Top songs of 1965. Music hits in English, Spanish and more

Top hits of 1965

If you’re a music lover, the list of the top songs of 1965 is your ultimate music list. All kinds of styles, genres, artists, and even personalities. But above all, every possible language and the best melodies of the decade. Naturally, this means that once you’re done with this list, you can move on to the list of songs from the 70s. In any case, until then, we’ll dedicate ourselves to this 60s decade without thinking of anything else. We hope you enjoy this journey that we’ll summarize below, in anticipation of what’s to come.

Enormous amounts of top hits of 1965 in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and other romance languages (including all those belonging to the State), but also songs in English from non-Anglo-Saxon artists (no choice there). Because at Muros de Absenta, we spare no effort when it comes to music. And since the music of the 60s was so special and diverse (whether it was 60s music in English or other languages), we’re confident that our language-based lists will help users find or discover some melodies forgotten by time. And since Spanish is our language, we’ll give it more priority, in fact.

For good reason, if there’s one thing that Spanish 1965 music hits from this decade also stands out for, it’s the number of translations and covers of Anglo-Saxon songs. A circumstance that not only occurred in Spain but also in neighboring and not-so-neighboring countries. Click here to discover the songs from the year 1964 in both English and Spanish, or start from the beginning with the year 1960.

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Top hits of 1965

Before talking about the top songs of 1965 (but sharing with you our Spotify playlist already), we would like to put you in the context of the time a little. According to Wikipedia, in terms of cinema, this is the most notable. For example, George Stevens’ production of The Greatest Story Ever Told, a film based on the life of Jesus Christ. It was a failure with critics and audiences, to the extent that it discouraged the production of religious epic films for many years. It is considered notable in the 21st century for its impressive landscapes, powerful and provocative cinematography, Max von Sydow’s performance in an American film, and Claude Rains’ final performance.

The film adaptation of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, is also released. It quickly became a global phenomenon and an instant classic. With this success, it surpassed Gone with the Wind, which was until then the highest-grossing film of all time. The Sound of Music is known as the film that saved and restored Twentieth Century-Fox from bankruptcy after suffering extremely high production costs and the low profitability of Cleopatra, two years before The Sound of Music.

The epic comedy The Great Race, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood, Peter Falk, and Keenan Wynn, is also worth noting. It was initially a failure with both critics and the public, but today, some admire Edwards’ direction, the performances of the cast, Henry Mancini’s music, and its final climax.

Lastly, David Lean’s film adaptation of Boris Pasternak’s Doctor Zhivago, starring Omar Sharif, Julie Christie, Rod Steiger, and Alec Guinness, quickly became a global phenomenon. Its moral story and the message of love and human spirit that challenged the communist Soviet Union have made the film a true classic for critics and audiences. It was included among the best films by the American Film Institute. In a decade of very difficult times for the studio, Zhivago became Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s most successful and acclaimed film since How the West Was Won; MGM’s biggest film since Ben-Hur.

Best songs of 1965 in English

Best songs of 1965 in English

Bob Dylan – Like A Rolling Stone

The song that was chosen as the top song of all time by Rolling Stone magazine (which makes sense). According to one of the legends, the lyrics are about Edie Sedgwick, a friend of Andy Warhol. In this interpretation, the words “Napoleon in rags” referred to Warhol. Edie’s story and her relationship with Dylan were depicted in the movie Factory Girl. However, the author has never confirmed whether it was related to Edie or if the song is about her.

Diana Ross & The Supremes – Stop! In The Name Of Love

This song was written by the well-known Motown songwriting team Holland, Dozier, and Holland. Lamont Dozier came up with the title after an argument with his girlfriend. In the heat of the moment, he shouted, “Stop in the name of love.” They both started laughing, and Dozier knew that this cheesy phrase had to be the title of a song.

Donovan – Catch The Wind

This was Donovan’s first single. It was released during his third appearance on British television. In an interview with Dierdre O’Donoghue on KCRW Radio in Los Angeles, Donovan said, “I wrote it for Linda (Lawrence, whom he married in 1970), although I hadn’t really met her yet. It’s a song of unrequited love, even though I hadn’t met her, so how could I miss her? And it seems that I write prophetic songs in the sense of a Celtic poet, and so I wrote this song before meeting Linda, about a love I would have liked to have and lost.”

