Quiz: Can You Name These 60s Rock Songs?

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Take our quiz and see if you can name these classic rock songs from the 1960s!

The Beatles

The Beatles were an English rock band, formed in Liverpool in 1960. With members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, they became widely regarded as the foremost and most influential music band in history. Rooted in skiffle, beat and 1950s rock and roll, the Beatles later experimented with several genres, ranging from pop ballads and Indian music to psychedelia and hard rock, often incorporating classical elements and unconventional recording techniques in innovative ways. In 1963, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania”; as the group’s music grew in sophistication, led by primary songwriters Lennon and McCartney, they came to be perceived by many fans as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era’s sociocultural revolutions.

The Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960, with Stuart Sutcliffe initially serving as bass player. The core trio of Lennon, McCartney and Harrison, together since 1958, went through a succession of drummers until 1962 when Ringo Starr joined them. By early 1964, the Beatles were international stars

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first stable line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar, vocals), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums).

The Who

The Who is a British rock band formed in 1964. The primary lineup consisted of lead singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist and singer Pete Townshend, bassist John Entwistle, and drummer Keith Moon. They are considered to be one of the most influential rock bands of the 20th century, selling over 100 million records worldwide.

The Kinks

The Kinks are an English rock band formed in Muswell Hill, North London, by brothers Dave Davies and Ray Davies.

The group was active between 1964 and 1996 and are commonly regarded as one of the most important and influential rock bands of the 1960s.

The band’s hits include “You Really Got Me”, “All Day and All of the Night”, “Tired of Waiting for You”, “Well Respected Man”, “Waterloo Sunset” and “Lola”.

The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961. The group’s original lineup consisted of brothers Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson, their cousin Mike Love, and their friend Al Jardine. Distinguished by their vocal harmonies and early surf songs, they are one of the most influential acts of the rock era. The band drew on the music of older pop vocal groups such as the Four Freshmen and harmony groups such as the Boswell Sisters and the Mills Brothers. Brian Wilson’s growing creative ambition led to his establishing a home studio in 1962 and creating expansions within their surf sound beginning with “Pet Sounds” (1966).

The Doors

The Doors were an American rock band formed in 1965 in Los Angeles, with vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, guitarist Robby Krieger, and drummer John Densmore. They were among the most controversial and influential rock acts of the 1960s, mostly because of Morrison’s lyrics and stage antics. After Morrison’s death in 1971 at the age of 27, the remaining members continued as a trio until disbanding in 1973.

Despite not having any singles that cracked the top 40 in the United States, The Doors had four number-one albums on the US Billboard 200 chart and one number-one single on the US Cash Box Top 100: “Light My Fire”. The Doors were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

The Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, psychedelia, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, modal jazz, reggae, experimental music, and space rock. They are considered by many to have been the leading psychedelic band of their era.

Jefferson Airplane

Here’s a quiz for all you baby boomers and music lovers: Can you name these classic rock songs from the 1960s?

1. “Black Magic Woman”
2. “Fortunate Son”
3. “Gimme Some Lovin'”
4. “Paint It Black”
5. “Purple Haze”
6. “Smoke on the Water”
7. “Soul Man”
8. “Sunshine of Your Love”
9. “Whiter Shade of Pale”

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young

Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were a hugely successful rock band in the 1960s. Can you name some of their biggest hits? Take this quiz to find out!

10)Jimi Hendrix

90s Rock Songs?
In the 1960s, rock music became increasingly popular, with bands such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones achieving widespread fame. This quiz will test your knowledge of some of the most popular rock songs from that decade!

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