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