1966 Hall of Songs Nominees: A Big Beach Boys Year, Plus the Stones, Supremes and Byrds

It’s the year of the album.

1966 is when the long player becomes the way to listen to music, and massive albums like “Pet Sounds,” “Revolver” and “Blonde on Blonde” demonstrate that. Hall of Songs, though, isn’t so concerned with the album, so what are the top 12 songs from this groundbreaking year of music? 

After listening, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1966, plus tunes from 1965, ’64 and ’63 are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! Vote now and come back on September 17 to find out which song or songs get in!

Our 1966 nominees:

  • “Eight Miles High” as performed by The Byrds
    • Written by Gene Clark, Jim McGuinn and David Crosby; recorded January 1966; released March 1965
  • “When a Man Loves a Woman” as performed by Percy Sledge
    • Written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright; recorded February 1966; released March 1966
  • “Wild Thing” as performed by The Troggs
    • Written by Chip Taylor; recorded early 1966; released April 1966
  • “Paint It Black” as performed by The Rolling Stones
    • Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; recorded March 1966; released May 1966
  • “River Deep-Mountain High” as performed by Ike & Tina Turner
    • Written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich; recorded March 1966; released May 1966
  • “God Only Knows” as performed by The Beach Boys
    • Written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher; recorded March-April 1966; released July 1966
  • “Tomorrow Never Knows” as performed by The Beatles
    • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; recorded April 1966; released August 1966
  • “Reach Out I’ll Be There” as performed by The Four Tops
    • Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland; recorded summer 1966; released September 1966
  • “Good Vibrations” as performed by The Beach Boys
    • Written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love; recorded February-September 1966; released October 1966
  • “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” as performed by The Supremes
    • Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland; recorded June-August 1966; released October 1966
  • “I’m a Believer” as performed by The Monkees
    • Written by Neil Diamond; recorded October 1966; released November 1966
  • “For What It’s Worth” as performed by Buffalo Springfield
    • Written by Stephen Stills; recorded December 1966; released December 1966

Listen to the full episode for more, and then vote for the songs that you think are the greatest of all-time. Scroll down or click here to vote. Then, come back on September 17, 2021 to find out the voting results, and September 19, 2021 for our discussion on 1966.

4 Comments

  1. When A Man Loves A Woman by Percey Sledge for #1 because this song, not only was great, but has stood the test of time.

      1. You can’t hurry love- Reach Out,I’ll be there- Summer in the city- You Keep Me Hangin’on- Good. Vibrations-In My Life – Paint it black-Stop! Stop! Stop!-Strangers in the night-Uptight🎶

