1: The Real Thing – Russell Morris

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Entered Charts 16 April 1969 Entry Point 39 Highest Chart 1 Weeks In: 22 What an epic recording – the genius of Johnny Young (the writer), Ian “Molly” Meldrum (the producer), Russell Morris (the performer) and a backing group that included Brian Cadd and his bandmates from the Groop, coming together to produce my favourite song from the 1960’s. It … Read More

2: Something – The Beatles

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Entered Charts 22 October 1969 Entry Point 40 Highest Chart 1 Weeks In: 19 What a beautiful piece of music written by George Harrison as a tribute to his then wife, Pattie Boyd. It was the only Beatles number 1 that was written and performed by Harrison. It was also one of the only Beatles singles released that was already … Read More

3: God Only Knows – Beach Boys

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Entered Charts 24 August 1966 Entry Point 39 Highest Chart 2 Weeks In: 17 What a beautiful piece of music co-written by Brian Wilson, sung beautifully by his brother Carl Wilson and featuring on the iconic Pet Sounds album. It sits very comfortably in the number 3 position in this countdown and high in the plethora of other countdowns that … Read More

4: A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum

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Entered Charts 14 June 1967 Entry Point 35 Highest Chart 1 Weeks In: 15 A Whiter Shade of Pale entered the Australian charts exactly one week before yesterday’s number 5 song (San Francisco) and after almost four months in the charts, left them one week before San Francisco. Another one of the songs that became synonymous with TV mini-series and … Read More

5: San Francisco – Scott McKenzie

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Entered Charts 21 June 1967 Entry Point 39 Highest Chart 2 Weeks In: 15 Today’s selection is almost an anthem, more so than simply a song. It was a call to action for San Francisco-bound hippie set. Like the upcoming number 4 song, San Francisco is listed in the lazy man’s guide to creating a 1960’s movie soundtrack. Play San … Read More

6: The Sound Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel

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Entered Charts 12 January 1966 Entry Point 39 Highest Chart 3 Weeks In: 14 We are really getting to the pointy end now with some amazing songs. Yesterday was, in fact, Yesterday, a beautifully simple and straightforward melody. Today, we move onto one of the best exponents of harmonies from the 1960’s, Simon and Garfunkel. The Sound of Silence was … Read More

7: Yesterday – The Beatles

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Entered Charts 20 October 1965 Entry Point 31 Highest Chart 3 Weeks In: 16 This is a song that started life with a working title of Scrambled Eggs. Written by Paul McCartney, it features McCartney’s voice and acoustic guitar, augmented by a string quartet – effectively, a solo performance. One thing that always sticks in mind from the late 1960’s … Read More

8: I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Dusty Springfield

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Entered Charts 19 August 1964 Entry Point 37 Highest Chart 6 Weeks In: 11 Can you talk about the best songs of the 1960’s and NOT include Dusty Springfield? She entered the Australian charts on ten occasions during the 1960’s and anyone of those songs could have been considered as a possible inclusion in, say, a Top 100 of the … Read More

9: Over The Rainbow – Billy Thorpe

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Entered Charts 23 December 1964 Entry Point 19 Highest Chart 1 Weeks In: 14 If I had told you at the start of this countdown that we’d find a song in the top 10 that first became an international hit in 1939, would you have believed me? If in 1964, I had told you that one of Australia’s hardest rockers, … Read More

10: The Star – Ross D. Wyllie

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Entered Charts 1 October 1969 Entry Point 39 Highest Chart 4 Weeks In: 17 If asked you who Australia’s best song writer is, it would be as subjective as someone being silly enough to name their top 30 songs of the 1960s. Plenty of names would be raised but would one of them be Johnny Young – he of Young … Read More