The Year in Music: 1967

The Year in Music: 1967

With the Decades series we honor the legacy of music history 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and even 60 years back in time. Join us for a deep musical dive into the best songs, biggest hits, album favorites and forgotten gems from each year. In 2017 we look at the music of 1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007. Each playlist – a carefully curated mix of approximately 100 hits, singles and album cuts we’ve found worthy of inclusion – gives you a historical snapshot of a 12-month window in popular music. For the sake of historical coherence, these do not necessarily reflect the top charts of the year, but rather the official release dates. Bring on the nostalgia!

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The fateful year of 1967 is known as “the Summer of Love,” coined for the thousands of flower children who assembled in masses, most densely around the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco, as part of the counterculture movement that shaped modern history and culture.

United by a common belief in change, and with the influence of psychedelic drugs, for a wonderful moment in history there was actually a common faith among an idealistic generation of youths that peace and love would conquer war and hate. Scott McKenzie might carry the anthemic torch of the era, but for many the Summer of Love turned to fall way too soon.

Nevertheless, the late 1960 gave us a fair share of mind-altering music that would forever change the face of popular music. Legends like Jimi Hendrix, The Velvet Underground, The Beatles, The Doors and Pink Floyd all made albums this year that not only stand as highlights in their respective careers, but as icons in the annals of modern music.

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