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100 Greatest Songs From 1966

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.
No.
Song
Artist

Good Vibrations single cover
When A Man Loves A Woman single cover
Reach Out, I'll Be There single cover
Gimme Some Lovin' single cover
Ain't Too Proud To Beg - 45 record lable
Eight Miles High single cover
For What It's Worth single cover
Paint It Black single cover
1 Good Vibrations Beach Boys
2 When A Man Loves A Woman Percy Sledge
3 Reach Out, I'll Be There Four Tops
4 Gimme Some Lovin' Spencer Davis Group
5 Ain't Too Proud To Beg Temptations
6 Eight Miles High Byrds
7 For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield
8 Paint It Black Rolling Stones
9 You Keep Me Hangin' On Supremes
10 Wild Thing Troggs
11 Psychotic Reaction Count Five
12 I'm A Believer Monkees
13 God Only Knows Beach Boys
14 96 Tears ? & the Mysterians
15 Hold On, I'm A'Comin' Sam & Dave
16 Kicks Paul Revere & the Raiders
17 Good Lovin' Young Rascals
18 River Deep, Mountain High Ike & Tina Turner
19 Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
20 You Can't Hurry Love Supremes
21 Devil With A Blue Dress On (medley) Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
22 Wouldn't It Be Nice Beach Boys
23 Knock On Wood Eddie Floyd
24 Summer In The City Lovin' Spoonful
25 Eleanor Rigby Beatles
26 Sunshine Superman Donovan
27 Try A Little Tenderness Otis Redding
28 (You're My) Soul And Inspiration Righteous Brothers
29 Sunny Afternoon Kinks
30 Along Comes Mary Association
31 Under My Thumb Rolling Stones
32 I Am A Rock Simon & Garfunkel
33 Just Like A Woman Bob Dylan
34 Here, There And Everywhere Beatles
35 Got To Get You Into My Life Beatles
36 Friday On My Mind Easybeats
37 Shapes Of Things Yardbirds
38 Pushin' Too Hard Seeds
39 You're Gonna Miss Me 13th Floor Elevators
40 Black Is Black Los Bravos
41 Tell It Like It Is Aaron Neville
42 Homeward Bound Simon & Garfunkel
43 What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted Jimmy Ruffin
44 (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet Blues Magoos
45 Bus Stop Hollies
46 This Old Heart Of Mine Isley Brothers
47 Beauty Is Only Skin Deep Temptations
48 Solitary Man Neil Diamond
49 Monday, Monday The Mamas & The Papas
50 Walk Away Renee Left Banke
51 Paperback Writer Beatles
52 Land Of 1,000 Dances Wilson Pickett
53 Gloria Shadows Of Knight
54 I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) Electric Prunes
55 19th Nervous Breakdown Rolling Stones
56 Daydream Lovin' Spoonful
57 Summertime Billy Stewart
58 Secret Agent Man Johnny Rivers
59 Substitute The Who
60 Mellow Yellow Donovan
61 Hungry Paul Revere & the Raiders
62 Hey Joe Jimi Hendrix / Leaves
63 Rain Beatles
64 Tomorrow Never Knows Beatles
65 634-5789 (Soulsville, U.S.A.) Wilson Pickett
66 Talk Talk Music Machine
67 But It's Alright J.J. Jackson
68 Sloop John B Beach Boys
69 A Hazy Shade Of Winter Simon & Garfunkel
70 Society's Child Janis Ian
71 Working In A Coal Mine Lee Dorsey
72 Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me) Four Seasons
73 Last Train To Clarksville Monkees
74 Rainy Day Women #12 and 35 Bob Dylan
75 Working My Way Back To You Four Seasons
76 You Don't Have To Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield
77 (I Know) I'm Losing You Temptations
78 Wang Dang Doodle Koko Taylor
79 Standing In The Shadows Of Love Four Tops
80 I Saw Her Again The Mamas & The Papas
81 (I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone Monkees
82 Over Under Sideways Down Yardbirds
83 Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby... Rolling Stones
84 Kind Of A Drag Buckinghams
85 I'm Your Puppet James & Bobby Purify
86 It's A Man's Man's Man's World James Brown
87 The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore) Walker Brothers
88 Little Girl Syndicate Of Sound
89 Cherry Cherry Neil Diamond
90 Cherish Association
91 Go Where You Wanna Go 5th Dimension/The Mamas & The Papas
92 Happy Jack The Who
93 Get Ready Temptations
94 Good Day Sunshine Beatles
95 Red Rubber Ball Cyrkle
96 Good Thing Paul Revere & the Raiders
97 Mother's Little Helper Rolling Stones
98 Don't Bring Me Down Animals
99 Visions Of Johanna Bob Dylan
100 Out Of Time Rolling Stones / Chris Farlowe
20 more worth mentioning.
101 Whispers (Getting Louder) Jackie Wilson
102 The Beat Goes On Sonny & Cher
103 Time Won't Let Me Outsiders
104 Poor Side Of Town Johnny Rivers
105 I Want You Bob Dylan
106 My Little Red Book Love
107 Cool Jerk Capitols
108 Pretty Flamingo Manfred Mann
109 For No One Beatles
110 Sweet Talkin' Guy Chiffons
111 Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart Supremes
112 Yellow Submarine Beatles
113 I Feel Free Cream
114 A Place In The Sun Stevie Wonder
115 That's Life Frank Sinatra
116 B-A-B-Y Carla Thomas
117 Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) Cher
118 Barefootin' Robert Parker
119 Bring It Up James Brown
120 Sunday Mornin' Velvet Underground
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1966
Bruce's Choice: An unheralded great record from 1966
* Harmonica Man (From London Town) Torquays
Lew's Choice:
* 5D (Fifth Dimension) Byrds
Adam's Choice:
* I Found You Gene Clark
Brett's Choice:
* Painter Man Creation


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