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Initial post: May 30, 2012 4:24:30 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2012 9:36:32 PM PDT
I am currently compiling a list/CDs of 1960s Frat Rock/Party songs and anthems. Below is my list. I would appreciate the input of our knowledgeable posters. Are there any songs you feel I should add to this list? Are there any songs listed already that you feel don't truly fit the "Frat Rock" label? Thanks for your help.

96 Tears - ? and Mysterians
Action! - Freddy Cannon
Barbara Ann - The Beach Boys
Bits and Pieces - The Dave Clark 5
Bottle of Wine - The Fireballs
Bread and Butter - The Newbeats
California Sun - The Rivieras
Cool Jerk - The Capitols
Dance to the Music - Sly and the Family Stone
Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas
Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
Dirty Water - The Standells
Do Wah Diddy - Manfred Mann
Do You Love Me - The Contours
Do You Want to Dance - Bobby Freeman
Double Shot (of My Baby's Love) - The Swingin' Medallions
Farmer John - The Premiers
Function at the Junction - Shorty Long
Gimme Gimme Good Lovin' - Crazy Elephant
Gimme Some Lovin' - Spencer Davis Group
Gloria - Shadows of Knight
Going to a Go-Go - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
Good Lovin' - The Rascals
Good Old Rock 'N Roll - Cat Mother & The All Night News Boys
Hang On Sloopy - The McCoys
Hippy Hippy Shake - The Swinging Blue Jeans
Hot Pastrami - The Dartells
Hungry - Paul Revere and the Raiders
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
I Fought the Law - The Bobby Fuller Four
I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown
I Saw Her Standing There - The Beatles
I Want Candy - The Strangeloves
I Want to Hold Your Hand (U.S. Capitol mix) - The Beatles
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone - The Monkees
If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
Jenny Take a Ride! - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
Just Like Me - Paul Revere & the Raiders
Keep On Dancin' - The Gentrys
Land of 1,000 Dances - Cannibal and the Headhunters
La La La La La - The Blendells
Let's Dance - Chris Montez
Liar, Liar - The Castaways
Lies - The Knickerbockers
Little Bit O'Soul - The Music Explosion
Little Latin Lupe Lu - The Righteous Brothers
Loco-Motion, The - Little Eva
Louie, Louie - The Kingsmen
Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong
Mony Mony - Tommy James and the Shondells
Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz
Oh, Pretty Woman - Roy Orbison
Peanut Butter - The Marathons
Peppermint Twist, The - Joey Dee & the Starliters
Psychotic Reaction - Count Five
Quarter to Three - Gary "U.S." Bonds
Runaway - Del Shannon
Shake - Otis Redding
Shake A Tail Feather - James & Bobby Purify
Shakin' All Over - The Guess Who
She's About a Mover - Sir Douglas Quintet
Shotgun - Jr. Walker & the All-Stars
Shout - The Isley Brothers
Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca
Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays
Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen
Tighten Up - Archie Bell & the Drells
Twist and Shout - The Beatles
Twist, The - Chubby Checker
Valleri (TV version) - The Monkees
What Kind Of Fool Do You Think I Am - Bill Deal & The Rhondels
What'd I Say - Ray Charles
Whittier Blvd. - Thee Midniters
Wild Thing - The Troggs
Wipe Out - The Surfaris
Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
You Really Got Me - The Kinks

In reply to an earlier post on May 30, 2012 4:29:04 PM PDT
Sea Cruise.

Ooo-ee baby!

Posted on May 30, 2012 4:35:49 PM PDT
Michael Ary says:
Mac The Knife

Posted on May 30, 2012 4:50:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2012 5:09:56 PM PDT
doodah man says:
just a few that are on my iTunes, some may or may not appeal to you

Shape of Things to Come -Max Frost and the Troopers
You're Gonna Miss Me -13th Floor Elevators
We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet -Blues Magoos
Diddy Wah Diddy -Captain Beefheart
Have I the Right -The Honeycombs
Friday On My Mind -Easybeats
Sleepwalk -Santo and Johnny
I Live for the Sun -Sunrays

I like a lot- no, ALL of your selections; You pretty much have the 'Animal House' soundtrack ++, which is petty definitive.