  2. My favorites of 1966:

    1 ¦ Hold On I’m A’Comin’ ¦ Sam & Dave
    2 ¦ Waitin’ On You ¦ B.B. King
    3 ¦ Dust My Broom (Live) ¦ Howlin’ Wolf
    4 ¦ Wang Dang Doodle ¦ Koko Taylor
    5 ¦ Psychotic Reaction ¦ Count Five
    6 ¦ Ain’t Too Proud To Beg ¦ Temptations
    7 ¦ Monday Monday ¦ Mamas & Papas
    8 ¦ Beauty Is Only Skin Deep ¦ Temptations
    9 ¦ 96 Tears ¦ ? & the Mysterians
    10 ¦ Kicks ¦ Paul Revere & Raiders
    11 ¦ Gimme Some Lovin’ ¦ Spencer Davis Group
    12 ¦ Good Lovin ¦ Young Rascals
    13 ¦ I Am A Rock ¦ Simon & Garfunkel
    14 ¦ Whispers ¦ Jackie Wilson
    15 ¦ Ain’t That A Groove ¦ James Brown
    16 ¦ Along Comes Mary ¦ Association
    17 ¦ Rain ¦ Beatles
    18 ¦ Go Where You Wanna Go ¦ Fifth Dimension
    19 ¦ Soul And Inspiration ¦ Righteous Brothers
    20 ¦ 634-5789 ¦ Wilson Pickett
    21 ¦ Just Like A Woman ¦ Bob Dylan
    22 ¦ 19th Nervous Breakdown ¦ Rolling Stones
    23 ¦ Good Vibrations ¦ Beach Boys
    24 ¦ Sunshine Superman ¦ Donovan
    25 ¦ I’m A Believer ¦ Monkees
    26 ¦ Solitary Man ¦ Neil Diamond
    27 ¦ But It’s Alright ¦ J.J. Jackson
    28 ¦ Talkin’ Woman ¦ Lowell Fulsom
    29 ¦ My Aching Back ¦ Lowell Fulsom
    30 ¦ Oh Yeah ¦ Shadows Of Knight
    31 ¦ Shake Your Hips ¦ Slim Harpo
    32 ¦ Knock On Wood ¦ Eddie Floyd
    33 ¦ The More I See You ¦ Chris Montez
    34 ¦ Mellow Yellow ¦ Donovan
    35 ¦ Who Needs You So Bad ¦ Gary Walker & Boogie Kings
    36 ¦ You Know I Love You ¦ Big John Wrencher
    37 ¦ For What It’s Worth ¦ Buffalo Springfield
    38 ¦ Eyesight To The Blind ¦ B.B. King
    39 ¦ Homeward Bound ¦ Simon & Garfunkel
    40 ¦ A Place In The Sun (LP Version) ¦ Stevie Wonder
    41 ¦ Paint It Black ¦ Rolling Stones
    42 ¦ Black Is Black ¦ Los Bravos
    43 ¦ Where Were You When I Needed You ¦ Grass Roots
    44 ¦ I Can’t Let Go ¦ Hollies
    45 ¦ Under My Thumb ¦ Rolling Stones
    46 ¦ Gloria ¦ Shadows Of Knight
    47 ¦ Summer Wind ¦ Frank Sinatra
    48 ¦ Can I ¦ Manhattans
    49 ¦ Pushin’ Too Hard ¦ Seeds
    50 ¦ How Sweet It Is ¦ Jr. Walker & All-Stars
    51 ¦ We Ain’t Got Nothing Yet ¦ Blues Magoos
    52 ¦ You’re Gonna Miss Me ¦ 13th Floor Elevators
    53 ¦ He’ll Be Back ¦ Players
    54 ¦ Wouldn’t It Be Nice ¦ Beach Boys
    55 ¦ Sunny Afternoon ¦ Kinks
    56 ¦ Bring It Up ¦ James Brown
    57 ¦ B-A-B-Y ¦ Carla Thomas
    58 ¦ Love’s Made A Fool Of You ¦ Bobby Fuller Four
    59 ¦ Can’t Satisfy ¦ Impressions
    60 ¦ I Want You ¦ Bob Dylan
    61 ¦ Sweet Pea ¦ Tommy Roe
    62 ¦ When A Man Loves A Woman ¦ Percy Sledge
    63 ¦ What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted ¦ Jimmy Ruffin
    64 ¦ That’s Life ¦ Frank Sinatra
    65 ¦ Time Won’t Let Me ¦ Outsiders
    66 ¦ You Baby ¦ Turtles
    67 ¦ I Saw Her Again ¦ Mamas & Papas
    68 ¦ Daydream ¦ Lovin’ Spoonful
    69 ¦ Reach Out, I’ll Be There ¦ Four Tops
    70 ¦ Shapes Of Things ¦ Yardbirds
    71 ¦ Stand In For Love ¦ O’Jays
    72 ¦ The Beat Goes On ¦ Sonny & Cher
    73 ¦ Baby I Love You ¦ Jimmy Holiday
