1967 Hall of Songs Nominees: The Year of Aretha Franklin and Jimi Hendrix

Lists of the greatest songs of all-time will typically feature a few songs from 1967 at the very top. These are the songs we’re talking about in this episode of Hall of Songs, from “Respect” by Aretha Franklin to “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles. 

Plus, it’s the year Jimi Hendrix becomes a star, proving a lone guitarist can change the way we hear rock ‘n’ roll. 

After listening, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1967, plus tunes from 1966, ’65 and ’64 are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! Vote now and come back on October 1 to find out which song or songs get in!

Our 1967 nominees:

  • “Light My Fire” as performed by The Doors
    • Written by Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Robby Krieger and Jim Morrison; recorded August 1966; released January 1967
  • “Ruby Tuesday” as performed by The Rolling Stones
    • Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; recorded December 1966; released January 1966
  • “Strawberry Fields Forever” as performed by The Beatles
    • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; recorded December 1966; released February 1967
  • “Purple Haze” as performed by The Jimi Hendrix Experience
    • Written by Jimi Hendrix; recorded January 1967; released March 1967
  • “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” as performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
    • Written by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson; recorded December 1966; released April 1967
  • “Respect” as performed by Aretha Franklin
    • Written by Otis Redding; recorded February 1967; released April 1967
  • “Waterloo Sunset” as performed by The Kinks
    • Written by Ray Davies; recorded April 1967; released May 1967
  • “A Whiter Shade of Pale” as performed by Procol Harum
    • Written by Keith Reid, Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher; recorded April 1967; released May 1967
  • “A Day in the Life” as performed by The Beatles
    • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; recorded February 1967; released May 1967
  • “Brown Eyed Girl” as performed by Van Morrison
    • Written by Van Morrison; recorded March 1967; released June 1967
  • “Ode to Billie Joe” as performed by Bobbie Gentry
    • Written by Bobbie Gentry; recorded March 1967; released July 1967
  • “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” as performed by Aretha Franklin
    • Written by Gerry Goffin, Carole King and Jerry Wexler; recorded summer 1967; released September 1967

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 October 1, 2021 to find out the voting results, and October 3, 2021 for our discussion on 1967.

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