Best Songs of the 60s

Top 100 60s Era Songs for Weddings

These are the Best 60s Songs for Weddings to get people on the dance floor!  As the 60s began, we found R&B, Soul, DooWop and instrumental beach music styles.  The 60s were prominent with musical artists from England coming to the USA, also known as the British Invasion.  Popular British music groups included the Beatles, the Byrds and the Turtles.  Another noted creation during the 60s was the Motown record label in Detroit by legend Berry Gordy Jr.  Popular Motown artists included Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.  The 60s came to a close with a historic music festival, Woodstock.  Woodstock had 450,000 attendees for the three-day festival.




Song Artist Format
iTunes
A Whiter Shade Of Pale Procol Harum
Rock


Ain't No Mountain High Enough Marvin Gaye
R&B


Ain't Too Proud To Beg The Temptations
R&B


At Last Etta James
Jazz


Baby I Need Your Loving Four Tops
R&B


Baby Love The Supremes
DooWop


Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater Revival
Rock


Be My Baby The Ronettes
DooWop


Blue Moon The Marcels
DooWop


Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf
Rock


Bring It On Home To Me Sam Cooke
R&B


Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
Rock


Build Me Up Buttercup The Foundations
R&B


Can't Help Falling In Love Elvis Presley
Rock


Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You Four Seasons
R&B


Chain Of Fools Aretha Franklin
R&B


Chapel Of Love The Dixie Cups
DooWop


Crazy Patsy Cline
Country


Dance To The Music Sly & The Family Stone
R&B


Dancing In The Street Martha & The Vandellas
DooWop


Daydream Believer The Monkees
Rock


Devil With A Blue Dress On Mitch Ryder & The Detriot Wheels
Rock


Do Wah Diddy Diddy Manfred Mann
Rock


Duke Of Earl Gene Chandler
R&B


Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles
R&B


Gimme Some Lovin' Spencer Davis Group
Rock


Good Lovin' The Young Rascals
Soul


Good Vibrations The Beach Boys
Rock


Green Onions Booker T. & The MG's
Rock


Hang On Sloopy The McCoys
Rock


He's So Fine The Chiffons
DooWop


Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles
R&B


How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) Marvin Gaye
R&B


(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Rolling Stones
Rock


I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) Four Tops
R&B


I Get Around The Beach Boys
Rock


I Got You (I Feel Good) James Brown
R&B


I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher
Rock


I Heard It Through The Grapevine Marvin Gaye
R&B


I Saw Her Standing There The Beatles
Rock


I Want To Hold Your Hand The Beatles
Rock


I'm A Believer The Monkees
Rock


In The Midnight Hour Wilson Pickett
R&B


It's In His Kiss Betty Everett
R&B


Jumpin Jack Flash The Rolling Stones
Rock


King Of The Road Roger Miller
Country


Last Kiss J Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers
Rock


Louie Louie The Kingsmen
Rock


Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf
Rock


Mony Mony Tommy James & The Shondells
Rock


Mustang Sally Wilson Pickett
R&B


My Girl The Temptations
R&B


Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye Steam
Rock


Oh, Pretty Woman Roy Orbison
Country


Peppermint Twist, Part I Joey Dee & The Starlighters
Rock


Proud Mary Creedence Clearwater Revival
Rock


Reach Out I'll Be There Four Tops
R&B


Respect Aretha Franklin
R&B


Ring Of Fire Johnny Cash
Country


Runaround Sue Dion
Rock


Runaway Del Shannon
Rock


Save The Last Dance For Me The Drifters
R&B


She Loves You The Beatles
Rock


Sittin' On The Dock OF The Bay Otis Redding
R&B


Soul Man Sam & Dave
R&B


Stand By Me Ben E. King
R&B


Stand By Your Man Tammy Wynette
Country


Stay Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
DooWop


Sugar Shack Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
Rock


Sugar, Sugar The Archies
Rock


Suite: Judy Blue Eyes Crosby, Stills & Nash
Rock


Surf City Jan & Dean
Rock


Surfin' U.S.A. The Beach Boys
Rock


Sweet Caroline Neil Diamond
Rock


The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Tokens
Rock


The Loco-Motion Little Eva
R&B


The Twist Chubby Checker
R&B


The Wanderer Dion
Rock


Tossin' And Turnin' Bobby Lewis
R&B


Treat Her Right Roy Head & The Traits
Country


Turn! Turn! Turn! The Byrds
Rock


Twist And Shout The Beatles
Rock


Unchained Melody Righteous Brothers
Soul


Under The Boardwalk The Drifters
R&B


Uptight (Everything's Alright) Stevie Wonder
R&B


Walk Don't Run The Ventures
Rock


What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
Jazz


When A Man Loves A Woman Percy Sledge
R&B


Wild Thing The Troggs
Rock


Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles
DooWop


Wipe Out The Surfaris
Rock


Wooly Bully Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs
Rock


Yesterday The Beatles
Rock


You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman Aretha Franklin
R&B


You Really Got Me The Kinks
Rock


You're All I Need To Get By Marvin Gaye
R&B


You're My, Soul And Inspiration The Righteous Brothers
Soul


You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' The Righteous Brothers
Soul


You've Really Got A Hold On Me The Miracles
R&B


Yummy Yummy Yummy Ohio Express
Rock





Best 60s songs list is updated periodically throughout the year. If you have a song that you think should be included, please add your song suggestion through the comment section below.

The 60s were the beginning of a melting pot of different music styles.  With the Vietnam War, American bands performed protest songs.  Folk artists such as the Mama & the Papas and Simon & Garfunkel were also mainstream.  DooWop groups ruled the early 60s such as The Shirelles, Dion & The Belmonts and the Four Seasons.  What we call beach music was popular with teens with artists such as the Beach Boys, Jan & Dean and The Ventures.  Black rights were the forefront with the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.  This helped the rise of R&B and Soul style music with artists like Aretha Franklin, Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.  Including the British invasion musical artists, we had a plethora of rock groups like The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Cream.  We also had some combinations of music styles like rock and blues with groups such as Janis Joplin and Three Dog Night.  Finally, The Beatles are in their own category.

Historical events of the Sixties included the assassination of John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. - with his "I have a dream" speech, space travel including walking on the moon, and the Vietnam War.  Pop culture going-ons included Beatlemania with the British Invasion, hippies and their psychedelic music, and the end of racial discrimination.  Teen fashion included hot pants, mini skirts, bold colors known as Mod Fashions, and plaids.

Being former wedding DJs, we've calculated a list of our favorite Songs of the 60s. If you have a special song that you think should be added to our list, please add your song suggestion through the comment section below. Be sure to also check out the song lyric link to find song relevance to what you want for in your song choice. Once decided, we provided a link to iTunes to purchase and Amazon.com to purchase and listen to a sample of each song.

Our Top 5 60s Era songs for weddings are as follows: 1) Patsy Cline - Crazy, 2) Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love, 3) The Beatles - Twist & Shout, 4) Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl, 5) Marvin Gaye - Ain't No Mountain High Enough