What are some great "oldies" songs?

I'm in the oldies mood, and wanna add some to my iPod. Help a brother out?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Most of the songs listed below date from 1955, the ‘birth year’ of R&R, to 1970, the Golden Age of Oldies, but a few of them are a wee bit later than that. If you like love ballads, download some songs from the Platters, the greatest ballad group ever. Just my opinion but I think there are very few people who know the Platters and their great songs would disagree with me.

    The greatest of the great Platter songs:

    The Platters - Only You (And You Alone)

    The Platters – The Great Pretender

    The Platters - My Prayer

    The Platters - Twilight Time

    The Drifters niche was up tempo ballads:

    The Drifters - Dance With Me

    The Drifters - (If You Cry) True Love, True Love

    The Drifters - This Magic Moment

    The Drifters - There Goes My Baby

    The Drifters - Save The Last Dance For Me

    The Drifters - Some Kind Of Wonderful

    The Drifters - Under The Boardwalk

    The Drifters - Up On The Roof

    Some other of my personal favorite oldies from this era (but YMMV):

    Ben E. King - Stand By Me

    Barrett Strong - Money (That's What I Want)

    Bobby 'The Polish Prince' Vinton - Please Love Me Forever

    Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode

    Chuck Berry – Almost Grown

    Danny & The Juniors - At The Hop

    Del Shannon - Runaway

    Dion - Donna The Prima Donna

    Dion - Love Came To Me

    Dion - Runaround Sue

    Dion & The Belmonts - Where Or When

    Dionne Warwick - Anyone Who Had A Heart

    Edison Lighthouse - Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

    Fats Domino - Blueberry Hill

    Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Big Girls Don't Cry

    Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Dawn (Go Away)

    Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - Rag Doll

    Freddy 'Boom Boom' Cannon - Tallahassee Lassie

    Freddy 'Boom-Boom' Cannon - Palisades Park

    Gene Pitney - Half Heaven Half Heartache

    Gene Pitney - It Hurts To Be In Love

    Gene Pitney - Only Love Can Break A Heart

    Gene Pitney - If I Didn’t Have a Dime (to Play the Jukebox)

    Gene Pitney – Every Breath I Take

    Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - If You Don't Know Me by Now

    Harpers Bizarre - The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)

    J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers - Last Kiss

    Jackie Wilson - (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher

    Jay & The Americans - Cara Mia

    Jimmy Jones - Handy Man

    Jimmy Jone – Good Timin’

    Jimmy Soul - If You Wanna Be Happy (for the Rest of Your Life, Never Make a Pretty Woman Your Wife)

    Johnny Rivers - Memphis

    Lee Andrews & The Hearts - Long Lonely Nights

    Lee Andrews & The Hearts - Teardrops

    Left Banke - Walk Away Renee

    Lenny Welch - Ebb Tide

    Lesley Gore - It's My Party

    Lesley Gore - Judy's Turn To Cry

    Little Eva - The Loco-Motion

    Little Peggy March - Hello Heartache, Goodbye Love

    Little Peggy March - I Will Follow Him

    Lloyd Price - Personality

    Lou Christie - Rhapsody In The Rain

    Lou Christie - The Gypsy Cried

    Lou Christie - Two Faces Have I

    Martha & The Vandellas - Heat Wave

    Marvin Gaye - I Heard It Through The Grapevine

    Mary Wells - My Guy

    Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs - Stay

    Nathaniel Mayer & The Fabulous Twilights - Village Of Love

    Neil Diamond - Solitary Man

    Neil Sedaka – Calendar Girl

    Neil Sedaka - Oh! Carol

    Neil Sedaka - Stairway To Heaven

    Nino Tempo & April Stevens - Deep Purple

    Paul Revere & The Raiders - Kicks

    Peter & Gordon - I Go To Pieces

    Phil Phillips & The Twilights - Sea Of Love (the original version)

    Question Mark & The Mysterians - 96 Tears

    Ral Donner - She's Everything (I Wanted You To Be)

    Randy & The Rainbows - Denise

    Ricky Nelson - Poor Little Fool

    Roy Head & The Traits - Treat Her Right

    Roy Orbison - Crying

    Roy Orbison - Oh, Pretty Woman

    Ruby & The Romantics - Our Day Will Come

    Sam Cooke - Chain Gang

    Sam Cooke - Cupid

    Sam The Sham & The Pharohs - Wooly Bully

    Santo & Johnny - Sleepwalk

    Seals and Crofts - Summer Breeze

    Seeds - Pushin' Too Hard

    Skeeter Davis - The End Of The World

    Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense and Peppermints

    Thurston Harris - Little Bitty Pretty One

    Tommy James & The Shondells - Mony Mony

    The Archies – Sugar, Sugar

    The Angels - My Boyfriend's Back

    The Animals - The House Of The Rising Sun

    The Association - Cherish

    The Beach Boys - 409

    The Beach Boys – Surfin’ Safari

    The Beau Brummels - Just a Little

    The Cadillacs - Speedo

    The Capris - There's A Moon Out Tonight

    The Cascades - Rhythm of the Rain

    The Chantels - Maybe

    The Charts - Deserie

    The Chiffons - A Love So Fine

    The Chiffons - He's So Fine

    The Chiffons - One Fine Day

    The Chimes - Once in a While

    The Cleftones - Heart and Soul

    The Clovers - Love Potion No.9

    The Contours - Do You Love Me

    The Crests - The Angels Listened In

    The Crests - Trouble In Paradise

    The Critters - Mr. Dieingly Sad

    The Critters - Younger Girl

    The Crystals - Da Doo Ron Ron

    The Dell-Vikings - Whispering Bells

    The Diamonds - Little Darlin' (one of my all time favs)

