1965 Hall of Songs Nominees: The Beatles, Folk Rock, More Motown, and Huge British Hits!

What a year! 1965 is a year of incredible creativity throughout American and British music.

We naturally hear from the Beatles a few times in this episode of Hall of Songs, but we also nominate some massive tracks from fellow Brits the Rolling Stones and the Who. Also, Motown raises the game once again, and Bob Dylan and others help usher in an entirely new genre.

After listening, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1965, plus tunes from 1964, ’63 and ’60, are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! Vote now and come back on September 3 to find out which song or songs get in!

Our 1965 nominees:

  • “My Girl'” as performed by The Temptations
    • Written by Smokey Robinson and Ronald White; recorded fall 1964; released January 1965
  • “Wooly Bully” as performed by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
    • Written by Domingo Samudio; recorded January 1965; released March 1965
  • “Ticket to Ride” as performed by The Beatles
    • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; recorded February 1965; released April 1965
  • “Mr. Tambourine Man” as performed by The Byrds
    • Written by Bob Dylan; recorded January 1965; released April 1965
  • “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” as performed by The Rolling Stones
    • Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; recorded May 1965; released June 1965
  • “The Tracks of My Tears” as performed by The Miracles
    • Written by Smokey Robinson, Warren Moore, and Marvin Tarplin; recorded spring 1965; released June 1965
  • “Like a Rolling Stone” as performed by Bob Dylan
    • Written by Bob Dylan; recorded June 1965; released July 1965
  • “Yesterday” as performed by The Beatles
    • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; recorded June 1965; released August 1965
  • “My Generation” as performed by The Who
    • Written by Pete Townshend; recorded October 1965; released October 1965
  • “I Got You (I Feel Good)” as performed by James Brown
    • Written by James Brown; recorded May 1965; released October 1965
  • “In My Life” as performed by The Beatles
    • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; recorded October 1965; released December 1965
  • “California Dreamin'” as performed by The Mamas and the Papas
    • Written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips; recorded November 1965; released December 1965

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 3, 2021 to find out the voting results, and September 5, 2021 for our discussion on 1966.

10th Class Results! Could 5 Songs Get Into the Hall of Songs?

Let’s talk about a few songs from 1964 that are now part of the Hall of Songs. One is from Motown, one is from Britain, and one is a soul classic. After discussing the newest inductees, Tim and Chris converse over two more songs that they can nudge into their song hall of fame through their “golden vote.”

One of those tracks is Bob Dylan’s seminal 1963 recording “Blowin’ in the Wind.” What’s the other What are those songs? Are the Beatles involved? And what about Little Richard’s “Tutti Frutti,” which has been on the ballot since the very beginning?

Okay. Don’t scroll if you want to be spoiled.

Alright. Let’s congratulate the following songs on making the Hall of Songs …

Dancing in the Street / Martha and the Vandellas – 76.92%
A Change is Gonna Come / Sam Cooke – 73.07%
The House of the Rising Sun / The Animals – 69.23%
I Want to Hold Your Hand / The Beatles – 69.23%
You Really Got Me / The Kinks – 69.23%

Continuing to the next round of voting

You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ / The Righteous Brothers – 61.53% (1st round)
Louie Louie / The Kingsmen – 50% (2nd round)
The Times They Are a-Changin’ – 46.15% (1st round)
Where Did Our Love Go / The Supremes – 46.15% (1st round)
Leader of the Pack / The Shangri-Las – 42.30% (1st round)
Gloria / Them – 42.30% (1st round)
Wonderful World / Sam Cooke – 38.46% (5th round)
Twist and Shout / The Beatles – 38.46% (2nd round)
A Hard Day’s Night / The Beatles – 38.46% (1st round)

Eliminated from the ballot

Runaway / Del Shannon – 30.76% (4th round)
Surfin’ USA / The Beach Boys – 30.76% (2nd round)
She Loves You / The Beatles – 30.76% (2nd round)
Rag Doll / The Four Seasons – 30.76% (1st round)
Only the Lonely / Roy Orbison – 26.92% (5th round)
In My Room / The Beach Boys – 26.92% (2nd round)
Don’t Worry Baby / The Beach Boys – 23.07% (1st round)
Tutti Frutti / Little Richard – 19.23% (10th round)
Heat Wave / Martha and the Vandellas – 19.23% (2nd round)
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) / Darlene Love – 3.84% (2nd round)

1964 Hall of Songs Nominees: The Supremes, Sam Cooke, the British Invasion, and the ‘Be My Baby’ Influence

In 1964, everyone in popular music was trying to raise their game.

