Can You Guess the B-Sides of These Hit '60s Singles?

By: Robin Tyler
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About This Quiz

Musically, the '60s were an incredible decade.

Rock'n roll was powering through hit after hit, all while folk music was experiencing its own explosion in popularity. 

Throughout the decade, music continued to evolve, giving us psychedelic rock, the first sounds of heavy metal, melodic pop, blues, Motown, acapella, protest music, surf rock... you name it and someone played it in the 1960s.

Bands like the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, the Beatles and many others dominated the airwaves, along with duos such as Simon and Garfunkel and even solo artist such as Marven Gaye.

Many of these musicians used the single format to get their best songs out there, because the public just loved to buy singles! Of course, a single needed a good B-side, in fact, some of them are better than some singles!

So in this ultimate '60s music quiz, we are not going to test your knowledge of the singles released by bands, but tather of their flip-side tracks, or the B-sides, as they were called.

Take your time in narrowing down your answers and think back to the time when hippies, VW bugs and good music were king!

Good luck!

Do you know the B-side to the Beach Boys' hit "Wouldn't It Be Nice"?

Interestingly, in some countries "God only knows" was released as the single, with "Wouldn't It Be Nice" as the B-side. Written by Brian Wilson and Tony Asher, these two great songs were released in 1966.

The Animals had a great hit with "House of the Rising Sun." Do you know the B-side?

Released in 1964 with "House of the Rising Sun," the B-side, "Talkin' 'Bout You" was actually a cover of a Ray Charles song. It was only a minute and 54 seconds long.

Everyone loved "Light My Fire" by The Doors, but do you know what the B-side was?

This B-side came in at 2 minutes, 30 seconds long. It was written by Jim Morrison and for many years people have speculated what it was actually about. Some say it was a love song and others say it was about drugs.

As a B-side almost as famous as the single it came with, can you name the opposite track to the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever"?

In all fairness, "Penny Lane" and "Strawberry Fields Forever" are both so darn good, they were released as a double single. In most countries, however, "Strawberry Fields" was the lead track. Both were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and released in 1967.

The Rolling Stones released "Paint It Black" in 1966. Interestingly, it had two B-sides, one for the U.S. and one for the U.K. What was the U.S. B-side called?

"Stupid Girl," seen as very degrading toward women by critics, was the B-side single to "Paint It Black." It was written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Clearly an anti-war song, Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Fortunate Son" had a much lighter B-side. Name it, please.

CCR released these two classic songs in 1969. They both appeared on the album "Willie and the Poorboys." It was written by John Fogerty.

Possibly the most beautiful Beatles song, "Yesterday" had which of the following as a B-side?

"Act Naturally" is actually a cover. It was written by Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison and was first released in 1963 by the Buckaroos, fronted by Buck Owens. The Beatles version features drummer Ringo Starr on lead vocals.

Can you tell us the B-side single to Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"?

It's kind of difficult to be the B-side to one of the greatest song's of the '60s in "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay," but that was the lot of "Sweet Lorene." Both were released in 1968.

Any ideas as to the B-side to the classic "California Dreamin'," by the Mamas and the Papas?

Released in 1966, "Somebody Groovy" was the B-side to the beautiful "California Dreamin'" and also appeared on the Mamas and Papas album, "If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears," released in 1966.

The Kinks released many good singles in the 1960s, including "Waterloo Sunset." It was accompanied by which B-side?

"Act Nice and Gentle" was the U.K. B-side to "Waterloo Sunset" from the Kinks. Released in 1967, it was written by Kinks frontman Ray Davies.

Was there a better guitarist than Jimmy Hendrix? One of his first singles was "Purple Haze." Can you pick the B-side from the U.S. release?

The U.K. and U.S. single release had two different B-sides. In the U.S. it was "The Wind Cries Mary" and in the U.K. it was "51st Anniversary."

The classic "The Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel had which of these as its B-side?

Released in 1966, the "Sound of Silence" had "We've Got a Groovy Thing Goin'" as its B-side. "The Sound of Silence" was originally released as an acoustic version, then their record company re-released it with electric instruments without Simon and Garfunkel's knowledge - and that version became a hit.

The Rolling Stones' first single, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," was accompanied by which of these as a B-side in the United Kingdom?

"The Spider and the Fly" served as the B-side in the U.K., while in the U.S, it was "The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man." Both were written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

Could you tell us the B-side to Aretha Franklin's "Respect"?

