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Best Turtles Songs Top 10 All-Time


May 23 is World Turtle Day. Celebrate the day with our top 10 The Turtles songs! The day is sponsored by the American Tortoise Rescue since 2000 to rescue turtles and tortoises.

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The Turtles were a mainstream folk pop-rock band from 1965 through 1970. Did you know the band’s original name was Crossfire based in California? They also tried to re-brand their name as the Tyrtles. The Turtles only had one number one hit atop Billboard Hot 100, Happy Together. The song stayed at number one for three weeks. After the Turtles disbanded in 1970, Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman later became known in the music industry as Flo & Eddie since the rights of The Turtles is with their label White Whale Records.

The members of the Turtles were led by vocalists Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman.

Other members included:

  • Al Nichol–guitar
  • Jim Tucker–guitar
  • Chuck Portz–bass
  • Don Murray–drums
  • Joel Larson–drums
  • John Barbata–drums
  • Chip Douglas–bass
  • Jim Pons–bass
  • John Seiter–drums.

Best Turtles Songs List

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The Turtles song list curated by Matthew Campbell

10. You Know What I Mean
Released in 1967
On Album Happy Together

I would rather say “I do” than say
Goodbye and let you go forever

9. Let Me Be
Released in 1965
On Album It Ain’t Me Babe

Let me be, let me be
That’s all I ask of you
I am what I am and that’s all I ever can be

8. Eve of Destruction
Released in 1965
On Album It Ain’t Me Babe
The song was also released by Barry McGuire in 1965 which became much more popular.

When human respect is disintegrating
this whole crazy world is just too frustrating

7. She’s My Girl
Released in 1967
On Album Happy Together

I just come back to tell ya
there’s a little bit of heaven underneath the apple tree
Every time I see you with that smile upon your face
a little bit there for me

6. You Baby
Released in 1966
On Album You Baby

You’ve got everything I need
And nobody can please like
You do, baby


5. You Showed Me
Released in 1969
On Album The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands
The song was written by Jim McGuinn and Gene Clark of The Byrds.

How I fell in love with you
Oh, oh, oh, it’s true
Oh, oh, I love you

4. It Ain’t Me Babe
Released in 1965
On Album It Ain’t Me Babe
The song was originally released by Bob Dylan

You say you’re lookin’ for someone
Who’ll promise never to part
Someone to close his eyes to you
Someone to close his heart

3. She’d Rather Be With Me
Released in 1967
On Album Happy Together
The song reached number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

This boy wants to settle down
and you know he’d rather be with you

2. Elenore
Released in 1968
On Album Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands

You’ve got a thing about you
I just can’t live without you
I really want you, Elenore, near me

1. Happy Together
Released in 1967
On Album Happy Together
Happy Together was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.
The song is also featured in our Happy Songs List.

Me and you and you and me
No matter how they toss the dice, it had to be
The only one for me is you, and you for me
So happy together

The Turtles Highest-Ranking Songs

  • #1 Happy Together, 1967
  • #3 She’d Rather Be with Me, 1967
  • #6 Elenore, 1968
  • #6 You Showed Me, 1969
  • #8 It Ain’t Me Babe, 1965
  • #12 You Know What I Mean, 1967
  • #14 She’s My Girl, 1967

Do you have a favorite Turtles song, not on our list?  Please share it below so that we can add it!

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