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