US #1s of 1964

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Part 24 of an ongoing series. Rules are as usual. Year as randomly determined by our friendly integer generator. Songs are only included in the first year they reach the top spot. Years covered: 1941 1944 1945 1950 1957 1960 1963 1965 1968 1970 1975 1980 1981 1986 1988 1989 1992 1995 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008

Poll Results

OptionVotes
The Beatles, "She Loves You" 9
The Beatles, "A Hard Days Night" 8
The Supremes, "Where Did Our Love Go" 8
The Beach Boys, "I Get Around" 8
The Supremes, "Come See About Me" 6
The Shangri-Las, "Leader of the Pack" 5
Roy Orbison, "Oh, Pretty Woman" 5
The Animals, "House of the Rising Sun" 4
The Beatles, "I Feel Fine" 3
The Dixie Cups, "Chapel of Love" 3
Lorne Greene, "Ringo" 2
The Beatles, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" 2
The Supremes, "Baby Love" 2
The Beatles, "Can't Buy Me Love" 1
Bobby Vinton, "Mr. Lonely" 1
Louis Armstrong, "Hello, Dolly!" 1
Mary Wells, "My Guy" 1
The Beatles, "Love Me Do" 1
The Four Seasons, "Rag Doll" 1
Bobby Vinton, "There! I've Said It Again" 1
Manfred Mann, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" 0
Dean Martin, "Everybody Loves Somebody" 0
Peter and Gordon, "A Year Without Love" 0


droppin' Hamiltons like MJB's niece (The Reverend), Friday, 12 June 2009 00:06 (eleven years ago) link

I hope you like the Beatles.

droppin' Hamiltons like MJB's niece (The Reverend), Friday, 12 June 2009 00:06 (eleven years ago) link

damn, lots of great songs. got love for plenty of these but it's "rag doll"

k3vin k., Friday, 12 June 2009 00:08 (eleven years ago) link

voted for "Can't Buy Me Love"

droppin' Hamiltons like MJB's niece (The Reverend), Friday, 12 June 2009 00:09 (eleven years ago) link

Tough choice between Beach Boys and Orbison.

unicorn poop evaluator (WmC), Friday, 12 June 2009 00:11 (eleven years ago) link

another ridiculously overstuffed list. of the beatles tunes i'd probably go "i feel fine." "i get around" is my 2nd-favorite beach boys song. all the supremes songs are great. and the shangri-las! and roy! etc.

voting "chapel of love" because someone should.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Friday, 12 June 2009 00:14 (eleven years ago) link

I don't even hate "I Get Around".

droppin' Hamiltons like MJB's niece (The Reverend), Friday, 12 June 2009 00:15 (eleven years ago) link

when i saw ronnie spector a while back she sang "chapel of love" and said she actually recorded her version first. but then phil somehow decided to bring in the dixie cups and release their cut instead. she was still pretty steamed about it.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Friday, 12 June 2009 00:18 (eleven years ago) link

"Yeah the BAD GUYS know us and they leave us alone!"

baleen, the krill queen (Abbott), Friday, 12 June 2009 02:16 (eleven years ago) link

"Oh, Pretty Woman." God, this record is ageless, isn't it?

Bud Huxtable (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 12 June 2009 02:39 (eleven years ago) link

"A Hard Day's Night": hook after hook after hook...

"There! I've Said It Again" sounds funny, I should give it a spin.

Euler, Friday, 12 June 2009 03:12 (eleven years ago) link

sb "World Without Love"?

Hoot Smalley, Friday, 12 June 2009 03:16 (eleven years ago) link

roy

billstevejim, Friday, 12 June 2009 03:17 (eleven years ago) link

sb "World Without Love"?

it's at least the worst lennon/mccartney song on the list.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Friday, 12 June 2009 03:26 (eleven years ago) link

(well, "lennon/mccartney." mccartney.)