In this episode of Hall of Songs, we present our nominees from ’64, a year with a lot of sounds pushing rock ‘n’ roll and pop music in many directions … and also together.

Many artists were chasing the “Be My Baby” sound that Phil Spector mastered with his 1963 Hall of Songs inductee. A number of top songs either built upon the producer’s Wall of Sound or simply copied Hal Blaine’s iconic drum beat. Meanwhile, some songwriters decided to comment on the changes that felt possible as the Civil Rights movement continued onward. And of course, the Beatles hit America in early 1964; after their highly publicized arrival, other British artists were given a chance to shine across the pond.

After listening, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1964, plus tunes from 1963, 61, ’60 and ’55, are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! Vote now and come back on August 20 to find out which song or songs get in!

Our 1964 nominees:

  • “The Times They Are-A Changin'” as performed by Bob Dylan
    • Written by Bob Dylan; recorded October 1963; released January 1964
  • “A Change is Gonna Come” as performed by Sam Cooke
    • Written by Sam Cooke; recorded January 1964; released February 1964
  • “Don’t Worry Baby” as performed by The Beach Boys
    • Written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian; recorded January 1964; released May 1964
  • “Rag Doll” as performed by The Four Seasons
    • Written by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe; recorded spring 1964; released June 1964
  • “Where Did Our Love Go” as performed by The Supremes
    • Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland; recorded April 1964; released June 1964
  • “House of the Rising Sun” as performed by The Animals
    • Traditional song, arrangement by Alan Price; recorded May 1964; released June 1964
  • “A Hard Day’s Night” as performed by The Beatles
    • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; recorded April 1964; released July 1964
  • “Dancing in the Street” as performed by Martha and the Vandellas
    • Written by Marvin Gaye, William Stevenson and Ivy Jo Hunter; recorded June 1964; released July 1964
  • “You Really Got Me” as performed by The Kinks
    • Written by Ray Davies; recorded July 1964; released August 1964
  • “Leader of the Pack” as performed by The Shangri-Las
    • Written by George Morton, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich; recorded July 1964; released September 1964
  • “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” as performed by The Righteous Brothers
    • Written by Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil and Phil Spector; recorded October 1964; released November 1964
  • “Gloria” as performed by Them
    • Written by Van Morrison; recorded April 1964; released December 1964

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 August 20, 2021 to find out the voting results, and August 22, 2021 for our discussion on 1965.

9th Class Results! Bob Dylan is in the Hall of Songs. Who Else?

Two songs have been inducted into the Hall of Songs after our ninth round of voting, putting the grand total at 17.

One of those tracks is Bob Dylan’s seminal 1963 recording “Blowin’ in the Wind.” What’s the other inductee? Was it a Motown song? Did the Beatles get in? What about the Beach Boys? The Wall of Sound? Or did Bobby Darin finally break through? 

Okay. Don’t scroll if you want to be spoiled.

Alright. Let’s congratulate the following songs on making the Hall of Songs …

Blowin’ in the Wind / Bob Dylan – 71.42%
Be My Baby / The Ronettes – 67.85%

Continuing to the next round of voting

She Loves You / The Beatles – 60.71% (1st round)
I Want to Hold Your Hand / The Beatles – 57.14% (1st round)
Louie Louie / The Kingsmen – 50% (1st round)
Runaway / Del Shannon – 46.42% (3rd round)
Surfin’ USA / The Beach Boys – 46.42% (1st round)
Twist and Shout / The Beatles – 42.85% (1st round)
In My Room / The Beach Boys – 42.85% (1st round)
Only the Lonely / Roy Orbison – 39.28% (4th round)
Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) / Darlene Love – 39.28% (1st round)
Tutti Frutti / Little Richard – 35.71% (9th round)
Wonderful World / Sam Cooke – 35.71% (4th round)
Heat Wave / Martha and the Vandellas – 35.71% (1st round)

Eliminated from the ballot

Wake Up Little Susie / The Everly Brothers – 28.57% (7th round)
Green Onions / Booker T & The M.G.’s – 28.57% (2nd round)
Georgia on My Mind / Ray Charles – 25% (4th round)
I Fall to Pieces / Patsy Cline – 25% (3rd round)
Up on the Roof / The Drifters – 25% (1st round)
That’ll Be the Day / The Crickets – 21.42% (7th round)
The Wanderer / Dion – 21.42% (3rd round)
Love Me Do / The Beatles – 21.42% (2nd round)
You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me / The Miracles – 17.85% (2nd round)
Sherry / The Four Seasons – 14.28% (2nd round)
Fingertips Pts. 1 & 2 (Live) / Stevie Wonder – 14.28% (1st round)
It’s All Right / The Impressions – 14.28% (1st round)
You Don’t Know Me / Ray Charles – 10.71% (2nd round)
She Thinks I Still Care / George Jones – 10.71% (1st round)
Mack the Knife / Bobby Darin – 7.14% (5th round)
Think / James Brown and the Famous Flames – 7.14% (1st round)
Turn on Your Lovelight / Bobby Bland – 7.14% (1st round)

