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Sounds of the Summer of Love

Although some of the top music of 1967 reflected earlier eras and trends -- the top song of the year was "To Sir With Love" by Lulu -- a lot of songs that made the top 100 are still played and sung today.

Many of these tunes are still played on local radio.

"The bands that were performing then are still relevant today," says John "J.P." Piccillo, music director for WGRF-96.9 FM, 97 Rock, who plays music from that era on "Psychedelic Saturdays" from 8 to 10 a.m. every Saturday and on "Breakfast with the Beatles" at 7 a.m. Sundays.

"A great song is a great song, they're going to stand the test of time," says Piccillo. The music of the summer of 1967, he says, was "the groundwork for classic rock as we know it today. And it was such a more innocent time. 'All You Need is Love.' "

When he thinks of 1967, 107.7 The Lake's program director Hank Dole recalls the musically amazing month of June that year, when three seminal albums were released -- the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," the Doors' self-titled album and Jefferson Airplane's "Surrealistic Pillow."

Hits from all three albums show up on this list of the enduring songs from 1967:

"Light My Fire," The Doors

"Respect," Aretha Franklin

"Purple Haze," The Jimi Hendrix Experience

"All You Need Is Love," The Beatles

"Somebody To Love," Jefferson Airplane

"A Whiter Shade Of Pale," Procol Harum

"For What it's Worth," Buffalo Springfield

"I Can See For Miles," The Who

"Sunshine of Your Love," Cream

"Nights in White Satin," The Moody Blues

"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," The Beatles

Another trend was first seen on the music charts that year. The concept of "soul" exploded, with these "soul"-named songs and bands:

"Sweet Soul Music," Arthur Conley

"Soul Man," Sam and Dave

"Expressway To Your Heart," Soul Survivors

"Soul Finger," Bar-Kays

"Some Kind of Wonderful," The Soul Brothers Six

"Little Bit O' Soul," Music Explosion

-- Anne Neville

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