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List of notable events in music that took place in the year 1966.

Specific locations[]

  • 1966 in British music
  • 1966 in Norwegian music

Specific genres[]

  • 1966 in country music
  • 1966 in jazz


  • January 8Shindig! is broadcast for the last time on ABC, with musical guests the Kinks and the Who; 2 days earlier, the birthday of Elvis Presley is celebrated in the final Thursday episode of the series.
  • January 14 – Young English singer David Jones changes his last name to Bowie to avoid being confused with Davy Jones of the Monkees.
  • January 17Simon & Garfunkel release the album Sounds of Silence in the US.
  • February 2 – The first edition of Go-Set magazine is published in Melbourne, Australia. Founded by former Monash University students Phillip Frazer and Tony Schauble, the new weekly is the first independent periodical in Australia devoted entirely to popular music and youth culture. The inaugural 24-page issue has a cover feature on Tom Jones, stories on The Groop, singer Pat Carroll and DJ Ken Sparkes and a feature on mod fashion by designer Prue Acton.
  • February 6The Animals appear a fifth time on The Ed Sullivan Show to perform their iconic Vietnam-anthem hit "We Gotta Get Out of this Place".
  • February 17Brian Wilson starts recording "Good Vibrations" with The Wrecking Crew, continuing for several months and marking a beginning to the famed Smile sessions.
  • February 19Jefferson Airplane and Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin perform at the Fillmore.
  • February 25The Yardbirds release the single "Shapes of Things"/"Mister, You're a Better Man Than I", heralding the dawn of the psychedelic era in British rock. "Shapes" will peak at No. 3 in the UK and No. 10 in Canada and the US, where it remains on the charts throughout the spring of 1966, making its final Hot 100 appearance mid-June.
  • March 4The Beatles' John Lennon is quoted in the London Evening Standard newspaper as saying that "We're more popular than Jesus now." In August, following publication of this remark in Datebook, there are Beatles protests and record burnings in the Southern US's Bible Belt.
  • March 5 – The 11th Eurovision Song Contest is staged in the Villa Louvigny, Luxembourg. Udo Jürgens, having represented Austria in the last two contests (sixth in 1964; fourth in 1965), finally scores a first for the country, with "Merci Chérie", which he co-wrote.
  • March 6 – In the UK, 5,000 fans of the Beatles sign a petition urging British Prime minister Harold Wilson to reopen Liverpool's Cavern Club.
  • March 14The Byrds release the psychedelic single "Eight Miles High" in the US. It is banned in several states due to allegations that the lyrics advocate drug use, yet reaches No.14 on the Billboard 100 charts.
  • March 15 – The 8th Annual Grammy Awards are held in New York, hosted by Jerry Lewis. Roger Miller wins the most awards with five. Frank Sinatra's September of My Years wins Album of the Year, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass' version of "A Taste of Honey" wins Record of the Year and Tony Bennett's version of "The Shadow of Your Smile" wins Song of the Year. Tom Jones wins Best New Artist.
  • AprilHerb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass set a world record by placing five albums simultaneously on Billboard's Pop Album Chart, with four of them the Top 10. Their music outsells The Beatles by a margin of two-to-one – over 13 million recordings. They win 4 Grammys this year.
  • April 11 – First public performance in the Metropolitan Opera House, of Giacomo Puccini's La fanciulla del West, though the official opening of the new opera house will not take place until September 16.
  • April 12 – In Los Angeles, California, Jan Berry, of Jan and Dean, crashes his Corvette into a truck that is parked on Whittier Boulevard. Berry slips into a two-month-long coma and suffers total physical paralysis for over a year as well as extensive brain damage.
  • April 23 – For the first time since its January 18, 1964, issue, the Billboard Hot 100 chart fails to have an artist from the UK with a Top 10 single, ending a streak of 117 consecutive weeks.
  • May 1The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who perform at the NME's poll winners' show at the Empire Pool (Wembley) in London. This will be The Beatles' last conventional live concert in Britain. The show is videotaped for later broadcast but The Beatles' and The Stones' segments are omitted because of union conflicts.
  • May 6 – The first issue of Džuboks, the first Yugoslav magazine dedicated to rock music and the first rock magazine in a socialist country, is released.
  • May 7 – The Rolling Stones release "Paint It, Black" in the US (May 13 in the UK); this becomes the first number one hit single in the US and UK to feature a sitar (played by Brian Jones).
  • May 16 – Legendary album Pet Sounds by The Beach Boys is released in the US.
  • May 17Bob Dylan and the Hawks (later The Band) perform at the Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England. Dylan is booed by the audience because of his decision to tour with an electric band, the boos culminating in the famous "Judas" shout.
  • May 30Them, fronted by Van Morrison, begin a three-week stint as the headliner act at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood. On the last night June 18, they are joined on stage by that week's opening act The Doors. Van and Jim Morrison sing "Gloria" together.
  • June 6 – 25-year-old Claudette Frady-Orbison, while motorcycle riding with her husband Roy Orbison, is killed when her motorcycle is struck by a pickup truck in Gallatin, Tennessee.
  • June 18 – At a drunken gig at The Queen's College, Oxford in England, bassist/producer Paul Samwell-Smith quits The Yardbirds and star session guitarist Jimmy Page agrees to take over on bass.
  • June 20Bob Dylan's album Blonde on Blonde is released in the US.
  • June 27Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention's debut album, Freak Out!, is released in the US. It is an initial failure, but gains a massive cult following in subsequent years.
  • July 2The Beatles become the first musical group to perform at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo. The performance ignites protests from local citizens who feel that it is inappropriate for a rock and roll band to play at Budokan.
  • July 29Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident near his home in Woodstock, New York. He is not seen in public for over a year.
  • July 31 – The "supergroup" Cream, a trio featuring Eric Clapton (guitar), Ginger Baker (drums) and Jack Bruce (bass guitar, lead vocals) performs its first official concert at the Windsor (UK) Jazz & Blues Festival.
  • August 1 – "Midsummer Serenades: A Mozart Festival" is held – the first Mostly Mozart Festival.
  • August 5The Beatles release their album Revolver in the UK, expanding the year's psychedelic sound.
  • August 11John Lennon holds a press conference in Chicago, Illinois, to apologize for his remarks the previous March. "I suppose if I had said television was more popular than Jesus, I would have gotten away with it. I'm sorry I opened my mouth. I'm not anti-God, anti-Christ, or anti-religion. I was not knocking it. I was not saying we are greater or better."
  • August 17 – The Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra becomes the first major overseas orchestra to perform at The Proms.
  • August 24 – American rock band The Doors record their self-titled debut album.
  • August 25The Yardbirds' lead guitarist Jeff Beck takes ill in San Francisco and Jimmy Page, who has been playing bass, takes over on lead guitar for the band's concert at the Carousel Ballroom.
  • August 29
    • The Beatles perform their last official concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. The last number they play is Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally".
    • NBC airs the last episode of Hullabaloo, with Elvis Presley performing "Aud Lang Slyne" (the episode previously aired in April).
  • September 12 – The first episode of The Monkees television series is broadcast on NBC in the US.
  • September 16
    • The Metropolitan Opera House (Lincoln Center) opens in New York City with the première of Samuel Barber's opera Antony and Cleopatra. The opera is rejected by the critics.
    • Eric Burdon records a solo album after leaving The Animals and appears on the show Ready, Steady, Go, singing "Help Me Girl", a UK #14 solo hit. Also on the show are Otis Redding and Chris Farlowe.
  • September 23The Yardbirds debut their twin lead guitar lineup, featuring Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, at the Royal Albert Hall in London, opening for the The Rolling Stones 1966 UK tour. Also on the bill are Ike & Tina Turner, Peter Jay and the New Jaywalkers and Long John Baldry.
  • September 24Jimi Hendrix arrives in London to record with producer/manager Chas Chandler.
  • October 8WOR-FM in New York City becomes the first FM rock music station, under the leadership of DJ Murray The K.
  • October 22 – With their album The Supremes A' Go-Go, The Supremes become the first all-female group to reach number one on the US Billboard 200.
  • November 9John Lennon meets Yoko Ono when he attends a preview of her art exhibition at the Indica Gallery in London.
  • November 15 – Japanese band The Tigers make their first television appearance, changing their name from "The Funnys" for the occasion.
  • November 24The Beatles begin recording sessions for their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album at Abbey Road Studios in London.
  • November 30The Yardbirds officially announce that Jeff Beck has left the band, leaving Jimmy Page as sole guitarist in the group, within which Page would plant the seeds of Led Zeppelin.
  • December 6 – A Smile vocal overdub session by The Beach Boys for the song "Cabin Essence" becomes the scene of a climactic argument between member Mike Love and third-party lyricist Van Dyke Parks, causing him to gradually distance away from the project.
  • December 9
    • The Who release their second album A Quick One with a nine-minute "mini-opera" "A Quick One While He's Away".
    • The Move release their debut single "Night of Fear".
  • December 16The Jimi Hendrix Experience release their first single in the UK, "Hey Joe".
  • December 17David Oppenheim films Brian Wilson at his home performing his composition "Surf's Up". The footage will later be used for CBS's Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution to be aired the next April.
  • December 23-30 – The UFO Club opens in London, featuring psychedelic bands Pink Floyd and Soft Machine; and the films of Andy Warhol and Kenneth Anger.
  • 1966 dates unknown
    • Dalida receives, for a second time, the Music Hall Bravos.
    • Charley Pride is signed by RCA.
    • The Centre d'Etudes de Mathématique et Automatique Musicales (Centre for Automatic and Mathematical Music) is founded in Paris by Iannis Xenakis.
    • Modern Assyrian music takes off when Albert Rouel Tamras releases his first records in Baghdad in 1966 on the Bashirphone label.
    • Conductor Herbert Kegel marries soprano Celestina Casapietra.
    • Pungmul music is recognized as an important Intangible Cultural Property in South Korea, under the title nongak sipicha (농악십이차, "twelve movements of farmers' music").

