Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1969

March 12, 2014|By Jordan Bartel | The Baltimore Sun

Aka: Songs you may hear on the upcoming final season of "Mad Men." Source: Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive

10. "This Magic Moment," Jay and the Americans

Jay and the Americans scored its last big hit with this rendition of the song first made popular by the Drifters. It has had a long shelf-life — featured on "The Sopranos" and covered by Lou Reed (?!) among many others.

9. "Time of the Season," the Zombies

I'm pretty sure that this song fully conveys what 1969 was like.

8. "Indian Giver," 1910 Fruitgum Company

Worst band name ever? Probably. But, despite the song title (non-PC alert!), this sounds like something that could play on a college radio station today and still feel fresh.

7. "This Girl's In Love With You," Dionne Warwick

Trivia: Burt Bacharach and Hal David wrote this one as "This Guy's In Love With You."

6. "Crimson and Clover," Tommy James and the Shondells

I take it back. THIS song fully conveys 1969.

5. "Traces," Classics IV

OK, 1969. What's up with these band names. But still, I'm assuming this was BIG at high school proms. 1969 graduates, let me know.

4. "Build Me Up Buttercup," the Foundations

Before it was appropriated by "There's Something About Mary" and several sports teams, this one was just a 1960s feel-good anthem. 

3. "Everyday People," Sly & the Family Stone

The soul band's first No. 1 hit was a cry for equality.

2. "Proud Mary," Creedence Clearwater Revival

I'd like to meet someone who hasn't memorized the lyrics to this one.

1. "Dizzy," Tommy Roe

I'm kind of sad that this song ranked above "Proud Mary" and "Everyday People" (and, you know, anything else), but the 1960s apparently held onto bubblegum pop as much as it could.

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