29 August 2005
None so fine
This has been all over the place, and I suppose I've stalled long enough.
- Go to musicoutfitters.com and, in the search box provided, enter the year you graduated high school.
- From the search results, click the link for the top 100 songs of that year.
- With the resulting list:
- bold the songs you like
strike through the ones you hate
- underline your favorite
- and ignore the ones you don't remember/don't care about.
And now, buoys and gulls, the top 100 of 1969, below the fold. (I mention in passing that of these 99 songs for some reason one is on the list twice I own copies of 94.)
Posted at 7:00 PM to Screaming Memes
- Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In, Fifth Dimension
- Sugar, Sugar, Archies
- I Can't Get Next To You, Temptations
- Honky Tonk Women, Rolling Stones
- Build Me Up Buttercup, Foundations
- Dizzy, Tommy Roe
- Hot Fun In The Summertime, Sly and The Family Stone
- I'll Never Fall In Love Again, Tom Jones
- Everyday People, Sly and The Family Stone
- Get Together, Youngbloods
- One, Three Dog Night
- Crystal Blue Persuasion, Tommy James and The Shondells
- Hair, Cowsills
- Too Busy Thinking About My Baby, Marvin Gaye
- Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet, Henry Mancini and His Orch.
- Crimson And Clover, Tommy James and The Shondells
- Grazin' In The Grass, Friends Of Distinction
- Suspicious Minds, Elvis Presley
- Proud Mary, Creedence Clearwater Revival
- What Does It Take (To Win Your Love), Jr. Walker and The All Stars
- It's Your Thing, Isley Brothers
Sweet Caroline, Neil Diamond
- Jean, Oliver
- Bad Moon Rising, Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Get Back, The Beatles
- In The Year 2525, Zager and Evans
- Spinning Wheel, Blood, Sweat and Tears
- Baby, I Love You, Andy Kim
- Going In Circles, Friends Of Distinction
- Hurt So Bad, Lettermen
- Green River, Creedence Clearwater Revival
- My Cherie Amour, Stevie Wonder
- Easy To Be Hard, Three Dog Night
- Baby It's You, Smith
- In The Ghetto, Elvis Presley
- A Boy Named Sue, Johnny Cash
- Baby, Baby Don't Cry, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
- Only The Strong Survive, Jerry Butler
- Time Of The Season, Zombies
- Wedding Bell Blues, Fifth Dimension
- Little Woman, Bobby Sherman
- Love (Can Make You Happy), Mercy
- Good Morning Starshine, Oliver
- These Eyes, The Guess Who
- You've Made Me So Very Happy, Blood, Sweat and Tears
- Put A Little Love In Your Heart, Jackie DeShannon
- Do Your Thing, Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
- I'd Wait A Million Years, The Grass Roots
- Touch Me, The Doors
- More Today Than Yesterday, Spiral Starecase
I've Gotta Be Me, Sammy Davis Jr.
Lay Lady Lay, Bob Dylan
- Atlantis, Donovan
- Traces, Dennis Yost and The Classics IV
It's Getting Better, Mama Cass Elliot
- This Magic Moment, Jay and The Americans
- Run Away Child, Running Wild, Temptations
- Hawaii Five-O, Ventures
- Galveston, Glen Campbell
- I'm Gonna Make You Mine, Lou Christie
- Gitarzan, Ray Stevens
- Can I Change My Mind, Tyrone Davis
- Time Is Tight, Booker T and The MG's
- This Girl's In Love With You, Dionne Warwick
- Color Him Father, Winstons
- Black Pearl, Sonny Charles and The Checkmates, Ltd.
