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Updated on October 22, 2020

Music Of The Sixties And The Seventies - The Best Music For All Time - R&B, Jazz ...

The music of the sixties and the seventies presented some real masterpieces by the artists of that period. If you have been a music fan for a very long period of time, you are very likely to find all your favorite music right here in this era.

Great stars like Elvis Presley, Cliff Richards, Jim Reeves, Martin Robbins, The Platters, Ricky Nelson, Dean Martin ... just to name a few, had already established themselves in the sixties and were producing really great music.

These stars presented slow ballads, rhythm and blues, rock and roll, and sentimental hits that were very attractive and made people notice the music of this period.

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a fan of the music of the sixties and the seventies?
a fan of the music of the sixties and the seventies?

Be It Rock Music Or Instrumental Music - Golden Oldies Have It All!

Riding this very wave came along The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jethro Tull, Chicago, The Bee Gees, Led Zeppelin, and other similar bands presenting something a little different, with the accent on a much more vigorous form of music.

However this explosion caused by the Rolling Stones entering the scene created very strong currents towards this new trend and this also magnified the value of all the other bands that produced similar music.

There was a tendency to devalue all other styles of music which was dissimilar. This left many like me with no option than to "put on hold" some of the delightful tracks recorded by the likes of Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, and company. The fact is, it is impossible to put such music "on hold" for long.

They keep coming back. They belong to you and you belong to them. Be it rock, rhythm and blues, sentimental pop, or anything at all associated with the sixties and seventies can never fade away.

The best form of music was available to us in that era, although it was just via the radio and access to vinyl records.

Old Favorites Are Your Favorites As Well As Mine!

The music that you heard while growing up or while in the formative stages of your life will certainly have a great influence on whatever music you grow into.

In the sixties and the seventies there were various artists producing all types of music ranging from slow sentimental, semi classical right up to powerful rock!

The instruments that generated most of the power in much of the music of that era was the guitar. Classified as lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and bass guitar, many bands had members who simply specialized in these categories.

Here is a very brief history of the music scene starting from the late sixties up to the late nineties, which includes instrumentals as well.

Although I have not compiled it in any order, I hope you will find something of interest to you, something that you would identify as your favorite music ... or in your opinion, the best music for all time!

Music From The Sixties To The Nineties

The Bee Gees identified their brand of music with hits like Massachusetts, Don't Forget To Remember, and following the trend right up to the soundtrack of Saturday Night Fever.

The album Spirits Having Flown was a real masterpiece with hits like Too Much Heaven and the title track itself.

Chicago has been a favorite of mine with almost every track of theirs being well above the mark. Saturday In The Park, New York City, and 25 or 6 to 4 being amongst their very best.

Elvis Presley can never ever be replaced, not even matched.

The tracks from the movie Blue Hawaii alone would suffice to identify him as the superstar for all time.

In addition, his tracks like Little Sister, She's Not You, A Fool Such As I, Lonesome Cowboy, His Latest Flame and many more will never find equivalents anywhere.

The Beach Boys recorded a masterpiece called I Can Hear Music, while The Monkees had a hit entitled Take The Last Train to Clarksville.

Out of the females Nana Mouskouri was another who will find it impossible to go unnoticed.

Even now, her track entitled Even Now is well worth listening to.

Cliff Richard started off with Living Doll and in his continuity created memorable tracks like Visions, Sunny Honey Girl, It's All In The Game, ... and some of the songs from his movies are also worthy of many a spin any day.

Sixties Music Or Seventies Music?

Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Jimi Hendrix, were more or less stars of the Rolling Stones, era.

Instrumental music was very popular at that time, with the Ventures and the Shadows dominating the guitar music scene.

The guitar wizard Chet Atkins was a solo artist with an identifiable style.

The orchestra of Billy Vaughn stood firmly as a unique outfit recording tracks of solid quality.

The track Chambala by Three Dog Nite was a hot favorite along with other interesting stuff like Mama Told Me.

Alan Price Set did not last for many years after releasing their hit, The House That Jack Built. Paul Williams broke away from them and formed his own band called Paul Williams' Set.

Mungo Jerry's qualifying hit, In The Summertime was followed by more tracks that kept them recognized for a while.

Eric Clapton initially was part of an outfit called Cream.

He went solo and continued to meet great success with tracks like I Shot The Sheriff, Layla, Wonderful Tonight, and Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door.

Mr Tambourine Man - Bob Dylan

Hey! Looks Like Elvis Presley Had Good Company!

Dave, Dee, Dozey, Beaky, Mick, and Tich holding on tightly to their hit track entitled Hold Tight, followed by many worthy hits like Don Juan.

Santana's popularity multiplied after music fans watched them perform Soul Sacrifice in the documentary film, Woodstock.

