In the hands of Aretha Franklin, “Respect” is one of the most empowering anthems ever released. 2 hit for the group in 1967. Somewhat surprsingly, “Waterloo Sunset” ends things on a stunningly majestic note. The Supremes – “You Keep Me Hangin’ On”. Find the latest in 60s rock music at Marvin Gaye followed suit for his 1968 album “In the Groove.” Only, Berry Gordy wasn’t a fan. That led to “People Get Ready,” The Impressions’ greatest song and a game-changer for the genre. It probably doesn’t shock you to learn “Son of a Preacher” man was originally written for Aretha Franklin, whose father was a preacher. Their vision became the first of five consecutive No. Only heavier, distorted and downright dirty. “I Can See For Miles," the band’s biggest hit in the U.S., was recorded over multiple sessions with tons of tinkering and overdubbing. Sam Cooke’s voice is considered one of the greatest in music history. Ours might be different if we did this again tomorrow. Hey Jude - Beatles 7. 82. But it’s Franklin’s conviction that takes hold of you. Even among his rock and roll pioneering peers, Roy Orbison was unique. His greatest is unquestionably “Higher & Higher,” a song originally recorded by The Dells for Chess Records. “Astral Weeks” is such a masterful and cohesive album, it can be hard to separate any of its tracks. That means no “Louie Louie” by The Kingsmen or “A White Shade of Pale” by Procol Harum. 6. Quite possibly the most iconic guitar riff in music history leads “You Really Got Me.” But it didn’t begin that way. When people point to The Beatles’ “Revolver” as the greatest album of all time, the first song usually mentioned is “Eleanor Rigby.” And understandably so. But it wasn’t until The Righteous Brothers’ covered it that the track became a true pop standard. We also limited it to acts that have been voted into the museum as “Performers," excluding early influencers, non-performers and the songs that have been honored in the divisive “Singles” category. The Rolling Stones – “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. Percy Sledge. That’s hard to argue with. 75. Goodnight Irene - Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers - 1950 Michael - The Highwaymen - 1961 Tom Dooley - The Kingston Trio - 1958 The Sounds of Silence - Simon and Garfunkel - 1965 Walk Right In - The Rooftop Singers - 1963 Leaving on a Jet Plane - Peter, Paul and Mary - 1969 On Top of Old Smoky - The Weavers and Terry Gilkyson - 1951 The Miracles then recorded it a year later. The seven and a half minute love song takes you from the early stages of their relationship to to the devastating breakup. It wasn’t until he played it for his guitar playing brother Dave Davies that the latter had the vision for the legendary sound that would change rock music. “I Wanna Be Your Dog” is a filthy masterpiece. Not only did Franklin add the famous “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” and “Sock it to me!” parts. The structure is impeccable and the hook infectious, which is why, to this day, “Sweet Caroline” is as celebrated as any song on this list. He knows it slaps too. The Stooges’ music felt like Iggy Pop’s personal version of the blues. Co-writer and producer Steve Cropper’s influence on the soulful record is clear. Bobby Darin, “Beyond the Sea”. But it’s producer John Cale that pushes the thing to amazing heights, using piano keys and sleigh bells to offset the distorted guitars. Elvis hadn’t had a No. 1 Songs from the 60s - Various Artists on AllMusic - 2012 But it’s a compliment of the highest order. James Brown had earlier recordings that made funk music what it is. Fun psychedelic and garage-inspired selections like the Turtles' "Happy Together" and Chad Allan & the Expressions' "Shakin' All Over" complete this entertaining, if somewhat scattered, collection. But the duo still had some hits left for the following decade, the best of the bunch being “Cathy’s Clown,” a uniquely structured slice of pop that would serve as a major influence on The Beatles. King spent just a few years with The Drifters, but the songs he said lead on were something special, including “There Goes My Baby,” “Save the Last Dance For Me” and, of course, the early 1960 classic “This Magic Moment.”, 95. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)”. It borrowed the choir style The Beatles had utilized on “Hey Jude," making “You can’t Always Get What You Want” one of the most infectious choruses any Stones song ever produced. “Travelin’ Man” was written by Jerry Fuller and Sam Cooke. In studying the songwriting of Bob Dylan, one should begin with “Blowin’ in the Wind." The 100 Best Songs of the 1960s. Talk about breaking ground. The best '60s rock instrumentals were a very mixed bag, as the big-band R&B, jazz, and jump blues of the '50s evolved to take in lots of musical sources from around the world. Madacy's three-disc set 60's Greatest Rock & Roll Hits collects well-known singles from the early- to mid-'60s, including Chubby Checker's "The Twist," Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," and Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." From its lyrics (written by Booker T. Jones and William Bell) to King’s guitar playing, it’s the ultimate expression of self-deprecation backed by stunning guitar work that would influence numerous blues players that followed. But it was also responsible for breaking up the original lineup of the band. “Dancing In the Street” was a perfectly written pop song that became a huge hit in 1964. In the documentary “20 Feet From Stardom,” Mick Jagger is filmed listening to the isolated vocals of Clayton when she screams, “Rape, murder!” A smile comes over Jagger’s face. Dylan’s genius as a composer was at its peak when he released “Blonde on Blonde.” Lyrically, “Visions of Johanna” is on another level, a watershed moment in poetic songwriting that would go on to influence every great singer-songwriter that followed. The song would earn Wonder his first of many (MANY) Grammy nominations. “Heroin” isn’t a pro-drug song. 's spent much of their careers playing the background as members of Stax house band. One of the most influential recordings of all time, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” marks the moment funk took hold with its rhythmic style and emphasis on the first beat of each measure. It marked a defining moment in the history of southern rock. The duo’s version of “Unchained Melody” became a hit again, nearly 30 years later when it was used in the 1990 film “Ghost.”. What makes the opening of The Supremes’ “Where Did Our Love Go” so great is that the marching sound anchors the track throughout. It asks thought-provoking question after thought provoking question that has crossed the mind of anyone contemplating life’s meaning at one time or another. But “In the Midnight Hour” is great showcase for Pickett’s stunning voice. The Velvet Underground – “Pale Blue Eyes”. And the magic of its yearning and desperation hasn’t faded over the years. Led Zeppelin gets all its due credit for being the pioneer of hard rock. Pete Townshend was pulling out all the stops. What sometimes gets overlooked about the song’s wide-reaching appeal is how amazing Jimmy Cliff’s voice is. The song eventually made its way to Wilson, who delivers an amazing vocal performance backed by members of Motown’s The Funk Brothers, who were moonlighting with Brunswick Records to make some extra cash. But “Tracks of My Tears” was a true group effort, as evident right from the iconic opening guitar chords. Louie Louie - Kingsmen 3. It’s one of the few times Gordy was wrong. The song turned The Jackson 5 into mega-stars, thanks in no small part to one of the most iconic (and sampled) bass lines in music history. When Brian Wilson began obsessing over Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound production, The Beach Boys music became truly groundbreaking. Booker T. & the M.G.’s – “Green Onions”. There’s no denying the monster of a record Page and his bandmates turned it into. From there it’s the Diana Ross show, backed brilliantly by Florence Ballard and Mary Wilson. Yet, The Zombies’ “She’s Not There” is an entirely different sonic beast that benefits greatly from Colin Blunstone’s stunning vocal performance. 100. Rock songs from various rock genres gained momentum in the 70s. Ike & Tina Turner – “River Deep Mountain High”. 76. But the group moved into the spotlight with 1962′s hit record “Green Onions.” The flawless showcase of musicianship is widely considered one of greatest instrumental recordings of all time. King came after his peak period. In fact, the group’s greatest song started with a melody by guitarist Marv Taplin. The Righteous Brothers, “Unchained Melody”. 25. Yet, in retrospect, “Shhh/Peaceful” is easily one of the most important jazz recordings of all time. Sly & The Family Stone – “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)”. Supposedly, Brian Wilson was so overwhelmed by it that he abandoned The Beach Boys’ “Smile” album, claiming The Beatles had already accomplished what he was going for. No “Gimme Some Lovin'” by the Spencer Davis Group or “Born to Be Wild” by Steppenwolf.". The Beatles – “Strawberry Fields Forever". “White Room” was put together, in all his genius, by Jack Bruce. But as it goes on and on, Simone’s voice takes over, becoming a tour de force that carries the track into its compelling second half. But it’s Eric Clapton’s hypnotic wah-wah guitar sounds that steals the show. Buffalo Springfield – “For What It’s Worth”. 10. 77. The song sounds so beautiful, it makes you believe it can happen. Last month, we listed the 200 greatest songs of the 1970s by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees. Indeed, it’s the ultimate soul instrument. But rather the musical version of a high, lyrically and emotionally, with a pacing that mirrors the physical embodiment of what the narrator is feeling at the time. An African American spiritual song reworked by Nina Simone with the help of producer Hal Mooney, the song’s jazz arrangement is the first thing that jumps out. Dusty Springfield - “Son of a Preacher Man”. TOP 100 FOLK HITS OF THE '50S AND '60S. Even following the release of The Jimi Hendrix’s debut single “Hey Joe,” “Purple Haze” was a shock to the system. 