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Popular Songs In The 60s
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Popular Songs In The 60s
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1. Eve Of Destruction - Barry McGuire

eve of destruction barry mcguire

Eve Of Destruction was originally released as a single in 1965 and later appeared on Barry McGuire's album titled "Eve of Destruction." The song was written by P.F. Sloan.

The chart performance was a single and achieved significant commercial success. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

The meaning of this song is a protest song that addresses various social and political issues of its time, including the Vietnam War, civil rights, and nuclear weapons. It reflects the anxieties and concerns of the 1960s counterculture.

As the song was released in 1965, during a time when music videos were not as prevalent as they are today, there was no official music video produced for "Eve of Destruction."

For rhythm a simple root up down up root up down up will work here in standard tuning with the chords D, G, A7 and Bm. No lead to worry about in this one.

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2. Friday On My Mind - The Easybeats

friday on my mind the easybeats

Friday On My Mind come from the down under group The Easybeats and hit the airwaves in 1966. This song was a popular worldwide hit.

The track is from the album "Good Friday".

A simple down up down up rhythm pattern in standard tuning and a few quick riffs throughout. The chords here are Dm, G, C, F, A7, G7, Cm, A#, D, E, A, E7, Am, D7 and a Bm.

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3. Happy Together - The Turtles

happy together the turtles

Happy Together was released as a single by The Turtles back in 1967 and reached #1 in the US market although they did have a few top 10 hits.

This one hails from the album "Happy Together".

I'm playing this one with a capo on the 4th fret in standard tuning and no lead work here. The chords are Dm, C, A#, A, Am7 and F using a down up down up and repeat rhythm pattern with some shuffle strumming.

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4. Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling - The Fortunes

here comes that rainy day feeling the fortunes

Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again was co-written by three writers of The Fortunes and was a top 40 hit for the group back in 1971.

The song hails from the album of the same name.

Play this one in standard tuning using a down up down up and repeat rhythm pattern with a few downstrokes for the riff. The chords are C, F, A#, Fm, Em, Gsus and G.

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5. Hush - Deep Purple

hush deep purple

Hush was written by Joe South and first recorded by Billy Joe Royal in 1967. Deep Purple covered the song a year later and had a #5 hit with their version.

The song can be found on their "Shades Of Deep Purple" album from 1968.

I play this one with a capo 3rd fret using a down up down up shuffle rhythm pattern and a few riffs in standard tuning. The chords you'll need are G, F, D, E, A and A7.

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6. Let The Feeling Begin - The Steam Machine

let the feeling begin the steam machine

Let The Feeling Begin is a song by The Steam Machine but it's difficult to find any info on this song. 

I'm not sure but this may be a song from 1971 and the band may be based out of Germany. I'll leave it here for the time being.

For rhythm here a down down down up down up and repeat pattern will work in standard tuning and a capo 2nd fret to keep the original key. There is some lead while playing the chords D, G, Em, A7, Fm, A#, D# and G#.

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7. Reflections Of My Life - The Marmalade

reflections of my life the marmalade

Reflections Of My Life was released in 1969 and was a huge top 10 hit in several countries worldwide. It never made it to #1 but got close in Ireland at #2.

The track hails from the album Reflections Of The Marmalade.

This one is played in standard tuning with some lead work required. The rhythm pattern is a down down up down down up down up and repeat will work throughout using the chords G, Bm, Em, G7, C, Am, D and a Dsus.

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8. That Thing You Do - The Wonders

that thing you do the wonders

That Thing You Do, is a song by The Wonders, a fictional band from the 1996 film "That Thing You Do!" written and directed by Tom Hanks. The movie is about a one-hit wonder band from Erie, Pennsylvania, in the 1960s.

The Wonders have four members: Jimmy Mattingly (Johnathon Schaech) as the lead vocalist and guitarist, Lenny Haise (Steve Zahn) as the guitarist, Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) as the drummer, and Ethan Embry as the bassist, T.B. Player. They start as a small local band but hit it big when their catchy song, "That Thing You Do!," becomes a national hit.

The song was written by Adam Schlesinger and recorded by the real band Fountains of Wayne. Although The Wonders are not a real band, their story and music pay tribute to 1960s pop rock and the experiences of real bands from that era. The film provides a fun and nostalgic look at the music industry and the fleeting nature of fame.

This one is in Drop D Tuning and a capo 2nd fret with the chords D, G, A, Bm, G7, C, A7, D7, Gm, A/A#, A7sus and A#. Several rhythm patterns including and down up down up while playing a walking bass, some down strokes and chops throughout. Some lead work in this one.

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9. You Baby - The Turtles

you baby the turtles

You Baby is a song by The Turtles that was released in 1966. It was written by P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, who were renowned songwriters and producers during the 1960s. The song became one of The Turtles' notable hits, reaching number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

"You Baby" showcases the band's signature harmonies and catchy pop rock sound. It features a bouncy and upbeat melody with a touch of folk rock influence. The lyrics of the song express affection and admiration for a love interest, conveying a sense of joy and infatuation.

The Turtles' rendition of "You Baby" became a radio favorite and contributed to their growing popularity during the mid-1960s. The song exemplifies the band's ability to deliver melodic, feel-good pop songs with their distinct vocal harmonies and catchy arrangements.

It's worth noting that "You Baby" has also been recorded by other artists, including The Lovin' Spoonful and Cher, further showcasing its appeal and versatility as a well-loved song from the era.

This one is played with a steady up and down rhythm pattern and one spot where you'll play all down strokes. It's a capo 4th if you can sing that high but I'm om the 2nd fret in standard tuning play the chords G, Bm, C, D, Am7 and a G6. A few riffs only in this one.

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10. You've Got Your Troubles - The Fortunes

youve got your troubles the fortunes

You've Got Your Troubles is a song by The Fortunes that was released in 1965 as a single by The Fortunes, a British pop rock band.

"You've Got Your Troubles" was written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, who were a prolific songwriting duo known for their contributions to the British pop music scene. The song became a major hit for The Fortunes, reaching number two on the UK Singles Chart and number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

The song's lyrics revolve around the theme of heartbreak and consolation. It expresses empathy for someone going through difficulties in life and offers words of encouragement and support. The melody is catchy, and the song is characterized by its gentle harmonies and sentimental tone.

The Fortunes' version of the song remains the most well-known and successful rendition. The Fortunes continued to release music throughout the 1960s and 1970s, but "You've Got Your Troubles" remains one of their signature songs.

This one has a a steady down down up down up down up rhythm pattern with a bit of lead work in the middle with standard tuning. The chords here are G, A, Cm, D7, F, D, C and Am.

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