Much earlier, the Platters made their way into the scene with tracks that you will never get tired of. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Twilight Time, Harbor lights are just some of the many tracks.

Johny Preston's big hit Running Bear was popular almost in every country.

Something Good came from Herman's Hermits, with other tracks like There's a Kind of Hush.

Ha Ha Said the Clown by Manfred Mann, was followed by a fabulous hit, Mighty Quinn.

Lee Hazelwood teamed up with Nancy Sinatra to record an excellent track called Summer Wine.

Almost every track recorded by Bob Dylan was beyond comparison, with special emphasis on Lay Lady Lay, Blowing in the Wind, Don't Think Twice It's All Right, If Not For You ... well, I could go on and on!

Manfred Mann - Mighty Quinn

The Favorite Music Of Many Music Enthusiasts

Marty Robbins, a star from the Elvis Presley era, was unique in every way. His popular tracks were El Paso, Big Iron, A White Sports Coat, and several others. He also recorded two albums containing Hawaiian Melodies.

Some of the very well known tracks from these albums are Aloha Oe, Now Is The Hour, Hula Hands, and Sweet Leilani.

Paul Hardcastle made a brief stay in the scene with a fantastic hit entitled Nineteen.

The Pet Shop Boys' made several albums, out of which the track I like most is Suburbia.

Madonna, the more recent of these stars never has to make way for anybody.

Just two of her tracks, Frozen, and Say Goodbye say everything you need to know. Like the other superstars, all her tracks are smashers.

Nikita, Cant You Feel The Love Tonight, Daniel, Sacrifice, and a Three Dog Nite hit called Your Song, are my favorite tracks of Elton John.

All these stars I am sure will live on and on and on.

Three Dog Nite - Chambala

My Kind Of Music - How About Yours?

I have listed some tracks below along with the names of the artists and I am sure if you ever liked any form of music, whatever your tastes have been, you, the reader of this article would find at least one, or at most 5 of your favorites tracks in the list below, which happen to be my favorites in no order of preference.

Although there are many more in my list, I just picked these at random from a large list of my all time favorites.

However, if you don't find a single track here which is, or has been a favorite of yours, I would appreciate if you could scroll right down and kindly leave a short remark naming at least one of your favorite tracks, and the name of the artist.

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dozens of hits of the golden music era featured harmony ... many musical groups utilized this feature

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Tunes Of Yesterday - Lyrics Too Had A Say!

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Top Hundred Songs - From My List Of Favorites

The bands of the sixties, seventies and even the eighties and nineties are featured here with their brilliant music.

Every single track on the list below is attractive in some way or the other such that you would want to hear them over and over again.

Madonna's presence is in the form of a track released in the nineties. Some of the artists here occupied the scene for just a very brief period of time.

Here they are!

  • spirits having flown - bee gees
  • saturday in the park - chicago
  • lonesome cowboy - elvis presley
  • 25 or 6 to 4 - chicago
  • I can hear music - beach boys
  • visions - cliff richards
  • even now - nana mouskouri
  • sunny honey girl - cliff richards
  • one - bee gees
  • fireball - deep purple
  • swedish rhapsody - chet atkins
  • his latest flame - elvis presley
  • watchdogs of the night - ub 40
  • chambala - three dog nite
  • get back - beatles
  • wooden heart - elvis presley
  • hitching a ride - vanity fare
  • raunchy - billy vaughn
  • the ballad of john and yoko - beatles
  • stairway to heaven - led zeppelin
  • jumping jack flash - rolling stones
  • pipeline - ventures
  • el matador - kingston trio
  • mr tambourine man - bob dylan
  • harbour lights - platters
  • obladi oblada - marmalade
  • blowing in the wind - stevie wonder
  • running bear - johnny preston
  • suburbia - pet shop boys
  • cant you feel the love tonight - elton john
  • aloha oe - marty robbins
  • as long as I have you - elvis presley
  • summer breeze - seals and crofts
  • everybody's everything - santana
  • summer wine - lee hazelwood and nancy sinatra
  • wonderful world - louis armstrong
  • 19 - paul hardcastle
  • hawaiian sunset - elvis presley
  • la bamba - trini lopez
  • my way - frank sinatra
  • penny lane - the beatles
  • who's leaving who - hazell dean
  • letter from america - the proclaimers
  • no other love - earn grant
  • we're the bunburys - bee gees
  • jailhouse rock - elvis presley
  • color my world - chicago
  • lily marlene - hank snow
  • sukiaki - blue diamonds
  • cafe - engelbert humperdink
  • mistletoe and wine - cliff richards
  • she's not you - elvis presley
  • gypsy queen - santana
  • lay lady lay - bob dylan
  • I just wanna be your everything - andy gibb
  • judy - johny lion
  • living in the past - jethro tull
  • zimmeroni - nana mouskouri
  • memories are made of this - dean martin
  • my cherie - bill forbes
  • on an evening in roma - dean martin
  • come prima - mario lanzo
  • don't forget to remember - bee gees
  • something good - hermans hermits
  • don juan - dave dee dozey beaky mick and tich
  • mighty quinn - manfred mann
  • big iron - marty robbins
  • massachusetts - bee gees
  • frozen - madonna
  • claudette - roy orbison
  • down the bay of mexico - harry belafonte
  • through the eyes of love - engelbert humperdink
  • street fighting man - rolling stones
  • too much heaven - bee gees
  • I don't wanna dance - eddie grant
  • blue christmas - elvis presley
  • somewhere over the rainbow - judy garland
  • locomotive breath - jethro tull
  • honky tonk woman - rolling stones
  • little arrows - leapy lee
  • unforgettable - nat king cole
  • patricia - perez prado
  • in an eighteenth century drawing room - ken griffin
  • paint it black - rolling stones
  • won't you wer my ring around your neck - elvis presley
  • if I had a hammer - trini lopez
  • purple haze - jimi hendrix
  • satisfaction - rolling stones
  • here comes the sun - beatles
  • cant help fallng in love - elvis presley
  • skye boat song - tom jones
  • wonderland by night - engelbert humperdink
  • somewhere in my heart - aztec camera
  • layla - eric clapton
  • ape man - kinks
  • winchester cathedral - new vaudeville band
  • born to be wild - steppenwolf
  • love letters - elvis presley
  • everlasting love - love affair
  • I just want to be your everything - andy gibb

