Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1966

This week 50 years ago, Indira Gandhi was sworn in as the first female prime minister of India; the musical "Sweet Charity" debuted on Broadway; actor Rainn Wilson ("The Office") was born; the Don Knotts comedy "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken" topped the box office; and the following songs were the most popular in the U.S., according to the Billboard Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice," The Lovin' Spoonful

The vocal layering on the Lovin' Spoonful's second single (the band's first: "Do You Believe in Magic") reportedly inspired Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys to write "God Only Knows."

9. "As Tears Go By," the Rolling Stones

The first person to have a hit with "As Tears Go By," was Marianne Faithful in 1964, a few years before she started dating Mick Jagger. P.S.: It was originally called "As Time Goes By," which makes a little more sense.

8. "A Must to Avoid," Herman's Hermits

She's "a complete impossibility"? That's not very nice, guys.

7. "The Men in My Little Girl's Life," Mike Douglas

The latest installment in 1960s and '70s Songs That Make Me Really, Really Uncomfortable.

6. "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)," The T-Bones


5. "Day Tripper," The Beatles

One of the best guitar riffs of all time.

4. "Five O'Clock World," The Vogues

Although it's pure peppy pop, "Five O'Clock World" was written by Allen Reynolds, who specialized in country music, writing for folks like Crystal Gayle and Waylon Jennings as well as producing for Garth Brooks.

3. "She's Just My Style," Gary Lewis and The Playboys

Kind of the 1966 version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" — answer: everything! BTW: Is there anyone out there who really loves how someone else combs their hair?

2. "We Can Work It Out," the Beatles

The double A-side with "Day Tripper," this one's a true collaboration between John Lennon and Paul McCartney, with McCartney responsible for the faster-tempo sections and Lennon behind the slower paced, "Life is very short..." sections

1. "The Sound of Silence," Simon and Garfunkel

No. 1 for two nonconsecutive weeks (sandwiching two weeks of "We Can Work It Out" at the top), "The Sound of Silence" was from Simon and Garfunkel's debut album, "Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M." and was released in September 1965, a full year and a half after it was recorded. More important: Paul Simon says he wrote it in the bathroom.

Jordan Bartel

Jordan Bartel

Jordan Bartel is the editor of Wknd, The Sun’s Friday entertainment magazine, and b, the Baltimore Sun Media Group’s free weekly for young adults. A San Diego native, Jordan graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He was a features writer at the Carroll County Times and had been an editor at b since its founding in 2008. He was won MDDC Press Association and AP awards for feature writing.