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The Top Hits of 1965
Music from 1965
"Let's review the top ranked hits of 1965 based on Billboard chart performance. Some surprises, some classics, all interesting."
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"When I'm ridin' round the world
And I'm doin' this and I'm signin' that
And I'm tryin' to make some girl, who tells me
Baby, better come back maybe next week
'Cause you see I'm on a losing streak"
What was the title of this song, the biggest song of 1965, that spent four of its fourteen weeks on the Hot 100 at Number One?
Get Off My Cloud
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
The Last Time
19th Nervous Breakdown
"Now there's no welcome look in your eyes when I reach for you
And you've started to criticize all the little things I do
It makes me feel like crying
'Cause baby, something beautiful is dying"
Five different versions of this song have charted over the years and according to BMI, the music publisher, this song has been played on the radio more often than any other song of the 20th Century... so you've heard it! What was this song that ranked number two for 1965?
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
I Heard It Through The Grapevine
The third ranked song for 1965 never reached Number One status, peaking at Number Two for a couple of weeks. However, it stayed on the charts for 18 weeks, more than any other recording that year. No lyrical clue here, the nature of the lyrics being too limited to offer one, but the song was recorded by a Dallas based Tex-Mex band and the title of the song was derived, apparently, from the name of the singer's cat!
Hang On Sloopy
"Just listen to the music of the traffic in the city
Linger on the sidewalk where the neon signs are pretty
How can you lose"
What song was this that hit Number One for two weeks in January 1965 and finished the year ranked number four?
Summer In The City
The record ranked number five spent 10 weeks in the top 10, more than any other song released in 1965. With its two weeks at Number One, it garnered 1049 points. See if you can get the title from this lyrical clue.
"When I call your name, girl
It starts the flame burning in my heart
Tearin' it all apart
No matter how I try
My love I cannot hide
It's The Same Old Song
I Can't Help Myself
Reach Out I'll Be There
Standing In The Shadows Of Love
"It keeps me cryin' baby for you
Keeps me sighin' baby for you
So won't you hurry
Come on boy, see about me
Come see about me, see about you baby"
That was your lyrical clue to the sixth ranked hit of 1965. It was a two week Number One hit for The Supremes and the third of their five consecutive chart toppers. What song was it?
You Can't Hurry Love
Love Is Here And Now Your Gone
You Keep Me Hangin' On
none of these
The Four Seasons returned to the 1965 recap of top 15 songs after a one year absence with this hit, ranked number seven for the year. It peaked at Number Three during its 16 week tenure on the Hot 100. Here's your sample of the lyric.
"Let's hang on to what we got
Don't let go girl, we got a lot
Got a lot of love between us
Hang on, hang on, hang on
To what we got"
True or false - is this song entitled "Let's Hang On!"?
"A time to be born, a time to die
A time to plant, a time to reap
A time to kill, a time to heal
A time to laugh, a time to weep"
This was The Byrds third charted release in 1965. It went Number One for three weeks en route to being ranked the ninth biggest hit of the year and their biggest hit ever. Its title?
Mr. Tambourine Man
Time! Time! Time!
To EverythingThere Is A Season
Turn! Turn! Turn!
Occupying the ninth position of the best of 1965 was this three week Number One song. Here's a piece of the lyric that should get it for you!
"And now my life has changed in oh so many ways
My independence seems to vanish in the haze
But every now and then I feel so insecure
I know that I just need you like I've never done before"
Stop! In The Name Of Love
I Need You
Help Me Rhonda
Ranked number 10 for 1965, here are the lyrics to a three week Number One hit that gathered 967 points over the 11 weeks it occupied the Hot 100 and top 40. Do you recognize it?
"She wants to return those things I bought her
Tell her she can keep them just the same
Things have changed, she doesn't love me now
She's made it clear enough it ain't no good to pine"
I'm Leaving It All Up To You
Nothing But Heartaches
Baby Don't Go
Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter
"Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me"
Now probably the most famous of Beatle songs, it only charted on the Hot 100 for 11 weeks but four of them at Number One for 955 points and 11th place in the recap for 1965. You can fill in the blank for this one!
(One Word - 9 letters)
"Baby's good to me, you know
She's happy as can be, you know
She said so
I'm in love with her"
This Beatles song hit Number One on December 26, 1964 and maintained that position for two more weeks in 1965. It finished 1965 in the 12th spot of year-end rankings with 928 points. Its title?
She's A Woman
I Feel Fine
Ticket To Ride
"They say our love won't pay the rent
Before it's earned, our money's all been spent
I guess that's so, we don't have a plot
But at least I'm sure of all the things we got"
These are lyrics from the record ranked number 13 for 1965. Based on a chart life of 14 weeks and three weeks at Number One, it managed 916 points. What song was it?
It Ain't Me Babe
You Were On My Mind
Baby Don't Go
I Got You Babe
"So if you've got someone whose love is true
Let it shine for you"
Gary Lewis & The Playboys debuted with this Number One hit that charted for 12 weeks and finished 1965 ranked number 14 with 911 points. What is the shining "it" they are referring to?
a band of gold
this little light of mine
a harvest moon
a diamond ring
"I've got sunshine on a cloudy day
When it's cold outside I've got the month of May
I guess you'd say, what can make me feel this way"
This song ranked number 15 for 1965 after accumulating 906 points based on a chart performance of 13 weeks in the Hot 100 with one week at Number One. What was it that made the singer feel "that way"?
A Lover's Concerto
Summer In The City
"She bent down and turned around and gave me a wink
She said 'I'm gonna make it up right here in the sink'
It smelled like turpentine, it looked like Indian ink
I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink"
The Searchers turned this old Clovers standard from 1959 into a Number Three hit in 1965. What was the song's title?
Love Potion #9
Sweet Cherry Wine
The Big Hurt
James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul", recorded a total of 19 hits that achieved Number One status on Billboards "Black" Singles chart. The best that he could do on the Hot 100 was a Number Three hit in 1965, ending the year ranked number 31. What was that recording? There can be no lyrical clue since any that I might provide would surely give the answer away but chew on this... it was featured prominently in the 1987 movie "Good Morning Viet Nam" starring Robin Williams.
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
I Got You (I Feel Good)
Living In America
Bob Dylan recorded his biggest hit in 1965. This song peaked at Number Two and wound up ranked number 54 for the year. Can you get it with this lyrical assistance?
"Once upon a time you dressed so fine
Threw bums a dime in your prime, didn't you?
People called said beware doll, you're bound to fall
You thought they were all kidding you"
Positively 4th Street
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
Highway 61 Revisisted
Like A Rolling Stone
Gerry & The Pacemakers were among the British invaders and they recorded a hit that would rank number 67 for 1965 peaking at Number Six on the Billboard Hot 100 that year. Here's a sample from the lyric, the first two couplets which were separated by a chorus not given.
"Life goes on day after day
Hearts torn in every way
People they rush everywhere
Each with their own secret care"
Keep Searchin' (We'll Follow The Sun)
Ferry Cross The Mersey
I'm Telling You Now
Five O'Clock World
Roger Miller recorded a top 10 hit in 1965 that finished the year ranked at number 100. He told us that there was a place that "swings like a pendulum do". Where was that place?
A swing on his porch
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