Bands formed[]

Bands disbanded[]

Albums released[]


Day Album Artist Notes
1 I Got You (I Feel Good) James Brown -
3 Just Like Us! Paul Revere & the Raiders -
7 The Second Album The Spencer Davis Group -
14 A-tom-ic Jones Tom Jones -
17 Four & More Miles Davis Live
Sounds of Silence Simon & Garfunkel -
20 Ballads of the Green Berets Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler featuring hit title track
21 Them Again Them UK
Lesley Gore Sings All About Love Lesley Gore -
31 The Movie Song Album Tony Bennett -
Bobby Vinton Sings Satin Pillows and Careless Bobby Vinton -
Five O'Clock World The Vogues -
Jealous Heart Connie Francis -
Lightfoot! Gordon Lightfoot -
That Nashville Sound Jimmie Rodgers -
The Orbison Way Roy Orbison -
Where the Action Is The Ventures -


Day Album Artist Notes
7 Roll Out the Red Carpet Buck Owens -
18 I Hear a Symphony The Supremes -
- Ascension John Coltrane -
The Best of The Animals The Animals Compilation
Crying Time Ray Charles -
Doctor Zhivago Maurice Jarre Soundtrack to 1965 film
The Sammy Davis Jr. Show Sammy Davis Jr. -
Somewhere There's a Someone Dean Martin -
Take a Ride Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels -


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Frankie and Johnny Elvis Presley Soundtrack
4 Yesterday The Beatles EP
14 Folk-Country Waylon Jennings -
24 It's 2 Easy The Easybeats -
28 Big Hits (High Tide and Green Grass) The Rolling Stones Compilation
The Young Rascals The Young Rascals -
- Black Monk Time The Monks -
Boots Nancy Sinatra -
Chet Atkins Picks on the Beatles Chet Atkins -
Color Me Barbra Barbra Streisand -
Daydream The Lovin' Spoonful -
For the 'In' Crowd Jack Jones -
The Fugs The Fugs -
Hold On! Herman's Hermits US
If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears The Mamas & the Papas -
Love Love -
Moonlight Sinatra Frank Sinatra -
Phil Ochs in Concert Phil Ochs Live
Woman Peter and Gordon -


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Hold On, I'm Comin' Sam and Dave -
The Soul Album Otis Redding -
15 Aftermath The Rolling Stones UK
18 Cilla Sings a Rainbow Cilla Black -
- Bobby Darin Sings The Shadow of Your Smile Bobby Darin -
Live! Lou Rawls Live
The Seeds The Seeds -
The Sonny Side of Chér Chér -
Soul & Inspiration The Righteous Brothers -


Day Album Artist Notes
2 Dust on Mother's Bible Buck Owens -
4 Up-Tight Stevie Wonder -
6 Midnight Ride Paul Revere & the Raiders -
9 What Now My Love Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass -
11 Small Faces Small Faces -
16 Pet Sounds The Beach Boys -
23 Moods of Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye -
- Everybody Loves a Nut Johnny Cash -
Go with the Ventures! The Ventures -
Strangers in the Night Frank Sinatra -
Wayne Newton – Now! Wayne Newton -


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Would You Believe? The Hollies -
10 Paradise, Hawaiian Style Elvis Presley Soundtrack
13 Soul Sister Aretha Franklin -
15 Gettin' Ready The Temptations -
20 Blonde on Blonde Bob Dylan -
Yesterday and Today The Beatles Compilation; early pressings feature the controversial "Butcher" cover
27 Freak Out! The Mothers of Invention -
- Animalisms The Animals UK
The Impossible Dream Jack Jones -
In a Broadway Bag (Mame) Bobby Darin -
The Incredible String Band The Incredible String Band -


Day Album Artist Notes
1 Animalization The Animals -
5 Best of The Beach Boys The Beach Boys Greatest Hits
8 Nowhere Man The Beatles EP
15 Roger the Engineer The Yardbirds aka The Yardbirds and Over Under Sideways Down
18 Fifth Dimension The Byrds -
22 Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers -
25 From Nowhere The Troggs -
- And Then... Along Comes the Association The Association -
Beau Brummels '66 The Beau Brummels -
The Classic Roy Orbison Roy Orbison -
Movie Greatest of the Sixties Connie Francis -
On Top Four Tops -
Sinatra at the Sands Frank Sinatra Live; with Count Basie and his orchestra
Tim Hardin 1 Tim Hardin -
You Don't Have to Say You Love Me Dusty Springfield -


Day Album Artist Notes
1 The Exciting Wilson Pickett Wilson Pickett -
4 Tages 2 Tages -
5 Revolver The Beatles -
15 Jefferson Airplane Takes Off Jefferson Airplane -
25 The Supremes A' Go-Go The Supremes -
26 Portrait The Walker Brothers -
Sunshine Superman Donovan -
Autumn '66 The Spencer Davis Group -
29 A Time for Love Tony Bennett -
30 The Mamas & the Papas The Mamas & the Papas -
- East-West The Paul Butterfield Blues Band -
It's a Man's Man's Man's World James Brown -
Nancy in London Nancy Sinatra -


Day Album Artist Notes
- From the Heart Tom Jones -
Jack Orion Bert Jansch -
The Lovin' Machine Johnny Paycheck -
Meditations John Coltrane -
The Real Donovan Donovan Compilation
River Deep – Mountain High Ike & Tina Turner UK release
What's Up, Tiger Lily? (soundtrack) The Lovin' Spoonful -
Wild Things! The Ventures -


Day Album Artist Notes
3 The Best of Dean Martin Dean Martin Greatest Hits
10 The Monkees The Monkees -
Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme Simon & Garfunkel -
15 Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul Otis Redding -
17 The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators 13th Floor Elevators Debut
28 Face to Face The Kinks -
31 Spinout Elvis Presley Soundtrack
- Bus Stop The Hollies -
Chér Chér -
Happiness Is You Johnny Cash -
Je m'appelle Barbra Barbra Streisand -
Leavin' Town Waylon Jennings -
Live at The Sahara in Las Vegas Connie Francis Live
Psychedelic Moods The Deep
Tim Buckley Tim Buckley -
A Web of Sound The Seeds -


