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This is a list of musical artists whose one hit came out in the 1960s.

The list contains recording artists who reached the Top 40 of the U.S. pop chart (the Billboard Hot 100) with just one single.

Artists in italics have only one Top 40 hit, but either

  • had other songs chart on genre-specific charts
  • have had success and influence within their genre or the annals of popular music and/or
    • a long-lasting and devoted cult following
    • wider success in other fields of the music industry, e.g., songwriting, production, etc.
  • are a non-American act who have had wider success in their homeland

Contents

Artists

1960

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Sandy" Larry Hall January 4, 1960 15
"If I Had a Girl" Rod Lauren January 25, 1960 31
"Teen Angel" Mark Dinning February 8, 1960 1
"Tracy's Theme" Spencer Ross February 22, 1960 13
"Rockin' Little Angel" Ray Smith February 22, 1960 22
"(There Was a) Tall Oak Tree" Dorsey Burnette March 7, 1960 23
"Forever" The Little Dippers March 28, 1960 9
"Summer Set" Monty Kelly April 4, 1960 30
"Money (That's What I Want)" Barrett Strong April 18, 1960 23
"Fannie Mae" Buster Brown May 2, 1960 38
"Angela Jones" Johnny Ferguson May 2, 1960 27
"Let the Little Girl Dance" Billy Bland May 16, 1960 7
"The Madison" Al Brown's Tunetoppers featuring Cookie Brown May 16, 1960 23
"Barbara" The Temptations May 16, 1960 29
"The Madison Time–Part 1" Ray Bryant Trio May 16, 1960 30
"Mountain of Love" Harold Dorman May 23, 1960 21
"Ooh Poo Pah Doo–Part II" Jessie Hill May 23, 1960 28
"He'll Have to Stay" Jeanne Black May 30, 1960 4
"Love You So" Ron Holden June 13, 1960 7
"There Is Something on Your Mind (Part 2)" Bobby Marchan June 13, 1960 31
"Alley Oop" The Hollywood Argyles July 11, 1960 1
"Mule Skinner Blues" The Fendermen July 11, 1960 5
"Look for a Star" Garry Mills July 25, 1960 26
"Look for a Star" Deane Hawley July 25, 1960 34
"Image of a Girl" The Safaris August 1, 1960 6
"Please Help Me, I'm Falling" Hank Locklin August 1, 1960 8
"Look for a Star"<ref>Not to be confused with another recording of the song the same year by one-hit wonder Garry Mills.</ref> Garry Miles August 1, 1960 16
"Hot Rod Lincoln" Johnny Bond<ref>A country music star of the 1940s through 1960s who had seven top 10 country hits, most notably 1965's "Ten Little Bottles."</ref> August 8, 1960 26
"Over the Rainbow" The Demensions September 5, 1960 16
"Hot Rod Lincoln" Charlie Ryan and the Timberlane Riders September 5, 1960 33
"Yogi" The Ivy Three September 19, 1960 8
"A Million to One" Jimmy Charles September 26, 1960 5
"Mr. Custer" Larry Verne October 10, 1960 1
"Let's Think About Living" Bob Luman<ref name="More successful on country charts" /> October 24, 1960 7
"Diamonds and Pearls" The Paradons October 24, 1960 18
"You Talk Too Much" Joe Jones November 14, 1960 6
"Stay" Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs November 21, 1960 1
"Ruby Duby Du" Tobin Mathews and Co. November 28, 1960 30
"Don't Go to Strangers" Etta Jones<ref>A critically lauded jazz singer who had three Grammy nominations.</ref> December 12, 1960 36
"Sailor (Your Home Is the Sea)" Lolita December 19, 1960 5

