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Top Songs of 1963

Updated on January 16, 2013

1963, The Year That Changed The World

1963 had many ups and downs. during this year, we saw a young president assassinated, a loved Pope die and military advisers sent to Vietnam. We also had direct communications with Russia by way of the hot line. In spite of all of that, we had great music playing on the radios and juke boxes.

US GDP (1998 dollars): $617.4 billion

Federal spending: $111.32 billion

Federal debt: $310.3 billion

Consumer Price Index: 30.6

Unemployment: 5.5%

Cost of a first-class stamp: $0.05

This lens will highlight the music during this year, sit back and enjoy.

Kennedy's Assassination

The Top 100 Songs of 1963

100. What Will Mary Say - Johnny Mathis

99. Down At Papa Joe's -Dixiebelles

98. Our Winter Love - Bill Pursell

97. Bossa Nova Baby - Elvis Presley

96. Reverend Mr. Black - Kingston Trio

95. Take These Chains From My Heart - Ray Charles

94. Quicksand - Martha & Vandellas

93. Mickey's Monkey - Miracles

92. Zip-A-Dee Doo Dah - Bob B. Soxx & Blue Jeans

91. The Monkey Time - Major Lance

90. Still - Bill Anderson

89. More - Kai Winding

88. You've Really Got A Hold On Me - Miracles

87. Wild Weekend - Rebels

86. Wonderful! Wonderful! - Tymes

85. Two Lovers - Mary Wells

84. Talk Back Trembling Lips - Johnny Tillotson

83. Don't Say Nothin' Bad About My Baby - Cookies

82. I Can't Stay Mad At You - Skeeter Davis

81. In Dreams - Roy Orbison

80. Surfer Girl - Beach Boys

79. Blame It On the Bossa Nova - Eydie Gorme

78. Mockingbird - Inez Foxx

77. Young Lovers - Paul & Paula

76. Drip Drop - Dion

75. Donna The Prima Donna - Dion

74. It's Up To You - Rick Nelson

73. Be True To Your School - Beach Boys

72. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer - Nat King Cole

71. Then He Kissed Me - Crystals

70. Losing You - Brenda Lee

69. From A Jack To A King - Ned Miller

68. Maria Elena - Los Indios Tabajaras

67. Two Faces Have I - Lou Chrisie

66. My Dad - Paul Peterson

65. Pepino The Italian Mouse - Lou Monte

64. One Fine Day - Chiffons

63. Judy's Turn To Cry - Lesley Gore

62. Baby Workout - Jackie Wilson

61. Mean Woman Blues - Roy Orbison

60. Memphis - Lonnie Mack

59. She's a Fool - Lesley Gore

58. Up On The Roof - Drifters

57. Loop De Loop - Johnny Thunder

56. Busted - Ray Charles

55. Tell Him - Exciters

54. Foolish Little Girl - Shirelles

53. It's All Right - Impressions

52. Cry Baby - Garnett Mimms & Enchanters

51. Heat Wave - Martha & Vandellas

50. Since I Fell For You - Lenny Welch

49. Pipeline - Chantay's

48. Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport - Rolf Harris

47. Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley

46. Hotel Happiness - Brook Benton

45. You Don't Have To Be A Baby to Cry - Caravelles

44. South Street - Orlons

43. Blue On Blue - Bobby Vinton

42. Candy Girl - Four Seasons

41. Da Doo Ron Ron - Crystals

40. Hello Stranger - Barbara Lewis

39. You Can't Sit Down - Dovells

38. If I had A Hammer - Trini Lopez

37. Everybody - Tommy Roe

36. You're The Reason I'm Living - Bobby Darin

35. The Night Has A 1000 Eyes - Bobby Vee

34. I Love You Because - Al Martino

33. RhythmOf The Rain - Cascades

32. Surfin' USA - Beach Boys

31. Puff The Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul & Mary

30. Washington Square - Villiage Stomper

29. Blowin' In The Wind - Peter, Paul & Mary

28. Wipe Out - Surfaris

27. The End Of The World - Skeeter Davis

26. Sally, Go 'Round The Roses - Jaynetts

25. Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! - Allan Sherman

24. Ruby Baby - Dion

23. Be My Baby - Ronettes

22. Can't Get Used To Losing You - Andy Williams

21. Louie, Louie - Kingsmen

20. Our Day Will Come - Ruby & Romantics

19. So Much In Love - Tymes

18. Deep Purple - Nino Temple & April Stevens

17. Easier Said Than Done - Essex

16. Walk Right In - Rooftop Singers

15. It's My Party - Lesley Gore

14. Surf City - Jan & Dean

13. If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul

12. I'm Leaving It Up To You - Dale & Grace

11. Go Away Little Girl - Steve Lawrence

10. Walk Like A Man - Four Seasons

9. My Boyfriend's Back - Angels

8. I Will Follow Him - Peggy March

7. Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto

6. Fingertips - Part 2 - Stevie Wonder

5. Hey Paula - Paul & Paula

4. Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton

3. Dominique - Singing Nun

2. He's So Fine - Chiffons

1. Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer & Fireballs

In 1963 America changed

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Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer and the Fire Balls

Donna the Prima Donna - Dion

Easier Said Than Done - The Essex

Ed Sullivan Show - March 31, 1963 - All american Basketball Team -

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    • RetroMom profile image


      5 years ago

      Great song list! Really appreciate your effort on creating this lens. Thank you for sharing!

    • TreasuresBrenda profile image

      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Interesting year & lens. (Don't forget to change the title of your comments box.)

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      6 years ago

      I like your lens :)

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      6 years ago

      Great lens great songs, I will stay on this lens for a long time!!

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      6 years ago

      There are hardly any of these songs I don't remember well! I was 15 in June of that year. Cool lens--thanks for the walk down memory lane.

    • nyclittleitaly profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Fignewton37: Thank you for visiting my lens and your comments. Dion was and is one of the greastest of all time.

    • Fignewton37 profile image


      6 years ago

      I like your lens. As for rock songs, 1963 was a good year and you have listed many great songs, one of which, "Ruby" by Dion and the Belmonts, I like a lot. I like just about everything Dion sang. Thanks for the lens.

    • hughgrissettsr lm profile image

      hughgrissettsr lm 

      6 years ago

      great lens!

    • laporter79 lm profile image

      laporter79 lm 

      6 years ago

      Nice Lens! Very interesting things happened, I hope you add more years...on different lenses of course.

    • Deadicated LM profile image

      Deadicated LM 

      6 years ago

      Ah yes, I remember it well :) Cool Lens!


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