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The Top Ten Oldies of the Year, 1955-1979

A snapshot of an era

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These lists were compiled by me, your Oldies Guide at About.com, to represent the ten oldies of the year for each year of AM radio's Golden Era -- the years 1955-1975, inclusive. These lists aren't meant to represent the biggest chart hits of the year, or even the best songs released as singles, although sales and critical standing are taken into very serious account. Rather, they serve as a musical snapshot of the year in question, the very finest, biggest, most influential hits that reflect the tastes of that moment in time. If you disagree, or even if you don't, I invite you to share your opinion in this site's moderated oldies forum. These lists are an ongoing resource here at oldies.about.com, always here for your convenience.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Songs chosen for inclusion on this list must have been released as commercial singles and must have reached their peak on the Billboard Hot 100 during the year in question. When a 45 rpm single contains an edit of a longer song, the review is always meant to refer to the full version. Corrections and additions to the release info are welcome; you can always e-mail me. Enjoy!

The Top Ten Oldies of 1955
The Top Ten Oldies of 1956
The Top Ten Oldies of 1957
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The Top Ten Oldies of 1959

The Top Ten Oldies of 1960
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The Top Ten Oldies of 1962
The Top Ten Oldies of 1963
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The Top Ten Oldies of 1967
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The Top Ten Oldies of 1970
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The Top Ten Oldies of 1975
The Top Ten Oldies of 1976
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The Top Ten Oldies of 1978
The Top Ten Oldies of 1979

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