1969 Hall of Songs Nominees: Led Zeppelin, The Jackson 5, and Some Controversy?

You may have some questions after our 1969 picks for Hall of Songs nominees.

Sure, you’ll hear some of the biggest songs of all-time, including selections by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and new stars like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Led Zeppelin, but we had to throw in some controversy this time around.

Get ready for a year of big rock and pop hits, massive soul jams, and pioneering folk rock and singer-songwriter fare. 

After listening, VOTE for the greatest songs of all time! Songs from 1969, plus tunes from 1968, ’67, ’66, and ’65 are up for a shot to make the Hall of Songs! Vote now and come back on October 29 to find out which song or songs get in!

Our 1969 nominees:

  • “Proud Mary” as performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
    • Written by John Fogerty; recorded late 1968; released January 1969
  • “Both Sides, Now” as performed by Joni Mitchell
    • Written by Joni Mitchell; recorded late 1968; released May 1969
  • “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes” as performed by Crosby, Stills & Nash
    • Written by Stephen Stills; recorded February 1969; released May 1969
  • “Walk On By” as performed by Isaac Hayes
    • Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David; recorded early 1969; released June 1969
  • “I Wanna Be Your Dog” as performed by The Stooges
    • Written by Dave Alexander, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton and Iggy Pop; recorded April 1969; released July 1969
  • “Suspicious Minds” as performed by Elvis Presley
    • Written by Mark James; recorded January 1969; released August 1969
  • “Here Comes the Sun” as performed by The Beatles
    • Written by George Harrison; recorded July 1969; released September 1969
  • “Fortunate Son” as performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
    • Written by John Fogerty; recorded August 1969; released October 1969
  • “I Want You Back” as performed by The Jackson 5
    • Written by Berry Gordy, Freddie Pirren, Alphonso Mizell and Deke Richards; recorded July 1969; released October 1969
  • “Heartbreaker” as performed by Led Zeppelin
    • Written by John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant; recorded summer 1969; released October 1969
  • “Gimme Shelter” as performed by The Rolling Stones
    • Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards; recorded February 1969; released December 1969
  • “Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)” as performed by Sly and the Family Stone
    • Written by Sly Stone; recorded late 1969; released December 1969

Listen to the full episode for more, and then vote for the songs that you think are the greatest of all-time. Scroll down or click here to vote. Then, come back on October 29, 2021 to find out the voting results, and October 31, 2021 for our discussion on 1970.

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