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It Was a Very Good Year - 1966 and Music

I have been thinking more about music recently, and wondered what songs were big the year I was born. In 1966, what was on the radio as my parents drove me home from the hospital? A little research, and I found a list of Billboard's thoughts on this ever-so-important matter. The top 100 songs of 1966. I know most of these. FYI: The links head to iTunes.

Top 100 Hits of 1966

1. The Ballad of the Green Berets, Sgt. Barry Sadler

2. Cherish, Association

3. You're My Soul and Inspiration, Righteous Brothers

4. Monday, Monday, The Mama's and The Papas

5. 96 Tears, ? and The Mysterians

6. Last Train to Clarksville, The Monkees

7. Reach Out I'll Be There, Four Tops

8. Summer In the City, Lovin' Spoonful

9. The Poor Side of Town, Johnny Rivers

10. California Dreamin', The Mama's and The Papa's

11. You Can't Hurry Love, Supremes

12. What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, Jimmy Ruffin

13. These Boots Are Made for Walkin', Nancy Sinatra

14. Born Free, Roger Williams

15. Strangers In the Night, Frank Sinatra

16. We Can Work It Out, The Beatles

17. When a Man Loves a Woman, Percy Sledge

18. Winchester Cathedral, New Vaudeville Band

19. Hanky Panky, Tommy James and The Shondells

20. Good Lovin', Young Rascals

21. Paint It Black, Rolling Stones

22. My Love, Petula Clark

23. Lightin' Strikes, Lou Christie

24. Wild Thing, Troggs

25. Kicks, Paul Revere and The Raiders

26. Sunshine Superman, Donovan

27. Sunny, Bobby Hebb

28. Paperback Writer, The Beatles

29. See You In September, Happenings

30. You Keep Me Hangin' On, Supremes

31. Lil' Red Riding Hood, Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs

32. Devil With A Blue Dress On and Good Golly Miss Molly (Medley), Mitch Ryder and The Detroit Wheels

33. Good Vibrations, Beach Boys

34. A Groovy Kind of Love, Mindbenders

35. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me, Dusty Springfield

36. Born a Woman, Sandy Posey

37. Cool Jerk, The Capitols

38. Red Rubber Ball, The Cyrkle

39. B-A-B-Y, Carla Thomas

40. Walk Away Renee, Left Banke

41. Daydream, Lovin' Spoonful

42. Time Won't Let Me, Outsiders

43. Hooray for Hazel, Tommy Roe

44. Sweet Pea, Tommy Roe

45. Bus Stop, Hollies

46. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, B.J. Thomas and The Triumphs

47. I'm Your Puppet, James and Bobby Purify

48. Ain't Too Proud to Beg, Temptations

49. Dirty Water, Standells

50. Elusive Butterfly, Bob Lind

51. I Am a Rock, Simon and Garfunkel

52. Crying Time, Ray Charles

53. Secret Agent Man, Johnny Rivers

54. The Sounds of Silence, Simon and Garfunkel

55. Lady Godiva, Peter and Gordon

56. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?, Lovin' Spoonful

57. You Baby, The Turtles

58. Barefootin', Robert Parker

59. Homeward Bound, Simon and Garfunkel

60. Uptight (Everything's Alright), Stevie Wonder

61. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down), Cher

62. Sloop John B, Beach Boys

63. 19th Nervous Breakdown, Rolling Stones

64. Wipe Out, The Surfaris

65. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep, Temptations

66. No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach Is In), T-Bones

67. Just Like Me, Paul Revere and The Raiders

68. Love Makes The World Go Round, Deon Jackson

69. The Pied Piper, Crispian St. Peters

70. Coming On Strong, Brenda Lee

71. Somewhere My Love, Ray Conniff and The Singers

72. Almost Persuaded, David Houston

73. If I Were A Carpenter, Bobby Darin

74. Don't Mess With Bill, Marvelettes

75. Cherry, Cherryv, Neil Diamond

76. Working In the Coal Mine, Lee Dorsey

77. Message to Michael (Message to Martha), Dionne Warwick

78. Love Is a Hurtin' Thing, Lou Rawls

79. Barbara Ann, Beach Boys

80. Gloria, Shadows Of Knight

81. Dandy, Herman's Hermits

82. Rainy Day Women #12 and 35, Bob Dylan (read my Bob Dylan experience)

83. Guantanamera, Sandpipers

84. Psychotic Reaction, Count Five

85. Land Of 1,000 Dances, Wilson Pickett

86. Oh How Happy, Shades Of Blue

87. Leave My Woman Alone, Peter and Gordon

88. Five O'Clock World, Vogues

89. Black Is Black , Los Bravos

90. Hungry, Paul Revere and The Raiders

91. My World Is Empty Without You, Supremes

92. Baby Scratch My Back, Slim Harpo

93. She's Just My Style, Gary Lewis and The Playboys

94. The More I See You, Chris Montez

95. 634-5789, Wilson Pickett

96. Yellow Submarine, The Beatles

97. Nowhere Man, The Beatles

98. Zorba The Greek, Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass

99. Shapes of Things, Yardbirds

100. I Fought the Law, Bobby Fuller Four
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