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Friday, 12 June 2009 03:27 (eleven years ago) link

lots of happyfun pop on this list. seconding "chapel of love"

that's not my post, Friday, 12 June 2009 03:40 (eleven years ago) link

"Hard Day's Night" by a nose over "Where Did Our Love Go"

Dr Morbius, Friday, 12 June 2009 03:48 (eleven years ago) link

I Get Around

is Dixie Cups the only Spector on here? Weird

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 12 June 2009 05:08 (eleven years ago) link

"I Feel Fine," barely beating "Come See About Me"

ti's girl on the outside (musically), Friday, 12 June 2009 06:04 (eleven years ago) link

misc. fact -- apparently the dixie cups came from the same housing project as the neville brothers and master p.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Friday, 12 June 2009 06:27 (eleven years ago) link

These are all 64? Shit. "Love Me Do" vs "Come See About Me" vs "I Feel Fine" vs "Rag Doll" vs "I Get Around". Okay I got it down to 5 at least.

Pasta of Muppets (Noodle Vague), Friday, 12 June 2009 06:59 (eleven years ago) link

Another fab year, hard to see past The Beatles on this one. Got to go with 'A Hard Days Night', which to me is the peak of their early work.

DJ Angoreinhardt (Billy Dods), Friday, 12 June 2009 07:18 (eleven years ago) link

xp: some of the Beatles tracks were originally released in 62/63 in the UK, but took some time to migrate over

droppin' Hamiltons like MJB's niece (The Reverend), Friday, 12 June 2009 07:47 (eleven years ago) link

top 5:

where did our love go
house of the rising sun
i want to hold your hand
a hard day's night
baby love

insincere ilsas of the SS (hmmmm), Friday, 12 June 2009 07:50 (eleven years ago) link

The Supremes, "Where Did Our Love Go"

^^^pretty much my (possibly) favourite song of all time.

a hoy hoy, Friday, 12 June 2009 07:53 (eleven years ago) link

"Come See About Me," no contest, but this is an extraordinary year.

Matos W.K., Friday, 12 June 2009 08:34 (eleven years ago) link

will lol if Bobby Vinton and/or "Ringo" get votes

Matos W.K., Friday, 12 June 2009 08:35 (eleven years ago) link

I think I'm going "Come See About Me" too, partly because much as I love the other tracks that one sounds more like the future (in 1964) to me. Partly cos it swoons.

Pasta of Muppets (Noodle Vague), Friday, 12 June 2009 08:37 (eleven years ago) link

She Loves You. By a comfortable margin.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 12 June 2009 13:39 (eleven years ago) link

animals, but i think the beatles suffered due to split vote.

U2 raped goat (darraghmac), Friday, 12 June 2009 13:41 (eleven years ago) link

I don't think Spector had anything to do with the Dixie Cups' version of "Chapel of Love." It was on another label (Red Bird), not produced by him & with its clarity & minimalism sounds notably anti-Spectorian.

Josefa, Friday, 12 June 2009 14:04 (eleven years ago) link

"i feel fine" for dope riff and "what'd I say" drums

^defense is impregnable (will), Friday, 12 June 2009 14:18 (eleven years ago) link

yeah i can't find a good account of exactly how the dixie cups ended up with "chapel of love." all i remember is ronnie blamed phil for it, for one reason or another.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Friday, 12 June 2009 14:22 (eleven years ago) link

(maybe it was just that he delayed releasing the ronnettes' version or something.)

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Friday, 12 June 2009 14:22 (eleven years ago) link

(and much as i love ronnie, i do prefer the dixie cups' recording)

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Friday, 12 June 2009 14:25 (eleven years ago) link

The Beach Boys' single is better than all the Beatles cuts here. Better harmonies, better musicianship (Beatles still in their "flippin' lousy" stage), and better lyrics that describe a much wider experience than "I love you she loves you you love me yeah yeah yeah whhhhooooo"

snoball, Friday, 12 June 2009 14:33 (eleven years ago) link

Ronnie's claim is accurate. There was a Ronettes version & a Crystals version, neither of which were released. Afterwards, Jeff Barry & Ellie Greenwich, who co-wrote the song with Spector, were still hearing "big hit" so they brought the song to the Dixie Cups.