"Dr. Feelgood" was the flip-side single to the massive hit "Respect." It is well regarded as a classic in its own right.

The Who's "My Generation" was a real classic. Do you know which of these songs was the B-side in the U.S.?

Released in 1965, "My Generation" had two different B-sides, with "Shout and Shimmy" for the U.K. and "Out in the Street" for the U.S.

Any ideas as to the B-side for Elvis Presley's "Suspicious Minds"?

How do you follow up the classic that is "Suspicious Minds"? Well, "A Taste of Heaven," the B-side to the track had that job in 1968.

The classic "She Loves You" by the Beatles had which song on the flip-side?

Released in 1963, "I'll Get You" was originally called "Get You in the End."

A massive hit for the Kingsmen, "Louie, Louie" was accompanied by __________ in single format?

"Louie, Louie" was released in 1963. It was originally recorded by Richard Berry in 1957. The Kingsmen chose "Haunted Castle" as the B-side. It was an instrumental.

A true classic, Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale" was accompanied by which of these on the B-side?

"Lime Street Blues" had the task of following up a listen to "Whiter Shade of Pale," now one of the biggest-selling singles in history. The fact that it appears on every Procol Harum reissue since shows it stood up well.

Can you name the B-side for the Kinks' "You Really Got Me"?

"You Really Got Me" was a rocker of note! The single was released in 1964.

Elvis at his best, "Can't Help Falling in Love" saw _______ as its B-side.

Both "Can't Help Falling in Love" and "Rock-A-Hula, Baby!" come from the 1961 movie, "Blue Hawaii."

Cream had a massive hit with "White Room." Any ideas as to what song was on the B-side?

The B-side to the classic Cream hit "White Room" was "Those Were the Days." It was written by pianist Mike Taylor, who incidentally was not part of the band.

How do you follow up "Nights in White Satin"? Well, the Moody Blues chose one of the songs listed here. Which one?

"Cities" was chosen as the B-side to the very popular "Nights In White Satin." Both were released in 1967.

The British instrumental band, The Shadows, had a hit with "Apache" in 1960. Do you know the B-side?

It's not often that an instrumental band makes it big, but the Shadows did. It did help that they were the backing band for Cliff Richard.

In 1967, The Rolling Stones released "Ruby Tuesday." What other song was found on the single?

Both songs were written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. This single was, in fact, released as a double A-side!

The U.S. B-side to "I Want to Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles is what?

Again, the U.S. saw a different B-side than the U.K., where it was a song called "This Boy." "I Saw Her Standing There" was also the opening track to their first album, released in 1963.

Can you tell us the B-side to the Simon and Garfunkel hit "Mrs. Robinson"?

Interestingly, the B-side for "Mrs Robinson" has two songs. First "Old Friends" and then "Bookends," a brief acoustic piece.

"Stand By Me" from Ben E. King is certainly a song many remember from the 1960s. What was its B-side, though?

Did you know that there have been 400 other recordings of "Stand By Me"? Incredible.

The Who sure made some rockers in the '60s. Which B-side accompanied "Substitute" in the U.K., not the U.S.?

"(Circles) Instant Party" was the B-side single to "Substitute" in the U.K. In the U.S., it was "Waltz for a Pig." In fact, "Circles" was only available in the U.S. for the first time in 1987 on a rarities album.

Is anything more '60s than "Turn! Turn! Turn!" from the Byrds. What was the B-side?

Although "Turn! Turn! Turn!" was a cover, "She Don't Care About Time" was a Byrds original, written by Gene Clark.

_______ was the B-side to "Ticket To Ride" from the Beatles.

"Yes It Is" was written mostly by John Lennon, but accredited to the Lennon/McCartney duo. It was produced by George Martin.

"The Last Time" from the Rolling Stones has which of these as its B-side?

Released in 1965, "Play With Fire" is an often underrated Rolling Stones track. It was later released in the U.S. on the album "Out of Our Heads."

"Sweet Caroline" by Neil Diamond had which song on its flip-side?

Did you know that "Sweet Caroline" was inspired by John F. Kennedy's daughter, Caroline, who was 11 when it was released in 1969? The flipside was "Dig In."

"The End" by the Doors is a brilliant song, but what was the B-side?

Did you know that the album version of "The End" clocked in at over 11 minutes long!

Everyone remembers "My Girl" by the Temptations, but what was the B-side?

"My Girl" and the B-side "(Talking 'bout) Nobody But My Baby" were released by Motown in 1964. The lead single quickly went to number one on the U.S. charts.

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