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Top Summer Songs of the ’60s

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This is a continuation of our top 10 summer song playlists by decade. To compile each list, I looked at songs that reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the months of June, July and August for each year of the decade. From the collection of songs that reached #1 each summer, I selected the song that spent the most weeks on the chart in the top position. In the case of a tie (which was rare), I chose randomly from the songs that tied. The end result is a 10 song playlist of the top summer hits of the decade, one song from each year, listed in chronological order.

These are not the top songs ABOUT summer, but rather the most popular songs DURING summer.

I think the 60s were a fantastic decade...

....allow me to me restate that.

EVERY decade is a fantastic decade for music. If you've ever said, "the ??s were a terrible decade for music", then you simply haven't listened enough. People have a tendency to associate a whole decade with what was "popular" at the time. But you can dig into any decade and pull out AMAZING music.

Great music transcends time, transcends style, transcends genre, and will live forever. I agree with music snobs who believe the best songs are not found on the Billboard charts, but the 1960s certainly had some exceptions to this rule as this playlist proves out.

So tell us, what were your favorite summer songs of the 1960s?

Top Summer Songs of the 60s

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