Josefa, Friday, 12 June 2009 14:38 (eleven years ago) link

Incidentally, how many record labels have had their first release go to #1? That's what happened with Red Bird.

Josefa, Friday, 12 June 2009 14:40 (eleven years ago) link

The only "flippin' lousy" Beatles song here is "Love Me Do". The rest are all A+ would jam again.

droppin' Hamiltons like MJB's niece (The Reverend), Friday, 12 June 2009 15:29 (eleven years ago) link

"*sigh* Nobody loves us!"

http://themusicsover.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/shangrilas.jpg

scott seward, Friday, 12 June 2009 15:33 (eleven years ago) link

wait so there's NO Spector on this list? bizarre

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 12 June 2009 15:38 (eleven years ago) link

"Where Did Our Love Go"

kingkongvsgodzilla, Friday, 12 June 2009 15:49 (eleven years ago) link

The harp alone on "Love Me Do" lifts it way beyond lousy and above a bunch of the follow-ups for me. Love the Beach Boys but, on a point of order, those Beatles "I love you she loves you" lyrics are without exception about fucking. And nothing wrong with that.

Pasta of Muppets (Noodle Vague), Friday, 12 June 2009 15:56 (eleven years ago) link

Better harmonies, better musicianship (Beatles still in their "flippin' lousy" stage), and better lyrics that describe a much wider experience than "I love you she loves you you love me yeah yeah yeah whhhhooooo"

Sometimes enthusiasm trumps polish. Lots of times, actually.

Hoot Smalley, Friday, 12 June 2009 15:57 (eleven years ago) link

wait so there's NO Spector on this list? bizarre

Yeah, his girl groups all peaked in '63, and Righteous Bros. were a year off still.

Hoot Smalley, Friday, 12 June 2009 16:00 (eleven years ago) link

I Get Around is totally better than the Beatles songs on here - more inventive arrangement, better harmonies and playing (as noted), a bunch of weird, unpredictable melodic turnarounds, great lyrics (and okay as those early Beatles lyrics are I'd be hard-pressed to call any of them "great" - they're very generic). Basically I never listen to that early Beatles stuff, but I still get a kick out of I Get Around, so it wins.

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 12 June 2009 16:16 (eleven years ago) link

The Beach Boys' single is better than all the Beatles cuts here. Better harmonies, better musicianship (Beatles still in their "flippin' lousy" stage), and better lyrics that describe a much wider experience than "I love you she loves you you love me yeah yeah yeah whhhhooooo"

Yeah, the Beach Boys are onto the much more sophisticated topic of cruising with your buddies.. although granted the BBs lyrics are wittier in this case.

Josefa, Friday, 12 June 2009 16:18 (eleven years ago) link

in the authenticity/originality sweepstakes one could argue that the Beach Boys lyrics are better because in a lot of ways they are more personal and are a reflection on the details of the singer's actual life (something the Beatles wouldn't get to for another year at least

(and yes yes I know this is a totally rockist argument so what)

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 12 June 2009 16:25 (eleven years ago) link

i think "i feel fine" has my favorite lyrics on the list -- the "she said so" still sounds cheeky.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Friday, 12 June 2009 17:25 (eleven years ago) link

Beach Boys didn't get better than The Beatles until Brian Wilson became the undisputed leader of the band. "I Get Around" is too much of a "rock" song to hold up with the fantastic early Beatles stuff.

Voted "I Want To Hold Your Hand", which is fantastic and perfect in every way, and was 1000 times better than anything American that had ever been made at the time!

Geir Hongro, Friday, 12 June 2009 22:10 (eleven years ago) link

American music was useless between 1963 and 1964, and might as well not have been made at all.
http://www.backtoblackvinyl.com/images/album-artwork/big/james-brown-live-at-the-apollo-part-1-front.jpg

tylerw, Friday, 12 June 2009 22:28 (eleven years ago) link

tho i guess it was RECORDED in 62 ... omg GEIR IS RIGHT.

tylerw, Friday, 12 June 2009 22:29 (eleven years ago) link

in 3....2....1....

droppin' Hamiltons like MJB's niece (The Reverend), Friday, 12 June 2009 22:33 (eleven years ago) link

and
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2c/Night_Beat_cover.jpg

tylerw, Friday, 12 June 2009 22:33 (eleven years ago) link

oh let's just say that american music is always better, come on.

tylerw, Friday, 12 June 2009 22:33 (eleven years ago) link

not that this needs saying but Geir totally wrong as usual.