Day Album Artist Notes
3 Volume 3 The Easybeats -
11 Ready Steady Who The Who EP
16 Away We a Go-Go Smokey Robinson & the Miracles -
Down to Earth Stevie Wonder -
Greatest Hits The Temptations Greatest Hits
Watchout! Martha and the Vandellas -
18 That's Life Frank Sinatra -
21 Animalism The Animals -
Noël Joan Baez Christmas
25 The Art of Chris Farlowe Chris Farlowe
28 Extra Extra Tages
- 96 Tears Question Mark & the Mysterians -
And Now! Booker T & the M.G.'s -
Da Capo Love -
Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful The Lovin' Spoonful -
Handful of Soul James Brown
James Brown Sings Christmas Songs James Brown
Projections The Blues Project -
Psychedelic Lollipop Blues Magoos Debut
Songs for a Merry Christmas Wayne Newton -
Spicks and Specks Bee Gees -
The Spirit of '67 Paul Revere & the Raiders -
S.R.O. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass -


Day Album Artist Notes
3 Got Live If You Want It! The Rolling Stones Live
5 Buffalo Springfield Buffalo Springfield -
9 For Certain Because The Hollies -
Fresh Cream Cream -
A Quick One The Who -
10 A Collection of Beatles Oldies The Beatles Greatest Hits
19 In the Arms of Love Andy Williams -
- Fred Neil Fred Neil -
If I Were a Carpenter Bobby Darin -
Live at the Village Vanguard Again! John Coltrane -
The Hep Stars Hep Stars -

Release date unknown[]

  • A Slice of the TopHank Mobley with Lee Morgan
  • Adam's AppleWayne Shorter
  • Alfie Soundtrack – Sonny Rollins
  • All About MakebaMiriam Makeba
  • An Evening with Belafonte/MouskouriHarry Belafonte
  • Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl?The Barbarians
  • The Best of Ronnie DoveRonnie Dove
  • Bill Haley-a-Go GoBill Haley & His Comets
  • Blow-Up SoundtrackHerbie Hancock
  • BoomThe Sonics
  • Both Sides of Herman's HermitsHerman's Hermits
  • Calypso in BrassHarry Belafonte
  • Canzoni napoletane moderneMario Trevi
  • Che chiagne a ffà!Mario Trevi
  • Come the Day (UK) (Georgy Girl) (US) – The Seekers
  • Come OutSteve Reich
  • Country BoyBobby Vinton
  • Country Favorites-Willie Nelson StyleWillie Nelson
  • Country Joe and the FishCountry Joe and the Fish (EP)
  • The CreationThe Creation
  • DelightfuLeeLee Morgan with Wayne Shorter
  • Dion & The Belmonts Together AgainDion DiMucci & the Belmonts
  • Distant DrumsJim Reeves
  • Double DynamiteSam & Dave
  • Down on Stovall's PlantationMuddy Waters
  • Drums UnlimitedMax Roach
  • East Broadway Run DownSonny Rollins
  • Easy Livin'Clare Fischer
  • The Empty FoxholeOrnette Coleman
  • An Evening with Belafonte/MouskouriHarry Belafonte and Nana Mouskouri
  • Faithful ForeverMarianne Faithfull
  • The Far East SuiteDuke Ellington
  • The Feel of Neil DiamondNeil Diamond
  • Finnegan WakesThe Dubliners
  • Follow Me...Crispian St. Peters
  • For the Night PeopleJulie London
  • From Nashville with LoveChet Atkins
  • From the HeartTom Jones
  • Go Away From My World (EP) – Marianne Faithfull
  • The Great ArrivalSérgio Mendes and Brasil '66
  • The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party & Other ExcursionsJohn Fahey
  • GrrrHugh Masekela
  • Handful of SoulJames Brown
  • Hanky PankyTommy James and the Shondells
  • A Harvest of Gentle ClangPatrick Sky
  • Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66Sérgio Mendes and Brasil '66
  • Here and Now and Sounding Good!Dick Morrissey Quartet
  • Hey JoeThe Leaves
  • The High, Lonesome Sound of Bill MonroeBill Monroe
  • How Does That Grab You?Nancy Sinatra
  • Ike and Tina Turner and the RaelettesIke & Tina Turner
  • Impressions of a Patch of BlueSun Ra
  • I Couldn't Live Without Your LovePetula Clark
  • In My Quiet RoomHarry Belafonte
  • In the BeginningPaul Revere & the Raiders
  • In The Christmas SpiritBooker T. & the M.G.'s
  • It's UptownThe George Benson Quartet
  • Jack Jones SingsJack Jones
  • James Brown Plays New Breed (The Boo-Ga-Loo)James Brown
  • James Brown Sings James Brown Today and YesterdayJames Brown
  • Just Between the Two of UsMerle Haggard
  • La Dolce ItalySergio Franchi
  • Lightly LatinPerry Como
  • Little Wheel Spin and SpinBuffy Sainte-Marie
  • Live at the Cafe Au Go GoBlues Project
  • Live in Greenwich VillageAlbert Ayler
  • The Lost Acetates 1965–1966The Misunderstood
  • Love, Strings and JobimAntonio Carlos Jobim
  • Machines (EP) – Manfred Mann
  • Magic BoxThe Loved Ones
  • MalaishaMiriam Makeba
  • Mama Too TightArchie Shepp
  • Mann Made HitsManfred Mann
  • Mighty InstrumentalsJames Brown
  • The Missing LinksThe Missing Links
  • Mission: ImpossibleLalo Schifrin
  • Mode for JoeJoe Henderson
  • Monorails and SatellitesSun Ra
  • Music of the Middle EastJohn Berberian
  • North Country MaidMarianne Faithfull
  • Nothing IsSun Ra
  • Once Upon a TimeEarl Hines
  • The OriginatorBo Diddley
  • Other Planes of ThereSun Ra
  • Perry Como in ItalyPerry Como
  • The Peter, Paul and Mary AlbumPeter, Paul & Mary
  • Play One MoreIan & Sylvia
  • ProjectionsBlues Project
  • Psychedelic LollipopsBlues Magoos
  • Ray's MoodsRay Charles
  • Red Rubber BallThe Cyrkle
  • The Real Folk BluesHowlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker and Memphis Slim
  • Reflections in a Crystal WindRichard Fariña and Mimi Fariña
  • The RemainsThe Remains
  • Ridin' HighThe Impressions
  • Road RunnerJunior Walker & the All Stars
  • Ronnie Dove Sings the Hits for YouRonnie Dove
  • Sam and Dave RouletteSam & Dave
  • Satisfied With YouThe Dave Clark Five
  • The Shadow of Your SmileAndy Williams
  • Shadows MusicThe Shadows
  • Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear WhiteThe Standells
  • Sophisticated BeggarRoy Harper (Debut)
  • Soul SisterAretha Franklin
  • Sound – Roscoe Mitchell Sextet
  • Speak No EvilWayne Shorter
  • Stop! Stop! Stop!The Hollies
  • Swinging DoorsMerle Haggard
  • Symphony for ImprovisersDon Cherry with Pharoah Sanders and Gato Barbieri
  • Take a Little Walk With MeTom Rush
  • TauhidPharoah Sanders
  • They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!Napoleon XIV
  • Tiny BubblesDon Ho
  • Today!Skip James
  • Try Too HardThe Dave Clark Five
  • Unit StructuresCecil Taylor
  • UnityLarry Young
  • Víctor Jara (Geografía)Víctor Jara
  • Visits Planet EarthSun Ra
  • Volume OneThe West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band
  • When Angels Speak of LoveSun Ra
  • Where Is Brooklyn?Don Cherry with Pharoah Sanders
  • Where Were You When I Needed You?The Grass Roots
  • Whiskey-a-Go GoBill Haley & His Comets
  • Why Pick on Me?The Standells
  • Wild Is the WindNina Simone
  • You Got My Mind Messed UpJames Carr
  • You Make Me Feel So GoodThe McCoys

Biggest hit singles[]

The following songs achieved the highest chart positions in the charts of 1966.

