Sunday, July 27, 2014

Pop Focus: Hit summer songs of the 60s and 70s

Music certainly evokes memories. Just a song, or set of songs, can put you right back in a certain period of your life.

That's the idea of the list below. All these songs hit the U.S. Top 10 at some point during the summers of their respective years. Most aren't about summer, but many have a summer vibe. And they certainly were on car radios, jukeboxes and turntables while school was out and temperatures were high.

1960
Cathy's Clown - The Everly Brothers
Swingin' School - Bobby Rydell
Alley-Oop - Hollywood Argyles
Because They're Young - Duane Eddy
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Do Bikini - Brian Hyland
When Will I Be Loved - The Everly Brothers
Walk, Don't Run - The Ventures
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Hot Rod Lincoln - Johnny Bond
Volare - Bobby Rydell
Chain Gang - Sam Cooke
Mr. Custer - Larry Verne

 1961
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
Those Oldies But Goodies - Little Caesar and the Romans
Yellow Bird - Artur Lyman Group
Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee
Michael - The Highwaymen
Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker
School is Out - Gary U.S. Bonds
Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) - Barry Mann
Last Night - The Mar-Keys
Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee
Little Sister - Elvis Presley


1962
I Can't Stop Lovin' You - Ray Charles
Stranger on the Shore - Mr. Acker Bilk
Soldier Boy - The Shirelles
Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp
Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca
Palisades Park - Freddy Cannon
Seven Day Weekend - Gary U.S. Bonds
The Wah Watusi - The Orion
Breaking Up is Hard to Do - Neil Sedaka
Ahab the Arab - Ray Stevens
The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
Speedy Gonzale - Pat Boone
If I Had a Hammer - Peter, Paul and Mary

 1963
It's My Party - Lesley Gore
If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
Surfin' U.S.A. - The Beach Boys
Da Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals
I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March
One Fine Day - The Chiffon
Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer - Nat King Cole
Surf City - Jan and Dean
Wipe Out - The Surfaris
Fingertips Pt. 2 - Little Stevie Wonder
(You're the) Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley
Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh - Alan Sherman
Just One Look - Doris Troy
My Boyfriend's Back - The Angels
Then He Kissed Me - The Crystals

1964
Chapel of Love- The Dixie Cups
Hello, Dolly - Louis Armstrong
A World Without Love - Peter and Gordon
No Particular Place to Go - Chuck Berry
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
The Girl from Impanema - Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters
Dang Me - Roger Miller
A Hard Day's Night- The Beatles
Wishin' and Hopin' - Dusty Springfield
C'mon and Swim - Bobby Freeman
Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
Bread and Butter - The Newbeats

1965
Help Me, Rhonda - The Beach Boys
Ticket to Ride - The Beatles
Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman's Hermits
It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
I Can't Help Myself - The Four Tops
Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
What the World Needs Now is Love - Jackie DeShannon
You Turn Me On - Ian Whitcomb
Yes, I'm Ready - Barbara Mason
I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher
I Like it Like That - The Dave Clark Five
Unchained Melody- The Righteous Brothers
California Girls - The Beach Boys
Help! - The Beatles
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown

1966
When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
A Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders
Monday, Monday - The Mamas and Papas
Paint it Black - The Rolling Stones
Rainy Day Women #12 and #35 - Bob Dylan
Good Lovin' - The Little Rascals
Barefootin' - Robert Parker
Cool Jerk - The Capitols
Red Rubber Ball - The Cyrkle
Hanky Panky - Tommy James and the Shondells
Paperback Writer - The Beatles
Wild Thing - The Troggs
The Pied Piper- Crispian St. Peters
Sweet Pea - Tommy Roe
Along Comes Mary - The Association
Hungry - Paul Revere and the Raiders
Lil' Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
Summer in the City - The Lovin' Spoonful
Mothers Little Helper - The Rolling Stones
They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! - Napoleon XIV
Somewhere My Love - Ray Conniff and the Singers
Sunshine Superman - Donovan
You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
Summertime - Billy Stewart

