Our Top 10 Singles from the 60s!
The 1960s marked the arrival of the Beatles, and other beat bands who were influenced by the likes of Buddy Holly and the Shadows. With chart successes from British favourite Cilla Black, and the success of the Rolling Stones and the Kinks can be attributed to the rise of beat music. Seacrof Holiday Village hosts a number of themed breaks, like our Through the Decades break, where you can hear some fantastic acts pay homage to the decade of beat music. Here, we list our top 10 singles from the 60s!
Elvis Presley – It’s Now or Never
Having had most of his commercial success in the 50s, this would be one of Elvis’ last hits before a 7-year break from music at the start of 1961. A ballad, based on the popular Italian song “O Sole mio”, this is Elvis Presley’s second best-selling single and one of the best-selling singles of all time.
The Everly Brothers – Walk Right Back / Ebony Eyes
The Everly Brothers, were a rock and roll sibling duo, with a country twist, from the USA. Walk Right Back was just one of the hits the brothers had in the 60s in the UK, with others such as Lucille, Temptation, Cryin’ in the Rain, and the Price of Love. The Everlys remained popular in the UK throughout the 60s before parting ways in 1973. The brothers did reunite in 1983 and had their final charting single in 1986.
Frank Ifield – I Remember You
This song was the second-highest selling record of 1962, and with his slight yodel, Frank Ifield was a distinctive artist in the early 60s. Having for number 1 singles in 1962 and 1963, Frank Ifield still appears in the present day, being inducted into the Conventry Music Wall of Fame in 2013 and earning his place on our top 10 singles from the 60s!
The Beatles – From Me to You
Founded at the start of the decade, The Beatles had many hits in the 1960s. Known as the best-selling band in history, with over 800 million digital and physical albums sold worldwide, and hold the world record for the most number one hits on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart at a staggering 20 singles.
Cilla Black – You’re My World
An associate of the Beatles, ‘You’re My World’ was Cilla Black’s third single release. Cilla Black was a popular singer and television presenter, known for her music career and talkshow ‘Cilla’ from 1968-1974. Cilla celebrated 50 years in show business in 2013, before her death in 2015.
Ken Dodd – Tears
Sir Ken Dodd, known for his wild hair and obvious teeth, is known for being a comedian, singer-songwriter, and actor. Tears was undoubtedly his biggest hit, selling over 1.5 million copies in the UK and landing itself the 33rd spot as the best-selling single of all time in the UK. His last charting single was in 1981, and, at 89 years old, has continued to tour the UK to the present day, and earns his rightful place on this list of our top 10 singles from the 60s.
Tom Jones – Green, Green Grass of Home
A cover of the country song written by Curly Putman and recorded for the first time by singer Johnny Darrell, Sir Tom Jones covered the song in 1966 where it reached number 1 for seven weeks. Having started his career in 1963, staying hugely popular until the mid-70s. Tom Jones still performs today, as well as appearing on TV shows such as the BBC’s ‘The Voice’.
Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade of Pale
Formed in 1967, Procol Harum released ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’ as their first single in 1967. With much success across the UK and Northern America, the band had their live debut as the opening act for Jimi Hendrix in the same year. The band initially broke up in 1977, before reforming in 1991 with the exception of B.J. Wilson, who died the year previous. The band still performs today, celebrating their 50th annivery in 2017, with the only original member being vocalist Gary Brooker.
Mary Hopkin – Those Were the Days
A Welsh folk singer, Mary Hopkin is perhaps best known for this hit ‘Those Were the Days’ in 1968, as well as being one of the first artists to be signed by The Beatles’ Apple label. This was also her debut single, and was produced by Beatle Paul McCartney, and topped competition from star Sandiw Shaw who also released her version of the song in the same year. Her last single was released for Christmas 2014, with her children.
The Archies – Sugar Sugar
A fictional American garage band, The Archies were from the animated television series ‘The Archie Show’. The band’s most successful song was ‘Sugar Sugar’, and was one of the biggest hits of bubblegum pop, making it one of our top 10 singles from the 60s!
So there you have it, our top singles from the 60s! But there are far too many to list in one article. Click here to go to our top singles of the 50s, or click here to go to our top singles of the 70s!