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Songs of 1966 - Taking Back the Airwaves

Updated on February 15, 2014

1966 has so many good songs that it was hard to narrow it down to just 11. This first one includes a lot of the music I loved as a kid. I had discovered the Supremes, the Temptations and the Four Tops by then, but I didn’t include the Motown songs from 1966 because I think they deserve an article all of their own. I would say that if 1964 and 1965 were the years of the British invasion that 1966 was the year of the Motown invasion. Music seemed to shoot off in a thousand different directions in the mid-60s and it was hard to decide what your favorite genre was.

Just music

When I was 9, it didn’t really seem to matter what the music was called. Music was just music, I wasn’t “sophisticated” enough yet to be critical and elitist about certain music; I just loved it all. I loved listening to my parents Jim Reeves records, I loved the songs we sang in the school choir (everything from old-English folk songs to The Sound of Music), and, of course, I enjoyed the popular music of the day.

The Mamas and the Papas - California Dreamin'

I’ve always been a fan of this group. The harmonies and vocals are always great. As I write this, I’m watching a biography of the band.

Question Mark and the Mysterians - 96 Tears

I love the organ on this song. This is the best video I could find that actually showed the band.

The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations

This is my favorite Beach Boy song. Pet Sounds, the album it came from, is their masterpiece album. In the way that Sgt. Pepper was for the Beatles.

The Yardbirds - Shape of Things

More English psychadelia. An excellent song.

Paul Revere and the Raiders - Just Like Me

I developed a crush on lead singer Mark Lindsay in the late 60s.

The Monkees - I'm a Believer

This song was written by Neil Diamond. The Monkees were my first  full blown teeny-bopper crush.  I was in love with Davy, as millions of girls my age were, and I always thought Mickey was cute. In later years, I developed more of an interest in Mike Nesmith and his style of music.

The Lovin' Spoonful - You Didn't Have to be So Nice

I really like all of the Lovin’ Spoonful’s songs. This one, Daydreamer, Summer in the City, etc. I can’t name a bad song by this band.

Los Bravos - Black is Black

I thought for the longest time that this was Gene Pitney singing.  I remember this song from when I was a kid and I always liked it.

The Byrds - Eight Miles High

The Byrds were one of the originators of psychedelic rock.

The Who - Happy Jack

The Who are one of my all-time favorite bands. I’ve liked their music ever since I first heard it on my transistor radio.

The Beatles - Eleanor Rigby

A true classic from the Beatles. This song never fails to give me the chills.


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  • K9keystrokes profile image

    India Arnold 

    8 years ago from Northern, California

    Wow Writer. The Yard Birds! What a hoot! And what an eccellent adventure you have given us. Reminds me of being at the beach, dancing while touching- (respectfully) and good-old-fashion home cooking...aaahhhh, a better time. Love it! Thanks for the read Writer.

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    Dolores Monet 

    8 years ago from East Coast, United States

    Writer - I loved that music. Pure, simple rock and roll. Of course, that was the time when I was a teenager, so it was my time.

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    Susan Keeping 

    8 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Thanks for all the great comments. The 60s are one of my favorite decades in music. The 80s is my next favorite. I'll have to do some hubs about that decade in music after I am finished with the 60s.

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    8 years ago from I'm outta here

    This is fantastic, I love the shag carpet. The sixties are a interesting time in music. Thanks :)

  • ladyjane1 profile image


    8 years ago from Texas

    Loved all the songs here especially the Beatles. Interestingly enough I have the movie Blow Up that was made in the 60's and the Yardbirds make an appearance in this movie. Great job once again. Cheers.

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    8 years ago from At the Gemba

    I'm a believer is my favorite from above... love to belt it out badly for karaoke..

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    Georzetta Ratcliffe 

    8 years ago from Pennsylvania

    You could've stopped with "Good Vibrations" and I would've been happy. Layers and layers of sound with really interesting vocals. Is there a better summer song?

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    8 years ago from Southern Ca.

    My 3 daughters would have joined your bandwagon, they were believers. My music was a generation earlier, the big bands. What a wonder it was to go to the New York Paramount to see a main feature and a live performance by the likes of Benny Goodman, either Dorsey Bros., or Billy Eckstine and very young, sassy Sarah Vaughn. Or go uptown to Harlem, a nickel subway ride to hear Duke, Count Basie, Chick Webb with Ella and all the swinging black bands. Ditto 52nd Jazz Street for Dizzy. My era can match yours name to name. David Russell


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