# Artist Title Year Country Chart Entries
1 Frank Sinatra "Strangers in the Night" 1966 United States UK 1 – May 1966, US BB 1 – May 1966, Italy 1 of 1966, Germany 1 – Jul 1966, Éire 1 – Jun 1966, Australia 1 for 5 weeks May 1966, Grammy in 1966, Canada 2 – May 1966, Netherlands 2 – Jun 1966, South Africa 3 of 1966, US CashBox 4 of 1966, Norway 5 – Jul 1966, Scrobulate 6 of swing, Australia 9 of 1966, US BB 29 of 1966, POP 29 of 1966, RYM 42 of 1966, Germany 48 of the 1960s, RIAA 275, Acclaimed 1681
2 The Beatles "We Can Work It Out" / "Day Tripper" 1965 United Kingdom CAN CHUM Chart 1 – UK Singles Chart 1 – Dec 1965, US Billboard Hot 100 1 – Jan 1966
3 The Beatles "Yellow Submarine" / "Eleanor Rigby" 1966 United Kingdom UK 1 – Aug 1966, Canada 1 – Aug 1966, Netherlands 1 – Aug 1966, Norway 1 – Aug 1966, Germany 1 – Sep 1966, Éire 1 – Aug 1966, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks Sep 1966, Australia 1 for 6 weeks Aug 1966, Australia Goset 1 – Oct 1966, US BB 2 – Aug 1966, US BB 7 of 1966, POP 7 of 1966, RYM 22 of 1966, Italy 29 of 1966, Scrobulate 47 of classic rock, US CashBox 83 of 1966, Germany 141 of the 1960s
4 The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations" 1966 United States UK 1 – Nov 1966, US BB 1 – Oct 1966, France 1 – Jul 1976, DDD 1 of 1966, Canada 2 – Oct 1966, Norway 2 – Dec 1966, Australia Goset 2 – Dec 1966, RYM 3 of 1966, Acclaimed 3, Netherlands 4 – Nov 1966, Rolling Stone 6, Germany 8 – Jan 1967, Scrobulate 8 of oldies, Europe 12 of the 1960s, US BB 14 of 1966, POP 14 of 1966, Australia 15 of 1966, RIAA 24, 31 in 2FM list, WXPN 57, OzNet 58, Italy 69 of 1967
5 The Beatles "Paperback Writer" / "Rain" 1966 United Kingdom UK 1 – Jun 1966, US BB 1 – Jun 1966, Canada 1 – May 1966, Netherlands 1 – Jun 1966, Norway 1 – Jun 1966, Éire 1 – Jun 1966, New Zealand 1 for 3 weeks Jul 1966, Germany 2 – Jul 1966, RYM 2 of 1966, France 9 – Mar 1976, US BB 12 of 1966, POP 12 of 1966, Scrobulate 22 of British, US CashBox 43 of 1966, Italy 45 of 1966, DDD 53 of 1966, Germany 181 of the 1960s, Acclaimed 195, WXPN 765

Top American hits on record[]

Single – Artist Composer
"The Sound of Silence" – Simon & Garfunkel w.m. Paul Simon
"Shapes of Things"—The Yardbirds w. Keith Relf m. Jim McCarty, Paul Samwell-Smith; guitar solo by Jeff Beck
"We Can Work It Out" – The Beatles w.m. John Lennon and Paul McCartney
"I Got You (I Feel Good)" – James Brown w.m. James Brown
"Over and Over" – The Dave Clark Five w.m. Robert James Byrd
"Let's Hang On!" – The Four Seasons w.m. Bob Crewe, Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell
"Fever" – The McCoys w.m. Eddie Cooley and John Davenport (a pseudonym for Otis Blackwell)
"Ebb Tide" – The Righteous Brothers w. Carl Sigman, m. Robert Maxwell
"England Swings" – Roger Miller w.m. Roger Miller
"Make the World Go Away" – Eddy Arnold w.m. Hank Cochran
"She's Just My Style" – Gary Lewis and the Playboys w.m. Gary Lewis, Leon Russell, Snuff Garrett, Al Capps
"Flowers on the Wall" – The Statler Brothers w.m. Lew DeWitt
"Help Me Girl" – Eric Burdon
"Five O'Clock World" – The Vogues w.m. Allen Reynolds
"Day Tripper" – The Beatles w.m. John Lennon and Paul McCartney
"The Men in My Little Girl's Life" – Mike Douglas w.m. Gloria Shayne, Eddie Dean and Mary Candy
"No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)" – The T-Bones m. Granville Burland
"A Must to Avoid" – Herman's Hermits w.m. Steve Barri and P. F. Sloan
"You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" – The Lovin' Spoonful w.m. John Sebastian and Steve Boone
"Barbara Ann" – The Beach Boys w.m. Fred Fassert
"My Love" – Petula Clark w.m. Tony Hatch
"Jenny Take a Ride" – Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels w.m. Richard Penniman, Enotris Johnson and Bob Crewe
"Lightnin' Strikes" – Lou Christie w.m. Lou Christie and Twyla Herbert
"Crying Time" – Ray Charles w.m. Buck Owens
"Uptight (Everything's Alright)" – Stevie Wonder w.m. Henry Cosby, Stevie Wonder and Sylvia May
"My World Is Empty without You" – The Supremes w.m. Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland
"Don't Mess with Bill" – The Marvelettes w.m. Smokey Robinson
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" – Nancy Sinatra w.m. Lee Hazlewood
"Ballad of the Green Berets" – Sgt. Barry Sadler w.m. Robin Moore and Barry Sadler
"California Dreamin'" – The Mamas & the Papas w.m. John Phillips and Michelle Phillips
"Elusive Butterfly" – Bob Lind w.m. Bob Lind
"Working My Way Back to You" – The Four Seasons w.m. Sandy Linzer, Denny Randell
"Listen People" – Herman's Hermits w.m. Graham Gouldman
"Nowhere Man"The Beatles w.m. John Lennon and Paul McCartney
"I Fought the Law" – Bobby Fuller Four w.m. Sonny Curtis
"Homeward Bound" – Simon & Garfunkel w.m. Paul Simon
"Daydream" – The Lovin' Spoonful w.m. John Sebastian
"(You're My) Soul and Inspiration" – The Righteous Brothers w.m. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
"Sure Gonna Miss Her" – Gary Lewis and the Playboys w.m. Bobby Russell
"Secret Agent Man" – Johnny Rivers w.m. P. F. Sloan and Steve Barri
"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" – B. J. Thomas w.m. Hank Williams
"Don't Bring Me Down" – The Animals
"Inside-Looking Out" – The Animals w.m. Eric Burdon
"Time Won't Let Me" – The Outsiders w.m. Tom King and Chet Kelley
"Good Lovin'" – The Young Rascals
"Kicks" – Paul Revere & the Raiders w.m. Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil
"Sloop John B" – The Beach Boys w.m. Traditional
"Monday, Monday" – The Mamas & the Papas w.m. John Phillips
"Leaning on the Lamp Post" – Herman's Hermits w. L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber, m. Noel Gay
"Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" – Bob Dylan w.m. Bob Dylan
"Over Under Sideways Down" – The Yardbirds w. Keith Relf m. Jim McCarty, Chris Dreja, Paul Samwell-Smith, guitar solo Jeff Beck
"Gloria" – Shadows of Knight w.m. Van Morrison
"How Does That Grab You, Darlin'" – Nancy Sinatra
"Message to Michael" – Dionne Warwick w. Hal David, m. Burt Bacharach
"When a Man Loves a Woman" – Percy Sledge w.m. Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright
"A Groovy Kind of Love" – The Mindbenders w.m. Carole Bayer Sager and Toni Wine
"Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" – The Supremes w.m. Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland
"Paint It Black" – The Rolling Stones w.m. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
"I Am a Rock" – Simon & Garfunkel w.m. Paul Simon
"Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?" – The Lovin' Spoonful w.m. John Sebastian
"It's a Man's Man's Man's World" – James Brown w.m. James Brown and Betty Jean Newsome
"Green Grass" – Gary Lewis and the Playboys
"Strangers in the Night" – Frank Sinatra w.m. Charles Singleton, Eddie Snyder, Bert Kaempfert
"Barefootin'" – Robert Parker
"Cool Jerk" – The Capitols
"Red Rubber Ball" – The Cyrkle
"Paperback Writer" – The Beatles w.m. John Lennon, Paul McCartney
"You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" – Dusty Springfield
"Sweet Talkin' Guy" – The Chiffons
"Hanky Panky" – Tommy James and the Shondells
"Wild Thing" – The Troggs Chip Taylor
"Little Girl" – Syndicate of Sound
"Along Comes Mary" – The Association
"Lil' Red Riding Hood" – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
"Hungry" – Paul Revere & the Raiders
"The Pied Piper" – Crispian St. Peters
"I Saw Her Again" – The Mamas & the Papas
"Sweet Pea" – Tommy Roe
"Summer in the City" – The Lovin' Spoonful w. John Sebastian and Mark Sebastian, m. John Sebastian and Steve Boone
"Somewhere, My Love" – Ray Conniff and the Singers w. Paul Francis Webster, m. Maurice Jarre
"They're Coming to Take Me Away Ha-Haaa!" – Napoleon XIV
"Sunny" – Bobby Hebb
"See You in September" – The Happenings
"Sunshine Superman" – Donovan w.m. Donovan
"You Can't Hurry Love" – The Supremes w.m. Holland-Dozier-Holland
"Yellow Submarine" – The Beatles w.m. Lennon–McCartney
"Summertime" – Billy Stewart
"The Land of 1000 Dances" – Wilson Pickett w.m. Chris Kenner
"Working in the Coal Mine" – Lee Dorsey w.m. Allen Toussaint
"Blowin' in the Wind" – Stevie Wonder w.m. Bob Dylan
"Bus Stop" – The Hollies w.m. Graham Gouldman
"Guantanamera" – The Sandpipers
"Cherish" – The Association
"Wouldn't It Be Nice" – The Beach Boys w.m. Brian Wilson, Tony Asher, Mike Love
"Beauty Is Only Skin Deep" – The Temptations
"Black Is Black" – Los Bravos w.m. Michelle Grainger, Tony Hayes, Steve Wadey
"96 Tears" – Question Mark & the Mysterians
"Reach Out I'll Be There" – Four Tops w.m. Holland-Dozier-Holland
"Cherry Cherry" – Neil Diamond
"Born Free" – Roger Williams w.m. John Barry, Don Black
"Dandy" – Herman's Hermits
"Devil With A Blue Dress On / Good Golly Miss Molly" – Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels
"Good Thing" – Paul Revere & the Raiders
"Good Vibrations" – The Beach Boys w.m. Brian Wilson, Mike Love
"Hooray for Hazel" – Tommy Roe
"I'm a Believer" – The Monkees w.m. Neil Diamond
"I'm Ready for Love" – Martha and the Vandellas
"I'm Your Puppet" – James & Bobby Purify
"I've Got You Under My Skin" – The Four Seasons
"(I Know) I'm Losing You" – The Temptations
"If I Were a Carpenter" – Bobby Darin w.m. Tim Hardin
"Lady Godiva" – Peter and Gordon
"Last Train to Clarksville" – The Monkees w.m. Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart
"Mellow Yellow" – Donovan w.m. Donovan
"A Place in the Sun" – Stevie Wonder w.m. Ronald Miller, Bryan Wells
"Poor Side of Town" – Johnny Rivers
"Psychotic Reaction" – Count Five
"Rain on the Roof" – The Lovin' Spoonful
"See See Rider" – Eric Burdon and the Animals
"Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" – The Royal Guardsmen
"Sugar Town" – Nancy Sinatra
"Tell It Like It Is" – Aaron Neville w.m. George Davis and Lee Diamond
"That's Life" – Frank Sinatra w.m. Dean Kay, Kelly Gordon
"Walk Away Renee" – The Left Banke
"What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" – Jimmy Ruffin w.m. William Witherspoon, Paul Riser, James Dean
"Winchester Cathedral" – The New Vaudeville Band w.m. Geoff Stephens
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" – The Supremes w.m. Holland-Dozier-Holland