1961

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Baby, Oh Baby" The Shells January 16, 1961 21
"Angel Baby" Rosie & The Originals January 23, 1961 5
"Lost Love" H.B. Barnum February 6, 1961 35
"(Ghost) Riders in the Sky" The Ramrods February 20, 1961 30
"There's a Moon Out Tonight" The Capris February 27, 1961 3
"Angel on My Shoulders" Shelby Flint February 27, 1961 22
"Baby Sittin' Boogie" Buzz Clifford March 13, 1961 6
"Apache" Jørgen Ingmann and his Guitar April 3, 1961 2
"Once Upon a Time" Rochell and the Candles April 10, 1961 26
"Hideaway" Freddy King<ref>A seminal blues rock guitarist who has been cited as an influence by Peter Green, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.</ref> April 10, 1961 29
"Ginnie Bell" Paul Dino April 10, 1961 38
"Asia Minor" Kokomo April 17, 1961 8
"Please Love Me Forever" Cathy Jean and the Roommates April 24, 1961 12
"I'm a Fool to Care" Joe Barry April 24, 1961 24
"Baby Blue" The Echoes May 1, 1961 12
"Mother-In-Law" Ernie K-Doe<ref>Later gained fame as a DJ with New Orleans community station WWOZ.</ref> May 22, 1961 1
"Daddy's Home" Shep and the Limelites May 29, 1961 2
"Hello Walls" Faron Young<ref name="More successful on country charts"/> May 29, 1961 12
"Triangle" Janie Grant May 29, 1961 29
"Exodus" Eddie Harris June 5, 1961 36
"Heart and Soul" The Cleftones July 3, 1961 18
"Peanut Butter" The Marathons June 19, 1961 20
"Rama Lama Ding Dong" The Edsels June 19, 1961 21
"Count Every Star" Donnie and the Dreamers June 19, 1961 35
"Better Tell Him No" The Starlets June 19, 1961 38
"Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me of You)" Little Caesar & the Romans June 26, 1961 9
"Three Hearts in a Tangle" Roy Drusky<ref name="More successful on country charts" /> June 26, 1961 35
"You Can't Sit Down, Part 2" Philip Upchurch Combo July 3, 1961 29
"Tonight (Could Be the Night)" The Velvets July 10, 1961 26
"The Graduation Song...Pomp and Circumstance" Adrian Kimberly July 10, 1961 34
"Yellow Bird" Arthur Lyman<ref>An influential Hawaiian populariser of exotica.</ref> July 24, 1961 4
"I Like It Like That, Part 1" Chris Kenner July 31, 1961 2
"Last Night" The Mar-Keys August 7, 1961 3
"Pretty Little Angel Eyes" Curtis Lee August 7, 1961 7
"I Just Don't Understand" Ann-Margret<ref>Better known as an actress.</ref> September 11, 1961 17
"When We Get Married" The Dreamlovers September 18, 1961 10
"A Little Bit of Soap" The Jarmels September 18, 1961 12
"Nag" The Halos September 18, 1961 25
"Lovers Island" The Blue Jays September 18, 1961 31
"Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)" Barry Mann<ref>Half of prolific songwriting partnership with Cynthia Weil.</ref> September 25, 1961 7
"The Astronaut (Part 1 and 2)" Jose Jimenez (Bill Dana) October 2, 1961 19
"Mexico" Bob Moore and His Orchestra<ref>Most famous as a session bassist; played with Bob Dylan.</ref> October 2, 1961 7
"Take Five" Dave Brubeck Quartet<ref>Seminal jazz group; their album Time Out is regarded as one of the greatest jazz albums.</ref> October 9, 1961 25
"Water Boy" Don Shirley October 9, 1961 40
"This Time" Troy Shondell October 23, 1961 6
"Stick Shift" The Duals October 23, 1961 25
"I Really Love You" The Stereos October 23, 1961 29
"Foot Stompin'–Part 1" The Flares October 30, 1961 25
"Funny How Time Slips Away" Jimmy Elledge November 13, 1961 22
"You're the Reason" Bobby Edwards November 20, 1961 11
"Language of Love" John D. Loudermilk<ref>Better known as a songwriter.</ref> December 11, 1961 32
"Your Ma Said You Cried in Your Sleep Last Night" Kenny Dino December 25, 1961 24

1962

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Small Sad Sam" Phil McLean January 20, 1962 21
"I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)" Barbara George January 27, 1962 3
"If You Got to Make a Fool of Somebody" James Ray January 27, 1962 22
"Hey! Baby" Bruce Channel March 10, 1962 1
"Midnight In Moscow" Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen March 17, 1962 2
"Let Me In" The Sensations March 17, 1962 4
"What's Your Name" Don and Juan March 17, 1962 7
"Percolator (Twist)" Billy Joe and the Checkmates March 17, 1962 10
"My Boomerang Won't Come Back" Charlie Drake March 17, 1962 21
"Smoky Places" The Corsairs March 17, 1962 12
"Jamie" Eddie Holland<ref>One-third of Holland-Dozier-Holland, the songwriting and production team that was responsible for much of the Motown Sound.</ref> March 24, 1962 30
"Love Letters" Ketty Lester April 14, 1962 5
"Dear One" Larry Finnegan April 21, 1962 11
"You Better Move On" Arthur Alexander<ref>A seminal rock pioneer cited as an influence by the Beatles and the Rolling Stones.</ref> April 21, 1962 24
"The Jam–Part 1" Bobby Gregg and His Friends April 21, 1962 29
"Cinderella" Jack Ross April 28, 1962 16
"Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out)" Ernie Maresca May 19, 1962 6
"Stranger on the Shore" Mr. Acker Bilk<ref>Had more success in his native United Kingdom.</ref> May 26, 1962 1
"I Wish That We Were Married" Ronnie & the Hi-Lites May 26, 1962 16
"I Sold My Heart to the Junkman" The Blue-Belles<ref>The original group of Patti Labelle and Nona Hendryx.</ref> June 2, 1962 15
"Walk on the Wild Side–Part 2" Jimmy Smith June 23, 1962 21
"Village of Love" Nathaniel Mayer and the Fabulous Twilights June 23, 1962 22
"Teach Me Tonight" George Maharis June 23, 1962 25
"Theme from Ben Casey" Valjean June 23, 1962 28
"I Love You" The Volume's June 30, 1962 22
"Al Di La" Emilio Pericoli July 7, 1962 6
"Snap Your Fingers" Joe Henderson July 7, 1962 8
"The Stripper" David Rose and His Orchestra July 7, 1962 1
"Wolverton Mountain" Claude King<ref name="More successful on country charts" /> July 21, 1962 6
"Johnny Get Angry" Joanie Sommers July 21, 1962 7
"I Need Your Loving" Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford July 28, 1962 20
"Bongo Stomp" Little Joey and the Flips July 28, 1962 33
"You'll Lose a Good Thing" Barbara Lynn<ref>One of first female rockers.</ref> August 11, 1962 8
"Party Lights" Claudine Clark September 1, 1962 5
"Till Death Do Us Part" Bob Braun September 1, 1962 26
"Silver Threads and Golden Needles" The Springfields<ref>Band member Dusty Springfield would go on to have a successful career as a solo artist with many hits in the 1960s; the group also had several hits in the UK.</ref> September 22, 1962 20
"A Wonderful Dream" The Majors September 22, 1962 22
"(I'm the Girl On) Wolverton Mountain" Jo Ann Campbell September 22, 1962 38
"Alley Cat" Bent Fabric and his Piano September 29, 1962 7
"I Remember You" Frank Ifield<ref>Has had more success in his native United Kingdom.</ref> October 13, 1962 5
"Don't Go Near the Indians" Rex Allen<ref>A highly influential Western artist of the 1940s through 1960s, who also had several successful country hits. Father of country singer Rex Allen, Jr. (a successful star in his own right).</ref> October 20, 1962 17
"Do You Love Me" The Contours October 27, 1962 3
"Hide and Go Seek–Part 1" Bunker Hill October 27, 1962 33
"Close to Cathy" Mike Clifford November 3, 1962 12
"Torture" Kris Jensen November 3, 1962 20
"Pop Pop Pop-Pie" The Sherrys November 17, 1962 35
"That Stranger Used to Be My Girl" Trade Martin November 17, 1962 28
"Mama Sing a Song" Stan Kenton<ref>An influential jazz bandleader and pianist.</ref> November 17, 1962 32
"I Got a Woman, Part 1" Jimmy McGriff November 24, 1962 20
"Bobby's Girl" Marcie Blane December 1, 1962 3
"The Push and Kick" Mark Valentino December 15, 1962 27
"Telstar" The Tornados<ref>Had wider success in their native UK and maintain a devoted cult following to this day.</ref> December 22, 1962 1
"Let's Go (Pony)" The Routers December 22, 1962 19

