20s-60s | My favorite songs, released before 1965

** = funk/soul/jazz/reggae/world/exotica/surf pop/bossa nova/ska/combinations of it
**** = pop or rock
# = guilty pleasures

In opposite to the other ‘personal year charts’ pages, nothing is in chart order.

My favorite songs of the year 1964 listed:

  • The Animals – House of the rising sun ****
  • Dusty Springfield – Summer is over ****
  • Gerry And The Pacemakers – Ferry cross the mersey ****
  • Professor Longhair – Big chief **
  • Roy Orbison – Oh pretty woman ****
  • The Searchers – Goodbye my love ****
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Les sambassadeurs **
  • The Shadows – Guitar tango **
  • Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto – The girl from Ipanema **
  • Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders – The game of love ****
  • The Zombies – She’s not there ****

 

My favorite songs of the year 1963 listed:

  • Bob & Earl – Harlem shuffle **
  • Charles Aznavour – La mamma ****
  • Charles Mingus – Freedom (the version from ‘The Complete Town Hall Concert’) **
  • Colette Magny – Melocoton **
  • Hugues Aufray – Dès que le printemps revient ****
  • Johnny Cash – Ring of fire ****
  • Stan Getz And Luiz Bonfa – Saudade vem correndo **
  • The Surfaris – Wipe out **
  • Trini Lopez – If I had a hammer **

 

My favorite songs of the year 1962 listed:

  • Ahmed Abdul-Malik – Wakida hena **
  • The Beatles – Love me do ****
  • Billy Vaughn – A swingin’ safari **
  • Cliff Richard & The Shadows – The young ones ****
  • The Contours – Do you love me **
  • Dick Dale – Misirlou **
  • Duke Ellington – Bonga **
  • Quincy Jones – Soul bossa nova **
  • Ray Baretto – Descarga la moderna **
  • The Shadows – Wonderful land **
  • Sue Thompson – Norman ****/#
  • The Spotnicks – Hava nagila **

 

My favorite songs of the year 1961 listed:

  • Billy Vaughn – Wheels **
  • Del Shannon – Runaway ****
  • Ray Charles – Hit the road jack ****
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Les oubliettes **
  • Serge Gainsbourg – Personne **
  • The Spotnicks – The rocket man **

 

My favorite songs of the year 1960 listed:

  • Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – No hay problema (1st version) **
  • Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – No hay problema (2nd version) **
  • Enoch Light And The Light Brigade – Hernando’s hideaway **
  • Joe Meek – I hear a new world ****
  • Roy Orbison – Only the lonely ****
  • The Shadows – Apache **
  • The Shadows – Man of mystery **
  • The Shadows – 36-24-36 **
  • The Ventures – Walk, don’t run **

 

My favorite songs of the year 1959 listed:

  • The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take five **
  • The Markko Polo Adventurers – The girl friend of a whirling dervish **
  • Nina Simone – My baby just cares for me (note: in 1987 a Dutch hit) **
  • Sarah Vaughan – Broken hearted melody ****
  • Sonny Day – Creature from outer space ****

 

My favorite songs from 1928-1958 listed:

  • 1958 ~ André Popp – Java **
  • 1957 ~ Martin Denny – Quiet village **
  • 1957 ~ The Soul Of Ben Webster – Coal train **
  • 1956 ~ Les Baxter – The poor people of Paris **
  • 1956 ~ Louis Prima – Buena sera **
  • 1956 ~ Pérez Prado And His Orchestra – Peanut vendor (the version on the ‘Havana 3 a.m.’ album) **
  • 1956 ~ Ray Charles – Lonely avenue **
  • 1956 ~ Sid Bass – Chant of the jungle **
  • 1955 ~ Ernie Ford – Sixteen tons **
  • 1955 ~ Les Baxter – Atlantis **
  • 1954 ~ Art Tatum – Begin the beguine **
  • 1954 ~ Billy May’s Rico Mambo Orchestra – Hernando’s hideaway **
  • 1954 ~ Perry Combo – Papa loves mambo **
  • 1954 ~ Yma Sumac – Gopher **
  • 1953 ~ Ray Antony & His Orchestra – Dragnet **
  • 1951 ~ Frankie Lane – Jezebel **
  • 1951 ~ Tito Puente – Oye como va **
  • 50s??? ~ South See Serenaders – Taboo **
  • 1949 ~ Anton Karas – The Harry Lime theme **
  • 1946 ~ Glenn Miller – Moonlight serenade **
  • 1940 ~ Fats Domino – Blueberry hill **
  • 1928 ~ Duke Ellington And His Orchestra – The mooche **

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