British number one hits not included above[]


  • "Keep On Running" – Spencer Davis Group
  • "Michelle" – The Overlanders
  • "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" – The Walker Brothers


  • "Somebody Help Me" – The Spencer Davis Group
  • "Pretty Flamingo" – Manfred Mann


  • "Sunny Afternoon" – The Kinks
  • "Get Away" – Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames
  • "With a Girl Like You" – The Troggs
  • "All or Nothing" – Small Faces


Other significant recordings[]

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Louis Armstrong in 1966


Sonny & Cher, 1966

(Not all of these were necessarily released as singles.)

  • "Biff Bang Pow" – The Creation
  • "Blues from an Airplane" – Jefferson Airplane
  • "Blue Turns to Grey" – Cliff Richard and The Shadows
  • "Boa Constrictor" – Johnny Cash
  • "Boris the Spider" – The Who
  • "Born Free" – Matt Monro
  • "Born Free" – Roger Williams
  • "The Bubble Broke"- Lesley Gore
  • "Burned" – Buffalo Springfield
  • "But It's Alright" – J.J. Jackson
  • "Bye Bye Blues" – Andy Williams
  • "Call Me" – Chris Montez
  • "Can't Help Thinking About Me" – David Bowie and The Lower Third
  • "Caroline No" – Brian Wilson
  • "Chico's Girl"- The Girls
  • "Children of the Sun" – The Misunderstood
  • "Circles" – Les Fleur de Lys
  • "C'mon Let's Go" – The McCoys
  • "Codine" – The Charlatans
  • "(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need" – The Miracles
  • "Come Up the Years" – Jefferson Airplane
  • "Coming on Strong" – Brenda Lee
  • "Coming Home Soldier" – Bobby Vinton
  • "Cops of the World" – Phil Ochs
  • "The Dangling Conversation" – Simon & Garfunkel
  • "Diddy Wah Diddy" – Captain Beefheart
  • "Dirty Water" – The Standells
  • "Do Anything You Say" – David Bowie and The Buzz
  • "Do I Have To Come Right Out And Say It? – The Buffalo Springfield
  • "Doctor Robert" – The Beatles
  • "Don't Answer Me" – Cilla Black
  • "Don't Drop Out"- Dolly Parton
  • "Don't Ease Me In" – Grateful Dead
  • "Don't Look Back" – The Remains
  • "Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love)" – The Swingin' Medallions
  • "The Duck" – Jackie Lee
  • "Dum-De-Da" – Bobby Vinton
  • "The Dreams I Dream" – The Shadows
  • "East West" – Herman's Hermits
  • "Eight Miles High" – The Byrds
  • "Eleanor Rigby" – The Beatles (B-side to Yellow Submarine)
  • "Eve" – The Balloon Farm
  • "Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa-Fa (Sad Song)" – Otis Redding
  • "Femme Fatale" – The Velvet Underground and Nico
  • "Flight 505" – The Rolling Stones
  • "Flying on the Ground is Wrong" – The Buffalo Springfield
  • "Free Advice" – The Great Society
  • "Friday on My Mind" – The Easybeats
  • "Frying Pan" – Captain Beefheart
  • "Fuel To The Flame"- Dolly Parton
  • "Games That Lovers Play" – Eddie Fisher, Wayne Newton, Connie Francis
  • "Georgy Girl" – The Seekers
  • "Get Me To The World On Time" – The Electric Prunes
  • "Get Out of My Life, Woman" – Lee Dorsey
  • "Get Ready" – The Temptations
  • "Go and Say Goodbye" – The Buffalo Springfield
  • "Go Away Little Girl" – The Happenings
  • "God Only Knows" – The Beach Boys (B-side to Wouldn't It Be Nice)
  • "Good Day Sunshine" – The Beatles
  • "Got to Get You Into My Life" – The Beatles
  • "Gracias a la Vida" – Violeta Parra
  • "The Great Airplane Strike" – Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • "The Hair of My Chinny Chin Chin" – Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  • "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago" – The Yardbirds
  • "Happy Jack" – The Who
  • "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" – The Rolling Stones
  • "He" – The Righteous Brothers
  • "Help I'm a Rock" – The Mothers of Invention
  • "Here, There and Everywhere" – The Beatles
  • "Hey Joe" – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • "Hey Joe" – The Leaves
  • "Hey, Leroy, Your Mama's Callin' You" – Jimmy Castor
  • "Holy Cow" – Lee Dorsey
  • "How Can I Tell Her It's Over" – Andy Williams
  • "Hungry Freaks, Daddy" – The Mothers of Invention
  • "I Am a Rock" – Simon & Garfunkel
  • "I Can Take You to the Sun" – The Misunderstood
  • "I Dig Everything" – David Bowie and The Buzz
  • "I Don't Need No Doctor" – Ray Charles
  • "I Got The Feelin' (Oh No No)" – Neil Diamond
  • "I Love Onions" – Susan Christie
  • "I Met a Girl" – The Shadows
  • "If Every Day Was Like Christmas" – Elvis Presley
  • "I'll Be Your Mirror" – The Velvet Underground and Nico
  • "I'm a Believer" – The Monkees
  • "I'm a Boy" – The Who
  • "(I'm a) Road Runner" – Junior Walker & the Allstars
  • "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" – The Monkees
  • "I'm Only Sleeping" – The Beatles
  • "I'm Ready For Love" – Martha and the Vandellas
  • "I'm Sick Y'all" – Otis Redding
  • "I'm So Glad" – Cream
  • "Inside Looking Out" – The Animals
  • "In the Arms of Love" – Andy Williams
  • "I Want You/Just Like Tom Thumb's BluesBob Dylan
  • "Pledging My TimeBob Dylan (B-side to Rainy Day Women #12 & 35)
  • "I Can't Control Myself" – The Troggs
  • "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" – Otis Redding
  • "I Can't Let Go" – The Hollies
  • "Can't Seem to Make You Mine" – The Seeds (re-released from 1965)
  • "I Feel Free" – Cream
  • "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night" – The Electric Prunes
  • "I Know There's An Answer" – The Beach Boys
  • "I Just Wasn't Meant for These Times" – The Beach Boys
  • "I Put A Spell On You" – The Animals
  • "I Want To Be With You" – Dee Dee Warwick
  • "I Want to Go with You" – Eddy Arnold
  • "Just Like a Woman"/"Obviously 5 Believers" – Bob Dylan
  • "In the Country" – Cliff Richard and The Shadows
  • "It Takes Two" – Marvin Gaye with Kim Weston
  • "It Tears Me Up" – Percy Sledge
  • "It's a-Happening" – The Magic Mushrooms
  • "It's No Secret" – Jefferson Airplane
  • "It's Not Easy" – The Rolling Stones
  • "Jug Band Music" – The Lovin' Spoonful
  • "Just Like Me" – Paul Revere & the Raiders
  • "The Kids Are Alright" – The Who
  • "Kill For Peace" – The Fugs
  • "Lady Jane" – The Rolling Stones
  • "Leaves That Are Green" – Simon & Garfunkel
  • "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat" – Bob Dylan
  • "Let's Go Get Stoned" – Ray Charles
  • "Let's Start All Over Again" – Ronnie Dove
  • "Like A Baby" – Len Barry
  • "Little By Little" – Dusty Springfield
