The 100 Most Popular Non-Top 10 Hits

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Songs that moved up pop playlists during the 60’s all strived for the same goal—to become a No. 1 hit.  That was the ultimate.  For the many songs that fell short of the top spot, however, it was still not too shabby to be recognized as a Top 10 hit. There is something special about being in the Top 10 on a list.  Just google “Top 10” and you’ll know what I mean: there are top 10 lists for just about anything.  It’s easier to remember a billionaire’s name when you see it on a Forbes list of the ten richest people or a book’s title when it’s on the New York Times’ top 10 best seller list of books.Pop songs of the 60’s were no different.  If a song didn’t reach the ultimate goal of No. 1 on a radio station playlist, it could still be treasured through the years as an oldie for having reached the Top 10. But what of songs that missed the Top 10?  How well do you remember them now? I’ve put together a list of the top 100 songs that did not break into the weekly Top 10 on the Billboard magazine “Hot 100” pop charts of the 60’s.  If you listen to the countdown, you might be surprised at some of the songs you hear.  One reason for this is because the countdown is based on national airplay and sales but stations of the 60’s were local, and oftentimes what played in one region of the United States was not played in another region.  Another reason is because you may have totally forgotten a song and it has now come back to jog your memory.

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Here is some song trivia as an introduction to the 100 most popular non-Top 10 hits:

  • The years 1969, 1960 and 1968 placed the most titles in the countdown with 17, 15 and 14, respectively.  Not coincidentally, those three years also turned out the fewest top 10 songs: 99 (’69), 94 (’60) and 96 (’68).
  • The years 1963-67 placed the fewest titles in the countdown, from 5 to 8 for each year, a reflection of the faster pace of songs moving up and down the charts in those years compared to their movement in the decade’s first and last years.
  • The song with the lowest peak position on the Hot 100 that made the countdown: “Days of Wine and Roses” by Henry Mancini Orchestra & Chorus – peak position 33.
  • The countdown’s highest ranked song at the Billboard peak position of:

            pp 22: But It’s Alright – J.J. Jackson
            pp 21: none
            pp 20: First Name Initial – Annette
            pp 19: (I Left My Heart In) San Francisco – Tony Bennett
            pp 18: none
            pp 17: Playboy – Gene & Debbe
            pp 16: none
            pp 15: Going in Circles – Friends of Distinction
            pp 14: Baby I’m for Real – Originals
            pp 13: Cotton Fields – Highwaymen
            pp 12: Wings of a Dove – Ferlin Husky
            pp 11: Moon River – Henry Mancini Orchestra & Chorus

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The cutoff to qualify for the Top 100: Song No. 1007 from the playbook, Ranking the ’60s.  To view sample pages from Ranking the ’60s, click on the flipbook below.  If you like what you see, an Add to Cart button is provided for eBook purchase and download  RT60s with an added 50-page song title index is also available for purchase in print at Amazon.  

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