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
3. You Really Got Me
4. House Of The Rising Sun
5. Where Did Our Love Go
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
10. She's Not There
11. I Feel Fine
12. The Times They Are A'Changin'
Bob Dylan
13. All Day And All Of The Night
14. Under The Boardwalk
15. A Change Is Gonna Come
Sam Cooke
16. Gloria
17. Don't Worry Baby
Beach Boys
18. My Guy
Mary Wells
19. Can't Buy Me Love
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
26. Rag Doll
Four Seasons
27. Memphis
Johnny Rivers
28. Baby Love
29. Remember (Walkin' In The Sand)
30. Walk On By
Dionne Warwick
31. Chapel Of Love
Dixie Cups
32. Walking In The Rain
33. Tell Her No
34. Eight Days A Week
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
39. Come See About Me
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
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
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
57. The Boy From New York City
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
64. She's A Woman
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
72. Nadine
Chuck Berry
73. California Sun
74. Heart Of Stone
Rolling Stones
75. Hi-Heel Sneakers
Tommy Tucker
76. Amen
77. It's Over
Roy Orbison
78. I'm A Loser
79. (Just Like) Romeo And Juliet
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
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
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
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
105. I'm Crying
106. I Had A Talk With My Man
Mitty Collier
107. Mercy Mercy
Don Covay
108. When You Walk In The Room
109. Yeh, Yeh
Georgie Fame
110. The Girl's Alright With Me
111. Downtown
Petula Clark
112. And I Love Her
113. I'm So Proud
114. It Ain't Me Babe
Bob Dylan
115. My Boy Lollipop
Millie Small
116. If I Fell
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
Lew's choice:
* Little Children
Billy J. Kramer with The Dakotas
Adam's choice:
* Walk
Brett's choice:
* Getting Mighty Crowded
Betty Everett
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Last Updated: 2009-01-08