lyrics were written either by Michael (or Maurice) Vaughn or Sunny Skylar. The Ray Charles Singers version peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 and spent four weeks at the top of the Pop-Standards chart.

#18 – Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, "Little Children": Reached #1 in the UK and #7 in the US. The flip side, "Bad To Me" (written by fellow Liverpudlians Lennon and McCartney) peaked at #9 at the same time.

#17 – Martha & The Vandellas, "Dancing In The Street": By Marvin Gaye, Mickey Stevenson, and Ivy Jo Hunter. This version reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #4 in the UK. It’s been covered many times since.

#16 – The Beatles, "Please Please Me": The Fab Four make several appearances here. This is the title track from their 1963 debut album in the UK, and reached #2 on the Record Retailer chart. It failed to chart in the when first released in 1963, but peaked at #3 when re-released in January 1964.

#15 – Manfred Mann, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy": Written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally done by The Exciters in 1963. Manfred Mann reached #1 in both the US and UK in 1964.

#14 – The Beatles, "Love Me Do": Another song from the Please Please Me album in the UK, it was left off the Vee Jay equivalent, Introducing…The Beatles!, but issued on Vee Jay’s Tollie Label. Reached #1.

#13 – The Beatles, "A Hard Day’s Night": Title track of their third Parlophone album (the US story is a little more involved) and theme song of their 1964 film. It reached #1 in both countries, as did the album, the first time that’s happened.

#12 – Al Hirt, "Java": The "Round Mound of Sound" reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with this, from his album Honey In The Horn.

#11 – Barbra Streisand, "People": From the Funny Girl soundtrack, a song by Jule Styne with lyrics by Bob Merrill. It reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Easy Listening chart.

There’s your Top Ten Tuesday for June 1, 2021.

13 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1964, The Next Ten

  1. I remember them all. This was the first year I started keeping up with the pop chart music. At the time I liked “Do Wah Diddy” and “Little Children” the best, but by the following year I was definitely in The Beatles camp. Al Hirt did some fun stuff. My mother had his album that included this song so I heard this one a lot.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  2. 1964 is a great year since that is my birth year and I am turning 57 tomorrow 🙂 I enjoyed all of these songs but, funny, in Hard Day’s Night, John Lennon has such a strong voice whereas Paul’s voice sounds weak to me.


    1. From what I understand, the reason Paul sings those lines in the song is that John’s voice wouldn’t go that high. Happy birthday tomorrow!


  3. I love Under The Boardwalk…The Drifters did it great of course and I also like The Rolling Stones version…I don’t think their version was huge or anything but something about it I loved.


  4. 1964 what a huge year. When you look at the charts in 1960 and compare that to just a few years later the difference is like night and day. Things have really perked up!


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