Off the top of my head, American albums released 1963:

The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan
Getz/Gilberto - Stan Getz and João Gilberto
In Dreams - Roy Orbison
Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963 - Sam Cooke (recorded but not released until 1985) <<<THIS ALBUM IS FUCKING AMAZING
Sam Cooke - Night Beat <<<BUT THIS ALBUM IS EVEN MORE TOTALLY FUCKING AMAZING

lolz x-posts

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 12 June 2009 22:34 (eleven years ago) link

suck on it world
http://thebsreport.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/americanflag01.jpg

tylerw, Friday, 12 June 2009 22:35 (eleven years ago) link

still might have to vote Hard Day's Night though, haha

tylerw, Friday, 12 June 2009 22:36 (eleven years ago) link

yeah it's def. hard day's night ... The Beatles were just Americans in disguise though.

tylerw, Friday, 12 June 2009 22:38 (eleven years ago) link

Walk On By is a good song from this year, but it didn't make number one. I voted Rag Doll.

james k polk, Friday, 12 June 2009 22:39 (eleven years ago) link

The lyrics of "She Loves You" are great.

Matos W.K., Saturday, 13 June 2009 20:57 (eleven years ago) link

This poll has been in the back of my mind today even while off the board, really really bothering me. Part of me didn't feel I'd heard enough of these songs to comment and was so in awe of others who had such fine things to say here. Beatles were too much a part of my childhood to ignore here, please put them in a Yahtzee can and shake the dice and pick any one of these Beatles tracks as my vote I don't care which one it is, here.

But someone said something really interesting about a Supremes track here that made me pause. I'm going to play "Come See About Me" and give it some thought. Also too drunk to pick a Beatles track. Please someone pick a Beatles track and vote for me?

I admire you all so much for participating. 1964 was a long ass time ago.

Also Shakey, I've been wanting to say this for awhile now but "Kitchen Paper Towel" is goddamn kickass screen name and I never would have thought of it myself and I salute you.

Thanking U.

Fever Pitch, Bitch (Bimble), Saturday, 13 June 2009 21:10 (eleven years ago) link

OOOOOOH DIANA ROSS BABY she can take me home any TIME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PycKSdKG_74

Fever Pitch, Bitch (Bimble), Saturday, 13 June 2009 21:13 (eleven years ago) link

Better believe it, bootchez
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kge_Krzuegs

Fever Pitch, Bitch (Bimble), Saturday, 13 June 2009 21:25 (eleven years ago) link

I mean really! Elvis can go eat one!

Fever Pitch, Bitch (Bimble), Saturday, 13 June 2009 21:26 (eleven years ago) link

tylerw so otm in this thread

The Reverend, Sunday, 14 June 2009 12:33 (eleven years ago) link

especially about the Beatles being secret Americans

The Reverend, Sunday, 14 June 2009 12:33 (eleven years ago) link

got love for plenty of these but it's "rag doll"

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― k3vin k., Freitag, 12. Juni 2009 01:08 (2 days ago) Bookmark

i wish i'd never had read anything about the songs history and the lyrics :(

meisenfek, Sunday, 14 June 2009 15:29 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 14 June 2009 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

xp Red Bird Records

That was the label Leiber & Stoller started. They released both "Chapel of Love" and "Leader of the Pack" in '64.

that's not my post, Monday, 15 June 2009 04:50 (eleven years ago) link

got love for plenty of these but it's "rag doll"

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― k3vin k., Freitag, 12. Juni 2009 01:08 (2 days ago) Bookmark

i wish i'd never had read anything about the songs history and the lyrics :(

― meisenfek, Sunday, June 14, 2009 11:29 AM (Yesterday)

why do you say?

