Top 60s pop music groups, singers and hit songs

Back when the Beatles were topping the charts from 1964 to 1969, each side of their record albums were crammed with hit singles. The Fab Four have 23 of the most-requested 60s songs that continue to be in demand right up to the current date.

Unlike song popularity tracking specialists like Billboard that look at older sales data, Pop Culture Madness measures the success of 1960s artists based on the number of requests each of their songs receives including current times. Pop Culture Madness then updates a list of top 50 songs for each year in the 1960s, starting with the most popular.

Consolidating Pop Culture Madness data for the top 50 songs from 1960 to 1969, the lists below show the most requested bands and solo artists from an era most Baby Boomers associate with peace, love and Woodstock.

Top Ten Pop Music Groups from 1960s

The bands listed below generated 93 of the top 50 requested songs for all years in the 1960s, as well as 23 of the top 10 in-demand songs.

  • Beatles … 23 hits with 8 in top 10 (average song in top 20)
  • Beach Boys … 15 hits with 3 in top 10 (average in top 28)
  • Rolling Stones … 10 hits with 1 in top 10 (average in top 33)
  • Four Seasons … 9 hits with 3 in top 10 (average in top 20)
  • Supremes … 8 hits with 1 in top 10 (average in top 27)
  • Drifters … 6 hits with 3 in top 10 (average in top 11)
  • Miracles … 6 hits with 1 in top 10 (average in top 22)
  • Four Tops … 6 hits with 1 in top 10 (average in top 24)
  • Temptations … 5 hits with 2 in top 10 (average in top 12)
  • Doors … 5 hits none in top 10 (average in top 19).

Highest-Placing 60s Song For Each Top Ten Music Group

Only one of the top ten bands had a number one song, while only two had a song that placed second.

  • Twist and Shout (Beatles) – number 1 from 1964
  • I Get Around (Beach Boys) – number 6 from 1964
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Rolling Stones) – number 8 from 1968
  • C’Mon Marianne (Four Seasons) – number 7 from 1967
  • Stop! In The Name Of Love (Supremes) – number 8 from 1965
  • Up on the Roof (Drifters) – number 2 from 1963
  • I Second That Emotion (Miracles) – number 6 from 1967
  • I Can’t Help Myself (Four Tops) – number 3 from 1965
  • My Girl (Temptations) – number 2 from 1965
  • Light My Fire (Doors) – number 11 from 1967.

Top Ten Solo Singers from 1960s

The following individual singers accounted for 54 of the top 50 requested songs for all years in the 1960s. In addition, these solo performers recorded 16 of the top 10 in-demand songs.

  • Elvis Presley … 9 hits with 5 in top 10 (average song in top 16)
  • Ray Charles … 7 hits with 1 in top 10 (average in top 23)
  • Roy Orbison … 7 hits none in top 10 (average in top 30)
  • Frank Sinatra … 6 hits with 2 in top 10 (average in top 22)
  • Sam Cooke … 6 hits with 1 in top 10 (average in top 18)
  • Chubby Checker … 5 hits with 3 in top 10 (average in top 20)
  • Bobby Rydell … 4 hits with 2 in top 10 (average in top 13)
  • Bob Dylan … 4 hits none in top 10 (average in top 30)
  • Dion … 3 hits with 1 in top 10 (average in top 18)
  • Wilson Pickett … 3 hits with 1 in top 10 (average in top 19).

Highest-Placing 60s Song For Each Top Ten Solo Singer

Both Frank Sinatra and Chubby Checker scored number one hits for the 1960s. No other solo singing star had a song that placed higher than fourth.

  • Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Elvis Presley) – number 3 from 1960
  • Hit The Road Jack (Ray Charles) – number 6 from 1961
  • Only The Lonely (Roy Orbison) – number 14 from 1960
  • Summer Wind (Frank Sinatra) – number 1 from 1966
  • Wonderful World (Sam Cooke) – number 10 from 1960
  • The Twist (Chubby Checker) – number 1 from 1960
  • Wild One (Bobby Rydell) – number 4 from 1960
  • Like A Rolling Stone (Bob Dylan) – number 19 from 1965
  • Runaround Sue (Dion) – number 8 from 1961
  • Mustang Sally (Wilson Pickett) – number 5 from 1966.
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