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Through the decades: A 1960s playlist with Jana and Erin

This month, Erin and I are paying tribute to the music of the 1960s. The era of JFK, MLK, Vietnam, Woodstock, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, the beginning of the War on Poverty and a whole bunch of other landmark events for America. Also, music. So much music.

It was quite difficult for me (Jana) to pick a handful of songs from this decade but Erin had a slew of them which I’m sure is telling but I’m not sure what it tells other than while I’m tuned in (hahaha for my bad pun) to history, the music of the decade isn’t high on my list. But I did pull a few to compliment Erin’s and so without further rambling, here’s our picks from the beginning of the decade to the end. Chronological order FTW!  But there might be a couple of missing years. Specifically, 65. And OMG, was it difficult to pick a just few from 64. Choices are hard, y’all.the-1960s-a-playlist-by-jana-and-erin

Have a listen to all the songs below! Also, please let us know what some of your favorite 60s songs are!

Please Mr. Postman–The Marvelettes

Runaround Sue–Dion (Jana’s fun fact: This is one of my favorite songs. Maybe ever)

Crying–Roy Orbison

Twist and Shout–The Isley Brothers

Surfin’ USA–The Beach Boys (anyone else ONLY think of Teen Wolf when they hear this song? No? Just me?–Jana)

Louie Louie–The Kingsmen (why shouldn’t Animal House be fully represented here? Also the 80s movie Coupe de Ville. Anyone else know what I’m talking about?–Jana)

Baby I Need Your Lovin’–The Four Tops


Leader of the Pack–The Shangri-Las

God Only Knows–The Beach Boys

Paint it Black–The Rolling Stones

Light My Fire–The Doors

Brown Eyed Girl–Van Morrison (THE anthem for every brown eyed girl on the planet)

Think–Aretha Franklin

Born to Be Wild–Steppenwolf

Fortunate Son–Credence Clearwater Revival

I Want You Back–Jackson 5 (For a fun dance to this song, watch..well, save yourself the whole movie and just see if you can find the scene from Clerks 2)

Come Together–The Beatles

Ramble On–Led Zeppelin



  1. Nadine

    Louie Louie would probably be my top pick from this decade. I remember when I was in high school we played it a lot for band. Come Together is such a classic!
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  2. kristen

    i absolutely think of teen wolf when i hear surfin usa. i loved that movie.
    my favourite on this list is probably runaround sue, but i like all of them! well, i don’t know the led zepplin one, but all the others are my jam.

  3. Linda Sheridan

    I love ❤️ this! Love I Want You Back! With our Amazon echo Alexa I can ask for all my favorites on a whim and dance around. Best thing ever. I love Respect, too!
    Carpe Diem and dance around this damp and cold Thursday!
    Love ❤️, Steph’s Momma

  4. kathy @ more coffee, less talky

    can’t buy me love…a classic. i also found out a few years ago that my mom went to the Beatles concert when she was younger and was one of those girls who cried and fainted at the sight of them!

  5. Allison

    I was born in the wrong era because THIS genre of music is my favorite. As we speak I have the Otis Redding station playing on Pandora. Love, love, love. (And Runaround Sue is one of my faves also – it should be a law that it’s played at all weddings)

  6. Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders

    I didn’t realize how many songs there were from the 60’s that I love! I need to go and listen to my Beatles playlist on repeat now because I’m pretty sure that I’m going to have Come Together stuck in my head for the rest of the day!

  7. Tanya @ A Mindful Migration

    This is the music from my parents generation, so I am actually familiar with every song because they played them all. My Dad loved the Beach Boys but wasn’t a huge Beatles fan. My favorite from the list is Leader of the Pack. Vroom, vroom!
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  8. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    I love God Only Knows and Fortunate Son. I absolutely hate Surfin’ USA EXCEPT when it appears in Teen Wolf.

    Run Around Sue is one of my favorites. I love a lot of 60s music.


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