The 60s #1 singles, #1 albums

             The following lists and examples show how popular music evolved during the 1960s. More artists began to write and sing their own songs and of course the style and content of popular music changed.

               Having said that, notice the lack of Grammy awards for the new voices, the new perspectives, particularly of those who would go on to play at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. They are seldom seen on top lists and rarely recognized with a Grammy.


To view a list,  click the green link and a new page will appear. An asterisk (*) next to a song writer indicates the performer wrote the song as well.




List of 1960 #1 songs3 of 20 [15%] were written/co-written by the artist.

Grammy Record of the Year and top selling single of the year. The Theme From A Summer Place Percy Faith



Grammy Song of the Year Theme From Exodus Ernest Gold, songwriter.



List of 1960 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the Year The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart Bob Newhart


Billboard #1 album of 1960: Original Cast, The Sound of Music


1960 other important albums




List of 1961 #1 songs4 of 22 (18%) were written/co-written by the artist.

Grammy Record of the Year & Grammy Song of the Year Moon River Henry Mancini



Top selling single of 1961: Tossin’ and Turnin’  by Bobby Lewis


List of 1961 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the Year Judy At Carnegie Hall Judy Garland



Billboard #1 album of 1961: Original Cast, Camelot




1961 other important albums




List of 1962 #1 songs5 of 21 (24%) were written/co-written by the artist.

Grammy Record of the Year I Left My Heart In San Francisco Tony Bennett


Grammy Song of the Year What Kind Of Fool Am I Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse, songwriters.


Top-selling single of  1962: Acker Bilk, Stranger on the Shore


List of 1962 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the Year  The First Family Vaughn Meader


Billboard #1 album of 1962: Soundtrack, West Side Story




1962 other important albums




List of 1963 #1 songs1 of 21(4%) were written/co-written by the  artist.

Grammy Record of the Year & Grammy Song of the Year Days Of Wine And Roses Henry Mancini


Top-selling single of 1963: Jimmy Gillmer and the Fireballs, Sugar Shack



List of 1963 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the  Year The Barbra Streisand Album Barbra Streisand



Billboard #1 album of 1963: Soundtrack, West Side Story




1963 other important albums




List of 1964 #1 songs9 of 24 (37.5 %) were written/co-written by the artist


Grammy Record of the Year The Girl From Ipanema Astrud Gilberto & Stan Getz



Grammy Song of the Year Hello, Dolly! Jerry Herman, songwriter.



Top-selling single of 1964: The Beatles, I Want to Hold Your Hand



List of Billboard #1 albums 1964

Grammy  Album of the Year Getz/Gilberto João Gilberto & Stan Getz



Billboard #1 album of 1964:  Original Cast, Hello Dolly




1964 other important albums




List of 1965 #1 songs9 of 27 (33.3 %) were written/co-written by the artist.

Grammy Record of the Year A Taste Of Honey Herb Alpert



Grammy Song of the Year The Shadow Of Your Smile (Love Theme From “The Sandpiper”) Johnny Mandel & Paul Francis Webster, songwriters.


Top-selling single of 1965 (even though it never reached #1): Sam the Sham and the PharaohsWooly Bully




List of 1965 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the Year September Of My Years Frank Sinatra



Billboard #1 album of 1965: Soundtrack, Mary Poppins




1965 other important albums




List of 1966 #1 songs10 of 26 (38%) were written/co-written by the artist.

Grammy Record of the Year Strangers In The Night Frank Sinatra


Grammy Song of the Year Michelle John Lennon & Paul McCartney


Top-selling single of 1966: Barry Sadler, Balled of the Green Berets



List of 1966 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the Year A Man And His Music Frank Sinatra


Billboard #1 album of 1966: Herb Albert & the Tijuana Brass, Whipped Cream and Other Delights.




1966 other important albums




List of 1967 #1 songs8 of 19 (44%) were written/co-written by the artist.

Grammy Record of the Year & Grammy Song of the Year Up, Up And Away 5th Dimension


Top-selling single of 1967: Lulu, To Sir With Love



List of 1967 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the Year Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Beatles


Billboard #1 album of 1967: The Monkees, More of the Monkees




1967 other important albums




List of 1968 #1 songs8 of 16 (50%) were written/co-written by the artist.

Grammy Record of the Year Mrs. Robinson Simon And Garfunkel



Grammy Song of the Year Little Green Apples Bobby Russell, songwriter.


