The Number One Hits Of 1964

December 7, 1963 – January 3, 1964
The Singing Nun
Jeanine Deckers, a Belgian nun, and musician, became famous under The Singing Nun.
Dominique is a tribute to Saint Dominic, the founder of the Dominican Order, and features simple guitar accompaniment and clear vocals.
January 4, 1964 – January 31, 1964
Bobby Vinton
There! I’ve Said It Again
Bobby Vinton is a Polish-American singer and songwriter who gained fame in the early 1960s.
There! I’ve Said It Again is a popular song written by Redd Evans and David Mann, which Vinton covered in 1963.
February 1, 1964 – March 20, 1964
The Beatles
I Want to Hold Your Hand
The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960, consisting of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr.
I Want to Hold Your Hand was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and became their first number-one hit in the United States.
March 21, 1964 – April 3, 1964
The Beatles
She Loves You
The Beatles’ impact on the music industry is still felt today, and they are regarded as one of the most influential bands in history.
She Loves You, another Lennon-McCartney composition, was one of the UK’s best-selling singles of all time.
April 4, 1964 – May 8, 1964
The Beatles
Can’t Buy Me Love
The Beatles’ experimentation with different musical styles helped define the 1960s.
Can’t Buy Me Love, another hit penned by Lennon and McCartney, emphasized the band’s evolving sound and showcased their versatility.
May 9, 1964 – May 15, 1964
Louis Armstrong
Hello, Dolly!
Louis Armstrong was an influential jazz musician and singer known for his distinctive voice and trumpet playing.
Hello, Dolly! is a song from the musical of the same name, which Armstrong’s rendition helped popularize.
May 16, 1964 – May 29, 1964
Mary Wells
My Guy
Mary Wells was an American singer known as the “Queen of Motown” due to her early success with the label.
My Guy, written and produced by Smokey Robinson, became one of Wells’ biggest hits and a signature song for her.
May 30, 1964 – June 5, 1964
The Beatles
Love Me Do
Their innovative songwriting and harmonies characterized the Beatles’ music.
Love Me Do was their debut single, showcasing their unique sound, which would define the band.
June 6, 1964 – June 26, 1964
The Dixie Cups
Chapel of Love
The Dixie Cups were an American girl group known for their soulful harmonies and catchy pop tunes.
Chapel of Love, written by Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich, became a defining hit for the group.
June 27, 1964 – July 3, 1964
Peter and Gordon
A World Without Love
Peter and Gordon were a British pop duo consisting of Peter Asher and Gordon Waller.
A World Without Love, written by Paul McCartney, became one of their most popular songs and a hit on both sides.
June 27, 1964 – July 3, 1964
Peter and Gordon
A World Without Love
Peter and Gordon were a British pop duo consisting of Peter Asher and Gordon Waller.
A World Without Love, written by Paul McCartney, became one of their most popular songs and a hit on both sides of the Atlantic.
July 4, 1964 – July 17, 1964
The Beach Boys
I Get Around
The Beach Boys were an American rock band formed in California in 1961, known for their distinctive vocal harmonies and innovative approach to pop music.
I Get Around, written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, became the band’s first number-one hit in the United States.
July 18, 1964 – July 31, 1964
The Four Seasons
Rag Doll
The Four Seasons were an American rock and pop band known for their distinctive harmonies and upbeat sound.
Rag Doll, written by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe, became one of the group’s most successful and enduring hits.
August 1, 1964 – August 14, 1964
The Beatles
A Hard Day’s Night
The Beatles are considered one of music’s most successful and influential bands.
A Hard Day’s Night was the title track for their third studio album and first feature film, showcasing the band’s continued success.
August 15, 1964 – August 21, 1964
Dean Martin
Everybody Loves Somebody
Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, and comedian known for his smooth voice and charismatic stage presence.
Everybody Loves Somebody, written by Sam Coslow, Irving Taylor, and Ken Lane, became one of Martin’s signature songs.
August 22, 1964 – September 4, 1964
The Supremes
Where Did Our Love Go
The Supremes were an American female singing group and the premier act of Motown Records during the 1960s, led by Diana Ross.
Where Did Our Love Go, written by Holland-Dozier-Holland, was the group’s first of five consecutive number-one hits.
September 5, 1964 – September 25, 1964
The Animals
The House of the Rising Sun
The Animals were an English rock band formed in Newcastle upon Tyne in the early 1960s.
The House of the Rising Sun is a traditional folk song that the band arranged and turned into a hit, showcasing their blues-rock style.
September 26, 1964 – October 16, 1964
Roy Orbison
Oh, Pretty Woman
Roy Orbison was an American singer-songwriter known for his powerful voice, distinctive style, and emotional ballads.
Oh, Pretty Woman, co-written by Orbison and Bill Dees, became one of his most popular and enduring songs.
October 17, 1964 – October 30, 1964
Manfred Mann
Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Manfred Mann was a British beat, rhythm and blues, and pop band of the 1960s led by keyboardist Manfred Mann.
Do Wah Diddy Diddy, originally recorded by The Exciters, was covered by Manfred Mann and became one of their biggest hits.
October 31, 1964 – November 27, 1964
The Supremes
Baby Love
The Supremes’ success made them one of the defining acts of the Motown sound in the 1960s.
Baby Love, another hit written by the famed Holland-Dozier-Holland team, further solidified the group’s status as a leading act in popular music.
November 28, 1964 – December 4, 1964
The Shangri-Las
Leader of the Pack
The Shangri-Las were an American girl group from the 1960s known for their dramatic and emotionally charged songs.
Leader of the Pack, written by George “Shadow” Morton, Jeff Barry, and Ellie Greenwich, became one of the group’s most iconic hits.
December 5, 1964 – December 11, 1964
Lorne Greene
Lorne Greene was a Canadian actor and singer best known for his role as Ben Cartwright on the TV series “Bonanza.”
Ringo, a spoken-word ballad by Don Robertson and Hal Blair, showcased Greene’s deep, resonant voice.
December 12, 1964 – December 18, 1964
Bobby Vinton
Mr. Lonely
Bobby Vinton’s career spanned over five decades, with numerous hits and albums.
Mr. Lonely, co-written by Vinton and Gene Allan, became one of his most well-known songs, resonating with audiences for its melancholic theme.
December 19, 1964 – December 25, 1964
The Supremes
Come See About Me
The Supremes, led by Diana Ross, became one of the most successful female groups of all time.
Come See About Me, another Holland-Dozier-Holland composition continued the group’s string of chart-topping hits.
December 26, 1964 – January 22, 1965
The Beatles
I Feel Fine
The Beatles’ innovative approach to songwriting and recording techniques helped shape the future of popular music.
I Feel Fine, written by John Lennon and credited to Lennon-McCartney, showcased the band’s ability to create catchy and memorable tunes.

The Biggest Pop Artists of 1964 include:
The Animals, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Betty Everette, Bobby Vinton, Brenda Lee, Dave Clark Five, Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Elvis Presley, The 4 Seasons, Gene Chandler, The Impressions, Jackie Wilson, Jan & Dean, Jerry Butler, Johnny Tillotson, Leslie Gore, Major Lance, Martha and the Vandellas, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, Ray Charles, The Ronettes, Rufus Thomas, Sam Cooke, The Searchers, The Shangri-Las, Solomon Burke, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, The Temptations

(HPS music data is compiled from charts, including Billboard’s Pop, Rock, Airplay, R&B/Dance, and Singles Charts. The Hot 100 is the primary chart used for this list.)

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