The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1964

Like the year before, many of 1964’s less impressive pop songs found themselves lagging behind the times. Trends that started the decade on top were now yesterday’s news, and as a new crop of young, hungry artists breathed life back into the charts, not everyone in the record industry was so quick on the uptake.Continue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1964”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1964

Alright, now we’re cooking with fire! If 1963 was the pop world finally realizing it needed to kick itself into gear, 1964 finds it at the end of its sport-movie training montage: limbered up, reinvigorated and raring to go. We haven’t quite arrived at the doors of pop’s true golden era, but by the finalContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1964”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1963

1963 may have marked the point where the pop scene began the uphill climb towards its glorious pinnacle in the latter half of the decade (a pinnacle which, in the eyes of many, remains to this day unmatched), but the operative word there is “began”. In 1963, things were finally starting to liven up aContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1963”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1963

1963 was still not a particularly strong year for the hot 100, but after the punishing doldrums of the previous year, I doubt there’s much that wouldn’t have felt like an improvement, and indeed, ‘63 was substantially better than ‘62; if I’m in a generous mood I’ll probably even give it the edge over ‘61.Continue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1963”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1962

Compared to the best list, the 1962 worst list was not quite as tough to fill out.  #10: Dee Dee Sharp- Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) Dee Dee Sharp scored big this year with “Mashed Potato Time”, a frivolous little dance tune that shot all the way to #2 on the charts. In the briefContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1962”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1962

I listened to most of the 1962 year-end list with my roommate, and after twenty or so songs he turned to me and said, and I quote, “Jesus dude, I thought ‘60s music was supposed to be good”. I can’t say I disagree with the sentiment. As bad a year as 1961 was for pop,Continue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1962”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1961

Well, with the good songs out of the way, I’ve no choice but to bite the bullet of wading through the heaps of sub-par pop 1961 had to offer. ‘61 continued the trend of eschewing the truly repugnant in favor of the mind-numbingly dull, and so many of this year’s hits were so thoroughly drabContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1961”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1961

Okay, now we’re really in the thick of the pre-Beatles dry spell, and make no mistake folks, this year was rough. The 1960 Year-End Hot 100 is a veritable ocean of mediocrity, with precious few islands of quality to speak of. I can’t even write much here, I just want to get this over with.Continue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1961”

The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1960

In the intro to this year’s best list, I said 1960 was overall a bit better than the years surrounding it- particularly the doldrums of 1961-63. While I do think it’s true that the rot hadn’t fully set in at this point, it’s definitely getting there, and despite the standout cuts my overall impression ofContinue reading “The Top 10 Worst Hit Songs of 1960”

The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1960

The start of the 1960s was a pretty far cry from what our collective memory of what the capital-S Sixties were. Pop music took its sweet time dragging itself groggily out of bed to face the dawn of the new decade, and in the meantime the listening public had to subsist on the dregs ofContinue reading “The Top 10 Best Hit Songs of 1960”