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100 Greatest Songs From 1966

Criteria: These songs were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.
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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

Good Vibrations single cover
When A Man Loves A Woman single cover
Reach Out, I'll Be There single cover
Gimme Some Lovin' single cover
Ain't Too Proud To Beg - 45 record lable
Eight Miles High single cover
For What It's Worth single cover
Paint It Black single cover
You Keep Me Hangin' On single cover
Wild Thing single cover
I'm A Believer single cover
1
Good Vibrations
Beach Boys
2
When A Man Loves A Woman
Percy Sledge
3
Reach Out, I'll Be There
Four Tops
4
Gimme Some Lovin'
Spencer Davis Group
5
Ain't Too Proud To Beg
Temptations
6
Eight Miles High
Byrds
7
For What It's Worth
Buffalo Springfield
8
Paint It Black
Rolling Stones
9
You Keep Me Hangin' On
Supremes
10
Wild Thing
Troggs
11
Psychotic Reaction
Count Five
12
I'm A Believer
Monkees
13
God Only Knows
Beach Boys
14
96 Tears
? & the Mysterians
15
Hold On, I'm A'Comin'
Sam & Dave
16
Kicks
Paul Revere & the Raiders
17
Good Lovin'
Young Rascals
18
River Deep, Mountain High
Ike & Tina Turner
19
Mustang Sally
Wilson Pickett
20
You Can't Hurry Love
Supremes
21
Devil With A Blue Dress On (medley)
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
22
Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)
Swingin' Medallions
23
Wouldn't It Be Nice
Beach Boys
24
Knock On Wood
Eddie Floyd
25
Summer In The City
Lovin' Spoonful
26
Eleanor Rigby
Beatles
27
Sunshine Superman
Donovan
28
Try A Little Tenderness
Otis Redding
29
(You're My) Soul And Inspiration
Righteous Brothers
30
Sunny Afternoon
Kinks
31
Along Comes Mary
Association
32
Under My Thumb
Rolling Stones
33
I Am A Rock
Simon & Garfunkel
34
Just Like A Woman
Bob Dylan
35
Here, There And Everywhere
Beatles
36
Got To Get You Into My Life
Beatles
37
Friday On My Mind
Easybeats
38
Shapes Of Things
Yardbirds
39
Pushin' Too Hard
Seeds
40
You're Gonna Miss Me
13th Floor Elevators
41
Black Is Black
Los Bravos
42
Tell It Like It Is
Aaron Neville
43
Homeward Bound
Simon & Garfunkel
44
What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
Jimmy Ruffin
45
(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet
Blues Magoos
46
Bus Stop
Hollies
47
This Old Heart Of Mine
Isley Brothers
48
Beauty Is Only Skin Deep
Temptations
49
Solitary Man
Neil Diamond
50
Monday, Monday
The Mamas & The Papas
51
Walk Away Renee
Left Banke
52
Paperback Writer
Beatles
53
Land Of 1,000 Dances
Wilson Pickett
54
Gloria
Shadows Of Knight
55
I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
Electric Prunes
56
19th Nervous Breakdown
Rolling Stones
57
Daydream
Lovin' Spoonful
58
Summertime
Billy Stewart
59
Secret Agent Man
Johnny Rivers
60
Substitute
The Who
61
Mellow Yellow
Donovan
62
Hungry
Paul Revere & the Raiders
63
Hey Joe
Jimi Hendrix / Leaves
64
Rain
Beatles
65
Tomorrow Never Knows
Beatles
66
634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.)
Wilson Pickett
67
Talk Talk
Music Machine
68
But It's Alright
J.J. Jackson
69
Sloop John B
Beach Boys
70
A Hazy Shade Of Winter
Simon & Garfunkel
71
Society's Child
Janis Ian
72
Working In A Coal Mine
Lee Dorsey
73
Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me)
Four Seasons
74
Last Train To Clarksville
Monkees
75
Rainy Day Women #12 and 35
Bob Dylan
76
Working My Way Back To You
Four Seasons
77
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Dusty Springfield
78
(I Know) I'm Losing You
Temptations
79
Wang Dang Doodle
Koko Taylor
80
Standing In The Shadows Of Love
Four Tops
81
I Saw Her Again
The Mamas & The Papas
82
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
Monkees
83
Over Under Sideways Down
Yardbirds
84
Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby...
Rolling Stones
85
Kind Of A Drag
Buckinghams
86
I'm Your Puppet
James & Bobby Purify
87
It's A Man's Man's Man's World
James Brown
88
The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)
Walker Brothers
89
Little Girl
Syndicate Of Sound
90
Cherry Cherry
Neil Diamond
91
Cherish
Association
92
Go Where You Wanna Go
5th Dimension/The Mamas & The Papas
93
Happy Jack
The Who
94
Get Ready
Temptations
95
Good Day Sunshine
Beatles
96
Red Rubber Ball
Cyrkle
97
Good Thing
Paul Revere & the Raiders
98
Mother's Little Helper
Rolling Stones
99
Don't Bring Me Down
Animals
100
Visions Of Johanna
Bob Dylan
20 more worth mentioning.
101
Out Of Time
Rolling Stones / Chris Farlowe
102
Whispers (Getting Louder)
Jackie Wilson
103
The Beat Goes On
Sonny & Cher
104
Time Won't Let Me
Outsiders
105
Poor Side Of Town
Johnny Rivers
106
I Want You
Bob Dylan
107
My Little Red Book
Love
108
Cool Jerk
Capitols
109
Pretty Flamingo
Manfred Mann
110
For No One
Beatles
111
Sweet Talkin' Guy
Chiffons
112
Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
Supremes
113
Yellow Submarine
Beatles
114
I Feel Free
Cream
115
A Place In The Sun
Stevie Wonder
116
That's Life
Frank Sinatra
117
B-A-B-Y
Carla Thomas
118
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)
Cher
119
Barefootin'
Robert Parker
120
Bring It Up
James Brown
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1966
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1966
*
Harmonica Man (From London Town)
Torquays
Lew's Choice:
*
5D (Fifth Dimension)
Byrds
Adam's Choice:
*
I Found You
Gene Clark
Brett's Choice:
*
Painter Man
Creation




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