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1964 - Beatlemania

Rock and roll took a major turn in 1964.  Most would say it was the result of the British Invasion, but many argue that it was the U.S. military invasion of Vietnam.  The Beatles were not the first group from UK to come to U.S. but they rocked America in a way that none other had!  Americans were wild about the Beatles, thus Beatlemania erupted.  It was in 1964 when the Beatles were guests for the first time on the Ed Sullivan Show.  Rock wasn't just about the Beatles, though.  The Rolling Stones, from Britain, detested the clean cut image of the Beatles, and they brought a much more aggressive style of rock to America.  23 songs made the top 500 of all-time in 1964.  Artists ranged from Martha and the Vandellas to Dionne Warwick to The Animals.  



Important Fact:  The Supremes had three #1 Songs in 1964, including their first ever #1 song, "Where Did Our Love Go?", followed by "Baby Love" and "Come See About Me".  Obviously, it wasn't the year for just the Beatles! 

The Rolling Stone named 500 of the greatest songs of all time.  23 songs made the cut in 1964! 

122            House of the Rising Sun - The Animals

176            Don't Worry Baby - The Beach Boys

184            Please Please Me - The Beatles

153            A Hard Day's Night - The Beatles

139            I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles

289            Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles

429            Everybody Needs Somebody to Love - Solomon Burke

12              A Change is Gonna Come - Sam Cooke

279            Chapel of Love - The Dixie Cups

487            Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters

59              The Times They Are A-Changin' - Bob Dylan

390            Baby I Need Your Loving - The Four Tops

82              You Really Got Me - The Kinks

40              Dancing in the Streets - Martha and the Vandellas

222            Oh Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison

34              You've Lost That Loving Feeling - The Righteous Brothers

266            Walking in the Rain - The Ronettes

324            Baby Love - Diana Ross

472            Where Did Our Love Go? - Diana Ross

395            Remember (Walking in the Sand) - The Shangri-Las

447            Leader of the Pack - The Shangri-Las

70             Walk on By - Dionne Warwick

291            She's Not There - The Zombies



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