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Pitchfork's top 200 songs of the 60s


Five songs per artist allowed. Interestig list, but where the hell are "Epitaph" and "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands"? Looks like they were left out to make room for "masterpieces" like "Heroin" or "Kick out the Jams".

1. The Beach Boys "God Only Knows"
2. The Jackson 5 "I Want You Back"
3. Sam Cooke "A Change Is Gonna Come"
4. Bob Dylan "Like a Rolling Stone"
5. The Beatles "A Day in the Life"
6. The Ronettes "Be My Baby"
7. The Beach Boys "Wouldn't It Be Nice"
8. Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues" ("Live at Folsom Prison" version)
9. The Who "I Can't Explain"
10. Desmond Dekker and the Aces "Israelites"
11. Led Zeppelin "Dazed and Confused"
12. The Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter"
13. The Band "The Weight"
14. The Beach Boys "Don't Worry Baby"
15. Aretha Franklin "Think"
16. The Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog"
17. Creedence Clearwater Revival "Fortunate Son"
18. The Crystals "Then He Kissed Me"
19. The Beatles "Tomorrow Never Knows"
20. The Shangri-Las "Out in the Streets"
21. The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations"
22. Marvin Gaye "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
23. Etta James "At Last"
24. The Supremes "You Can't Hurry Love"
25. The Rolling Stones "Paint It Black"
26. The Beatles "I Am the Walrus"
27. The Velvet Underground "I'm Waiting for the Man"
28. Otis Redding "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay"
29. The Kinks "Waterloo Sunset"
30. The Shangri-Las "Leader of the Pack"
31. Nico "These Days"
32. Ennio Morricone "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (main theme)"
33. James Brown and the Famous Flames "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"
34. The Who "The Kids Are Alright"
35. Johnny Cash "Ring of Fire"
36. 13th Floor Elevators "You're Gonna Miss Me"
37. Simon and Garfunkel "The Sound of Silence"
38. The Meters "Sissy Strut"
39. The Rolling Stones "Sympathy for the Devil"
40. The Zombies "This Will Be Our Year"
41. Leonard Cohen "Suzanne"
42. The Band "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down"
43. Vince Guaraldi Trio "Linus and Lucy"
44. The Supremes "Where Did Our Love Go"
45. Dusty Springfield "Son of the Preacher Man"
46. The Creation "Making Time"
47. The Beatles "Eleanor Rigby"
48. David Bowie "Space Oddity"
49. Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra "Some Velvet Morning"
50. Love "Alone Again Or"
51. Ike and Tina Turner "River Deep Mountain High"
52. Ray Charles "Georgia on My Mind"
53. Led Zeppelin "Whole Lotta Love"
54. The Monkees "Daydream Believer"
55. Jackie Wilson "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher"
56. Serge Gainsbourg and Brigitte Bardot "Bonnie and Clyde"
57. Tommy James and the Shondels "Crimson and Clover"
58. The Beatles "I Want to Hold Your Hand"
59. The Velvet Underground "Sunday Morning"
60. Sly and the Family Stone "Hot Fun in the Summertime"
61. The Supremes "You Keep Me Hangin' On"
62. The Rolling Stones "Street Fighting Man"
63. Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto ft. Antonio Carlos Jobim "The Girl from Ipanema"
64. Del Shannon "Runaway"
65. The Mamas and the Papas "California Dreamin"
66. The Paragons "The Tide Is High"
67. Neil Young and Crazy Horse "Cinnamon Girl"
68. The Shirelles "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"
69. Dick Dale and the Del-tones "Misirlou"
70. Patsy Cline "Crazy"
71. Jimi Hendrix "Manic Depression"
72. Van Morrison "Sweet Thing"
73. Bob Dylan "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"
74. James Brown and the Famous Flames "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"
75. Simon and Garfunkel "The Boxer"
76. BBC Radiophonic Workshop "Doctor Who (original theme"
77. The Velvet Underground "Heroin"
78. Sly and the Family Stone "I Want to Take You Higher"
79. Gal Costa "Baby"
80. Bob Dylan "Subterranean Homesick Blues"
81. Sam and Dave "Hold On, I'm Comin"
82. Elvis Presley "Suspicious Minds"
83. Neil Young and Crazy Horse "Down by the River"
84. The Rolling Stones "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
85. Roy Orbison "Crying"
86. The Left Banke "Walk Away Renee"
87. The Miracles "The Tracks of My Tears"
88. The Kinks "You Really Got Me"
89. The Stooges "1969"
90. The Angels "My Boyfriend's Back"
91. The Who "Substitute"
92. Nick Drake "River Man"
93. Can "Yoo Doo Right"