Nothing But Beatles: A Bonus Conversation About the Fab Four

Yes, we both love the Beatles. So for this bonus episode of Hall of Songs, we take some time to talk about our favorite artist: the four mop-tops from Liverpool.

Among the questions we answer: How we became fans of the group, our favorite (and least favorite) songs, how we listen to them today, and what we like most about their respective solo careers. 

By the way … have you voted yet? Here is the current list of nominees:

Scroll down to vote! Then come back on Aug. 8, 2021, for our episode on 1964. Then, we’ll start voting for the 10th class of the Hall of Songs.

1963 Hall of Songs Nominees: The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, Wall of Sound, Bob Dylan!

Welcome to Season Two of Hall of Songs. And welcome to an explosion of creativity.

This is the year when music changes throughout the world. Early rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues gets pushed aside for an even louder, more exciting sound. Whether it’s impeccable studio polish or, finally, really good young musicians who sing and write their own tunes, what comes out from the radio speakers is truly wondrous.

Of course, you’ll hear the Beatles in this episode, as 1963 marks the first year of their dominance (though most of it is spent in Britain). We’ll also hear from the Beach Boys, the Wall of Sound, and Motown, along with a young folk musician whose lyricism sets a high bar.

After listening, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1963, plus tunes from 1962, 61, ’60, ’59, ’57, and ’55, are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! Vote now and come back on August 6 to find out which song or songs get in!

Our 1963 nominees:

  • “Surfin’ USA” as performed by The Beach Boys
    • Written by Brian Wilson and Chuck Berry; recorded January 1963; released March 1963
  • “Twist and Shout” as performed by The Beatles
    • Written by Bert Berns and Phil Medley; recorded February 1963; released March 1963
  • “Louie Louie” as performed by The Kingsmen
    • Written by Richard Berry; recorded April 1963; released May 1963
  • “Fingertips – Parts 1/2 (Live)” as performed by Stevie Wonder
    • Written by Clarence Paul and Henry Cosby; recorded May 1963; released May 1963
  • “Heat Wave” as performed by Martha and the Vandellas
    • Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland; recorded June 1963; released July 1963
  • “Be My Baby” as performed by The Ronettes
    • Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector; recorded July 1963; released August 1963
  • “Blowin’ in the Wind” as performed by Bob Dylan
    • Written by Bob Dylan; recorded July 1962; released August 1963
  • “She Loves You” as performed by The Beatles
    • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; recorded July 1963; released August 1963
  • “In My Room” as credited to by The Beach Boys
    • Written by Brian Wilson and Gary Usher; recorded July 1963; released October 1963
  • “It’s All Right” as performed by The Impressions
    • Written by Curtis Mayfield; recorded summer 1963; released October 1963
  • “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” as performed by Darlene Love
    • Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector; recorded September 1963; released November 1963
  • “I Want to Hold Your Hand” as performed by The Beatles
    • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; recorded October 1963; released November 1963

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 August 8, 2021, for our discussion on 1964.

1959-1962 Veterans Committee Meeting

We’ve nominated four songs from 1959 to ’62 for the Hall of Songs. They join the ballot starting with the ninth round of voting, which follows our 1963 episode.

The songs are “Think” by James Brown and the Famous Flames, “Turn On Your Lovelight” by Bobby Bland, “Up on the Roof” by the Drifters” and “She Thinks I Still Care” by George Jones.

After discussing the four nominees, we chat more about the period between ’58 and ’62, primarily the impact of the Nashville sound and advances in recording. We take extra time to talk about Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, and the Drifters.

Here’s the current list of nominees:

Come back on July 25, 2021, for our episode on 1963. Then, we’ll start voting for the ninth class of the Hall of Songs.

1962: Our Nominees for the Hall of Songs

1962 is a weird year in music. “The Twist” comes back early in the year, and some jazz musicians bring Brazilian bossa nova to America around the holidays. In between, it’s a whole lot of everything on the charts with some impressive leaps forward.

