100 Greatest Songs From 1966

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. Good Vibrations - Beach Boys
  2. When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
  3. Reach Out, I'll Be There - Four Tops
  4. Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
  5. Ain't Too Proud To Beg - Temptations
  6. Eight Miles High - Byrds
  7. For What It's Worth - Buffalo Springfield
  8. Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
  9. You Keep Me Hangin' On - Supremes
10. Wild Thing - Troggs
11. Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
12. I'm A Believer - Monkees
13. God Only Knows - Beach Boys
14. 96 Tears - ? & the Mysterians
15. Hold On, I'm A'Comin' - Sam & Dave
16. Kicks - Paul Revere & the Raiders
17. Good Lovin' - Young Rascals
18. River Deep, Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner
19. Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
20. You Can't Hurry Love - Supremes
21. Devil With A Blue Dress On (medley) - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
22. Wouldn't It Be Nice - Beach Boys
23. Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
24. Summer In The City - Lovin' Spoonful
25. Eleanor Rigby - Beatles
26. Sunshine Superman - Donovan
27. Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
28. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration - Righteous Brothers
29. Sunny Afternoon - Kinks
30. Along Comes Mary - Association
31. Under My Thumb - Rolling Stones
32. I Am A Rock - Simon & Garfunkel
33. Just Like A Woman - Bob Dylan
34. Here, There And Everywhere - Beatles
35. Got To Get You Into My Life - Beatles
36. Friday On My Mind - Easybeats
37. Shapes Of Things - Yardbirds
38. Pushin' Too Hard - Seeds
39. You're Gonna Miss Me - 13th Floor Elevators
40. Black Is Black - Los Bravos
41. Tell It Like It Is - Aaron Neville
42. Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel
43. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin
44. (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet - Blues Magoos
45. Bus Stop - Hollies
46. This Old Heart Of Mine - Isley Brothers
47. Beauty Is Only Skin Deep - Temptations
48. Solitary Man - Neil Diamond
49. Monday, Monday - Mamas & Papas
50. Walk Away Renee - Left Banke
51. Paperback Writer - Beatles
52. Land Of 1,000 Dances - Wilson Pickett
53. Gloria - Shadows Of Knight
54. I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) - Electric Prunes
55. 19th Nervous Breakdown - Rolling Stones
56. Daydream - Lovin' Spoonful
57. Summertime - Billy Stewart
58. Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers
59. Substitute - The Who
60. Mellow Yellow - Donovan
61. Hungry - Paul Revere & the Raiders
62. Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix / Leaves
63. Rain - Beatles
64. Tomorrow Never Knows - Beatles
65. 634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.) - Wilson Pickett
66. Talk Talk - Music Machine
67. But It's Alright - J.J. Jackson
68. Sloop John B - Beach Boys
69. A Hazy Shade Of Winter - Simon & Garfunkel
70. Society's Child - Janis Ian
71. Working In A Coal Mine - Lee Dorsey
72. Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me) - Four Seasons
73. Last Train To Clarksville - Monkees
74. Rainy Day Women #12 and 35 - Bob Dylan
75. Working My Way Back To You - Four Seasons
76. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
77. (I Know) I'm Losing You - Temptations
78. Wang Dang Doodle - Koko Taylor
79. Standing In The Shadows Of Love - Four Tops
80. I Saw Her Again - Mamas & Papas
81. (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone - Monkees
82. Over Under Sideways Down - Yardbirds
83. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby... - Rolling Stones
84. Kind Of A Drag - Buckinghams
85. I'm Your Puppet - James & Bobby Purify
86. It's A Man's Man's Man's World - James Brown
87. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) - Walker Brothers
88. Little Girl - Syndicate Of Sound
89. Cherry Cherry - Neil Diamond
90. Cherish - Association
92. Go Where You Wanna Go - 5th Dimension/Mamas & Papas
93. Happy Jack - The Who
94. Get Ready - Temptations
95. Good Day Sunshine - Beatles
96. Red Rubber Ball - Cyrkle
97. Good Thing - Paul Revere & the Raiders
97. Mother's Little Helper - Rolling Stones
98. Don't Bring Me Down - Animals
99. Visions Of Johanna - Bob Dylan
100. Out Of Time - Rolling Stones / Chris Farlowe
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Whispers (Getting Louder) - Jackie Wilson
102. The Beat Goes On - Sonny & Cher
103. Time Won't Let Me - Outsiders
104. Poor Side Of Town - Johnny Rivers
105. I Want You - Bob Dylan
106. My Little Red Book - Love
107. Cool Jerk - Capitols
108. Pretty Flamingo - Manfred Mann
109. For No One - Beatles
110. Sweet Talkin' Guy - Chiffons
111. Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart - Supremes
112. Yellow Submarine - Beatles
113. I Feel Free - Cream
114. A Place In The Sun - Stevie Wonder
115. That's Life - Frank Sinatra
116. B-A-B-Y - Carla Thomas
117. Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Cher
118. Barefootin' - Robert Parker
119. Bring It Up - James Brown
120. Sunday Mornin' - Velvet Underground
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1966
An unheralded great record from 1966
Bruce's choice -
* Harmonica Man (From London Town) - Torquays
Lew's choice -
* 5D (Fifth Dimension) - Byrds
Adam's choice -
* I Found You - Gene Clark
Brett's choice -
* Painter Man - Creation

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Last Updated: 2021-07-06