Fontella Bass – Rescue Me

Fontella Bass sang with Gospel groups from the age of 6 before transitioning to R&B as a teenager. She auditioned for Chess Records and secured a recording contract. This original composition written by Bass with Raynard Miner and Carl William Smith became her most successful single, although “Do not Mess Up a Good Thing” (a duet with Bobby McClure) and “Recovery” were also Top 40 hits on the US Hot 100.

After moving to Paris in 1969 with her husband, jazz trumpeter Lester Bowie, Bass more or less retired from music, but her voice could be heard on her husband’s recordings, as well as on several Gospel albums released on independent labels.

Jackie DeShannon – What The World Needs Now Is Love

This song was written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. It was offered to Dionne Warwick and Gene Pitney, who passed on it. In a 2012 interview with Jackie DeShannon by SonFacts, she explained: “When Hal suggested that Burt play What The World Needs Now Is Love, Burt wasn’t as enthusiastic about showing it to me at the time. So we continued, played a few more songs, and tried to decide if we would record any of the session. At that point, Hal suggested again that Burt play What The World Needs Now Is Love. And somewhat reluctantly, I believe, he played it for me. Of course, it was love at first listen, with those beautiful lyrics and that fantastic melody. There were cornfields and wheat, like in the backyard where I grew up in Kentucky, on a farm, and I heard a bit of gospel feeling in the chorus. I thought it was a match made in heaven. The moment Burt heard me sing, he said, ‘Back to New York! We’re going to New York!’ That’s where we recorded the song.”

Julie Andrews – The Lonely Goatherd

There’s not much to say that isn’t already known. Including the topic of the movie translation, the song, and everything. Like I said, nothing to add. Heidi.

Micky Y Los Tonys – I’m Over

In 1965, Micky y los Tonys released two songs: “I’m Over” and “Ya no estás”. This group was very popular during the 1960s, and while their early stage focused more on rock and roll and ye-ye rhythms, they later shifted towards beat and rhythm and blues.

The singer, Micky, being the son of a diplomat, was fluent in English and French. The first of the mentioned songs, “I’m Over”, became famous for appearing in the movie ‘Megaton Yeye’. The lyrics discuss how the protagonist wants to be with their beloved until they’re tired and asks them not to let go now that they are together, causing pain. The melody falls within the rock and roll genre.

Otis Redding – For Your Precious Love

For Your Precious Love is a song written by Arthur Brooks, Richard Brooks, and Jerry Butler. Although it was first performed by Jerry Butler and The Impressions in 1958, this version is, for this blog, the best one. While it had moderate success when released as a single in the previous decade (reaching #11), and was ranked #335 in Rolling Stone magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2010, the version that truly conveys its power is the one infused with the voice and personality of the great Otis Redding.

Petula Clark – Downtown

This was Petula Clark’s first single to hit the US, where it took considerably longer for her talent to be recognized. In the UK and Spain, she was already a star as a singer and a television artist, a regular on the BBC. In fact, in the early ’60s, she gained recognition in France, where she started recording her songs in French. Interestingly, she didn’t secure a US record deal until late 1964 when a Warner Bros. executive named Joe Smith, who was vacationing in England, heard the song and signed her to a deal that brought her West.

When Downtown premiered in the US, it jumped to #1, making Petula Clark the first UK singer to top the US charts during the rock era (post-1955). Surprisingly, she didn’t even promote the song before it reached the top spot, as she was touring in French-speaking countries at that time.

Roger Miller – King Of The Road

Roger Miller is better known for his humorous songs, which somewhat overshadowed his songwriting talent. After being responsible for several hits in the 1950s, the artist made his mark in the ’60s, where several tracks became country classics, with this being the most notable.

Rolling Stones – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

The second most listened-to song by one of the most important bands in music history, second only to “Paint It, Black” released a year later, could only be “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”. One of the most energetic songs from one of the most energetic rock groups that ever existed. Their age and long career are testament enough.

Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs – Wooly Bully

One of those songs that, for me, are part of childhood and I’d never have thought they belonged to a rock music band. That’s “Wooly Bully”. It might seem like a goofy song, and it probably is, but in that sense, it’s enjoyable and fun. Not everything has to be taken seriously.

Sonny & Cher – I Got You Babe

Sonny & Cher were one of the most magical musical partnerships of the mid-’60s and one of the couples that had a significant influence on a certain type of ’70s rock. This is their most famous song, forever remembered by “Groundhog Day,” but always etched in collective memory for its captivating quality and the perfect blend of voices and harmonies.

