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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.
No.
Song
Artist

Good Vibrations single cover

When A Man Loves A Woman single cover

Reach Out, I'll Be There single cover

Gimme Some Lovin' single cover

Ain't Too Proud To Beg - 45 record lable

Eight Miles High single cover

For What It's Worth single cover

Paint It Black single cover

You Keep Me Hangin' On single cover

Wild Thing single cover
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
The Mamas & The 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
The Mamas & The 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
91
Go Where You Wanna Go
5th Dimension/The Mamas & The Papas
92
Happy Jack
The Who
93
Get Ready
Temptations
94
Good Day Sunshine
Beatles
95
Red Rubber Ball
Cyrkle
96
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
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1966
*
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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