100 Greatest Songs From 1965

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. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
  2. Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
  3. In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
  4. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown
  5. My Generation - The Who
  6. Mr. Tambourine Man - Byrds / Bob Dylan
  7. Yesterday - Beatles
  8. The Sounds Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel
  9. Ticket To Ride - Beatles
10. The Tracks Of My Tears - Miracles
11. California Dreamin' - Mamas & Papas
12. Heart Full Of Soul - Yardbirds
13. People Get Ready - Impressions
14. Do You Believe In Magic - Lovin' Spoonful
15. In My Life - Beatles
16. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
17. Get Off Of My Cloud - Rolling Stones
18. I Fought The Law - Bobby Fuller Four
19. I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops
20. California Girls - Beach Boys
21. For Your Love - Yardbirds
22. I've Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding
23. Shotgun - Jr. Walker & the All-stars
24. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
25. Help! - Beatles
26. Subterranean Homesick Blues - Bob Dylan
27. Turn, Turn, Turn - Byrds
28. We Gotta Get Out Of This Place - Animals
29. Hang On Sloopy - McCoys
30. Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
31. Positively 4th Street - Bob Dylan
32. Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder
33. I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
34. We Can Work It Out - Beatles
35. Nowhere To Run - Martha & the Vandellas
36. Ooo Baby Baby - Miracles
37. A Well Respected Man - Kinks
38. Day Tripper - Beatles
39. Stop! In The Name Of Love - Supremes
40. Help Me Rhonda - Beach Boys
41. It's The Same Old Song - Four Tops
42. Respect - Otis Redding
43. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown) - Beatles
44. Back In My Arms Again - Supremes
45. Going To A Go-Go - Miracles
46. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - Animals
47. I Do Love You - Billy Stewart
48. Ask The Lonely - Four Tops
49. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) - Swingin' Medallions
50. Land Of 1,000 Dances - Cannibal & the Headhunters
51. Dirty Water - Standells
52. Nowhere Man - Beatles
53. The Last Time - Rolling Stones
54. Eve Of Destruction - Barry McGuire
55. Ain't That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye
56. She's About A Mover - Sir Douglas Quintet
57. I'm A Man - Yardbirds
58. The Kids Are Alright - The Who
59. Catch Us If You Can - Dave Clark Five
60. Let's Hang On - Four Seasons
61. I Do - Marvelows
62. Barbara Ann - Beach Boys
63. Hurt So Bad - Little Anthony & the Imperials
64. Rescue Me - Fontella Bass
65. It's My Life - Animals
66. I'll Be Doggone - Marvin Gaye
67. Yes, I'm Ready - Barbara Mason
68. Sitting In The Park - Billy Stewart
69. Liar, Liar - Castaways
70. Just Like Me - Paul Revere & the Raiders
71. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better - Byrds
72. King Of The Road - Roger Miller
73. Tired Of Waiting For You - Kinks
74. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - Beatles
75. Since I Lost My Baby - Temptations
76. I Can't Turn You Loose - Otis Redding
77. (I'm A) Road Runner - Jr. Walker & the All-stars
78. Baby I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis
79. Got To Get You Off My Mind - Solomon Burke
80. We're Gonna Make It - Little Milton
81. It Ain't Me Babe - Turtles
82. You Didn't Have To Be So Nice - Lovin' Spoonful
83. Five O'Clock World - Vogues
84. Treat Her Right - Roy Head
85. Drive My Car - Beatles
86. I Want Candy - Strangeloves
87. A Lover's Concerto - Toys
88. Desolation Row - Bob Dylan
89. Catch The Wind - Donovan
90. These Boots Are Made For Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra
91. Lightnin' Strikes - Lou Christie
92. I Hear A Symphony - Supremes
93. Don't Mess With Bill - Marvelettes
94. Keep On Dancing - Gentrys
95. Over And Over - Dave Clark Five
96. Till The End Of The Day - Kinks
97. You're The One - Vogues
98. I'm Henry The Eighth, I Am - Herman's Hermits
99. A Groovy Kind Of Love - Mindbenders
100. Michelle - Beatles
20 more worth mentioning.
101. 1-2-3 - Len Barry
102. Lies - Knickerbockers
103. Game Of Love - Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders
104. She's Just My Style - Gary Lewis & the Playboys
105. Can't You Hear My Heartbeat - Herman's Hermits
106. Ballad Of A Thin Man - Bob Dylan
107. You're Going To Lose That Girl - Beatles
108. Woman's Got Soul - Impressions
109. I'm A Happy Man - Jive Five
110. I'm Alive - Hollies
111. It's Gonna Take A Miracle - Royalettes
112. Don't Look Back - Temptations
113. Highway 61 Revisited - Bob Dylan
114. It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
115. My World Is Empty Without You - Supremes
116. Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter - Herman's Hermits
117. Crying Time - Ray Charles
118. The "In" Crowd - Ramsey Lewis
119. Elusive Butterfly - Bob Lind
120. Baby Scratch My Back - Slim Harpo
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1965
An unheralded great record from 1965
Bruce's choice -
* A Little Piece Of Leather - Donnie Elbert
Lew's choice -
* Just a Little - Beau Brummels
Adam's choice -
* Snatch It Back and Hold It - Junior Wells
Brett's choice -
* Some Of Your Lovin' - Dusty Springfield

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Last Updated: 2021-07-06