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A list of all the Uk and US Number ones for the complete decade.

A rendition of interesting Events of the 1960’s and the history of popular music and how it’s shaped the industry today. We have also picked out some of the best sixties albums which took this magical era by storm. Why not have a bit of fun and checkout out our interactive 60’s Quiz.

There are also complete pages dedicated to some of the iconic bands and artists from the sixties Jimi Hendrix , The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Byrds, listing their sixties singles A sides and B sides. (Check out Essential Artists navigation).  So get yourself in the groove by watching the Sixties Revolution Video below it’s epic

Sixties Music   

Nothing would ever be the same again, the 1960's was the period of time which changed everything. The sixties decade was the most incredibly exciting, influential, inventive and vibrant period of popular music in the 20th century. The 3,653 days belonging to the sixties are unforgettable and still lend a rich dimension to our lives today. It was the era where skirts kept getting shorter, hair kept getting longer and the youth of the day were liberated from the wartime hardship and the prim attitudes of the fifties. There was an awakening renaissance of the arts where painting, dance, sculpture, fashion and especially music changed all the rules .

Some of the music of the 1960’s really was the definition of rebellion or the standing up to the establishment culture. Protest songs written and performed by the artists themselves “God On Our Side”and “Blowin' in the Wind” Bob Dylan,  “I Ain't Marching Anymore” Phil Ochs,  “Universal Soldier” Buffy Sainte-Marie, “A Change is Gonna Come” Sam Cooke, and “Give Peace A Chance” John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band. The words put to the music giving everybody a message which we all would sing along to.

Looking back through blurred glasses we see an explosion of colour, images of youth Jean Shrimpton, Twiggy, Mick Jagger and of course the Beatles all expressing an exuberance and panache which we later related to the sixties decade. Swinging London was underway by the mid-1960s, fashionable shopping areas had sprung up such as Carnaby Street, and the Kings Road where fashion boutiques were selling the latest gear to the (Mods) Modernist youth revolution. The Kinks 1966 single "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" epitomized the dandyness of the time.  

By 1967 (The Summer of Love) the sixties  generation had come of age. The rebellious youth movement inspired from San Fransisco on the West Coast of America, the epicentre where hippies had dropped out looking for alternative lifestyles. The message was turn on tune in and drop out. The contraceptive pill had enabled pleasure seeking party people  to cast off the cloak of convention and throw themselves into a social sexual revolution where the brakes came off and inhibitions became a part of the past.

The Beatles transmitted their first live BBC Satellite TV broadcast on the Our World show  in June. Over  400,000,000 people from 26 countries watched as they performed their latest single  “All You Need Is Love” this became the anthem of the Summer of Love.                                                   

The Fantasy Fair and Magic Mountain Music Festival was an event held on 10th and 11th June 1967,  on the south face of Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, California. The following week The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was held at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey,California, these two festivals although not the first outdoor rock concerts were taken as a prototype for future large scale multi-act outdoor rock music events like The Miami Pop Festival's, The Newport Pop Festival and Woodstock Music & Art Fair festival.  

The Sixties Revolution

The sixties was an incredibly exciting, inventive and vibrant time. We marched into the 1960’s with more enthusiasm, hope and self belief than in any other decade.  The sixties teenagers were the first wave of baby boomers.

We’d moved out of the fifties bringing with it Doo Wop, Rhythm & Blues,  rock n’ roll, Jiving  and the start of the Twist craze. The Twist was written and first released in 1959 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. In 1960 it was covered by Chubby Checker and became a big hit and a huge dance craze which people still practice today.

The Summer of Love

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