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Billboard Top Hits: 1966

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Billboard Top Hits 1966

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I'm A Believer - The Monkees
  2. Summer In The City - The Lovin' Spoonful
  3. Wild Thing - The Troggs
  4. Hanky Panky - Tommy James And The Shondells
  5. When A Man Loves A Woman - Percy Sledge
  6. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration - The Righteous Brothers
  7. Monday, Monday - The Mamas And The Papas
  8. Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
  9. Devil With A Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly - Mitch Rider & The Detroit Wheelers
  10. Good Lovin' - The Young Rascals


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032J6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,118 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1966 has ten great rock and roll hits that really rocked us back in 1966! I like the diversity of the artists on this album and the sound quality is also very good.

The Monkees kick it off right with "I'm A Believer." This sounds a bit like pop in retrospective but it does rock rather well. The Monkees sings this so well and the melody is very catchy--love that percussion! The Lovin' Spoonful continues with "Summer In The City;" this gritty rock tune always worked well and it still sounds very good today, I like the musical arrangement with the drums and percussion; and they sing this great. I really like "Summer In The City."

Tommy James And The Shondells sing a seductive, romantic little number called "Hanky Panky;" gee, I wonder what they're singing about? Tommy James And The Shondells do this with a lot of energy and the modulations between major and minor keys work so well on "Hanky Panky."

Percy Sledge weighs in with his awesome hit entitled "When A Man Loves A Woman;" Percy sings this with great sensitivity; and he scores a big hit in my book. The arrangement uses the drums, guitars and percussion to great advantage.

"(You're My) Soul And Inspiration" comes to us courtesy of The Righteous Brothers; they sing this passionately and the backup vocalists do equally well on this fine number. Listen also for The Mamas & The Papas doing their classic hit "Monday, Monday." "Monday, Monday" features their incredible ability to sing, harmonize and pass along that smooth California sound almost effortlessly.

The Beach Boys follow with "Good Vibrations;" this tune is timeless and it sounds just as grand as the first time I ever heard it.
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Rock 'n' roll compilations are as numerous as shells and rocks on a Pacifica beach. It's difficult to decide which ones to buy. There are a rare few that are must own, usually the ones on TV. I've been trying to collect the BILLBOARD and OLDIES BUT GOODIES series, but process has been slow. There's no second guessing with this collection-it's awesome! The year 1966 was an explosive year in music. The Beach Boys-PET SOUND, The Beatles-REVOLVER, The Byrds-FIFTH DIMENSION were a few of the most valuable albums released. A small sampling of the top singles are collected here. "I'm A Believer" is a marvelous opening track, with crystal clear sound quality. All the songs are classic-"Wild Thing", "Soul And Inspiration", "Good Vibrations", "Good Lovin'", "When A Man Loves A Woman" just to name a few. Performed by top 1960s bands-The Lovin' Spoonful, The Beach Boys, Tommy James, The Righteous Brothers, The Mamas & The Papas. Though every song and band are noteworthy, I'd be here for hours describing them. Inside is a time capsule with the top headlines, fads, movies, TV shows, plays, books, and debuts. While BILLBOARD TOP ROCK 'N' ROLL HITS aren't the most comprehensive collections. This 1966 one is excellent, an inexpensive way to get terrific songs with great sound. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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By A Customer on June 30, 1998
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The last year for creative pop music, 1966 had tons of songs that were blockbuster hits, and 10 of them are here. You can hear these tracks daily on oldies stations everywhere, but since this CD has such good sound quality, you might as well own it. All original versions.
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The songs are awesome and get your feet tapping and moving. An excellent choice of songs by Billboard magazine. An great addition to anyone's collection music from the 1960s. The headliner notes inside are excellent and brings back good and bad memories of such an interesting decade in the history of the United States.
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By Dan F on December 15, 2001
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One problem with the Billboard CD's is that they change the content. You can buy Top RnR Hits for 1966 with one set of titles on it and then when you go to buy another copy, it has different songs on it, but the same product number. You can't replace a lost CD.
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By Dan F on December 15, 2001
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One problem with the Billboard CD's is that they change the content. You can buy Top RnR Hits for 1966 with one set of titles on it and then when you go to buy another copy, it has different songs on it, but the same product number. You can't replace a lost CD.
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We just had our 40th class reunion this summer and made our own "souvenir CD" with songs of the 60s that meant something special to our class. The most difficult part of this endeavor was paring it down to 16 songs!! And we found that most of our favorites were from 1966. It was absolutely the BEST year for music in the 60s that were FULL of top hits and great songs. So I bought this to go along with my souvenir CD and now have a great selection of songs of my youth! One of the best CDs I've ever purchased!
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My cassette version of this, which I'd bought about a dozen or so years ago, features one of my favorite songs, These Boots Are Made For Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra. The CD version does not include it, and I can't help but wonder why? Does anyone out there know? I had hoped to replace my worn out cassette tape with the cd, but after noticing These Boots is missing, I decided not to bother. All in all the other songs are just great, but still......
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