The Animals – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood

But tell me this isn’t catchy. How could there be so much good music in just one year? It’s spectacular. We can’t stop playing, and each new song seems better than the previous one. If you made an album with only what’s played in this year, you’d have an album you’d never get tired of listening to.

We turn to The Animals this time, specifically to their version of Nina Simone’s song released a year earlier. Despite being a cover, you could listen to both songs back-to-back and feel entirely different sensations. Even knowing they’re the same song, they embody the typical differences in strong personalities.

The Animals were one of the prominent English R&B groups in the ’60s, and their influence extends beyond this song. “House Of The Rising Sun” is another example.

The Beach Boys – Barbara Ann

When you talk to a knowledgeable person about The Beach Boys, they’ll likely mention “Pet Sounds” (1966). Why? Because that’s when they invented the pop of the ’90s and ‘2000s. Their greatest achievement? The existence of The Shins.

But the truth is, the quality of The Beach Boys goes far beyond that album and reaches back years before 1966. “Barbara Ann,” an incredibly festive song, although it might now remind many of a cheese commercial, is another unforgettable and indispensable track on our list.

The Beatles – Help!

The presence of The Beatles in our ’60s lists is as prominent as it is predictable. Music would never be what it is if not for the release in 1963 of songs like “Twist And Shout” or “Love Me Do.”

From then on, over a span of about 7 years (bidding farewell in 1970 with “Let It Be”), the British quartet had dozens of hits and number ones, among which is “Help!” Along with its accompanying movie directed by Richard Lester. If the importance of Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr wasn’t already clear, one only needs to look to the subsequent decades, solo careers, and the tragic consequences of their fame.

The Beatles – Yesterday

There’s little more to add. While “Help!” was a cheerful and lively anthem, “Yesterday” sees the band in a melancholic and sad state. Which Beatles do you like more? Maybe both. As they’d say on The Simpsons, The Beatles are now the music they play for Maggie.

The Byrds – Turn Turn Turn

You realize you’re getting old when you’re about to reference the Forrest Gump soundtrack to justify the relevance of a song, and you actually need to find a reference for people to remember Forrest Gump. A movie from 1994. Because today marks 26 years since its release, and when it was released, it had been 29 years since “Turn Turn Turn” hit the market.

And that, my friend, is how time slips away from us. Feeling a bit melancholic? Then it’s the perfect time to listen to The Byrds. Although with caution, because if you listen too much, you might become a prophet and a hippie at the same time.

The Kinks – All Day And All Of The Night

Probably one of my favorite groups from the ’60s. The ones who had the best guitar sound and offered riskier and fresher melodies. Perhaps overshadowed a bit by the high visibility of The Beatles, their contemporaries with a massive fan base on both sides of the Atlantic compared to The Kinks. However, undeniable classics like this one prove they were one of the best bands of their time. And like so many others, they were revived by new, supposedly more contemporary groups.

The Lovin’ Spoonful – Do You Believe In Magic

The Lovin’ Spoonful is another one of those lesser-remembered names from the English rock of 1965, but like many others, they planted the seed for what came after. They are the creators of “Do You Believe In Magic” and the much more remembered “Summer In The City,” released a year later. More hippies, bring on the hippies. The world was full of hippies, sideburns, and psychedelic bangs.

The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody

Remembered in Spain for this song you’ve probably heard mentioned in Spanish many times. At least, I’ve heard it enough times to make that comment. At least in people two generations ahead of mine. They refer to The Righteous Brothers’ song as “Melodía desencadenada” (Unchained Melody), which enjoyed a second life after appearing in “Ghost,” and I’m told, later for appearing in some edition of “Operación Triunfo” (perhaps the first).

The Sonics – Psycho

When I was researching to make this top (that was more than 10 years ago), one of the things I read most when I focused on the ’60s was that The Sonics were attributed as the originators of later hard rock and, after that, heavy metal. And, of course, those texts were championing their significance and importance beyond their time.

I have to say that back then, it was very difficult for me to find songs by the band that had even a minimally acceptable quality. Everything sounded like it was recorded in a garage, and perhaps that’s their real influence: The Sonics are the precursors of garage rock.

The Temptations – My Girl

Here’s another song that enjoyed a second life thanks to the movies. Tarantino has shown us the power that cinema holds in reviving great songs from the past.

In this case, it’s not Tarantino but Howard Zieff and, most likely, James Newton Howard, who decided to give their movie the same name as The Temptations’ song, using it as the main theme of the film.

