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TOP 100 GARAGE BAND HITS
1963-1969

  1. Louie Louie - The Kingsmen - 1963
  2. 96 Tears - ? and the Mysterians - 1966
  3. Incense and Peppermints - Strawberry Alarm Clock - 1967
  4. Hang On Sloopy - The McCoys - 1965
  5. Green Tambourine - The Lemon Pipers - 1968
  6. Little Bit O'Soul - The Music Explosion - 1967
  7. Keep On Dancing - The Gentrys - 1965
  8. (We Ain't Got) Nothin' Yet - Blues Magoos - 1967
  9. Psychotic Reaction - Count Five - 1966
  10. Time Won't Let Me - The Outsiders - 1966
  11. Come on Down to My Boat - Every Mothers' Son - 1967
  12. Bend Me, Shape Me - The American Breed - 1968
  13. Western Union - The Five Americans - 1967
  14. Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz - 1968
  15. Surfin' Bird - The Trashmen - 1964
  16. The Jolly Green Giant - The Kingsmen - 1965
  17. Just a Little - The Beau Brummels - 1965
  18. Dirty Water - The Standells - 1966
  19. Fever - The McCoys - 1965
  20. Little Girl - Syndicate of Sound - 1966
  21. I Fought the Law - The Bobby Fuller Four - 1966
  22. I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night) - The Electric
    Prunes
    - 1967
  23. Liar, Liar - The Castaways - 1965
  24. I Want Candy - The Strangeloves - 1965
  25. Gloria - The Shadows of Knight - 1966
  26. I Love You - People - 1968
  27. She's About a Mover - Sir Douglas Quintet - 1965
  28. Hot Smoke and Sasafrass - The Bubble Puppy - 1969
  29. Talk Talk - The Music Machine - 1966
  30. Laugh, Laugh - The Beau Brummels - 1965
  31. Double Shot (Of My Baby's Love) - Swingin'
    Medallions
    - 1966
  32. Journey to the Center of the Mind - The Amboy Dukes - 1968
  33. Money - The Kingsmen - 1964
  34. Lies - The Knickerbockers - 1965
  35. Respectable - The Outsiders - 1966
  36. Farmer John - The Premiers - 1964
  37. Shape of Things to Come - Max Frost and the
    Troopers
    - 1968
  38. I Need Somebody - ? and the Mysterians - 1966
  39. You, I - The Rugbys - 1969
  40. I See the Light - The Five Americans - 1966
  41. Mendocino - Sir Douglas Quintet - 1969
  42. Girl in Love - The Outsiders - 1966
  43. Tomorrow - Strawberry Alarm Clock - 1968
  44. Come On Let's Go - The McCoys - 1966
  45. Step Out of Your Mind - The American Breed - 1967
  46. Yellow Balloon - The Yellow Balloon - 1967
  47. Birthday - Underground Sunshine - 1969
  48. Hello Hello - The Sopwith "Camel" - 1967
  49. Land of 1000 Dances - Cannibal and the Headhunters - 1965
  50. Beg, Borrow and Steal - The Ohio Express - 1967
  51. The Rains Came - Sir Douglas Quintet - 1966
  52. Did You See Her Eyes - The Illusion - 1969
  53. 7 and 7 Is - Love - 1966
  54. Pushin' Too Hard - The Seeds - 1966
  55. Sit Down, I Think I Love You - The Mojo Men - 1967
  56. Get Me to the World on Time - The Electric Prunes - 1967
  57. Night Time - The Strangeloves - 1966
  58. Hey Joe - The Leaves - 1966
  59. Love's Made a Fool of You - The Bobby Fuller Four - 1966
  60. Bird Dance Beat - The Trashmen - 1964
  61. She's the One - The Chartbusters - 1964
  62. Sound of Love - The Five Americans - 1967
  63. A Question of Temperature - The Balloon Farm - 1968
  64. Help Me Girl - The Outsiders - 1966
  65. Zip Code - The Five Americans - 1967
  66. (When She Needs Good Lovin') She Comes To Me - The Chicago Loop - 1966
  67. You Tell Me Why - The Beau Brummels - 1965
  68. Cara-Lin - The Strangeloves - 1965
  69. Green Light - The American Breed - 1968
  70. Oh Yeah - The Shadows of Knight - 1966
  71. Can't Seem to Make You Mine - The Seeds - 1967
  72. Death of an Angel - The Kingsmen - 1964
  73. Sometimes Good Guys Don't Wear White - The
    Standells
    - 1966
  74. Peter Rabbit - Dee Jay and the Runaways - 1966
  75. Road Runner - The Gants - 1965
  76. You Wouldn't Listen - The Ides of March - 1966
  77. My Little Red Book - Love - 1966
  78. Shake - The Shadows of Knight - 1968
  79. One Track Mind - The Knickerbockers - 1966
  80. Put Your Mind at Ease - Every Mothers' Son - 1967
  81. Up and Down - The McCoys - 1966
  82. Sugar and Spice - The Cryan' Shames - 1966
  83. Evol - Not Love - The Five Americans - 1966
  84. Don't Talk to Strangers - The Beau Brummels - 1965
  85. Run, Run, Run - The Third Rail - 1967
  86. Suspicions - The Sidekicks - 1966
  87. You're Gonna Miss Me - The Thirteenth Floor Elevators - 1966
  88. Why Pick On Me - The Standells - 1966
  89. Are You a Boy or Are You a Girl - The Barbarians - 1965
  90. Rumors - Syndicate of Sound - 1966
  91. I Could Be So Good To You - Don and the Goodtimes - 1967
  92. Can't Get Enough of You, Baby - ? and the Mysterians - 1967
  93. Smell of Incense - Southwest F.O.B. - 1968
  94. La La La La La - The Blendells - 1964
  95. Dance With Me - The Mojo Men - 1965
  96. You're My Baby (And Don't You Forget It) - The Vacels - 1965
  97. The People in Me - The Music Machine - 1967
  98. Follow Me - Lyme and Cybelle - 1966
  99. Live - The Merry-Go-Round - 1967
  100. My World Fell Down - Sagittarius - 1967

Recording in an actual garage is not a requirement for this list. The term is an often-used category for American rock groups with a raw style and limited budget, who never quite rose to the corporate level. The "garage band era" of this list is designated as 1963 through 1969, and rankings are based on the popularity of each song during this period. Solo acts do not qualify, nor do bands originating outside the U.S., though a few foreign-born musicians may be in the roster somewhere.





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