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The Top Hits of 1969 - Part Two
Music from 1969
"A follow-up quiz to Part One, these were songs that couldn't quite eke into an "Elite 15" ranking. Should they have been ranked higher? See what you think!"
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On its own, this song by The Beatles peaked at Number Three on the Billboard charts. Because the flip side reached Number One, it got lost in the ranking shuffle because records, not songs, were ranked. Today, it probably is more remembered and played than its counterpart. Can you identify it with this lyrical assistance?
"You're asking me will my love grow
I don't know, I don't know
You stick around and it may show
I don't know, I don't know"
Let It Be
Don't Let Me Down
The number 18 ranked song for 1969 peaked at Number Three on the Billboard charts. Performed by a British R&B band named The Foundations, the chorus featured this line with one critical word missing - "Why do you build me up ________, just to let me down". What is the missing word?
"Early in the evenin' just about supper time
Over by the courthouse they're starting to unwind
Four kids on the corner trying to bring you up
Willy picks a tune out and he blows it on the harp"
In 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival had seven songs chart on the Hot 100. Three of them peaked at Number Two but the song that ranked the highest at 19 was this song which only could reach Number Three. It achieved a higher ranking by spending more weeks on the chart, in the top 40 and in the top 10. What song was it?
Lookin' Out My Back Door
Down On The Corner
Willy And The Poor Boys
"Why can't you see
What you're doing to me
When you don't believe a word I say
We can't go on together"
An old friend returns to our top 100 countdown for 1969 with this song that ranked 21st for the year. What song was this that Elvis took to Number One, the last chart topper of his career?
Don't Cry Daddy
In The Ghetto
Creedence Clearwater Revival had four hits cracking the top 100 rankings for 1969. What song ranked at 28 is represented by this slice of lyric?
"Hope you got your things together
Hope you are quite prepared to die
Looks like we're in for nasty weather
One eye is taken for an eye"
Who'll Stop The Rain
Bad Moon Rising
"Some gal would giggle and I'd get red
And some guy'd laugh and I'd bust his head"
What "legendary" singer sang these words from the hit that spent three weeks at Number Two on the charts and finished 1969 ranked at number 30?
The Doors had one final big hit before their ultimate dissolution in 1973 and it came with a Number Three hit that placed 34th in the rankings for 1969. Here's a few lines to help you out.
"Can't you see that I am not afraid?
What was that promise that you made?
Why won't you tell me what she said?
What was that promise that you made?"
Love Her Madly
People Are Strange
Love Me Two Times
"Lips are sweet as candy, the taste stays on my mind
Girl, you keep me thirsty for another cup of wine
I got it bad for you, girl but I don't need a cure
I'll just stay addicted and hope I can endure"
B.J. Thomas recorded this song and it managed to peak at Number Five on the Billboard charts in 1969 securing enough points to place 38th in year-end rankings. What song was it?
I Just Can't Help Believing
Addicted To Love
The Eyes Of A New York Woman
Hooked On A Feeling
Blood, Sweat and Tears recorded three songs that made an impression on the Billboard chart in 1969... in fact they all peaked at Number Two. The lyric below comes from the 40th ranked song for the year. Which of their hits was it?
"The others were untrue but when it came to loving you
I'd spend my whole life with you
'Cause you came and you took control, you touched my very soul
You always showed me that loving you was where it's at"
You've Made Me So Very Happy
And When I Die
"You really should accept this time he's gone for good
He'll never come back now even though he said he would
So, darling, dry your eyes
So many other guys would give the world I'm sure
To wear the shoes he wore"
These lines are from a Number Five hit in 1969 that secured sufficient points to rank as the 50th biggest song for the year. It was recorded by a British studio group called Flying Machine and it would stand as their only hit of any kind, true one hit wonders and kudos to you if you can identify it!
Son Of A Preacher Man
You Showed Me
That's The Way Love Is
Smile A Little Smile For Me
"On Saturday night they need some excitement
Jane gets right and the monkey gets tight
And their voices unite
In the pale moonlight
And it sounds all right"
This was 1969s token novelty song recorded by Ray Stevens. It peaked at Number Eight and finished the year ranked 77th. Name it, please!
Along Came Jones
"She's leaving now cause I just heard the slamming of the door
The way I know I've heard it slam one hundred times before
And if I could move I'd get my gun and put her in the ground"
A song about a Vietnam veteran who returns home "not the man he used to be" and the struggles he's having with his girl as a result. What song was this that finished the year ranked 87th after peaking at Number Six on Billboard's Hot 100?
Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town
(You Picked A Fine Time To Leave Me) Lucille
"When I left my home and my family
I was no more than a boy
In the company of strangers
In the quiet of the railway station running scared
Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters
Where the ragged people go
Looking for the places only they would know"
With that lyrical clue, can you name the song that squeaked into the top hundred rankings at number 90?
Wednesday Morning 3:00 A.M.
A Hazy Shade Of Winter
"Your name, it is heard in high places
You know the Aga Khan
He sent you a racehorse for Christmas
And you keep it just for fun, for a laugh, a-ha-ha-ha
They say that when you get married
It'll be to a millionaire
But they don't realize where you came from
And I wonder if they really care or give a damn"
This is a lyric from a song that did not make it within the top 100 ranked songs of 1969 based on Billboard performance. In fact, it might not have even made it into the top 500 as its peak position on the Hot 100 was a miserable Number 70! I include it here for what it did elsewhere - four weeks at Number One in the U.K., six weeks in Australia and I know it was an enormously popular song throughout Europe in 1969. Take your best guess!
Make Your Own Kind Of Music
Where Do You Go To My Lovely
Something In The Air
Life And Death In G And A
"In a couple of years they have built a home sweet home
With a couple of kids running in the yard of Desmond and Molly Jones"
This is another song, by The Beatles, that topped the charts in Australia for five weeks while a cover by Marmalade hit Number One on the U.K. charts for three weeks in 1969. It eventually peaked at Number 49 on the Billboard charts - in 1976, long after the demise of The Beatles. Be careful with your answer!
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