Our survey takes us now to yet another banner year in music - 1966. 26 singles made the top spot this year, and we’re beginning to see psychedelia poking its head into the world of rock & roll. One of the things I’ve found most interesting about this retrospective so far is how songs have proven memorable for people in so many different ways, and I’m really looking forward to the results of this year.
You know the drill. Which of these songs stands out for you?
Agree that this is a great year, and it’s one of the Beatles’ off ones in the 60s. But I can’t vote for anything other than “The Sound of Silence”. Possibly the first popular song I was introduced to as a child, and still one of my favorites.
Do wish I could vote for the punctuation mark, though.
For the record, The Sound of Silence also got my vote, narrowly beating out “Paint It Black”. There are better rock & roll songs in this year, but Sound of Silence is an outright amazing contribution to the great American songbook, and it so perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the mid-'60s.
I love the Beach Boys, but “Good Vibrations” is my least favorite tune by them. So many of the songs of this year spoke to me but not that one. Lou Christi, Beatles, Simon and Garfunkle. In the end it was the Stones with “Painted Black” and I am not an especially rabid Rolling Stones’ fan.
You should have voted for “Soul and Inspiration” because of those righteous brothers!
Me, I *should *vote for “Good Vibrations,” but I knew that was going to run away with it anyway, so I got my vote in for “Reach Out (I’ll Be There)” instead. Was there ever a more dramatic *sounding *intro? Honorable mention for “Sounds of Silence,” too, the first song on the first album I ever owned.