Billboard Lists the Top Hits of the 60's, 70's and 80's for 120th Anniversary

On November 1, Billboard Magazine will be 120 years old and, to celebrate, they are listing the top hits from each decade from the 60's through today.

Billboard took the chart performance of each song that made their lists and assigned points in reverse order (100 for number 1, 1 for number 100), adjusting the points to account for fluctuations in chart methodology. The results give a representative list of the top hits from each decade.

The top ten of the 60's show the huge changes that came about musically over the ten years. The biggest hit of the decade remains the biggest of the rock era, according to Billboard. The Twist by Chubby Checker is the only song to become a major hit twice, in 1960 and again in 1962, hitting number 1 on both runs.

The earliest song on the list, Percy Faith's Theme From a Summer Place (#3) is a lush instrumental ballad, a throwback to the easy listening hits of the 50's. The last, the 5th Dimension's Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In from the musical Hair is representative of the hold that the flower power generation had on culture. In between are soul greats (Marvin Gaye), cartoon characters (The Archies), teen sensations (The Monkees) and two from the biggest group of all time.

The top ten of the 60's:
  1. The Twist - Chubby Checker
  2. Hey Jude - Beatles
  3. The Theme From a Summer Place - Percy Faith and His Orchestra
  4. Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
  5. I Want to Hold Your Hand - Beatles
  6. I'm a Believer - Monkees
  7. Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In - Fifth Dimension
  8. Sugar, Sugar - Archies
  9. I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
  10. Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley
The full top twenty plus chart information on all entries can be seen at Billboard.

The 70's chart is topped by the easy listening hit You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone. The fluke hit, from a movie that flopped at the theaters, stayed number 1 longer than any other during the decade.

Whether people liked it or not at the time, disco was HUGE during the decade. Even though the Bee Gees were established hitmakers long before the disco beat was even conceived, the group became the poster children for the sound and it is reflected in the top ten with two of their songs making the list along with two more by their brother Andy Gibb. Chic's huge hit Le Freak also makes the list along with music from Rod Stewart, Wings, Marvin Gaye and Tony Orlando and Dawn.
  1. You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
  2. Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) - Rod Stewart
  3. Le Freak - Chic
  4. How Deep is Your Love - Bee Gees
  5. I Just Want to Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
  6. Silly Love Songs - Wings
  7. Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
  8. Night Fever - Bee Gees
  9. Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Tony Orlando and Dawn
  10. Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
The full list can be seen at Billboard.

It seems the 80's really peaked early in the decade. The entire top ten peaked between 1980 and 1983 and only two songs in the full top twenty (That's What Friends Are For (1986), Say You Say Me (1985) came after those dates. 

Olivia Newton-John, who had the majority of her hits in the previous decade, scored her biggest hit in 1981 with Physical, the top hit of the decade. The rest of the list covers rock (Survivor, Blondie, the Police, Queen, Paul McCartney), country (Kenny Rogers), soul (Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson) and pop (Kim Carnes, Irene Cara).
  1. Physical - Olivia Newton-John
  2. Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
  3. Endless Love - Diana Ross and Lionel Richie
  4. Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
  5. Every Breath You Take - Police
  6. Flashdance...What a Feeling - Irene Cara
  7. Another One Bites the Dust - Queen
  8. Say Say Say - Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson
  9. Call Me - Blondie
  10. Lady - Kenny Rogers
Once again, the full story is at Billboard

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