- Indian Giver, 1910 Fruitgum Company
- Mother Popcorn (Part I), James Brown
- Twenty-five Miles, Edwin Starr
- Things I'd Like To Say, New Colony Six
- When I Die, Motherlode
- That's The Way Love Is, Marvin Gaye
- Everybody's Talkin', Nilsson
- Worst That Could Happen, Brooklyn Bridge
- Chokin' Kind, Joe Simon
Smile A Little Smile For Me, Flying Machine
- Polk Salad Annie, Tony Joe White
- Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town, Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
- Games People Play, Joe South
- You Showed Me, Turtles
- Come Together, The Beatles
- Oh, What A Night, Dells
- Something, The Beatles
- This Girl Is A Woman Now, Gary Puckett and The Union Gap
- Tracy, Cuff Links
- Mr. Sun, Mr. Moon, Paul Revere and The Raiders
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me, Diana Ross and The Supremes
- I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Marvin Gaye
- Gimme Gimme Good Lovin', Crazy Elephant
- Hang 'Em High, Booker T and The MG's
- Your Good Thing (Is About To End), Lou Rawls
- Baby I'm For Real, Originals
- You Showed Me, Turtles (obvious duplicate what gives?)
- Love Me Tonight, Tom Jones
- Ramblin' Gamblin' Man, Bob Seger System
- Laughing, The Guess Who
- My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me), David Ruffin
- Soul Deep, Box Tops
- Hooked On A Feeling, B.J. Thomas
- Sweet Cream Ladies, Box Tops
» Now up, with a free-throw average of 1%....... from dwayne.blog-city.com
Everybody else is doing this. But rather than list all the 100 best songs from 1978, you can look at them here. I want it known that I was listening to country & western back then & #71 (Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue, Crystal Gayle )...[read more]
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This is just sad. I would have used strike through on most of these…
Gosh I wish I went to school in 69-- those are some great songs!
My thoughts exactly, Donna -- no fair graduating in the '60s!
At least I know most of these. I can't say the same about my graduation year (1981). Can we use the year we were born instead of the year we graduated?
Wanna see something pathetic... check out 1992. I don't remember 95% of the songs and the ones I do remember make me choke back vomit.
I didn't bother doing '70 because it's so close to yours..but you didn't cross OUT the ARCHIES?? Major ick.
Im so glad we have something we can call our own as the kids today listen to and copy our music :) Apparently people in our age bracket aren't as gay as most most teens and early 20'ers thought we were. Music of the 80's? A joke. The 90's? already forgotten. The 60's were classic, I tell you. And I have my share of favorites from the early to mid-70's as well...ELO and the Eagles probably my two top favorites.
I loved the Archies! I used to have the album of all their songs. Then one day my sister left it out of its sleeve on the bed, and our dog jumped up on it and scratched it all up. I wonder if it's been released on cd... Why yes, it has. Hmm... Christmas is coming up...
Even though my favorite song when I was five was Steppenwolf's "Magic Carpet Ride" I also liked bubblegum favorites like "Dizzy." What can I say, at least the hippy freaks of the sixties put out some good tunes. And they weren't all hippy freaks anyway.
New Wave died way too soon. Lemme tell you, the late 80's were A-trocious. When the best songs on your list are the FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS for mercy's sake... I want your year, CG. You got Hot Fun in the Summertime and I got bubkes. (BTW, I own about half the list YOU posted.)
My 1987 list did indeed have a lot more crossouts than this one would have. And most of the ones I didn't were because I forgot about them.
My 1987 list is here. If we go by Michael Bates' suggestion, my work is done, since I was born the year CG graduated.
Although I have to ask about some notable bolding omissions, if you're in the mood to get into whys and wherefores:
Wedding Bell Blues?
Of the four, I liked "Wedding Bell Blues" the best, but the version I really liked was the one the 5th Dimension snuck onto an LP, in which it's blended with "The Worst That Could Happen." That's the version I prefer, but it's not the version that came out on the 45, so I opted to leave it blank.
I was a big fan of "Hair", and indeed of most of the songs from Hair, when it came out, but the show has dated badly, and the one song that's held up best was "Easy to Be Hard," which Three Dog Night did beautifully.
The problem with "Something" is the problem with most George Harrison songs: the ones dealing with abstractions and spirituality and other non-everyday topics always seem more persuasive than his love songs. "Here Comes the Sun," alas, didn't chart as a 45.
And "Touch Me" is just silly: it's admittedly grandly arranged, but this is Morrison's dumbest lyric, which is going some when you consider "Hello, I Love You," and the grammarian in me freaks at the sound of "for you and I."