  • "Little Latin Lupe Lu" – Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels
  • "Little Man" – Sonny & Cher
  • "The London Boys" – David Bowie
  • "Love Is A Hurting Thing" – Lou Rawls
  • "Love Is Like an Itching in My Heart" – The Supremes
  • "Love Letters" – Elvis Presley
  • "Love Makes The World Go Round" – Deon Jackson
  • "Love Me, I'm a Liberal" – Phil Ochs
  • "Love Me With All of Your Heart" – The Bachelors
  • "Love's Gone Bad"- Chris Clark
  • "Love's Just a Broken Heart" – Cilla Black
  • "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" – Four Tops
  • "Mame" – Bobby Darin
  • "Mame" – Louis Armstrong
  • "Maudie" – The Animals
  • "Maintaining My Cool" – The Sonics
  • "Makin' Time" – The Creation
  • "Mama Told Me Not To Come" – Eric Burdon
  • "(The Marines Have Just Landed on the Shores of) Santo Domingo" – Phil Ochs
  • "May Each Day" – Andy Williams
  • "Mission:Impossible" – Jack Jones
  • "My Brother Makes the Noises for the Talkies" – Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
  • "My Heart's Symphony" – Gary Lewis & the Playboys
  • "Moonchild" – Captain Beefheart
  • "The More I See You" – Chris Montez
  • "Mother's Little Helper" – The Rolling Stones
  • "Moulty" – The Barbarians
  • "Mr. Dieingly Sad" – The Critters
  • "Mr. Farmer"—The Seeds
  • "Mr. Spaceman" – The Byrds
  • "My Little Red Book" – Love
  • "My Lover's Prayer" – Otis Redding
  • "Nashville Cats" – The Lovin' Spoonful
  • "Needle in a Haystack" – The Twilights
  • "Night Time" – The Strangeloves
  • "No Milk Today" – Herman's Hermits
  • "Nothing's Too Good For My Baby" – Stevie Wonder
  • "Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing" – The Buffalo Springfield
  • "Oh How Happy" – The Shades of Blue
  • "The One on the Right Is on the Left" – Johnny Cash
  • "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show" – The Animals
  • "One More Heartache" – Marvin Gaye
  • "One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)/Queen Jane ApproximatelyBob Dylan
  • "Open the Door To Your Heart" – Darrell Banks
  • "Open Up Your Door" – Richard and the Young Lions
  • "Opus 17" – The Four Seasons
  • "Orange Skies" – Love
  • "Outcast" – The Animals
  • "Out of My Mind" – The Buffalo Springfield
  • "Out of Time" – The Rolling Stones
  • "Painter Man" – The Creation
  • "Pandora's Golden Heepie Jeebies" – The Association
  • "Patsy Girl" – Ross MacManus
  • "A Place in the Sun" – The Shadows
  • "Psycho" – The Sonics
  • "Psycho Daisies" – The Yardbirds (B-side to "Happenings Ten Years Time Ago")
  • "Pushin' too Hard" – The Seeds (re-released from 1965)
  • "Rain" – The Beatles (B-side to "Paperback Writer")
  • "Respectable" – The Outsiders
  • "Reverberation (Doubt)" – 13th Floor Elevators
  • "Rhapsody in the Rain" – Lou Christie
  • "Richard Cory" – Simon & Garfunkel
  • "Ringing of Revolution" – Phil Ochs
  • "Riot on Sunset Strip" – The Standells
  • "Rubber Band" – David Bowie
  • "Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands" – Bob Dylan
  • "Scarborough Fair" – Simon & Garfunkel
  • "Season of the Witch" – Donovan
  • "Second Hand Rose" – Barbra Streisand
  • "Shapes of Things" – The Yardbirds
  • "She Comes in Colors" – Love
  • "She Said She Said" – The Beatles
  • "Sit Down, I Think I Love You" – Buffalo Springfield
  • "Sitting in the Park" – Georgie Fame
  • "Society's Child (Baby I've Been Thinking)" – Janis Ian
  • "Somebody to Love" – The Great Society
  • "Solitary Man" – Neil Diamond
  • "Somewhere" – Len Barry
  • "Spanish Eyes" – Al Martino
  • "Spoonful" – Cream
  • "Standing in the Shadows of Love" – Four Tops
  • "Stealin'" – Grateful Dead
  • "Stone Free" – The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • "Stop!" – The Moody Blues
  • "Stop! Stop! Stop!" – The Hollies
  • "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" – Bob Dylan
  • "Stupid Girl" – The Rolling Stones
  • "Substitute" – The Who
  • "Suicida" – Os Mutantes
  • "Sunday Morning" – The Velvet Underground and Nico
  • "Sweet Dreams" – Tommy McLain
  • "Ballad of the Green Berets" – Sgt. Barry Sadler (the Top Song of 1966, according to Billboard)
  • "Talk Talk" – The Music Machine
  • "Tar and Cement" – Verdelle Smith
  • "Taxman" – The Beatles
  • "Tell It To The Rain" – The Four Seasons
  • "That's Not Me" – The Beach Boys
  • "There But For Fortune" – Phil Ochs
  • "There Will Never Be Another You" – Chris Montez
  • "Think" – The Rolling Stones
  • "This Door Swings Both Ways" – Herman's Hermits
  • "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak For You)" – The Isley Brothers
  • "Time Drags By" – Cliff Richard and The Shadows
  • "Tomorrow Never Knows" – The Beatles
  • "Try a Little Tenderness" – Otis Redding
  • "Try Too Hard" – The Dave Clark Five
  • "Turn-Down Day" – The Cyrkle
  • "Twinkle Toes" – Roy Orbison
  • "Under My Thumb" – The Rolling Stones
  • "Up and Down" – The McCoys
  • "Up In Her Room" – The Seeds (B-side to "Mr Farmer")
  • "Visions of Johanna" – Bob Dylan
  • "Visions" – Cliff Richard
  • "Wade in the Water" – The Ramsey Lewis Trio
  • "Walking My Cat Named Dog" – Norma Tanega
  • "War or Hands of Time" – The Masters Apprentices
  • "Warm and Tender Love" – Percy Sledge
  • "What Goes On" – The Beatles (B-side to Nowhere Man)
  • "The Wheel of Hurt" – Margaret Whiting
  • "Where Were You When I Needed You?" – The Grass Roots
  • "Who Am I?" – Petula Clark
  • "Who Do You Think You're Fooling?" – Captain Beefheart
  • "Who's Flying Your Plane?" – The Rolling Stones
  • "Whispers (Getting Louder)" – Jackie Wilson
  • "Why Do I Cry?" – The Remains
  • "Wouldn't It Be NiceThe Beach Boys
  • "Words of Love" – The Mamas & the Papas
  • "You Baby" – The Turtles
  • "You Better Run" – The Young Rascals
  • "(You Don't Have To) Paint Me a Picture" – Gary Lewis & the Playboys
  • "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" – Dusty Springfield
  • "You Don't Know Like I Know" – Sam & Dave
  • "You Got Soul" – The Twilights
  • "You Got Your Head on Backwards" – The Sonics
  • "You Still Believe In Me" – The Beach Boys
  • "You Were On My Mind" – Crispian St. Peters
  • "You Won't Be Leaving" – Herman's Hermits
  • "Younger Girl" – The Critters
  • "You're Gonna Hear from Me" – Andy Williams
  • "(You're Gonna) Hurt Yourself" – Frankie Valli
  • "You're Gonna Miss Me" – The 13th Floor Elevators
  • "You're On My Mind" – The Animals

