When this multi-volume series first hit the market back in 1988 from BMG/RCA covering music from 1901 right through to the 1980s it was greeted enthusiastically, not only for the generous 20 selections offered (at a time when most CDs only offered 10 to 12), but also for the digitally remastered sound that made many of the songs come to life again, not to mention the informative track-by-track liner notes and great cover art by Christoph Hitz.
I realize that, in trying to come up with 20 or 40 tracks (some decades had two volumes) representative of RCA's greatest hits over each 10-year span failed to meet the expectations of some and that, whatever the selections, there will always be those who will point out song that SHOULD have been included. C'est la vie. I too could fill out ten pages of titles that I think would have been better suited ... and sound arguments could then be made both for and against THEIR inclusion. So let's just consider what they did produce as decent collections of Nipper's Greatest Hits" and leave it at that without being judgmental about titles.
This digitally remastered Volume 2 covering the 1960s came out in October 1990 with liner notes written by Ron Furmanek and Steve Kolanjian offering 2 hits from 1960, 2 from 1961, 3 from 1962, 4 from 1963, 2 from 1964, 1 from 1966, 1 each from 1967 and 1968, and 4 from 1969 - heavy on Country artists and One-Hit Wonders. The contents are re-listed in the Comments below showing their performances on the various charts, where applicable (Billboard Pop Hot 100, Adult Contemporary (AC), Country and R&B).
Two that likely will raise eyebrows by being included in an RCA Victor "greatest" volume are the Jimmy Elledge cover of the Willie Nelson tune Funny How Time Slips Away, which reached a quite modest # 22 Hot 100 in December 1961, and the equally modest Hello Heartache, Goodbye Love, a # 26 Hot 100 in September 1963 for Little Peggy March. Nice songs but there were so many more that finished much higher in those periods on RCA Victor. Oh well.
There are also a couple of oddities in (let's) Get Together by The Youngbloods and Everybody's Talkin' by Nilsson. The former first came out on RCA Victor 9264 in 1967 and only made it to # 62 Hot 100 that September, but when used as the theme for the 1969 National Conference Of Christians And Jews it was re-released on RCA Victor 9752 and this time rose to # 5 Hot 100 in July/August. The latter fared even worse on its initial release in 1968, only reaching # 113 Hot 100 Bubble Under in August on RCA Victor 9544. But when Everybody's Talkin' was used as the theme for the film Midnight Cowboy it was re-released as RCA Victor 0161 and this time got as high as # 6 Hot 100 in August/September 1969. What price publicity?