100 Greatest Songs From 1963

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. Louie Louie
2. She Loves You
3. I Want To Hold Your Hand
4. Be My Baby
5. I Saw Her Standing There
6. Surfin' USA
Beach Boys
7. Glad All Over
Dave Clark Five
8. It's All Right
9. Blowin' In The Wind
Bob Dylan / Peter Paul & Mary
10. Please Please Me
11. Twist And Shout
12. (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
Martha & the Vandellas
13. On Broadway
14. Surf City
Jan & Dean
15. Da Doo Ron Ron
16. He's So Fine
17. One Fine Day
18. My Boyfriend's Back
19. Surfer Girl
Beach Boys
20. Hello Stranger
Barbara Lewis
21. Another Saturday Night
Sam Cooke
22. In My Room
Beach Boys
23. From Me To You
24. Fingertips - Pt. 2
Little Stevie Wonder
25. Can I Get A Witness
Marvin Gaye
26. Baby Workout
Jackie Wilson
27. All My Loving
28. So Much In Love
29. It's My Party
Lesley Gore
30. Little Deuce Coupe
Beach Boys
31. Then He Kissed Me
32. Cry Baby
Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters
33. Walking The Dog
Rufus Thomas
34. Just One Look
Doris Troy
35. Baby I Love You
36. You Don't Own Me
Lesley Gore
37. Dead Man's Curve
Jan & Dean
38. Anyone Who Had A Heart
Dionne Warwick
39. I Only Want To Be With You
Dusty Springfield
40. In Dreams
Roy Orbison
41. The Shoop Shoop Song
Betty Everett
42. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Darlene Love
43. Walk Like A Man
Four Seasons
44. Donna The Prima Donna
45. Denise
Randy & the Rainbows
46. Mockingbird
Inez & Charlie Foxx
47. Mickey's Monkey
48. Quicksand
Martha & the Vandellas
49. Hey Girl
Freddy Scott
50. Come And Get These Memories
Martha & the Vandellas

51. Little Saint Nick
Beach Boys
52. Love Potion Number Nine
53. Drag City
Jan & Dean
54. Surfin' Bird
55. Pride And Joy
Marvin Gaye
56. What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am)
57. Shut Down
Beach Boys
58. Hippy Hippy Shake
Swinging Blue Jeans
59. Ring Of Fire
Johnny Cash
60. Since I Fell For You
Lenny Welch
61. Busted
Ray Charles
62. Easier Said Than Done
The Essex
63. Part Time Love
Little Johnny Taylor
64. Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um
Major Lance
65. Roll Over Beethoven
66. Blue Bayou
Roy Orbison
67. South Street
68. (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry
Darlene Love
69. Down The Aisle (Wedding Song)
Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles
70. It Won't Be Long
71. Everybody
Tommy Roe
72. This Boy
73. Talking About My Baby
74. Sugar Shack
Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
75. If You Wanna Be Happy
Jimmy Soul
76. The Monkey Time
Major Lance
77. Mean Woman Blues
Roy Orbison
78. Prisoner Of Love
James Brown
79. The Nitty Gritty
Shirley Ellis
80. Hey Little Cobra
Rip Chords
81. Have You Heard
82. Drip Drop
83. You Can't Sit Down
84. Bad To Me
Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
85. Wait Til' My Bobby Gets Home
Darlene Love
86. Foolish Little Girl
87. Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby)
88. Little Latin Lupe Lu
Righteous Brothers
89. Memphis
Lonnie Mack
90. If You Need Me
Wilson Pickett / Solomon Burke
91. Share Your Love With Me
Bobby "Blue" Bland
92. The Love Of My Man
Theola Kilgore
93. How Do You Do It
Gerry & the Pacemakers
94. Two Faces Have I
Lou Christie
95. She's A Fool
Lesley Gore
96. The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget
97. I'm Telling You Now
Freddie & the Dreamers
98. A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall
Bob Dylan
99. Sally, Go 'Round The Roses
100. Judy's Turn To Cry
Lesley Gore
20 more worth mentioning.
101. When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes
102. (You're The) Devil In Disguise
Elvis Presley
103. Thank You Girl
104. Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart?
Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
105. Pain In My Heart
Otis Redding
106. Not Too Young To Get Married
Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
107. Who Do You Love
108. Harlem Shuffle
Bob & Earl
109. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Bob Dylan / Peter, Paul & Mary
110. I Will Follow Him
Little Peggy March
111. Do You Want To Know A Secret
112. Candy Girl
Four Seasons
113. Be True To Your School
Beach Boys
114. Out Of Limits
115. Sleigh Ride
116. I'm Leavin' It Up To You
Dale & Grace
117. Down At Papa Joe's
118. Killer Joe
Rocky Fellers
119. Mr. Bass Man
Johnny Cymbal
120. Till Then
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1963
An unheralded great record from 1963
Bruce's choice:
* Gonna Make It Alone
Ronnie Dio and the Prophets
Lew's choice:
* Only In America
Jay and the Americans
Adam's choice:
* He Was A Friend Of Mine
Dave Van Ronk
Brett's choice:
* Leaving Here
Eddie Holland
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Last Updated: 2009-01-08