Poor Macaulay Culkin, I think it’s because of him that I get scared whenever I see a wasp.

The Who – My Generation

The Mods owe half of their legend to The Who and the other half to “Quadrophenia,” a film in which Sting had a small role and in which Johnny Rotten almost appeared. An attractive idea, especially now, thinking about how within a film dedicated to a musical and social movement, nods to new emerging movements were being hidden. But well, the movie, while good, could be said to have fallen a bit short of what it could have been, except for the music and the production backed by The Who themselves.

Nowadays, when many people listen to “My Generation,” they might think of CSI, and that’s not a bad thing.

The Yardbirds – For Your Love

The Yardbirds are sadly one of the most forgotten bands in rock (even beyond the so-called British Invasion, of which they were a part). On one hand, guitarists like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) emerged from this band; on the other hand, songs like “For Your Love” did. Ultimately, The Yardbirds are one of the most influential bands in history, without a doubt.

The Yardbirds – For Your Love

Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders – Game Of Love

The video I’m linking for this song amuses me. Brian Epstein appears in it, forever remembered as the fifth Beatle. Mainly because of the comments on YouTube, where they highlight Epstein’s ironic smile just when the lyrics say “purpose of a woman is to love her man,” knowing that Brian Epstein thought differently. Another commenter adds that what he would have liked to say would have been something like this: “The purpose of a manager is to love his band, and the purpose of a band is to love their manager.”

Wilson Pickett – In The Midnight Hour

We finish the overview of 1965 American songs with Wilson Pickett’s soulful “In The Midnight Hour.” What is it about this song that makes you start dancing in less than 5 seconds? Soul. As an anecdotal fact, “In The Midnight Hour” was written in the same hotel where Martin Luther King would be fatally shot 3 years later, in 1968.

Best songs of 1965 in French, Spanish, Italian and Catalan

Top songs of 1965 in French, Spanish, Italian and Catalan

Anna Karina & Jean-Paul Belmondo – Ma Ligne De Chance

Theme composed for the movie Pierrot the Crazy, a musical directed by Jean-Luc Godard, which I personally find completely uninteresting except for this: Ma Ligne De Chance. Oh, not the only one, sorry: Anna Karina and Belmondo are quite charming, although not in this film, despite all the charisma they exude in their filmography.

Carlos Puebla – Hasta Siempre

All life after his death, constructing with this song the figure of Che Guevara, the legend of his struggle. A true libertarian song, as the lyrics say. And be that as it may, Carlos Puebla’s song still resonates in our times, especially that guitar riff with which it begins. In some versions, in fact, before that riff, you can hear the author dedicating the song to the commander.

Christophe – Aline

This song not only appears on this list but also on our list of the best songs with women’s names, because the Frenchman Christophe, an important figure in French music in France (logically), had real success in Spain. Aline, c’est fini is a catchy and unforgettable chorus for many of us.

Conchita Velasco – Una Chica Ye-Yé

Everyone remembers with this song by Augusto Algueró, for many one of the most intelligent composers of the 70s, who understood what was hidden in a generation that enjoyed movies like Megatón Ye-Ye during this same year. He’s the one who composed the unforgettable melody of Una Chica Ye-Yé, but we mustn’t forget Conchita Velasco’s powerful performance. As demonstrated by the different existing versions before and after this original one, Velasco’s strong and personal voice surpasses any other option.

France Gall – Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son

Recently deceased as we write these words, France Gall was what is now known as an event singer because her appearance in Eurovision turned her into everything the youth of 1965 desired. Her triumph at the gala and the number of singles sold quickly propelled her to the musical summit across the map, spreading yé-yé style to places where it had been unfamiliar until then. In other cases, of course, more than a discovery, it confirmed a talent and a subgenre of pop that preceded the pop we know today, going beyond just music.

As a contrast to her youthful years, after her early successes, France Gall would lose her partner (at 42) and her daughter (at 19), be diagnosed with breast cancer, and prematurely pass away as a result.

Herve Vilard – Capri C’Est Fini

“Capri c’est fini” by Herve Vilard must not be missing from this list. This singer was a French musician who achieved fame with this very song and remained on stage for many years.

In it, the singer talks about the end of a love that began in Capri and that ended even though he would like to start anew. The melody maintains that nostalgic tone that perfectly conveys the feeling of the end of a golden time.