    74 ¦ Sloop John B ¦ Beach Boys
    75 ¦ Last Train To Clarksville ¦ Monkees
    76 ¦ This Old Heart Of Mine ¦ Isley Brothers
    77 ¦ No Time For You ¦ Commands
    78 ¦ I Don’t Wanna Lose You ¦ Jackie Wilson
    79 ¦ Baby I Need You ¦ Manhattans
    80 ¦ La Ta Ta ¦ Gil Blanding
    81 ¦ Peace Of Mind ¦ Magnificent Men
    82 ¦ I’m Your Puppet ¦ James & Bobby Purify
    83 ¦ My Lover’s Prayer ¦ Otis Redding
    84 ¦ 5 Long Years ¦ B.B. King
    85 ¦ Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart ¦ Supremes
    86 ¦ You Keep Me Hangin’ On ¦ Supremes
    87 ¦ Bus Stop ¦ Hollies
    88 ¦ Hungry ¦ Paul Revere & Raiders
    89 ¦ You’re Not An Ordinary Girl ¦ Temptations
    90 ¦ Early One Morning ¦ Elmore James
    91 ¦ Cherry Cherry ¦ Neil Diamond
    92 ¦ The Clock ¦ Contenders
    93 ¦ Here, There And Everywhere ¦ Beatles
    94 ¦ Tell It Like It Is ¦ Aaron Neville
    95 ¦ I Got A Feeling ¦ Four Tops
    96 ¦ Oh How Happy ¦ Shades Of Blue
    97 ¦ Get Ready ¦ Temptations
    98 ¦ Over Under Sideways Down ¦ Yardbirds
    99 ¦ Paperback Writer ¦ Beatles
    100 ¦ One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer (live) ¦ John Lee Hooker
    101 ¦ Mother’s Little Helper ¦ Rolling Stone
    102 ¦ (I Know) I’m Losing You ¦ Temptations
    103 ¦ And Your Bird Can Sing ¦ Beatles
    104 ¦ Good Thing ¦ Paul Revere & Raiders
    105 ¦ I Feel Free ¦ Cream
    106 ¦ Watching The Late Late Show ¦ Don Covay
    107 ¦ Georgy Girl ¦ Seekers
    108 ¦ Three Time Loser ¦ Wilson Pickett
    109 ¦ Mercy Mercy Mercy ¦ Cannonball Adderley
    110 ¦ Land Of 1,000 Dances ¦ Wilson Pickett
    111 ¦ Working In A Coal Mine ¦ Lee Dorsey
    112 ¦ Corine, Corina ¦ Muddy Waters
    113 ¦ Stop Stop Stop ¦ Hollies
    114 ¦ Barefootin’ ¦ Robert Parker
    115 ¦ The Champion ¦ Willie Mitchell
    116 ¦ Kitty O ¦ Johnny Little John
    117 ¦ Somebody Help Me ¦ Sonny Boy Williamson
    118 ¦ Friday On My Mind ¦ Easybeats
    119 ¦ Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 ¦ Bob Dylan
    120 ¦ I Guess I’ll Always Love You ¦ Isley Brothers
    121 ¦ Gonna Be Strong ¦ Intruders
    122 ¦ Hello Stranger ¦ Capitols
    123 ¦ She’s My Baby ¦ Screamin’ Joe Neal
    124 ¦ Poverty ¦ Bobby “Blue” Bland
    125 ¦ Seven Doors ¦ Vi Campbell
    126 ¦ I’m Talking Not Walking The Blues ¦ Wibby Lee & Paul Allan
    127 ¦ My Baby Likes To Boogaloo ¦ Don Gardner
    128 ¦ Got No Where To Go ¦ Jimmy Reed
    129 ¦ Dirty Work Goin’ On ¦ Little Joe Blue
    130 ¦ I Think I’m Down ¦ Harbinger Complex
    131 ¦ With A Girl Like You ¦ Troggs
    132 ¦ Monkees Theme ¦ Monkees
    133 ¦ Cool Jerk ¦ Capitols
    134 ¦ S.O.S. (Stop Her On Sight) ¦ Edwin Starr
    135 ¦ Funky Broadway ¦ Dyke and the Blazers
    136 ¦ The Answer Is Love ¦ Billy Eckstine
    137 ¦ Look Before You Leap ¦ Dave Clark 5
    138 ¦ Neighbor, Neighbor ¦ Jimmy Hughes
    139 ¦ Loving By The Pound ¦ Otis Redding
    140 ¦ Ridin’ For A Fall ¦ Tams
    141 ¦ Substitute ¦ The Who
    142 ¦ Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye ¦ Casinos
