1965 songs

Here are the songs of 1965. The good, the bad, the rock, the roll, the classical and the heavy. It's all about the music and it's all about what was around in 1965.
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  1. A Groovy Kind Of Love

    A Groovy Kind Of Love (1988)


    "A Groovy Kind of Love" is a pop song written by Toni Wine and Carole Bayer Sager and published by the Screen Gems music publishing company. It is heavily based on the Rondo movement of Sonatina in G major, op. 36 no. 5 by Muzio Clementi. The song was released first by Diane & Annita in 1965, and several covers have since appeared on worldwide music charts.

  2. Respect

    Respect (1967)


    "Respect" is a song written and originally released by Stax recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for R&B singer Aretha Franklin. The music in the two versions is significantly different, and through a few minor changes in the lyrics, the stories told by the songs have a different flavor. Redding's version is a plea from a desperate man, who will give his woman anything she wants. He won't care if she does him wrong, as long as he gets his due respect, when he comes home ("respect" being a euphemism). However, Franklin's version is a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who knows that she has everything her man wants. She never does him wrong, and demands his "respect". Franklin's version adds the "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" chorus and the backup singers' refrain of "Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me..."

  3. It's Not Unusual

    It's Not Unusual (1965)


    "It's Not Unusual" is a song written by Les Reed and Gordon Mills, first recorded by a then-unknown Tom Jones, after having first been offered to Sandie Shaw. Jones recorded what was intended to be a demo for Shaw, but when she heard it she was so impressed with Jones' delivery that she declined the song and recommended that Jones release it himself. The record was the second Decca single Jones released, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1965. It was also the first hit for Jones in the US, peaking at No. 10 in May of that year. The single was released in the US on the Parrot label and also reached #3 on Billboard's easy listening chart. The BBC initially refused to play the song because of Jones’ sexy image, but it was played by UK pirate radio. Jones would perform the song several times on The Ed Sullivan Show in the US, first on 2 May 1965, then again on 13 June 1965. He would sing the song again on the show when he returned on 21 April 1968.

  4. England Swings

    England Swings (1965)


    "England Swings (Like a Pendulum Do)" is a 1965 country music song written and performed by Roger Miller. The single was Miller's eleventh hit on the US country chart where it peaked at number three. On the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number eight and was Miller's second number one on the Easy Listening chart. Petula Clark (from the Colour My World album) and Pat Boone both released cover versions in 1967. The title refers to Swinging London, a popular term for the progressive youth-centric cultural scene in London at the time. However, the lyrics don't convey any of this progressiveness: they mostly relate to stereotypical notions of traditional England, with references to "bobbies on bicycles", Westminster Abbey, and so forth (as in a tourism commercial). The song is lambasted in 'How The Brits Rocked America' (BBC), where Roger is presented as mocking the youth culture in a cynical and commercial way.

  5. Do Wacka Do

    Do Wacka Do (1964)


    "Do-Wacka-Do" is a song, released in 1965, by American country music artist Roger Miller. The expression "do-wacka-do" is a funny way of saying "do-like-I-do".

  6. By The Time I Get To Phoenix

    By The Time I Get To Phoenix (1967)


    "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" is a song written by Jimmy Webb. Originally recorded by Johnny Rivers in 1965, it was made famous by American country music singer Glen Campbell, appearing as the opening track on the latter's 1967 album of the same name. Campbell's version reached No. 2 on the U.S. Country charts in 1968 and won two Grammy Awards—for Best Vocal Performance, Male; and Best Contemporary Male Solo Vocal Performance. Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) named it the third most performed song from 1940 to 1990. The song was ranked number 20 on BMI's Top 100 Songs of the Century. Frank Sinatra called it "the greatest torch song ever written."

  7. Is It Really Over

    Is It Really Over (1965)


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  8. Ribbon Of Darkness

    Ribbon Of Darkness (1972)


    "Ribbon of Darkness" is a song written by Gordon Lightfoot that was released in 1965 as a single by Marty Robbins. The song was Robbins' eleventh number one on the U.S. country singles chart, where it would spend one week at the top and a total of nineteen weeks on the chart.

  9. Buckaroo

    Buckaroo (1977)


    "Buckaroo" is a 1965 instrumental country single by Buck Owens & The Buckaroos. The single was Buck Owens' fourth No. 1 on the country chart in less than a year. "Buckaroo" spent 16 weeks on the chart. The B-side, entitled "If You Want A Love", peaked at No. 24 on the country chart weeks later. The song was also featured in the movie Idiocracy and later covered by Leo Kottke.

  10. Ain't That Peculiar

    Ain't That Peculiar (1965)


    "Ain't That Peculiar" is a 1965 song recorded by American soul musician Marvin Gaye for the Tamla (Motown) label. The single was produced by Smokey Robinson, and written by Robinson, and fellow Miracles members Bobby Rogers, Pete Moore, and Marv Tarplin. "Ain't That Peculiar" features Gaye, with The Andantes on backing vocals, singing about the torment of a painful relationship.

