The Number One Songs From The Year You Graduated High School

ByQuyen Anne

Dec 11, 2023

Growing up, music played such an important part of our lives.

Growing up, music played such an important part of our lives. We got caught up in the dance trends, we listened to our favorite songs on the radio, and we built up our record collections and proudly showed them off whenever we could. Looking back, we notice that certain songs have a special place in our hearts because of the memories that they conjure. If you’re like us, music had such a large impact on your life during high school; these were the formative years when we experienced so many things! So we decided to do a little research, and look up the number one song on the Billboards from the years we went to high school.

Below you will find the top songs from 1960-1989. We’ve also included our personal favorite songs from each year. Let us know what you think, and if the songs below match up to what you were listening to in high school! And of course, please feel free to share any other great memories you might have in the comments below.


The Top Billboard Song: “Theme from a Summer Place,” by Percy Faith and His Orchestra.

What we were listening to: “The Twist,” by Chubby Checker.


The Top Billboard Song: “Tossin’ and Turnin’,” by Bobby Lewis.

What we were listening to: “Please Mr. Postman,” by The Marvelettes.


The Top Billboard Song: “Stranger on the Shore,” by Mr. Acker Bilk.

What we were listening to: “The Loco-Motion,” by Little Eva.



The Top Billboard Song: “Sugar Shack,” by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs.

What we were listening to: “Surfin’ U.S.A.,” by The Beach Boys.


The Top Billboard Song: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” by The Beatles.

What we were listening to: The entire A Hard Day’s Night album!



The Top Billboard Song: “Wooly Bully,” by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.

What we were listening to: “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” by The Righteous Brothers.


The Top Billboard Song: “Ballad of the Green Berets,” by Ssgt. Barry Sadler.

What we were listening to: “96 Tears,” by ? & the Mysterians.


The Top Billboard Song: “To Sir With Love,” by Lulu.

What we were listening to: “I Think We’re Alone Now,” by Tommy James and the Shondells.


The Top Billboard Song: “Hey Jude,” by The Beatles.

What we were listening to: “Mrs. Robinson,” by Simon & Garfunkel.


The Top Billboard Song: “Sugar, Sugar,” by The Archies.

What we were listening to: “Proud Mary,” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

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