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100 Greatest Songs From 1962

Criteria: These records were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.
Edited By:
1962
Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release).
Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.
No.
Song
Artist



Green Onions single cover


The Loco-Motion single cover


Sherry single cover


I Can't Stop Loving You single cover


Up On The Roof single cover


Twist And Shout single record lable


Do You Love Me single cover


Wipe Out single cover


Twisting The Night Away single cover


The One Who Really Loves You single cover


Palisades Park single cover
1
Green Onions
Booker T. & the MG's
2
Bring It On Home To Me
Sam Cooke
3
You've Really Got A Hold On Me
Miracles
4
The Loco-Motion
Little Eva
5
Sherry
Four Seasons
6
I Can't Stop Loving You
Ray Charles
7
Up On The Roof
Drifters
8
Twist And Shout
Isley Brothers
9
These Arms Of Mine
Otis Redding
10
Do You Love Me
Contours
11
Wipe Out
Surfaris
12
Twisting The Night Away
Sam Cooke
13
He's A Rebel
Crystals
14
Surfin' Safari
Beach Boys
15
Love Me Do
Beatles
16
The One Who Really Loves You
Mary Wells
17
You Belong To Me
Duprees
18
Any Day Now
Chuck Jackson
19
Big Girls Don't Cry
Four Seasons
20
Having A Party
Sam Cooke
21
Sheila
Tommy Roe
22
Soldier Boy
Shirelles
23
Palisades Park
Freddy Cannon
24
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Neil Sedaka
25
Our Day Will Come
Ruby & the Romantics
26
You'll Lose A Good Thing
Barbara Lynn
27
Return To Sender
Elvis Presley
28
Tell Him
Exciters
29
Let's Dance
Chris Montez
30
Lovers Who Wander
Dion
31
Chains
Cookies
32
Cry To Me
Solomon Burke
33
Two Lovers
Mary Wells
34
Monster Mash
Bobby "Boris" Pickett
35
Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow
Rivingtons
36
Soul Twist
King Curtis & the Noble Knights
37
Ruby Baby
Dion
38
I Need Your Loving
Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
39
I Found A Love
Falcons
40
Uptown
Crystals
41
Don't Make Me Over
Dionne Warwick
42
409
Beach Boys
43
Lover Please
Clyde McPhatter
44
What's A Matter Baby
Timi Yuro
45
You Don't Know Me
Ray Charles
46
You Beat Me To The Punch
Mary Wells
47
Pipeline
Chantays
48
Playboy
Marvelettes
49
Boom Boom
John Lee Hooker
50
Little Town Flirt
Del Shannon
51
Love Came To Me
Dion
52
Remember Then
Earls
53
Beechwood 4-5789
Marvelettes
54
Mashed Potato Time
Dee Dee Sharp
55
You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover
Bo Diddley
56
Party Lights
Claudine Clark
57
He's Sure The Boy I Love
Crystals
58
Hitch Hike
Marvin Gaye
59
Dream Baby
Roy Orbison
60
Rhythm Of The Rain
Cascades
61
Don't Play That Song
Ben E. King
62
Telstar
Tornadoes
63
Slow Twistin'
Chubby Checker (with Dee Dee Sharp)
64
P.S. I Love You
Beatles
65
Something's Got A Hold On Me
Etta James
66
Stormy Monday Blues
Bobby "Blue" Bland
67
Make It Easy On Yourself
Jerry Butler
68
Stubborn Kind Of Fellow
Marvin Gaye
69
Rainbow
Gene Chandler
70
Shout
Joey Dee & the Starliters
71
Don't Hang Up
Orlons
72
Limbo Rock
Chubby Checker
73
Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
74
Let's Go (Pony)
Routers
75
Mama Didn't Lie
Jan Bradley
76
Release Me
Esther Phillips
77
Nut Rocker
B. Bumble & the Stingers
78
(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance
Gene Pitney
79
Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)
Ernie Maresca
80
All Alone Am I
Brenda Lee
81
Good Luck Charm
Elvis Presley
82
Call On Me
Bobby "Blue" Bland
83
Keep Your Hands Off My Baby
Little Eva
84
Lookin' For A Love
Valentinos
85
The Wah Watusi
Orlons
86
Wiggle Wobble
Les Cooper
87
She Cried
Jay & the Americans
88
Sealed With A Kiss
Brian Hyland
89
Only Love Can Break A Heart
Gene Pitney
90
I Love You
Volumes
91
Little Diane
Dion
92
My Own True Love
Duprees
93
I Wish That We Were Married
Ronnie & the Hi-Lites
94
Our Anniversary
Shep & the Limelites
95
Dancin' Party
Chubby Checker
96
I Sold My Heart To The Junkman
Blue-Belles
97
Rinky Dink
Dave "Baby" Cortez
98
Village Of Love
Nathaniel Mayer & the Fabulous Twilights
99
Anna (Go To Him)
Arthur Alexander
100
Miserlou
Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Down In The Valley
Solomon Burke
102
Hide & Go Seek
Bunker Hill
103
Twist, Twist Senora
Gary U.S. Bonds
104
Let's Stomp
Bobby Comstock
105
What Time Is It
Jive Five
106
What Kind Of Love Is This
Joey Dee & the Starliters
107
Oh My Angel
Bertha Tillman
108
Forever
Marvelettes
109
Trick Bag
Earl King
110
Lipstick Traces
Benny Spellman
111
It's Raining
Irma Thomas
112
The End Of The World
Skeeter Davis
113
It Might As Well Rain Until September
Carole King
114
Love Letters
Ketty Lester
115
You Are My Sunshine
Ray Charles
116
Walk Right In
Rooftop Singers
117
Hotel Happiness
Brook Benton
118
Next Door To An Angel
Neil Sedaka
119
The Gypsy Cried
Lou Christie
120
I'll Try Something New
Miracles
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1962
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1962
*
Little Jewel of The Vieux Carre
Joe Barry
Adam's Choice:
*
She's My Hearts Desire
Ohio Untouchables
Brett's Choice:
*
Don't Ever Change
The Crickets




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