Billboard Top Pop Hits

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Billboard Top Pop Hits is a series of compilation albums released by Rhino Records in 1994 and 1995, each featuring ten recordings from the easy listening charts from a specific year in the 1960s. Ten albums in the series were released, one each for the years from 1960 to 1969.

The tracks compiled for the series represented the "lighter" side of popular music in the 1960s. All of the tracks were major hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart during the year as well as its new Easy Listening chart, which debuted in 1961.

The series follows chronologically from the previous Rhino series of pop standards from the 1920s through the 1950s called Billboard Pop Memories. It continues on in a series of soft rock hits from 1970 through 1974 with Billboard Top Soft Rock Hits.

1960[edit]

Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1960
Compilation album by Various artists
Released July 19, 1994
Genre Pop rock
Length 26:41
Label Rhino
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Songs in this volume which topped the Billboard Hot 100 are "Teen Angel" by Mark Dinning, "Theme from 'A Summer Place'" by Percy Faith & His Orchestra (the number one song of 1960), "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" by Connie Francis, "I'm Sorry" by Brenda Lee, "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" by Brian Hyland and "Mr. Custer" by Larry Verne.

  1. "Because They're Young" — Duane Eddy & the Rebels 2:01
  2. "I'm Sorry" — Brenda Lee 2:43
  3. "Teen Angel" — Mark Dinning 2:43
  4. "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini" — Brian Hyland 2:26
  5. "A Thousand Stars" — Kathy Young with the Innocents 3:14
  6. "Mule Skinner Blues" — Fendermen 2:26
  7. "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" — Connie Francis 2:40
  8. "Mr. Custer" — Larry Verne 3:06
  9. "Night" — Jackie Wilson 2:53
  10. "Theme from 'A Summer Place'" — Percy Faith & His Orchestra 2:23

1961[edit]

Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1961
Compilation album by Various artists
Released July 19, 1994
Genre Pop rock
Length 25:12
Label Rhino
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

Two of the songs in the volume topped the Hot 100: "Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)" by Joe Dowell and "Michael" by The Highwaymen.

  1. "Dedicated to the One I Love" — Shirelles 2:09
  2. "The Mountain's High" — Dick & Dee Dee 2:15
  3. "Apache" — Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar 3:03
  4. "Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)" — Joe Dowell 2:05
  5. "The Boll Weevil" — Brook Benton 2:41
  6. "Michael" — The Highwaymen 2:47
  7. "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star" — Linda Scott 2:18
  8. "Moody River" — Pat Boone 2:40
  9. "Run to Him" — Bobby Vee 2:10
  10. "Exodus" — Ferrante & Teicher 2:56

1962[edit]

Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1962
Compilation album by Various artists
Released July 19, 1994
Genre Pop rock
Length 26:02
Label Rhino
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Five of the songs in this volume topped the Hot 100: "Hey! Baby" by Bruce Channel, "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" by Connie Francis, "The Stripper" by David Rose & His Orchestra, "Roses Are Red (My Love)" by Bobby Vinton and "Sherry" by The Four Seasons.

  1. "Let's Dance" — Chris Montez 2:27
  2. "Only Love Can Break a Heart" — Gene Pitney 2:49
  3. "Sherry" — The Four Seasons 2:34
  4. "Midnight in Moscow" — Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen 3:02
  5. "Hey! Baby" — Bruce Channel 2:27
  6. "Roses Are Red (My Love)" — Bobby Vinton 2:42
  7. "Don't Break the Heart That Loves You" — Connie Francis 3:04
  8. "Lovers Who Wander" — Dion 2:33
  9. "Norman" — Sue Thompson 2:21
  10. "The Stripper" — David Rose & His Orchestra 1:57

1963[edit]

Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1963
Compilation album by Various artists
Released July 19, 1994
Genre Pop rock
Length 27:04
Label Rhino
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]

Six of the songs in this volume topped the Hot 100: "Walk Right In" by The Rooftop Singers, "Hey Paula" by Paul & Paula, "Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto, "Blue Velvet" by Bobby Vinton, "I'm Leaving It Up to You" by Dale & Grace and "Dominique" by The Singing Nun.

  1. "Walk Right In" — Rooftop Singers 2:37
  2. "Sukiyaki" — Kyu Sakamoto 3:07
  3. "Hey Paula" — Paul & Paula 2:32
  4. "Pipeline" — Chantays 2:23
  5. "Rhythm of the Rain" — The Cascades 2:34
  6. "Blue Velvet" — Bobby Vinton 2:52
  7. "Dominique" — The Singing Nun 2:59
  8. "I'm Leaving It up to You" — Dale & Grace 2:12
  9. "Sally Go Round the Roses" — The Jaynetts 3:03
  10. "Wipe Out" — Surfaris 2:38

1964[edit]

Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1964
Compilation album by Various artists
Released July 19, 1994
Genre Pop rock
Length 24:46
Label Rhino
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]

Four songs in this volume topped the Hot 100 singles chart: "There! I've Said It Again" by Bobby Vinton; "Hello, Dolly!" by Louis Armstrong & the All Stars; "A World Without Love" by Peter & Gordon and "Come See About Me" by The Supremes.

  1. "Fun, Fun, Fun" — Beach Boys 2:20
  2. "A World Without Love" — Peter & Gordon 2:42
  3. "Come See About Me" — The Supremes 2:43
  4. "There! I've Said It Again" — Bobby Vinton 2:23
  5. "G.T.O." — Ronny & the Daytonas 2:32
  6. "Hello, Dolly!" — Louis Armstrong & the All Stars 2:26
  7. "Popsicles and Icicles" — Murmaids 2:33
  8. "Surfin' Bird" — The Trashmen 2:24
  9. "Hey Little Cobra" — Rip Chords 2:04
  10. "You Don't Own Me" — Lesley Gore 2:31

1965[edit]

Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1965
Compilation album by Various artists
Released 1995
Genre Pop rock
Length 25:28
Label Rhino
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]

Four songs in this volume topped the Hot 100: "My Girl" by The Temptations, "Stop! In the Name of Love" by The Supremes, "I'm Telling You Now" by Freddie and the Dreamers and "Game of Love" by Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders.