94. Simon and Garfunkel "Mrs. Robinson"
95. Sam Cooke "Cupid"
96. The Shangri-Las "Give Him a Great Big Kiss"
97. The Maytals "Pressure Drop"
98. The Zombies "Care of Cell 44"
99. Jimi Hendrix "All Along the Watchtower"
100. The Isley Brothers "It's Your Think"
101. Pink Floyd "See Emily Play"
102. Sly and the Family Stone "Everyday People"
103. Merle Haggard "Mama Tried"
104. King Crimson "21st Century Schizoid Man"
105. Simon and Garfunkel "America"
106. Desmond Dekker and the Aces "007 (Shanty Town)"
107. Bob Dylan "Vision of Johanna"
108. Harry Nilsson "One"
109. The Byrds "Eight Mile High"
110. The Four Tops "It's the Same Old Song"
111. Stevie Wonder "I Was Made to Love Her"
112. Steve Reich "It's Gonna Rain"
113. The Easybeats "Friday on My Mind"
114. Nancy Sinatra "These Boots Are Made for Walking"
115. The Kinks "Victoria"
116. Jefferson Airplane "White Rabbit"
117. Ben E. King "Stand by Me"
118. The Bobby Fuller Four "I Fought the Law"
119. Silver Apples "Oscillations"
120. ? and the Mysterians "96 Tears"
121. Glen Campbell "Wichita Lineman"
122. Patsy Cline "I Fall to Pieces"
123. The Supremes "I Hear a Symphony"
124. The Velvet Underground "Venus in Furs"
125. Miles Davis "Shh/Peaceful"
126. Led Zeppelin "What Is and What Should Never Be"
127. George Jones "She Thinks I Still Care"
128. Buffalo Springfield "For What It's Worth"
129. Harry Nilsson "Everybody's Talkin"
130. John Coltrane "My Favourite Things"
131. The Byrds "I Feel A Whole Lot Better"
132. Louis Armstrong "What a Wonderful World"
133. The Monkees "I'm a Believer"
134. Brian Wilson "Surf's Up" (solo piano version)
135. The Kinks "Shangri-La"
136. Jimi Hendrix "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"
137. The Dixie Cups "Iko Iko"
138. The Righteous Brothers "Unchained Melody"
139. The Impressions "People Get Ready"
140. Donovan "Season of the Witch"
141. The Supremes "Baby Love"
142. Procol Harum "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
143. Scott Walker "Big Louise"
144. Bobbie Gentry "Ode to Billy Joe"
145. Tammy Wynette "Stand by Your Man"
146. Terry Riley "In C"
147. Nina Simone "Sinnerman"
148. The Velvet Underground "Sister Ray"
149. Archie Bell and the Drells "Tighten Up"
150. Bob Dylan "It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding"
151. David Axelrod "The Human Abstract"
152. The Association "Never My Love"
153. Lorraine Ellison "Stay With Me"
154. The Kingsmen "Louie Louie"
155. Creedence Clearwater Revival "Bad Moon Rising"
156. Loretta Lynn "First City"
157. Aretha Franklin "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"
158. P. P. Arnold "The First Cut Is the Deepest"
159. Pink Floyd "Astronomy Domine"
160. Os Mutantes "A Minha Menina"
161. The Zombies "She's Not There"
162. The Who "I Can See for Miles"
163. Cromagnon "Caledonia"
164. Frank Sinatra "It Was a Very Good Year"
165. The Monks "Monk Time"
166. The Flirtations "Nothing But a Heartache"
167. Stone Poneys "Different Drum"
168. Albert Ayler "Ghosts"
169. Stevie Wonder "Uptight (Everything's Alright)"
170. Francoise Hardy "Tout Les Garcons et Les Filles"
171. Neil Diamond "Sweet Caroline"
172. Archie Bell and the Drells "Here I Go Again"
173. Phil Ochs "I Ain't Marching Anymore"
174. Darlene Love "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
175. Loretta Lynn "Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind)"
176. MC5 "Kick Out the Jams"
177. The Tammys "Egyptian Shumba"
178. Otis Redding "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)"
179. Bembeya Jazz National "Armee Guineenne"
180. The Barbarians "Moulty"
181. France Gall "Laisse Tomber les Filles"
182. Patsy Cline "She's Got You"
183. Bobby Darin "Beyond the Sea"
184. James Brown "Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me"
185. The Temptations "Get Ready"
186. The Hollies "Bus Stop"
187. The Walker Brothers "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"
188. Tyrannosaurus Rex "Debora"
189. The Sonics "Strychnine"
190. Leonard Cohen "So Long, Marianne"
191. The Cannonball Adderly Quintet "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"
192. Alton Ellis "I'm Still in Love with You"
193. Johnny Cash and June Cartet Cash "Jackson"
194. The Foundations "Build Me Up Buttercup"
195. James Brown "Night Train" ("Live at the Apollo" version)
196. Irma Thomas "Time Is on My Side"
197. Charles Mingus "Solo Dancer"
198. Dionne Warwick "Walk On By"
199. Nina Simone "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair"
200. The Kinks "Sunny Afternoon"

