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7 Love Songs From 50 Years Ago

james darren and shelley fabares in the donna reed show
Teen heartthrob James Darren and Shelley Fabares in an episode of The Donna Reed Show.

Wondering what song(s) to dedicate to your significant other on Valentine’s Day? Need song ideas to dance with your friends for Galentine’s Day? Then let’s spin back to 1966! The contrasting views on war and segregation inspired musicians to focus on uniting a nation, and a year later the hippie movement encouraged people to “love one another” as sung by The Monkees and The Youngbloods. February is about that heartfelt emotion toward your significant other, friends and family, or whatever you please. Below are seven love songs that were at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 charts 50 years ago. Skip the holiday card and sing it with one of these songs!


1. “Good Lovin'” – The Young Rascals

This catchy narrative song is about going to the doctor only to be told that “the cure” is to receive “good lovin'” from the person you got the hots for.


2. “Wild Thing” – The Troggs

Searching for a rock song that makes you feel tough but has honest lyrics about your feelings for someone? Then this is it! “Wild Thing” was the English rock band The Troggs’ most popular hit in the United Kingdom and the United States.


3. “You Can’t Hurry Love” – The Supremes

Don’t have a boyfriend? Don’t worry, Galentine’s Day is all about female empowerment. This song by the girl group The Supremes is sure to start a dance party for you and your gal pals.


4. “Cherish” – The Association

The band’s record label executives described the song as “too old and archaic” but it’s success proved that listeners still enjoyed a sweet and sincere song like centuries past.


5. “Reach Out I’ll be There” – Four Tops

Soul music recorded for the Motown label seemed like the best tunes to express your feelings with during the 1960s. It seems to ring true today, don’t you think?


6. “I’m a Believer” – The Monkees

Come on, you know this one! The Monkees took a jump from their man meets up with girlfriend before going off to war in “Last Train to Clarksville” to believing in love after seeing a lovely girl in “I’m a Believer.”


7. “Good Vibrations” – The Beach Boys

This fusion of psychedelic pop swirled with the band’s signature California-surf sound was released as a single with “Let’s go Away for Awhile” on the B-side. Although it wasn’t featured in the Pet Sounds album it was placed in the 1967 album, Smiley Smile.


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