  1. "Game of Love" — Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders 2:11
  2. "The Birds and the Bees" — Jewel Akens 2:14
  3. "You Were on My Mind" — We Five 2:41
  4. "California Girls" — Beach Boys 2:41
  5. "My Girl" — Temptations 2:58
  6. "Love Potion No. 9" — Searchers 2:07
  7. "The Boy from New York City" — Ad Libs 3:03
  8. "I'm Telling You Now" — Freddie and the Dreamers 2:11
  9. "Just a Little" — The Beau Brummels 2:24
  10. "Stop! In the Name of Love" — The Supremes 2:51

1966[edit]

Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1966
Compilation album by Various artists
Released 1995
Genre Pop rock
Length 27:39
Label Rhino
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[7]

Five of the songs in this volume were number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart: "Ballad of the Green Berets" by Ssgt. Barry Sadler, "Sunshine Superman" by Donovan, "Cherish" by The Association, "Last Train to Clarksville" by The Monkees and "Winchester Cathedral" by The New Vaudeville Band. In addition, "Ballad of the Green Berets" was the #1 song of the year. It also peaked at number two on the Hot Country Singles chart.

  1. "She's Just My Style" — Gary Lewis & the Playboys
  2. "Red Rubber Ball" — The Cyrkle
  3. "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)" — The T-Bones
  4. "Ballad of the Green Berets" — Ssgt. Barry Sadler
  5. "Sloop John B" — The Beach Boys
  6. "Sunshine Superman" — Donovan
  7. "Daydream" — The Lovin' Spoonful
  8. "Winchester Cathedral" — The New Vaudeville Band
  9. "Cherish" — The Association
  10. "Last Train to Clarksville" — The Monkees

1967[edit]

Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1967
Compilation album by Various artists
Released 1995
Genre Pop rock
Length 30:48
Label Rhino
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[8]

Two songs in this volume — "Ode to Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry and "To Sir, with Love" by Lulu — topped the Billboard Hot 100. "Ode to Billie Joe" was also a hit on the Hot Country Singles chart during 1967. "To Sir with Love" was the #1 song of the year.

  1. "A Whiter Shade of Pale" — Procol Harum 4:02
  2. "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)" — Scott McKenzie 3:01
  3. "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" — Monkees 2:49
  4. "To Sir With Love" — Lulu 2:47
  5. "Sweet Soul Music" — Arthur Conley 2:23
  6. "(We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet" — Blues Magoos 2:20
  7. "Never My Love" — Association 2:56
  8. "Sock It to Me, Baby!" — Mitch Ryder& the Detroit Wheels 3:03
  9. "Ode to Billie Joe" — Bobbie Gentry 4:17
  10. "Dedicated to the One I Love" — Mamas & The Papas 2:58

1968[edit]

Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1968
Compilation album by Various artists
Released 1995
Genre Pop rock
Length 32:02
Label Rhino
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[9]

Three songs in this volume — "Love is Blue" by Paul Mauriat, "Honey" by Bobby Goldsboro and "Harper Valley PTA" by Jeannie C. Riley — topped the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, "Honey" and "Harper Valley PTA" both reached number one on the Hot Country Singles chart.

  1. "Classical Gas" — Mason Williams
  2. "A Beautiful Morning" — Rascals
  3. "Honey" — Bobby Goldsboro
  4. "Love Is Blue" — Paul Mauriat
  5. "Young Girl" — Gary Puckett
  6. "Spooky" — Classics IV
  7. "Harper Valley PTA" — Jeannie C. Riley
  8. "Abraham, Martin and John" — Dion
  9. "Slip Away" — Clarence Carter
  10. "Hush" — Deep Purple

1969[edit]

Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1969
Compilation album by Various artists
Released 1995
Genre Pop rock
Length 30:31
Label Rhino
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[10]

Three songs in this volume — "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet" by Henry Mancini, "In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)" by Zager & Evans and "Wedding Bell Blues" by The 5th Dimension — topped the Billboard Hot 100. In addition, "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell reached number one on the Hot Country Singles chart.

  1. "Spinning Wheel" — Blood Sweat & Tears
  2. "Hawaii Five-O" — Ventures
  3. "Wedding Bell Blues" — The 5th Dimension
  4. "In the Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)" — Zager & Evans
  5. "Wichita Lineman" — Glen Campbell
  6. "Jean" — Oliver
  7. "The Worst That Could Happen" — Brooklyn Bridge
  8. "Love Theme from 'Romeo and Juliet'" — Henry Mancini
  9. "Sweet Cherry Wine" — Tommy James & the Shondells
  10. "Soulful Strut" — Young-Holt Unlimited

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Phares, Heather. Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1961 - Review. Allmusic.com.
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1962 - Review. Allmusic.com.
  4. ^ Phares, Heather. Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1963 - Review. Allmusic.com.
  5. ^ Phares, Heather. Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1964 - Review. Allmusic.com.
  6. ^ Phares, Heather. Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1965 - Review. Allmusic.com.
  7. ^ Phares, Heather. Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1966 - Review. Allmusic.com.
  8. ^ Phares, Heather. Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1967 - Review. Allmusic.com.
  9. ^ Phares, Heather. Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1968 - Review. Allmusic.com.
  10. ^ Phares, Heather. Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1969 - Review. Allmusic.com.