Throwback Thursday: The top 10 songs this week in 1969 [Videos]

June 25, 2014|By Jordan Bartel | The Baltimore Sun

In early summer 1969, Judy Garland died, the Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement and we were a month away from setting foot on the moon. And these were the tracks everyone was listening to, via Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.

10. "Spinning Wheel," Blood, Sweat & Tears

Horns + painted ponies (and other psychedelic imagery) = classic 1969 Blood, Sweat & Tears.

9. "Good Morning Starshine," Oliver

The debut of Broadway musical "Hair" is responsible for Oliver's biggest hit, as well as people trying to figure out just what "starshine" was.

8. "Grazing in the Grass," The Friends of Distinction

Depending on who you ask, this one is either about having a fun time outdoors or having a fun time outdoors with, you know, help from drugs. It's probably a bit of both, right? Dig it?

7. "Love (Can Make You Happy)," Mercy

This Song (Can Make You Tired).

6. "One," Three Dog Night

It's sounds like a confession of someone who is severely depressed, but it was actually written after Harry Nilsson couldn't reach someone on the phone and got a busy signal. Quite dramatic, Nilsson.

5. "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby," Marvin Gaye

Originally recorded by the Temptations, "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" was Gaye's second-biggest hit of the 1960s. His biggest of the '60s? "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."

4. "In the Ghetto," Elvis Presley

Presley's big comeback hit proved that he had become quite the poverty expert.

3. "Bad Moon Rising," Creedence Clearwater Revival

If you had to pick a follow-up to "Proud Mary," you'd choose this song, too.

2. "Love Theme from 'Romeo & Juliet,'" Henry Mancini

The film was released in 1968, but Mancini version of the theme was its most popular, entering the charts at No. 2 and eventually hitting No. 1.

1. "Get Back," The Beatles

One of the Beatles' last No 1 hits (the final No. 1, "The Long and Winding Road," would come a year later) was also the band's only song that was also credited to another artist — Billy Preston.

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