1963

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Wiggle Wobble" Les Cooper and his Soul Rockers January 12, 1963 22
"Tell Him" The Exciters January 19, 1963 4
"Remember Then" The Earls<ref>Have a devoted cult following on oldies circuit.</ref> January 26, 1963 24
"Cinnamon Cinder (It's a Very Nice Dance)" The Pastel Six February 2, 1963 25
"Loop De Loop" Johnny Thunder February 9, 1963 4
"From a Jack to a King" Ned Miller<ref name="More successful on country charts" /> February 16, 1963 6
"Fly Me to the Moon–Bossa Nova" Joe Harnell and his Orchestra February 23, 1963 14
"Cast Your Fate to the Wind" Vince Guaraldi Trio<ref>Vince Guaraldi was a respected jazz pianist who is most remembered today as the composer of music for nearly 20 animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip.</ref> February 23, 1963 22
"Rhythm of the Rain" The Cascades March 9, 1963 3
"Wild Weekend" The Rebels March 9, 1963 8
"Mama Didn't Lie" Jan Bradley March 9, 1963 14
"Our Winter Love" Bill Pursell March 30, 1963 9
"Yakety Sax" Boots Randolph<ref>More well-known as an accompanyist for many performers in rock, pop, and country music</ref> April 6, 1963 35
"Mr. Bass Man" Johnny Cymbal<ref>Johnny Cymbal also recorded "Cinnamon" as Derek (listed as a one-hit wonder in 1969)</ref> April 13, 1963 16
"Pipeline" The Chantays May 4, 1963 4
"Little Band of Gold" James Gilreath May 11, 1963 21
"Killer Joe" The Rocky Fellers May 18, 1963 16
"Hot Pastrami" The Dartells May 25, 1963 11
"El Watusi" Ray Barretto June 1, 1963 17
"The Love of My Man" Theola Kilgore June 1, 1963 21
"That's How Heartaches Are Made" Baby Washington June 1, 1963 40
"Still" Bill Anderson<ref>Has had seven No. 1 hits (and many more top 10 hits) on the Hot Country Singles chart. In addition, he has been a highly successful and influential songwriter in the country genre.</ref> June 8, 1963 8
"Sukiyaki" Kyu Sakamoto<ref>Hugely successful in his native Japan, and ranked by HMV Japan as one of the 20 most influential popular musicians in that country.</ref> June 15, 1963 1
"On Top of Spaghetti" Tom Glazer and the Do-Re-Mi Children's Chorus July 6, 1963 14
"Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" Rolf Harris<ref>More successful in the UK and Australia; but most famous as a comedian.</ref> July 13, 1963 3
"Swingin' on a Star" Big Dee Irwin<ref>and Little Eva.</ref> July 13, 1963 38
"Just One Look" Doris Troy July 27, 1963 10
"Hootenanny" The Glencoves July 27, 1963 38
"Till Then" The Classics August 3, 1963 20
"Six Days on the Road" Dave Dudley<ref name="More successful on country charts" /> August 3, 1963 32
"Wipe Out" The Surfaris<ref>Have a devoted cult following; bassist Ken Forssi later played with Love (listed below).</ref> August 10, 1963 2
"The Lonely Surfer" Jack Nitzsche<ref>Most famous as a producer with Neil Young and The Rolling Stones.</ref> August 10, 1963 39
"More" Kai Winding August 24, 1963 8
"Denise" Randy & the Rainbows August 24, 1963 10
"Mockingbird" Inez and Charlie Foxx September 7, 1963 7
"Please Don't Talk to the Lifeguard" Diane Ray September 21, 1963 31
"Sally, Go 'Round the Roses" The Jaynetts September 28, 1963 2
"Martian Hop" The Ran-Dells September 28, 1963 16
"The Kind of Boy You Can't Forget" The Raindrops<ref>The Raindrops were a studio creation of the Brill Building husband-and-wife songwriting team of Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, who wrote many popular "girl group" songs in the early 1960s</ref> September 28, 1963 17
"Part Time Love" Little Johnny Taylor October 5, 1963 19
"Birthday Party" The Pixies Three October 5, 1963 40
"Bust Out" The Busters October 12, 1963 25
"Talk to Me" Sunny & the Sunglows October 26, 1963 11
"Maria Elena" Los Indios Tabajaras November 16, 1963 6
"Cry to Me" Betty Harris November 16, 1963 25
"Washington Square" The Village Stompers November 23, 1963 2
"Dominique" The Singing Nun<ref>Well-known as a social activist after she left religious life in 1967 and performed as Luc Dominique.</ref> December 7, 1963 1
"I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight" Barry & the Tamerlanes December 7, 1963 21
"Wonderful Summer" Robin Ward<ref>More famous as a session singer in film music: it is said that her voice can be heard in over eight hundred films.</ref> December 14, 1963 14
"You Don't Have to Be a Baby to Cry" The Caravelles December 21, 1963 3
"The Boy Next Door" The Secrets December 28, 1963 18

