Olivia’s Vintage Playlist


Olivia Fuchs

Many songs released during the 60s and 70s are still highly popular today.

Olivia Fuchs, Staff Reporter

Listening to music from the late 50s to the late 70s can provide a feel-good, fun environment that’s perfect for a chill time. Below is a playlist consisting of 10 vintage tunes.

These songs can be enjoyed with friends, danced to, or just listened to as a way to relax and have a good time. 

“Love Is Strange” by Mickey and Sylvia (1957)


Despite being released in the 50s, “Love is Strange” was used in the classic 80s movie, “Dirty Dancing.” Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey can be seen dancing to this late 50s song in a scene from the movie which was released in 1987. 

“Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond (1969)


This well-known song is beloved by many and is a sweet and wistful song to listen to. “Sweet Caroline” was written as a tribute to John F. Kennedy’s daughter when she was 11, and Neil Diamond sang the song at the celebration of her 50th birthday in 2007. 

“I Will Survive” – Gloria Gaynor (1978) 


Gloria Gaynor released this song in October of 1978. However, she did not actually write the song. Freddie Perrin and Dino Fekaris are credited with the creation of “I Will Survive.” This upbeat song is a disco anthem and a top-selling song. 

“Love of My Life” – Queen (1975)


“Love of my Life” is a slower song written by Freddie Mercury for his band, Queen. Mercury initially wrote it on the piano and guitar, but it was later arranged to be performed on an acoustic 12-string guitar. 

“You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” – The Miracles (1963)


This song was awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 1988. The song was written by Smokey Robinson, and many other musicians such as The Beatles and Cliff Bennett and The Rebel Rousers also recorded their own versions of this song. 

“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” – The Beach Boys (1966)


A co-writer on this song, Mike Love, did not officially get co-writing credits until he successfully sued for writing credits of this song and 34 other songs originally credited to The Beach Boys. Overall, this song accurately represents the style of music The Beach Boys typically create, as many of their songs follow the unique genres of surf and psychedelia, just like this particular song. 

“You Can’t Hurry Love” – The Supremes (1966)


This song took partial inspiration from the song “(You can’t hurry God) He’s Right on Time” by Dorothy Love Coates of The Original Gospel Harmonettes. “You Can’t Hurry Love” is considered to be one of the Supreme’s signature songs. 

“Happy Together” – The Turtles (1967)


Alan Gordon, one of the writers of “Happy Together” initially had the idea for the song at a candy store in Brooklyn, New York. The lyrics are meant to express a love that is unrequited and imagined. 

“Another Brick in the Wall” – Pink Floyd (1979)


There are three parts of “Another Brick in the Wall.” The children at Islington Green School were recorded singing, which was later added to the song. The Music Center maestro at the school, Alun Renshaw, said that he wanted to make the music relevant to the kids instead of “just sitting around listening to Tchaikovsky.

“Money, Money, Money” – ABBA (1976)


This song was popularized after it was sung in the movie “Mamma Mia” by the character Donna. 18 of the songs used in “Mamma Mia” are songs that were released by ABBA. “Money, Money, Money,” was written from the point of view of a woman who struggles to stay debt-free.