100 Greatest Songs From 1963

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.

Louie Louie single cover
She Loves You single cover
I Want To Hold Your Hand single cover
Be My Baby single cover
Surfin' USA single cover
Glad All Over single cover
Blowin' In The Wind single cover
(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave single cover
1 Louie Louie Kingsmen
2 She Loves You Beatles
3 I Want To Hold Your Hand Beatles
4 Be My Baby Ronettes
5 I Saw Her Standing There Beatles
6 Surfin' USA Beach Boys
7 Glad All Over Dave Clark Five
8 It's All Right Impressions
9 Blowin' In The Wind Bob Dylan / Peter Paul & Mary
10 Please Please Me Beatles
11 Twist And Shout Beatles
12 (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave Martha & the Vandellas
13 On Broadway Drifters
14 Surf City Jan & Dean
15 Da Doo Ron Ron Crystals
16 He's So Fine Chiffons
17 One Fine Day Chiffons
18 My Boyfriend's Back Angels
19 Surfer Girl Beach Boys
20 Hello Stranger Barbara Lewis
21 Another Saturday Night Sam Cooke
22 In My Room Beach Boys
23 From Me To You Beatles
24 Fingertips - Pt. 2 Little Stevie Wonder
25 Can I Get A Witness Marvin Gaye
26 Baby Workout Jackie Wilson
27 All My Loving Beatles
28 So Much In Love Tymes
29 It's My Party Lesley Gore
30 Little Deuce Coupe Beach Boys
31 Then He Kissed Me Crystals
32 Cry Baby Garnet Mimms & the Enchanters
33 Walking The Dog Rufus Thomas
34 Just One Look Doris Troy
35 Baby I Love You Ronettes
36 You Don't Own Me Lesley Gore
37 Dead Man's Curve Jan & Dean
38 Anyone Who Had A Heart Dionne Warwick
39 I Only Want To Be With You Dusty Springfield
40 In Dreams Roy Orbison
41 The Shoop Shoop Song Betty Everett
42 Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) Darlene Love
43 Walk Like A Man Four Seasons
44 Donna The Prima Donna Dion
45 Denise Randy & the Rainbows
46 Mockingbird Inez & Charlie Foxx
47 Mickey's Monkey Miracles
48 Quicksand Martha & the Vandellas
49 Hey Girl Freddy Scott
50 Come And Get These Memories Martha & the Vandellas
51 Little Saint Nick Beach Boys
52 Love Potion Number Nine Searchers
53 Drag City Jan & Dean
54 Surfin' Bird Trashmen
55 Pride And Joy Marvin Gaye
56 What Kind Of Fool (Do You Think I Am) Tams
57 Shut Down Beach Boys
58 Hippy Hippy Shake Swinging Blue Jeans
59 Ring Of Fire Johnny Cash
60 Since I Fell For You Lenny Welch
61 Busted Ray Charles
62 Easier Said Than Done The Essex
63 Part Time Love Little Johnny Taylor
64 Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, Um Major Lance
65 Roll Over Beethoven Beatles
66 Blue Bayou Roy Orbison
67 South Street Orlons
68 (Today I Met) The Boy I'm Gonna Marry Darlene Love
69 Down The Aisle (Wedding Song) Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles
70 It Won't Be Long Beatles
71 Everybody Tommy Roe
72 This Boy Beatles
73 Talking About My Baby Impressions
74 Sugar Shack Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
75 If You Wanna Be Happy Jimmy Soul
76 The Monkey Time Major Lance
77 Mean Woman Blues Roy Orbison
78 Prisoner Of Love James Brown
79 The Nitty Gritty Shirley Ellis
80 Hey Little Cobra Rip Chords
81 Have You Heard Duprees
82 Drip Drop Dion
83 You Can't Sit Down Dovells
84 Bad To Me Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
85 Wait Til' My Bobby Gets Home Darlene Love
86 Foolish Little Girl Shirelles
87 Don't Say Nothin' Bad (About My Baby) Cookies
88 Little Latin Lupe Lu Righteous Brothers
89 Memphis Lonnie Mack
90 If You Need Me Wilson Pickett / Solomon Burke
91 Share Your Love With Me Bobby "Blue" Bland
92 The Love Of My Man Theola Kilgore
93 How Do You Do It Gerry & the Pacemakers
94 Two Faces Have I Lou Christie
95 She's A Fool Lesley Gore
96 The Kind Of Boy You Can't Forget Raindrops
97 I'm Telling You Now Freddie & the Dreamers
98 A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall Bob Dylan
99 Sally, Go 'Round The Roses Jaynetts
100 Judy's Turn To Cry Lesley Gore
20 more worth mentioning.
101 When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes Supremes
102 (You're The) Devil In Disguise Elvis Presley
103 Thank You Girl Beatles
104 Why Do Lovers Break Each Other's Heart? Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
105 Pain In My Heart Otis Redding
106 Not Too Young To Get Married Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
107 Who Do You Love Sapphires
108 Harlem Shuffle Bob & Earl
109 Don't Think Twice, It's All Right Bob Dylan / Peter, Paul & Mary
110 I Will Follow Him Little Peggy March
111 Do You Want To Know A Secret Beatles
112 Candy Girl Four Seasons
113 Be True To Your School Beach Boys
114 Out Of Limits Marketts
115 Sleigh Ride Ronettes
116 I'm Leavin' It Up To You Dale & Grace
117 Down At Papa Joe's Dixiebelles
118 Killer Joe Rocky Fellers
119 Mr. Bass Man Johnny Cymbal
120 Till Then Classics
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1963
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1963
* Gonna Make It Alone Ronnie Dio and the Prophets
Lew's Choice:
* Only In America Jay and the Americans
Adam's Choice:
* He Was A Friend Of Mine Dave Van Ronk
Brett's Choice:
* Leaving Here Eddie Holland

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