Published popular music[]

Other notable songs[]

  • "Ces Gens-Là" by Jacques Brel
  • "La maison où j'ai grandi" ("Il ragazzo della via Gluck") by Adriano Celentano, French lyrics by Eddy Marnay
  • "Nessuno Mi Può Giudicare/Lei Mi Aspetta" by Gene Pitney[1]
  • "La Poupée qui fait non" by Franck Gérald
  • "Parce Que Tu Crois" by Charles Aznavour
  • "Les sucettes" by Serge Gainsbourg

Classical music[]


Sortable table
Composer Composition Date Location Performers
Barraqué, Jean Chant après chant 1966-06-23 France Palais des Fêtes, Strasbourg Berthe Kal / André Krust / Les Percussions de StrasbourgBruck[2]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Solo, Nr. 19 (2 versions, for trombone and for flute) 1966-04-24 Japan NHK Studios, Tokyo Yasusuke Hirata; Ryū Noguchi[3]
Stockhausen, Karlheinz Telemusik, Nr. 20 1966-04-24 Japan NHK Studios, Tokyo Stockhausen[4]
Villa-Lobos, Heitor Symphony No. 9 1966-05-16 Venezuela Caracas[5] Philadelphia OrchestraOrmandy[6]


  • Gilbert Amy
    • Cycle, for percussion sextet
    • Trajectoires, for violin and orchestra
  • Malcolm Arnold – Fantasy for solo flute
  • Jean BarraquéChant après chant for soprano, piano, and six percussionists
  • George CrumbEleven Echoes of Autumn (Echoes I) for violin, alto flute, clarinet, and piano
  • Mario Davidovsky
    • Junctures for flute, clarinet, and violin
    • Synchronisms No. 4 for chorus and tape
  • Erhard KarkoschkaQuattrologe, for string quartet
  • John Serry, Sr.Concerto For Free Bass Accordion
  • Roger SessionsSymphony No. 6
  • Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartet No.11 in F minor, Op. 122
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen
    • Adieu (für Wolfgang Sebastian Meyer), for wind quintet, Nr. 21
    • Solo, for a melody instrument with feedback, Nr. 19
    • Telemusik, electronic and concrete music, Nr. 20
  • Robert WardFiesta Processional


  • Samuel BarberAntony and Cleopatra
  • Vittorio GianniniServant of Two Masters
  • Jorge Peña HenLa Cenicienta (Cinderella)[7]
  • Mark KopytmanCasa Mare
  • Peter WestergaardMr and Mrs Discobbolos
  • Grace WilliamsThe Parlour


Main article: 1966 in jazz

Musical theater[]

  • The Apple Tree – Broadway production
  • Breakfast at Tiffany's – Broadway-bound production (closed in previews)
  • Cabaret (John Kander & Fred Ebb) – Broadway production (1,165-performances)
  • Funny Girl (Jule Styne and Bob Merrill) – London production
  • I Do! I Do! – Broadway production
  • It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman – Broadway production
  • The Mad Show – Off-Broadway production
  • Mame – Broadway production
  • The Penny Friend – Off-Broadway production
  • Sweet Charity (Music: Cy Coleman Lyrics: Dorothy Fields Book: Neil Simon) – Broadway production
  • Wait a Minim! – Off-Broadway production

Musical films[]

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
  • Alibaba Aur 40 Chor, with music by Usha Khanna
  • Bhimanjaneya Yuddham, with music by T. V. Raju[8]
  • Dancing the Sirtaki[9]
  • Dus Lakh
  • Fiebre de juventud, starring Enrique Guzmán[10]
  • The Glass Bottom Boat starring Doris Day
  • Hold On! starring Herman's Hermits
  • Mera Saaya
  • Nichigeki [Kayama Yuzo sho] yori–utau wakadaisho, starring Yūzō Kayama (concert film)
  • Paradise, Hawaiian Style starring Elvis Presley
  • Stop the World – I Want to Get Off
  • The Big T.N.T. Show (concert film)

Musical television[]

