Top 69 songs of the Summer of ’69 (LISTEN HERE)

top songs of summer of 1969

The George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick will present the 1969-set “A Walk on the Moon” from April 26 to May 21.

From April 26 to May 21, the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick will present “A Walk on the Moon” — a new musical set in upstate New York during the summer of 1969 — at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center. It was an eventful summer, to say the least, with the Vietnam War and the protests against it, the moon landing and Woodstock — not to mention the and the great concerts documented in this year’s Best Documentary Oscar-winning “Summer of Soul,” The Mets’ thrilling pennant race, and Bryan Adams getting his first real six-string!

Having previously done this for the summer of 1967, I thought it would be fun — and helpful, in order to get in the mood for the play — to put together a Top 69 songs list for the summer of ’69.

I’ll follow the same rules for the previous post, considering only songs that were in the Top 100 at some point from June to September, 1969, using the lists on billboard.com as a reference.

For more on the “A Walk on the Moon,” visit georgestreetplayhouse.org.

Here are the songs, in order of preference, with a Spotify playlist below. (Note: The original “Marrakesh Express” is not available on Spotify so I substituted the version from the CSN 2012 live album.)

1. “Honky Tonk Women,” The Rolling Stones

2. “Everybody’s Talkin’,” Nilsson

3. “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” Sly & the Family Stone

4. “Get Together,” The Youngbloods

5. “Share Your Love With Me,” Aretha Franklin

6. “Bad Moon Rising,” Creedence Clearwater Revival

7. “That’s the Way God Planned It,” Billy Preston

8. “More Today Than Yesterday,” Spiral Starecase

9. “Suspicious Minds,” Elvis Presley

10. “I Can’t Get Next to You,” The Temptations

11. “Feeling Alright,” Joe Cocker

12. “Get Back,” The Beatles with Billy Preston

13. “Sweet Caroline,” Neil Diamond

14. “Questions 67 and 68,” Chicago

15. “Green River,” Creedence Clearwater Revival

16: “The Boxer,” Simon & Garfunkel

17. “Something in the Air,” Thunderclap Newman

18. “Why I Sing the Blues,” B.B. King

19. “But It’s Alright,” J.J. Jackson

20. “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” The Beatles

21. “Marrakesh Express,” Crosby, Stills & Nash

22. “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby,” Marvin Gaye

23. “Israelites,” Desmond Dekker

24: “I Threw It All Away,” Bob Dylan

25. “I Want to Take You Higher,” Sly & the Family Stone

26. “Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot),” Donovan with the Jeff Beck Group

27. “Pinball Wizard,” The Who

28. “Cissy Strut,” The Meters

29. “I’ve Lost Everything I’ve Ever Loved,” David Ruffin

30. “That’s the Way Love Is,” Marvin Gaye

31. “Day Is Done,” Peter, Paul & Mary

32. “Wedding Bell Blues,” The 5th Dimension

33. “Soul Deep,” The Box Tops

34. “I’m Free,” The Who

355. “Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me),” James Brown

36. “A Boy Named Sue,” Johnny Cash

37. “These Eyes,” The Guess Who

38. “My Cherie Amour,” Stevie Wonder

39. “Hey Joe,” Wilson Pickett

40. “Crystal Blue Persuasion,” Tommy James & the Shondells

41. “Oh Happy Day,” The Edwin Hawkins Singers

42. “What Does It Take (To Win Your Love),” Jr. Walker & the All Stars

43. “The Windmills of Your Mind,” Dusty Springfield

44. “Simple Song of Freedom,” Tim Hardin

45. “Chelsea Morning,” Judy Collins

46. “Lay Lady Lay,” Bob Dylan

47. “Give Peace a Chance,” Plastic Ono Band

48. “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” Jackie DeShannon

49. “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures),” The 5th Dimension

50. “Spinning Wheel,” Blood, Sweat & Tears

51. “One,” Three Dog Night”

52. “In the Ghetto,” Elvis Presley

53. “Atlantis,” Donovan

54. “Laughing,” The Guess Who

55. “Sugar, Sugar,” The Archies

56. “Easy to Be Hard,” Three Dog Night

57. “Get Off My Back Woman,” B.B. King

58. “Commotion,” Creedence Clearwater Revival

59. “Willie & Laura Mae Jones,” Dusty Springfield

60. “I’m Gonna Make You Mine,” Lou Christie

61. “Never Comes the Day,” The Moody Blues

62. “It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me Who to Sock It to),” Marva Whitney

63. “Runnin’ Blue,” The Doors

64. “In the Year 2525,” Zager & Evans

65. “Your Good Thing (Is About to End),” Lou Rawls

66. “Good Morning Starshine,” Oliver

67. “No One for Me to Turn To,” Spiral Starecase

68. “My Pledge of Love,” Joe Jeffrey Group

69. “Polk Salad Annie,” Tony Joe White

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