  11. Life Turned Her That Way

    Life Turned Her That Way (1987)


    "Life Turned Her That Way" is a song written by Harlan Howard and first recorded by American Country Music artist Little Jimmy Dickens in 1965. Mel Tillis would record it in 1967 and release it as a single. Ricky Van Shelton would also later record it and release it as a single. It was the fourth single released from his debut album, Wild-Eyed Dream. Released in late 1987, It became his second number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart in early 1988.

  12. Baby I'm Yours

    Baby I'm Yours (2006)


    "Baby I'm Yours" is a song written by Van McCoy which was a hit in 1965 for Barbara Lewis (US) and Peter & Gordon (UK).

  13. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

    Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (1970)


    "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" is a song written and recorded by James Brown. Released as a two-part single in 1965, it was Brown's first song to reach the Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten, peaking at number eight, and was a number-one R&B hit, topping the charts for eight weeks. It won Brown his first Grammy Award, for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording.

  14. One love / people get ready

    One love / people get ready (1997)


    "One Love/People Get Ready" is a reggae/rhythm and blues song by Bob Marley & The Wailers from their 1977 album Exodus. It was first recorded in a ska style by Marley's original group, The Wailers in 1965 and was released as a single. This version was later included on their first singles compilation The Wailing Wailers in 1966. It was rerecorded as part of the 1970 medley All In One, which contained reggae reworkings of their early ska songs. This was released as a single and is also included on the compilation African Herbsman under the name "All in One". The version on Exodus was not released as a single until 9 April 1984, promoting the forthcoming greatest hits album Legend. However, the single became one of his biggest hits and has been included on many of Marley and the Wailers subsequent compilation albums.

  15. King of The Road

    King of The Road (1996)


    "King of the Road" is a 1964 song written and originally recorded by country singer Roger Miller. The lyrics tell of the day-to-day life of a vagabond hobo who despite being poor (a "man of means by no means") revels in his freedom, describing himself humorously as the "king of the road". It was Miller's fifth single for Smash Records.

  16. Blue Kentucky Girl

    Blue Kentucky Girl (1979)


    "Blue Kentucky Girl" is a song written by Johnny Mullins, and originally recorded by American country music artist Loretta Lynn. It was released in 1965 as the first single and title track from the album Blue Kentucky Girl. The song reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

  17. It's Gonna Take A Miracle

    It's Gonna Take A Miracle (1982)


    "It's Gonna Take a Miracle" is a popular song written by Teddy Randazzo, Bob Weinstein, and Lou Stallman. It was first an R&B hit in 1965 for The Royalettes, who reached the Top 30 on the U.S. R&B chart and peaked at #41 on the U.S. pop chart. This song was originally written and intended for Little Anthony & The Imperials, but they never recorded it due to a royalty dispute with the song's writers/label owners Teddy Randazzo and Don Costa at the group's record label, DCP (Don Costa Productions) Records. Imperials member Sammy Strain recalls:

  18. Summer Wind

    Summer Wind (1966)


    "Summer Wind" is a 1965 song, with music by Heinz Meier and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The song is a nostalgic tale of a fleeting romance, first recorded by Wayne Newton who had the first national chart hit with the song in 1965, peaking at number 78.

  19. This Is It

    This Is It (1965)


    "This Is It" is a 1965 single by Jim Reeves. "This Is It" was Reeves' second posthumous single to reach number one on the U.S. country singles chart. The single stayed at the top of the chart for three weeks and spent a total of twenty-two weeks on the chart. "This Is It" also peaked at number eighteen on the "Easy Listening" charts and number eighty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100.

  20. Love Bug

    Love Bug (1965)


    "Love Bug", also spelled "Lovebug," is a single by American country music artist George Jones. Jones' version, which also features a young Johnny Paycheck on backup vocals and draws heavily from the Bakersfield sound as popularized by Buck Owens, reached #6 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in 1965.

  21. Alfie

    Alfie (1966)


    "Alfie" is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David to promote the 1966 film Alfie. The song was a major hit for Cilla Black (UK) and Dionne Warwick (US).

  22. I'll Be Doggone

    I'll Be Doggone (1965)


    "I'll Be Doggone" is a 1965 song recorded by American soul singer Marvin Gaye and released on the Tamla label. The song talks about how a man tells his woman that he'll be "doggone" about simple things but if she did him wrong that he'd be "long gone".

  23. California Dreamin'

    California Dreamin' (1978)


    "California Dreamin'" is a song written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips and first recorded by The Mamas & the Papas, released as a single in 1965. The song is #89 in Rolling Stone '​s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The lyrics of the song express the narrator's longing for the warmth of California during a cold winter.

  24. Mystic Eyes

    Mystic Eyes (1975)


    "Mystic Eyes" is a song written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison when he was leader of the band Them. It was the opening tune for the band's first album, The Angry Young Them that was released in June 1965. It was released as a single in the US and UK on 12 November 1965 and charted at No. 33 in the US.

  25. Before You Go

    Before You Go (1994)


    "Before You Go" is a 1965 title track of the album by Buck Owens. "Before You Go" was co-written by Owens, along with Don Rich. The single was Owens's seventh release to hit number one on the U.S. country singles chart where it spent six weeks at the top and total of twenty weeks on the chart.

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