One last year spotlight of probably the best year of them all. 1965 produced four songs that made the top 100: 1. Unchained Melody - The Righteous Brothers, 6. King of the Road - Roger Miller, 38. Rescue Me - Fontella Bass and 65. Shotgun - Jr. Walker & The All-Stars. Who can it be now?
The Jolly Green Giant - The Kingsmen
I'll Never Find Another You - The Seekers
Wonderful World - Herman's Hermits
Cara, Mia - Jay & The Americans
Catch Us If You Can - Dave Clark Five
Keep on Dancing - The Gentrys
Everybody Loves a Clown - Gary Lewis & The Playboys
You're the One - The Vogues
5 and 6 made it last time and are certainly contenders. The rest let down a bit. I think we're gonna be OK.
A big year from the mid-60s: 1966 saw four tune make the hit parade: 3. California Dreamin' - The Mama's and The Papa's, 17. Devil with a Blue Dress On/Good Golly Miss Molly – Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, 28. Flowers on the Wall - The Statler Brothers and 41. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me - Dusty Srpingfield. Now your anger:
Five O'Clock World - The Vogues
Kicks - Paul Revere & The Raiders
The Pied Pipers - Crispian St. Peters
Black is Black - Los Bravos
That's Life - Frank Sinatra
5 made it last time. 2 and 4 could certainly qualify for this list in a future iteration. Not 3, that's creepy.
Without these four songs, 1986 would have been a boring year: 5. Walk This Way - Run-DMC, 62. If You Leave - Orchestral Maneouvers in the Dark, 64. What Have You Done For Me Lately - Janet Jackson and 84. Take Me Home Tonight - Eddie Money. The zzzz remainder were:
Talk to Me - Stevie Nicks
Living in America - James Brown
No One is To Blame - Howard Jones
Throwing It All Away - Genesis
I like 2 and 3 actually, but they aren't likely to be top 100 anytime soon.
Four songs from the year of Woodstock made the top 100: 7. Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond, 59. Put a Little Love in Your Heart - Jackie DeShannon, 89. Hawaii Five-O - The Ventures and 93. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye. Some stuff didn't cross the finish line, though:
Galveston - Glen Campbell
Only the Strong Survive - Jerry Butler
Oh Happy Day - Edwin Hawkins Singers
What Does It Take - Jr. Walker & The All-Stars
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
Easy to be Hard - Three Dog Night
If people want to kill over 5, I'll let them. The rest shouldn't be a call to pitchforks.