100 Greatest Songs From 1964

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. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling - Righteous Brothers
  2. My Girl - Temptations
  3. You Really Got Me - Kinks
  4. House Of The Rising Sun - Animals
  5. Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes
  6. I Get Around - Beach Boys
  7. Dancing In The Street - Martha & the Vandellas
  8. Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
  9. A Hard Day's Night - Beatles
10. She's Not There - Zombies
11. I Feel Fine - Beatles
12. The Times They Are A'Changin' - Bob Dylan
13. All Day And All Of The Night - Kinks
14. Under The Boardwalk - Drifters
15. A Change Is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke
16. Gloria - Them
17. Don't Worry Baby - Beach Boys
18. My Guy - Mary Wells
19. Can't Buy Me Love - Beatles
20. Baby I Need Your Lovin' - Four Tops
21. Do Wah Diddy Diddy - Manfred Mann
22. Hanky Panky - Tommy James & the Shondells
23. No Particular Place To Go - Chuck Berry
24. Fun, Fun, Fun - Beach Boys
25. Needles And Pins - Searchers
26. Rag Doll - Four Seasons
27. Memphis - Johnny Rivers
28. Baby Love - Supremes
29. Remember (Walkin' In The Sand) - Shangri-Las
30. Walk On By - Dionne Warwick
31. Chapel Of Love - Dixie Cups
32. Walking In The Rain - Ronettes
33. Tell Her No - Zombies
34. Eight Days A Week - Beatles
35. Bits And Pieces - Dave Clark Five
36. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Marvin Gaye
37. I Can't Explain - The Who
38. Leader Of The Pack - Shangri-Las
39. Come See About Me - Supremes
40. It Hurts To Be In Love - Gene Pitney
41. Time Is On My Side - Rolling Stones / Irma Thomas
42. The Way You Do The Things You Do - Temptations
43. Goin' Out Of My Head - Little Anthony & the Imperials
44. Hold What You've Got - Joe Tex
45. Shake - Sam Cooke
46. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love - Solomon Burke
47. Ain't Nothing You Can Do - Bobby "Blue" Bland
48. You Never Can Tell - Chuck Berry
49. The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena) - Jan & Dean
50. It's All Over Now - Rolling Stones / Valentinos
51. Keep On Pushing - Impressions
52. Dawn (Go Away) - Four Seasons
53. Can't You See That She's Mine - Dave Clark Five
54. A World Without Love - Peter & Gordon
55. Because - Dave Clark Five
56. I Should Have Known Better - Beatles
57. The Boy From New York City - Ad-Libs
58. I Go To Pieces - Peter & Gordon
59. Go Now - Moody Blues / Bessie Banks
60. When I Grow Up (To Be A Man) - Beach Boys
61. Save It For Me - Four Seasons
62. Wishin' And Hopin' - Dusty Springfield
63. (The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up - Ronettes
64. She's A Woman - Beatles
65. Tobacco Road - Nashville Teens
66. Out Of Sight - James Brown
67. Dance, Dance, Dance - Beach Boys
68. Last Kiss - J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers
69. Good Times - Sam Cooke
70. I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits
71. Have I The Right - Honeycombs
72. Nadine - Chuck Berry
73. California Sun - Rivieras
74. Heart Of Stone - Rolling Stones
75. Hi-Heel Sneakers - Tommy Tucker
76. Amen - Impressions
77. It's Over - Roy Orbison
78. I'm A Loser - Beatles
79. (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet - Reflections
80. Laugh, Laugh - Beau Brummels
81. This Diamond Ring - Gary Lewis & the Playboys
82. Funny - Joe Hinton
83. Wish Someone Would Care - Irma Thomas
84. The "In" Crowd - Dobie Gray
85. Ain't That Good News - Sam Cooke
86. Mountain Of Love - Johnny Rivers
87. Any Way You Want It - Dave Clark Five
88. Saturday Night At The Movies - Drifters
89. Steal Away - Jimmy Hughes
90. Selfish One - Jackie Ross
91. Come A Little Bit Closer - Jay & the Americans
92. G.T.O. - Ronny & the Daytonas
93. Bread And Butter - Newbeats
94. You're A Wonderful One - Marvin Gaye
95. Oh Baby Don't You Weep - James Brown
96. C'Mon And Swim - Bobby Freeman
97. A Summer Song - Chad & Jeremy
98. Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun) - Del Shannon
99. I Wanna Love Him So Bad - Jelly Beans
100. Too Many Fish In The Sea - Marvelettes
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Twine Time - Alvin Cash & the Crawlers
102. Oh No, Not My Baby - Maxine Brown
103. Viva Las Vegas - Elvis Presley
104. You Can't Do That - Beatles
105. I'm Crying - Animals
106. I Had A Talk With My Man - Mitty Collier
107. Mercy Mercy - Don Covay
108. When You Walk In The Room - Searchers
109. Yeh, Yeh - Georgie Fame
110. The Girl's Alright With Me - Temptations
111. Downtown - Petula Clark
112. And I Love Her - Beatles
113. I'm So Proud - Impressions
114. It Ain't Me Babe - Bob Dylan
115. My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
116. If I Fell - Beatles
117. Shakin' All Over - Guess Who
118. Iko Iko - Dixie Cups
119. Little Red Rooster - Rolling Stones
120. Baby Don't Go - Sonny & Cher
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1964
An unheralded great record from 1964
Bruce's choice -
* He's Just A Playboy - Drifters
Lew's choice -
* Little Children - Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas
Adam's choice -
* Walk - Fenways
Brett's choice -
* Getting Mighty Crowded - Betty Everett

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Last Updated: 2009-01-08