This blog was created for USASTRATCOM Long Lines Battalion Army personnel who served in Taiwan during the 1965-72 time frame. Specifically, those who lived and worked in and around Taipei are the target. If you worked at the Grass Mountain or Gold Mountain facilities or anywhere in downtown Taipei, we would like to hear from you. All are welcome to visit and contribute to this blog. Your comments and pictures are encouraged.

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Greatest Hits Of The Vietnam War, 1965-1972

Being in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War provided thousands of different experiences for millions of men and women who served.

Although we didn't all share rank, branch, and assignments, one major thing we all had in common was the music of our time.

In many different forms by many different artists, music was a freedom of choice that was unique to all of us.

The songs on these lists will not be favorites of us all, but there are certain songs that we associate with time, people, places and others links that hit us a certain way when we hear them.

My target group when beginning this blog was  Army STRATCOM folks who served in Taiwan within the time frame of 1965-1972.

Although that was the initial group, the blog has become much more expanded since it began in August of 2010.

As you stroll through the years, remember that for some, this was an escape and served as a connection with those back home.

Wikipedia was the source of these Billboard Top 100 hits you will see. Click on the RED letters. These are listed by sales, not by how many plays each record got. 

So, our lines are open, and requests will be published. Just send an e-mail or leave a comment..

Let's start with this one. It's not on the list, but was really a great son to dance to in 1966 by The Swingin'  Medallions--"Double Shot" 

1965, 1-50

Roger Miller--"King Of The Road"

Rolling Stones--"Satisfaction"  

Junior Walker--"Shotgun"

1965, 51-100

The Dave Clark Five--"I Like it Like That"

The Animals--"We Gotta Get Out Of This Place"

Fontella Bass--"Rescue Me"

The Ad Libs--"The Boy From New York City"

1966, 1-50

The Troggs--"Wild Thing"

The Standells-- "Dirty Water" 

?  And The Mysterians--"96 Tears"

The Outsiders--"Time Won't Let Me"

The Turtles--"You Baby"


1966, 51-100

Shadows of Knight--"Gloria"

Wilson Pickett-- "Land Of 1000 Dances"

Mitch Ryder--"Blue Dress and Good Golly"

Wilson Pickett--"Mustang Sally"

Neil Diamond---"Cherry, Cherry"


1967, 1-50

Buffalo Springfield--"For What It's Worth"

Jefferson Airplane--"Somebody To Love"

The Music Explosion--"A Little Bit Of Soul"

Sam and Dave--"Hold On, I'm Comin"

Scott McKenzie--"San Francisco"

Booker T. and The M. G.'s--"Hip Hug-Her"

1967, 51-100

The Bar-Kays--"Soul Finger" 

The Hombres--"Let It All Hang Out"

James Brown--"Cold Sweat"  

The Spencer Davis Group--"Gimme Some Lovin"

The Electric Prunes--"I Had Too Much To Dream"

1968, 1-50

Sly and The Family Stone-- "Dance To The Music" 

The Rascals--"People Got To Be Free"

Steppenwolf--"Magic Carpet Ride"

Creedence Clearwater Revival--"Suzie Q"

Lemon Pipers--"Green Tambourine"

Cream--"Sunshine of Your Love"

John Fred and Band--"Judy In Disguise"

Tommy James & Shondells--"Mony Mony"


1968, 51-100

The Fireballs--"Bottle Of Wine"

The Beatles--"Lady Madonna" 

Jose Feliciano--"Light My Fire"

Blue Cheer--"Summertime Blues"

Cream--"White Room"

1969, 1-50

The Youngbloods--"Get Together"

Blood Sweat And Tears--"Spinning Wheel"

B. J. Thomas--"Hooked On A Feeling"

Rolling Stones--"Honky Tonk Woman"

1969, 51-100

Edwin Starr--"Twenty-Five Miles"

1970, 1-50

Norman Greenbaum--"Spirit In The Sky"

The Guess Who--"American Woman"


1970, 51-100

Mungo Jerry--"In The Summertime"

1971, 1-50

Daddy Dewdrop--"Chick-A-Boom"

Jean Knight--"Mr. Big Stuff" 

Three Dog Night--"Joy To The World" 

Gordon Lightfoot--"If You Could Read My Mind"

1971, 51-100

Ike And Tina Turner--"Proud Mary" 

1972, 1-50

Neil Young--"Heart Of Gold"

The Staple Singers--"I'll Take You There"

Johnny Nash--"I Can See Clearly Now"

Don McLean--"American Pie"

1972, 51-100

T, Rex--"Get It On"

Joe Tex--"Show Me"


  1. Double Shot (of My Baby's Love) by the Swingin' Medallions was released March 1966 right before my high school graduation. Great dance tune that was banned on many radio stations because the lyrics referred to drugs and sex...tsk tsk.

    The next year I was singing, "Off we go into the wild blue yonder...". Not a good dance tune...

    Great usual.

  2. "Double Shot" was played by a local band at our school in 1967. They did a great job. You had to have someone on the keyboard back then. Check "96 Tears" by ? and the Mysterians. John

  3. I remember listening to "American Pie" by Don McLean on Armed Forces Radio Vietnam while standing nighttime guard duty at the Navy Support Base in Rach Soi, Vietnam early in 1972. At the time, most of U.S. combat support troops and aircraft had left the area, and we were on our own to defend ourselves against attack.

    The lyrics part "this'll be the day that I die" kind of seemed real to me at the time.

  4. Another couple of the songs I remember from back in the day are "Poor Side of Town" and "Secret Agent Man" by Johnny Rivers. A USO troop consisting of Johnny Rivers and Vicky Carr came aboard the USS Kitty Hawk while we were in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam in 1966. I remember listening to Johnny Rivers sing those 2 songs on the hanger deck of the Kitty Hawk.