Most Popular Rock Songs of the 60s

The 1960s was an amazing time for fans of rock music thanks to massive bands and artists such as Bob Dylan, Doors, The Beatles, Kinks, The Who and the Rolling Stones being active, and some may say at their peak. Rock music was going in all different directions as artists played with the genre and created their own unique styles. Some bands used the stage to be political, others loved to sing about their lives. Whatever the subject matter was, the 1960s were great for rock music. How many of these songs have you heard?

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – Rolling Stones

(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction was a song by the British rock band The Rolling Stones, which was released in 1965. The song came from the band’s fourth studio album, Out of Our Heads and went straight to number one in the U.S.A. Satisfaction eventually hit number one in the UK when radio stations began playing it; it was initially only pirate radio stations that played the song due to its sexually aggressive lyrics. The famous Rolling Stone magazine listed Satisfaction in second place in the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time listings in 2004. Ironically, number one was Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.”

My Generation – The Who

My Generation is a song by The Who, which became an instant hit and is considered one of the bands’ most recognisable songs. Rolling Stones magazine rank it as the 11th greatest song of all-time and it is part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The song was released as a single in 1965 and reached number two in the UK charts. Pete Townshend is said to have written the song on a train and it became a classic with those associated with the mod culture, partly due to the one of the most quoted lyrics in rock music “I hope I die before I get old.”

You Really Got Me – The Kinks

You Really Got Me was performed by British band The Kinks but written by Ray Davies. The song was built around power chords and influences later rock bands and musicians, but Davies originally intended it to be more laid back and more of a jazz-type tune. However, the band played the sax line with a fuzz guitar and the track was transformed. When The Kinks incorporated it into their live performances, it was well received and eventually became the bands’ breakthrough track when it hit number one in the UK in 1964.

I Saw Her Standing There – The Beatles

The Beatles released I Saw Her Standing There in 1963 on Capitol Records; it was co-written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon and is the opening track of the 1963 debut album Please Please Me. McCartney was instrumental in the writing of the song and the songwriting credit on the album notes is listed as McCartney-Lennon instead of the more familiar Lennon-McCartney on other Beatles songs. The song has since been covered by the Elton John Band, by Paul McCartney when he went solo and by female artist Tiffany, who changed the lyrics from “her” to “him.”