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20 Biggest Songs of the Summer: The 1960s

Motown and moptops provide the enduring summer jams of a thrilling, turbulent decade

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From the Summer of Love to the summer of Woodstock, the winds of change that blew through America in the Sixties always seemed to pick up speed between June and September. Whether it was the British Invasion arriving on our shores or the Beach Boys hitting the waves, the decade was dominated by sizzling platters that could be as cartoonish at the Archies or as as poignant as “People Got To Be Free.” Here are the biggest hits of the era’s summer months, ordered by length of chart peaks. Also we’ve went ahead and excluded all the ballads and more unseasonably mild hits – so our apologies to Bobby Vinton, Dean Martin and others. By Al Shipley

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1. Bobby Lewis, “Tossin’ And Turnin'”

“Tossin’ And Turnin'” ruled the Hot 100 for seven weeks of sleepless nights in July and August of 1961. Ironically, the only thing that saved Lewis from being deemed a one hit wonder was “One Track Mind,” his only other Top 10 hit.

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