what do you think of the music of the sixties and the seventies ... did you find your favorite track in the list here?
what do you think of the music of the sixties and the seventies ... did you find your favorite track in the list here?

The Music Of The 60's And 70's - Your Verdict Please!

Thanks for checking out my list. A list of great music. They are my favorite tracks and hopefully you would like them too.

Awaiting confirmation from you that there's nothing to beat the music of the sixties and the seventies.

I would like to hear your opinion and would be grateful if you could care to leave a comment below.

... concluded

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    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago

      Hi Joe, I am glad you are on the same wavelength! Thanks a lot for reading and commenting on my hub. Sure we'll be in touch. Cheers!

    • hawaiianodysseus profile image

      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      8 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I love this hub, quicksand! Articles about the music of the sixties and seventies are very appealing. I'm not big on today's music, but I sure wax nostalgic with the oldies. Thanks for this trip down memory lane! Baby Boomers rock! (...but mostly roll these days...LOL!)


    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Hi there James, sure the sixties and seventies were the best era for music. Thanks for checking out my top 100 hits and thanks for your opinion too. Cheers!

    • James A Watkins profile image

      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      I love your list of best songs. The Sixties and Seventies produced the music I love best, though I do like old jazz and classical, some ragtime and blues, and even some newer rock. This is a great Hub. Thank you!

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      Hi Saree, fortunately most of these tracks of yesteryear are available on YouTube. Thanks once again to technology!

      Appreciate your visit and thoughts. Cheers!

    • Saree Anderson profile image

      Saree Anderson 

      11 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Fantabulous list man! I totally dig it. I have to agree with agvulpes...I to am not a huge Stones fan...they just never really floated my boat. I also am a huge Little River band fan! I could listen to their albums without having to skip a single song! "Lady" is one of my all-time fav's! You reminded me of a few songs I'll have to get on my ipod now also! haha Kudos!

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      Thanks Beth! Thanks for commenting. :)

    • beth811 profile image

      Beth Arch 

      11 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas

      I love music of John Fogerty from Creedence Clearwater Revival. I can sing all of them.

      Thanks for sharing your favorite music.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago

      Hi Coolmon!

      Great! I am glad you liked my selection! Thanks for checking out my hub and commenting. :)

    • Coolmon2009 profile image


      11 years ago from Texas, USA

      Enjoyed reading and listening to this hub. Good music list!

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      Hi AEvans! Thanks for dropping by and posting your remarks. The the music of the late sixties and the early seventies can never be replaced! :)

    • AEvans profile image


      12 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Great list!!! I don't remember a lot of those as I was small, but I do remember "Running Bear", as I learned to play that on Western Steel Guitar and then played it a million times on the piano for my parents. Led Zeppelin "Stairway to Heaven" is a classic that each generation has heard. "Mighty Quinn" I still enjoy that song. Thanks for the memories and callused fingertips.lololol , really thank you. :)

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      Hi Des!

      Thanks a lot for adding your list of favorite tracks.