48. Subscribe to But Nyro’s own original version from her landmark album “Eli and the Thirteenth Confession” remains definitive. Mick Jagger wrote a rough version of the song in more of a Bob Dylan-esque folk format. The song still landed in the top 10 on charts in both England and the United States. 34. Percy Sledge – “When a Man Loves a Woman”. 52. “Both Sides Now” was already a hit before Joni Mitchell included it on her second album. This time around, with the 1960s, we made things even harder, narrowing down the list to 100. 9. But when it comes to funk music, there’s a clear consensus. Music would never be the same. Lou Reed had a way of showcasing a part of New York City life in the 1960s that many knew existed but few were willing to tackle in song form. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement, Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement, and Your California Privacy Rights (each updated 1/1/20). “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” adds in clear elements of funk (see the fantastic intro) and utilizes a multitrack technique that became all the rage for the most innovative pop acts of the decade. The '60s was the first full decade of rock and roll, and the top twenty singles of the decade reflect a battle between old and new forms. But it did contain what some still consider to be his greatest song. Community Rules apply to all content you upload or otherwise submit to this site. The song most identified with B.B. A classic of the form with an instantly recognizable guitar riff, “Dirty Water” is easily the best-known song on the band’s 1966 album by the same … The closing song from “Revolver” uses various groundbreaking recording techniques (sampling and backwards guitars) to create one of the early examples of electronic music. Your list would surely be different. Yet, it wasn’t until 2010 that Holmes got the proper credit he deserved for inspiring one of Zeppelin’s signature songs. Still, the heart of the song is Simon’s introspective lyrics about a boxer struggling with life inside and outside the ring. Hendrix’s version of the song became an exhausting recording experience that moved to a 16-track machine as layers and layers were added. 2015 Preview SONG TIME When a Man Loves a Woman. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – “All Along The Watchtower”. “Many Rivers To Cross” is a reggae song that, along with the album “The Harder They Come,” helped spread the popularity of the genre worldwide. 1 on the charts, the first of three consecutive songs by the group to reach that mark. It gives you chills. The Velvet Underground - “I’m Waiting for the Man”. Stevie Wonder may very well have been the artist of the 1970s, releasing some of the greatest R&B albums of all time. Jackie Wilson - “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher a & Higher”. Even if you find someone who doesn’t listen to The Band, they probably know this song. On the band’s most influential song, “I Wanna Be Your Dog,” Iggy turns things sexual from a lyrical standpoint. Just about every hit single from Motown’s golden era has an awesome intro. “Respect” is more than just a cover. Soul music of the 1960s was mostly light fare in terms of subject matter. Motown’s greatest song has quite the backstory. Good Vibrations - Beach Boys 8. The title track to Aretha Franklin’s greatest album is a powerhouse. 65. Crosby, Stills & Nash opened their amazing debut album with its longest track. The song was first recorded by Gladys Knight & the Pips, becoming a No. “A Day In The Life” is absolutely mesmerizing with its impact and influence felt on the futures of progressive and art rock. One great artist’s disappointment became another’s treasure. One of the great pop songs by one of the biggest artists of early rock and roll. The Ventures did something different with their version in 1960, giving the track a fuzzed out, instrumental guitar vibe that would point towards the popularity of surf rock. That included “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” a brilliant pop song that foreshadowed the mainstream sounds of power pop that would emerge in the 1970s. For the all the deserved credit “Respect” gets, “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” is just as emotionally earth-shattering. Ultimately, the song was given to British singer Dusty Springfield’s whose perfect vocal performance made it the ultimate example of blue-eyed soul. Phil Spector long considered “River Deep Mountain High” to be the peak of his Wall of Sound production style. The fact that “Ring of Fire” has become one of Johnny Cash’s biggest hits is ironic, considering the song was written by