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Some of the music of the 1960’s really was the definition of rebellion or the standing up to the establishment culture. Protest songs written and performed by the artists themselves “God On Our Side”and “Blowin' in the Wind” Bob Dylan, “I Ain't Marching Anymore” Phil Ochs, “Universal Soldier” Buffy Sainte-Marie, “A Change is Gonna Come” Sam Cooke, and “Give Peace A Chance” John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band. The words put to the music giving everybody a message which we all would sing along to.
Looking back through blurred glasses we see an explosion of colour, images of youth Jean Shrimpton, Britt Ekland, Twiggy, Julie Christie, Diana Ross, Mick Jagger and of course The Beatles, all expressing an exuberance and panache which we later related to the sixties decade. Swinging London was underway by the mid-1960s, fashionable shopping areas had developed such as Carnaby Street, and the Kings Road where fashion boutiques were selling their latest gear to the (Mods) Modernist youth revolution. The Kinks 1966 single "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" epitomized the dandyness of the time.
What’s on this website?
A list of all the U.K. and U.S. Number ones for the complete decade. A rendition of interesting Events from the 1960’s and the history of popular music and how it’s shaped the industry today. We have also picked out some of the best sixties albums which took this magical era by storm. Why not have a bit of fun and checkout out our interactive 60’s Quiz.
There are also complete pages dedicated to some of the iconic bands and artists from the sixties Jimi Hendrix , The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, The Byrds, which list their sixties singles A sides and B sides, you’ll find them in our (Essential Artists navigation). So get yourself in the mood by watching the Sixties Revolution Video below it’s epic.