Numbers seem simple. We learn to count, to use them to quantify and to define. Numbers related to music and to life in many ways. In this number series, you will find a find a variety of songs and reflections on numbers. Let’s look at some more big hits across the years for those living in senior living communities.

top hits 1960s and 1970sThis post takes off where our last post left off. Again, the list is pop and country but this time from the 1960s and 1970s. During the 1970s some boomers would still be in high school, college, or dating during this era. Others may have heard their children listening to this music.

Basic information was gathered from TSort’s World Music Charts and Music VF. The lists of top charts and top country songs are included.

You can use these songs to start conversations. When possible share a recording. Many can be found on YouTube and various cloud services.

  • Do you remember hearing____?
  • Who sang/performed _______?
  • When you hear ______ what do you think of?

Have individuals give a star rating to each song in a decade with no stars if they can’t stand it up to 5 stars if they’s love to hear it over and over. This will help give you an idea of preferred styles and artists.

Use the information for trivia games. Challenge groups to place the songs in the correct decade letting them know how many belongs in each. Look up facts about each songs for use in Jeopardy style games.

Top Hits of the 1960s

#10: Speedy Gonzales by Pat Boone (1962)

#9: It’s Now or Never by Elvis Presley (1960)

#8: Help! by The Beatles (1965)

#7: Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Elvis Presley (1960)

#6: Let’s Twist Again by Chubby Checkers (1962)

#5: I Want to Hold Your Hand by The Beatles (1964)

#4: A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum (1964)

#3: Oh, Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison (1967)

#2: Hey Jude by The Beatles (1968)

#1: (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones (1965)

Top Country Songs of the 1960s

#10: Ballad of the Green Berets by Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler (1966)

#9: A Boy Named Sue by Johnny Cash (1969)

#8: King of the Road by Roger Miller (1965)

#7: Walk Right In by The Rooftop Singers (1963)

#6: Ode to Billie Jack by Bobbie Gentry (1967)

#5: Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool by Connie Francis (1960)

#4: Stuck On You by Elvis Presley (1960)

#3: Big Bad John by Jimmy Dean (1961)

#2: Honey by Bobby Goldsboro (1968)

#1: Are You Lonesome Tonight by Elvis Presley (1960)

Top Hits of the 1970s

#10: Angie by The Rolling Stones (1973)

#9: Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jack (1974)

#8: Dancing Queen by Abba (1976)

#7: Imagine by John Lennon (1971)

#6: Kung Fu Fighting by Carl Douglas (1974)

#5: YMCA by The Village People (1978)

#4: My Sweet Lord by George Harrison (1971)

#3: You’re the One that I Want by John Travolta and Oliva Newton-John (1978)

#2: Let It Be by The Beatles (1970)

#1: Stayin’ Alive by The Bee Gees (1978)

Top Country Hits of the 1970s

#10: Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue by Crystal Gayle (1977)

#9: Convoy by C.W. McCall (1975)

#8: Coward of the County by Kenny Rogers (1979)

#7: You Don’t Bring Me Flowers by Barbara Streisand and Neil Diamond (1978)

#6: Torn Between Two Lovers by Mary MacGregor (1976)

#5: The Streak by Ray Stevens (1974)

#4: Rhinestone Cowboy by Glenn Campbell (1975)

#3: Annie’s Song by John Denver (1974)

#2: You Light Up My Life by Debby Boone (1977)

#1: The Most Beautiful Girl by Charlie Rich (1973)

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