Top Music Artists of the 60s

 

Top Artists of the 60’s Overview

Connie Francis #8 Artist 1960-1969

Connie Francis #8 Artist 1960-1969

During the decade of the 60’s, there were many new acts that came on the scene and performed very well. The Beatles came to American in 1964, along with other British Invasion groups as well. How well did they rank among the other artists? This is where the top music artists of the 60’s will help. The chart will show the top 50 artists from 1960-1969.

In the decade, there were a total of 6,900 songs that made the charts. The year of 1966 had the most charted singles with 743. There were over 700 unique artists that charted a single during this era. There were a total of 204 songs that peaked at the #1 position in this decade. The year of 1966 had the most #1 songs with 27.

Ranking System Used

To determine the top 50 artists, we had to use a point system that would be fair to all artists that charted singles in this period. The point system used is as follows:

Brenda Lee #4 Artist 1960-1969

Brenda Lee #4 Artist 1960-1969

1. The highest chart position reached on the Hot 100, Hot 100 Airplay or Bubbling Under charts.
2. Point breakdown as follows:

  • #1 = 100 points for its first week at #1, plus 10 points for each additional week.
  • #2 =   90 points for its first week at #2, plus 5 points for each additional week.
  • #3 =   80 points for its first week at #3, plus 3 points for each additional week.
  • #4-5 = 70 points
  • #6-10 = 60 points
  • #11-15 = 50 points
  • #16-20 = 45 points
  • #21-30 = 40 points
  • #31-40 = 35 points
  • #41-50 = 30 points
  • #51-60 = 25 points
  • #61-70 = 20 points
  • #71-90 = 15 points
  • #91-100 = 10 points
  • #101-110 = 5 points
  • #111-120 = 4 points
  • #121-135 = 3 points

3. Total weeks charted are added in.
4. In case of a tie, the artist listed first is determined by the following tie breaker rules:
1). Most charted singles
2). Most Top 40 singles
3). Most Top 10 singles

The Beatles #1 Artist 1960-1969 Signed Photo

The Beatles #1 Artist 1960-1969 Signed Photo

When two artists combine for a hit single, such as Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, the full point total is given to both artists. Duos like Simon & Garfunkel and Hall & Oates are considered recording teams and their points are not shared.

Adjustments are made for featured and lead artists. A featured artist on a single will receive 20% of the point total and the lead artist receives 100% of the point total.

The Top 50 Artists List

Rank / Artist Points
1.     The Beatles 4,490
2.     Elvis Presley 4,015
3.     Ray Charles 2,581
4.     Brenda Lee 2,502
5.     The Suprems 2,425
6.     The 4 Seasons 2,278
7.     The Beach Boys 2,194
8.     Connie Francis 2,177
9.     James Brown 2,119
10.   Marvin Gaye 1,969
11.   Bobby Vinton 1,834
12.   Chubby Checker 1,805
13.   The Rolling Stones 1,668
14.   Roy Orbison 1,667
15.   Jackie Wilson 1,663
16.   The Temptations 1,663
17.   Brook Benton 1,631
18.   The Miracles 1,608
19.   Aretha Franklin 1,490
20.   Bobby Vee 1,476
21.   Dion 1,468
22.   Bobby Darin 1,465
23.   Sam Cooke 1,459
24.   Dionne Warwick 1,459
25.   Ricky Nelson 1,428
26.   Dave Clark Five 1,387
27.   Herman’s Hermits 1,375
28.   Frank Sinatra 1,313
29.   Bobby Rydell 1,294
30.   Stevie Wonder 1,271
31.   The Drifters 1,256
32.   The Everly Brothers 1,254
33.   Fats Domino 1,226
34.   The Impressions 1,222
35.   The Shirelles 1,212
36.   Andy Williams 1,206
37.   Gene Pitney 1,202
38.   Jerry Butler 1,159
39.   Four Tops 1,158
40.   Paul Anka 1,152
41.   The Monkees 1,140
42.   Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass 1,134
43.   Johnny Tillotson 1,124
44.   Petula Clark 1,118
45.   Johnny Rivers 1,111
46.   Ptos Reddomg 1,102
47.   Tommy James & The Shondells 1,079
48.   The Rascals 1,076
49.   Wilson Pickett 1,069
50.  The Marvelettes 1,042

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