      In the year 25 25 if woman is still alive, and man could survive ... I used to think that was by the Kinks. I probably confused that with the track "Ape Man." I remember the Who, and of course Eric Clapton's band, "Cream." The Who, and Jimi Hendrix were featured in Woodstock along with many other stars like, Ritchie Havens, Joan Baez, Sly & the Family Stone ...

      You have a great website on the sixties music. Thanks once again for visiting. :)

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      12 years ago

      Quicksand I like your choice of records.

      Could I mention a few tracks that I still play from the sixties like early Motown tracks written by Holland, Dozier and Holland:- Heat Wave, Jimmy Mack, Baby Love, Stop in the Name of Love, You Keep Me Hanging On, Reach Out I'll Be There and Bernadette.

      One hit wonders Something in the Air Thunderclap Newman and in the year 25 25 by Zager & Evans.

      The Kinks with Ray Davies compositions Sunny Afternoon, Waterloo Sunset and Dead End Street.

      The Hollies with Bus Stop, I'm Alive and I Can't Let Go.

      Records by the Animals, Zombies, Swinging Blue Jeans, The Beach Boys, Gerry & Pacemakers,Them, The Byrds,Pretty Things, Yardbirds, Spencer Davis Group, Small Faces, the Who, Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Traffic, Etc Etc Etc.

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      Hi agvulpes!

      At least the Rolling Stones did not go unnoticed by you! :) I have not heard "The Little River Band," must check them out on u-tube. There was an Aussie band called "Diesel and Dust," that made waves, but they were more recent than the others discussed in this hub. The Seekers and the New Seekers were great too.

      Your visit is much appreciated. :)

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      "There were just SO MANY excellent groups during those times."

      Hi Eric! How right you are! ... and how fortunate we are to have been around "in the beginnings!"

      Thanks for your remarks. :)

    • agvulpes profile image


      12 years ago from Australia

      G'day quicksand, you have given us a very full list and I like most of them, although I've never been a big fan of the Stones.

      I don't know how big the "Little River Band " were in America but they were a huge influence in Australia.

    • Eric Graudins profile image

      Eric Graudins 

      12 years ago from Australia

      @ quicksand.

      Yes, I love Rolling Stones, Jethro Tull, Chicago. And many, many of the other groups and songs listed above as I said.

      I just listed some of my favourites that nobody else had mentioned. There were just SO MANY excellent groups during those times. We were spoiled with excellence :-)

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      I am surprised. When Saturday Night Fever was released the disco craze was set ablaz, right? The very name of the Bee Gees is synonymous with disco, is it not?

      Thanks for your visit. :)

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      Feline Prophet 

      12 years ago

      You'll be surprised...elsewhere on HubPages there's a list of disco favourites that didn't include them! :P

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      Hi Feline Prophet, How can anyone ever leave out the Bee Gees?


    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      Hi Eric, did you like the Rolling Stones? Jethro Tull? Chicago?

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      Feline Prophet 

      12 years ago

      Ah...a hubber who hasn't forgotten the BeeGees! :)

    • Eric Graudins profile image

      Eric Graudins 

      12 years ago from Australia

      A great list of songs. Many of those are favourites of mine.

      Here's a few more:

      Harry Chapin - His ballads shaped my life. Favouries are "Danceband on the Titanic", Flowers are Red, Story of a Life, A Better place to Be", Cats in the Cradle, Corey's Coming.

      Cat Stevens - Tea for the Tillerman was the first album I bought. His songs weren't the same after he found religion

      Arlo Guthrie - Son of Woody - one of the original folkies. Wrote the classic Alice's Restaurant

      Jimmy Buffet - Manana, Margaritaville, A Pirate Looks at Forty, Captain and the Kid

      Bob Marley - Redemption Song

      Then there's Leonard Cohen, Mary Black, Eric Bogle, Steeleye Span, Indifgo Girls, etc, etc. Far to many to mention :-)

      Thanks for this hub. Brought back some great memories.

      And now, you can carry a whole history of music around in your shirt pocket. I love my IPod!


    • Lgali profile image


      12 years ago

      another good hub

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago

      Thanks a lot for your remarks Dottie. I am delighted that you like some of the tracks in my selection. I really appreciate your comments.:):):)

    • Dottie1 profile image


      12 years ago from MA, USA

      I have soooo many favorites here. My life will be in your hub today. I'm listening to Saturday in the Park right now. I love Bee Gee's Massachusetts cuz that's where I'm from. I've always loved Bob Dylan and I just spotted Mighty Quinn. Sorry got to go listen to that now. Oh soo much good stuff here, thanks quicksand. ~Dottie~

    • quicksand profile imageAUTHOR


      13 years ago

      You've got good taste, Resarch Analyst, Santana's still as good as old gold!

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      Research Analyst 

      13 years ago

      Santana is one of my favorites, thanks for the music hub.


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