June Carter Cash (with Merle Kilgore) about June falling in love with Johnny. The Sixties mark the decade when rock and roll fully took shape as an art form. First, it’s one of the greatest singalong tracks in rock history. This time around, with the 1960s, we made things even harder, narrowing down the list to 100. Of course, this is the 1960s, which means we still have a who’s who of the greatest artists of all time, including Rock Hall Inductees ranging from The Beatles and Bob Dylan to James Brown and Aretha Franklin. What grounds things is Tina Turner’s amazing vocal performance, making the track a n inventive hybrid of soul and pop that’s stood the test of time. Respect - Aretha Franklin 2. King’s cover of Roy Hawkins’ “The Thrill Is Gone” marked a resurgence for King. Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan 6. In the ‘60s, nearly every hit song is “lost,” at least in terms of its presence on today’s large-market broadcast radio. The Mamas and the Papas sang backup on Barry McGuire’s original “California Dreamin.'" “Whole Lotta Love” is a spark plug of a track with an epic guitar riff, haunting middle section and Robert Plant’s intense vocal. Brian Wilson put the song together from various recording sessions, combining its unique parts into a pop masterpiece. Led Zeppelin – “Communication Breakdown”. Much of band’s masterful album “Something Else” tackles a lot of social and political issues going on in England at the time. 73. That’s debatable. A reason why the 60s and 70s gave birth to diverse rock genres is because of collaborations of bands and artists from various rock … But the hits were massive, none more so than “Reach Out I’ll Be There,” a track that proves singer Levi Stubbs was among the label’s greatest voices. Albert King – “Born Under a Bad Sign”. Here’s a reminder that this is just one subjective list. The Band – “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down". Ross reluctantly sang in a lower register at the direction of producers Brian Holland and Lamont Dozier. You can’t listen to Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty or Lou Reed without feeling its impact. But you can certainly here him striving for glory with the song’s over-the-top production. Nowadays, the kids tend to describe an awesome piece of music by saying it “slaps.” At the end of the 1960s nothing slapped harder than “Gimme Shelter.” It’s the coolest of the cool, a song that put the cherry on top of the decade, while prepping the rock world for what came next. But her conviction gave the song much needed oomph. The greatest album, song or festival of all time? But it wasn’t until later in the decade, when Ben E. King came on board, that the group began delivering some of its greatest material. 1. Right out the gate, Bowie had established himself as a one-of-a-kind artist. Built around Levon Helm’s vocal performance, “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” tells the tale of a poor Southerner at the end of the Civil War. The list of people performing on the song is astonishing, from the instrumentation of The Wrecking Crew to backing vocals from The Blossoms, Sonny and Cher, Bobby Sheen and others. Teenage angst never sounded better. “Down by the River” is the best of both worlds when it comes to Neil Young. Bob Dylan had “All Along the Watchtower,” an amazing folk song from his “John Wesley Harding” album, to himself for all of about six months. But Curtis Mayfield’s songwriting was growing beyond that during the decade. But understand that he wrote the song as well; something so profound, that would serve as an anthem for the Civil Rights Movement. I’ll admit up-front that it might be debatable whether “Light My Fire” is the greatest rock song of the 1960s, however, the extended seven-minute album version is unquestionably a rock masterpiece. The Rolling Stones – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. If this list were simply about guitar playing, here’s your No. The 5th Dimension’s version of “Stoned Soul Picnic,” written by Laura Nyro, became a huge hit in 1968. “In the Midnight Hour” was Wilson Pickett’s first major hit on Atlantic Records. “Voodoo Child (Slight Return)” is the greatest guitar song of all time that finds Jimi Hendrix’s god-like powers at their peak. The blues icon hijacks the song with, arguably, his greatest vocal performance ever, backed by the most elaborate production of his career up until that point. Michael Jackson was a tween when he recorded “I Want You Back,” which is rather insane to think about considering how refined his performance is. From an experimental standpoint, nothing like it had ever existed. What a time to grow up during! “I Am The Walrus” lives in that spirit but is far more complex, with an intricate chord structure and the orchestral sounds injected by George Martin. Factory's triple-disc set The British Beat: Best of the '60s was released in conjunction with the 2007 PBS documentary of the same name and, like the