Among our 1962 nominees are three instrumentals, two songs from arguably the first true effort at a cohesive album, and recordings by self-contained groups that could sing and play instruments. You’ve definitely heard of them both.

After listening, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1962, plus tunes from 1961, ’60, ’59, ’58, ’57, and ’55, are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! Vote now and come back on July 23 to find out which song or songs get in!

Our 1961 nominees:

  • “You Don’t Know Me” as performed by Ray Charles
    • Written by Cindy Walker and Eddy Arnold; recorded February 1962; released April 1962
  • “I Can’t Stop Loving You” as performed by Ray Charles
    • Written by Don Gibson; recorded February 1962; April 1962
  • “Miserlou” as performed by Dick Dale
    • Written by Nick Roubanis, Fred Wise, Milton Leeds and Chaim Tauber; recorded March 1962; released April 1962
  • “The Loco-Motion” as performed by Little Eva
    • Written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King; recorded late 1961; released June 1962
  • “Do You Love Me” as performed by The Contours
    • Written by Berry Gordy Jr.; recorded June 1962; released June 1962
  • “If I Had a Hammer” as performed by Peter, Paul and Mary
    • Written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays; recorded early 1962; released July 1962
  • “Sherry” as performed by The Four Seasons
    • Written by Bob Gaudio; recorded July 1962; released August 1962
  • “Telstar” as performed by The Tornados
    • Written by Joe Meek; recorded July 1962; released August 1962
  • “He’s a Rebel” as credited to by The Crystals
    • Written by Gene Pitney; recorded July 1962; released August 1962
  • “Green Onions” as performed by Booker T. & the M.G.’s
    • Written by Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Lewie Steinberg and Al Jackson Jr.; recorded early 1962; released May and August 1962
  • “Love Me Do” as performed by The Beatles
    • Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney; recorded September 1962; released October 1962
  • “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” as performed by The Miracles
    • Written by Smokey Robinson; recorded October 1962; released November 1962

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 July 25, 2021, for our discussion on 1963.

7th Class Results! 4 New Hall of Songs Inductees!

The hits just keep on coming! We have four new inductees to the Hall of Songs after the latest round of voting. One song skates right through without a problem, another is a bit of a surprise, and two get in by the skin of their teeth. 

Okay. Don’t scroll if you want to be spoiled.

Alright. Let’s congratulate the following songs on making the Hall of Songs …

Crazy / Patsy Cline – 86.27%
Can’t Help Falling in Love / Elvis Presley – 82.35%
Stand By Me / Ben E. King – 66.67%
Crying / Roy Orbison – 66.67%

Continuing to the next round of voting

Georgia on My Mind / Ray Charles – 60.78% (2nd round)
I Fall to Pieces / Patsy Cline – 58.82% (1st round)
Only the Lonely / Roy Orbison – 56.86% (2nd round)
The Wanderer / Dion – 54.9% (1st round)
That’ll Be the Day / The Crickets – 52.94% (5th round)
Wake Up Little Susie / The Everly Brothers – 50.98% (5th round)
Please Mr. Postman / The Marvelettes – 43.13% (1st round)
Tutti Frutti / Little Richard – 41.17% (7th round)
La Bamba / Ritchie Valens – 41.17% (4th round)
Runaway / Del Shannon – 41.17% (1st round)
Wonderful World / Sam Cooke – 37.25% (2nd round)
Mack the Knife / Bobby Darin – 35.29% (3rd round)

Eliminated from the ballot

Runaround Sue / Dion – 33.33% (1st round)
The Twist / Chubby Checker – 31.37% (2nd round)
Running Scared / Roy Orbison – 9.80% (1st round)
Back Door Man / Howlin’ Wolf – 3.92% (1st round)
Let’s Go Trippin’ / Dick Dale and the Del-Tones – 3.92% (1st round)

An Hour on Elvis: A Retrospective with Justin Gausman of TCBCast

One decade down, and Hall of Songs has seen a lot of Elvis Presley. So for this bonus episode, we chatted with Justin Gausman, co-host of TCBCast, the popular Elvis fan podcast, about the man, the myth … the King? 

The illuminating conversation touches on perspectives and opinions of Elvis’ career and story, the songs of his that we’ve nominated for the Hall of Songs, and what 1960s and ’70s Elvis songs we should consider going forward. 

By the way … have you voted yet? Here is the current list of nominees:

Scroll down to vote! Then come back on July 11, 2021, for our episode on 1962. Then, we’ll start voting for the eighth class of the Hall of Songs.