1964

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Midnight Mary" Joey Powers January 4, 1964 10
"Popsicles and Icicles" The Murmaids January 11, 1964 3
"What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)" The Tams<ref>Had two other hits on the R&B chart, and three UK Top 40 hits in 1970, 1971 and 1987.</ref> February 22, 1964 9
"Letter from Sherry" Dale Ward February 22, 1964 25
"California Sun" The Rivieras February 29, 1964 5
"Penetration" The Pyramids March 14, 1964 18
"Who Do You Love" The Sapphires March 14, 1964 9
"I Wish You Love" Gloria Lynne March 14, 1964 28
"High-Heel Sneakers" Tommy Tucker March 21, 1964 11
"Hippy Hippy Shake" The Swinging Blue Jeans<ref>Featured Jim Rodford of The Kinks and Terry Sylvester of The Hollies; also had other hits in the United Kingdom.</ref> April 4, 1964 24
"Rip Van Winkle" The Devotions April 4, 1964 36
"We Love You Beatles" The Carefrees April 11, 1964 39
"Forever" Peter Drake and his Talking Steel Guitar April 25, 1964 25
"Shangri-La" Robert Maxwell and His Harp and Orchestra May 2, 1964 6
"Charade" Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra<ref>Better known as a big band jazz songwriter and performer.</ref> May 9, 1964 36
"Wish Someone Would Care" Irma Thomas<ref>More successful on R&B charts, and also retains devoted cult following.</ref> May 16, 1964 17
"White on White" Danny Williams May 16, 1964 9
"(Just Like) Romeo and Juliet" The Reflections May 30, 1964 6
"Remember Me" Rita Pavone July 11, 1964 26
"The Girl from Ipanema" Astrud Gilberto<ref name="Better known as a jazz artist">An acclaimed jazz artist.</ref> July 18, 1964 5
"You're My World" Cilla Black<ref>Had nineteen UK Top 40 hits, and at one point the richest female entertainer there.</ref> August 1, 1964 26
"Farmer John" The Premiers August 1, 1964 19
"I Wanna Love Him So Bad" The Jelly Beans August 8, 1964 9
"I'm Into Somethin' Good" Earl-Jean August 8, 1964 38
"Steal Away" Jimmy Hughes August 15, 1964 17
"She's the One" The Chartbusters August 15, 1964 33
"Mixed-Up, Shook-Up Girl" Patty & the Emblems August 15, 1964 37
"Haunted House" Jumpin' Gene Simmons<ref>Not to be confused with Gene Simmons, the bassist from KISS.</ref> August 29, 1964 11
"Selfish One" Jackie Ross September 5, 1964 11
"Funny (How Time Slips Away)" Joe Hinton October 10, 1964 13
"We'll Sing in the Sunshine" Gale Garnett October 17, 1964 4
"Little Honda" The Hondells October 31, 1964 9
"Last Kiss" J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers November 7, 1964 2
"Tobacco Road" The Nashville Teens<ref>Had wider success in their native UK; also featured renowned keyboardist John Hawken and drummer Barry Jenkins.</ref> November 7, 1964 14
"Have I the Right?" The Honeycombs November 14, 1964 5
"Shaggy Dog" Mickey Lee Lane November 28, 1964 38
"Hawaii Tattoo" The Waikikis December 5, 1964 33
"Ringo" Lorne Greene<ref name="actor" /> December 5, 1964 1

