38. The Twist
Chubby Checker hit number one in 1960 with his rock ’n’ roll cover “The Twist” – a song which had spawned a dance phenomenon that would soon take over the world. Compared to the hip-grinding twerk of the 21st century, though, the twist is a somewhat tame dance. Nonetheless, some baby boomers may recall how conservative commentators criticized the movement at the time.
Hipsters today tend not to be defined by a belief system; the trend is more about their own idiosyncratic sense of style. Hippies, however, were another matter altogether. In fact, the hippie movement was the epitome of 1960s counterculture. It was, after all, a figurative middle finger to the conservative conformism of the preceding decade. Photographed in London in 1967, the hippies in the above photo were no doubt a shocking sight to bystanders.
36. The Rolling Stones
Back in the 1960s, if you weren’t into the Beatles, you were probably into their fiercest rock ’n’ roll rivals, the Rolling Stones. Famed for their spirited ballads and hedonistic tendencies, the Stones are actually still touring the world in their old age. In fact, all evidence suggests that Keith Richards is practically indestructible. Rock on, lads!