Five of the Most Influential Songs of the 1960s

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We’ve covered some of the best music from the 1940s, and we’ve shared some of our favorite 1950s songs. Today, we take a look at some of the most influential songs to come out of the 1960s. These definitely left their imprint on music.

The Twist — Chubby Checker

Chubby Checker was a big deal in the early 1960s. His music was fun, energetic, and got people moving. You can’t deny the impact of a song that comes with its own dance, and “The Twist” inspired Americans everywhere to his the dance floor.

Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In — The 5th Dimension

This song is an often overlooked piece of music history. In many ways, the song is the perfect representation of the 1960s hippie movement. However, its popularity at the end of the decade stood as a precursor to the soul music and even disco that marked the 1970s.

I’m A Believer — The Monkees

Okay, so The Monkees didn’t write there own songs. Let’s look past that for a moment to remember the huge impact they had on the music scene. “I’m a Believer” (which was written by Niel Diamond) was a massive hit thanks in large part to the style and charm The Monkees brought to their rendition. This one is an undeniable classic.

(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay — Otis Redding

Otis Reading is a legend. His voice and style really connected with listeners. While you may or may not know his entire library of work, you can’t deny that his soulful voice has transported you to the dock of the bay more than once.

Hey Jude — The Beatles

The Beatles are still regarded by many as the biggest band in history. “Hey Jude” held a spot on the charts for some time peaking on the Billboard Hot 100 in September of 1968. Since then, it has held a special place in the record collections of many a music fan.

These are just a few of the 1960s hits that changed music. What are your favorite from the decade? Let us know in the comments and be sure to follow The Greatest Generation on Facebook and Twitter for more posts like this.