One of the better volumes in the Billboard Top Pop Hits series, 1964 features a winning mix of surf and drag singles like the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun," Ronnie & the Daytonas' "G.T.O.," the Rip Chords' "Hey Little Cobra," and the Trashmen's "Surfin' Bird," as well as the Supremes' classic "Come See About Me." The Murmaids' dreamy "Popsicles & Icicles" and Lesley Gore's plea for empowerment "You Don't Own Me" reflect the continuing presence of girl groups at the top of the charts, while Bobby Vinton's "There! I've Said It Again" and Louis Armstrong's "Hello, Dolly!" are two of the year's more traditional pop singles. Though it's still a scattered compilation, Billboard Top Pop Hits: 1964 includes enough classic and near-classic singles to make it worthwhile.
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AllMusic Review by Heather Phares