Not sure if you use Vuze or any of those sites, but I've gone in and searched 'Nuggets' and 'Pebbles' and '60s hits' and 'Garage' and have come up with some excellent stuff. Some great and pretty obscure music from the 60s.

Posted on May 30, 2012 5:07:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2012 5:08:53 PM PDT
alysha25 says:
"Rock around the Clock", Bill Haley and the Comets, wrong decade maybe, but it seems like it would fit.

Posted on May 30, 2012 5:25:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2012 6:07:51 PM PDT
Great list, John! Here's a few more. These are some of the songs, in addition to a lot of those on your list, that I remember bands playing at parties and dances when I was a teenager.

Hard to Handle - Otis Redding
Show Me (A Man That's Got A Good Woman) - Joe Tex
Walkin' the Dog - Rufus Thomas
Kicks - Paul Revere & the Raiders
I've Been Hurt - The Tams
Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd
The Letter - The Box Tops
Summer In The City - Lovin' Spoonful
Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations
In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
Mustang Sally - Wilson Pickett
Hold On, I'm Comin' - Sam & Dave
Soul Man - Sam & Dave
Sock It To Me, Baby - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
Do You Love Me - The Contours / Dave Clark Five
You Can't Sit Down - The Dovells
Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye
Stubborn Kind Of Fellow - Marvin Gaye
Long Tall Texan
Black Is Black - Los Bravos
Pa Pa Ooh Maw Maw (sp?)
Light My Fire - The Doors
The Snake - Al Wilson / Johnny Rivers
Love Potion #9 - The Searchers

And for the slow song ...
My Girl - The Temptations
When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
Talk to Me, Talk to Me - Sunny & the Sunglows or James Brown

Posted on May 30, 2012 5:39:31 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2012 11:46:36 AM PDT
JBug says:
Come On Up - The Rascals
I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore - Rascals
Hanky Panky - Tommy James & the Shondells
Say I Am (What I Am) - Tommy James & the Shondells
I'm a Man - Yardbirds
I'm a Man - Spencer Davis Group
All Day and All of the Night - Kinks
Wrap It Up - Sam and Dave
House of the Rising Sun - Animals
It's My Life - Animals
We Gotta Get Out of This Place - Animals
I'm Crying - Animals
I Got a Line on You - Spirit
My Little Red Book - Love
Annie Fannie - Kingsmen
Bony Maronie - Larry Williams
Born to Be Wild - Steppenwolf
Magic Carpet Ride - Steppenwolf
Let's Live for Today - Grass Roots
Somebody Help Me - Spencer Davis Group
Time Won't Let Me - Outsiders
Pushin' Too Hard - Seeds
Night Time - Strangeloves
Tobacco Road - Blues Magoos
Little Black Egg - Night Crawlers
Time Has Come Today - Chamber Brothers
I Had Too Much to Dream - Electric Prunes
Jumping Jack Flash - Rolling Stones
I Can't Explain - The Who
My Generation - The Who
Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
Green Tambourine - Lemon Pipers
Incense And Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock
Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer
In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida - Iron Butterfly

Posted on May 30, 2012 5:48:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 30, 2012 6:20:53 PM PDT
doodah man says:
good one JBug on 'House of the Rising Sun', I would add the Frijid Pink version.

Posted on May 30, 2012 6:58:40 PM PDT
Noticed the Bill Deal version of "What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am?", but I didn't see "May I?" up there!

He also did "I've Been Hurt", but I prefer the original by the Sensational Epics.

Posted on May 30, 2012 9:08:12 PM PDT
Thanks for all the suggestions. Keep 'em coming!

Posted on May 31, 2012 4:19:36 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 31, 2012 4:26:14 AM PDT
JBug says:

Ramblin' Gamblin' Man - Bob Seger System (late 60s)
So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star - the Byrds

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2012 5:26:13 AM PDT
fartissimo says:
I didn't attend any frat parties during the 60's but I'm guessing that
some of these may have been played. Good luck with your CDs!

