1960 - Chubby Checker Teaches Us the Twist
1960 brought many good hits from a variety of artists. Although Chubby Checker was not new to rock and roll, he hit it big with The Twist in 1960. Teenagers loved it, and they celebrated at the hops. Ray Charles mixed r and b, blues, gospel, and jazz to give us his style of rock and roll. It was the year of "Georgia on My Mind". Smokey Robinson ("Shop Around"), Sam Cooke ("Wonderful World"), and The Drifters ("Save The Last Dance for Me") sang love songs. Teens hung on every word Dick Clark said on American Bandstand.
Interesting Fact: When Chubby recorded "The Twist" (1959), his record company was not impressed and felt it might be a "B" side at best. Chubby worked extremely hard to promote it himself and in the summer of 1960, "The Twist" was a hit! (Just in time for summer parties).
The Rolling Stone named 500 of the greatest songs of all time. 12 songs made the cut in 1960!
288 Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
44 Georgia On My Mind - Ray Charles
451 The Twist - Chubby Checker
373 What A Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
182 Save The Last Dance For Me - The Drifters
149 Cathy's Clown - The Everly Brothers
219 Spoonful - Howlin' Wolf
349 Spanish Harlem - Ben E. King
232 Only the Lonely - Roy Orbison
495 Shop Around - Smokey Robinson
125 Will You Love Me Tomorrow - The Shirelles
401 Tonight's the Night - The Shirelles