show, this compilation is targeted at a general audience, so collectors shouldn't be surprised that there's hardly anything unfamiliar here. And you can hear that pain in his vocal performance. While Mick Jagger and Keith Richards weren’t fans of the original guitar recording, they were overruled by the rest of the band and their record label. The origins of “The House of the Rising Sun” go back a long way with a folk melody that may have originated in the 16th century. As far as generation-defining songs go, it doesn’t get much better than this. Prior to “My Girl,” Eddie Kendricks and Paul Williams sang lead on The Temptations’ songs. Add in a sharp guitar solo and you have one of the first masterpieces of the Stones’ golden album era that started with “Beggar’s Banquet.”, 64. !+List and subscribe to the channel!!!! The drums and electric guitar were a perfect fit for the new version. Find 60s rock tracks, artists, and albums. Somehow, it worked and the end result is an urgent hard-rock masterpiece that even Dylan admitted “overwhelmed" him. Lewis and Wright got the writing credit. Hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane as much as I am creating this playlist. ️ “Visions of Johanna” is the best song on Bob Dylan’s greatest album. But “Highway 61 Revisited” was a whole new level of genius. Pete Townshend would go on to create more complex music for The Who. +Thank you for watching this video!!! Eric Burdon saw potential in it, adding it to The Animals’ repertoire in the early 1960s. Bob Dylan – “The Times They Are a-Changin’”. The first song The Rolling Stones recorded for “Let It Bleed” wound up becoming one of the album’s great closers. 90. 60. Rock n Roll America's Top 1,000 Classic Rock Songs (Our Base Song List) The part that pushes the song to its peak is Mary Clayton’s soaring backing vocals. The Allman Brothers Band – “Whipping Post”. It’s the point where Davis went electric, embarking on his highly influential jazz-fusion phase. Released in 1960, “Georgia on My Mind” became a career defining song for Charles and one that crossed racial, genre, political and social barriers. When you think of the blues, Albert King’s “Born Under a Bad Sign" is a nice place to start. It remains one of the most blissful sounding songs in pop music history. Sledge wrote “When a Man Loves a Woman” with two members of the Esquires, Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright. Of course, Mayfield wouldn’t stop there. Thus, the sound of Simon & Garfunkel was born. 1 hit. 93. The Kinks’ most beautiful song came at a time when Ray Davies was reaching his peak as a songwriter. 83. 86. It is that epic long version that I believe is the greatest rock … That was a mandate from Berry Gordy. But the song was a classic right from its first recording on the band’s 1969 self-titled debut album. “Crying” goes beyond a simple song of heartbreak thanks to its compelling production. While the tracklisting might be a little too predictable for die-hard fans of '60s pop and rock, this collection is worthwhile for for anyone interested in some of the era's bigger hits. Stephen Stills’ lyrics are profound with Neil Young’s subtle guitar playing adding a sense of urgency. It doesn’t really matter. But Keith Richards convinced him to beef up the production with Brazilian samba sounds. Bob Gaudio would write songs at a record pace, including “Sherry,” which was original titled “Jackie Baby,” after first lady Jackie Kennedy. Simply put: “Good Vibrations” changed the way pop music was made moving forward. You can have debates all day about which artist created which genre. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for 200 Sixties Hits: 200 Classic No. 20. “A Day In The Life” is generally considered The Beatles’ signature song because it, more than any other track, showcases the songwriting partnership of Lennon-McCartney with its distinct parts. 98. Wilson is probably most celebrated for his lively performing style. 19. Rock love songs and Rock ballads in the 60s and 70s Ideas and concepts musicians had were developed into a constructive sound that came forth through jam sessions. 36. Madacy's three-disc set 60's Greatest Rock & Roll Hits collects well-known singles from the early- to mid-'60s, including Chubby Checker's "The Twist," Sam & Dave's "Soul Man," and Ben E. King's "Stand By Me." Led Zeppelin’s most badass song has a complicated history. But after hearing a solo by David Ruffin during a Motown Revue performance, Smokey Robison decided to write a song with Ruffin in mind. But they also got songs Slick had been working on for her previous band. Everything about that has to do with James’ amazing vocal performance, a masterclass in singing that inspired future singers both male and female, from Rod Stewart and Diana Ross to Amy Winehouse and Adele. “Everyday People” is about an ideal world where society isn’t defined by differences. It’s a total reinvention. 57. Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” is the ultimate look at what was going on in the world during the 1960s. John Fogerty takes the idea of rich men creating war and poor men having to fight it, and turned it into one of the greatest anti-war anthems of all time. Judy Collins’ version of the Mitchell-penned track was a top-10 hit in 1967. 97. From the moment she utters "You’re no good, heartbreaker,” she owns you. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- There’s a good chance when you’re talking about music and debating “the best ever...” you’re going to begin and end in the 1960s. EMI Music Inspired by the boogie beat of John Lee Hooker's recordings of the 1940s and '50s, Canned Heat's sophomore album defined the band's trademark boogie-rock sound with a set of mostly original material. Sadly, Percy Sledge didn’t get the credit (or money) for writing one of the biggest R&B hits of all time. Del Shannon was a master at merging elements of country and rock and roll. The result is a massive hit that ranks among The Rolling Stones’ signature tunes. David Bowie’s first album wasn’t on the level of the masterpieces that would come after it. The Animals – “House of the Rising Sun”. And while he had bigger hits, “Catch The Wind” is Donovan’s full-on Dylan moment, a folk masterpiece with universal appeal that has been covered dozens of times by some of the greatest artists of all time. And “Like a Rolling Stone” was the song that kick started a musical revolution. The opening track to Miles Davis’ “In a Silent Way” marks a moment in jazz history. Tambourine Man" is. 97. Few acts had a way of capturing the sound and vibe of America better than The Band. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for 100 Huge Hits of the 60s & 70s - Various Artists on AllMusic - 2007 You never want it to stop. There’s confusion, lust, depression and the feeling that makes you wish you were “born a thousand years ago.”, 7. But the song has come to mean so much to so many people, most listeners just can’t help themselves. Inspired by “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Space Oddity” is a science fiction triumph that was unlike all other pop music. Jimmy Page drew inspiration from singer-songwriter Jack Holme’s 1967 original also titled “Dazed and Confused,” reworking the track for the Yardbirds. 39. But Cooke’s didn’t like the final product. Sly & The Family Stone – “Everyday People”. Technology also poked its head in, of course, resulting in louder organs, fatter drums, and guitars that only got nastier as pop culture unraveled. Connect with your community. ! It was James Brown and it happened with “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” in 1965. We experienced such an evolution of music! Progressive rock strengthened its roots and the Canterbury scene which emerged saw jazz-rock and jazz fusion elements used creatively and innovatively. What’s it all about -- a man who arrives in a town called Nazareth? With John Cale leaving The Velvet Underground, the band’s self-titled third album shifted to more folk-driven and pop-oriented tunes. 42. Yielding a Top Ten hit in "On The Road Again," Boogie With Canned Heat also featured the Albert King-styled rocker "Amphetamine Annie" and the country blues tune "Whiskey … The song was actually written in the mid 1950s. Last month, we listed the 200 greatest songs of the 1970s by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees. The song’s political awareness was mostly unheard of for that kind of gospel-influenced R&B record. As always, we kept things focused on artists that are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. What’s almost as jaw-dropping as Hendrix’s playing is the fact he slapped the song together on the fly during the filming of an ABC television documentary in 1968. Members of his backing band and some of his black fan base didn’t agree with the shift in sound. The Zombies’ organist Ron Argent built “She’s Not There” around John Lee Hooker’s blues classic “No One Told Me." The Rolling Stones – “Sympathy for the Devil”, Perhaps no Rolling Stones song has with a better opening than the drum heavy start of “Sympathy For the Devil," which is saying something. Still, “Eleanor Rigby” still topped the singles chart in the UK. “The Weight” is a song that’s taken on mythological status for two reasons. I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye 4. But it morphed into something gargantuan; a 12-minute psychedelic rock closer on The Doors’ self-titled debut album that was unlike anything else in rock music at the time. If The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” was the album that proved pop music was art, then “God Only Knows" was its grand statement. The Who were every bit the studio obsessed band The Beatles and The Beach Boys were during the 1960s. With the Civil Rights Movement in full swing and riots breaking out in inner cities across the country, “Dancing in the Street” became a rallying cry that pushed the song to new cultural heights.