  • Brigadoon starring Robert Goulet and Sally Ann Howes


  • January 1Crazy Legs, Puerto Rican breakdancer (Rock Steady Crew)
  • January 3Martin Galway, Northern Irish composer
  • January 4Deana Carter, American country singer-songwriter, musician
  • January 5Kate Schellenbach, American punk rock drummer (Luscious Jackson) and television producer
  • January 6A. R. Rahman, Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist
  • January 7Ehab Tawfik, Egyptian singer
  • January 8Andrew Wood, singer (Mother Love Bone) (d. 1990)
  • January 14Marco Hietala, Finnish rock bassist (Nightwish)
  • January 16Maxine Jones, American singer-songwriter and actress (En Vogue)
  • January 17Shabba Ranks, dancehall artist
  • January 20
    • Tracii Guns, American guitarist
    • Wes King, guitarist, singer
  • January 21Wendy James, British rock singer (Transvision Vamp)
  • January 25Samvel Yervinyan, Armenian violinist and composer
  • January 30Hans Tutschku, German composer
  • February 2Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots and Army of Anyone
  • February 6Rick Astley, English singer-songwriter and radio personality
  • February 9Rachel Bolan (Skid Row)
  • February 11Tenor Saw, dancehall artist (d. 1988)
  • February 12Paul Crook, American guitarist (Anthrax)
  • February 26Najwa Karam, Lebanese singer
  • March 2Howard Bernstein, producer
  • March 3
    • Tone-Loc, rapper
    • Mikal Blue, English music producer, songwriter, engineer and mixer, collabotor with Colbie Caillat
  • March 4Grand Puba, American rapper (Brand Nubian)
  • March 7Atsushi Sakurai, Japanese singer (Buck-Tick)
  • March 10Edie Brickell, singer-songwriter
  • March 12David Daniels, countertenor
  • March 18Jerry Cantrell, Alice in Chains
  • March 19Anja Rupel, singer
  • March 21DJ Premier, record producer
  • March 25Jeff Healey, Canadian guitarist (died 2008)
  • April 2Garnett Silk, reggae singer (died 1994)
  • April 11Lisa Stansfield, singer
  • April 13Marc Ford (The Black Crowes)
  • April 15Samantha Fox, British model and singer
  • April 18Ana Voog, singer-songwriter
  • April 21Michael Franti, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (The Beatnigs and The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy)
  • April 28Too Short, rapper
  • May 1Anne Fletcher, American film director and choreographer
  • May 8
    • Blag Dahlia, American musician, producer and author
    • Marta Sánchez, vocalist and entertainer
  • May 10Wade Domínguez, American actor, model, singer and dancer (d. 1998)
  • May 11Christoph Schneider, German rock musician (Rammstein)
  • May 12Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian popular singer
  • May 13
    • Alison Goldfrapp, English musician and record producer (Goldfrapp)
    • Darius Rucker (Hootie & the Blowfish)
    • Jeffrey Scott Holland, American artist and musician
  • May 14Raphael Saadiq, singer-songwriter and record producer
  • May 16Janet Jackson, African American singer-songwriter, dancer and actress
  • May 19Neil Campbell, Scottish-born experimental musician
  • May 22Johnny Gill, African American R&B singer-songwriter (New Edition)
  • May 24Ella Guru, American painter and musician
  • May 26Tommy Stewart (Godsmack)
  • May 27Titi DJ, Indonesian pop singer
  • May 28Theo Bleckmann, German vocalist and composer
  • May 30Stephen Malkmus, American rock singer (Pavement)
  • June 4Cecilia Bartoli, operatic mezzo-soprano
  • June 6
    • Aadesh Shrivastava, composer and singer
    • Sean Yseult, American bass player (White Zombie and The Cramps)
  • June 8
    • Jens Kidman, Swedish musician
    • Doris Pearson, R&B singer (Five Star)
  • June 14Matt Freeman, bassist (Rancid)
  • June 15Roberto Carnevale, Italian musician
  • June 22Schooly D, American rapper
  • June 24Hope Sandoval, American singer-songwriter (Mazzy Star and Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions)
  • June 26Jürgen Reil, German drummer (Kreator)
  • June 28Bobby Bare, Jr., American musician
  • July 7Gundula Krause, German violinist
  • July 9Gayle and Gillian Blakeney, Australian actresses and singers
  • July 11Melanie Appleby, Mel and Kim (d. 1990)
  • July 12
    • Taiji, Japanese bass player and songwriter (Loudness and X Japan) (d. 2011)
    • Misato Watanabe, Japanese singer
  • July 13Gerald Levert, American singer (d. 2006)
  • July 14Tanya Donelly, American musician
  • July 15Jason Bonham, drummer
  • July 17
    • Lou Barlow, American guitarist and songwriter (Deep Wound, Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh and The Folk Implosion)
    • Keith Elam, rapper & producer
  • July 20Stone Gossard, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone, Brad, Temple of the Dog and Green River)
  • July 29Martina McBride, American country singer
  • August 11Juan Maria Solare, composer
  • August 16Emanuel Kiriakou, American songwriter, producer, record executive, music publisher and multi-instrumentalist,
  • August 19
    • Lilian Garcia, American singer and wrestling ring announcer
    • Lee Ann Womack, singer
  • August 20Dimebag Darrell, American rock guitarist (Pantera) (d. 2004)
  • August 22GZA/Genius, rapper
  • August 25
    • Derek Sherinian, American keyboardist
    • Terminator X, DJ
  • August 26Shirley Manson, Scottish rock musician (Garbage)
  • September 2Yu Hayami, Japanese pop idol singer
  • September 4Yanka Dyagileva, Russian singer
  • September 5Terry Ellis (En Vogue)
  • September 8Carola Häggkvist, Swedish pop singer
  • September 10Robin Goodridge (Bush)
  • September 12Ben Folds, singer-songwriter
  • September 17Doug E. Fresh, American rapper, record producer and beatboxer
  • September 20Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)
  • September 22Moustafa Amar, Egyptian pop star
  • October 2Mousse T., DJ
  • October 12Brian Kennedy, Irish musician and author
  • October 15Eric Benét, gospel singer
  • October 18 – Tim Cross, Sponge
  • October 19Sinitta, singer and actress
  • October 23Skúli Sverrisson, Icelandic composer and bassist
  • October 31
    • Annabella Lwin, vocalist (Bow Wow Wow)
    • Ad-Rock, Beastie Boys
  • November 6Paul Gilbert, American musician
  • November 11Peaches, born Merrill Nisker, Canadian electronic musician and performance artist
  • November 14Charles Hazlewood, English orchestral conductor
  • November 16Christian Lorenz, keyboard player
  • November 17
    • Jeff Buckley, singer-songwriter (died 1997)
    • Soup the Chemist, born Christopher Jose Cooper, pioneering American Christian hip hop rapper
    • Kate Ceberano, Australian singer and actress
  • November 20Kevin Gilbert (musician), American singer, composer and instrumentalist
  • November 23Charlie Grover (Sponge)
  • November 24Joseph "DJ Run" Simmons, Run D.M.C.
  • November 25Stacy Lattisaw, singer
  • December 4Masta Ace, rapper
  • December 8Sinéad O'Connor, Irish singer-songwriter, priest, activist
  • December 9Michael Foster, drummer for rock band FireHouse
  • December 12Greg Long, contemporary Christian musician
  • December 20Chris Robinson, vocalist (The Black Crowes)
  • December 29Dexter Holland of The Offspring


  • January 29Pierre Mercure, Canadian bassoon player and composer, 39
  • February 9Sophie Tucker, blues singer, 82
  • February 10Billy Rose, impresario, 66
  • February 13Marguerite Long, pianist, 87
  • February 23Billy Kyle, jazz pianist, 51
  • March – Mohamed El Qasabgi, composer
  • March 29Jazz Gillum, harmonica player, 61 (shot)
  • March 30Jelly d'Arányi, violinist, 72
  • April 3Russel Crouse, librettist, 73
  • April 19Javier Solis, Mexican ranchera & bolero singer, 34 (complications following gall bladder surgery)
  • April 30Richard Fariña, folk singer, 29 (motorcycle accident)
  • May 13Henrik Adam Due, violinist, music teacher, 75
  • June 1Papa Jack Laine, bandleader, 92
  • June 12Hermann Scherchen, conductor, 74
  • June 17Johnny St. Cyr, jazz musician, 76
  • July 3Deems Taylor, composer and music critic, 80
  • July 18Bobby Fuller, singer and guitarist, 23 (possible suicide or murder)
  • July 31Bud Powell, jazz pianist, 41
  • August 2Boyd Raeburn, jazz musician, 52 (heart attack)
  • August 2 or 3 – Tristan Klingsor, poet, painter and musician, 91
  • August 4Helen Tamiris, dancer and choreographer, 61
  • August 15Jan Kiepura, Polish tenor and actor, 64
  • September 17Fritz Wunderlich, tenor, 35 (fell downstairs)
  • September 26Helen Kane, singer, 62
  • September 28Lucius "Lucky" Millinder, US bandleader, 56 (liver disease)
  • October 3Dave Lambert, jazz musician, 49 (road accident)
  • October 7
    • Johnny Kidd, British singer, 30 (car accident)
    • Smiley Lewis, R&B musician, 53 (stomach cancer)
  • October 12Arthur Lourié, composer, 74
  • October 26Alma Cogan, English singer, 34 (stomach cancer)
  • October 17Karel Hruška, operatic tenor, 75
  • October 29Wellman Braud, jazz musician, 75
  • November 1
    • Alexis Roland-Manuel, composer, 75
    • Dick Roberts, guitar and banjo player, 69
  • November 2Mississippi John Hurt, blues musician, 73 or 74
  • November 6Washboard Sam, blues musician, 56 (heart disease)
  • November 12Quincy Porter, composer, 69
  • November 28Vittorio Giannini, opera composer, 63
  • December 1Carter Stanley, bluegrass musician, half of The Stanley Brothers, 41 (alcohol-related)
  • December 3Kui Lee, singer-songwriter, 34 (gland cancer)
  • December 9Yuri Shaporin, composer, 79
  • December 12Nellie Briercliffe, singer and actress with the D'Oyly Carte company, 77
  • December 14Shailendra, lyricist, 43
  • December 24Gaspar Cassadó, cellist and composer, 69


Grammy Awards[]

  • Grammy Awards of 1966

Eurovision Song Contest[]

  • Eurovision Song Contest 1966

Leeds International Piano Competition[]

  • Rafael Orozco

Van Cliburn International Piano Competition[]

  • Radu Lupu

See also[]

  • Hot 100 No. 1 Hits of 1966


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