1965

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"The Wedding" Julie Rogers January 2, 1965 10
"My Love, Forgive Me (Amore, Scusami)" Robert Goulet<ref>Better known as actor, but also performed much film music.</ref> January 2, 1965 16
"Leader of the Laundromat" The Detergents January 9, 1965 19
"The Jerk" The Larks January 16, 1965 7
"Twine Time" Alvin Cash and the Crawlers February 20, 1965 14
"The Boy from New York City" The Ad Libs February 27, 1965 8
"I've Got a Tiger By the Tail" Buck Owens<ref>Had 21 No. 1 hits on the Hot Country Singles chart, plus many more top 10 hits; influential for the Bakersfield Sound of country music. Co-host of the TV series Hee Haw.</ref> February 27, 1965 25
"It's Alright" Adam Faith with The Roulettes February 27, 1965 31
"New York is a Lonely Town" The Trade Winds March 6, 1965 32
"The Birds and the Bees" Jewel Akens March 20, 1965 3
"Goldfinger" Shirley Bassey<ref>Hugely successful in her native UK where she has received a DBE.</ref> March 27, 1965 8
"Don't Mess Up a Good Thing" Bobby McClure March 27, 1965 33
"Land of a Thousand Dances" Cannibal & the Headhunters April 17, 1965 30
"Cast Your Fate to the Wind" Sounds Orchestral May 8, 1965 10
"The Entertainer" Tony Clarke May 8, 1965 31
"We're Gonna Make It" Little Milton<ref>Had seventeen R&B Top 40 hits.</ref> May 15, 1965 25
"Baby the Rain Must Fall" Glenn Yarbrough May 22, 1965 12
"Oo Wee Baby, I Love You" Fred Hughes May 29, 1965 23
"Concrete and Clay" Eddie Rambeau June 5, 1965 35
"Concrete and Clay" Unit 4 + 2 June 12, 1965 28
"I Do" The Marvelows July 3, 1965 37
"A Walk in the Black Forest" Horst Jankowski July 10, 1965 12
"You Turn Me On (Turn On Song)" Ian Whitcomb and Bluesville July 17, 1965 8
"The Dawn of Correction" The Spokesmen September 18, 1965 26
"Eve of Destruction" Barry McGuire<ref>In the 1970s, McGuire had a second successful career in contemporary Christian music.</ref> September 25, 1965 1
"Liar, Liar" The Castaways October 23, 1965 12
"Keep on Dancing" The Gentrys<ref>A band that featured Jimmy Hart, who is a well known professional wrestling manager.</ref> October 30, 1965 4
"Hungry for Love" San Remo Golden Strings October 30, 1965 27
"Everyone's Gone to the Moon" Jonathan King<ref>Most famous as a record producer, boss of record labels Decca and UK and finally as a U.S. reporter on Top of the Pops.</ref> November 6, 1965 17
"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" The Silkie November 27, 1965 10
"May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose" Little Jimmy Dickens<ref>A legendary country music artist and longtime Grand Ole Opry member who had many country hits from 1949 through the late 1960s.</ref> December 4, 1965 15
"Don't Think Twice" Wonder Who?<ref>Made up of the members of The Four Seasons, who have had much success on the Hot 100.</ref> December 25, 1965 12

