1965: 20 Songs Released in 1965 You Must Hear

The Year 1965 summary

  • The first US combat troops arrive in Vietnam. By the end of the year, 190,000 American soldiers are in Vietnam.
  • Rhodesia unilaterally declares its independence from Britain
  • Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and more than 2,600 others arrested in Selma, Ala., during demonstrations against voter-registration rules
  • Malcolm X, black-nationalist leader, shot to death at Harlem rally
  • Blacks riot for six days in Watts section of Los Angeles: 34 dead, over 1,000 injured, nearly 4,000 arrested
  • Movies: Dr. Zhivago, The Sound of Music
    Deaths: Winston Churchill, Nat King Cole & T.S. Eliot

My rules:

  • Only one song per artist/group
  • The song must be released that specific year
  • Songs from live albums not allowed
  • Restricted to only 20 songs

20 songs you must hear from 1965

  • Like A Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan


    Released as a single July 20, 1965 (and August 30 as part of the album “Highway 61 Revisited”). In 2004 the song was placed at number one on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time”.

    Once upon a time you dressed so fine
    Threw the bums a dime in your prime, didn’t you?
    People call say ‘beware doll, you’re bound to fall’
    You thought they were all kidding you
    You used to laugh about
    Everybody that was hanging out
    Now you don’t talk so loud
    Now you don’t seem so proud
    About having to be scrounging your next meal

  • The Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

    the rolling stones satisfaction

    A song by the English rock band The Rolling Stones, released in 1965. It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and produced by Andrew Loog Oldham. Richards’ three-note guitar riff – intended to be replaced by horns – opens and drives the song. The lyrics refer to sexual frustration and commercialism. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine placed “Satisfaction” in the second spot on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time“.

    I can’t get no satisfaction
    I can’t get no satisfaction
    ‘Cause I try and I try and I try and I try
    I can’t get no, I can’t get no

  • The Who – My Generation

    the who my generation

    A song by the British rock group The Who, which became a hit and one of their most recognisable songs. The song was named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll.

    People try to put us d-down
    (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
    Just because we get around
    (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
    Things they do look awful c-c-cold
    (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)
    I hope I die before I get old
    (Talkin’ ’bout my generation)

    My generation
    This is my generation, baby

  • The Beatles – Help!

    the beatles help

    A song by the Beatles that served as the title song for both the 1965 film and its soundtrack album. It was also released as a single, and was number one for three weeks in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Released 19 July 1965 (US) & 23 July 1965 (UK).
    The song was named the 29th greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

    Help, I need somebody
    Help, not just anybody
    Help, you know I need someone

  • John Coltrane – Acknowledgement

    john coltrane love supreme

    Released on Coltrane’s album “A Love Supreme” February 1965. In 2003, the album was ranked number 47 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

  • Them – Gloria


    Gloria” is a rock song classic written by Northern Irish singer-songwriter Van Morrison and originally recorded by Morrison’s band Them in 1964 and released as a single B-side in 1964 & A-side in 1965. Also release on the album “The Angry Young Them” 11 June 1965 (UK) & July 1965 (U.S.). The song was placed #208 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

    Like to tell ya about my baby
    You know she comes around
    She about five feet four
    A-from her head to the ground

  • The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine man

    the byrds mr tambourine man

    The Byrds recorded a version of Bob Dylan’s Mr. Tambourine Man in the same year as Dylan as their first single on Columbia Records, reaching number 1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the UK Singles Chart, as well as being the title track of their first album, Mr. Tambourine Man. The song was placed #79 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
    I’m not sleepy and there is no place I’m going to
    Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me
    In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come followin’ you

  • Otis Redding – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long

    otis redding been loving you too long

    A song written by Otis Redding and Jerry Butler. It appeared as the A-side of a 1965 hit single by Otis Redding – and subsequently appeared on his third album, Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul. The song is ranked #110 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

    I’ve been loving you too long to stop now

    You are tired and you want to be free
    My love is growing stronger, as you become a habit to me
    Ohh, I’ve been loving you too long
    I don’t wanna stop now

  • Elvis Presley – Crying in the Chapel

    elvis presley crying in the chapel

    Written by Artie Glenn & recorded by Elvis On October 30, 1960, but released as an “Easter Special” single (447-0643) in April 1965.

