Pure 60's: The #1 Hits

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Pure 60's: The #1 Hits Review

by Richie Unterberger

This compilation is just what it says: number one hits on the American charts from the 1960s. It has a leg up on some similar anthologies, though, by virtue of its sheer quantity: 26 songs spanning the entire decade, which is pretty good value for a single CD. While it's true the selection is a little arbitrary, on the whole it's really good, and whether you care about chart statistics or not, it's an excellent disc if you're looking for an all-purpose collection of 1960s pop/rock classics. There are many core classics here, spanning rock, soul, pop, and the British Invasion: the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations," Del Shannon's "Runaway," the Marvelettes' "Please Mr. Postman," Martha & the Vandellas' "(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave," Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy Diddy," the Mamas & the Papas' "Monday, Monday," the Lovin' Spoonful's "Summer in the City," the Box Tops' "The Letter," the Troggs' "Wild Thing," the Temptations' "My Girl," and Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." Actually, if there's one complaint, it's that British artists are only represented by those Manfred Mann and Troggs cuts. But even the less-critically canonized, poppy hits here are for the most part indisputable classics: the Turtles' "Happy Together," Tommy James & the Shondells' "Crimson and Clover," the Monkees' "I'm a Believer," the Strawberry Alarm Clock's "Incense and Peppermints," the Association's "Windy," Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe," and more. It's like a double-dozen dose of number one hits from oldies stations without the commercials or any of the clunkers that happened to reach number one by chance.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Dion 02:41 Amazon
2 Del Shannon 02:19 Amazon
3 The Tokens 02:39 Amazon
4 The Marvelettes 02:28 Amazon
5 Lesley Gore 02:13 Amazon
6 The Angels 02:08 Amazon
7 Martha & the Vandellas 02:43 Amazon
8 Smokey Robinson 02:42 Amazon
9 Manfred Mann 02:20 Amazon
10 The Four Tops 02:43 Amazon
11 The Supremes 02:49 Amazon
12 The Troggs 02:35 Amazon
13 The McCoys 03:51 Amazon
14 Sonny & Cher 03:11 Amazon
15 The Mamas & the Papas 03:25 Amazon
16 The Beach Boys 03:36 Amazon
17 The Lovin' Spoonful 02:40 Amazon
18 The Association 02:55 Amazon
19 The Turtles 02:54 Amazon
20 The Box Tops 01:56 Amazon
21 The Monkees 02:44 Amazon
22 Strawberry Alarm Clock 02:48 Amazon
23 Tommy James & the Shondells 03:27 Amazon
24 Marvin Gaye 03:14 Amazon
25 The 5th Dimension 04:47 Amazon
26 Steam 04:09 Amazon
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