Baby Please Don't Go - Them
I Need You - Zakary Thaks
Sweetgina - Things To Come
Big Boss Man - The Pretty Things
Friday On My Mind - The Easybeats
I Saw Her In A Mustang - Vandals
Let It Out (Let It All Hang Out) - Hombres
Judy In Disguise - John Fred And His Playboy Band
Five O'Clock World, You're The One - The Vogues
Talk Talk - Music Machine
Psycho - Sonics
A Question Of Temperature - Balloon Farm
Little Girl - Syndicate Of Sound
1,2,3 - Len Barry
Needles And Pins - Searchers
Can't You See That She's Mine - Dave Clark Five
Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
Run Around Sue, The Wanderer - Dion
Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler
Dream Lover - Bobby Darin
Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee
The Lion Sleeps Tonight - Tokens
Tequila - Champs
Telstar - Tornados
Pipeline - Chantays
Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG
Let's Hang On - Four Seasons
It's My Party - Leslie Gore
My Guy - Mary Wells
Memphis, Secret Agent Man - Johnny Rivers
She's Not There - Zombies
Bend Me Shape Me - American Breed
Along Comes Mary - Association
Oh Yeah - Shadows Of Knight
Hush - Deep Purple
Cara Mia - Jay & The Americans
Dead Man's Curve - Jan & Dean
Western Union - Five Americans
My Boyfriend's Back - Angels
Da Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals
Leader Of The Pack - Shangi-Las
Be My Baby - Ronettes
These Boots Are Made For Walking - Nancy Sinatra
One Fine Day - Chiffons

Posted on Jun 1, 2012 6:39:26 AM PDT
The Sir Douglas Quintet's "Mendocino"!
The B-52's "Rock Lobster" in my era.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 11:32:34 AM PST
Steelers fan says:
Don't forget Ernie K-Doe's "Mother In Law".

She thinks her advice is a contribution.
If she would leave that would be a solution.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 11:35:15 AM PST
Steelers fan says:
"I Can't Control Myself"--Troggs

Your slacks are low and your hips are showin'.

Posted on Jan 7, 2013 11:50:19 AM PST
Michael Ary says:
Great lists so far... I don't see much listed from The Beach Boys. Almost any upbeat tune by them would make this list. Also a lot of Motown songs were big party tunes as was The Young Rascals (later just Rascals), Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Steppenwolf and the No. 1 party tune of that era... Louie, Louie by the Kingsmen.

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 1:11:26 PM PST
Your search begins and ends with the National Lampoon Animal House soundtrack.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2013 5:10:06 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 17, 2013 10:32:55 PM PST
Mike B. says:
If you don't know about them, Rhino compiled a great series of Frat Rock albums, starting with this one:

Frat Rock: Best of

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 9:52:51 PM PST
alexwilbury says:
Pretty much any CCR song.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 17, 2013 7:08:46 PM PST
Dee Zee says:
Rambling Gambling Man - Bob Seger System

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 12:31:14 PM PST
Steelers fan says:
The Sunrays were Murry Wilson's project after the rift with the B. Boys.

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 12:34:00 PM PST
Steelers fan says:
Rubber Biscuit--Chips
Riot In Cell Block #9--Robins
Idol With The Golden Head--Coasters

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 1:00:33 PM PST
Steelers fan says:
Wild Honey--B. Boys
Expressway To Your Heart--Soul Survivors
Get Off My Cloud, Surprise Surprise, The Last Time, It's All Over Now--Rolling somethings

Posted on Feb 21, 2014 1:13:47 PM PST
Steelers fan says:
Actually some Fifties gold in there. But it's all good.

