If There’s One Song That Could Be Used To Sum Up The ’60s Music, This Is That Song!

In North America, 1960 was the decade that was particularly revolutionary in terms of popular music, as it saw the formation and evolution of rock.

At the beginning of the 1960s, pop and rock and roll trends of the 1950s continued. In the early-1960s, rock and roll in its purest form was gradually overtaken by pop rock, beat, psychedelic rock, blues rock, and folk rock.

The country and folk-influenced style associated with the latter-half of 1960s rock music spawned a generation of popular singer-songwriters who wrote and performed their own work.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: they don’t make ’em like they use to, and that’s especially true when it comes to music.

We love all the music the 1960s had to offer, from the one-hit-wonders to the chart-toppers, and everything in between. That said, if we had to pick one song that perfectly embodied what the music of the ’60s meant to us, it would be Little Eva’s 1962 smash hit, “The Loco-Motion.”

The song is a popular and enduring example of the dance-song genre: much of the lyrics are devoted to a description of the dance itself, usually done as a type of line dance. The song came before the dance. Little Eva ended up having to create a dance to go along with the song.

Co-written by Carole King and her husband Gerry Goffin, the bubbly, catchy tune went perfectly with Little Eva’s harmonizing skills and The Cookies backing vocals. Even the accompanying dance was loads of fun!

Do you think the song “The Loco-Motion” perfectly embodies what the music of the 1960’s meant? If not, what song do you think does? Use the comments section below and share your thoughts. We’d love to hear from you!

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