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The Rolling Stones Guitars Courtesy of Getty

Guitar Trends in Number One Songs, 1955 to 1974

1964 saw “guitar scores” double thanks to The Beach Boys, The Beatles, and The Animals.

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1968: The Year The Supremes Out-Guitared The Beatles

If you compare “Hey Jude” and “Love Child,” The Supremes’ number comes out ahead in at least one regard.

Four Seasons Tinted Public Domain

The Great Guitar Drought of 1960-1963

Last year, I listened to and rated all the Billboard #1 hit songs from the 50s based on their use of the guitar, because — well, because. I scored each song from 1 to 10 on four possible guitar elements: riffage, rhythm, fills and solo.

When Their Moment Came, They Were Ready

The Bee Gees owned the universe in 1978. Their songs–both written and performed–dominated the soundtrack for the film Saturday Night Fever, which itself dominated pop culture. How did it happen? Were the Brothers Gibb (Barry, Robin and Maurice) lucky, good, or both? Let’s look at