The ’60s was the decade of the Beach Boys and the Beatles, Hendrix, and Zeppelin. They have defined the era and the world of rock in such a startlingly inventive way. In an effort, we highlighted the 7 rock ballads that made the 60’s below:
7. Don’t Worry Baby – Beach Boys
Written by Brian Wilson and Roger Christian — Don’t Worry Baby is the band’s first version of their own tender ballad with falsetto lead vocal by Wilson. It was released in 1964 on their album, Shut Down Volume 2.
6. House Of The Rising Sun – Animals
One of the best songs of the ’60s. Animals take on the American folk song is considered a 20th-century British pop classics. The original version of the song was sung in the character of a woman who was led into a life of degradation.
5. Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
Written by none other than, Brian Wilson including lyrics by Mike Love. Good Vibrations was one of their best works that were released on October 10, 1966 — it became such a huge commercial hit — and topped the record charts in several countries including the US and UK.
4. The Sounds Of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel
One of the best ballads ever created during the 60s’ by the rock duo Simon & Garfunkel. The Sounds Of Silence was released in March 1964 via Columbia Studios in New York City and included on their debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M..
3. Yesterday – Beatles
Credited as a Lennon–McCartney song — and was first released on the band’s 1965 album, Help! The song reached number 1 on the US charts and made its US album debut in 1966 on Yesterday and Today.
2. A Whiter Shade Of Pale – Procol Harum
The debut single of Procol Harum was released in May 1967. Right after the release of A Whiter Shade Of Pale, the single hed number 1 in the UK Singles Chart for straight six weeks.
1. Hey Jude – Beatles
Arguably the best ballad ever was written by the Beatles. It was released as a non-album single in August 1968. Though it was originally written by Paul McCartney, it was credited as a Lennon–McCartney composition. “Hey, Jude” was a number-one hit around the world and became the top-selling single of 1968 in the UK, the US, Australia, and Canada.