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Longest-running Billboard #1 singles from the 1960s

Stacker Logo By Evan Saunders of Stacker | Slide 1 of 45: The 1960s are often remembered as a decade filled with social and political change, in a manner not dissimilar to today’s climate. Amidst the upheaval of gender norms and racial bias, popular music was undergoing its own revolution. While the music of the 1960s began with the lullaby-like sounds of acts like Elvis Presley and The Everly Brothers, the decade of peace and love ended with the socially conscious grooves of Marvin Gaye and psychedelic funk of The Beatles. It’s difficult to know if these acts were as popular as today’s culture suggests, or if society is remembering them through rose-colored glasses. Were iconic acts like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones the reigning kings of the charts? Or did one-hit wonders like The Archies, and Zager and Evans hold on to that #1 spot the longest? In order to sort it all out, Stacker has turned to one source that remembers the 1960s more clearly than anyone: the Billboard charts. Using data from Wikipedia, Stacker compiled a ranking of all #1 singles between 1960–1969. Songs that spent the same amount of time on the charts are ranked in the order they were released. Read on to find out which singles kept Billboard listeners grooving up through the Summer of Love and beyond. RELATED: Click here to see the most famous musician born the same year as you.

Longest-running Billboard #1 singles from the 1960s

The 1960s are often remembered as a decade filled with social and political change, in a manner not dissimilar to today’s climate. Amidst the upheaval of gender norms and racial bias, popular music was undergoing its own revolution. While the music of the 1960s began with the lullaby-like sounds of acts like Elvis Presley and The Everly Brothers, the decade of peace and love ended with the socially conscious grooves of Marvin Gaye and psychedelic funk of The Beatles.

It’s difficult to know if these acts were as popular as today’s culture suggests, or if society is remembering them through rose-colored glasses. Were iconic acts like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones the reigning kings of the charts? Or did one-hit wonders like The Archies, and Zager and Evans hold on to that #1 spot the longest?

In order to sort it all out, Stacker has turned to one source that remembers the 1960s more clearly than anyone: the Billboard charts. Using data from Wikipedia, Stacker compiled a ranking of all #1 singles between 19601969. Songs that spent the same amount of time on the charts are ranked in the order they were released. Read on to find out which singles kept Billboard listeners grooving up through the Summer of Love and beyond.

RELATED: Click here to see the most famous musician born the same year as you.

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