1968
Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
Tighten Up - Archie Bell and the Drells
This Guy's in Love with You - Herb Alpert
Mony Mony - Tommy James and the Shondells
A Beautiful Morning - The Rascals
Yummy Yummy Yummy - Ohio Expess
The Horse - Cliff Nobles and Co.
Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masakela
Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension
Indian Lake - The Cowsills
Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
Classical Gas - Mason Williams
Hello, I Love You - The Doors
Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
People Got to Be Free - The Rascals
I Can't Stop Dancing - Archie Bell and the Drells

1969
Get Back - The Beatles
Grazing in the Grass - The Friend of Distinction
Oh Happy Day - The Edwin Hawkins Singers
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine - The 5th Dimension
One - Three Dog Night
Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat and Tears
Israelites - Desmond Dekker and the Aces
Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James and the Shondells
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Put a Little Love in Your Heart - Jackie DeShannon

1970
Everything is Beautiful - Ray Stevens
Cecelia - Simon and Garfunkel
Hitchin' a Ride - Vanity Fare
O-o-h Child - The Five Stairsteps
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry






1971
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
Rainy Days and Mondays - The Carpenters
It's Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
Treat Her Like a Lady - The Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose
When You're Hot, You're Hot - Jerry Reed
You've Got a Friend - James Taylor
That's the Way I've Always Heard it Should Be - Carly Simon
Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
Draggin' the Line - Tommy James and the Shondells
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) - Marvin Gaye



1972
I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr.
Morning Has Broken - Cat Stavens
Tumbling Dice - The Rolling Stones
Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
Outa-Space - Billy Preston
Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Rocket Man - Elton John
School's Out - Alice Cooper
Where is the Love - Robert Flack and Donny Hathaway
Coconut - Nilsson
Hold Your Head Up - Argent
I'm Still in Love With You - Al Green

1973
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) - George Harrison
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Right Place Wrong Time - Dr. John
Shambala - Three Dog Night
Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Live and Let Die - Wings
Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye
Delta Dawn - Helen Reddy

1974
The Streak - Ray Stevens
Band on the Run - Paul McCartney and Wings
Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5
The Entertainer - Marvel Hamlisch
Midnight at the Oasis - Maria Muldauer
Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
Billy, Don't Be a Hero - Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Olivia Newton John
Hollywood Swinging - Kool and the Gang
Rock the Boat - The Hues Corporation
The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
Waterloo - Abba
Tell Me Something Good - Rufus

1975
Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver
How Long - Ace
Love Won't Let Me Wait - Major Harris
Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain and Tennile
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
The Hustle - Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony
Listen to What the Man Said - Wings
Magic - Pilot
Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees
Rhinestone Cowboy - Glan Campbell
The Rockford Files - Mike Post
Fallin' in Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
Why Can't We Be Friends? - War

1976
Silly Love Songs - Wings
Happy Days - Pratt and McClain
Welcome Back - John Sebastain
Got to Get You Into My Love - The Beatles
Rock and Roll Music - The Beach Boys
Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John and Kiki Dee
Let 'Em In - Wings
You Should Be Dancing - The Bee Gees
(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty - KC and the Sunshine Band
Turn the Beat Around - Vicki Sue Robinson
Play that Funky Music - Wild Cherry
A Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy and the Big Apple

1977
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Got to Give it Up (Pt. 1) - Marvin Gaye
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) - Bill Conti
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Da Doo Ron Ron - Shaun Cassidy
Jet Airliner - The Steve Miller Band
Best of My Love - Emotions
Easy - The Commodores
I'm in You - Peter Frampton




1978
You're the One That I Want - John Travolta and Olivia Newton John
Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione
Take a Chance On Me - Abba
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
On Broadway - George Benson
With a Little Luck - Wings
It's a Heartache - Bonnie Tyler
You Belong to Me - Carly Simon
Miss You - The Rolling Stones
Use To Be My Girl - The O'Jays
Grease - Frankie Valli
The Groove Line - Heatwave
Last Dance - Donna Summer
Hot Blooded - Foreigner
Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Copacabana (At the Copa) - Barry Manilow

1979
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Goodnight Tonight - Wings
The Logical Song - Supertramp
Reunted - Peaches and Herb
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
Chuck E.'s in Love - Rickie Lee Jones
Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) - The Jacksons
Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind and Fire with the Emotions
I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick
Shine a Little Love - Electric Light Orchestra
Good Times - Chic
When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman - Dr. Hook
My Sharona - The Knack
Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra