All three Beatles tracks are contenders for “Best” but honesty compels me to vote “Honky Tonk Women.”
1969- I can still remember pulling over and stopping my car so my friends and I could listen closely to the incredible new Stones song. We’d only heard it once before. For me, the song hasn’t aged a bit. (Although I wish Charlie had come in where he’d intended to.)
Yeah, I figured the policy change came in the midst of the single’s run on the charts.
I was just pointing out the Whitburn’s official chart books still list the songs as charting separately…I assume because they spent more time on the Hot 100 as separate entities than they did together.
Apparently, his overall ranking of “Come Together” as a #1 and “Something” as a #3 must be a composite of their respective performances. Interesting that the change was made just as “Something” surpassed “Come Together,” after starting ahead and then slipping behind.
Tough call between Sly and the Family Stone, and the Stones – both played Altamont, btw. I went with Sly, partly because I did the Stones in '67, but mainly because I adore Sly’s positive messages, racially integrated band, and gentle funk groove. (A 1990s equivalent would be the little-known group Boxing Gandhis).
Another crap year, the sixties really ended on a weak note. I have to go with the Steam song. I honestly am not crazy about any of the songs, though I do not dislike them. I do think the Zager and Evans song is one of the worst of the decade.
I went with ‘Jet Plane’ as well, though calling any song written by John Denver “one of the best songs ever written” is way further than I’m willing to go.
“Something” was my second choice. Musically, it’s the first song of the All Things Must Pass album.
Did you look at the 1968 list? Maybe half a dozen decent songs, accompanied by a metric ton of drek. If you think ‘2525’ was bad, I’ll see and raise with Bobby Goldsboro’s ‘Honey.’ And that was just scratching the surface of the godawfulness that made #1 in 1968.
Really, 1969 was pretty good by comparison - although it’s true for both 1968 and 1969 that by this point, so many of the best songs of the era didn’t show up on top 40 stations at all.
I voted for “Na Na Hey Hey Goodbye” just because it’s so awesome, and you can sing it in so many situations. I was tempted to vote for “Suspicious Minds” and “Someday We’ll Be Together,” though.
It looks like the Beatles are in real danger of being shut out of the world-famous Ponch8 Music Rating System, which I never thought would happen. They only have another year or two worth of #1 songs for me to vote for.