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Songs of the Year: 1969

It’s 1969… nice… and the summer of love is dead. Change and Led Zeppelin are in the air as the debauchery of the 1970s looms large.

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The year is 1969 and we’re picking our favorite songs of the year.

It’s a simple concept. We pick five of our favorite songs that made the Billboard Top 100 (established in 1958) during any time that year. We also select five “wildcards” that can be any songs released as a single or on an album or EP that year. Finally, we also pick our “worst” song of the year, just for fun.

We started in 1958 and we’re going until we run out of years.

The summer of love is dead. Music is getting heavy. Change is in the air. But we’re still nominating the Beatles, Stones and Dylan. A little band named Led Zeppelin releases two albums, the Beatles do Abbey Road, Stones Let it Bleed. It’s another year just absolutely jam packed with classic albums and classic songs.

Check back every week for a NEW episode and don’t forget to subscribe to the channel and share this post or this video on all your favorite social networks because lord knows we’ve earned it.

Check out our albums of the year series for 1969 after you’re done with this one!

Standings So Far

Jason again picked a Beatles song, going with Happiness is a Warm Gun. It won again. Apparently the viewers will vote for literally anything the Beatles put out. Glen Campbell’s Wichita Lineman and The Band’s Tears of Rage got robbed! Can Jason put himself in a commanding lead with another win in 1969? All he has to do is nominate another Beatles song… can he do it? Let’s find out.

Jason: 6.5
Joe: 4
Kramzer: 3.5

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Which Was the Best Song of 1969?

  • Gimme Shelter - Rolling Stones (78%, 131 Votes)
  • Girl from the North Country - Bob Dylan (16%, 26 Votes)
  • That's the Way God Planned It - Billy Preston (6%, 10 Votes)

Total Voters: 167

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Ground control to Major Tom….

Dan O

My favorite songs of 1969:

Rank Title-Artist
1. UNDUN – GUESS WHO
2. TOUCH ME – DOORS
3. TRACY – CUFF LINKS
4. HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME – SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
5. HERE COMES THE SUN – BEATLES
6. GET BACK – BEATLES
7. HONKY TONK WOMEN – ROLLING STONES
8. FORTUNATE SON – CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
9. EVERYDAY PEOPLE – SLY & THE FAMILY STONE
10. SOMETHING – BEATLES
11. NA NA HEY HEY KISS HIM GOODBYE – STEAM
12. THESE EYES – GUESS WHO
13. NOTHING BUT A HEATACHE – FLIRTATIONS
14. PROUD MARY – CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
15. PINBALL WIZARD – THE WHO
16. COME TOGETHER – BEATLES
17. MORE TODAY THAN YESTERDAY – SPIRAL STAIRCASE
18. WHAT DOES IT TAKE (TO WIN YOUR LOVE) – JR. WALKER & THE ALL STARS
19. HOOKED ON A FEELING – B.J. THOMAS
20. YOU, I – RUGBYS
21. GIMME SHELTER – ROLLING STONES
22. STONE FREE – JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
23. SUGAR, SUGAR – ARCHIES
24. I’M GONNA MAKE YOU LOVE ME – DIANA ROSS & SUPREMES & TEMPTATIONS
25. ROCK ME – STEPPENWOLF
26. SWEET CAROLINE (GOOD TIMES NEVER SEEMED SO GOOD) – NEIL DIAMOND
27. MY CHERIE AMOUR – STEVIE WONDER
28. SOMETHING IN THE AIR – THUNDERCLAP NEWMAN
29. RAMBLE ON – LED ZEPPELIN
30. SUITE: JUDY BLUE EYES – CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
31. SPINNING WHEEL – BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
32. GREEN RIVER – CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
33. CROSSROADS – CREAM
34. BUILD ME UP BUTTERCUP – FOUNDATIONS
35. GOOD TIMES, BAD TIMES – LED ZEPPELIN
36. TIME IS TIGHT -BOOKER T. & THE MG’S
37. TRACES – CLASSICS IV FEATURING DENNIS YOST
38. DOWN ON THE CORNER – CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
39. BADGE – CREAM
40. AQUARIUS/LET THE SUNSHINE IN – 5TH DIMENSION

