Can You Identify the '60s Hit Song From Its Opening Line? Prove it!


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How well do you remember the songs of the 1960s? Take this quiz to find out.

"Ground control to Major Tom..." Admit it; you didn't read those song lyrics, you sang them. Now the iconic David Bowie song is going to be stuck in your head all day. That's ok; we've got 29 other songs on this quiz to get stuck in there too.

Even if you weren't a child of the 1960s, you are probably at least familiar with the music of the era. From the sounds of Motown to the classic rock and roll of Elvis Presley and the Beatles, the '60s gave us music that will remain iconic in the minds and hearts of music lovers for generations to come.

So, if you know who sang "I read the news today, oh boy...," "There's a light, a certain kind of light...," and "The preacher talked to me, and he smiled...," you'll probably do well on this quiz. If you knew that these are all Bee Gees songs, we invite you to test your knowledge by seeing how many more you can correctly guess.

Do you think you can name all the songs of the '60s? Let's get started.



"Ground control to Major Tom…"

David Bowie's "Space Oddity" was an oddly apt song from an oddly imaginative artist.


"I hear the train a comin, it's rollin' 'round the bend…"

Johnny Cash and his "Folsom Prison Blues" captured the sorrow and fear of a lost life.


"All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey…"

"California Dreamin'" was released by The Mamas & The Papas in 1965.


"I am he as you are he as you are me…"

The Beatles' "I Am The Walrus" was part of the "Magical Mystery Tour" television special.


"Couldn't sleep at all last night…"

Bobby Lewis sang "Tossin' and Turnin'," which went to No. 1 in 1961.


"Sometimes it's hard to be a woman…"

Tammy Wynette's 1968 hit, "Stand By Your Man" made her a bona fide celebrity.


"You need cooling, baby, I'm not fooling…"

Released in 1969, "Whole Lotta Love" was one of Led Zeppelin's loudest and freakiest songs.


"There must be some kind of way outta here…"

Bob Dylan wrote "All Along the Watchtower," but it was also recorded to great success by Jimi Hendrix.


"When the night has come…"

"Stand By Me," by Ben E. King, was a hit in 1961 and also in 1986 thanks to the film of the same name.


"Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day…"

"Fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way…" mourns the second line of "Time" by Pink Floyd.


"Oh, a storm is threatening, my very life today…"

"Gimme Shelter" appeared on The Rolling Stones album "Let It Bleed" and instantly became one of the band's iconic songs.


"Breakin' rocks in the hot sun…"

Orginally sung by Bobby Fuller, The Clash did their own version partly as a lamentation on the perils of rebellion.


"I saw her today at the reception…"

Mick Jagger and Co. were right, you can't always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need.


"Some folks are made to wave the flag…"

Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" was the stuff that 1960's counterculture was made of.


"I read the news today, oh boy…"

"A Day In The Life" was the final track on the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club."


"The night we met I knew I needed you so …"

"Be My Baby" was the first song released by The Ronettes and featured Phil Spectors "Wall of Sound."


"Pulled into Nazareth, was feelin' about half past dead…"

"The Weight" was written by Robbie Robertson and performed by The Band.


"Once upon a time you dressed so fine…"

Bob Dylan's 1965 masterpiece, "Like a Rolling Stone," reaffirmed his songwriting genius and became a smash hit.


"Well, it ain't no use to sit and wonder why, babe…"

Bob Dylan released the cynical "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" on his 1963 album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan."


"Well it's been building up inside of me…"

Brian Wilson shared writing credits on "Don't Worry Baby," which was recorded by the Beach Boys.


"Johnny's in the basement, mixing up the medicine…"

"Subterranean Homesick Blues" was actually Bob Dylan's first top 40 hit in the United States.


"There's a light, a certain kind of light…"

Barry and Robin Gibb actually wrote "To Love Somebody" for Otis Redding, but his untimely death meant the Bee Gees recorded it instead.


"Get up in the morning slaving for bread, sir…"

Desmond Dekker & The Aces released "Israelites" on the 1969 album of the same name.


"When I was a little girl, I had a rag doll…"

Tina Turner sang "River Deep, Mountain High" in 1966; it wasn't a hit in the U.S. at first but eventually became one of Turner's best-known tunes.


"Beat is getting' stronger, music getting' longer too…"

Sly and The Family Stone released "I Want to Take You Higher" as a B-side in 1969.


"So messed up, I want you here…"

The Stooges' "I Wanna Be Your Dog" has been covered countless times and featured in many Hollywood productions.


"I was born by the river in a little tent…"

"A Change Is Gonna Come" became a civil rights touchstone; it was released by Sam Cooke in 1964.


"Now that you've found your paradise…"

This 1969 hit from The Kinks is part biting social commentary and part motivational speech.


"Be on my side, I'll be on your side, baby…"

Neil Young & Crazy Horse sang the dark line "Down by the river, I shot my baby," in this brooding 1969 song.


"I don't know just where I'm going, but I'm gonna try for the kingdom if I can…"

"Heroin" is one of The Velvet Underground's best known songs, featuring some of Lou Reed's most powerful songwriting.


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