my god, it's full of straws! (k3vin k.), Monday, 15 June 2009 04:51 (eleven years ago) link

goddam how great is ringo on "i feel fine"? some kinda faux-latin thing, just swings like hell.

would you ask tom petty that? (tipsy mothra), Monday, 15 June 2009 04:58 (eleven years ago) link

why do you say?
― my god, it's full of straws! (k3vin k.), Montag, 15. Juni 2009 05:51 (17 hours ago) Bookmark

banalizes child labour.
on the other hand: agatha christie wrote a book called '10 little niggers'.

meisenfek, Monday, 15 June 2009 22:47 (eleven years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 15 June 2009 23:01 (eleven years ago) link

:( @ no one else picking "Money Can't Buy Me Love"

ringtony ringtoni ringtone (The Reverend), Monday, 15 June 2009 23:07 (eleven years ago) link

well, the three songs that didn't get any votes are the ones I've never heard ...

tylerw, Monday, 15 June 2009 23:26 (eleven years ago) link

You've never heard "Doo Wah Diddy"?

ringtony ringtoni ringtone (The Reverend), Monday, 15 June 2009 23:35 (eleven years ago) link

"And there she was just a-walkin' down the street/ Singin' doo-wah-diddy diddy-dum diddy-doo"

ringtony ringtoni ringtone (The Reverend), Monday, 15 June 2009 23:36 (eleven years ago) link

lolz yeah doesn't everybody know this song?!?

Kitchen Paper Towel (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 15 June 2009 23:51 (eleven years ago) link

oops, yes i've heard that song. i was even in a band that played it. for some reason i thought the mandred mann was a cover? is that the original?

tylerw, Monday, 15 June 2009 23:56 (eleven years ago) link

It's a cover, but the original isn't nearly as well known.

ringtone bisexual is a feeling (The Reverend), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 02:06 (eleven years ago) link

so manfred mann's is the one they play on oldies stations? lol, i don't think i've ever known that.

tylerw, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 02:07 (eleven years ago) link

" (Beatles still in their "flippin' lousy" stage), "

bite your tongue! the more i revisit early beatles the more i realize what stellar musicians they were right from the get go. not to mention what a really fantastic infections bouncy energy they had in their early days. shame i'm too late to add a 10th vote for "she loves you"

messiahwannabe, Tuesday, 16 June 2009 02:26 (eleven years ago) link

do wah diddy diddy is a pretty incredible and great song, but so are another 10 or so of these songs

"Bytchass of Juxberry" rules (hmmmm), Tuesday, 16 June 2009 09:11 (eleven years ago) link

nine years pass...

I hated "She Loves You" as a kid, still hate it

Dan S, Thursday, 18 April 2019 01:16 (two years ago) link

YEAH YEAH YEAH

recriminations from the nitpicking woke (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 April 2019 01:16 (two years ago) link

lol

Dan S, Thursday, 18 April 2019 01:18 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

"chapel of love" too low, "hello dolly!" too high. i'm straight btw

eisimpleir (crüt), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 03:15 (one week ago) link

I know a guy who played on “Chapel of Love.” /streetteam

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 03:23 (one week ago) link

Also never tire of the story of how it saved, and then led to the destruction of, Leiber and Stoller’s record labels.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 03:23 (one week ago) link

Which also messed up some projects of the guy I know, but he bounced back, just like them.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 03:24 (one week ago) link

Because of George Goldner's gambling + the Mafia?

Josefa, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 04:03 (one week ago) link

Yeah. I see you’ve read about that.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 04:07 (one week ago) link

You and I- and dow, to some extent- have been posting in parallel about that without ever actually colliding.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 04:11 (one week ago) link

So I see! Reading my old posts can be very informative to me, since I'll often forget what I read just 2-3 years back.

Josefa, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 04:29 (one week ago) link

You and me both, brother! Like I was saying in another context, these days I am older than Mr. Atoz.

A Stop at Quilloughby (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 04:36 (one week ago) link


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