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Songs of the Year

Songs of the Year: 1960

It’s the dawning of the 1960s, but popular music is still very much in late 50s mode… not that there’s anything wrong with that.



It’s 1960 and we’re picking our favorite songs of the year.

It’s a simple concept. We pick five of our favorite songs that made the Billboard Top 100 (established in 1958) during any time that year. We also select five “wildcards” that can be any songs released as a single or on an album or EP that year. Finally, we also pick our “worst” song of the year, just for fun.

We started in 1958 and we’re going until we run out of years.

1960 brought about much of the same: Ray Charles, the Everly Brothers, more huge jazz releases from Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Brenda Lee was still big on the charts and Etta James burst into the spotlight with one of the most beloved standards albums of all time. Bob, the Beach Boys and the Beatles are just on the horizon, plus Motown, folk, and a whole lot more. It’s the 60’s, peace and love!

Since you’re here, you might as well watch the second episode of the new series. Once you’re done with that, feel free to vote for which of us (Kramzer, Joe, Jason) had the best song of the year. You can find them down below in Spotify or YouTube form.

Check back every week for a NEW episode and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and share this post or this video on all your favorite social networks because lord knows we’ve earned it.


Which Was the Best Song of 1960?

  • At Last - Etta James (46%, 42 Votes)
  • This Magic Moment - The Drifters (30%, 28 Votes)
  • Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles (24%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 92

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Best Songs of the Year Playlist

Best Songs of the Year | 1960 | Spotify Edition

Best Songs of the Year | 1960 | YouTube edition

Worst Songs of the Year Playlist

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