Top Ten Tuesday: 1969, The Next 10

Here are the songs that Billboard Magazine had at positions 11 through 20 on their 1969 year-end survey. If for some reason one or more must be listened to on YouTube, the playlist is here.

#20 – Junior Walker & The All-Stars, "What Does It Take": A song by Johnny Bristol, Harvey Fuqua, and Vernon Bullock, it was one of Junior’s most popular records, reaching #1 on the Hot Black Singles chart and #4 on the Hot 100. It was named the Top US Soul Record of 1969 and has sold over a million copies.

#19 – Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Proud Mary": Written by John Fogerty, it reached #2, kept out of the #1 slot by "Everyday People" by Sly & The Family Stone and "Dizzy" by Tommy Roe.

#18 – Elvis Presley, "Suspicious Minds": Elvis’s work in the late ’60’s and early ’70’s was, in my opinion, some of his best work. "Suspicious Minds" was written and originally released by Mark James in 1968, but his recording went nowhere. Elvis ended up topping the Pop charts inthe US and Canada with it.

#17 – The Friends of Distinction, "Grazing In The Grass": Hugh Masakela did the instrumental version of this in 1968. Harry Elston of the group wrote the lyrics and they took this to #3 in the US and #5 in Canada.

#16 – The Youngbloods, "Get Together": Written and recorded by Chuck Powers of Quicksilver Messenger Service and also recorded by The Kingston Trio, The Youngbloods released it in 1967 as the first single from their eponymous album from that year, and it only reached #62. The National Council of Christians and Jews used it as the background for one of their radio ads in 1969, which renewed interest in it, and it peaked at #5, their only song to reach the Top 40.

#15 – Henry Mancini, "Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet": Composed by Nino Rota for the 1968 film Romeo & Juliet, Mancini’s recording reached #1 in June 1969.

#14 – Marvin Gaye, "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby": Written by Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong, and Janie Bradford and originally recorded by The Temptations in 1966, it reached #1 on the R&B chart and #4 on the Hot 100.

#13 – The Cowsills, "Hair": Title song from that "American Tribal Love-Rock Musical," it was The Cowsills’ most successful single, reaching #2 (kept from the top spot by The Fifth Dimension’s "Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In," also from Hair) on the Hot 100.

#12 – Tommy James & The Shondells, "Crystal Blue Persuasion": Written by Eddie Gray, Tommy James and Mike Vale, this was a departure from the psychedelic rock they were doing at the time and sounded more like the Rascals. It was one of their best selling singles, reaching #2, stuck behind Zager & Evans’s "In The Year 2525."

#11 – Three Dog Night, "One": A song by Harry Nilsson, it was Three Dog Night’s first Top 10 single, coming in at #5 in the US and #4 in Canada and being certified Gold.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for July 6, 2021.

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1969, The Next 10

  1. That Hair song cracks me up because it is just so hippie. My brother wished he could have been a hippie and, well, he was for a bit. He grew his hair long past his shoulders. It was dirty blond, wavy and with his kind eyes, you wanted to genuflect every time you passed by him. All he needed was to point to his flaming heart to freak people out. I do love the theme to Romeo & Juliet. You can tell the hippie style is big in these songs. Now they are older looking at the kids today and rolling their eyes.

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  2. Hi John – I love your selections – some I know, some I love, some I’m not so fond of … but always interesting – all the best Hilary

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    1. He did several in the late ’60’s that I really like: this one, “In The Ghetto,” “If I Can Dream,” and “Kentucky Rain.” They aren’t the typical Elvis-pelvis songs…

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