100 Greatest Songs From 1960

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.

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.

  1. Will You Love Me Tomorrow - Shirelles
  2. Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
  3. Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison
  4. Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
  5. Stay - Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
  6. Chain Gang - Sam Cooke
  7. Save The Last Dance For Me - Drifters
  8. Shop Around - Miracles
  9. The Twist - Chubby Checker
10. Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers
11. Shakin' All Over - Johnny Kidd & the Pirates
12. Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf
13. Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King
14. Walk--Don't Run - Ventures
15. Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
16. New Orleans - Gary U.S. Bonds
17. At Last - Etta James
18. He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler
19. It's Now Or Never - Elvis Presley
20. I'm Sorry - Brenda Lee
21. When Will I Be Loved - Everly Brothers
22. Gee Whiz - Carla Thomas
23. This Magic Moment - Drifters
24. Doggin' Around - Jackie Wilson
25. Fingerpoppin' Time - Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
26. Back Door Man - Howlin' Wolf
27. Please Come Home For Christmas - Charles Brown
28. Stuck On You - Elvis Presley
29. Are You Lonesome Tonight - Elvis Presley
30. Blue Angel - Roy Orbison
31. Baby (You've Got What It Takes) - Brook Benton & Dinah Washington
32. Big Boss Man - Jimmy Reed
33. Walking To New Orleans - Fats Domino
34. A Rockin' Good Way - Brook Benton & Dinah Washington
35. A Fool In Love - Ike & Tina Turner
36. Let It Rock - Chuck Berry
37. The Sky Is Crying - Elmore James
38. I Count The Tears - Drifters
39. True Love Ways - Buddy Holly
40. Kiddio - Brook Benton
41. Dance By The Light Of The Moon - Olympics
42. Wild Weekend - Rockin' Rebels
43. My Girl Josephine - Fats Domino
44. Big Boy Pete - Olympics
45. The Wind - Jesters
46. You Talk Too Much - Joe Jones
47. Hot Rod Lincoln - Johnny Bond
48. Mule Skinner Blues - Fendermen
49. You Can Have Her - Roy Hamilton
50. Angel Baby - Rosie & the Originals
51. Tonight's The Night - Shirelles
52. Good Timin' - Jimmy Jones
53. Bye Bye Johnny - Chuck Berry
54. Ooh Poo Pah Doo - Jessie Hill
55. Bye Bye Baby - Mary Wells
56. There Is Something On Your Mind - Bobby Marchan
57. Sleep - Little Willie John
58. Bewildered - James Brown
59. (I Don't Know Why) But I Do - Clarence "Frogman" Henry
60. That's All You Gotta Do - Brenda Lee
61. Such A Night - Elvis Presley
62. All In My Mind - Maxine Brown
63. Wang Dang Doodle - Howlin' Wolf
64. (I Wanna) Love My Life Away - Gene Pitney
65. I'll Go Crazy - James Brown
66. Wild One - Bobby Rydell
67. You're Sixteen - Johnny Burnette
68. A Woman, A Lover, A Friend - Jackie Wilson
69. Because They're Young - Duane Eddy
70. Heartbreak (It's Hurtin' Me) - Jon Thomas / Little Willie John
71. Volare - Bobby Rydell
72. Think - James Brown
73. Step By Step - Crests
74. Tell Laura I Love Her - Ray Peterson
75. I Want To Be Wanted - Brenda Lee
76. Harbor Lights - Platters
77. Lonely Teenager - Dion
78. Shoppin' For Clothes - Coasters
79. Rip Van Winkle - Devotions
80. A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young & the Innocents
81. Once In Awhile - Chimes
82. A Million To One - Jimmy Charles
83. All I Could Do Was Cry - Etta James
84. Sugar Bee - Cleveland Crochet
85. Once Upon A Time - Rochell & the Candles
86. Three Nights A Week - Fats Domino
87. I Gotta Know - Elvis Presley
88. Let The Little Girl Dance - Billy Bland
89. Lonely Weekends - Charlie Rich
90. Calendar Girl - Neil Sedaka
91. Alley Oop - Hollywood Argyles / Dante & the Evergreens
92. Reconsider Baby - Elvis Presley
93. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) - Everly Brothers
94. The Madison Time - Ray Bryant Combo
95. I Love The Way You Love - Marv Johnson
96. Image Of A Girl - Safaris
97. Baby You're Right - James Brown
98. White Silver Sands - Bill Black's Combo
99. Diamonds And Pearls - Paradons
100. Everybody's Somebody's Fool - Connie Francis
20 more worth mentioning.
101. The Watusi - Vibrations
102. Apache - Shadows / Jørgen Ingmann
103. I Fought The Law - Crickets
104. A Mess Of Blues - Elvis Presley
105. Trouble In Paradise - Crests
106. Twistin' U.S.A. - Chubby Checker
107. Boys - Shirelles
108. Swingin' School - Bobby Rydell
109. To Be Loved (Forever) - Pentagons
110. Pennies From Heaven - Skyliners
111. Stand By Me - Little Junior Parker
112. You've Got The Power - James Brown
113. Close Together - Jimmy Reed
114. Cry, Cry, Cry - Bobby "Blue" Bland
115. This Old Heart - James Brown
116. Darling, Honey, Angel, Child - Earl King
117. I'm Shakin' - Little Willie John
118. Puppy Love - Paul Anka
119. Fools Rush In - Brook Benton
120. Corinna, Corinna - Ray Peterson
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1960
An unheralded great record from 1960
Bruce's choice -
* Let's Do The Cha-Cha - Magnificents
Adam's choice -
* Don't Cry Baby - Phil Phillips
Brett's choice -
* Christmas (Comes Once A Year) - Amos Milburn
Last Updated: 2009-01-02