100 Best 60s SongsMatt Campbell

Best 1960s Music for Weddings

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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 Best 60s Songs 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 Best 60s Songs came to a close with a historic music festival, Woodstock.  Woodstock had 450,000 attendees for the three-day festival.

The Best 60s Songs 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 for the Best 60s Songs.

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.

Our Top 5 Best 60s 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

Aretha Franklin – Chain Of Fools
Aretha Franklin – Respect
Aretha Franklin – You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman
Ben E. King – Stand By Me
Betty Everett – It’s In His Kiss
Bobby Lewis – Tossin’ And Turnin’
Booker T. & The MG’s – Green Onions
Chubby Checker – The Twist
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Del Shannon – Runaway
Dion – Runaround Sue
Dion – The Wanderer
Elvis Presley – Can’t Help Falling In Love
Etta James – At Last
Four Seasons – Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You
Four Tops – Baby I Need Your Loving
Four Tops – I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
Four Tops – Reach Out I’ll Be There
Gene Chandler – Duke Of Earl
J Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers – Last Kiss
James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)
Jan & Dean – Surf City
Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs – Sugar Shack
Joey Dee & The Starlighters – Peppermint Twist, Part I
Johnny Cash – Ring Of Fire
Little Eva – The Loco-Motion
Louis Armstrong – What A Wonderful World
Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Martha & The Vandellas – Dancing In The Street
Marvin Gaye – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Marvin Gaye – How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Marvin Gaye – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Marvin Gaye – You’re All I Need To Get By
Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs – Stay
Mitch Ryder & The Detriot Wheels – Devil With A Blue Dress On
Neil Diamond – Sweet Caroline
Ohio Express – Yummy Yummy Yummy
Otis Redding – Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay
Patsy Cline – Crazy
Percy Sledge – When A Man Loves A Woman
Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack
Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody
Roger Miller – King Of The Road
Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Roy Head & The Traits – Treat Her Right
Roy Orbison – Oh, Pretty Woman
Sam & Dave – Soul Man
Sam Cooke – Bring It On Home To Me
Sam The Sham & The Pharoahs – Wooly Bully
Sly & The Family Stone – Dance To The Music
Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe
Spencer Davis Group – Gimme Some Lovin’
Steam – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild
Steppenwolf – Magic Carpet Ride
Stevie Wonder – Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
Tammy Wynette – Stand By Your Man
The Archies – Sugar, Sugar
The Beach Boys – Good Vibrations
The Beach Boys – I Get Around
The Beach Boys – Surfin’ U.S.A.
The Beatles – I Saw Her Standing There
The Beatles – I Want To Hold Your Hand
The Beatles – She Loves You
The Beatles – Twist And Shout
The Beatles – Yesterday
The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn!
The Chiffons – He’s So Fine
The Dixie Cups – Chapel Of Love
The Drifters – Save The Last Dance For Me
The Drifters – Under The Boardwalk
The Foundations – Build Me Up Buttercup
The Kingsmen – Louie Louie
The Kinks – You Really Got Me
The Marcels – Blue Moon
The McCoys – Hang On Sloopy
The Miracles – You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me
The Monkees – Daydream Believer
The Monkees – I’m A Believer
The Righteous Brothers – You’re My, Soul And Inspiration
The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
The Rolling Stones – Jumpin Jack Flash
The Ronettes – Be My Baby
The Shirelles – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow
The Supremes – Baby Love
The Surfaris – Wipe Out
The Temptations – Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
The Temptations – My Girl
The Tokens – The Lion Sleeps Tonight
The Troggs – Wild Thing
The Ventures – Walk Don’t Run
The Young Rascals – Good Lovin’
Tommy James & The Shondells – Mony Mony
Van Morrison – Brown Eyed Girl
Wilson Pickett – In The Midnight Hour
Wilson Pickett – Mustang Sally
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