1966

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart)" Barry Young January 1, 1966 13
"Harlem Nocturne" The Viscounts January 1, 1966 39
"Flowers on the Wall" The Statler Brothers<ref name="More successful on country charts" /> January 8, 1966 4
"Lies" The Knickerbockers<ref>Cited as an influence by The Knack.</ref> January 22, 1966 20
"The Duck" Jackie Lee<ref>The Earl of Bob & Earl.</ref> January 22, 1966 14
"The Men in My Little Girl's Life" Mike Douglas<ref>Better known as a talk show host.</ref> February 5, 1966 6
"No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)" The T-Bones<ref>Later had several soft rock hits in the 1970s, recording under their new band name Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds.</ref> February 5, 1966 3
"Michelle" David and Jonathan<ref>Better known as a songwriting duo (Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress).</ref> February 12, 1966 18
"Elusive Butterfly" Bob Lind March 12, 1966 5
"The Cheater" Bob Kuban and the In-Men March 12, 1966 12
"Batman Theme" Neal Hefti<ref>Better known as a jazz musician with Count Basie; also played with Frank Sinatra.</ref> March 12, 1966 35
"Love Makes the World Go Round" Deon Jackson<ref name="autogenerated1">Has had more success with two top 40 hits on the Hot Rhythm & Blues Singles chart.</ref> March 19, 1966 11
"Walkin' My Cat Named Dog" Norma Tanega April 9, 1966 22
"Caroline, No" Brian Wilson<ref>The main creative force and founding member of The Beach Boys.</ref> April 30, 1966 32
"I Can't Grow Peaches on a Cherry Tree" Just Us<ref>Member Chip Taylor is better known as a songwriter (Wild Thing, Angel of the Morning).</ref> May 14, 1966 24
"History Repeats Itself" Buddy Starcher May 14, 1966 39
"The Ballad of Irving" Frank Gallop<ref>A well-known television and radio personality.</ref> May 28, 1966 34
"Barefootin'" Robert Parker June 18, 1966 7
"Oh How Happy" The Shades of Blue June 25, 1966 12
"Cool Jerk" The Capitols<ref>Cited as an influence by Archie Bell.</ref> July 2, 1966 7
"Doubleshot (Of My Baby's Love)" The Swingin' Medallions July 2, 1966 17
"Day of Decision" Johnny Sea<ref name="More successful on country charts" /> July 2, 1966 35
"Little Girl" Syndicate of Sound July 9, 1966 8
"Dirty Water" The Standells<ref>Have a devoted cult following; also sometimes seen as protopunk influence. Briefly featured Lowell George of Little Feat fame.</ref> July 9, 1966 11
"Hey Joe" The Leaves<ref>Bassist Jim Pons later joined The Turtles.</ref> July 9, 1966 31
"7 and 7 Is" Love<ref>A highly influential psychedelic band; their 1967 album Forever Changes is a staple of best-albums lists. Locally stars but never toured outside L.A. thus had no success elsewhere.</ref> July 30, 1966 33
"They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" Napoleon XIV<ref>Pseudonym of Jerry Samuels, a successful songwriter who also wrote #3 hit "The Shelter of Your Arms" for Sammy Davis, Jr.</ref> August 13, 1966 3
"Somewhere, My Love" Ray Conniff<ref>Well-known in the easy listening genre, with considerable success on album charts.</ref> August 13, 1966 9
"Searching for My Love" Bobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces August 13, 1966 27
"Sweet Dreams" Tommy McLain August 20, 1966 15
"Tar and Cement" Verdelle Smith August 20, 1966 38
"Black Is Black" Los Bravos<ref>Had two top 40 hits in the UK.</ref> October 1, 1966 4
"Open the Door to Your Heart" Darrell Banks<ref name="autogenerated1"/> October 1, 1966 27
"Almost Persuaded" David Houston<ref>The godson of 1920s singer Gene Austin, Houston had many top 10 singles, including seven No. 1 songs, on the Hot Country Singles chart from 1963-1974.</ref> October 1, 1966 24
"Psychotic Reaction" Count Five<ref>An influential protopunk band, cited by The Stooges and The Doors; made famous by Lester Bangs.</ref> October 15, 1966 5
"Summer Samba (So Nice)" Walter Wanderley<ref>A popular bossa nova pianist, cited as an influence by the aforementioned Astrud Gilberto.</ref> October 15, 1966 26
"Winchester Cathedral" The New Vaudeville Band<ref>Fronted by well-known songwriter Geoff Stephens (The Crying Game, There's a Kind of Hush.)</ref> December 3, 1966 1
"(When She Needs Good Lovin') She Comes to Me" Chicago Loop December 3, 1966 37
"But It's Alright" J.J. Jackson<ref>Also a well-known songwriter</ref> December 10, 1966 22

1967

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Talk Talk" The Music Machine January 14, 1967 15
"There's Got to Be a Word!" The Innocence January 14, 1967 34
"Gallant Men" Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen<ref>At the time, he was serving the last of his three terms in the United States Senate. He is most remembered today as the main drafter of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.</ref> January 21, 1967 29
"Niki Hoeky" P.J. Proby<ref>More successful in his home country of the UK, and in Australia.</ref> January 28, 1967 25
"Wild Thing" Senator Bobby<ref>Pseudonymous release by Bill Minkin.</ref> February 4, 1967 20
"(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" Blues Magoos February 11, 1967 5
"Music to Watch Girls By" Bob Crewe Generation<ref>Bob Crewe is a very well known songwriter and producer.</ref> February 11, 1967 15
"Stand By Me" Spyder Turner February 11, 1967 12
"Hello Hello" Sopwith Camel February 11, 1967 26
"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" Cannonball Adderley<ref>An influential musician in the jazz scene, where he played with Miles Davis and Bill Evans on Kind of Blue and Milestones.</ref> February 25, 1967 11
"Pushing Too Hard" The Seeds<ref>A cult garage band, cited as an influence by many post-punk groups like The Fall.</ref> February 25, 1967 36
"It Takes Two" Kim Weston<ref>and Marvin Gaye.</ref> March 4, 1967 14
"Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye" The Casinos March 11, 1967 6
"Sit Down, I Think I Love You" The Mojo Men March 18, 1967 36
"For What It's Worth" Buffalo Springfield<ref>A highly influential folk-rock group that spawned the career of Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Jim Messina.</ref> March 25, 1967 7
"Friday on My Mind" The Easybeats<ref>Had wider success in Australian homeland.</ref> May 20, 1967 16
"Yellow Balloon" The Yellow Balloon May 20, 1967 25
"Sunshine Girl" Parade May 27, 1967 20
"My Girl Josephine" Jerry Jaye May 27, 1967 29
"I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman" Whistling Jack Smith June 3, 1967 20
"Do It Again a Little Bit Slower" Jon and Robin and the In-Crowd June 24, 1967 18
"Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" The Fifth Estate July 1, 1967 11
"Little Bit O' Soul" The Music Explosion July 8, 1967 2
"Come on Down to My Boat" Every Mother's Son July 8, 1967 6
"For Your Precious Love" Oscar Toney, Jr. July 8, 1967 23
"Let the Good Times Roll and Feels So Good" Bunny Sigler August 19, 1967 22
"The Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven" Chris Bartley August 19, 1967 32
"Hypnotized" Linda Jones August 26, 1967 21
"(I Wanna) Testify" The Parliaments<ref>Members later formed funk group Parliament; group member George Clinton is the leader of Parliament-Funkadelic.</ref> September 23, 1967 20
"Blue's Theme" Davie Allan and the Arrows September 23, 1967 37
"Little Ole Man (Uptight–Everything's Alright)" Bill Cosby<ref>Better known as a television comedian/actor with The Bill Cosby Show, Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids and The Cosby Show.</ref> October 14, 1967 4
"Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out)" The Hombres November 18, 1967 12
"Everlasting Love" Robert Knight November 18, 1967 13
"Pata Pata" Miriam Makeba<ref>More famous as an anti-apartheid activist.</ref> November 25, 1967 12
"Back on the Street Again" Sunshine Company November 25, 1967 36
"An Open Letter to My Teenage Son" Victor Lundberg December 2, 1967 10
"Beautiful People" Kenny O'Dell<ref>More successful as a country music songwriter ("Behind Closed Doors" by Charlie Rich, "Mama He's Crazy" by The Judds, and many others). Also had a few country hits of his own.</ref> December 16, 1967 38
"Next Plane to London" The Rose Garden December 30, 1967 17

