Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1963 [Videos]

The Baltimore Sun

It's a pre-Beatles, girl-group centric countdown, via Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Blame It on the Bossa Nova," Eydie Gorme

Gorme, who passed away in August, had a No. 7 hit with this pop confection, though it was even more popular around the world — reaching No. 1 in South Africa, Sweden and Australia. It has also enjoyed an afterlife in modern TV, memorably featured in both "Big Love" and "The West Wing."

9. "Our Winter Love," Bill Pursell

Pretty much the musical opposite of "Blame It on the Bossa Nova."

8. "Baby Workout," Jackie Wilson

This song title is dying for an exclamation point. Infectious in any decade. 

7. "In Dreams," Roy Orbison

Epic heartache, thy name is Roy Orbison.

6. "Rhythm of the Rain," the Cascades

Just how anguished do you have to be to ask the rain to stop so you can keep crying by yourself?

5. "You're the Reason I'm Living," Bobby Darin

Apparently everyone in 1963 was super-dramatic about love (lost or not).

4. "South Street," the Orlons

The song is great, but the dance is perhaps the least-imaginative thing ever.

3. "The End of the World," Skeeter Davis

This is how you do a country-pop crossover hit, Taylor Swift.

2. "Our Day Will Come," Ruby and the Romantics

AKA: The last song played at every high school prom in 1963.

1. "He's So Fine," the Chiffons

On the top of the charts for a solid week, the Chiffons' classic is also known for being involved with a plagiarism case involving George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" (Harrison was found to have "subconsciously" plagarised "He's So Fine." Later, the Chiffons recorded their own version of "My Sweet Lord." Awkward.

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