100 Greatest Songs From 1962

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.

Green Onions single cover
The Loco-Motion single cover
Sherry single cover
I Can't Stop Loving You single cover
Up On The Roof single cover
Twist And Shout single record lable
Do You Love Me single cover
Wipe Out single cover
1 Green Onions Booker T. & the MG's
2 Bring It On Home To Me Sam Cooke
3 You've Really Got A Hold On Me Miracles
4 The Loco-Motion Little Eva
5 Sherry Four Seasons
6 I Can't Stop Loving You Ray Charles
7 Up On The Roof Drifters
8 Twist And Shout Isley Brothers
9 These Arms Of Mine Otis Redding
10 Do You Love Me Contours
11 Wipe Out Surfaris
12 Twisting The Night Away Sam Cooke
13 He's A Rebel Crystals
14 Surfin' Safari Beach Boys
15 Love Me Do Beatles
16 The One Who Really Loves You Mary Wells
17 You Belong To Me Duprees
18 Any Day Now Chuck Jackson
19 Big Girls Don't Cry Four Seasons
20 Having A Party Sam Cooke
21 Sheila Tommy Roe
22 Soldier Boy Shirelles
23 Palisades Park Freddy Cannon
24 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Neil Sedaka
25 Our Day Will Come Ruby & the Romantics
26 You'll Lose A Good Thing Barbara Lynn
27 Return To Sender Elvis Presley
28 Tell Him Exciters
29 Let's Dance Chris Montez
30 Lovers Who Wander Dion
31 Chains Cookies
32 Cry To Me Solomon Burke
33 Two Lovers Mary Wells
34 Monster Mash Bobby "Boris" Pickett
35 Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow Rivingtons
36 Soul Twist King Curtis & the Noble Knights
37 Ruby Baby Dion
38 I Need Your Loving Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford
39 I Found A Love Falcons
40 Uptown Crystals
41 Don't Make Me Over Dionne Warwick
42 409 Beach Boys
43 Lover Please Clyde McPhatter
44 What's A Matter Baby Timi Yuro
45 You Don't Know Me Ray Charles
46 You Beat Me To The Punch Mary Wells
47 Pipeline Chantays
48 Playboy Marvelettes
49 Boom Boom John Lee Hooker
50 Little Town Flirt Del Shannon
51 Love Came To Me Dion
52 Remember Then Earls
53 Beechwood 4-5789 Marvelettes
54 Mashed Potato Time Dee Dee Sharp
55 You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover Bo Diddley
56 Party Lights Claudine Clark
57 He's Sure The Boy I Love Crystals
58 Hitch Hike Marvin Gaye
59 Dream Baby Roy Orbison
60 Rhythm Of The Rain Cascades
61 Don't Play That Song Ben E. King
62 Telstar The Tornadoes
63 Slow Twistin' Chubby Checker (with Dee Dee Sharp)
64 P.S. I Love You Beatles
65 Something's Got A Hold On Me Etta James
66 Stormy Monday Blues Bobby "Blue" Bland
67 Make It Easy On Yourself Jerry Butler
68 Stubborn Kind Of Fellow Marvin Gaye
69 Rainbow Gene Chandler
70 Shout Joey Dee & the Starliters
71 Don't Hang Up Orlons
72 Limbo Rock Chubby Checker
73 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
74 Let's Go (Pony) Routers
75 Mama Didn't Lie Jan Bradley
76 Release Me Esther Phillips
77 Nut Rocker B. Bumble & the Stingers
78 (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance Gene Pitney
79 Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) Ernie Maresca
80 All Alone Am I Brenda Lee
81 Good Luck Charm Elvis Presley
82 Call On Me Bobby "Blue" Bland
83 Keep Your Hands Off My Baby Little Eva
84 Lookin' For A Love Valentinos
85 The Wah Watusi Orlons
86 Wiggle Wobble Les Cooper
87 She Cried Jay & the Americans
88 Sealed With A Kiss Brian Hyland
89 Only Love Can Break A Heart Gene Pitney
90 I Love You Volumes
91 Little Diane Dion
92 My Own True Love Duprees
93 I Wish That We Were Married Ronnie & the Hi-Lites
94 Our Anniversary Shep & the Limelites
95 Dancin' Party Chubby Checker
96 I Sold My Heart To The Junkman Blue-Belles
97 Rinky Dink Dave "Baby" Cortez
98 Village Of Love Nathaniel Mayer & the Fabulous Twilights
99 Anna (Go To Him) Arthur Alexander
100 Miserlou Dick Dale & His Del-Tones
20 more worth mentioning.
101 Down In The Valley Solomon Burke
102 Hide & Go Seek Bunker Hill
103 Twist, Twist Senora Gary U.S. Bonds
104 Let's Stomp Bobby Comstock
105 What Time Is It Jive Five
106 What Kind Of Love Is This Joey Dee & the Starliters
107 Oh My Angel Bertha Tillman
108 Forever Marvelettes
109 Trick Bag Earl King
110 Lipstick Traces Benny Spellman
111 It's Raining Irma Thomas
112 The End Of The World Skeeter Davis
113 It Might As Well Rain Until September Carole King
114 Love Letters Ketty Lester
115 You Are My Sunshine Ray Charles
116 Walk Right In Rooftop Singers
117 Hotel Happiness Brook Benton
118 Next Door To An Angel Neil Sedaka
119 The Gypsy Cried Lou Christie
120 I'll Try Something New Miracles
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1962
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1962
* Little Jewel of The Vieux Carre Joe Barry
Adam's Choice:
* She's My Hearts Desire Ohio Untouchables
Brett's Choice:
* Don't Ever Change The Crickets
Lew's Choice:
* Jungle Fever The Tornados

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