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1969:
Rank-Title-Artist
41. GET TOGETHER – THE YOUNGBLOODS
42. TAKE A LETTER MARIA – R.B. GREAVES
43. BAD MOON RISING – CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
44. SOMEDAY WE’LL BE TOGETHER – DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES
45. TIME OF THE SEASON – ZOMBIES
46. HANG ‘EM HIGH – BOOKER T. & THE M.G.’S
47. SUSPICIOUS MINDS – ELVIS PRESLEY
48. RED HOUSE – JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
49. RAMBLIN’ GAMBLIN’ MAN – BOB SEGER SYSTEM
50. BALLAD OF JOHN AND YOKO – BEATLES
51. WEDDING BELL BLUES – 5TH DIMENSION
52. EASY TO BE HARD – THREE DOG NIGHT
53. HEARTBREAKER – LED ZEPPELIN
54. I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN – TOM JONES
55. SOULFUL STRUT – YOUNG-HULT UNLIMITED
56. GRAZING IN THE GRASS – FRIENDS OF DISTINCTION
57. YOU’VE MADE ME SO VERY HAPPY – BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
58. LAUGHING – GUESS WHO
59. CAN I CHANGE MY MIND – TYRONE DAVIS
60. DAZED AND CONFUSED – LED ZEPPELIN
61. BACKFIELD IN MOTION – MEL & TIM
62. TOO BUSY THINKING ABOUT MY BABY – MARVIN GAYE
63. TRY A LITTLE KINDNESS – GLEN CAMPBELL
64. THE BOXER – SIMON & GARFUNKEL
65. GIVE PEACE A CHANCE – PLASTIC ONO BAND (JOHN LENNON)
66. ONE – THREE DOG NIGHT
67. HEAVEN KNOWS – GRASS ROOTS
68. I CAN’T GET NEXT TO YOU – TEMPTATIONS
69. MARRAKESH EXPRESS – CROSBY, STILLS & NASH
70. THIS MAGIC MOMENT – JAY & THE AMERICANS
71. DIZZY – TOMMY ROE
72. BABY, BABY DON’T CRY – SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES
73. THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS – MARVIN GAYE
74. THE WEIGHT – ARETHA FRANKLIN
75. ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE – JERRY BUTLER
76. IT’S GETTING BETTER – MAMA CASS
77. PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART – JACKIE DESHANNON
78. INDIAN GIVER – 1910 FRUITGUM CO.
79. EVERYBODY’S TALKIN’ – NILSSON
80. AND WHEN I DIE – BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS
81. HAWAII FIVE-O – VENTURES
82. OCTOPUS’S GARDEN – BEATLES
83. CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION – TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS
84. THIS GIRL’S IN LOVE WITH YOU – DIONNE WARWICK
85. SON-OF-A PREACHER MAN – DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
86. DID YOU SEE HER EYES – THE ILLUSION
87. OH HAPPY DAY – THE EDWIN HAWKINS SINGERS
88. A BRAND NEW ME – DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
89. IF I CAN DREAM – ELVIS PRESLEY
90. I’D WAIT A MILLION YEARS – GRASS ROOTS
91. YESTER-ME, YESTER-YOU, YESTERDAY – STEVIE WONDER
92. WORLD – JAMES BROWN
93. TWENTY-FIVE MILES – EDWIN STARR
94. GIMME GIMME GOOD LOVIN’ – CRAZY ELEPHANT
95. IT’S YOUR THING – ISLEY BROTHERS
96. ELI’S COMING – THREE DOG NIGHT
97. A RAY OF HOPE – RASCALS
98. IN A MOMENT – INTRIGUES
99. POLK SALAD ANNIE – TONY JOE WHITE
100. YOU SHOWED ME – TURTLES