Top-selling single of 1968: The Beatles, Hey Jude


List of 1968 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the Year By The Time I Get To Phoenix Glen Campbell


Billboard #1 album of 1968:  Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced?




1968 other important albums




List of 1969 #1 songs8 of 17 (47%) were written/co-written by the artist.

Grammy Record of the Year Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In (the Flesh Failures) 5th Dimension



Grammy Song of the Year Games People Play Joe South


Top-selling single of 1969: The Archies, Sugar, Sugar


List of 1969 #1 albums

Grammy Album of the Year Blood, Sweat And Tears Blood, Sweat And Tears


Billboard #1 album of 1969: Iron Butterfly, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida 




1969 other important albums



Saturday 26 September

               September 26, 1927, BLACK HISTORY & School Desegregation: Gary, Inidana School Superintendent Dr. William A Wirt faced a dilemma in the 1910 - 20′s as the city’s black population greatly increased. The East Pulaski and Virginia Street School served the black population, but were segregated and in deplorable condition. The spillover caused nominal numbers of black students to receive education in predominately white schools throughout the city, but they were limited in which facilities they could use.

   In the 1926 - 27 school year six black students attended classes at Emerson High School. To help ameliorate the student overpopulation at Virginia Street School 18 black students were transferred to Emerson in 1927.

                White students outraged at the presence of more black students in their midst immediately took to the streets. On Monday, September 26 some 600 students walked out of class. Those who remained inside were heckled incessantly until they joined the throngs of protesters. As the demonstration gained momentum signs saying, “WE WON’T GO BACK UNTIL EMERSON IS WHITE. . . . NO NIGGERS FOR EMERSON. . . . EMERSON IS A WHITE MAN’S SCHOOL” taunted the black students.

To continue the story:

               September 27, 1927, Tuesday the crowd swelled to about 800 students. Superintendent Wirt hedged his bets by telling the angry crowd that “possibly when a new black school was erected on the east side, Emerson would be again segregated.” 
               September 28, 1927, Wednesday: the student protesters numbered some 1300+, who were also supported by family and other local citizens who took to the street. City, school, and district officials met with protesters to begin negotiations for bringing the strike to an end.

               September 28, 1927, Friday:  an agreement was reached: Three of the original six black students at Emerson would be transferred, while the remaining three seniors would be allowed to graduate. The 18 black students transferred into Emerson would again be transferred out to other schools. The sum of $15,000 was also allocated for temporary facilities until a new black high school could be constructed.

               September 26, 1945, Vietnam: Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, a U.S. Army officer with the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in Vietnam, was shot and killed in Saigon. Dewey was the head of a seven-man team sent to Vietnam to search for missing American pilots and to gather information on the situation in the country after the surrender of the Japanese. Dewey is not listed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. because the United States Department of Defense has ruled that the war officially started, from a U.S. perspective, on November 1, 1955, after the U.S. took over following the French defeat at Dien Bien Phu.


abc_kennedy_nixon_100921_ms               September 26, 1960: Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy, participate in the first (of four) televised presidential election debates.

               September 26 – October 9, 1960: “My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own” by Connie Francis #1 Billboard Hot 100.


               September 26 – October 30, 1960: the Kingston Trio’s String Along Billboard #1 album in 1960. It was their third #1 album of 1960!


1961-09-26 Dylan opens


               September 26, 1961, Bob Dylan: Dylan started as opening act for the Greenbriar Boys. He stayed two weeks.
September 26 – October 16, 1964: “Oh Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The title was inspired by Orbison's wife Claudette interrupting a conversation to announce she was going out; when Orbison asked if she was okay for cash, his co-writer Bill Dees interjected "A pretty woman never needs any money.


               AND! Roy Orbison performs "Oh, Pretty Woman" as the finale of the Black & White Night Concert. Backed by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, James Burton, Glen D. Hardin, Tom Waits, kd lang, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, JD Souther, T Bone Burnett, Steven Soles, and Jennifer Warnes. Recorded September 30, 1987.


               September 26, 1966, The Beatles after live performances: The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, was hospitalized in a London clinic. The official given reason was that it was a check-up, although it later transpired that he had overdosed on prescribed drugs. Epstein had been suffering from depression and anxiety for some time, a condition exacerbated by his use of drugs - both prescribed and illegal. His anxiety had heightened following The Beatles decision to stop touring, which left Epstein with less involvement in their careers. Each member was undertaking individual projects in the late summer of 1966 and he had intended to join John Lennon in Spain on the set of How I Won The War.  However, as a result, he was forced to cancel his visit to Spain in order to recuperate. Although Epstein is known to have made later suicide attempts, it is believed that this overdose was accidental.


