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. Proud Mary
Creedence Clearwater Revival
3. I Want You Back
Jackson 5
4. Honky Tonk Women
Rolling Stones
5. Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival
6. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
Crosby, Stills & Nash
7. Suspicious Minds
Elvis Presley
8. Gimme Shelter
Rolling Stones
9. Come Together
Beatles
10. I Can't Get Next To You
Temptations
11. Fortunate Son
Creedence Clearwater Revival
12. Pinball Wizard
The Who
13. Dazed And Confused
Led Zeppelin
14. Evil Ways
Santana
15. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Sly & the Family Stone
16. It's Your Thing
Isley Brothers
17. You Can't Always Get What You Want
Rolling Stones
18. Space Oddity
David Bowie
19. My Way
Frank Sinatra
20. Sweet Caroline
Neil Diamond
21. Something
Beatles
22. Hot Fun In The Summertime
Sly & the Family Stone
23. Heartbreaker/Living Loving Maid
Led Zeppelin
24. Get Back
Beatles
25. Green River
Creedence Clearwater Revival
26. Here Comes The Sun
Beatles
27. The Thrill Is Gone
B.B. King
28. Spirit In The Sky
Norman Greenbaum
29. The Boxer
Simon & Garfunkel
30. I Want To Take You Higher
Sly & the Family Stone
31. Give Me Just A Little More Time
Chairmen Of The Board
32. Down On The Corner
Creedence Clearwater Revival
33. Stand
Sly & the Family Stone
34. Venus
Shocking Blue
35. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)
Jr. Walker & the All-Stars
36. Kick Out The Jams
MC5
37. Whipping Post
Allman Brothers
38. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
James Brown
39. Oh What A Night '69
Dells
40. Born On The Bayou
Creedence Clearwater Revival
41. Feelin' Alright
Joe Cocker
42. Midnight Rambler
Rolling Stones
43. Time Is Tight
Booker T. & the M.G.'s
44. We're Not Gonna Take It
The Who
45. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
The Band
46. Something In The Air
Thunderclap Newman
47. Can't Find My Way Home
Blind Faith
48. No Time
Guess Who
49. Twenty-Five Miles
Edwin Starr
50. Someday We'll Be Together
Diana Ross & the Supremes

51. My Whole World Ended
David Ruffin
52. Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye)
Steam
53. In The Ghetto
Elvis Presley
54. Rainy Night In Georgia
Brook Benton
55. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
Joe Cocker
56. Good Times, Bad Times
Led Zeppelin
57. Beginnings
Chicago
58. Choice Of Colors
Impressions
59. He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother
Hollies
60. Let It Bleed
Rolling Stones
61. Living In The Past
Jethro Tull
62. Get Ready
Rare Earth
63. Don't Let Me Down
Beatles
64. Down By The River
Neil Young
65. Grazing In The Grass
Friends Of Distinction
66. Reconsider Me
Johnny Adams
67. Cinnamon Girl
Neil Young
68. Psychedelic Shack
Temptations
69. Everybody Is A Star
Sly & the Family Stone
70. 21st Century Schizoid Man
King Crimson
71. Up On Cripple Creek
The Band
72. A Boy Named Sue
Johnny Cash
73. Lay Lady Lay
Bob Dylan
74. Lodi
Creedence Clearwater Revival
75. Aquarius / Let The Sun Shine In
5th Dimension
76. Soul Deep
Box Tops
77. Sugar, Sugar
Archies
78. Who's Lovin' You
Jackson 5
79. Communication Breakdown
Led Zeppelin
80. Come And Get It
Badfinger
81. You've Made Me So Very Happy
Blood, Sweat & Tears
82. More Today Than Yesterday
Spiral Starecase
83. I Want You (She's So Heavy)
Beatles
84. Love On A Two-Way Street
Moments
85. In The Court Of The Crimson King
King Crimson
86. Ballad Of John And Yoko
Beatles
87. Marrakesh Express
Crosby, Stills & Nash
88. Mother Popcorn
James Brown
89. Cissy Strut
Meters
90. Black Pearl
Sonny Charles & the Checkmates
91. Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town
Kenny Rogers & the First Edition
92. Spinning Wheel
Blood, Sweat & Tears
93. My Cherie Amour
Stevie Wonder
94. I Can Hear Music
Beach Boys
95. Je T'aime ...Moi Non Plus
Jane Birkin & Serge Gainsbourg
96. I Wanna Be Your Dog
Stooges
97. Galveston
Glen Campbell
98. Gimme Gimme Good Lovin'
Crazy Elephant
99. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind)
Delfonics
100. Hey There Lonely Girl
Eddie Holman
20 more worth mentioning.
101. Too Busy Thinking About My Baby
Marvin Gaye
102. Walk On By
Isaac Hayes
103. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
Isaac Hayes
104. Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head
B.J. Thomas
105. Wedding Bell Blues
5th Dimension
106. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Roberta Flack
107. Traces
Classics IV
108. Leaving On A Jet Plane
Peter, Paul & Mary
109. Oh Happy Day
Edwin Hawkins Singers
110. Baby I'm For Real
Originals
111. Easy To Be Hard
Three Dog Night
112. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
Chicago
113. Laughing
Guess Who
114. Going In Circles
Friends Of Distinction
115. Give Peace A Chance
Plastic Ono Band
116. Backfield In Motion
Mel & Tim
117. White Bird
It's A Beautiful Day
118. And When I Die
Blood, Sweat & Tears
119. Put A Little Love In Your Heart
Jackie DeShannon
120. Many Rivers To Cross
Jimmy Cliff
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
Zombies
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Last Updated: 2021-03-07