American Jukebox™

Feb 27, 2021 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

With Garrett Stack

The 35 Most Popular Groups of the '60s


According to Dann Isbell's book, RANKING THE '60s, these are the 35 most successful vocal groups of the 1960’s.

A fascinating book called Ranking the '60s, by Dann Isbell, looks at nearly 7,000 records to come onto the national record charts during and limited to the the 1960's: 1960-1969. He applied a complex mathematical formula to each of the chart entries. The records were weighted based on their position on the charts. A #1 hit earned more points than say a #20 hit, let alone a #75 hit. The data was input across the board without bias and based on the results rankings were generated. For the purpose of this program we looked at the ranking of the top 35 groups on the list, including duets like Simon and Garfunkle.

Listeners will be surprised and sometimes miffed by who was on the Top-35 and who was not. It's important to remember that this list is based only on the 1960's. So, for example, if a group like Credence Clearwater Revival only appeared on the charts for the first time in the final year of the '60s, 1969, they did not amass enough records in that one year to receive a higher rank on the list. Groups that were around that had many minor hits and a few big ones were higher on the list. Peter, Paul & Mary, The Marvelettes, and Paul Revere & the Raiders all surpassed Credence because of the years they spent on the charts.

That said, it's a countdown show: #35 - Jay & the Americans; #1 - The Beatles. More favorites in between.

American Jukebox™
4:01 PM
Bobby Vinton What Did You Do With Your Old 45's
Mr. Lonely - His Greatest Songs Today Curb Records USCRB0302577
4:02 PM
Jay & The Americans Cara, Mia
Come A Little Bit Closer Capitol Records USEM38800239
4:05 PM
Bill Black´s Combo Smokie (Part Two) B Black
The Jukebox Hits Vol 4 Ling Music Group USV351304537
4:07 PM
Credence Clearwater Revival Down On the Corner
Greatest Hits Heist Life Entertainment USTCD1006375
4:10 PM
The Association Cherish
Best of The Association Unequal Halves FR6V82078982
4:14 PM
Simon & Garfunkel A Hazy Shade Of Winter Paul Simon
The Columbia Studio Recordings (1964-1970) Columbia/Legacy USSM16601405
4:17 PM
The Mamas & The Papas I Saw Her Again Dennis Doherty, John Phillips
Best Of The Mamas & The Papas - Superstar Series Strategic Marketing USMC16946374
4:20 PM
The Lovin' Spoonful You Didn't Have To Be So Nice John Sebastian, S. Boone
Essential Memories Of Love The Web Engine Records USBR16600001
4:24 PM
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass The Lonely Bull Sol Lake
Tiki Party Vol. 2 / Balinese Bongos Treasure Goldies QMBZ91354715
4:26 PM
The Turtles Happy Together Alvin Lee Gordon, Garry Bonner
Little Old Lady From Pasadena Surfin' Classics 3 Mbop Direct-River Records GBGQH0806045
4:29 PM
Paul Revere & The Raiders Kicks Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil
Hear It Now! The Sound Of The '60s Columbia/Legacy USSM16601060
4:31 PM
The Animals We’ve Gotta Get Out of This Place
The Best of the Animals GBAYE6500469
4:36 PM
The Fifth Dimension Go Where You Wanna Go John Phillips
Master Hits Arista USAR16700112
4:38 PM
Gary Lewis & The Playboys Count Me In
The Legendary Masters Series EMI/EMI Records (USA) USEM39000284
4:41 PM
Jan & Dean The New Girl In School
Little Old Lady from Pasadena Great American Music Company USBT21277544
4:43 PM
The Righteous Brothers Hug on You
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' Isis QM6N21462919
4:48 PM
Peter, Paul And Mary Day Is Done (Remastered LP Version)
The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary Rhino/Warner Bros. USWB10302521
4:53 PM
The Marvelettes My Baby Must Be A Magician
Sophisticated Soul Universal Music USMO16700459
4:56 PM
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas I'm Ready for Love Lamont Dozier, Eddie Holland, Brian Holland
The History of Soul & R&B, Vol. 6 Diamond Days QM6N21497535
4:57 PM
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Love Potion # 9
Whipped Cream & Other Delights Shout! Factory USSE90321082
5:01 PM
The Young Rascals Lonely Too Long Felix Cavaliere
Collections (US Release) Rhino Atlantic USAT20402861
5:03 PM
Tommy James and The Shondells I Think We're Alone Now Ritchie Cordell
Anthology Parlophone UK GBAYE6700073
5:07 PM
Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions People Get Ready Curtis Mayfield
Songs from the Invisible Republic - The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan Repertoire Records DED460800160
5:10 PM
Four Tops Something About You
Four Tops Second Album UMG - Motown USMO10119985
5:12 PM
The Everly Brothers Crying In the Rain
The Very Best of the Everly Brothers Rhino/Warner Records USWB19903264
5:14 PM
The Monkees A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You Neil Diamond
Then & Now ... The Best Of The Monkees Arista/Legacy USAR10001467
5:17 PM
The Drifters Some Kind Of Wonderful Carole King
Street Corner Symphonies - The Complete Story of Doo Wop vol.13 - 1961 Crazy Warthog Media BEDO61601704
5:22 PM
The Dave Clark Five Over and Over
The Brits Are Coming! More Than 80 Songs of the Original 60's British Invasion. Long Playing Music TCACC1435780
5:24 PM
The Shirelles Baby It's You Burt Bacharach, Mack David, Barney Williams
I Found My Love Outside Almrec Muzik Remastered FR6V82721027
5:28 PM
Herman's Hermits There's A Kind Of Hush Les Reed, Geoff Stephens
Herman's Hermits Retrospective ABKCO USA176690040
5:30 PM
The Temptations My Girl Smokey Robinson, Ronald White
Motown's Greatest Hits Motown (Capitol) USMO16490001
5:33 PM
The Miracles Going To A Go-Go
The Ultimate Collection: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles UNI/MOTOWN USMO16572027
5:36 PM
The Rolling Stones Get Off of My Cloud
Hot Rocks 1964-1971 ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. USA176510270
5:39 PM
The Beach Boys I Can Hear Music (2001 Digital Remaster) Jeff Barry, Phil Spector, Ellie Greenwich
The Very Best Of The Beach Boys Capitol Records USCA20100792
5:41 PM
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Opus 17 (Don't You Worry 'Bout Me) Denny Randell, Sandy Linzer
The Very Best Of Frankie Valli & The 4 Seasons Rhino USRH10450938
5:44 PM
The Supremes Love Is Here And Now You're Gone (Single Version / Stereo) Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier
The Supremes Sing Holland - Dozier - Holland (Expanded Edition) Uni/Motown USMO10000257
5:47 PM
The Supremes Back in My Arms Again
Anthology UNI/MOTOWN USMO16582604
5:50 PM
The Beatles I'll Follow The Sun John Lennon, Paul McCartney
The U.S. Albums Glory Days Music GBAYE0601455
5:51 PM
The Beatles Lady Madonna John Lennon, Paul McCartney
The Beatles 1967-1970 (The Blue Album) Universal Music GBAYE0900594
5:53 PM
The Beatles I Feel Fine John Lennon, Paul McCartney
The Beatles 1962 - 1966 (Remastered) EMI Catalogue GBAYE0801392
5:57 PM
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass Love Potion # 9
Whipped Cream & Other Delights Shout! Factory USSE90321082