1968

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Judy in Disguise (With Glasses)" John Fred and His Playboy Band January 20, 1968 1
"Love Power" The Sandpebbles January 27, 1968 22
"Green Tambourine" The Lemon Pipers February 3, 1968 1
"Nobody but Me" The Human Beinz February 3, 1968 8
"Love Is Blue"<ref>Love Is Blue is the first instrumental to hit #1 on the Billboard pop chart since Telstar did it on Dec. 22, 1962.</ref> Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra<ref>Mauriat was highly successful as a songwriter for Mireille Mathieu and was a superstar in Europe, and Japan.</ref> February 10, 1968 1
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" Madeline Bell February 10, 1968 26
"Skip a Rope" Henson Cargill<ref name="More successful on country charts" /> February 10, 1968 25
"Born Free" The Hesitations February 17, 1968 38
"Country Girl–City Man" Judy Clay March 23, 1968 36
"A Question of Temperature" The Balloon Farm March 23, 1968 37
"Playboy" Gene and Debbe April 13, 1968 17
"Does Your Mama Know About Me" Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers<ref>Group included Thomas Chong, later known as Tommy Chong of famed comedy duo Cheech and Chong</ref> April 20, 1968 29
"Sweet Inspiraton" The Sweet Inspirations April 27, 1968 18
"Summertime Blues" Blue Cheer<ref name=metal>A highly influential band in the development of heavy metal.</ref> May 4, 1968 14
"The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" Hugo Montenegro June 1, 1968 2
"Master Jack" Four Jacks and a Jill June 8, 1968 18
"MacArthur Park" Richard Harris<ref name=actor>Better known as an actor.</ref> June 22, 1968 2
"Reach Out of the Darkness" Friend and Lover June 22, 1968 10
"I Love You" People June 22, 1968 14
"The Horse" Cliff Nobles and Co. June 29, 1968 2
"Angel of the Morning" Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts June 29, 1968 7
"Tip Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me" Tiny Tim<ref>Has a highly devoted cult following, and has been cited as an influence by Current 93 and Nurse with Wound.</ref> June 29, 1968 17
"Here Comes the Judge" Shorty Long July 6, 1968 8
"Grazing in the Grass" Hugh Masekela<ref name="Better known as a jazz artist"/> July 20, 1968 1
"Here Comes the Judge" Pigmeat Markham<ref>Better known as comedian.</ref> July 27, 1968 19
"Pictures of Matchstick Men" Status Quo<ref>One of the most successful bands ever in their UK homeland, and has a devoted cult called the "Quo Army". Had over 50 hits in their native UK.</ref> August 3, 1968 12
"Classical Gas" Mason Williams<ref>Also a successful composer, writer, and comedian</ref> August 3, 1968 2
"Journey to the Center of the Mind" The Amboy Dukes<ref>Best known for spawning the career of Ted Nugent.</ref> August 24, 1968 16
"Love Makes a Woman" Barbara Acklin August 31, 1968 15
"Naturally Stoned" The Avant-Garde<ref>Group member Chuck Woolery is better known as a game show host.</ref> August 31, 1968 40
"Harper Valley PTA" Jeannie C. Riley<ref name="More successful on country charts" /> September 21, 1968 1
"In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" Iron Butterfly<ref name=metal /> September 28, 1968 30
"Girl Watcher" The O'Kaysions October 5, 1968 5
"Indian Reservation" Don Fardon October 5, 1968 20
"Quick Joey Small (Run Joey Run)" Kasenetz-Katz Singing Orchestral Circus<ref>A group featuring many well known bubblegum pop musicians.</ref> October 5, 1968 25
"Fire" Crazy World of Arthur Brown<ref>Founder of shock rock and major influence on Alice Cooper and KISS. A later edition of the band featured drummer Carl Palmer, more famous with ELP.</ref> October 19, 1968 2
"All Along the Watchtower" The Jimi Hendrix Experience<ref>An extremely influential band led by guitarist Jimi Hendrix.</ref> October 19, 1968 20
"Baby, Come Back" The Equals<ref>The group's leader was Eddy Grant, later of "Electric Avenue" fame.</ref> October 26, 1968 32
"Shape of Things to Come" Max Frost and the Troopers October 26, 1968 22
"Piece of My Heart" Big Brother and the Holding Company<ref>At this time, the group's lead singer was influential singer and later one-hit wonder Janis Joplin.</ref> November 9, 1968 12
"The Funky Judge" Bull & the Matadors November 16, 1968 39
"Little Arrows" Leapy Lee December 7, 1968 16
"Shame, Shame" The Magic Lanterns December 21, 1968 29