Posted on Feb 24, 2014 4:29:16 PM PST
IFeelFree says:
A few more good ones that haven't been mentioned so far:

Let's Have a Party - Wanda Jackson (1960)
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles (1960)
Runaround Sue - Dion (1961)
I'm Coming Home - Prince Conley (1961)
Chains - The Cookies (1962)
Little Town Flirt - Del Shannon (1962)
Keep Your Hands Off My Baby - Little Eva (1962)
Some Other Guy - The Big Three (1963)
Anyway You Want It - Dave Clark Five (1964)
The Queen - The Rip Chords (1964)
Romeo & Juliet - Michael & the Messengers (1964)
I'm Walkin' - John & Paul (1964)
I Gotta Move - The Kinks (1964)
Break-A-Way - Irma Thomas (1964)
You Can't Do That - The Beatles (1964)
I Get Around - The Beach Boys (1964)
Handy Man - Del Shannon (1964)
Hey Little Bird - The Barbarians (1964)
Tobacco Road - The Nashville Teens (1964)
You're On My Mind - The Birds (1964) (NOT the Byrds!)
Do You Have To Ask? - The Swingin' Machine (1965)
Strychnine - The Sonics (1965)
I'll Go Crazy - The Untamed (1965)
Nowhere to Run - Martha & the Vandellas (1965)
Just a Little Bit - Roy Head (1965)
No Good Without You - Birds (1965) (NOT the Byrds!)
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown (1965)
Till the End of the Day - the Kinks (1965)
Laugh Laugh - Beau Brummels (1965)
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals (1965)
Let Her Dance - Bobby Fuller Four (1965)
It's Not True - The Who (1965)
You Weren't Using Your Head - The Wailers (1965)
We're Pretty Quick - The Chobs (1965)
Help Me Rhonda - The Beach Boys (1965)
Come On Baby - Al's Untouchables (1965)
She's So Fine - The Easybeats (1965)
Heart Full of Soul - The Yardbirds (1965)
Why Do I Cry? - The Remains (1965)
1-2-5 - The Haunted (1966)
Nothin' - The Ugly Ducklings (1966)
All Night Stand - The Thoughts (1966)
Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder (1966)
Love is Like an Itching in My Heart - The Supremes (1966)
Please Stay - The Cryin' Shames (1966)
Maid of Sugar, Maid of Spice - Mouse and the Traps (1966)
I Don't Want to Follow You - The Wailers (1966)
Don't Crowd Me - Keith Kessler (1966)
Little Latin Lupe Lu - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
Said I Wasn't Gonna Tell Nobody - Sam & Dave (1966)
East Side Story - St. Louis Union (1966)
Security - Thane Russal & Three (1966)
My Flash on You - Love (1966)
Stand Up - Del Shannon (1966)
Kicks and Chicks - The Zipps (1966)
Land of 1000 Dances - Wilson Pickett (1966)
Try a Little Tenderness - Otis Redding (1966)
19th Nervous Breakdown - The Rolling Stones (1966)
You Know He Did - Marcy McCarthy (1966)
Children of the Sun - The Misunderstood (1966)
With a Girl Like You - The Troggs (1966)
Who Do You Love? - The Woolies (1966)
Words - The Regents (1966)
Where Have All the Good Times Gone? - The Kinks (1966)
Love - Bad Boys (1966)
Over, Under, Sideways, Down - The Yardbirds (1966)
Don't Bring Me Down - The Animals (1966)
Knock On Wood - Eddie Floyd (1966)
99th Floor - The Moving Sidewalks (1967)
The People in Me - The Music Machine (1967)
Something' Wrong - The Easybeats (1967)
Don't Look Back - The Remains (1967)
It's Cold Outside - The Choir (1967)
Little Boy, Little Girl - Odyssey (1967)
Jezebel - Herman's Hermits (1967)
What is the Reason? - The Rascals (1967)
Are You Gonna Be There? - Chocolate Watchband (1967)
Through My Eyes - Creation (1967)
Mary Mary - The Strangers (1967)
Pictures of Lily - The Who (1967)
When I Was Young - Eric Burden & the Animals (1967)
Let's Live for Today - The Grass Roots (1967)
Take It as It Comes - The Doors (1967)
Journey to the Center of the Mind - Amboy Dukes (1968)
Fire - Arthur Brown (1968)
Crimson & Clover - Tommy James & the Shondells (1968)
Street Fighting Man - The Rolling Stones (1968)
Bill Deal & the Rhondels - What Kind of Fool Do You Think I Am? (1969)
Rock Me - Steppenwolf (1969)
Wham Bam Thank You Man - Small Faces (1969)
Long and Lonesome Road - Shocking Blue (1969)
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