“1960’s Top 99 Soul ‘n’ Rhythm ‘n’ Blues Classics” copyright 2016 00individual TLL
1960’s TOP 99 SOUL ‘n’ RHYTHM ‘N’ BLUES CLASSICS
The mid-to-late late ’50s, all of the ’60s, and most of the ’70s was the height of popular Soul R ‘n’ B groups, singers, and their songs. This was an incredible time for 00individual as he was nine in 1960 up through eighteen in 1969 – and he grew up with, and has very fond respect and love for these Rhythm and Blues and Soul songs.
Not all listed were major hits, and some highly-respected and world-class singers and groups were consciously omitted to allow for other righteous singers and groups songs to be recognized.
This was a time when the popularity of the Beatles could still be knocked out of their Number 1 domination by Mary Wells with the classic “My Guy”.
The Stroll, the Twist, the Mashed Potatoes, the Monkey, the Dog, the Bird, the Limbo, the Loco Motion, the Frug, the Madison, the Shimmy, the Jerk, the Hully Gully, the Watusi, the Pony, the Hitchhike, and the Swim were the main dance crazes of the ’60s that stand as highly representative of a time when dancing was fun and so were the matching songs.
Soul and R ‘n’ B were a genre that predominantly centered around love and all of its infinite emotions. Even for those too young to have had the experience of love’s pains and pleasures, these songs were felt deeply, as the Rhythm connected with the Soul’s primitive longing for connection. These songs were righteously memorable and meaningful.
Although there are countless songs that a list of 500 would be more concise; this yearly list of the 1960 decade represents important impressive landmarks of a time of innocence and growth of not only the music industry and artists, musicians and songwriters, but for those highly fortunate to have joyfully heard and lived these classics during the peak of Soul and R ‘n’ B History.
Please excuse the extra bold type as it does not imply any emphasis; for some reason some are and some aren’t and cannot be changed to regular or bold – it’s a funky free wordpress deal.
While comprising this list, 00individual was once again amazed at being able to sing in his head nearly every one of these, lyrics and all – OK, maybe not totally – but enough to win big on a game show!
Get Down, get Funky, get Bluesy, get Soulful:
Ray Charles – Georgia On My Mind
Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs – Stay
The Miracles – Shop Around
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters – Finger Poppin’ Time
Gary US Bonds – New Orleans
Rosie & the Originals – Angel Baby
The Drifters – This Magic Moment
Don Gardner & Dee Dee Ford – I Need Your Lovin’
Shirley Ellis – The Nitty Gritty
Mary Wells – My Guy
The Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go
Dionne Warwick – Walk On By
The Temptations – My Girl
Martha & the Vandellas – Dancing in the Street
Larks – The Jerk
Little Anthony & the Imperials – Goin’ Out Of My Head
The Four Tops – Baby, I Need Your Loving
The Packers –
Mel Carter – Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come
Edwin Starr – Agent 00 Soul
Eddie Floyd – Knock on Wood
Shorty Long – Function at the Junction
Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Your Precious Love
Jackie Wilson – Higher and Higher
The Esquires – Get On Up
As the ’60’s decade ended and the ’70s decade began, groups and artists like the Spinners, the Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Sly and the Family Stone, the Staples Singers, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, the Temptations, James Brown, the Impressions, Aretha Franklin, the Miracles, Diana Ross, the Stylistics and many, many other new artists and groups continued strong with music of substance and a righteous groove!
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