Jacques Brel – Jacky

Jacques Brel was a Belgian singer-songwriter who stood out in the musical genre of Chanson Française for the sincere and poetic lyrics of his songs. With his song “Jacky,” he tells a story in which he claims that he will continue to sing despite the many possibilities that might arise, as that’s when he will be called Jacky.

It’s in those moments that he captures the audience’s attention and can pretend to be someone different. The melody also brings vitality to the song with a rhythm quite reminiscent of circus music.

Jimmy Fontana – Il Mondo

On the other hand, we have the song “Il mondo” by Jimmy Fontana. This artist was an Italian singer and actor who gained popularity primarily in the 1960s.

The aforementioned track talks about a story of heartbreak, in which the protagonist has finally been able to stop thinking about his beloved and realizes that life goes on without her, as the world doesn’t stop for the trivialities of a single individual. It was so successful that it was covered in other languages, including Spanish.

Lone Star – Comprensión

Another group that released a song in Spanish in 1965 was Lone Star, a band formed in Barcelona. Its founder, Pere Gené, received musical training in England and introduced rock and roll to Spain.

Their song “Comprensión” has a rhythm very close to the blues mixed with Spanish pasodoble. The lyrics have amorous undertones, as the main character is infatuated with a girl and wants to win her love, even though he sometimes admits to behaving strangely around her.

Los Botines – Aleluya Surf

“Aleluya Surf” is a song by the Spanish group Los Botines. This song, as the title suggests, has a clear influence from the surf rock genre, which was popular at the time.

Despite having a vocal part with lyrics, the song focuses heavily on the instrumental aspect, particularly the electric guitar melodies that are characteristic of surf rock. It’s an example of how various musical trends influenced Spanish artists in the 1960s.

Los Brincos – Borracho

Los Brincos is a Spanish band that achieved great success during the 1960s, mainly because in the early 1970s they ended up disbanding. They were known as the Spanish Beatles.

In 1965, they released a hit called “Borracho” which portrays a contradiction. At first, the protagonist wants to drink to forget the person they love, but then they realize that what they truly desire is happiness and they don’t need to keep drinking alcohol to achieve that.

Los Cheyenes – Válgame La Macarena

One of the most popular songs of 1965 in Spanish was “Válgame la macarena”. The musical group behind it is Los Cheyenes, a rock band from Barcelona that composed songs mainly in the 1960s and served as a precedent for the ‘garage rock’ genre. This track narrates the bewilderment of a young man upon realizing that his beloved has stopped loving him and he can’t understand why. To ease the pain, he has found another girl and thus pleads with her not to apologize to him.

Los Flecos – Vales Poco Para Mí

“Vales poco para mí” by Los Flecos is another track that can’t be missing from this list. This musical group had a short life but managed to become one of the best Spanish rock bands of the time. It was initially formed due to the success of Los Brincos during those years.

The lyrics depict a story of heartbreak and disdain in which the protagonist makes it clear to the other person that they don’t matter and have little value. However, it seems that the young woman had hopes of winning their love at some point.

Los Pájaros Locos – Chao-Chao

Continuing with the best Spanish musical themes of 1965, Los Pájaros Locos released a song called “Chao chao”. This band was active for almost a decade and their preferred genre was rock and roll.

This track tells the story of a farewell between two lovers who don’t want to part but have to. The sea is a key element, as it simulates their departure, and the chorus of voices intensifies the emotions of the enamored. A Spanish version of the classic song “Downtown” by Petula Clark.

Los Relámpagos – Nit De Llampecs

“Nit de Llampecs” was a musical track composed by the group Los Relámpagos. They were famous primarily in the 1960s, although they didn’t disband until the mid-1970s. In the early 2000s, they released a compilation of unreleased singles.

The song doesn’t have lyrics, so the melody takes center stage, simulating a storm as the title suggests. The musical genre it belongs to is sardana, with a slight variation due to the rhythm distortion.

Los Salvajes – Hielo En Vez De Amor

Another successful song of 1965 is “Hielo en vez de amor” by Los Salvajes. This musical group was one of the precursors of the Garage Rock genre in Spain and they were even referred to as the Spanish Rolling Stones.

This track speaks about the end of a love affair, where the protagonist can’t comprehend why it ended. This is why they mix this feeling with ice. However, they still have hope that, if one day they are in the arms of their beloved again, she will respond with caresses and affection. The melody falls into the beat genre, but with a certain rhythm distortion.

Los Sírex – La Escoba

Los Sírex was a Spanish rock group that achieved considerable success in the 1960s. Despite disbanding in the early 1970s, they reunited in 1977 and have continued to perform to this day. This musical group is considered one of the best in the history of Spanish rock. Two of their standout songs from 1965 are “La escoba” and “Que se mueran los feos”.

The first of these is a critique of the modern world, using a broom to sweep away the dirt of the world and the money that causes so many problems in society. Furthermore, it mentions buying a broom for everyone, implying that everyone should contribute to changing the situation.

Los Sírex – Que Se Mueran Los Feos

On the other hand, the second musical theme has a more humorous tone. According to the song, the ugly ones must die because they know how to win over the girls, leaving others without them. In fact, the singer himself affirms that he is one of them and that even aesthetic advances won’t change that. The song’s melody accentuates its satirical touch.

Luisita Tenor – Yeh Yeh

The next artist that should be mentioned on the list is Luisita Tenor with “Yeh Yeh”. She had a connection to the world of music from a young age, as her parents were also singers, as was her husband.

The melody of the aforementioned track is very typical in ye-ye songs, with a cheerful and catchy rhythm. The lyrics tell the story of love from the young woman’s perspective, where everything is happiness because he is with her, and she can’t conceive of life without her beloved.

Micky y los Tonys – Ya No Estás

Likewise, “Ya no estás” also appears in the same movie as the previous song. However, here, it narrates the lament of a young man upon losing the girl he considered the girl of his dreams. He doesn’t understand why she’s not there anymore and believes she’ll laugh at him again. Additionally, he also thinks that without her, he won’t be able to be happy anymore.

Pino Donaggio – Yo Que No Vivo Sin Ti

Pino Donaggio also released a song in 1965 called “Yo que no vivo sin ti”. This singer composed both songs and film soundtracks, boasting a significant musical career.

The melody of this musical track can be classified as pop ballad, and the lyrics tell the story of an imminent breakup where the protagonist pleads with their loved one not to leave them, professing their love and expressing their inability to live without them. The protagonist believes that things can be resolved if the loved one listens and understands.

Raphael – El Tamborilero

Raphael is one of the most successful artists in the Hispanic-American music scene. Although his musical career began in the 1960s, he is still active, especially touring in Europe and America.

One of the most successful tracks he released in 1965 was “El tamborilero”. It’s a popular song reinterpreted by this singer with a carol melody, where a drummer recounts how the shepherds want to bring gifts to the newborn Jesus after his birth. However, being poor, he can only play for the newborn.

Rocío Dúrcal – Más Bonita Que Ninguna

Continuing with another 1965 Spanish song, “Más bonita que ninguna” is a track by Rocío Dúrcal. This singer has a long and prolific musical career, being known as the ‘queen of rancheras’ and one of the best-selling female artists in the Spanish-speaking music industry.

The aforementioned song portrays how she doesn’t consider herself more beautiful than anyone else and can’t understand why she’s told that. According to the protagonist, she lacks sex appeal and doesn’t know how to behave like a femme fatale; she’s just a good girl with a big heart to love.

Rosalía – Una Chica Ye-Yé

We can’t forget about another great artist from the 1960s: Rosalía. She was one of the ‘chicas ye-ye’ of that era, with her musical career mainly concentrated in the 1960s and 1970s. The success she achieved in 1965 includes “Una chica ye-ye”, a song that is currently attributed to Conchita Velasco.

The melody is dynamic and forceful, with lyrics in which the young woman complains that her beloved doesn’t realize she loves him, and thus she plays with his poor heart. She also advises him to find a vivacious and cheerful girl like herself.

Salvatore Adamo – Mis Manos En Tu Cintura

Salvatore Adamo was an Italian-Belgian singer who gained international fame between 1960 and 1970 in Europe and Latin America, and he continues to produce music to this day. His song “Mis manos en tu cintura” is one of his most well-known tracks, and it narrates the evolution of a love story, from teenage desire gradually turning into reality.

However, the young man acknowledges the sadness he feels when thinking that this love might have an end, which is likely why he turns his feelings for the girl into a song.

Silvana Velasco – Sé De Un Lugar

The last musical theme to mention from 1965 is “Sé de un lugar” by Silvana Velasco. She was a singer and actress in the 1960s and 1970s and was also considered one of the ‘chicas ye-ye’ of Spain.

The lyrics of this song describe how after finishing work and stores closing, it’s the ideal moment to leave behind problems and go out to have fun. She knows a place where she can dance and forget the daily routine. The melody is very lively, contributing to the joy expressed in the lyrics of this track.

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