Dan O

More of my favorite songs of 1969:
Rank-Title-Artist
101. LEAVING ON A JET PLANE – PETER, PAUL & MARY
102. DON’T LET ME DOWN – BEATLES WITH BILLY PRESTON
103. GAMES PEOPLE PLAY – JOE SOUTH
104. TIME MACHINE – GRAND FUNK RAILROAD
105. CRIMSON & CLOVER – TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS
106. GET OFF MY BACK WOMAN – B.B. KING
107. YOU’VE LOST THAT LOVIN’ FEELING – DIONE WARWICK
108. THE POPCORN – JAMES BROWN
109. I’M LIVIN’ IN SHAME – DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES
110. LAY LADY LAY – BOB DYLAN
111. MY WHOLE WORLD ENDED (THE MOMENT YOU LEFT ME) – DAVID RUFFIN
112. IN THE GHETTO – ELVIS PRESLEY
113. READY OR NOT HERE I COME (CAN’T HIDE FROM LOVE) – DELFONICS
114. WHO DO YOU LOVE – QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE
115. IN THE YEAR 2525 (EXORDIUM & TERMINUS) – ZAGER & EVANS
116. GOOD MORNING STARSHINE – OLIVER
117. LITTLE WOMAN – BOBBY SHERMAN
118. MOTHER POPCORN (YOU GOT TO HAVE A MOTHER FOR ME) – JAMES BROWN
119. RUN AWAY CHILD, RUNNING WILD – TEMPTATIONS
120. RUBY, DON’T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN – KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION
121. BABY, I LOVE YOU – ANDY KIM
122. LOVE ME TONIGHT – TOM JONES
123. HANDS OF THE CLOCK – LIFE
124. CLOUD NINE – TEMPTATIONS
125. LODI – CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
126. THE COMPOSER – DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES
127. MOVE OVER – STEPPENWOLF
128. SMILE A LITTLE SMILE FOR ME – FLYING MACHINE
129. BABY IT’S YOU – SMITH
130. MAXWELL’S SILVER HAMMER – BEATLES
131. I GOT A LINE ON YOU – SPIRIT
132. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN BACK YARD – ELVIS PRESLEY
133. BABY, I’M FOR REAL – ORIGINALS
134. SLUM BABY – BOOKER T. & THE MG’S
135. THIS GIRL IS A WOMAN NOW – GARY PUCKETT & THE UNION GAP
136. THIS IS SAYONARA – PETER SARSTEDT
137. SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH ME – ARETHA FRANKLIN
138. COMMOTION – CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL
139. NEVER COMES THE DAY – MOODY BLUES
140. BELLA LINDA – GRASS ROOTS
141. THE WEIGHT – DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES & THE TEMPTATIONS
142. THINGS I’D LIKE TO SAY – NEW COLONY SIX
143. GOOD LOVIN’ AIN’T EASY TO COME BY – MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL
144. OH, WHAT A NIGHT – DELLS
145. BUT YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU – FIRST EDITION
146. WORKIN’ ON A GROOVY THING – FIFTH DIMENSION
147. EVERYDAY WITH YOU GIRL – CLASSICS IV
148. TOO WEAK TO FIGHT – CLARENCE CARTER
149. SEE – RASCALS
150. DOGGONE RIGHT – SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES
151. GITARZAN – RAY STEVENS
152. CINNAMON – DEREK
153. LOVE ME TONIGHT – TOM JONES
154. NO MATTER WHAT SIGN YOU ARE – DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES
155. WHAT YOU GAVE ME – MARVIN GAYE & TAMMI TERRELL
156. THERE’LL COME A TIME – BETTY EVERETT
157. ELANOR RIGBY – ARETHA FRANKLIN
158. GALVESTON – GLEN CAMPBELL
159. THE RIVER IS WIDE – GRASS ROOTS
160. JINGO – SANTANA
161. WORST THAT COULD HAPPEN – BROOKLYN BRIDGE
162. LOVE THEME FROM “ROMEO AND JULIET” – HENRY MANCINI
163. THE LETTER – ARBORS
164. CHERRY HILL PARK – BILLY JOE ROYAL
165. WILD CHILD – DOORS
166. THE CHOKIN’ KIND – JOE SIMON
167. LOVE (CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY) – MERCY
168. THERE’LL COME A TIME – BETTY EVERETT
169. KEEM-O-SABE – THE ELECTRIC INDIAN
170. SUGAR ON SUNDAY – CLIQUE
171. ZAZEUIRA (ZA-ZOO-WHER-A) – HERB ALPERT & THE TIJUANA BRASS
172. MAKE YOUR OWN KIND OF MUSIC – MAMA CASS ELLIOT
173. I CAN’T SEE MYSELF LEAVING YOU – ARETHA FRANKLIN
174. MERCY – OHIO EXPRESS
175. TEAR DROP CITY – MONKEES
176. RIVER DEEP, MOUNTAIN HIGH – DEEP PURPLE
177. TILL – VOGUES
178. THESE EYES – JUNIOR WALKER AND THE ALL STARS
179. MEDICINE MAN (PART 1) – BUCHANAN BROTHERS
180. COLOR HIM FATHER – WINSTONS
181. BROTHER LOVE’S TRAVELLING SALVATION SHOW – NEIL DIAMOND
182. GOING IN CIRCLES – FRIENDS OF DISTINCTION
183. HEY! BABY – JOSE FELICIANO
184. APRICOT BRANDY – RHINOCEROS
185. NO MORE LOLLIPOPS – PETER SARSTEDT
186. WICHITA LINEMAN – GLEN CAMPBELL
187. A BOY NAMED SUE – JOHNNY CASH
188. SOUL DEEP – BOX TOPS
189. WHAT KIND OF FOOL DO YOU THINK I AM – BILL DEAL & THE RHONDELS
190. MY SONG – ARETHA FRANKLIN
191. CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ – BOBBY WOMACK
192. HEAVEN – RASCALS
193. SOUL SISTER, BROWN SUGAR – SAM & DAVE
194. SO I CAN LOVE YOU – EMOTIONS
195. GROOVY GRUBWORM – HARLOW WILCOX & THE OAKIES
196. ALMOST PERSUADED – ETTA JAMES
197. RECONSIDER ME – JOHNNY ADAMS
198. LOVIN’ THINGS – GRASS ROOTS
199. WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND – DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
200. STAND – SLY & THE FAMILY STONE

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