The Beatles – Hey Jude
You just knew we had to include The Beatles on this list. They’re arguably the most famous musicians of all time, and this song is arguably their most popular. Released in 1968, Paul McCartney wrote the song “Hey Jude,” to comfort John Lennon’s son, Julian, during his parents’ divorce. The result was a beautiful, inspiring song that everyone should know.
Ben E. King – Stand By Me
Some songs just rattle you to your core, and for me, Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me,” from 1961 does just that. I can still remember the first time I heard it, and I’m instantly brought back to that moment each time I listen to it now. This is a passionate song that’s fun to sing along with, and it has such a sincere, genuine message.
The Righteous Brothers – You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
Making it all the way to #1 in 1965, the Righteous Brothers hit “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” was a success in every sense of the word. Not only did the duo gain worldwide fame from this song, but the tune became an iconic tune of the ’60s. And it still endures! This song is just as heartfelt and moving today as it was back then. Covered countless times, it topped the charts nearly every time.