Re: Pitchfork's top 200 songs of the 60s

32. Ennio Morricone "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly (main theme)"

Thanks Jacek!!!

Re: Pitchfork's top 200 songs of the 60s

By the way Henrik, the links to other Pitchfork lists aren't working anymore.


Pitchfork compiled similar lists? I think I remember a half-decade list for this decade, but not sure of other decades. Maybe they'll do more in the future?

Thanks for posting!

Re: Pitchfork's top 200 songs of the 60s

The older pitchfork lists are still there... at least some of them... if you go to the Features section and look to the right side of the page, the top 100 albums of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s links are all there under most-read features.

They did do a mid-decade list of songs and albums that aren't available under the old links, but I haven't been able to find new links for that yet.

What About...

songs of the 70s, 80s, 90s? If PF hasn't done that, maybe in the future...

Re: Pitchfork's top 200 songs of the 60s

I've heard that P4K are in the process of doing similar lists for the other decades.

Re: Pitchfork's top 200 songs of the 60s

I donm't agree with Pitchfork's style of reviewing, but their lists are second to none

Re: Pitchfork's top 200 songs of the 60s

1. I'm so glad Satisfaction wasn't on this list. I wish its absence could somehow pull it down on the Acclaimed Music list. So overrated, and it gets credit that a LOT of other Stones tunes deserve.

2. Possible error on pitchfork's part? They say "But if nothing else, we at least limited the maximum number of tracks per artist to five so that, say, the 14th most popular Beach Boys song (probably "Vega-Tables" or some such) wouldn't bump off more deserving tracks from less iconic artists." Strangely, their very own example (Beach Boys) only has four mentions! I noticed this when I was clumping the artists with five singles (supremes, vu, stones, kinks, dylan and you-know-who). Thoughts?

Re: Pitchfork's top 200 songs of the 60s

"134. Brian Wilson "Surf's Up" (solo piano version)"

Might be the answer.

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