Arriving a year after the British Invasion kick-started and two years before the Summer of Love, 1965 sometimes gets overlooked among the great years of the '60s, but a convincing case could be made that it showcases how creatively fertile the decade was almost better than any other year. That's because 1965 isn't about one style or sound: every genre produced timeless music, whether it was Miles Davis settling into his second classic quintet, Motown's hit machine not slowing down, Bakersfield electrifying country music, B.B. King captivating at the Regal, or American rock & roll bands pounding out responses to the British Invasion from their own garages while the Who made their debut. And, of course, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, and the Byrds all released multiple classic albums, including Rubber Soul, Highway 61 Revisited, Out of Our Heads, Today!, and Mr. Tambourine Man -- records that defined just what rock & roll could do. If that doesn't make a contender for the greatest year of the '60s, then what does?
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