My top ten tracks of 1966.
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
It's the kind of song that gives you goosebumps, Good Vibrations took over six months and 90 hours of tape to record. But it was totally worth it! The song hit #1 in the UK and the USA - along with Australia and Malaysia.
Wild Thing - The Troggs
Composed by Chip Taylor in a matter of minutes, Wild Thing was originally recorded by Jordan Christopher & The Wild Ones in 1965. Ultimately it failed to chart, but back in Blighty The Troggs gave it their own spin and scored a #2 hit in the UK and a #1 in the USA. Technically, they had a simultaneous #1 and #2 in the US, because the record was released on both Atco and Fontana Records. Wisely, Billboard chose to combine the sales.
Sweet Talkin' Guy - The Chiffons
Surprisingly this peaked at just #31 on the UK charts, though it did get to #4 when it was re-released in 1972.
No Milk Today - Herman's Hermits
No Milk Today was a hit across Europe, and has since featured in various milk board adverts.
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me - Dusty Springfield
According to the Wiki entry for You Don't Have To Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield recorded 47 takes before she was happy with the vocals! The song was a cover of Io che non vivo (senza te), by Pino Donaggio and Vito Pallavicini, though the English lyrics were simply written to fit the melody, and was a #1 UK hit.
You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
To my shame I was older than I should have been before I realised that Phil Collins' 1982 cover wasn't actually the original version. The Supremes had a US #1 with this Motown classic back in 1966, plus a #3 hit in the UK and Canada. They even released an Italian version of it, L'amore verrà.
Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
Eleanor Rigby was a double A side with Yellow Submarine but, really, there is no contest between them. Not to my mind, at any rate!
Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel
Let's face it, Simon & Garfunkel never released a stinker. Homeward Bound is as perfect a slice of pop as any year could offer.
These Boots Are Made For Walkin' - Nancy Sinatra
To be honest, I'm not entirely convinced any part of Nancy Sinatra's outfit was made for walking... The song was a #1 hit on both sides of the Atlantic, just the same, and has since been covered by everyone who's anyone.
California Dreamin' - The Mamas & The Papas
This is such a beautiful song in all its many and varied version, but nothing can beat The Mamas & The Papas. They had sung back-up vocals on the original recording by Barry McGuire before releasing it as a single of their own in 1965. Amazingly it only ever peaked at #4 in the US and #23 in the UK back in the 1960s.
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