    You saw me crying in the chapel
    The tears I shed were tears of joy
    I know the meaning of contentment
    Now I am happy with the Lord

  • Simon & Garfunkel – The Sound of Silence

    Sound of silence

    A song by American music duo Simon & Garfunkel from their debut studio album, Wednesday Morning, 3 AM (1964). The song was written by Paul Simon over the period of several months between 1963–1964. Released as a single September 13, 1965. The song is ranked #156 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

    Hello darkness, my old friend
    I’ve come to talk with you again
    Because a vision softly creeping
    Left its seeds while I was sleeping
    And the vision that was planted
    In my brain still remains
    Within the sound of silence

  • Johnny Cash – Orange Blossom Special

    Written by Ervin T. Rouse. Released on Cash’s album “Orange Blossom Special” in February 1965.

    Look a-yonder comin’
    Comin’ down that railroad track
    Hey, look a-yonder comin’
    Comin’ down that railroad track
    It’s the Orange Blossom Special
    Bringin’ my baby back

  • Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage

    A jazz composition by Herbie Hancock from his 1965 album Maiden Voyage. It features Hancock’s quartet – trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams – with additional saxophonist George Coleman. It is one of Hancock’s best-known compositions and has become a jazz standard.

  • James Brown – Papa’s got a brand new bag

    A song written and recorded by James Brown. Released as a two-part single in 1965, it was Brown’s first song to reach the Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten, peaking at number eight, and was a number-one R&B hit, topping the charts for eight weeks. It won Brown his first Grammy Award, for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording. The song is ranked #72 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

    Come here sister, Papa’s in the swing
    He ain’t too hip, about that new breed babe
    He ain’t no drag
    Papa’s got a brand new bag

  • The Miracles – The tracks of my tears

    Written by Miracles members Smokey Robinson (lead vocalist), Pete Moore (bass vocalist), and Marv Tarplin (guitarist).
    This song is considered to be among the finest recordings of The Miracles, and it sold over one million records within two years, making it The Miracles’ fourth million-selling record. It has also been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and is listed by Rolling Stone magazine as #50 in its listing of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

    People say I’m the life of the party
    Because I tell a joke or two
    Although I might be laughing loud and hearty
    Deep inside I’m blue

  • The Impressions – People get ready

    A 1965 single by the Impressions, and the title track from the People Get Ready album. The single is the group’s best-known hit, reaching number-three on the Billboard R&B Chart and number 14 on the Billboard Pop Chart. The gospel-influenced track was a Curtis Mayfield composition, and displayed the growing sense of social and political awareness in his writing. The song is ranked #24 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

    People get ready
    There’s a train a commin’
    U don’t need no baggage
    U just get on board
    All U need is faith
    To hear the diesels hummin’
    U don’t need no ticket
    U just thank the lord

  • Roger Miller – King of the Road

    A song written and originally recorded by country singer Roger Miller. The lyrics tell of the day-to-day life of a vagabond hobo who despite being poor (a “man of means by no means”) revels in his freedom, describing himself humorously as the “king of the road”. It was released as  a single in January 1965.

    Trailer for sale or rent, rooms to let, fifty cents.
    No phone, no pool, no pets, I ain’t got no cigarettes
    Ah, but, two hours of pushin’ broom
    Buys an eight by twelve four-bit room
    I’m a man of means by no means, king of the road.

  • Martha & The Vandellas – Nowhere to run

    A 1965 pop single by Martha and the Vandellas for the Gordy (Motown) label and is one of the group’s signature songs. The song, written and produced by Motown’s main production team of Holland–Dozier–Holland, depicts the story of a woman trapped in a bad relationship with a man she cannot help but love.

    Nowhere to run to, baby
    Nowhere to hide
    Got nowhere to run to, baby
    Nowhere to hide

  • Animals – Don’t let me be misunderstood

    Written by Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, and Sol Marcus for the jazz singer/pianist Nina Simone.
    The Animals released it as a single in January 1965 (UK) & February 1965 (U.S.). This single was ranked by Rolling Stone at #315 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

    Baby, do you understand me now?
    Sometimes I feel a little mad
    But don’t you know that no one alive can always be an angel
    When things go wrong I feel real bad.

  • Porter Wagoner – Green Green Grass of Home

    Written by Claude “Curly” Putman, Jr. and first recorded by singer Johnny Darrell, is a country song originally made popular by Porter Wagoner in 1965, when it reached No. 4 on the country chart.

    The old hometown looks the same
    As I step down from the train
    And there to meet me is my mama and papa

  • Nina Simone – Sinnerman

    Accepted as an African American traditional spiritual song that has been recorded by a number of performers and has been incorporated in many other of the media and arts. Released as a single by Nina Simone May 20, 1965.

    Oh sinner man, where you gonna run to?
    Sinner man, where you gonna run to?
    Where you gonna run to?
    All on that day



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