60 Nostalgic Songs That Define The 1960s

By | August 21, 2022

The Beatles - A Day in the Life

It's impossible to state just how important the 1960s were as a decade. The era was a time of great upheaval, but it was also ten years full of beautiful music and art that transformed everyday life from black and white to technicolor. The songs collected here are some of the biggest hits of the '60s and some of the more obscure songs from the decade that completely transformed the population as a whole.

Listening back to these songs today it's hard to believe that they're more than 50 years old. Many of the tunes collected here remain as fresh as they were when they were first released. From Hendrix to The Velvet Underground, and Bob Dylan it's clear just how many songs from the '60s are still relevant in the 21st century.

There are SO MANY great songs from the '60s that it's hard to really place them in a list but tune in, sit back, and kick out the jams!

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The final track on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band isn't just The Beatles at their finest, it's John Lennon and Paul McCartney at their most collaborative. According to Lennon "A Day in the Life" is an excellent example of one writer setting down a song when it got too complicated and the other picking it up. He told Rolling Stone:

The way we wrote a lot of the time: you'd write the good bit, the part that was easy, like 'I read the news today' or whatever it was, then when you got stuck or whenever it got hard, instead of carrying on, you just drop it; then we would meet each other, and I would sing half, and he would be inspired to write the next bit and vice versa. He was a bit shy about it because I think he thought it's already a good song ... So we were doing it in his room with the piano. He said 'Should we do this?' 'Yeah, let's do that.'

Listen: The Beatles: “A Day in the Life

Jimi Hendrix - All Along the Watchtower

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Hendrix's cover of "All Along the Watchtower" is the rare cover song that stands on its own and makes the listener forget the original. The song took about a month to record and hundreds of overdubs, with Hendrix reportedly stating, "'I think I hear it a little bit differently" every time he wiped out a take.

Listen: Jimi Hendrix: “All Along the Watchtower