1969

Song Performer Peak date Peak
"Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero (The More I Love You)" Rene y Rene January 4, 1969 14
"Cinnamon" Derek<ref>Johnny Cymbal (Derek's real name) also recorded "Mr. Bass Man" under his own name (listed as a one-hit wonder in 1963)</ref> January 11, 1969 11
"The Worst That Could Happen" Brooklyn Bridge<ref>Lead singer Johnny Maestro was also the original lead singer of The Crests.</ref> February 1, 1969 3
"I Got a Line on You" Spirit<ref>One of the leaders of the psychedelic rock movement; more critically than commercially lauded.</ref> March 15, 1969 25
"The Letter" The Arbors April 5, 1969 20
"Hot Smoke and Sassafras" Bubble Puppy April 19, 1969 14
"Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'" Crazy Elephant May 3, 1969 12
"Will You Be Staying After Sunday" Peppermint Rainbow May 3, 1969 32
"Nothing but a Heartache" The Flirtations May 24, 1969 34
"Love (Can Make You Happy)" Mercy May 31, 1969 2
"Morning Girl" The Neon Philharmonic<ref>The original band of session bassist and record producer Norbert Putnam.</ref> June 7, 1969 17
"More Today Than Yesterday" Spiral Starecase June 14, 1969 12
"Israelites" Desmond Dekker and the Aces<ref>Regarded as the most popular Jamaican reggae singer before Bob Marley.</ref> June 28, 1969 9
"Black Pearl" The Checkmates, LTD. July 5, 1969 13
"Medicine Man" The Buchanan Brothers July 5, 1969 22
"In the Year 2525 (Exordium and Terminus)" Zager and Evans July 12, 1969 1
"Color Him Father" The Winstons July 19, 1969 7
"Abraham, Martin and John" Moms Mabley<ref>More famous as a comedian.</ref> July 19, 1969 35
"My Pledge of Love" Joe Jeffrey Group July 26, 1969 14
"Quentin's Theme" Charles Randolph Grean Sounde August 2, 1969 13
"Yesterday, When I Was Young" Roy Clark<ref>Better known as a country artist, where in his genre had a string of top 40 hits — many of them top 10 — on the Hot Country Singles chart from 1963-1980. Co-host of Hee Haw.</ref> August 2, 1969 19
"Good Old Rock and Roll" Cat Mother & the All Night News Boys August 2, 1969 21
"Reconsider Me" Johnny Adams August 2, 1969 28
"Nobody But You Babe" Clarence Reid<ref>Better known for his X-rated rap albums under the name Blowfly.</ref> August 2, 1969 40
"Moonflight" Vik Venus August 9, 1969 38
"Polk Salad Annie" Tony Joe White<ref>An important influence on swamp rock.</ref> August 23, 1969 8
"Sugar on Sunday" Clique August 30, 1969 22
"Get Together"<ref>Originally charted at #62 in 1967.</ref> The Youngbloods<ref>A highly acclaimed folk-rock group. Member Jesse Colin Young went on to a successful solo career.</ref> September 6, 1969 5
"Birthday" Underground Sunshine September 6, 1969 26
"Did You See Her Eyes" The Illusion September 6, 1969 32
"Keem-O-Sabe" The Electric Indian September 27, 1969 16
"When I Die" Motherlode October 11, 1969 18
"In a Moment" The Intrigues October 11, 1969 31
"Tracy" The Cuff Links October 25, 1969 9
"You, I" The Rugbys October 25, 1969 24
"Make Believe" Wind<ref>Lead singer Tony Orlando was more famous with the band Dawn.</ref> October 25, 1969 28
"Jealous Kind of Fella" Garland Green November 1, 1969 20
"Baby It's You" Smith November 1, 1969 5
"Jesus Is a Soul Man" Lawrence Reynolds November 1, 1969 28
"Something in the Air" Thunderclap Newman November 1, 1969 37
"Echo Park" Keith Barbour November 1, 1969 40
"Smile a Little Smile for Me" The Flying Machine November 22, 1969 5
"Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" Steam December 6, 1969 1
"Groovy Grubworm" Harlow Wilcox and the Oakies December 13, 1969 30





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