I have been going on this past month about how great a year 1965 was in popular music while going over the 25 #1 hits of that year. I thought I’d rank them 25-to 1. Tough to do- the Top 20 songs I like a lot- the bottom 5ive were rather easy to rank since I could do without all five.

  • 25. This Diamond Ring-Gary Lewis And The Playboys
  • 24. I’m Telling You Now- Frankie And The Dreamers
  • 23. Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter- Herman’s Hermits
  • 22. I’m Henry XIII, I Am- Herman’s Hermits
  • 21. Over and Over- Dave Clark Five
  • 20. Eve Of Destruction- Barry McGuire
  • 19. Help Me Rhonda- The Beach Boys
  • 18. Back In My Arms Again- The Supremes
  • 17. Game Of Love- Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
  • 16. Stop! In The Name Of Love- The Supremes
  • 15. I Hear A Symphony- The Supremes
  • 14. I Can’t Help Myself- The Four Tops
  • 13. Downtown- Petula Clark
  • 12. I Got You Babe- Sonny and Cher
  • 11. Hang On Sloopy- The McCoys
  • 10. Eight Days A Week- The Beatles
  • 9.Turn! Turn! Turn!- The Byrds
  • 8-Get Off Of My Cloud- The Rolling Stones
  • 7. My Girl- The Temptations
  • 6-Mr. Tambourine Man- The Byrds
  • 5- Ticket To Ride- The Beatles
  • 4-Yesterday- The Beatles
  • 3-Help! -The Beatles
  • 2- Satisfaction- The Rolling Stones
  • 1-You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’- The Righteous Brothers

15 responses to “RANKING THE 25 #1 HITS FROM 1965

    • Difficult to rank these so many good ones- as I said I think 5 stick out as less than stellar- those were easy to separate from the Top 20. What a year- wouldn’t it have been great to have been around and listening to the radio that year?

    • The mid sixties was the time to be around. The experimentation and the great competition pushing the bands along.

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  2. I was around that year too, and it was great – at least musically! I generally agree with your rankings, and my top 10 would be:

    1. Satisfaction
    2. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
    3. Stop! In the Name of Love
    4. I Can’t Help Myself
    5. Downtown
    6. Yesterday
    7. Mr. Tambourine Man
    8. Help!
    9. Ticket to Ride
    10. I Got You Babe

    • Strong Top 10– those are hard songs to rank- if I looked at them again next month I am sure some would probably switch around a ranking or two- depending on the mood. It was hard not having “Satisfaction” at #1. The deciding factor- If I could listen to one of those -which would I want to hear…… the best song at least in my opinion of 1965 didn’t make it to #1 Like A Rolling Stone- peaked at #2.

    • They sure made great singles- the only album of theirs that I own is a 3 album career covering anthology. How were the individual albums?

    • The ones my younger sister and I played over and over were Where Did Our Love Go and More Hits by the Supremes. We’d pretend we were the group minus one. Because I was older, I was always Dianna Ross, lol. So many great songs on those albums but my fave was Come See About Me.

  3. I was alive back then but not playing records or anything, but still, when you display a list like this, I know at least 3/4 of the songs. They must have sunk into my consciousness from they radio, being played over and over and over.

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