    The Earls - Remember Then

    The Earls - Never

    The Edsels - Rama Lama Ding Dong

    The Elegants - Little Star

    The Elgins - Heaven Must Have Sent You (one of the better, yet lesser known MOTOWN songs by one of its lesser known groups)

    The Essex - Easier Said Than Done

    The Everly Brothers - Bird Dog

    The Exciters - Tell Him

    The Five Satins - (I Remember) In the Still of the Night

    The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes For You

    The Flamingos - Nobody Loves Me Like You Do

    The Foundations - Build Me Up Buttercup

    The Four Tops - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)

    The Grass Roots - Live For Today

    The Heartbeats - A Thousand Miles Away

    The Isley Brothers - This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)

    The Isley Brothers – SHOUT!

    The Jarmels - A Little Bit of Soap

    The Kalin Twins - When

    The Kingsmen - Louie Louie

    The Lovin' Spoonful - Summer In The City

    The Mama's & The Papa's - California Dreamin'

    The Mama's & The Papa's - Monday Monday

    The Marcels - Blue Moon

    The Marcels - Heartaches

    The Marvelettes - Beechwood 4-5789

    The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman

    The Mello-Kings - Tonite, Tonite

    The Murmaids - Popsicles & Icicles

    The Mystics - Hushabye

    The O'Jays - Love Train

    The Outsiders - Time Won't Let Me

    The Penguins - Earth Angel

    The Rays - Silhouettes

    The Regents - Barbara Ann (the original)

    The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'

    The Rivieras - California Sun

    The Rocky Fellers - Killer Joe

    The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction

    The Ronettes - Be My Baby

    The Royal Teens - Believe Me

    The Royal Teens - Short Shorts

    The Safaris - Image of a Girl

    The Sandpipers - Come Saturday Morning

    The Sandpipers - Guantanamera

    The Schoolboys - Please Say You Want Me

    The Searchers - Needles And Pins

    The Searchers - Someday We're Gonna Love Again

    The Seeds – Pushin’ Too Hard

    The Shangri-Las - Leader Of The Pack

    The Shields - You Cheated

    The Shirelles - (You Say...)Tonight's The Night

    The Shirelles - Will You Love Me Tomorrow

    The Silhouettes - Get A Job

    The Sir Douglas Quintet - She's About a Mover

    The Sir Douglas Quintet - Mendocino

    The Skyliners - Since I Don't Have You

    The Skyliners - This I Swear

    The Spaniels - Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite

    The Springfields - Silver Threads and Golden Needles

    The Stone Poneys - Different Drum

    The Supremes - Where Did Our Love Go

    The Surfaris - Wipeout (instrumental)

    The Temptations - My Girl

    The Three Degrees - When Will I See You Again

    The Tokens - The Lion Sleeps Tonight

    The Volumes - I Love You

    THEM – Gloria (This song, written by Van Morrison and recorded by his group at the time, THEM, was on the ‘DO NOT PLAY LIST’ of many radio stations when it was released in 1964 because of its sexual innuendo. However, many people who have never heard this song and listen to it today would simply say, “You’re kidding, right?” And I would say, “No, I’m not.” The Shadows of Knight covered the song but omitted the two short lines of lyrics that caused the original ruckus. The SOK version was more popular as it received wider play but the original version by THEM is, by far, the better of the two. A great song! It ranks #69 (innuendo again:):)???) in the book, ‘The Heart of Rock and Soul, The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made.’

    If you want to see a much longer list of mostly 50s & 60s oldies, you may go a previous answer of mine that is about 4/5 down the page at:

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ah2eu...

    For DOO-WOP groups exclusively, go to another previous answer of mine:

    http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=AsR3Z...

    Also, check out the following link for oldies by year (and lyrics for many) from 1930 to 1999 and how they fared on the Billboard Charts. Any songs that peaked on the charts from #1 to #5 position (denoted to the right of the song) for any particular year may be worth listening to on YouTube and then downloading if you like it.

    http://www.ntl.matrix.com.br/pfilho/html/top40/

    For number ONE songs only, by year:

    http://www.bobborst.com/popculture/number-one-song...

    Go to the link below. It will give you the top 200 songs for the decade you select. This will keep you busy for some time.

    http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/

    You may also want to get a copy of Dave Marsh’s 1989 earlier referenced book, ‘The Heart of Rock and Soul, The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made’ from Abe books:

    http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?an=d...

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Burnadette by the four tops:) ,Thats the way god planned it by Billy preston, Across the universe by The Beatles. Sittin on the dock of the bay by ottis redding, groovin by the young rascals.Scarlet Begonias by the Grateful Dead and Ripple by the Grateful Dead

  • 1 decade ago

    Flash light - Parliament

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