               September 26, 1970, Vietnam, Cambodian Invasion, Kent State Killings and Aftermath & FREE SPEECH:  the President's Commission on Campus Unrest (the Scranton Commission) appealed to President Nixon to lead Americans back from the brink of what it described as a chasm in society so dangerous that it threatened the survival of the nation. The Commission concluded that the shootings at Kent State were unjustified. The report said: Even if the guardsmen faced danger, it was not a danger that called for lethal force. The 61 shots by 28 guardsmen certainly cannot be justified. Apparently, no order to fire was given, and there was inadequate fire control discipline on Blanket Hill. The Kent State tragedy must mark the last time that, as a matter of course, loaded rifles are issued to guardsmen confronting student demonstrators.
               September 26, 1974, The Beatles post break-up: US release of Walls and Bridges, the fifth album by John Lennon. Written, recorded, and released during his 18-month separation from Yoko Ono (June 1973–January 1975), the album captures Lennon in the midst of his "Lost Weekend". 

               September 26, 1977, BLACK HISTORY & Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing: reported in the NYT: A 73-year-old former Ku Klux Klansman was indicted today on four counts of first-degree murder in the bombing of a Birmingham church 14 years ago that killed four young black girls attending Sunday school. Robert Chambliss of Birmingham was being held without bond in Jefferson County Jail in Birmingham. 

full NYT article
               September 26, 1983, Nuclear news: in the early hours of the morning, the Soviet Union's early-warning systems detected an incoming missile strike from the United States. Computer readouts suggested several missiles had been launched. The protocol for the Soviet military would have been to retaliate with a nuclear attack of its own.

                But duty officer Stanislav Petrov - whose job it was to register apparent enemy missile launches - decided not to report them to his superiors, and instead dismissed them as a false alarm.

                This was a breach of his instructions, a dereliction of duty. The safe thing to do would have been to pass the responsibility on, to refer up. His decision may have saved the world. The detection was false.
September 26, 1986, SOUTH AFRICA/APARTHEID: President Reagan vetoed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act. The law would have imposed sanctions against South Africa and stated five preconditions for lifting the sanctions that would essentially end the system of apartheid.

September 26, 1996, Sexual Abuse of Children:  the last Magdalene asylum, in Waterford, Ireland, closed. Magdalene asylums were institutions from the 18th to the late-20th centuries ostensibly for "fallen women", a term used to imply sexual promiscuity. The first asylum in Ireland opened in Dublin in 1765. In Belfast there was a Church of Ireland run Ulster Magdalene Asylum (founded in 1839) Initially the mission of the asylums was often to rehabilitate women back into society, but by the early 20th century the homes had become increasingly punitive and prison-like. In most of these asylums, the inmates were required to undertake hard physical labor, including laundry and needle work. They also endured a daily regime that included long periods of prayer and enforced silence. In Ireland, such asylums were known as Magdalene laundries. It has been estimated that up to 30,000 women passed through such laundries in Ireland.


Interview with a woman who lived in a Magdalene laundry...

September 26, 2011, Immigration History: Pastor Manuel Hernández was pulled over by an undercover detective in a rural area near Warrior, Alabama, and became the first person arrested under Alabama’s new anti-immigration law, just hours after a federal judge upheld the law’s key passages.

                Pastor Hernández, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, worked at the Prayer Center for All Nations in Anniston, Alabama. When the detective asked to see his identification, Hernàndez provided his Mexican passport and Mexican Consular ID card, as well as a card issued by the American Association of Chaplains. The detective questioned the validity of these documents and accused Hernàndez of committing a felony by carrying the chaplain card because it had the state seal on it but was an unofficial form of identification.

                Though the detective claimed to have pulled Pastor Hernández over for excessive speeding, he never issued a ticket. Hernández was arrested under suspicion of being an undocumented immigrant and spent several days in jail, where he felt discriminated against as a Latino. Hernández said officials refused to give him a Spanish language Bible and, thinking he could not speak English, said in his presence, “He is an illegal and should be treated as an illegal.” After a few days of incarceration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials released Pastor Hernández with orders to return to immigration court at a later date.