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Compiled by Roger Lee Hall


In 1960 there was the growing popularity of a wide ranging types of songs on records, radio, movies and television.

Just consider these different categories:

-Broadway: Title song from CAMELOT -- a favorite of
President John F. Kennedy
-Country & Western: "El Paso"
-Easy Listening: "Beyond The Sea"
-Novelty: "Mr. Custer"
-Foreign: "Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)" (German song sung by Elvis)

Americana: "Ballad of the Alamo"
-Movies: Theme From A SUMMER PLACE -- One of the biggest-selling records of the '60s)
-Nostalgia: "Are You Lonesome Tonight?" (song originally written in 1927)
-Rhythm & Blues: "Money (That's What I Want)"
-Rock n' Roll: "The Twist" (New dance craze popularized by Chubby Checker)

On a personal side, 1960 marks the 50th anniversary of my first song lyrics, written in high school, and some of them are included in my book titled, "Dream World" -- Songs, Poems and Stories.

50 Song Hits From 1960


Look at this list and see how many of these songs you know
(arranged in alphabetical order not by record sales)

1. +Alley-Oop (Dallas Frazier) -- Hollywood Argyles

2. Angel Baby (Rose Hamlin) -- Rose and The Originals

3. +Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Roy Turk-Lou Handman,1927) --
Elvis Presley

4. Beyond The Sea (Jack Lawrence-Charles Trenet, 1947) -- Bobby Darin

5. Burning Bridges(Melvin Miller) -- Jack Scott

6. Camelot (Alan Jay Lerner-Frederick Loewe) -- Richard Burton

7. +Cathy's Clown (Don & Phil Everly) -- The Everly Brothers

8. Corrine, Corrina (J. Mayo Williams-Bo Chatman) -- Ray Peterson

9. Devil or Angel (Blanche Carter, 1955) -- Bobby Vee

10. +El Paso (Marty Robbins) -- Marty Robbins

11. +Everybody's Somebody's Fool (Howard Greenfield-Jack Keller) --
Connie Francis

12. Fame And Fortune (Fred Wise-Ben Weisman) -- Elvis Presley

13. +Georgia On My Mind (Stuart Gorrell-Hoagy Carmichael) --
Ray Charles

14. +Greenfields ( Terry Gilkyson,Rich Dehr,Frank Miller) -- The Brothers Four

15. Green Leaves Of Summer (Paul Francis Webster-Dimitri Tiomkin) --
The Brothers Four

16. Harbor Lights (Jimmy Kennedy-Hugh Williams,1937) -- The Platters

17. +He'll Have To Go (Joe Allison-Audrey Allison) -- Jim Reeves

18. +I'm Sorry (Ronnie Self-Dub Allbritton) -- Brenda Lee

19. +It's Now Or Never (Aarob Schroeder-Wally Gold - based on the Italian song: "O Sole Mio") -- Elvis Presley

20. +Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
(Paul Vance-Lee Pockriss) --Brian Hyland

21. +I Want To Be Wanted (Kim Gannon-Pino Spotti - tune: "Per Tutta la Vita") -- Brenda Lee

22. +Last Date (Floyd Cramer) -- Floyd Cramer

23. Lonely Weekends (Charlie Rich) -- Charlie Rich

24. Mama (Harold Barlow, Phil Brito-C.A. Bixio, 1946) --- Connie Francis

25. +Mister Custer (Fred Darian, Al DeLory, Joseph Van Winkle) --
Larry Verne

26. Mr. Lucky (Henry Mancini) -- Henry Mancini

27. Money (That's What I Want)(Berry Gordy-Jamie Bradford) -- Barrett Strong

28. +My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own (Howard Greenfield-Jack Keller) -- Connie Francis

29. Nice N' Easy (Marilyn & Alan Bergman-Lew Spence)-- Frank Sinatra

30. North To Alaska (Mike Phillips) -- Johnny Horton

31. Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)(Roy Orbison-Joe Melson)--
Roy Orbison

32. Rubber Ball (Aaron Schroeder-Anne Orlowski) -- Bobby Vee

33. +Running Bear (J. P. Richardson) -- Johnny Preston

34. +Save The Last Dance For Me (Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman) --
The Drifters

35. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) (Don Everly) -- The Everly Brothers

36. +Stay (Maurice Williams) -- Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs

37. +Stuck On You (Aaron Schoeder-J. Leslie McFarland) -- Elvis Presley

38. +Teen Angel ( Jean Surrey-Red Surrey) -- Mark Dinning

39. Tell Laura I Love Her(Jeff Barry-Ben Raleigh) -- Ray Peterson

40. +Theme From A SUMMER PLACE (Max Steiner) --
Percy Faith & His Orchestra

41. Theme From THE APARTMENT (Charles Williams) -- Ferrante and Teicher

42. Theme From THE UNFORGIVEN (Dimitri Tiomkin) -- Don Costa & His Orchestra

43. This Magic Moment (Doc Pomus-Mort Shuman) -- The Drifters

44. +The Twist (Hank Ballard) -- Hank Ballard and Chubby Checker

45. Walking To New Orleans (Antoine Domino) -- Fats Domino

46. (What A) Wonderful World (Barbara Campbell, Lou Adler, Herb Alpert) -- Sam Cooke

47. Where The Boys Are (Howard Greenfield-Neil Sedaka) -- Connie Francis

48. Wings Of A Dove (Bob Ferguson) -- Ferlin Husky

49. Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)(Bert Kaempfert, Kay Twomey, Ben Wiseman, Fred Wise) -- Elvis Presley (later hit by Joe Dowell, 1961)

50. You Talk Too Much (Joe Jones-Reginald Hall) -- Joe Jones

+ = from Billboard Top 1000 Singles, 1955-1996, compiled by Joel Whitburn

Singers with most recordings listed:

Elvis Presley = 5
Connie Francis =4
Brenda Lee = 2

The Drifters = 2
Bobby Vee = 2
The Everly Brothers = 2

No. 1 Songs from 1960


Arranged by number of weeks at No. 1 and alphaebtical titles for tied weeks (according to The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn)

Theme From A SUMMER PLACE -- Percy Faith & His Orchestra (9 weeks)
Are You Lonesome Tonight -- Elvis Presley (6 weeks)
It's Now Or Never -- Elvis Presley (5 weeks)
Cathy's Clown -- The Everly Brothers (5 weeks)
Stuck On You -- Elvis Presley (4 weeks)
Save The Last Dance For Me -- The Drifters (3 weeks)
Running Bear -- Johnny Preston (3 weeks)
El Paso -- Marty Robbins (2 weeks)
Everybody's Somebody's Fool -- Connie Francis (2 weeks)
My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own -- Connie Francis (2 weeks)
Teen Angel -- Mark Dinning (2 weeks)

Alley-Oop -- Hollywood Argyles (1 week)
Georgia On My Mind -- Ray Charles (1 week)
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini -- Brian Hyland (1 week)
I Want To Be Wanted -- Brenda Lee (1 week)
Mr. Custer -- Larry Verne (1 week)
Stay -- Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs (1 week)
The Twist -- Chubby Checker (1 week)


Are you celebrsating an anniversary for 1960?

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Read about songs from the 1950s and '60s, including a chapter about Elvis Presley from 1955-1956, in these this illustrated disc playable on any computer, with music files by songwriter Roger Hall:

"Dream World" - Songs, Poems and Stories





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