100 Greatest Songs From 1969

Criteria: These songs were chosen and ranked based on their initial and lasting popularity, and on their impact on the overall scope of musical history.

Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release). Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. Whole Lotta Love
Led Zeppelin
2. I Want You Back
Jackson 5
3. Honky Tonk Women
Rolling Stones
4. Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival
5. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Crosby, Stills & Nash
6. Suspicious Minds
Elvis Presley
7. Gimme Shelter
Rolling Stones
8. Come Together
9. I Can't Get Next To You
10. Fortunate Son
Creedence Clearwater Revival
11. Pinball Wizard
The Who
12. Dazed And Confused
Led Zeppelin
13. Evil Ways
14. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Sly & the Family Stone
15. It's Your Thing
Isley Brothers
16. You Can't Always Get What You Want
Rolling Stones
17. Space Oddity
David Bowie
18. My Way
Frank Sinatra
19. Sweet Caroline
Neil Diamond
20. Something
21. Hot Fun In The Summertime
Sly & the Family Stone
22. Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid
Led Zeppelin
23. Get Back
24. Green River
Creedence Clearwater Revival
25. Here Comes The Sun
26. The Thrill Is Gone
B.B. King
27. Spirit In The Sky
Norman Greenbaum
28. The Boxer
Simon & Garfunkel
29. I Want To Take You Higher
Sly & the Family Stone
30. Give Me Just A Little More Time
Chairmen Of The Board
31. Down On The Corner
Creedence Clearwater Revival
32. Stand
Sly & the Family Stone
33. Venus
Shocking Blue
34. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
Jr. Walker & the All-Stars
35. Kick Out The Jams
36. Whipping Post
Allman Brothers
37. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
James Brown
38. Oh What A Night '69
39. Feelin' Alright
Joe Cocker
40. Midnight Rambler
Rolling Stones
41. Time Is Tight
Booker T. & the M.G.'s
42. We're Not Gonna Take It
The Who
43. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Band
44. Something In The Air
Thunderclap Newman
45. Can't Find My Way Home
Blind Faith
46. No Time
Guess Who
47. Twenty-Five Miles
Edwin Starr
48. Someday We'll Be Together
Diana Ross & the Supremes
49. My Whole World Ended
David Ruffin
50. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)

51. In The Ghetto
Elvis Presley
52. Rainy Night In Georgia
Brook Benton
53. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Joe Cocker
54. Good Times, Bad Times
Led Zeppelin
55. Beginnings
56. Choice Of Colors
57. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
58. Let It Bleed
Rolling Stones
59. Living In The Past
Jethro Tull
60. Get Ready
Rare Earth
61. Don't Let Me Down
62. Down By The River
Neil Young
63. Grazing In The Grass
Friends Of Distinction
64. Reconsider Me
Johnny Adams
65. Cinnamon Girl
Neil Young
66. Psychedelic Shack
67. Everybody Is A Star
Sly & the Family Stone
68. 21st Century Schizoid Man
King Crimson
69. Up On Cripple Creek
The Band
70. A Boy Named Sue
Johnny Cash
71. Lay Lady Lay
Bob Dylan
72. Lodi
Creedence Clearwater Revival
73. Aquarius / Let The Sun Shine In
5th Dimension
74. Soul Deep
Box Tops
75. Sugar, Sugar
76. Who's Lovin' You
Jackson 5
77. Communication Breakdown
Led Zeppelin
78. Come And Get It
79. You've Made Me So Very Happy
Blood, Sweat & Tears
80. More Today Than Yesterday
Spiral Starecase
81. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
82. Love On A Two-Way Street
83. In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson
84. Ballad Of John And Yoko
85. Marrakesh Express
Crosby, Stills & Nash
86. Mother Popcorn
James Brown
87. Cissy Strut
88. Black Pearl
Sonny Charles & the Checkmates
89. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town
Kenny Rogers & the First Edition
90. Spinning Wheel
Blood, Sweat & Tears
91. My Cherie Amour
Stevie Wonder
92. I Can Hear Music
Beach Boys
93. Je T'aime ...Moi Non Plus
Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg
94. I Wanna Be Your Dog
95. Galveston
Glen Campbell
96. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'
Crazy Elephant
97. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)
98. Hey There Lonely Girl
Eddie Holman
99. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
Marvin Gaye
100. Walk On By
Isaac Hayes
20 more worth mentioning.
101. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Isaac Hayes
102. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
B.J. Thomas
103. Wedding Bell Blues
5th Dimension
104. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Roberta Flack
105. Traces
Classics IV
106. Leaving On A Jet Plane
Peter, Paul & Mary
107. Oh Happy Day
Edwin Hawkins Singers
108. Baby I'm For Real
109. Easy To Be Hard
Three Dog Night
110. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
111. Laughing
Guess Who
112. Going In Circles
Friends Of Distinction
113. Give Peace A Chance
Plastic Ono Band
114. Backfield In Motion
Mel & Tim
115. White Bird
It's A Beautiful Day
116. And When I Die
Blood, Sweat & Tears
117. Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Jackie DeShannon
118. Many Rivers To Cross
Jimmy Cliff
119. Let Work Together
Wilbert Harrison / Canned Heat
120. To Be Young, Gifted And Black
Nina Simone
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 1969
An unheralded great record from 1969
Bruce's choice:
* That's The Way
Joe Tex
Lew's choice:
* Long Time Gone
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Adam's choice:
* I Thought I Knew You Well
Tony Joe White
Brett's choice:
* Imagine The Swan
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Last Updated: 2023-07-26