    143 ¦ There Will Never Be Another You ¦ Chris Montez
    144 ¦ I Love You 1.000 Times ¦ Platters
    145 ¦ Ain’t Nobody Home ¦ Howard Tate
    146 ¦ I Want Someone ¦ Mad Lads
    147 ¦ Under My Thumb ¦ Del Shannon
    148 ¦ Snoopy vs. The Red Baron ¦ Royal Guardsmen
    149 ¦ You Need Loving ¦ Small Faces
    150 ¦ Diddy Wah Diddy ¦ Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
    151 ¦ Kind Of A Drag ¦ Buckinghams
    152 ¦ Good Day Sunshine ¦ Beatles
    153 ¦ The 59th Street Bridge Song ¦ Simon & Garfunkel
    154 ¦ God Only Knows ¦ Beach Boys
    155 ¦ I Fooled You This Time ¦ Gene Chandler
    156 ¦ Secret Agent Man ¦ Johnny Rivers
    157 ¦ The Stars ¦ Ocapellos
    158 ¦ Let’s Go Baby (Where The Action Is) ¦ Robert Parker
    159 ¦ Mustang Sally ¦ Wilson Pickett
    160 ¦ Summer In The City ¦ Lovin’ Spoonful
    161 ¦ Lil’ Red Riding Hood ¦ Sam the Sham & Pharaohs
    162 ¦ A Sad Goodbye ¦ Four Exceptions
    163 ¦ I Feel A Sin Coming On ¦ Solomon Burke
    164 ¦ Real Humdinger ¦ J.J. Barnes
    165 ¦ I’m Ready For Love ¦ Martha & Vandellas
    166 ¦ It’s The Beat ¦ Major Lance
    167 ¦ Standing On Guard ¦ Falcons
    168 ¦ Out On The Floor ¦ Dobie Gray
    169 ¦ Little Girl ¦ Syndicate Of Sound
    170 ¦ A Hazy Shade Of Winter ¦ Simon & Garfunkel
    171 ¦ At The Scene ¦ Dave Clark 5
    172 ¦ You Can’t Hurry Love ¦ Supremes
    173 ¦ Heaven Must Have Sent You ¦ Elgins
    174 ¦ The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore ¦ Walker Brothers
    175 ¦ Sookie Sookie ¦ Don Covay
    176 ¦ You Got Me Hummin’ ¦ Sam & Dave
    177 ¦ You Waited Too Long ¦ Five Stairsteps
    178 ¦ Bang Bang ¦ Joe Cuba Sextet
    179 ¦ The Love You Save ¦ Joe Tex
    180 ¦ Sugar Town ¦ Nancy Sinatra
    181 ¦ Poor Side Of Town ¦ Johnny Rivers
    182 ¦ 98.6 ¦ Keith
    183 ¦ Function At The Junction ¦ Shorty Long
    184 ¦ In The Basement ¦ Etta James & Sugar Pie DeSanto
    185 ¦ Fatten Pin ¦ Clyde Hopkins
    186 ¦ Red Rubber Ball ¦ Cyrkle
    187 ¦ Say I Am ¦ Tommy James & Shondells
    188 ¦ Lady Godiva ¦ Peter & Gordon
    189 ¦ I’m Glad I Waited ¦ Players
    190 ¦ She’s Looking Good ¦ Rodger Collins
    191 ¦ See How They Run ¦ Globeliters
    192 ¦ Wait A Minute ¦ Tim Tam & Turn-Ons
    193 ¦ I Got To Love Somebody’s Baby ¦ Johnnie Taylor
    194 ¦ Presents For Christmas ¦ Solomon Burke
    195 ¦ Crying Baby Baby Baby ¦ Percy Milem
    196 ¦ Out of Time ¦ Rolling Stones
    197 ¦ Money ¦ John Lee Hooker
    198 ¦ Investigate ¦ Major Lance
    199 ¦ I Won’t Hurt You ¦ West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
    200 ¦ No Time ¦ Temptations
    201 ¦ I Need You ¦ Vontastics
    202 ¦ Cry, Cry, Cry ¦ Gary Walker & Boogie Kings
    203 ¦ Sweet Sixteen ¦ Little Milton
    204 ¦ Because of My Heart ¦ Butlers with Frankie Beverly
    205 ¦ They’re Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Haaa ¦ Napoleon XIV
    206 ¦ It’s Cold Outside ¦ Choir

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